Tokyo's Paw Patrol keeps an eye on crime

In Japan, a new crew is sniffing out trouble and keeping the streets safe for school kids: meet the pups of Tokyo's Paw Patrol.

Tokyo's Paw Patrol keeps an eye on crime
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Tokyo's Paw Patrol keeps an eye on crime

published : 20 Jul 2021 at 12:08

writer: Gary Boyle

ORIGINAL SOURCE/WRITER: AFP

The dogs of Tokyo's Wan-Wan (bow-wow) Patrol strike comfort into the hearts of residents. (AFP photo)

In Japan, a new crew is sniffing out trouble and keeping the streets safe for school kids: meet the pups of Tokyo's Paw Patrol.

The dogs of the Wan-Wan (bow-wow) Patrol are firm favourites in Tokyo's Karasuyama neighbourhood.

Twelve-year-old Yurika Igarashi counts on seeing Sakura, a toy poodle , when she's on her way home from school.

"Sometimes I'm scared when I'm coming home alone, but I feel okay when I'm walking with Wan-Wan Patrol," she told AFP.

Sakura is one of 150 pups who form the Wan-Wan Patrol, a programme that enlists dogs and their owners to turn their daily walks into a neighbourhood watch, monitoring children, looking out for residents, and helping deter crime.

Many of the dog owners are parents of current and former students of the local school, but others just participate in the community watch as residents.

On one recent morning, five dogs in Wan-Wan Patrol's lime-green bandanas wagged their tails as they walked with children to elementary school.

Pu, a 17-year-old shih tzu, is one of the oldest members of the patrol and can no longer walk by herself. But she proudly participates from the comfort of a doggy stroller pushed by her owner.

Vocabulary

  • bandana (noun) : a piece of brightly coloured cloth worn around the neck or head - ผ้าพันคอ
  • deter : to make someone decide not to do something - ขัดขวาง, ยับยั้ง, ป้องกัน
  • monitor : to regularly check someone/something - จับตาดู เฝ้าระมัดระวัง
  • participate : to take part in something - เข้าร่วม
  • patrol : a group of people or vehicles that move around a place in order to prevent trouble or crime - หน่วยลาดตระเวน
  • poodle (noun) : a dog with thick curly hair that is sometimes cut into special shapes - สุนัขพันธ์พุดเดิ้ล
  • puppy (or pup) (noun) : a young dog - ลูกสุนัข
  • scared : frightened, or worried - ตระหนก, ตกใจ, หวาด, ผวา
  • stroller (n) : a chair on wheels in which a baby or young child can be pushed along -
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