Blind Dog Wanders: News at Eleven

While driving through the sylvan little vale of Woodland Hills, I did an in-vehicle spit-take at this sign, screeching to a halt and backing up to shoot this photo.

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Didn’t quite catch that? Here it is, close-up (click again):

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No, that’s not some WWII military code. Blind Dog Wanders.

I kind of don’t understand this. How, exactly, does a responsible pet owner’s blind freakin’ dog end up “wandering”? I mean, does it just bonk repeatedly into walls and fences like a Roomba until it discovers some sort of egress, and then emerges into street level, to “wander”?

“Honey, where’s Princess?”

“I don’t know, darling, she must be out wandering again.”

“Oh, bosh.”

This makes absolutely no sense to me, and therefore, I think it’s totally awesome.

Spotted on MacFarlane Drive in Woodland Hills.

3 Replies to “Blind Dog Wanders: News at Eleven”

  1. I agree: totally awesome. But it sounds like a hoax/gimmick that I’d bet is relatively successful in getting drivers to ease up on the gas. And at least it’s better than “Slow Down You Fucking Idiot.”

  2. Actually, one of my mom’s dogs has gone blind. He runs around with his sister kind of following the sound of her collar and tags. You actually wouldn’t be sure the dog was really blind, but I watched him just this week running into furniture moved around for Thanksgiving; it’s for real.

    Now, if she lived by a busy street instead of on an isolated cul de sac, I’m sure the dog would be confined inside or on a leash, but for now, he wanders along–without the benefit of a sign.

  3. While I won’t choose sides on this issue, I think I can safely say “only in LA!

    Whether pets or people, please drive safely!!

    Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

    Brian Humphrey
    Firefighter/Specialist
    Public Service Officer
    Los Angeles Fire Department

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