San Pedro Animal Shelter ID#A526446 is a 7-month-old black German shepherd mix female. Very sweet medium sized dog.
San Pedro Animal Shelter ID#A526446 is a 7-month-old black German shepherd mix female. Very sweet medium sized dog. (Scott Varley / Staff Photographer)

PLAYING THE FUR-COLOR CARD: We're all into black dogs now, and it's only going to get worse, so if you're not all into black dogs, take a couple of days off.

Just what, exactly, is your problem with black dogs? And don't say you don't have anything against black dogs, because if you didn't, there wouldn't be something called Black Dog Syndrome.

BDS refers to the fact that black dogs have a lower adoption rate than nonblack dogs, for a variety of reasons, chiefly that they're perceived as menacing and they're difficult to photograph for marketing purposes. So more of them are euthanized or left at shelters.

On Monday, we'll have a Q&A with a BDS specialist, but before that, you might want to swing by the Black & Tan (tan is another color largely eschewed by pet adopters) fundraiser from 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the Wine Crush, 3131 E. Broadway.

The event will raise awareness about BDS and under-adopted dogs and benefit West Coast Animal Rescue, the only all-breed rescue facility in Long Beach, and other animal-saving efforts.

The $40 buy-in gets you beer and wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres and dessert, plus giveaways, a silent auction and raffle prizes. For tickets and other info, go to www.westcoastanimalrescue.org.

HISTORIC SALE: How many chances do you get to go out and buy a bunch of stuff and make history doing it? We're going to say, unless you're going for the most- money-ever-spent-in-one-shopping-spree record, not very often.

Today, you can do your (we hate ourself for this) early holiday shopping or your usual dining on the cool corridor of Broadway between Junipero and Grand avenues, and 10 percent of the money you spend at participating businesses will help fund the LGBT History Project, a collaboration between the Historical Society of Long Beach and the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in Long Beach to chronicle the LGBT community's history in town.

Participating businesses include Hot Java, Hot Stuff, JW Goodson's, Two Umbrellas Cafe, Olives on Broadway, Kier Jones State Farm and Off Broadway Hair Salon.

For more info on the project, check www.hslb.org.

THE EARLY BIRD: The Lakewood Knights of Columbus (they're like Catholic SEALs) is hosting its annual Thanksgiving dinner from 5-8p.m. Sunday in the St. Pancratius church hall.

It's a traditional-style buffet with turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, yams, cranberry sauce, vegetables and dessert. The only thing missing is politics-fueled fistfights among family members.

The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids and free for toddlers. You'll find the church at 3519 St. Pancratius Place in Lakewood.

NO CHANGE: Are you all out of the dimes and quarters you keep in your car's ashtray for paying parking meters? So what? On Sunday, Veterans Day, John Law in Belmont Shore is looking the other way and parking meters won't be enforced in the Shore on Second Street, its side streets and the city parking lots.

FRIDAY PLAYLIST: Anybody catch the election results on Tuesday? Today's political playlist is brought to you by What's Hot! Chief Washington Correspondent Thomas Wasper, with a couple of tweaks by us in the role of meddling anchorperson just to show who's still the boss around here. .

1. "We Take Care of Our Own," Bruce Springsteen

2. "Mutt Romney Blues," Ry Cooder

3. "Democracy," Leonard Cohen

4. "I Am a Patriot," Little Steven

5. "It's a Beautiful Thing," Slaid Cleaves

6. "A Ray of Hope," Rascals

7. "Dad's Gonna Kill Me," Richard Thompson

8. "Carry Me, Ohio," Sun Kil Moon

9. "Say Yes! to Michigan" Sufjan Stevens

10. "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," Stevie Wonder

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