|Phoenix before her permanent tracheostomy|
I accompanied Mom to one of Phoenix's re-check appointments during my visit. While standing in line waiting to pay the bill, an ad on the bulletin board near the checkout desk caught my attention: The Yellow Dog Project.
Checking out their website when we got home, I came upon a brilliant grassroots movement amongst knowledgeable, compassionate, and proactive dog owners. This project tackles the challenge of owning a, as the website puts it, "dog who needs some space". This relatively broad category is somewhat vague for a reason: it encompasses many different types of dog situations and personalities.
"Dogs who need some space" can include dogs recovering from a medical procedure, handicapped dogs, dogs undergoing rehabilitation or training, and dogs that just, you know, don't really want strangers all up in their business. Owners of such dogs know exactly what I'm talking about. My dog Shadow falls into this last category.
|My girl Shadow|
Other dog owner: "Don't worry, she's friendly!"
Me: "Well, mine's not!"
This usually results in the other dog owner scrambling to gather his/her companion on the leash and out of our way and, I will note, occasionally give us a dirty look.
Enter the Yellow Dog Project. The idea is simple: if you have a dog like Shadow, or a dog that fits into the broad category of "dog who needs some space", tie a yellow ribbon (NOT around the ol' oak tree) around the dog's leash in plain sight, giving a visual clue to other dog owners that your dog doesn't want to or can't play or otherwise interact with strangers. Pretty neat, right?
|Not quite what I'm talking about here. Unless this tree "needs some space".|
My only question is: if I start also wearing a yellow ribbon myself, will people get the same message?