(Strip Number 277, Original Publication Date, 24 June 1982)
Panel 1: We find ourselves at the dinner table; as John and Elly wolf down her vile glop, Mike sits there crying that he wants his dog.
Panel 2: Elly's telling him to eat his supper because they'll find him sooner or later is well-intentioned but not what Mike wants or needs to hear.
Panel 3: It's sort of painful to have to remember that Elly doesn't get that Mike can't eat her goop because his friend is missing. She's never had a pet so, just as her creator can't write about anything she hasn't herself done, can't quite realize that he's got a shaggy hole in his heart.
Panel 4: She and John also don't quite understand what Mike means when he says that Farley was like a father to him.
Summary: I, however, can; Farley's done more parenting than the idiot who turned purple and waled on him because he asked a question that reminded John that he's a self-serving dick with very low expectations.
ETA: We're back to the first banner of the new format.