Panel 1: The woman playing the part of Mrs Baird that day explains that the puppy she intends to force on them is a runt; she can't sell him and she'd really hate to have him put down. This statement is halfway right. She can't sell him for the same price as his siblings but it's not as if she wouldn't have a lot of people who want a pure-bred Old English sheepdog sniffing around her back door. The threat of making the little puppy meet the big needle is therefore an outright lie meant to play on an ignorant twit's sympathies.
Panel 2: So is the wall of text that follows. In it, Mrs Baird 5.1 tells Elly that the poor little thing has been rejected and that it needs love and warmth to survive. The bug-eyed frown on Elly's face tells me that she got the point -- the little creature needs her love to survive.
Panel 3: As Elly stares at the poor 'doomed', 'abandoned' creature, Mrs Baird whispers to John that if she's given another shot at Elly's maternal instincts, he's got himself a dog.
Of course, we might get another new-run that shows Mrs Baird telling John that she can steamroll over Elly's objections. What we won't get is any acknowledgment from Lynn of the irony that surrounds his entry into their lives. As howtheduck said, if Elly had stayed home and not gone over to prevent things, she'd never have been given the hard sell and the Pattersons would probably have remained dog-free for a while. Too bad her future resentment of the poor fellow is based on the fact that she thinks her screw ups are John's fault.
Well, I was right about the new-run and my thing about Mike's whining in my blog entry for today is still valid.
Panel 1: As Elly holds the puppy, Mike delivers a wall of text about how Mrs-Baird-said-I-could-hold-him-Isn't-he-s
Panel 3: ...he-wants-us-to-take-him-hooooooome!!!
Panel 4:...he wants us!! It should be noted that Mike shows his sincerity by looking like he has no eyelids. Also, the dog scarcely acknowledges their presences. He might as well be the damned plush, he's so lifeless.
Summary: Unless Lynn changes her mind about who it is that convinces Elly that the puppy needs her, tomorrow's strip is the reprint I linked to at the top of the header.