This is still a bit creepy. Yeah, the two dudes are bonding over their dogs and their messed-up lives. To Mark’s (the commenter, not the guy in the flannel shirt) point, this contemporary interaction would likely have never occurred in vintage Mark Trail, simply because it would be looked on as something only females did. But in the Gen Z World, that is not the case. Change is sometimes hard for us, especially when the change is dramatic and surprising. Like personal pronouns.