Dim & Dash: Walking the Dog

by Brett & Kate McKay on May 4, 2012 · 50 Comments

in Dim & Dash, Visual Guides

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1 Neil May 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Just makes me wonder who owns who.

2 Steve May 4, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Yes, pick up after your dog. And don’t dump the bag on the ground once you’re around the corner.

3 Jonathan May 4, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Dim let’s the dog walk him…
Dash walks the dog…

4 Jonathan May 4, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Dim let’s the dog walk him.
Dash walks the dog.

5 TL May 4, 2012 at 2:43 pm

A lot of Dims in my neighborhood.

6 Liam May 4, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Dim lets his dog run all over the place.
Dash trains his dog to heal.

Dim lets his dog run up to other dogs.
Dash asks other owners if their dogs are friendly before intros.

7 Don Quizote May 4, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Dim is bright enough to realize ALL animals c**p outside, and dogs (and cats) are a small part of it.

Dash cowers at the altar of political correctness.

8 Dan May 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I think Don Quizote is missing the point. Dim is oblivious to how disrespectful he is, and Dash takes care to notice things like that.

A neighbor of mine was walking his dog the other day, and I watched him let the dog do his business right in my driveway and didn’t even act like it mattered. It does matter. Not because I can’t pick it up, but because when people try to keep their yards looking nice, it’s general good-neighbory to clean up after your pets.

9 Crash May 4, 2012 at 4:51 pm

@Don Quizote > Any animals caught crapping outside on my property gets turned into dinner. Dim better recognize…

10 Levi May 4, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Well said @Crash!

11 Bash May 4, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Picking up the crap is not good enough for some people. Some people are so pissy that every time my dog takes a piss at his tree, the guy runs out screaming! Or watches me angrily shaking his fist through the window.

Geez… I wish my dog would crap on his lawn so I would have the option of not picking it up. Something like diarrhea… that would be great.

12 Moeregaard May 4, 2012 at 6:46 pm

That bag Dash is carrying is way too small relative to the size of his dog. My Boxer produces more lawn sausages in a half-hour walk than most dogs dump in an entire day. A typical “session” involves Jackson walking around in a circle, dropping turds so that they resemble a scale model of Stonehenge. I finally had to make a really nice poop scooper from sheet metal, figuring that carrying a little bag of sh*t around the ‘hood wasn’t very manly

13 Mike May 4, 2012 at 8:49 pm

This infuriates me. I want to punch Dim in the effin’ mouth. People who don’t pick up their dogs crap deserve to be eaten alive by starving koalas.

14 bewarecoward May 4, 2012 at 8:50 pm

So what about those people who tie the poop bag to their dog’s collar? Kind of like Dash, but also making the dog carry its own poop.

(Personally, I dislike those people)

15 Mike May 4, 2012 at 8:51 pm

@Don, I hope you step in dog crap today, then track it into your house.

16 Asriel May 4, 2012 at 9:14 pm

We got a kid on our street that always stops his dog in our yard to shit, he carries a bag with him but he doesnt pick it up. Needless to say i got a Dim who dresses like a Dash on our street.

17 LG May 4, 2012 at 9:42 pm

@Don Quixote, I don’t want to step on dog crap on the sidewalk while I’m on my run OR watch my niece come toddling across the park with a piece of it in her hand. That’s what you’re asking for every time you don’t pick up your dog’s waste.

There’s a guy in my neighborhood who takes his two giant dogs across the street twice a day to do their business — after which they always kick up a patch of grass, too — in the front yard of an elderly woman. It makes me wish that karma was a real thing.

18 oz May 5, 2012 at 3:35 am

Dim owns a dog and keeps it in a house, as if it was a person.

Dash doesn’t own a dog. Allowing a dog to be out in the world like a dog.

19 Mike Haydon May 5, 2012 at 4:47 am

Plus it’s the law in our city to pick up after your dog lol

20 the barking dog May 5, 2012 at 7:41 am

Once, I had a neighbor who let their dog run around off a leash. It would do its thing unattended, which to me is worse than if it has an accident while you’re walking it around on-leash. After a couple YEARS of putting up with this, I finally had enough. After watching the dog take a dump, I walked outside with a baggie, scooped it up, walked down to their house, handed the bag to them, and said “here, your dog left this in my yard” and walked away. Once the shock wore off, they came down and yelled at me about how rude I was, which I turned right back around on them. Their dog didn’t crap in our yard for at least a couple months.

Not saying what I did was manly, but at least I got a good laugh out of it.

21 David Y May 5, 2012 at 7:49 am

One small quibble. Dash needs something to pick up the poop so he can put it in the bag.

22 Jasper May 5, 2012 at 9:00 am

@David Y: turn the bag inside-out. Hand-warmer in winter.

23 AC May 5, 2012 at 11:35 am

@Don Quizote, what’s your point exactly? Do you see many cows or buffalo in your city?

As much as I dislike the ideology of politically correctness, I despise just as much people who hide their own selfishness and obnoxiousness behind “political incorrectness”. Eating your neighbor’s children is “politically incorrect” – that doesn’t make it right.

24 David Y May 5, 2012 at 1:42 pm

@Jasper. Then I’ve got a handful of poo(granted it’s protected by the baggie) in case the dog needs to make another deposit.

Would it be considered impolite if I waved at the neighors with that hand?
Just curious :-)

25 Zak May 5, 2012 at 5:02 pm


And dog poop is not child murder.

26 Swagger May 6, 2012 at 12:29 am

Wow, I thought this was artofmanliness.com not huffingtonpost

Two very simples adages cover this.
1. Shit Happens.
2. Good fences make good neighbors.

The greatest generation didn’t play with dog poop when they went for a walk. I wont either, my dogs toilet is the back yard. Much like a car ride or anything else, I go and have the dog go before we leave the residence…and if something should happen “Shit Happens”. If for some reason you don’t have a yard or a proper place for your dog to crap before a stroll…DON’T OWN A DOG!

27 Asriel May 6, 2012 at 2:25 am

That was funny! I use AOL so HP is my homepage news, and i dont think ive ever seen a positive comment on any HP articles. Great observation too.

28 Vic May 6, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Picking up after your dog is part of your responsibility as the owner. It would be the same as a parent letting their child go into the neighbors yard and defecating on the lawn and not picking it up.

If you don’t want to pick up the turd then don’t have a dog. It’s very simple.

29 Hoop May 7, 2012 at 2:36 am

Teach your dog to crap in the bushes.

30 NoWay May 7, 2012 at 10:06 am

Thank you, Swagger!

How about just generally staying out of other peoples’ yards?

If you live in a large urban area with more pavement than grass and you MUST have a dog, yes, pick it up. In this case, “walking the dog” MEANS “taking the dog outside to pee and/or poop”. Otherwise, in smaller communities with yards, walking a dog is a recreational and social activity. In this case, make your dog crap at home.

Rural folks don’t worry about it.

31 icecycle66 May 7, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Even Dim’s dog knows something is amiss.

Also, for those who believe that people are supposed to walk their dogs and not dogs walking their people:

First, I take my dog out for his enjoyment. I he can poop in the back yard, but he can only explore while on a leash.

Second, go ahead and try to take a beagle or bloodhound out for a walk. You will quickly discover that it is neither you nor the dog in conrol. The nose is in charge and everything behind it acts upon the whim of a whiff.

32 Forest May 7, 2012 at 1:17 pm

@Swagger , ‘The Greatest Generation’ Didn’t clean up poop? I very much doubt your statement.. loved to see your source.. I grew up with Depression Era Grandparents.. who had also taught Depression Era Ideals to mine ( hard work.. responsibility , frugality , respect of others , strong work ethic ) .. Farmers / Bee Keepers .. in the boonies of Pennsylvania. Unless it was waaaay out in the woods off Trail .. the dogs mess was picked up every time.. Even on Trail walks and Never let go in the fields on out anchorage. My other side of Family Grandparents were New Yorkers.. City Dwellers.. and Dog people.. Also.. Always and Forever Cleaned up everything. Although.. they had Man in house to ‘help’ with every thing. Including Gardening and Dog walking. I think pulling the Golden Great GEN Card is weak unless you have studied a bit. They were BETTER than we are in Ethics.. Not worse.

33 Forest May 7, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Correction to above.. Never LET GO in the fields on OUR Acreage – not Anchorage. Auto Spell check.. sometimes corrects when it shouldn’t.
But to add to the above.. Even when Grand Dad had Happy out and he Dropped off Trail.. he would always Roll and Bury what was there. I can’t believe you think ‘Greatest GEN’ers ‘ were that Unenlightened.

34 Joe May 7, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Dash lets his dog wander all over, do its business anywhere, and tear up the yard when it’s done.

Dash lets his dog explore anywhere on the boulevard between the sidewalk and the road, and is control of the dog.

BTW, the quantity/size of your dog’s poo is in direct relation to the quality of the kibble you feed it.

35 mary timmers May 7, 2012 at 6:18 pm

You boys are SO cute! I can feel the world becoming a better place minute by minute. I think the three men in my life should subscribe to your blog. Maybe I’ll give a free subscription as a Father’s Day gift! Keep up the good instruction!

36 JeffC May 7, 2012 at 10:15 pm


Some accept it.

Some shun it.

37 Swagger May 8, 2012 at 7:04 pm


I volunteer at a VA Hospital and read a lot of the posts here to large groups of ‘Greatest GEN’ers ‘ and get their opinions and comments. This being a unanimous consensus of the guys, thought I would share. So, really not incline to “study” LOL

38 a1 May 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I’m with Don; chill out, dogs crap. Don’t step in it. Problem solved.

39 Martin May 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm

a1, I made your choice for you:


I shun it.

Thanks for defining your character for us.

40 KYBOE USA May 9, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Just discovered Dim and Dash – Love it! Grew up reading Goofus and Gallant in the dentist’s office.

41 Jeremy May 11, 2012 at 3:48 pm

What if the dog makes a mess of it? I’m for picking up after but what if you just can’t?

42 Bob Q May 13, 2012 at 9:55 pm

It’s not only not cool if you don’t pick up after your dog but here in the City of Chicago most people don’t understand the meaning of curbing their dogs, I try to set a good example but I still see that DB letting his dog sh*t and piss in the school playground across the street…dick

43 Joshua May 15, 2012 at 5:11 am

For all the arguing I’m surprised that no one has explained **why** it’s important.

The biggest reason is disease control. Any feces will contain numerous types of harmful, infectious organisms. Those commonly found in dog’s droppings include various types of worms, salmonella, and giardia. When droppings aren’t picked up and disposed of properly they will increase the spread of these organisms and the diseases they cause in humans, other people’s pets, and wild animal populations.

This can happen by direct exposure to the droppings but also through indirect means. Some organisms will migration into soil and persist after the droppings are no longer present. Others will wash away in rain to contaminate local waters. Others will spread with the help of animals that feed on feces, flies and rats being common examples. This last example is compounded because the extra nutrients help these animals breed more successfully increasing their populations.

It’s also important to remember that unless you are in central Africa dogs are not a native species. This means that, unlike those of native species, dog droppings may not break down efficiently or support the local ecosystem by “fertilizing the soil”. In some cases they may actually damage local systems by supporting the excess growth of various algae or fungi.

Also remember that in areas with a sufficiently dense population of dogs (read many urban environments) the amount of waste left can easily exceed the ability of natural processes to remove it. A lot of poop can pile up very quickly if not disposed of.

44 Josh May 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm


What makes you think that dogs are only native to central Africa? Have you ever heard of wolves, or maybe coyotes? Archeology shows that there were dogs in North America in the Pre-Columbian era (that is before Columbus “discovered” the Americas.)

Not disagreeing that dog poop has plenty of nasty organisms in it, just that they aren’t native outside of Africa, or that the soil isn’t able to break dog poop down.

45 Joshua May 18, 2012 at 1:47 am


Yah, I got a bit carried away and and referenced something half remembered from a documentary. It’s a bad habit I haven’t succeeded in breaking yet. Sorry.

The paper below states that evidence indicates initial domestication probably occurred in East Asia.

My understanding however is that the the current dominant hypothesis is that domestication happened in one area and the resulting animals accompanied humans as we migrated to new locations rather than domestication re-occurring in each new area with other canid species.

In my (inexpert) view this makes them as non-native to most areas of the world as we are.

As for the break down of droppings. That is a weak argument on my part and I don’t have any sources to back it up. My (again, inexpert) understanding is that the waste collectors for a given local ecosystem will specialize in the nutrients and composition of what is left by true native species’ and that they may not be adapted to effectively handle everything left by domestic dogs. My further understanding is that the manufactured diet (canned wet food and bagged dry food) of most owned dogs would compound the issue.

46 Joshua May 18, 2012 at 1:49 am

That link didn’t post properly. Here is another – http://tinyurl.com/3j3je43

47 Diego The Great May 24, 2012 at 7:59 pm

F**k picking up dog s**t

48 Diego The Great May 24, 2012 at 8:00 pm

F*** picking up dog s***

49 Dude May 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Joshua – worms, salmonella, and giardiasis? If those ailments are the reason I’m supposed to bag crap, then I’m no longer doing it. Dim must take good care of his dog, and confidently knows the vaccinations and de-wormers the vet gives his dog prevent the spread of disease, as his dog has no diseases.
Further, dogs are native nowhere, as they are genetic mutations of wolves, bred by man for desireable characteristics and traits. They’re domesticated, meant to be pets, not naturally inclined to survive in the wild.
Science does suggest that all mankind’s DNA can be traced to Africa, and that by genetic mutations caused by breeding and migrating to other climates we became as we are now – so we’re just as out of our environment as dogs then.

50 Sir Crimminy Crim October 18, 2012 at 2:24 am

The world is a toilet. Dim’s dog walks beside him, like a sidekick, like a dog should. Ever seen the Dog Whisperer with Cesar Milan? Dash’s dog is way out in front. No good.

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