Not that long ago, I shared with you the stories about my two amazing rescue dogs, who humans loves to pieces. Unfortunately, because they are both rescues (and have been attacked), they come with some baggage and do not always reciprocate the love when it comes to their canine peers. It’s because this issue affects me personally that I think it’s important to share with you The Yellow Dog Project – a grassroots campaign to encourage owners of dogs who “need space” to place a yellow ribbon around their collars and to educate others to respect that space. Many dogs come off as unfriendly because they are afraid, and unfortunately that fear can turn to aggression if he or she is ambushed (especially if ambushed by a dog off-leash).
It’s not uncommon for a person walking their dog to be approached by an off-leash dog and its owner shouting, “It’s okay! He’s friendly!” Well, that’s great for your dog but not for mine. Perhaps if we all knew about the The Yellow Dog Project, the leashed dog would have the ribbon and the off-leash dog would be restrained by its human from approaching it. Of course, the reason we have leash laws and off-leash dog parks is to ensure safety at all times and to avoid these types of encounters, but not everyone is going to follow the law and this campaign helps mitigate the negative effects that can result.
Will you spread the word?