So, how was Space dogs Born?
One day on my news feed popped up the yellow ribbon campaign that had started in Australia, I knew nothing about it, so looked into it. I was shocked to realise it is worldwide and having 2 rescues, one a nervous boy, it gripped me, for the next couple of weeks all I could think was, if this was promoted to the public it could help my boy, Fergus, who just wants to be left to play with us and his ball when out because things, dogs, people etc rushing at him scare him and he wants to run and hide, and it could help lots of other dogs and owners.
Then I decided I couldn’t spend my life thinking…. What if? And what was the worst that could happen? I could fall flat on my face, but hey at least I’d tried so I enlisted the help of a few of friends and we were off, I owe them a great deal of thanks, coz I worked them flippin’ hard at the start and still do at times, all because of my dream, but they are good friends who believe in me and what I am trying to achieve
I wanted to also help dog rescues as well, both my dogs come from such places and I am forever in their debt for bringing my two to me ♥ so the charity was formed, in our first 6 months Space Dogs Charity helped 3 rescues with donations and the charity will be donating to more rescues in the future
Why did I start the yellow ribbon campaign?
I believe that dogs should have a right to personal space, just because they are sweet and have waggy tails shouldn’t mean people can just approach your dog without asking.
Having two rescue dogs myself, one who is particularly nervous despite not appearing to be, I know only too well how looks can be deceptive! This is a subject close to my heart. I have put 3 years of training into Fergus and it is paying off in dividends, but one little incident can set him back a long way in the confidence stakes, so a visible sign would help both me in his rehabilitating training, and Fergus to be able to cope with what he sees as a scary world.
I heard about the idea from Australia and it gripped me. As an obedience instructor I canvassed support from people in the dog world and was thrilled how widely it was accepted that this was an excellent idea. After speaking to a few close friends I decided to go ahead and see if I could make a go of it with their help and support. I have funded the first batch of ribbons myself, such is my belief in this campaign. A friend has agreed to make them up for me so 100% of this money will be going to good causes. Another friend has agreed to build me a website and has helped me design the poster and finally many have agreed to help spread the word across the country.
This campaign is not just aimed at rescue dogs, but for any dog that would appreciate some SPACE.
It may be that you are undertaking training in a public place and would prefer not to be approached, so at these times you could tie the yellow ribbon on the lead.People are well meaning and love animals and it is a natural instinct to want to say hi to a dog.
Your dog may be nervous of dogs, people, children sudden movements, loud voices etc
It can be worn in obedience classes so people will not stand too close meaning you get more out of the class
Training is paramount if you have a nervous/shy dog, and should be used in conjunction with the yellow ribbon, we need to help our Space Dogs find a way to cope with the things they are nervous of, positive training is the only way for them, they have enough to cope with without being trained through fear, we need to build their confidence, Space Dogs will only ever be associated with positive based trainers, this is why we have a trainers scheme attached to the campaign, so you know they have been checked for you and you will be getting a force free/positive trainer.
There are many uses for the yellow ribbon. It may be that it will be worn on the lead permanently or only at certain times, the choice will be yours.
The yellow ribbon is intended to be displayed on the dogs lead but could also be worn on the owners jacket instead or as well as on the lead
I also will use Space Dogs to educate people about dogs: how they should approach a dog; what to do if a dog approaches you – this is especially useful for children; sports you can do with your dogs where the Space Dog Campaign ribbon could also be useful when participating; give hints and tips of how to build the confidence of a nervous dog along with an insight into why dogs react the way they do sometimes. Education and understanding are key.
It may be that your dog that is undergoing rehabilitation – either surgical or behavioural and it simply needs to be left to just focus and deal with what is going on about it
It may be that people are undertaking training and would prefer not to be approached so they and their dogs can focus and concentrate – after all, people are well meaning and love animals and it is a natural instinct to want to say “hi” to a dog.
It can be used when when participating in dog sports such as flyball and agility or attending obedience classes
It may be that the owner is fearful of dogs (yes really!) and has got a dog to try to overcome their fear, they may be doing well with their dog but are still fearful of unknown dogs.
It can be used when you visit the vets, a stressful time for some dogs, which would be made much easier for them if others didn’t sit too close while waiting.
Or it may just be that the owner and dog like to walk together alone…
I myself suffer from a chronic pain condition and some days I have just about enough energy to walk my dogs and really don’t feel like stopping to talk to other well meaning dog owners.
SHARE AND MAKE AWARE TM
Keep sharing the yellow ribbon, leaflets and posters on Facebook, websites and Twitter and get as many leaflets/posters displayed in as many places as possible. Remember we need both the dog owning and non dog owning world to know, so don’t just target vets, pet shops etc but newsagents, shops, public places in general.
We have lots of things planned to carry on promoting.
Together we can make this work and make a difference
This campaign is not suitable for dogs with a bite history, owners of dogs with a bite history are advised to seek the advice and training from a force free/positive trainer
Space Dogs Awareness Day Monday 1st Sept
online at https://www.facebook.com/SpaceDogsYellowRibbonCampaignAndCharity
Come along, like our page and join us raising awareness that ALL dogs should have their personal space respected and dogs in yellow need a little more space
Lets turn Sept 1st Space Dogs Yellow Space Cadets There will be announcements, photos, stuff to share, NEW & updated Space Dogs merchandise & don’t forget, all sales help raise money for our charity that donates to dog rescues.
New & updated merchandise will be available from our shop page Mon 1st Set 2014
Take a look at our short video …… It Started with a ribbon by Arron Staines Music George Kennedy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wh9N7mIzJrA
Jersey Launch 2013
Saturday 28th Sept 2013, in conjunction with Fun 4 Dogs, will see Space Dogs Launch their yellow ribbon Campaign for the whole of Jersey, there will be informative talks, stalls and a charity walk in aid of a local Rescue, See this SPACE for more information https://www.facebook.com/spacedogsjerseylaunch?fref=ts please come along and like our page