January 23, 2017
Meet Tica. She is a little Spanish girl weighing about 60 pounds. It is unclear as to whether she is a true galgo but her beginnings are the same and therefore, much of who she is has been created by a life she lived in Spain. One of the most beautiful things about Tica is that she is black. But what makes her beautiful, also often makes her misunderstood. I grew up with a German Shepard mix named Jenny who was jet black. Most of my neighbors feared her and my childhood house was known as the house with the “vicious black dog”. Some of my friends’ parents would not get out of their cars when they would pick them up from a playdate. It confused no one more than my mother who specifically set out to adopt a black dog because she thought they were beautiful and had no idea the stigma associated with the color.
So when it came time in my adulthood to adopt my first dog, I set out to bring home a little, black, female greyhound. Of course, I came home with a big, cat zapping, red brindle male followed by another big, red brindle male and then a white & brindle male and then another, red brindle male. So when I met Tica (Mistica) and she gently licked my fingers through her fears, I knew I had finally found my little, black girl.
After years of buying collars with footballs and motorcycles on them, it was now time to shop for flowers, bows and all things pink! No longer did I need to buy red, blue or forest green coats but instead, happy bright colors with ribbons and floral designs. While it might sound stereotypical, in Tica’s case, I found it to be important. For some reason, many people see a black dog and assume they are a male. Male black dog often translates to big mean dog to folks. Due to her past, Tica is fearful of humans. Dogs are smart and can sense when people as nervous or stressed. I soon discovered that people would act differently around her than my big white boy. Yes, her brother will run up to anyone and she will hold back making her less approachable but I would also notice people would become tentative about her. However, if she was wearing pink, or a girly collar, I would notice their body language would be softer, their tone of voice happier and lighter. Tica would relax.
So with justifications for shopping in hand, I set out to build Tica’s wardrobe! I love dressing this little girl and have found some amazing vendors, makers and crafters who also understand and enjoy the art of dressing a little black girl. I will admit, Tica is not the girliest of greyhounds but she is tolerant of me and all her bows. But putting aside all the bows and flowers, Tica’s wardrobe is also very functional and safety is our biggest concerns. So come inside and follow along as Tica introduces you to some of her favorite pieces and those specials people who made them.