It’s wintertime, at least for people living where wintertime applies (and yes, global warming has made it so that wintertime can really mean any temperature, but seasonal depression knows no limits). Oh, and also, the world seems to be in a state of perpetual civil unrest – something that’s become increasingly difficult to avoid. So what do you do, other than bemoan your Facebook feed’s unrelenting parade of horrors?
For some, distraction would seem like the best option: perhaps a simple click to another Facebook feed, one that supplies endless images of cute animals doing cute things. However, for those looking to peer even deeper into their own tortured souls while also looking at pictures of adorable animals, a click to yet another Facebook (or Instagram) feed presents a compelling option. Behold Sad Dogs Outside Shops, the Facebook page that allows you to go “awwww” while also contemplating your own lonely existence.
The feed (which goes by @saddogsoutsideshops on Instagram) is the brainchild of an Irishman living in Australia named Andy. After Andy moved to his then-new living situation, he quickly noticed a phenomenon not too unfamiliar to any of us who live in urban environments: dogs tied up outside of businesses, left behind by owners patronizing said shops or gallivanting around. As Andy said in an interview with Mashable, “One thing I noticed when I moved over was the amount of dogs tied up at shops! I’ve always loved dogs and liked to pet them to cheer them up a bit, so when I saw them I thought other people would get a kick out of seeing them online too.” He cites a need to provide “an antidote to all the rubbish” on social media as a motivator. So now we can share in the experience of seeing these dogs in all of their stoic, sedentary glory. Each pic invites a groundswell of emotions for anyone who has ever wondered, “Is it okay if I pet this dog?” or thought, “I hope the owner doesn’t come out while I’m petting their dog.”
You can even share your own pics of lonely dogs with Andy, who will in turn post them with many pup-appropriate (puppropriate?) hashtags (#puglove, for example). In fact, many of the photos on the site are now sent in from all over the world, something Andy finds especially exciting. In the aforementioned interview, he said, “I just got our first Russian sad dog this morning, which is great. It’s like the people, once they were made aware of the dogs, realised that they see them all the time.” And as you’ll see in the following photos, these sad dogs are just the best, no matter where they hang their leashes at the end of the day.
This photo shows just how sad it is when dogs are tied up outside of food establishments. Just imagine being walked to the place of your dreams (and one can imagine that a room filled with raw meat is something a dog would fantasize about), only to be tied up right in front of it. This sad doggo just wants some meat (here’s hoping the owner brings out a tasty snack).
Look at this well-behaved pup! This doggo isn’t even sad, really, though maybe the smile and the perfect parking job are all part of a greater plan to get some treats. The owner is in an Aldi store, after all. This cute pup clearly believes in the power of pawsitivity.
Doggo 1: This isn’t so bad. It’s nice out, these tiles are nice and cool, and I have some time to reflect and catch up on my thoughts. Yup, not too bad at all.
Doggo 2: This is an injustice. Bark! This is imprisonment. Bark! Free the doggos. Bark! Free the doggos now! Bark!
This dog is skeptical of your rules. The “please” is appreciated, but the message doesn’t compute. Also this dog can’t read.
It’s hard to tell if this puggo is sad or just indulging in some classic resting pug face. Chances are, this is the fat pug’s natural state, with or without the leash.