We have four dogs and as any dog lover will tell you, they all have their own personalities. The oldest dog is blind and doesn’t do much but sleep and stink. The two puppies are just insane running around and barking without any obvious reason. The next oldest is a little over two and she often gives the illusion of knowing what we’re talking about, which is what inspired this strip. While the puppies just seem dumb, Mindy frequently has thoughtful expressions, usually as a way of saying “hey, just so you know, that wasn’t me who did that.” On a side note, if the inking on this one looks a little rough, that’s because it is. Clearly I was in need of some new pens and didn’t realize it until after I scanned the strip.
A couple years ago we received a popcorn maker for Christmas. The kind that sort of looks a movie house popcorn machine, but on a smaller scale. For whatever reason I have become the person who operates this machine; probably because it’s just about the only thing I can cook that other people will eat with being admitted to the hospital. Anyway, the dogs love popcorn and quickly gather around as soon as they smell it. Sometimes I think it’s a bigger deal for them than it is for the rest of us.
This was the very first Dogma sub-strip to appear, and it was indeed inspired by this very thing. Our Shepherd could not walk past a stain on the asphalt road without stopping to smell what it was. If we noticed before she did, unlikely as that may be, we would try to keep her away; god only knows what it was. Anyway, it wound being a whole new creative outlet. I actually hate the artwork in this particular strip. It didn’t turn out anything like I saw it in my head.
As if it is not aggravating enough to be woken up early by a dog, doesn’t it make you absolutely insane when you’ve been up for hours, long before you wanted to be, and you look over to find your dog sleeping the day away? You know they don’t care if you’re tired.
This might be the truest comic strip I have ever written.
We were washing our Sheppard one day after a rather muddy walk and rubbing her coat down with some all natural, cinnamon smelling shampoo. I’m not a huge cinnamon fan, but it smelled all right (as dog shampoos go), however it got me wondering how “they” determine what scents to use for pet shampoos. Of course it must be targeted to appeal to the human because we’re the one forking over the cash for this stuff and no way would a dog prefer the smell of cinnamon over something more pungent. I originally thought about putting “We prefer ‘anal glands’ ” as the dog option, but figured it might cross the line.
I wish someone could explain to me why dogs feel the need to lay a wet, nasty, gnarled, chewed up bone on their people in order to chew it. It’s truly repulsive.