“Beware” of THAT Dog?

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We stumbled upon this “Beware of Dog” sign on the gate of small house in the town of Carpinteria, in Santa Barbara County, California, last weekend. What struck us was how the bold typographical warning of the sign contrasted to the very small, cute dog lying on the front lawn in the background. The dog was barking super mildly in a way that seemed more like the half-hearted chirping of sociable bird than a dangerous canine. This pooch seemed to be “phoning it in” when it came to protective duties. That said, looks can be deceiving.