What really irritates me, however, is the motive behind the purchase. The actually rather well-documented motivation behind Connie's deciding to get a dog was that she needed to fill a void in her life. It seems that she envied Elly and the time she spent chasing April so much, she just got herself a child who wouldn't talk back or ruin her life by outing herself. Too bad that her attempt to be a vigilant owner ran into the Pattersons' need to not really know where April was at any given time or to have the sense to spay or neuter their pets. One too-easily unlatched gate and one ambiguous order later, bang came Edgar and his litter mates.
What we're thus left with is another Foob getting a pet for a questionable reason and taking not much care of it. Ah, well. Since Sera probably died in the five years since the strip ended, we can reasonably expect that Connie has herself another second child. Let's hope she's more responsible with this one.