As gregorific fans may have noticed, many serious Mysteries of Human Nature fling themselves across my path. One of these is the concept of a sign for dogs, or is it for the owners? A sign suggesting that they not poop on the sign owner's yard. This sign looks like a dog pooping and has the word ‘No!’ on it. When I saw this sign for the first time I doubled over with teary laughter. So apt, so funny, so graphic to have on your lawn. Because what's worse than poop in your yard? A sign of a dog perpetually pooping!
If dogs can read the sign may serve it’s purpose.
If dogs cannot read, and sadly I am almost positive mine cannot (yet), then the signs indicate the exact behavior they are trying to discourage. A dog sees the sign and thinks, yeah, I'm gonna do that.
Most mystifying to me is the creation and sales of these signs. Who thought of this? Who are they targeting? People who don't like picking up poop but don't mind seeing a pretend dog in the middle of pooping on their lawn? All the time? There is an abundance of these signs in an enchanting little town I like to visit called Baltimore.
In recent posts I have documented such signs and wondered, where, oh where for art thee buying such rudimentary -or- sophisticated signage?
I have solved this case! In part. I was wandering about on vacay looking for mermaid ornaments (don't laugh). In the very back of one souvenir shop, through the main store and past the sale porch and over a ramp onto a moving truck, was a weird 'bonus' store. The truck was fixed up with shelves full of random sale items. Under bird baths and baby bjorns was a stack of signs! Who knows how this truck was organized or why but I raced back the next day to document it.
Did I buy one? NO WAY! Any dog can poop on my yard. I hope their owner scoops it, but hey, last thing I want is art of a dog pooping and an exclamation about it. To each their own.
In honor of our furry friends, here is a quote that I completely love:
"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." ~ Immanual Kant