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Sunday, 30 September 2012

Today's mostly-dialogue free strip has Mike and Lizzie record Farley's barking so that they can play it over and over again for their own amusement. This, of course, irritates and confuses Elly.

(Strip Number 6114, Original Publication Date, 2 October 1983)

Panel 1: We start things off with Mike and Lizzie digging around in the hall closet to get the old-fashioned reel tape recorder.

Panel 2: They look in on a sleeping Farley with a gleam of mischief in their eyes.

Panel 3: Lizzie teases Farley with puppets and Mike records his panicked yelping.

Panel 4: Lizzie makes faces at Farley and Mike continues to record his panicked yelping.

Panel 5: Lizzie records Farley's panicked yelping as Mike torments him.

Panel 6: Elly overhears the constant barking and damned near drops her iron on her foot.

Panel 7: She scowls as she trudges down the hallway to wallop Farley with a rolled-up newspaper for disturbing her.

Panel 8: She's astonished to see the children laugh hysterically as they listen to "Barking to Irritate Housewives By."

Summary: Boy. What a swell pair of kids, right? You almost want to cheer Elly on when you realize that a Panel Nine would be her hollering at them for tormenting the poor animal. Almost. At the risk of offending parents who actually are at their wit's end, it's difficult to cheer on a woman who had no wits to start with. A smarter woman would not turn her back on her children as often as Elly does. A smarter woman would also realize that her casual mistreatment of pets teaches kids it's okay to torment them.
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