One of the many things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday is Rowan, a black-and-white border collie mix we adopted in 2006. ‘Rowie’ is loving and loyal, as perfect as a dog can be. Rowan has mostly black fur, and his face is black, save a small white stripe running from the top of his head down to his snout.

Overall, black dogs are harder to place in forever families. It could be because their darker fur makes it more difficult to see their expressive eyes from inside a kennel. I mention this because the Humane Society of Missouri has a Black Dog Club; and during the month of November, all black dogs one year and older are available for adoption for just $50 each (

If you’ve been thinking about adopting a pet, all I ask is that you have an open mind. And if my dog-parent experience has taught me anything, it’s this: You don’t pick them, they pick you.