(Strip Number 7026, Original Publication Date, 3 February 1985)
Panel 1: We start things off with Mike and Lizzie trying to pull Farley up a snow-covered hill in a toboggan. Lizzie tells Mike that she's having a hard time keeping him on it.
Panel 2: This is because he keeps falling off.
Panel 3: The strip that the dead-tree people see starts with a horrified John and Elly watching Mike and Lizzie laugh at Farley when he slides down the top of said hill.
Panel 4: Since Elly assumes that they pushed him, she's consoling the 'poor' pooch.
Panel 5: While his children try to defend themselves, John starts to lecture them about how awful they were to the 'poor' creature.
Panel 6: Elly seconds him by telling them that they were extra-bad for pushing him like that. Mike's trying to interrupt will lead to his being yelled at for interrupting.
Panel 7: A confused Farley looks on as the larger pair of the creatures do what they always do and yell at the smaller pair; he has no idea why the Large Ones are yelling at the Small Ones because as we all know, dogs only understand the tone of human voices and not the content. He also doesn't connect what happened to him with why they're being yelled at because he cannot.
Panel 8: The only thing that he's taken away from this experience is that he's just learned that he loves to slide down snowy hills on his rump.
Summary: To be fair to John and Elly, what they saw looks kinda bad. That being said, I'd love to see what would happen if they found out the truth of the matter. My gut tells me that we'd be smacked over the head with the lovely idea that only adults are allowed to ask the question "How was I supposed to know?!" This comes into play next week when Mike is bad because he tells an EVIL LIE about how he didn't know Richard was there.