Panel 1: Location: The Pattermanse's kitchen. The scenario: We return to the argument that started on Labor Day: MikeClone wants a puppy, RevElly doesn't. Does she say why? Of course not. That way lies the unspeakable evil of domestic peace. Better to have him whine so she can bitch about how difficult he is.
Panel 2: She instead reminds him that he has Fred the Fish. He points out that the fish doesn't do anything interesting.
Panel 3: He wants something that can go run around outside in the yard and play ball.
Panel 4: Her solution: hand a confused RetJohn a ball.
Summary: Her efforts to keep the house dog-free will fail so we'll have lots of fun watching her never get it through her thick skull that a dog is NOT a person in an animal suit.