Liz Easton and her dog Monty
If you see a dog with a yellow ribbon on its collar – it’s not just there for decoration.
It probably means the animal needs space.
Liz Easton, of Southsea Avenue, Minster, is promoting the scheme and hopes to encourage other Islanders to get on board.
The idea is that people tie a piece of the coloured material to their pet’s collar or lead to let other walkers know not to approach the animal.
It can be for any canine – perhaps one that is being trained or frightened of other dogs, one that has recently had an operation or is unwell, an agitated or anxious animal, or even just a pooch that is old and grumpy.
In other words, the yellow ribbons are meant to indicate that the dogs wearing them are best left alone.
The Times Guardian has had a few letters about the project, and mum-of-one Ms Easton wants to do more to raise awareness of it.
Her beloved Monty, a yorkiepoo (a cross between a Yorkshire terrier and a poodle), is nervous around other dogs.
The 58-year-old learned about the yellow ribbons while on a trip to the West Country last year, after spotting one on another walker’s pet and asking what it was all about.
“It’s a great way of warning people to keep their dogs clear,” she said.
“It can be used if you want to keep them away or if people should ask before they touch them. It’s a really good scheme
and doesn’t cost very much – it’s simple.”
Ms Easton, who is a clairvoyant, says she has seen a few dog walkers along The Leas, Minster, with yellow ribbons, and hopes to raise awareness of the scheme across Sheppey.
It’s easy to make the ribbons: just buy a piece of material, and tie it to your dog’s collar.
n There are some posters and leaflets in the Times Guardian for people to find out more, as well as several websites, including www.yellowdoguk.co.uk and www.theyellowdogproject.com