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eve
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Sep 16, 2017 at 15:07
• Eve
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Tillie is still being aggressive on walks except with Westies) I was told about how some used a Yellow Ribbon tied to the leash, this was a way of telling other dog owners to keep their dogs and small kids away.
Now Tillie has never been anything but friendly to kids but with her actions towards other dogs since Phoenix's passing  I don't want to take the chance.
But I read a article about yellow ribbons on dogs and it said it now means the dog is so bad anyone could shoot your dog or do something else .  Has anyone ever heard anything on this yellow ribbon on the leash and the meaning?    I just want people to come up slow and if they have kids or dogs to give Tillie space till she gets over her grief, fear or what ever it is she has been feeling after losing Phoenix.   
We are heading to the beach the 22nd of this month, I don't want to lock Tillie up in the room every time we want to take a walk on the beach. So yellow ribbon or no yellow ribbon? ( I have even held my hand up and said she's not friendly, and had a few say BUT, my dog is so it will be OK. ) How can I say it any plainer ?
Hugs 


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Diana
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Sep 16, 2017 at 16:23
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I've not heard of the yellow ribbon but if as you say some may retaliate in the worst way then a ribbon could prove to be a liability. 

I know here in Australia they make bright colour coded vests for dogs with warnings such as 'No dogs", "Caution" etc.

I did see a site on ETSY in the USA with the vests too.

We often meet people with other dogs on our walks and on the whole the ones with dogs that are say unfriendly either walk away from the path or when my girls show an interest tell me that their dog is unfriendly. I never let my girls greet another dog unless the owner says it's okay and even then very cautiously. 

I too have heard the phrase 'but my dog is friendly' too in the past but after Hannah was bitten under the eye and require stitches $591 I am more cautious.



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eve
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Sep 16, 2017 at 23:32
• Eve
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Etsy, is the name of the site I found all kind of things. The one I could have used for Faith said the dog was blind. And when Phoenix lost her hearing, I made a cloth sign and put it on her harness that said I am deaf, I made the sign so people would stop coming up behind her, as you found out, some people just don't get it.

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Rebecca and Connor
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Sep 16, 2017 at 16:43
• Rebecca
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When we had Mac he was not friendly to dogs or kids, it was just his personality.  When we went walking I always just picked him up and carried him when we got near others, that way I didn't worry.

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NimbySue
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Sep 16, 2017 at 17:19
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I remember at one of the shows in the past we went to Eve they were selling dog leashes  made of webbing in various bright colours with black capital letters saying things like....Beware nervous dog...or Caution  with other dogs... all different sayings ...I will look on internet...I do remember the yellow and black ones though....would it help to sit at a beachside cafe or  bench somewhere just to  able for Tillie to watch people children and other dogs around or would she still be the same way ? also wondered if  your vet had any ideas with her behaviour... or maybe just still grieving Dear Phoenix...Let us know again how you get on and speak soon...Lots of Love and Hugs to you and Please give Tillie a we kiss and hug  from us also...Annie and Gang xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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eve
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Sep 16, 2017 at 23:19
• Eve
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We must be on the same wave link, I found a web site that sold the leashes and etc. Thanks, will see if I can get a leash before going to Nags Head.

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NimbySue
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Sep 16, 2017 at 17:26
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Eve,I just typed in ...Nervous dog leash lead on Ebay and a firm in UK here make various leads and leashes easy to see with caution etc on...let me know if I can get one for you...will look back tomorrow..Love Annie and Gang xxxxxx x

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Deb, Emmie and Angel Kelsie
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Sep 16, 2017 at 17:40
• Deborah
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I just covered an animal friendly event today to raise money for the local pet food pantry. There were loads of dogs there from Mastiffs to tiny Chi-Chi's (Sadly, no Westies were there) Anyway, I saw a couple of dogs with bandanas on. One said "no dogs" and the other said "anxious dog". I have no idea where they got them, but everyone gave them their space. I pray that Tillie's agressive behavior will go away with time.
Love, Deb, Emmie, and Angel Kelsie

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Iver and Sailor
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Sep 16, 2017 at 20:33
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Never heard of the yellow ribbon as any kind of warning or permission to shoot your dog. Whenever I walked Iver and Sailor when I encountered people with dogs, and long before they could get close I announced both Iver and Sailor were friendly gentle dogs. I relied on the people with the dogs we encountered to either say their dogs were friendly, too or their dogs were not friendly.
We walked toward them or around them as the situation required.
I would say don't put anything on Tillie's collar or leash and just use verbal warnings when anyone tries to approach.

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Elliot
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Sep 17, 2017 at 08:50
• Kay
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Eve,
I believe Phoenix must have been the calming influence Tillie needed so now she is just insecure.  Do you have one of those thunder shirts?  Might be worth a try.  

I have 2 Bichons & the oldest is 14+ yrs old.  He has arthritis & diminished hearing on the left side.  On bad days he is so jumpy & snappy that I'll put on a tight sweater and he settles down.  Been meaning to get a thunder shirt myself.

Hope you find something that helps her. 

Forever Elliot's Kay

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jan and pip
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Sep 17, 2017 at 10:08
• JANET
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i know how you are feeling.  one of my westies was the same, i had to  shout at other dog owners too keep away.    some didnt so i used too pick him up. it is very frustrating and wont denie it makes walking your fur baby very hard. i tried everything, had a dog trainer look at him and a vet.   they said he was guarding me everytime we went out and thats just how he was.   a very lovable dog, when others walked him he was ok but with me over protective.

good luck not an easy thing too fix.

jan and pip x


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Diana
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Sep 18, 2017 at 05:45
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I love Etsy, have got some fantastic things off there for my girls.

I've seen both the leads, harnesses and bandanas with no dogs etc on there.

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Jeanie and Annabel
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Sep 20, 2017 at 11:09
• Jeanie
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I would not use the yellow ribbon, and just warn people, Eve.  I am sure Tillie is missing Phoenix and now feels that it is her job to protect you and Ed.  I'm sure she will grow out of it.

Have fun at the beach....sure hope no more storms brew up.  I think I would be pretty leary.

Love and hugs,
Jeanie and Annabel and
my Jolly @ RB

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