Our Black Label seemed a forlorn, unwanted soul when we first met her. She had been another homeless city stray, in Brooklyn, New York, and was a resident of NYC ACC. When no one came to claim her, Black Label was put in the Shelter Adoption program because she had earned stellar behavior evaluations. Eight years young, Black Label's options were limited because, it seems as though everybody wants to experience puppy hell, and too few people appreciate the considerable benefits of having an older dog, who is well past the puppy mayhem stage.

Black Label was continually passed over for adoption, despite showing like a dream, until she contacted the shelter kennel cough, and was removed to the isolation unit. At the time NYC ACC was beginning a construction project on their isolation facility, and were attempting to relocate all of the dogs to Rescue groups. They managed to find every dog, a spot except Black Label. She was the last one in the unit and was sent to us as her last resort.

Through all of the chaos in her shelter environment, Black Label remained genuinely sweet and loving. It is astounding that such an angelic dog could remain homeless for so long! She was unfazed by the rescue process, and continued to blossom once she reached Connecticut. We have no doubt that she is going to leave here and become the light of someone's life.

Black Label appears to be a mix of Schipperke and Border Collie. She is a medium sized dog, with a stout compact frame, weighing 33 pounds. She could stand to trim down a bit through healthy diet and exercise. Her short flat coat is easy to groom, and is mostly blue-black with white markings on her chest, and a smattering of gray in her muzzle. Black Label seems calm and laid back for either breed standard of temperment, and she enjoys the relaxed companionship of her people.

Black Label has a very genial nature. She is a sociable dog, and while she has not had much background in obedience, she has grasped the basics and seems to enjoy the training exercises. She certainly is food motivated. Black Label is easy to walk on lead, and has a moderate exercise level, although that could increase as she loses weight. Black Label would be happy with a couple of leisurely to brisk leash walks daily, and a game of frisbee.

Black Label would be a great choice for a moderately active single or couple, a recent retiree or senior. She could easily do well in an apartment lifestyle, and can be trusted home alone for short periods of time. Although Black Label is a friendly girl, like most Rescue dogs, she needs a common sense approach that allows her to warm up at her own pace.  We wouldn't say she's the kind of dog that you can grab around the neck, and force kiss on Day One, Day Two, or even the first week.  She could join a multi-dog home with other laid-back, well mannered dogs. Black Label is a pretty good all-around companion dog, and needs to be in an environment where her golden years will be spent as the light of someone's life, rather than considered an afterthought.

Black Label has good house manners, and is house trained and crate trained. Adopters should expect to troubleshoot the occasional accident that will inevitably occur during her transition to a new home. She is in great health and has been spayed. She is slightly chubby and would be at an ideal at weight of 30 pounds. We recommend a grain free kibble diet with added Omega fats and nutritious natural treats like pieces of apple, veggies etc.

Black Label has been vaccinated for Rabies, DHLPPC (distemper, hepatitus, leptospirosis, parvo, parainfluenza, coronavirus), and she has been boostered as needed. She has had the 4dx test: negative for heartworm, lyme, earlichia and anaplasmosis. She has been dewormed, microchipped and is on preventatives for Heartworm and Flea/Tick. If you are interested in Black Label, please write to Denise@eskiesonline.com or call Denise at 860-908-9738 for more info.

Eskies Online is a 501(c)(3) Multibreed rescue group that serves unwanted American Eskimos and other dogs in need. Our group of volunteer foster homes spans the North East, and our adoption territory extends from Maine to eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and parts of northern Maryland. Once an adopter is approved, we arrange transportation. We do not adopt dogs beyond our territory. Please visit our website: www.eskiesonline.com for more information about our group and our adoption procedures.