October 10th, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Mike's attempt to turn Farley into an attack dog fails because the poor, brain-damaged dog thinks he's playing with him.

(Strip Number 318, Original Publication Date, 12 October 1982)

Panel 1: We find Mike, Lawrence and Farley in the back yard; Mike tells Lawrence to attack him and see if Farley comes to his rescue.

Panel 2: Lawrence headbutts Mike in the stomach and knocks him down; as Mike recovers from a body blow, Farley makes a confused WHURF noise.

Panel 3: Farley then barks and lands on someone.

Panel 4: Since that someone is Mike, Lawrence stands  there laughing while Mike yells "Get off me, you dummy!!"

Summary: What I saw was a fairly poorly trained pet not knowing why the humans are angry this time. He saw himself as being cued to play 'wrestle with a packmate' and can't understand what Mike's expectations are; since he'll never understand English no matter how sincerely Elly pleads, dying was a step up for him.