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.

Views: 1988


You need to be a member of Culver City Times to add comments!

Join Culver City Times

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."

The Culver City Times is the news and social network for Culver City.  Stay informed.  Join now!

      • Got news you think everyone should know? Blog it.

• Have a show or attending a benefit? Put it on the calendar.
• Got video of the big game? Embed it.
• Photos of your business or the school play? Upload them.

For daily updates

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Latest Activity

SPMG Media posted a blog post
May 17
Janice Metz posted an event

Culver City Rock and Mineral Club's Fiesta of Gems Show at Veterans Memorial Auditorium

June 29, 2024 at 10am to June 30, 2024 at 5pm
Mar 14
Mistah Wilson updated their profile
Feb 4
Mistah Wilson promoted Mistah Wilson's blog post Soul The Interrogator talks Hip Hop Histories & His New Album "Ol' Head" (Exclusive Interview)
Feb 4
SPMG Media posted a blog post
Jan 5
Lucy Pollak posted an event

64th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration at The Music Center Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

December 24, 2023 from 3pm to 6pm
Dec 6, 2023
Mike Cohen posted a blog post
Oct 12, 2023
Myles Lee posted an event

California Premieres! at Veterans Memorial Auditorium 4117 Overland Avenue Culver City, CA 90230

November 11, 2023 from 7:30pm to 10pm
Oct 7, 2023

Play "Where Am I in Culver City?"

Not a member? Sign up here to leave your answer.

Good luck!

To see the answer, click here.

© 2024   Created by Culver City Times.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service