They're just ... waiting...
We've all seen dogs tied up or waiting around outside of stores or shops before. Most of us didn't give it a second thought, assuming the owner was inside grabbing a few things and would be right back.
At least we didn't used to give it a second thought. Everything changed in 2002 when Futurama unleashed the episode "Jurassic Bark" into an unsuspecting world. We weren't ready. In what is widely regarded as the saddest moment in television history, we got to watch loyal pup Seymore wait for his owner outside of a shop. His owner never came; Seymore waited til his dying breath.
Now I Ugly-Cry Every Time I Even See A Screenshot. Yes I'm Ugly-Crying Right Now.
Or This Sad Face Near The Trash In Australia
It's not all bad, though. The pups on the next page make the best of the situation.