January 17th, 2014

Snarky Candiru2

On dog theft as a theme...

The odd thing about this and all of the other arcs in which Farley pulls a runner is that at some point or another, someone fears that someone stole the poor creature. Elly saw this as a possibility in the horrible sequence that got turned into the book Farley Follows His Nose,, she saw this as a possibility when Animal Control picked him up and one of the Nichols children raised it as a possibility when Farley ran away from Lizzie and wound up on the front porch looking stupid. The interesting thing about this is that aside from the fact that there are crazy or evil people in the world who would just plain glom onto him for shits and giggles, there's another reason that the Pattersons never seem to see. After all, Farley is a pure-bred Old English sheepdog with a known and recognized pedigree. I personally can think of any number of people who'd think that the offspring of a known champion would be something that they simply must have, the law and previous ownership be damned so it doesn't take a genius to realize that the idea that someone would want to grab onto him and take him away from the Pattersons is a legitimate concern.

That being said, the only person who sees it as a real threat is Elly because she sees it as a means of showing hatred for nice families. Given that Farley's physical and emotional well-being are as secondary a concern as those of her children, the idea that some maniac is torturing the poor animal to death just for kicks means far less than the idea that she, Elly Patterson is being inconvenienced. What makes her skewed priorities almost bearable is that at least she can see that someone might want him for some purpose even if that purpose escapes her. To everyone else, the idea that what she and everyone else see as a shaggy, stupid, messy, smelly, filthy lump could be valuable to anyone is completely alien. What they don't seem to realize is that this sort of thinking could have backfired on them if Farley had decided to adopt another family.