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Aug 20, 2014

Woof Wednesday: DINKS loves DINOS

DINOS = Dogs In Need of Space and it's a movement to keep both dogs and people safe by giving canines room to breathe if they need it. It's news to me!

Stella loves to say hello to everyone on our walks and sometimes it can be super awkward with other dog owners.It's as if neither of us know if the other dog is OK to say hello to. I call it the walking dog hello dance, and it is really not fun. What if there was an easy way to tell if it was OK to say hello to a dog (either by yourself or when you are walking another dog)? 

Well there is (mind blown)...

Stella on a mission to say hello to anything and everything. 
The Yellow Dog Project is a global movement for owners of dogs that need space. It hopes to educate the public and dog owners to identify dogs needing space, promote appropriate contact of dogs and assist dog parents to identify their dog as needing space. They also seek to promote the use of yellow ribbons to identify yellow dogs needing extra space.

Dogs might be DINOS for a variety of reasons, such as:
Medical: illness, injury, surgery, or rehab
Occupation: Service and Working Dogs
Training: learning polite leash manners
Age: issues such as arthritis, vestibular disease, or blindness
Behavioral: fear, anxiety, reactivity, intolerance of other animals

I think we have all met a DINO before and it would have been nice to have bit of warning.

The Yellow Dog Project encourages people to use their own materials, like ribbon or duct tape, they also have an online store Stella currently isn't in the market for a yellow ribbon, but if she was, here are my top picks. Who said safe can't be fashionable?

4. Yellow Satin Pooch Bow Tie (sorry it doesn't come with the dog)

While we are on the topic of space... I think someone needs to start another DINOS campaign... DINKS In Need of Space. 

I would love to wear a yellow bow to tell the world I need a little bit of space. I would wear it any morning before 8am, after finishing a yoga sculpt class, or any time that I stand at the corner and watch my bus drive away. I would love to throw on a bow just to say... Talk to bow because the DINK ain't listening. 

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