Dog Walkers Are Voters Too

I’ve mentioned this many times before.  When you enjoy your walks with your dog, it’s the little things that count.

Our route is no different than anywhere else in Canada, I suspect.  You see a great deal of this.

I always make a wide trip around these lest part of the activities in dogwalking is misinterpreted as a political statement.

Sign design is interesting.  Of note, the Conservative sign doesn’t include the name of the party leader whereas the Liberal and NDP signs do.  I guess that’s what happens when you are an incumbent – you stand on your record with the riding whereas the new candidates try to gain their identity with their leader.  It makes sense. 

If the concept is to get a flash of colour and a name while you’re flying by at 80 km/h, then I guess that works.

But, how about the lowly dog walker who strolls by.  You get the message and then see the sign for a long time until you pass it and then you look for the next one.  Remember, it’s the little things.

Of other note, two of the signs has the address to the candidate’s web presence.  That’s a good thing and does send a message of being with things in a technological society. 

But, for us bored dog walkers, I’d like to offer another suggestion … and there’s a lot of room for it. 

How about adding a QR Code?

We could take a picture with our camera and be teleported to the candidate’s website, or preferably to a list of items that would separate this candidate from the others.

I know we’d be interested in:

  • safety for dog walkers – bicyclists get a metre, we’d like one too;
  • mailboxes closer to the road;
  • while at it, we need more fire hydrants;
  • less concern about urban expressways – we don’t care about that;
  • a bowl of water every kilometre or so would be nice.

They’re easy enough to create.  Grab a browser add-on like QR Code Image Generator or even use the web at a site like QR Stuff.  Educators have been using them for quite some time now.  I’ve created a QR Codes page here on  It certainly adds another message and layer about technology for the viewer.

We’ve still got a month to go before the election and stories like this one will give an indication that there will be a need for more signs.

Time to up the ante to meet the needs of the dog walking community?

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5 thoughts on “Dog Walkers Are Voters Too”

  1. Tweeting with Doug, I realize now that this was not the intention of his post, but when I read this post, I thought about school. I thought that if I was teaching Grade 5, I might use this post as an example of how we have to appeal or numerous stakeholders when making decisions. I thought that Doug did well discussing an issue that mattered to him, but upon reflection, I guess this isn’t a government issue, but more of a response to election ads. Maybe it would align better with Grade 6 and the electoral process. Or maybe, this post could be a provocation for analyzing media texts. I see potential for this for multiple grades. There could even be some real world math here. For instance, I wonder how many dog walkers there are in an electoral riding, and if QR codes would increase people’s potential for accessing websites and engaging in the electoral process. Classes could create a survey, collect data, analyze results, and write a letter to local candidates with recommendations for signage based on survey results. Now this addresses writing expectations on form and voice (or even, depending on how the letter is written, point of view). These align with Language expectations for multiple grades. I think, intended or not, Doug’s post speaks to the power of making learning meaningful/rich and even integrating subject areas in the process. Either that, or I’m just doing too much thinking for a Thursday morning. 🙂


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  2. Thank you for your comment, Aviva. You took my little tongue in cheek post and made it something special. For that, I appreciate it. Obviously, it would be more than a dog walker that could benefit from a quick and easy way to dig deeper, past the sign. I think the concept opens up so many possibilities. There is a great deal of dead space on those signs and a QR Code would fit the bill. Interestingly enough, the related posts brings up an image from a previous rant about another election and there are images indicating the candidate is on various social media.


  3. Doug,

    QR code is an excellent idea. Was there a particular sign your dog is interested in marking? Perhaps an election sign’s size or proximity to the sidewalk makes a difference for a capturing a dogwalker’s vote if the dog is creating a captive audience. Does Google Sheets offer polling for canines?


  4. QR codes are a great idea. I’m sure that the designers of the signs looked on them purely as a visual advertisement. Maybe they need to get a bit more creative in their marketing. Are your dogs keen on ‘marking’ any of the political party’s signs?!


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