This week’s new Dustinland comic is a totally true story about my recent trip to America’s oldest pet cemetery, and there’s not much more I can say to explain it than what’s in the strip — although I do have lots more photos I may soon share.
You may be wondering why I went there on a bright summer’s day. Well, I googled “secret Westchester” (I live in Westchester) and I found a list, and amid all the quiet little gardens and weird ancient businesses was this cemetery, and the photos were so interesting and unexpected, I had to grab my camera and give it a little visit. It really was nice to see. And I was maybe the only visitor. There were some grounds people there, and possibly one couple I saw in the distance. But that’s it. Many of these graves were over 50 years old. Can’t imagine someone is going to visit grandpa’s dog, right? That’s a whole weird thing in itself that I didn’t even mention in the comic. Maybe I’ll have to do a sequel.
This first Dustinland comic of 2021 is about how 2020 made me adopt two guinea pigs. I explain it all in the strip, but basically it was out of guilt due to quarantine boredom and my allergies. So yeah. Furballs. They’re okay. Meh. I kinda like them, but they are also pretty forgettable. I think any pet that stays hidden in a cage all day is just gonna be so-so good even at its best.
At least we have fish. They’re like living decorations.
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Tagged allergies, cats, dogs, guinea pig, guinea pigs, kids, parenthood, parenting, pets, quarantine, raising children, raising kids
This week’s Dustinland comic — posted one day early btw — is about how I’m allergic to dogs and cats. It really sucks. I grew up with cats and I used to take allergy shots to deal with it, and it worked. BUT, I had asthma. No sneezies, but asthma. Then, I moved out. College. Bye bye asthma. So yeah, no more cats or dogs. Sucks big time. Especially for my kid. Man does he want a dog. Really badly. I definitely feel like an asshole depriving him of this key life experience. And he doesn’t even have a sibling. I suck. What can I say.
But hey, next time you stop by and see all his Legos, you’ll understand it a wee bit more.
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Tagged allergic to cats, allergic to dogs, allergies, cat allergies, cats, cats and dogs, dander, dog alleries, dogs, hypo allergenic, pet allergies, pets, zyrtec
You know, I love cats, but man, these wild ones are annoying. As I say in this week’s new Dustinland comic, the kittens are cute, but the adults just hump ALL THE TIME. And they are noisy and crazy and scary with their weird sex sounds, especially in the middle of the night. Definitely not as fun as the cats you see on the Internet in memes. Hey, maybe this can be a new meme. Humping scary feral cat. Oh, maybe Humpy Cat? Probably exists already. Everything does.
I might as well jump on the Internet cat bandwagon now while it’s still going strong. Some say the trend will never die but I think there has to be cycles. Right now we’re in a pretty heavy cat cycle but it has to peak eventually. Or does it…
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I really love this week’s Dustinland. It’s one of my favorites in a long time. I think it’s going to be a love hate thing. Whenever I really weird out, that’s what happens. But who knows, maybe everyone will love it. Or hate it. When you create something, whatever it is, you usually can’t tell if it’s going to go over well. I really do love this one though. It’s definitely pushing it. Maybe I’ve been watching too much Tim and Eric, I don’t know.
Interesting tidbit (or useless crumb): the comic originally was just the first 6 panels, but then I was inspired to extend it. It got a lot weirder, as you can see. I did watch Synecdoche last night, so maybe that had something to do with it.
This week’s Dustinland is something you might not appreciate unless you have ever owned a cat. Sure, most of you will be familiar with these cat behaviors, but you I think you really must own a kitty to understand what it’s like to have something to cute and cuddly push against your chest as hard as possible just to avoid your loving touch, as if you were a monster made of poop. Maybe having kids does the trick. You know, kids get to that age where a hug and a kiss from a parent is like a handshake from a leper. But yeah, cats. They do stuff.
In other news, I’ll be on vacation until the 1st, so this Friday strip here counts for next week. As for the next update, you’re looking at Wed., April 1st. And Birdy, well, he’s on vacation too, and I can’t speak for him as to when he’ll be back. Soon, I hope.