26 Responses to The Car Sign to End All Car Signs

  1. JB June 5, 2016 at 2:19 pm #

    The great thing about this sign is its confidence in the low rate of car stealing, since it admits that the car is on.

    If we truly live in an age where an unattended car is more at risk of damage from a busybody trying to “rescue” a dog, thinking the car is off, than of a car thief trying to steal it, thinking the keys are in the ignition, then we are actually very safe indeed.

  2. Tim Cushing June 5, 2016 at 2:28 pm #


    [calls 911]

  3. Beth June 5, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

    I saw this earlier this week on Facebook (accompanied by all the “damn right I’m breaking that window” “I don’t care what the sign says” “he’s clearly an abuser trying to cover it up”), but the sign said ‘he’s listening to his favorite music’, not Steely Dan.

  4. James Pollock June 5, 2016 at 2:54 pm #

    “The great thing about this sign is its confidence in the low rate of car stealing”

    Or he’s got remote engine off and/or lojack, or the dog does not react well to strangers in “his” car.

  5. Laura June 5, 2016 at 3:12 pm #

    I wish there was a “like” button here for the comments, and a way to reply directly to a comment. 🙂

  6. Theresa June 5, 2016 at 3:35 pm #

    Save the dog! Save the kid! They are in a car by themselves HELP! They seem fine but we must save them!

  7. Papilio June 5, 2016 at 5:33 pm #

    Well, I think someone has suggested before to just leave a thermometer in plain sight, but this might work as well…

  8. JJ June 5, 2016 at 7:15 pm #

    Note: in an electric car such as Tesla, Leaf, Soul etc, there may not be any outward sign that the “car is on”. But, the air conditioning and internal temperature can be monitored and updated via an iPhone app (at least in a Tesla). Such is the future. Still likely require the sign, to be prudent.

  9. Donald June 5, 2016 at 9:16 pm #

    “Well, I think someone has suggested before to just leave a thermometer in plain sight, but this might work as well…”

    This may have been me (a few suggested this) but I no longer think this will work. This is because I believe most of the busybodies motives are more about feeling righteous and superior than about concern. They like to be outraged about something – ANYTHING! They aren’t going to let a thermometer rob them of this euphoric high.

    However I did (and still do) suggest a permit like for handicap parking. This isn’t about seeking permission. It’s a way to give the police, and government a legal non responsibility clause. This is because in order to get this permit, you have to sign a paper, ‘I am aware of the dangers…..’ This is the major reason police can’t help stepping in. They are legal responsibly. (unfortunately) A dog in parked car permit should rid them of this.

    I think police would love this idea as well. They’d love to shed responsibility and hate the way they have become a marionette for busybodies.

  10. Donald June 5, 2016 at 9:23 pm #

    This video is funny. An episode of ‘The Office’ did a comedy skit about a dog waiting in car. After they broke the window, they created a bigger problem. The dog could run into the street and get hit by a car.


  11. Havva June 5, 2016 at 11:03 pm #

    I’ve suggested a thermometer in combination with a timer, to show the car isn’t hour and you haven’t been gone long. I have never tested the notion. Seeing as 911 has been called on dolls before, it seems feasible to test without getting anyone in the system with CPS.

  12. Warren June 5, 2016 at 11:22 pm #

    Personally I prefer something like “Dog is fine. Trained for security. Will attack should you attempt entry.”

  13. Donald June 6, 2016 at 12:06 am #

    I agree that a timer and thermometer is logical. However I question whether or not these people are logical. They like the euphoric feeling that comes because they can order the cps and police to investigate even the most trivial things. (I’m talking about kids in cars as well)

  14. Warren June 6, 2016 at 2:39 am #

    Thermometer and timers won’t work at all. The idiot busy bodies and the police will not trust them. You will only be accused of rigging them to cover your own ass.

    Then we should also start carrying signs for all occasions.


    What a great time to be alive when even people in here think it is acceptable to prove your innocence when you are doing nothing wrong.

  15. Vicki Bradley June 6, 2016 at 9:01 am #

    Very funny, Tim 🙂

  16. Jill June 6, 2016 at 2:30 pm #

    The next time I leave my dog in the car while I run a quick errand I’ll post a sign that says, ‘This dog has a medical condition. He is fine in here. However exposure to outdoor air will cause him to exlode. Do not explode the dog. Do not break the window. Thank you.

  17. David June 6, 2016 at 2:44 pm #

    I would add just one thing to that sign: This dog is a trained guard dog. Any attempt to rescue him will be seen by him as an attempted intrusion and he’ll react accordingly.

  18. BL June 6, 2016 at 3:34 pm #

    How about:

    “This is my dog’s safe space. Please don’t microaggress the dog”

  19. Beth June 6, 2016 at 9:44 pm #

    My bank has a sign on the entrance door requesting that customers take off their hats and sunglasses before entering.


  20. free range pet owner June 7, 2016 at 12:16 am #

    I am all for this, however I want to relate what happened to me. I was living overseas in a very hot country. I took my 2 dogs with me to the hardware store and rather than put them in the back of the truck I left them in the cab with the air conditioning running, engine on. When I came out of the store the windows were all fogged up there was dog spit covering the windows. One of the dogs must have hit something maybe with a snout or tail that turned off the car …I don’t know how it happened but truck was off and so was air conditioner. Both dogs were almost passed out and in bad condition. Once I got the cab cold from air conditioner my mutt bounced right back but my boxer was limp. I frantically looked for a place to hose him off. Finally found somewhere and doused him in cool water. When I got him home he was acting loopy, balance was messed up and I thought he had brain damage. This lasted for over a day and thought I might have to put him down. I felt very guilty and bad about the whole thing. He ended up fully recovering thankfully and lived another 10 years just fine. However I would be very cautious about taking that chance again.

  21. Tiny Tim June 7, 2016 at 2:02 am #

    I can see questioning the wisdom of leaving dogs in the car in a place where w/o AC they probably will die, even if the driver therefore leaves the AC on, but events as you describe them are still so low probability relative to change of major accident while actually driving.

  22. Xena_Rulz June 7, 2016 at 4:04 pm #

    “Do not explode the dog.” Love that!

  23. Madeline June 8, 2016 at 9:20 pm #

    Steely Dan?! *dials 911*

    j/k but it wouldn’t surprise me if someone did that.

  24. bw1 June 8, 2016 at 10:24 pm #

    Free range pet owner raises another side to this. Letting a dog, or child wait in the car during moderate weather is understandable. In very cold or hot weather, however, is another story. The idea of leaving a dog or child dependent upon technology when they are not able to respond effectively to its failure demonstrates an indolent and blithely unaware, magical impression of technology. All technology fails; it’s not magic. That’s why most states have laws against leaving a running vehicle unattended.

    Under normal circumstances, able bodied adults can take appropriate action when technology fails. Toddlers and animals can’t.

  25. Warren June 8, 2016 at 10:52 pm #

    The laws for leaving a vehicle running has nothing to do with technology failing. They were enacted to lessen emissions. Just saying.

    I also get tired of people going on about the cold when it comes to dogs. Unless they are hairless they do not feel or react to the low temperatures anything like humans.

  26. Donna June 9, 2016 at 9:36 pm #

    “I also get tired of people going on about the cold when it comes to dogs. Unless they are hairless they do not feel or react to the low temperatures anything like humans.”

    That depends greatly on breed of dog. A chihuahua and a newfoundland react very differently the cold. My jack russell mix can’t tolerate much cold at all.

    With more cars moving to push button ignitions, it becomes irresponsible to leave a pet unsecured in the passenger compartment of a car if you are relying on the heat/air conditioner to make it safe. A pet can easily step/sit on the switch and turn the car off. No gymnastics or unforeseeable odd sequence of events needed. Just a paw or other body part coming in contact with a very accessible button. Mine is on the center console right next to the gear shift where a dog could easily hit it while moving about. Once it is off, the car only comes back on if you are pushing the brake and the button at the same time, so not something the dog can do.