(Strip Number 1280, Original Publication Date, 20 April 1988)
Panel 1: As the kids head inside, Farley follows them. Since he's not very bright and since he's a dog, he takes the most direct approach and charges through a big mud puddle.
Panel 2: When he gets to the back porch, Elly stands there freaking out and telling the kids to not even think about letting that dirty, dirty dog inside her house.
Panel 3: Mike turns his head and tells Ol'Farl that he gotta stay outside.
Panel 4: Since Elly has always impressed me as being a bit of a thickie with a problem remembering things, it doesn't surprise me that her reaction to the kids also tracking in mud like they've done a thousand times before is one of abject horror.
Summary: Once again, Elly fails to see the obvious bearing down at her and once again, she acts like it's the end of the world. Forget about being more tolerant.....she wasted most of her time being Panicky Idiot Number Two and refusing on principle to admit a connection between a muddy backyard, undersupervised kids and mud tracked into her hallway.