November 23rd, 2015

Snarky Candiru2

The not-really-the-dog problem

The odd thing is that aside from Phil asking Farley if he wants to talk and having him as a singing partner when the fact that Connie is no longer a factor in his life makes him get pointlessly wasted, we don't really see the man interact with pets all that much. The only real interaction we see between Phil and a dog at any point is five and a half years down the line. This is because we have to deal with the fact that the peace and quiet Phil and Georgia paid for is being disrupted by a dog tied outside to bark all night for reasons that are not gotten into. Petitions, police complaints, buying the dog to ship it away, nothing avails to stop the noise that disrupts everyone else's lives.

While the Liography states that getting Old Man Bullard to sell his dog restores sanity, we have to deal with the fact that it's quite likely that the old fossil is pretty much filled with fear and rage. This is why he gets a new dog to bark all night to keep the thieves and monsters he assumes want to pillage his split-level Xanadu at bay. This means that as always, we don't actually have a dog problem. As I said before, what we have is an old man filled with fear and rage problem. Since Phil doesn't listen to Elly's good advice about how the old bastard is simply messed up in the head, he blames the dog for the man's stupidity. Ah, well. He never realized that the reason he never had a dog is a people problem. In his and Elly's case, it's a vindictive idiot mother problem.