The Sign

My awesome sign.

I have an irritably large part of my brain dedicated to worry. I worry about everything, all the time. Every day. My husband likes to tell me that I don’t know how to relax, but I do. I read books and play video games. I cannot just sit and do nothing. That does not relax me, it makes me want to do something productive. But, back to the worrying. When it comes to my dogs, I worry about leaving them alone in the house. Not that they will destroy things anymore, but I’m scared something will happen and they will be stuck here all alone.

A long time ago, I was at a pet store and noticed that they had these emergency signs for in your window that alerted people that you have pets. I wanted one, but I did not have the money that day. When I went back to get one, they were sold out. Hmmm. So, eventually, on one of those days where my husband just wanted to sit and I wanted to do something productive, I did.

I made an emergency animal sign on the computer. It has our total number of each species (2 dogs, 1 cat), with cartoon pictures, emergency contact numbers for my husband and myself, and it’s all red and black and white and noticeable on the front door. So, now, I feel like if something bad happens to the house when we are gone, my pets won’t be left here without any help. Personally, I suggest every pet owner consider making one of these. If you aren’t good with computers, make one by hand. If you really worry—like me—make a card sized one to put in your wallet should anything happen to you. It will alert emergency staff that you do have animals that will need to be cared for in your absence. List a couple numbers for them to call, how many pets you have and what kind, and your address. I used clear wide tape to laminate everything, and it worked just fine.

We can’t take our pets everywhere that we go, it just isn’t possible. And, if anything happened to us, what would happen to them? They need to be let out, fed, watered, loved, played with, and perhaps even saved. If no one knows they’re there, how can anyone help them? Perhaps it is a bit over the top, but I would rather it be that than to have that extra worry on me every time I go out the door. Plus, I am pretty proud of myself for actually making the sign. I have even made one for my neighbour and another friend, who hadn’t thought of doing it before. So, if you have pets, and you worry like me, give it a try. Make it as pretty as you want. Paint it, write it, print it, whatever. Just think about it.

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26 thoughts on “The Sign

  1. Great job!! Many years ago our fire department gave us stickers for each door. Our doors have been replaced though and the stickers could not be removed. Your post is a reminder that I should get more stickers or a sigh. Thank you! Hugs and nose kisses

  2. It is criminal to not have a sign that clearly stated there are animals on the property. We had a kitchen fire here…and there were 3 cats inside…the fire fighters helped us retrieve efurrybody ‘cuz of that sign

  3. What a terrific idea! Now I just need to convince my aesthetic purist husband to allow me to post it. 🙂 I especially worried about our dog back when we crated him when we were out, thinking that if he could at least get to a window, someone would see him. Now, he spends most of the day laying in the front window ledge — I could put an arrow on the sign pointing at him — ha ha. Great eye-catching choice of graphics, too!

  4. Thank you so much for this super-important idea! Living in California gives cause to prepare for natural disasters, like earthquakes, so I will make sure to make this sign ASAP!

  5. I feel like you just described me! Thank you! I was beginning to think I was actually nuts. I loath having to leave my dog home alone. Everyone just kinda glances at me and chalks it up to strange worrying habits when I admit this though. This is an awesome idea! Thanks. 😉

    • I’m a little obsessive compulsive, so I am sure that plays into it a bit (not to say that you are!), but I often worry about things that my husband doesn’t at all. Poor guy! lol Glad you liked the idea, it makes me feel alright about leaving.

      • Ah, it’s good for him 😉 I too worry about some of the most off the wall things. I think its the worst on a person when they’re worrying over something they can’t control.

    • That’s a great thing to do! In AB, Canada, we haven’t got too many natural disaster threats to worry about, but I worry about our house because it’s old and you never know what could happen.

  6. Me, too! I am a constant worrier, and particularly so with regard to my animals. I keep meaning to get one of those signs, but never thought of making one on my computer. Great idea! Thanks!

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