Many come into dog rescue from horrible backgrounds that have included physical and emotional abuse, deprivation, a series of revolving-door foster homes, and serving as a “puppy machine” for shady breeders. Some, like Snitter in Richard Adams’ novel “The Plague Dogs,” have even suffered the horrors of being a lab research animal.
Once placed in a loving home, these animals often take months or years to adjust. Sadly, some never do.
Typically these animals come into rescue scared, not trusting, stand-offish and shy. Unfortunately these deep-rooted feelings all too often manifest in threatening behaviors such as snapping, growling, biting and aggression toward other dogs and people. In the vast majority of cases, these “yellow dogs” have simply not yet had sufficient time or training to overcome a difficult, painful past. Making the transition to a new life, learning to overcome fear and building trust all take time, and during this period it is absolutely critical for these animals to have extra space.
This is where the Yellow Dog Project comes in.
Sponsored locally by Off Leash Area Edmonds (O.L.A.E.), the Yellow Dog Project is global movement for dogs that need extra space. Its goal is to educate the public and dog owners about how to identify these dogs, promote appropriate contact with all dogs, and assist dog owners to identify their dog as needing space.
The Yellow Dog Project seeks to accomplish this through education in appropriate ways to approach or make contact with a dog (whether or not a dog is a “yellow dog”), and to promote the use of yellow ribbons to identify “yellow dogs” needing extra space.
The project will be introduced to the Edmond City Council on Aug. 27, and will officially kick off in Edmonds on Aug. 31. On that date, yellow ribbons and additional information will be available at the following locations:
All the Best Pet Care – 9803 Edmonds Way, Edmonds
Blue Collar Dog House – 180 W. Dayton Suite 101, Edmonds
Celtic Cowboy – 21104 70th Ave. W., Edmonds
Edmonds Veterinary Hospital – 21111 84th Ave W, Edmonds
Gallaghers’ U Brew – 180 W. Dayton Suite 105, Edmonds
Next to Nature – 550 Main St., Edmonds
Muddy Paws – 12926 Mukilteo Speedway, Lynnwood
The Whole Pup – 21010 70th Ave. W., Edmonds
You may also contact O.L.A.E at [email protected] to receive a yellow ribbon by mail.
— By Larry Vogel
Learn more about the Yellow Dog Project here.