Thursday, January 24, 2013

Street Dog Role Models in Romania

A campaign has started in Romania using stray dogs as role models to try to reduce the number of pedestrian casualties from careless road crossings (reported here, for example). Many street dogs have apparently learned that the safest way to cross roads is to use pedestrian crossings or wait for red lights, so they are being used as examples to educate, and possibly embarrass, the general public.

This particularly interests me because one of the commonest complaints against street dogs is the risk of them causing traffic accidents but my feeling has always been that dogs who grew up on the street are actually quite traffic-savvy whilst abandoned pets and pets-on-the-loose are the far more serious culprits.
Learn more about the lives and issue of unowned dogs in my e-book ”A Stray View” available from Bangkok Books (readable as .pdf on any computer)

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