dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

In today's strip, we start to see why it is that Farley doesn't like being bathed. Simply put, witless Elly seems to go out of her way to make it a terrible experience for him.

(Strip Number 635, Original Publication Date, 19 June 1984)

Panel 1: We start off with Elly dragging Farley by the scruff of his neck and telling him that since he's filthy, he needs a bath.

Panel 2: As Mike looks on, Elly struggles with a fearful Farley and growls "Get in the tub!! Don't be such a baby!!"

Panel 3: My guess is that the look of discomfort on Farley's face isn't coming from the fact that Elly is cooing about how she'll get her good boy nice and clean as such as it's how she's doing it. Knowing her, she isn't diluting the shampoo and she forgot to brush out any knotted hair first. OUCH!!

Panel 4: She then tells a sad, humiliated looking dog "There! Now don't we feel better?"

Summary: Since Elly isn't very bright and doesn't understand that forcing a dog that's clearly afraid of water is going to reinforce his fear that he'll drown, it's clear that this is an old battle that no one will ever win.

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