(Strip Number 5091, Original Publication Date, 1 March 1989)
Panel 1: Elly makes that stupid palms-out pleading gesture Pattersons always make when, having noted that this is the third time in a month that Farley has gotten into the trash, states that she cannot figure out why does so.
Panel 2: John does something stupid and tells her that Farley is a dog when she wants him to be a person she can browbeat into doing something when he suggests that he's simply obeying an urge to forage for himself. He compounds his folly by adding in the synonyms "Y'know...animal instinct....the thrill of the chase...the taste of the kill." to reinforce his premise.
Panel 3: Since that would mean that she cannot hector or yell Farley into obeying her, she dismisses that as being ridiculous.
Panel 4: She's immediately proven wrong when Farley apes a bloodhound tracking a scent when looking at the trash.
Summary: As I've said before, Elly is averse to admitting that Farley cannot be reasoned with on human terms. Having to admit that she can't bellow him into agreeing that he should behave the way she wants him to is seen as a defeat, you see.