Deeping woman joins campaign to give dogs some space

Barbara Chapman, from Deeping St James, promoting the Yellow Ribbon campaign for dogs, with her dog Brandy.'Photo: MSMP270313-017ow
Barbara Chapman, from Deeping St James, promoting the Yellow Ribbon campaign for dogs, with her dog Brandy.'Photo: MSMP270313-017ow

A woman is trying to raise awareness of a campaign that encourages pet owners and parents to steer clear of vulnerable dogs.

Dog lover Barbara Chapman, 56, Eastgate, Deeping St James, hopes to inform the public about the yellow ribbon campaign being run by the Space Dogs organisation.

The campaign encourages the owners of dogs that are nervous, ill or recovering from an injury to tie a yellow ribbon around their dog’s collar.

Other dog owners or parents with young children then know that the dog wearing the ribbon needs space and should not be approached.

Barbara has four dogs but her eldest terrier Brandy, 13, is going blind.

She said: “Other dogs who come up to her, their owners don’t realise. She tries to get away from them and she snaps.

“I have had children run up to Brandy and the parents just stand there.

“I came across the campaign on the internet.

“The idea is to let people know that the dog needs a little more space but people need to be made aware that if they see the yellow ribbon then the dog needs space.

“It’s such a good idea.”

The campaign originated in Sweden and is now starting to gain followers in the UK.

The ribbons can be bought from the Space Dogs website for £1.50 each.

The organisation is also looking to make collars and jackets available. The jackets carry a simple message: “I need space.”

All proceeds will be donated to dog rescue shelters.

For more information visit the Space Dogs website.