March 13th, 2013

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Thursday, 14 March 2013

In today's strip, we remind ourselves that Mike is not really mature enough to be trusted with the hamster either. This is because he thinks that life is a cartoon and Humphrey and Farley will be great friends.

(Strip Number 572, Original Publication Date, 15 March 1984)

Panel 1: It would seem that John found out about the current situation the same way Greg will find out about Sera the dog. This is because he's genuinely shocked that they now have a hamster named Humphrey. Given that Elly is just now telling him that it's only for a week, it would seem that they're communicating as well as ever.

Panel 2: Before John can start talking to Elly about the importance of telling him things like this, he's alarmed by the fact that Mike asks Elly what would happen if they gave Humphrey to the dog.

Panel 3: As an angry John takes the hamster away from a protesting Mike before he gets any more bright ideas, Elly simpers that it's supposed to teach him responsibility.

Summary: Well, watching Farley maul Humphrey to death would teach him something. Said something would be that life ain't no damned cartoon.
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Sort of off-topic: Last pet standing.

You know, this arc has got me to thinking; that's because it's pretty much five years since we last saw the Pattersons and their pets in the present day. While it's true that the human characters like Michael, Liz and the others haven't aged that much, it's also true that by now, Edgar, Dixie and most of the other pets are either very old or very dead. It seems to me that at eight, Shiimsa stands the best chance of still being alive but given what we've seen so far (and how 'funny' it is that Butterscotch probably finally electrocuted herself to death), even her survival to the present day might be something of a stretch. I'd like to know what your thoughts on the matter are.