When we rescued a dog who was fished out of the marina (we called him Nemo), everybody wanted to adopt him because he was featured in the news on ABC 7. Even an NBC newscaster contacted me.
As we found his original family in the end, we asked those who offered to adopt Nemo to consider another dog. We made suggestions of dogs who were similar in size, looks, age and personality, but nobody — not a single person — showed any interest in any other dog because they were not famous.
There is a known syndrome that black dogs and cats tend to be overlooked in the pound. But for that very reason, they sometimes receive special attention from people who network such animals with an attempt to save their lives.
What we have noticed lately is that the dogs who get absolutely no attention are the ordinary dogs. When a dog has medical conditions or even behavioral issues, they somehow receive more attention than these ordinary dogs.
Mickey is one of them. Even though we think he looks adorable, his appearance is dime a dozen: a nondescript brown dog. He had no urgent medical issues. No behavioral issues. He’s just a mellow ordinary dog who’s just being. Maybe too boring to those who are looking for extraordinary excitement.
This reminds me of the “nice guy syndrome”: Women tend to get attracted to bad boys, and kind, drama-free, genuinely nice guys are left out. We hear them say, “He’s such a good guy but he doesn’t excite me.” Then these women often suffer relationship problems with guys who are selfish, arrogant, indifferent, liars, cheaters, and so forth.
Micky is the canine version of a nice guy. He’ll be just there for you without a complaint. If you’re working, reading or watching TV, he’s at your feet snoozing. You don’t even notice he’s there until you seek his company. And when you do, he’s there. There for you. Always.
People call a dog like him a “good dog,” but ironically, nobody noticed him in the pound. His time there expired, and he was about to be put to death. One of our volunteers who met him in the pound couldn’t bear to see him killed like he never existed. So we saved his life.
I saw his video that was filmed by some volunteers at the pound, and had a good idea about his temperament, but meeting him in person was another story because he exceeded my expectation by far. He’s sweet, calm, kind; a dog I would love to call my own if I were not maxed out. He’s almost flawless. Even the bump on his butt our veterinarian removed was benign. So there’s nothing wrong with him, yet we receive no calls for him … because he’s too ordinary.
If you are looking for a peaceful life with a very pleasant companion, Micky is for you. For more information on Micky, visit here.
Marie Atake is Founder & President of Forte Animal Rescue and a former Commissioner on the Board of L.A. Animal Services. Click on “subscribe” to receive notice when her new articles are published.