Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for December 03, 2023

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    BE THIS GUY  5 months ago

    Never thought I would say this because of Rat:

    Excuse me, I have something in my eye.

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    BasilBruce  5 months ago

    Nothing to say here.

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    DanielRyanMulligan1  5 months ago

    Um, does this comic strip provide the evidence to implicate Rat for Rat’s father’s death/murder?! Dan aka…ps hmmm….

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    Liam G.P  5 months ago

    Oh Lord, I almost teared up, I swear. I pray that there would be an afterlife, so I wouldn’t be worried.

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    Baarorso  5 months ago

    H-oly cow! What a GUTPUNCH in the last panel!

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    Wilde Bill  5 months ago

    Somehow, I knew that was the reason.

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    marilynnbyerly  5 months ago

    All of us who have lost our dad know this feeling.

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    The dude from FL  Premium Member 5 months ago

    Don’t we all, they were so smart!

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    David_the_CAD  5 months ago

    Fortunately I started to develop a better relationship with my Dad in the last few years of his life.

    I will be honest, because of the changes in our relationship I had a bit of a hard time letting him go. I miss you Dad. Fortunately I have faith that we will see each other again.

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    orinoco womble  5 months ago

    The saddest thing is when someone dies and all their family feels is a sense of relief. Some people never change, unfortunately.

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    Johnny Q Premium Member 5 months ago

    Someone said that after your parent dies, you become more like him/her…

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    Bilan  5 months ago

    The Rat doesn’t fall far from the tree.

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    MichaelAxelFleming  5 months ago

    My dad was called Jack. I’m Michael, Jack’s son.

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    carlsonbob  5 months ago

    Rat being serious and reflective. A nice change.

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    salakfarm Premium Member 5 months ago

    My dad and I get along the same way.

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    Imagine  5 months ago

    I was very fortunate to learn that before my Dad passed away. The last few years of his life were the greatest time we had together. I miss him.

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    ivanprime93  5 months ago

    A little close to home, but nice.

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    Binky Premium Member 5 months ago

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    blunebottle  5 months ago

    Saw that coming.

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    iggyman  5 months ago

    A whole different side of Rat..

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    hariseldon59  5 months ago

    Nice to see Zebra again.

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    Darth Stevious  5 months ago

    I’d like to see Zebra more.

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    unclebob53703 Premium Member 5 months ago

    Aw, man!

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    Geophyzz  5 months ago

    Cody Johnson says it best:

    https://www.youtube.COM/watch?v=v2LixP7n_hM

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    stringer831  5 months ago

    Weirdly enough, today would have been my father’s 102nd birthday.Let’s just say he was a very difficult man.

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    cdward  5 months ago

    Aww.

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    Ellis97  5 months ago

    I think Rat might’ve taken a lot after his old man, resulting in a very strained relationship. Either that, or they used to be quite close, but the bond got destroyed, resulting in a major falling out. Now that he’s gone, he probably regrets never reconciling with him.

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    ladykat  5 months ago

    Aww, rat.

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    Count Olaf Premium Member 5 months ago

    As much as The Count dislikes getting serious on here… The Count is absolutely channeling Rat. And/Or Visa Versa. Yo, Rat, bro… The Count would bet the ranch and livestock that, just like The Count, when you do reminisce like this you realize He Was RIGHT!

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    Aficionado  5 months ago

    Profound, Mr Pastis. Well done.

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    jel354  5 months ago

    Rat rarely struck me as the sentimental type, until today.

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    pheets  5 months ago

    Loss is hard.

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    Cameron1988 Premium Member 5 months ago

    I figured Rat’s father had to be deceased

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    uniquename  5 months ago

    Rat with some real introspection. No matter what happened between you in real life Rat, your dad left you a gift.

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    Goat from PBS  5 months ago

    Awwww. We truly never know what we have… until it’s gone.

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    DaBump Premium Member 5 months ago

    Aw! Didn’t expect to be touched by a strip featuring Rat like this!

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    HunterZero000  5 months ago

    R.I.P Rat’s dad

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    mikenassour Premium Member 5 months ago

    I know the feeling. Thank you, Stephan.

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    royq27  5 months ago

    Rat has never been so right…

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    Charlie Tuba  5 months ago

    That’s a little hard for me to do as my dad is buried halfway across the country in Poplar Bluff, MO. The last time I was there was when my mother and I took him there in 1994, and we went to his 50th high school reunion in his place.

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    Radish the wordsmith  5 months ago

    Leave some pizza.

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    davidlwashburn  5 months ago

    The last year of my dad’s life, I got to spend just about every day hanging out with him and picking his brain about life, the wisdom he had, and his own story. That year is probably one of my most treasured memories, and the time that did the most to shape me into a decent person and a good father and husband.

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    Shinrinder Premium Member 5 months ago

    I miss my dad.

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    HOTLOTUS1  5 months ago

    sadly, i won’t get to go to heaven since i will never forgive that bas***d for what he did to my mom and our family. THANKS DAD. sorry folks. some feeling s unresolved still. obviously

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    figuratively speaking  5 months ago

    Poor Rat.

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    TheBigPickle  5 months ago

    Darn dust in my eye…

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    ShadowBeast Premium Member 5 months ago

    Just lost my father last month.

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    InuYugiHakusho  5 months ago

    A surprisingly human moment for Rat.

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    The Fly Hunter  5 months ago

    So many questions I wish I had asked my father…. “sigh”….

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    elgrecousa Premium Member 5 months ago

    Our personality and behavior is the result of genetics (the genes we inherit) and epigenetics (the environment). There is increasing scientific evidence that our free will is limited, if at all present, so let’s give each other so slack and do the best we can to get along.

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    LaughterIsJoyMuliplied  5 months ago

    These words are wholly inadequate but, thanks Steph.

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    raybarb44  5 months ago

    He already knows; don’t worry. He was a Dad. Dads aren’t necessarily a biological father. Dads are Dads. That’s why I often refer to God the Father as my Heavenly Dad in my prayers. It’s what He is……

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    oakie817  5 months ago

    know the feeling

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    patrickab7  5 months ago

    Make peace while you can. Had struggled with my relationships with some of my immediate family in recent years and have done my best to smooth things over on my end.

    Also, my mom passed away in 2006 and I miss her all the time.

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    I'm Sad  5 months ago

    Harry Chapin.

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  5 months ago

    I feel the same way with my father gone. Every now and then, it is good for Pastis to show Rat is not completely callous.

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    delennwen  5 months ago

    Say it loud, say it clear (oh say it clear) You can listen as well as you hear It’s too late (it’s too late) when we die (it’s too late when we die) To admit we don’t see eye to eye

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    zeexenon  5 months ago

    Thank goodness for Shawn Woods and Mousetrap Monday.

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    B.comics.61  5 months ago

    ❤️

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    Spacehog  5 months ago

    It is good to see Zebra again, Zebra is my favorite character besides Pig

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    Hank Bordowitz42 Premium Member 5 months ago

    That may be the saddest thing I’ve ever seen in the funnies.

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    MarshaOstroff  5 months ago

    Oh, Rat, I feel for you. Time for a chat with my late daddy-dear.

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    CamiSu Premium Member 5 months ago

    I so wish I really missed my mother.

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    David Rickard Premium Member 5 months ago

    Goddammit, it’s gotten dusty in here…

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    Jaime Jean M  5 months ago

    Now, that was depressing.

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    KEA  5 months ago

    my dad died when he was 58… there are so many adult conversations I would have liked to have with him.

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    MarshaOstroff  5 months ago

    Not long before my father died, he called up the relatives he was close to (like me, for instance) and old friends to apologize for anything he may have done to hurt them in the course of his long life. Of course, I told him that he had nothing to apologize for, that he had been the best of fathers. And it was the truth.

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    Chris Sherlock  5 months ago

    It’s nice to see Rat has more than one dimension to his personality.

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    billdaviswords  5 months ago

    Who woulda thought… Rat has a heart.

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    Ukko wilko  5 months ago

    That’s the only way I’ve had to talk to my Dad since 1962.

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    jearnold15  5 months ago

    Made me cry. I lost my parents a number of years ago, and it still stings. Thank you for your sensitivity.

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    Tom in WV  5 months ago

    Good job, Pastis. The last time PBS moved me like this was when Junior Croc went off to college.

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    pchemcat  5 months ago

    It is sad when a parent dies that was emotionally abusive to the children. All children want to know their parent loves them. A parent passing when the child doesn’t know if they were loved is the worst. There is no way for them to ever really know if their parent loved them or not. I actually feel for Rat today.

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    John Jorgensen  5 months ago

    Rarely does Rat come out with something so touching. And come to think of it, rarely does Zebra show up at all these days.

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    deojaideep aka Courage  5 months ago

    It’s been 4 years since I lost my dad. He was the world to me. He did everything he could for my comfort. This comic hit me right in the heart. Miss you Baba!

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    mholding  5 months ago

    awww Rat..

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    shelly  5 months ago

    What a lovely message

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    Snoots  5 months ago

    Geeminy… sometimes Pastis has a great way of tugging those heart strings.

    My favorite of all time: “You were the best thing that ever happened to me.” I tear-up every time I think about it… and not ashamed to admit it.

    Perhaps someone here can figure out the link to the original strip.

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    chriscc63  5 months ago

    the first bit of loving emotion shown by Rat Jr.

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    Sisyphos  5 months ago

    Aww. Rat has a soft spot in his heart (who knew?) for Rat Senior. Such pathos….

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    c001  5 months ago

    “…und viel mehr Blumen während des Lebens, denn auf den Gräbern sind sie vergebens.”

    (…and many more flowers while you’re on life’s lane, because on the graves, they are in vain)

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    DebUSNRet Premium Member 4 months ago

    Miss my Pop too, Rat.

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    Swirls Before Pine  4 months ago

    Please stop chopping onions, Rat.

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    Swirls Before Pine  4 months ago

    The 10 year anniversary of my Dad’s passing was four days before this strip. I didn’t tear up until today.

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