Well, he does 'find' a puppy! Ladies and Gents, Farley is about to make the scene.
Panel 1: We start off with
Panel 2: He says nothin', just playin' and asks her for cookies thereby paying homage to the Alleged Menace himself. She allows as she just made some.
Panel 3: She then sets up next week's plotline by telling him that there are five brand-new puppies downstairs. If he brings a grown-up, he can see them.
[Translation: When John comes home, he can see them. We know that Elly shares her mother's exaggerated dread of filth and contamination and will balk at seeing the filthy fur-pet.]
Panel 4: He bounds home to
Panel 5: Mrs Baird muses that good news travels fast.
Summary: Next week will be mostly reprints. The exception will be John and Mrs Baird trying to figure out how to do an end run around Crazypants.