(Strip Number 4957, Original Publication Date, 21 April 1988)
Panel 1: We find ourselves watching Elly work herself into a lather brushing out Farley; as she does so, John watches in confusion as she complains about how he got all filthy when she let him out for just a few minutes.
Panel 2: Since she's really bad at understanding dogs, it baffles and angers her that he can get that dirty in such a short time.
Panel 3: She proves my point about how her upbringing has made it impossible for her to actually coexist with a dog by telling a dog who cannot understand the belligerent gibberish the loud, angry creature is making about how he knows what she's saying so he can stop with those innocent eyes.
Panel 4: John astonishes her by asking why he can't do that since it works for the rest of the family.
Summary: As I've said before, Elly never was interested in the idea that trying to bargain with Farley was an exercise in futility. Admitting that he doesn't understand her because he's not human would mean being defeated or something.