A local Grand Haven Township resident has tapped into a worldwide campaign to create awareness about dogs that need space (in other words, dogs that might bite you if you try to pet them).
Great idea, right? Not so quick.
While we all want to give space to dogs that need it, we’re not convinced that a yellow ribbon attached to a dog’s leash will be a recognized symbol for a feisty Fido.
Young children like bright colors, and it’s easy to see how that yellow ribbon might even send the wrong message — especially to kids.
Even if this campaign catches on locally, what about the thousands of visitors who grace our sidewalks every summer? How will they know what those pretty yellow ribbons mean? It’s likely they won’t, and that is concerning.
Dogs are a very important part of many people’s lives, and kudos to those who rescue animals in an attempt to rehab them into being nice household pets. But when it’s all said and done, a dog is an animal and the owner is ultimately responsible for its behavior.
If a dog needs space, is a crowded sidewalk a good place to go? We think not, and it’s irresponsible behavior on the part of the owner to do so.
Sidewalks are for people, not for snippy dogs.
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