Comics Curmudgeon mainstay poteet confirmed my suspicion that Lynn went right back to Early Years without any sort of explanation. Lynn, A Failure Is You!!
Panel 1: Here we are, back in the past. We see Young Elly walking down Main Street Milborough with Mike and Liz in tow. Looking at a woman in sunglasses carrying a dachsund puts the idea of wanting a dog in Mike's head and he thus pleads with Elly for a puppy.
Panel 2: Her response: she doesn't want a dog. He says it would be his dog.
Panel 3: He says that he would take care of it and then follows that with a barrage of "Pleases". The realization that she'd be the one to shriek at it because of her stupid assumption (that she'll never shake) that it's supposed to behave like a sixty-one year old wash-up in a dog suit vause her eyes to disappear and reiterate her refusal.
Panel 4: He then asks if he can have something else that's alive.
Summary: Although this is new, it IS close enough in style to the older material to confuse people into thinking that it's Classic Foob. This is a double-edged sword because a lot of newspaper editors night think that it's straight re-runs and drop it.
ETA: Well, at least the original secondary characters still have a place in the New Order of things. Why else would Connie be featured in the current banner?