August 27th, 2016

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 28 August 2016

For reasons that will always confuse and anger Elly, Farley doesn't understand the stigma human beings attach to drinking out of the toilet and never will.

(Strip Number 7033, Original Publication Date, 30 August 1987)

Panel 1: As Elly does the dishes, she notices that Farley is panting like crazy.

Panel 2: She asks him if he'd like a drink of water.

Panel 3: She bends down and takes his empty water dish away to be washed.

Panel 4: She washes his water dish.

Panel 5: She checks to see if the water is the right temperature.

Panel 6: She fills the dish.

Panel 7: She sets the water dish in front of him.

Panel 8: He sniffs the dish to see if it's the right temperature.

Panel 9: He confuses her by walking away from her nice, clean dish of water.

Panel 10: When he noisily drinks out of the commode because he's a dog, Elly is outraged by his ingratitude because she's going to die not understanding he isn't people.

Summary: While we do know that a dog sees a toilet bowl as being a handy source of cool water, we also know that it doesn't look nice so we can sympathize with Elly....up until she starts screeching about a deliberate plot to embarrass and ruin her. This sort of inability to understand that Farley is not, as she once described him, a short, fat hairy guy with bad breath and a lousy vocabulary but is actually a dog with instinctive behaviours that remind us that he is not human comes into play when she screams at him for marking territory or going into the cozy spot she insists on putting plants in.