February 23rd, 2013

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Today's strip is a mildly pleasant little thing in which Elly pampers Farley owing to her not having children young enough to baby any longer. It's also the first real appearance of what we call the Sundayverse in which the Pattersons are better people than they usually are.

(Strip Number 7023, Original Publication Date, 26 February 1984)

Panel 1: We start things off with Elly calling Farley to come to her.

Panel 2: Having done so, Elly hugs him and tells him he's a good doggie.

Panel 3: Despite how enthusiastic Elly when she gushingly tells Good Boy Farley that he's needed a baff for the longest time, he ain't thrilled.

Panel 4: Having it explained that he's being dried to keep warm fails to reassure Farley.

Panel 5: It would seem that Farley doesn't actually like brushing a doggie's coat when it's his.

Panel 6: Farley doesn't much like being sprayed with a little perfumy no matter how sweet he ends up smelling.

Panel 7: Elly tells Farley that Mommy's little bow has a cute little bow in his hair so his little eyes can see.

Panel 8: Having noticed all of this, John smiles as he tells Elly that it seems to him as if the kids are growing up too fast.

Summary: This is a pleasant enough thing that would have inspired commentary from the Diane Siracusas of the world back when there was such a thing as Coffee Talk. It's also something that'll be ruined by the notes.