The answer: (Whoa) Tie a yellow ribbon ‘round the old oak tree.
Go on, sing it!!
It’s been three long years, do you still want me?
Who were Tony Orlando and Dawn?
By some standards (not mine), 1973 was an ancient time. But like some things old, suddenly they can become new again. Yellow ribbons are back and you may begin to see them strapped to dog leashes all over the Low Country.
The only similarity to the ribbon in the song and the new yellow ribbon concept for dogs is: it’s a sign. (THEYELLOWDOGPROJECT.com) For Tony Orlando, a bow tied to the tree meant his special someone still wanted him after he spent three years in prison. Incarcerated for what, we will never know. Undoubtedly, he was sentenced for making atrociously bad music with lyrics that cling to you like biscuits and gravy for breakfast.
Three years, no parole!! Then the judge retired to his chamber, self tormented, humming the song’s tune and mouthing the words that wouldn’t go away. Might be happening to you right now; brain- washed by a melody.
Today, if you to see a yellow ribbon (or anything yellow really), tied to the leash of a dog it means this: THIS DOG NEEDS SPACE!! This is a great idea that is waaaaay past due.
A first and logical thought is that this “sign” would be primarily intended for the grumpy dogs, canine curmudgeons that will bite because they’re scared or just don’t play nice with others. If you’re thinking the yellow “flag” is just a newer version of the hanging sign that screams “caution, dog may bite” from the fence, remember that won’t always be true. It may, however, be the most obvious reason for you to respect the pet owners request to keep your distance. No one wants a conversation that starts with “Oh he is so cute, can I pet him?” and ends with a paramedic hovering over telling you “…you’ve lost a lot of blood but the sutures have stopped the bleeding.”
Give ‘em room.
The yellow on the leash could also indicate a dog in training that needs some space to absorb a new lesson and not become confused by your distraction. Don’t think there is a doggie version of Attention Deficit Disorder? Try training a puppy in open spaces with kids around.
Yellow ribbons may begin to adorn working dogs’ leashes too. Same ribbon, just a different reason to stay away. Guide dogs and therapy dogs, beautiful as they are to watch on the job, need to be left alone.
Dogs wearing the dreaded “cone of shame” or those with casted legs were the obvious cases involved in some type of recovery, now any dog with a trace of yellow on the leash may be involved in rehab or have a health issue…so, back off.
Bottom line: from this moment forward, do not approach (with or without your dog) any other dog sporting a yellow ribbon on their leash. Maintain your distance and allow this dog and his/her person time to move out of your way.
Now I’ll take The Rest of the Lyrics for 200, please.
The answer: If I don’t see a ribbon round the old oak tree, I’ll stay on the bus, forget about us, put the blame on me, if I don’t see a ribbon ’round the old oak tree.
Ummm, what song will I hum the rest of the day?
Addison is seen wearing a Yellow Ribbon on her leash to demonstrate the Yellow Dog Project. Animal Medical Center of Mt. Pleasant has Yellow Ribbon information on our bulletin board in the lobby! Any questions, call us 881 5858.