This morning while I was walking to work, I came upon a man walking his dog. I saw the dog pee on the base of a tree, and then take a dump on the sidewalk. The man looked up at me apologetically as he moved swiftly towards his dog, as if to swoop in and pick up the offending turd before I could see it.
It had me thinking, “are dog owners embarassed when their dogs are seen shitting on the sidewalk?” It’s a city; where else are they going to go? I wanted to reassure the guy — it wasn’t as if he was the one going number two on one of Cambridge’s finest red brick walkways.

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