Let us now praise lost pet signs. Foremost, they are utilitarian tools – and, of course, we sincerely hope they will have their intended effect. Please keep your eye out for these animals!

But, in addition, they are folk art of the highest order. They are constructed from everyday materials by people who do not consider themselves artists, yet they are lovingly crafted, often beautiful. They are small but intense, understated but serious, direct but emotional.

The images are almost always of a time when the pet was most happy, making each sign a study in contrast. They are expressions of the difference between appearances and reality – between one’s face and one’s future.


Their text is brief, but those few words can be a window into deep reservoirs of tragedy and love, communicating delicate intimacies within families. And ultimately, they express hope in one’s fellow man even in a time of great personal trial and pain.


Signs for this sweet-looking dog have been posted not only all over Culver City but everywhere from Inglewood to Santa Monica.

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Comment by Scupine on June 6, 2011 at 12:44pm
I haven't seen it, but I'm gratified you thought of this post when you did...
Comment by Enhager on June 6, 2011 at 12:38pm
Have you seen Colin Fitz, the movie? One of the characters makes Lost Pet signs for fun. At one point his ex-girlfriend says - did you put up the Lost Pony in the Laundromat? That one really got to me.
Comment by Scupine on May 3, 2011 at 8:51am

I'm glad you liked the post. Over the last couple of days I've been astonished -- and moved -- to see how widely they've thrown the net for the chihuahua/mini-pinscher with the stitches. She's the one I'm really pulling for.


I didn't go into it in the post, but when you think about the amount of time and money people expend... Just posting them alone: park and get out and staple or tape and drive on...it's a tribute to how deeply the bonds go between a pet and its owner.

Comment by Enhager on May 3, 2011 at 6:59am
Sometimes I think the signs in the LA area are special - as we are very creative. Great post. I'll be on the look out and add some more. Maybe we'll provide an additional public service to and find "Lulu."

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