Update: I love black dogs. Black dogs are the best. I had a black dog growing up called Penny and she was the best dog ever. In fact, I am totally obsessed with dogs — so much so that I have to stop and pet them every time I see one regardless of whether the owner wants me to or not. So to those who are troubled by the use of a black dog as a metaphor for depression, please know it is not an attack on black dogs in real life. I encourage you to go and support ASPCA and maybe go and adopt a pet dog at Pet Finder and please know that we love black dogs at Upworthy.