For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. Downundergirl

    Downundergirl said, about 2 years ago

    You mean its NOT?!!

  2. dukedoug

    dukedoug said, about 2 years ago

    @howtheduck

    No animals were injured in the drawing of this comic …


    But, true … we never let our kids even come close to doing this with our dogs.

  3. Bret Maverick

    Bret Maverick said, about 2 years ago

    I shouldn’t tell you this, but the dog dies later on. Not from having his snoot bit though.

  4. Lin Collingwood

    Lin Collingwood said, about 2 years ago

    So you Just could not keep your hands off the keys Bret?!?!?

  5. Arye Uygur

    Arye Uygur said, about 2 years ago

    Lucky for Elizabeth that farley didn’t bite her back.

  6. cruftschamp

    cruftschamp said, about 2 years ago

    .. simply unrealistic. Every child old enough to speak (and know what a sweet is) knows, that a dog’s nose should not be bitten. (Perhaps licked, that would make sense!) But in this comic Michael is pictured as wicked bordering on cruel and in addition as thoughtless bordering on cruel. Elizabeth takes the role of stupid bordering on cruel.. I do not know a single child so heartless. All children I know were curious and adventurous – but they knew that living beings hurt.
    I totally agree with Howtheduck: it’s painful, every time Farley appears (or a hamster for that)..

  7. Beleck3

    Beleck3 said, about 2 years ago

    Sera? don’t remember any Sera?

  8. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Lynn’s Notes:
    When I was about five, our road was tarred and it took weeks for the surface to completely cure. Meanwhile, the tar bubbled out along the edges, and we kids played with it. I happen to love licorice, and when a friend (older and wiser — perhaps eight years old) told me that tar was liquorice, I believed him. I picked a ball of it off the road and chewed it. The taste was awful. I was told it would improve if I kept chewing, which I did. This proves, once again, that kids will believe anything!

  9. lightenup

    lightenup GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Aww, poor Farley!! Look at that face in the third panel. :-(

  10. The Life I Draw Upon

    The Life I Draw Upon said, about 2 years ago

    Spoilers please.

  11. joebaxter69

    joebaxter69 said, about 2 years ago

    @cruftschamp

    Would it be better if Elizabeth walked by the dog, patted him on the head and then walked into the kitchen to ask what’s for dinner? It’s just a comic strip not real life. The dog never existed much less got bitten by someone.

  12. androscoggin

    androscoggin said, about 2 years ago

    As a teacher, I’ve seen kids being thoughtless and cruel many times. It’s not that they’re bad kids. It takes time to begin to notice all the possible consequences of your actions and for a complex set of values (comparing more than two values at a time) to develop. Michael was playing a trick on Elizabeth, and he never thought of how Farley would feel – or what he could do.

  13. gmforde

    gmforde said, about 2 years ago

    To Lynn, When we were kids we had a dog that was a small border collie. One year my dad did the annual tarring of the driveway. After he did it, the dog promptly goes over and sits on the wet tar. To this day I still don’t understand why he did that. He had tar on his rear end for several weeks before it wore off. We also knew never to mess with the dog, because he would bite back. Kids are naturally “cruel” because they don’t know it’s mean until you tell them it is.

  14. misty jade

    misty jade said, about 2 years ago

    Poor Farley. Love this strip, though.

  15. Olliebird

    Olliebird said, about 2 years ago

    When I was little, my neighbors kid bit my cats paw. The cat was smart and knew it was a dumb little kid. Now if an adult had tried this that person wouldn’t have had a face left.

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