Do You Have a DINOS?

….or do you know what it’s like to be approached by a MDIF?

DINOS are Dogs In Need Of Space…good dogs who for any of a number of good reasons (fear, training, health, aggression are just a few) should not be approached without an ok from their human.  And MDIFs, well they are the well-meaning humans who rush up to introduce their dog to unknown dogs without asking first.  This blog post by Jessica Dolce, a rescue activist and alum from our Portland store, nails what it feels like to be on the other end of one of those cheery encounters, and she nailed it so well that the blog went viral.  The response prompted her to create the beautiful poster below to educate all dog owners to ‘Ask First’.  The poster is available in 4 languages, and the handout is available in English or Dutch. Both are free to print, forward and share.


About Kathy Palmer

I grew up in NJ and Belgium and eventually settled in Portland, ME. Until missing the big city, which inspired a return to Boston in 2010, and the opening of Fish & Bone on Newbury Street. Fish & Bone and its original sibling store Fetch (est. 2000) bring together some of the things I love the most: animals, real food, great design, having an impact, the natural world, urban life, creative solutions, good community, and a good laugh. Zip is all pug, but I'm a cultural mutt.