Guest Article by Merla Thomson
For over 40 years Merla Thomson has personally raised, trained, and shown some of Canada’s top dogs, and for the last ten years, has published Canine Review, Canada’s oldest independent dog magazine. Merla is currently licensed to judge a few breeds and is a huge proponent of socializing dogs to be good citizens in the community.
When I first saw the DEWS program, I immediately felt it was an excellent way to make our walkways, and parks more harmonious, even for those who do not have dogs. It’s easy for towns and cities to implement and even easier for folks to abide by.
Everyone knows that the basic phrase “stop, wait and go” is often used in association with the traffic lights. Even my 8 year old grandson knew, without my telling him, what the colours stood for. I asked him what he thought these bandanas would mean if he saw them on a dog. He immediately interpreted the meaning of the red bandana as “STOP!” and added, ”Means maybe I shouldn’t go near that dog”. He uncertainly ventured “WAIT” for yellow, and said green meant “GO! Because the dog is ok to go to”. Continue reading