Dogs are more than just Man's Best Friend, they're ideal living alarm systems even if potential intruders never lay eyes on your pet. These bark-dacious “Beware Of Dog” signs stand out from the rest when it comes to warning visitors that doggies be in the house, the yard, and possibly yo' face.
1) For Goodness Snakes
Posting a warning sign usually suffices to deter trespassers from risking the wrath of a territorial canine. When it comes to unusually bold intruders, however, those signs need to be “scaled” up, if you know what we mean – and we think you do. Look at it this way: guard dogs aren't venomous so adding snakes to the mix is the next best thing. (image above via cammom, at top via Marcia Cirillo)
2) Curse You, Red Baron!
Vintage warplanes don't cost Peanuts, y'know, so basic security is a must. While remembering not to leave the keys in the ignition should do the trick, you never know when someone might come snoopying er, snooping around. Paranoid pilots, put a cocker spaniel in your cockpit today! (image via Dave Pearson)
3) See Dog
So you've encircled your home or business with a medieval moat and stocked it with vicious crocodiles... nice try, but no cigar. Most urban thieves have never SEEN a real croc or 'gator so warning signs have no meaning. Dogs, on the other hand, are known to all and sundry. You don't even have to stock the moat with dogs (don't do that, by the way), just post a sign like the one above and they'll get the message. (image via Tony Bowden)
4) Stop Or I'll Schuss!
Not all guard dogs are German Shepherds or Dobermans. Judging by the above gate, this one's probably a St Bernard. Don't laugh... if you do, you've probably never watched Cujo. Memo to trespassers: enter if you dare, but prepare to leave a little something – skis and/or skin – behind. (image via Mike)
5) Japanese Beardness
Is this a “Beware of Dog” warning sign or a bizarro Coppertone ad featuring an 8-bit representation of the infamous Tan Mom? Why not both! While the sunscreen maker can pursue copyright issues in the Japanese courts (good luck with that), we're more concerned about why a toothless bearded mutt is pulling down someone's pants. (image via Patrick Lordan)
6) Short Story
Where's the “ware”? There's no ware there! We'd ask the dog's owner but he's a real no-ware man, sitting in his no-ware land, making all his no-ware plans for nobody. No-ware man please listen, you don't know what you're missin'... but we do. (image via Robert Couse-Baker)
7) Knowing the Score
This sign exhibits plenty of sun-fading but the message here is unmistakable: if you're not a postman, a shoe or a cat, you're good to go. Boot-shod feline employees of the USPS, on the other hand, had best peddle their papers somewhere else. (image via Luc.T)
8) Dumb Animals
Drivers should be aware an elderly canine, a puppy and a few feeble-minded hounds are on the prowl. Should they catch you... well, what's the worst that could happen? The old dog might gum you, the puppy will insist you play fetch, and the stupid dogs might think you're actually a cat. Yeah... be aware AND beware! (image via Julie Falk)
9) Not Too Nasty
Ready for some mixed messaging? OK, the traditional Hindu-style swastika is a symbol indicating all are welcome, and as such it is often painted on house doors as shown above. Not so fast, door-knockers... the image of a snarling pooch frothing at the mouth is anything BUT welcoming. To quote The Clash, “should I stay or should I go?” Oh, and the dog looks like a German Shepherd, not that it matters. (image via Eva)
10) The Bite to Bare Arms
Yikes, more like “Beware Of Werewolf”, amiright? This may be the most intimidating sign EVAR, even without the added text emphasis. We doubt if anyone's gonna hang around waiting for the actual guard dog to show up, but wouldn't it be awesome if the ill-tempered ol' junkyard dog turned out to be a perfectly coiffed and cutely clothed Labradoodle? (image via Allan Lorde)
*** Have you seen “Bad Kitties: The Top 10 'Beware Of Cat' Signs”?