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Should a character adopt a dog?
« on: 25 Apr 2013, 08:40 »

Jeph, you have a dog. You know dogs - they do funny things. How about having a QC character adopt a dog? Faye would be a good bet.

Just throwin' that out there.
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #1 on: 25 Apr 2013, 09:51 »

but they already have cats

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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #2 on: 25 Apr 2013, 10:12 »

And Pintsize....
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #3 on: 25 Apr 2013, 10:15 »

and winslow:

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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #4 on: 25 Apr 2013, 10:29 »

And snakes. Well, briefly.

And Tequila Monsters.
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #5 on: 25 Apr 2013, 10:38 »

I thought The Pugnacious Peach was the type to be a dog person but Jeph said once that if she had a pet it would be a cat.

Most of them are in apartments, which makes dogs more difficult.

Make it really interesting: have an AnthroPC adopt a dog.
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #6 on: 25 Apr 2013, 10:45 »

Yes. Momo should adopt an annoying yappy rat-dog and call it Pintsize.
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #7 on: 25 Apr 2013, 10:47 »

How would a dog react to something that didn't smell alive taking care of it?
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #8 on: 25 Apr 2013, 10:57 »

That's an interesting question. Maybe there is merchandise to make AnthroPCs... smell alive?

I forgot to say: There is someone else the main cast already adopted.

Also, Hannermom has at least one whale shark. Possibly piranhas by now too.
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #9 on: 25 Apr 2013, 16:44 »

I'm in favour of more dogs in the strip. Steve seems like he'd have a big dog.
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #10 on: 25 Apr 2013, 17:09 »

There is Henry and Maurice.
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #12 on: 25 Apr 2013, 19:26 »

 I think a big, slobbery dog would just end up giving Hanners a heart attack.
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #13 on: 25 Apr 2013, 20:06 »

Hmm....dora?

Wait...

Mieville + Dog = BAD

That poor dog...
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #14 on: 25 Apr 2013, 22:29 »

It's the cats and dogs that are strangers to one another that don't get along.  If someone with a cat gets a young enough dog (puppy!), it will learn that the cat is (the boss and) not a toy, and the cat will learn that the dog is no danger, and they'll work out.

Usually.

Anyway, I'm content to let Jephzibah write the comic.  And I note that Shebly has already appeared.  8-)
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #15 on: 25 Apr 2013, 22:39 »

Sam.
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #16 on: 25 Apr 2013, 22:50 »

Tai strikes me as a dog person.

Sooner or later she'll be tired of stroking pussy.  :-D
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #17 on: 25 Apr 2013, 23:06 »

Does Tai have the responsibility and sustained attention to take care of a dog?
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #18 on: 25 Apr 2013, 23:24 »

My cat would have said, "NO DOGGIES!"
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #19 on: 25 Apr 2013, 23:30 »

Tai strikes me as a dog person.

Sooner or later she'll be tired of stroking pussy.  :-D


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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #20 on: 26 Apr 2013, 03:01 »

Does Tai have the responsibility and sustained attention to take care of a dog?

Mmmmmmmmmmm... no.
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #21 on: 26 Apr 2013, 03:22 »

It's the cats and dogs that are strangers to one another that don't get along.  If someone with a cat gets a young enough dog (puppy!), it will learn that the cat is (the boss and) not a toy, and the cat will learn that the dog is no danger, and they'll work out.
Or the cat decides that he actually LIKES getting dragged around by a dog that only grew up to twice his size, and will happily just sit there while he's getting dragged all over the house. As my mom found out when she got a miniature Australian shepherd, that stopped growing right at the toy/mini line.
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #22 on: 26 Apr 2013, 05:01 »

What we need is more FROGLORD!  :mrgreen:
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #23 on: 28 Apr 2013, 00:09 »

Maybe Jeph will introduce a dog so he can write more poop jokes.
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #24 on: 28 Apr 2013, 01:29 »

Samantha would be a good dog owner I think.
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #25 on: 28 Apr 2013, 14:02 »

well, apparently Marten was considering getting a pet, albeit half-heartedly.

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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #26 on: 06 May 2013, 12:25 »

What if Mieville were the one who adopted the dog? He might feel some responsibility toward it in that case.
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #28 on: 06 May 2013, 12:56 »

"Arf" says Sandy. 

Dogs are very forgiving - they love you regardless of any shortcomings you may have. 




Might do Marten some good...
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #29 on: 07 May 2013, 09:30 »

Steve is actually a good bet. Didn't he have a house when he had the tequila monster visiting?
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #30 on: 09 May 2013, 22:44 »

Apparently Emily has five of them.
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #31 on: 09 May 2013, 22:46 »

Actually, I think the real question is should a Dog adopt one of the Characters.
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #32 on: 10 May 2013, 02:04 »

Should we recognise all these dogs? Shebly is there of course, but some of the others look familiar...
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #33 on: 10 May 2013, 08:01 »

So Emily's a dog walker in addition to being a Library intern...

Probably just does it as a favor to all her neighbors - the old nudists, the weird guy up the road who draws comics, ...
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #34 on: 10 May 2013, 08:13 »

Dale is a dogwalker. Even so, I am not at all sure that Marigold should get a dog.
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #35 on: 10 May 2013, 08:32 »

If anyone should get a dog, I think it should be one of the AIs. 
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #36 on: 12 May 2013, 08:10 »

Should we recognise all these dogs? Shebly is there of course, but some of the others look familiar...

I think bottom right is Roswell, their newest family member adopted when he went to New Mexico:
https://twitter.com/jephjacques/status/322139005774880768/photo/1

The rest of them might be dogs belonging to other members of the Western MA comics collective (Jeff Rowland, Holly Post, rstevens, KC Greene, Andrew Hussie, etc) or just neighbors?
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #37 on: 12 May 2013, 08:24 »

I figured that was a corgi, but the build fits.

If anyone should get a dog, I think it should be one of the AIs.

Now I'm wondering if androids became a real thing, would a dog care? Would it treat it like part of the pack? Ignore it because it doesn't smell or feel alive? Giant chew toy?
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #38 on: 12 May 2013, 09:10 »

I'm thinking there would be an adjustment process there. Look at how animals tend to react when confronted with moving toys, or roombas or things. First they freak out. Then they chase it around, eventually it becomes 'toy' or 'eh, ignore it'.  Depending on the AnthroPC chassis they might be able to go from 'toy' to 'alpha pack member'. Someone with a chassis like Momo's could physically dominate a dog enough to get respect. But could you imagine say Pintsize with a big dog like a German Shepard? Chew toy might be the best he could hope for in status... They'd probably have to keep finding and digging Pintsize up after the dog buries him.
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #39 on: 12 May 2013, 09:20 »

Now I want to see Pintsize meet Shelby. Someone make a guest comic please.
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #40 on: 12 May 2013, 09:49 »

How would  a dog react to Station?
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #41 on: 12 May 2013, 10:17 »

Probably not at all; as far as I know, most dogs are rather short-sighted. Also, I am not sure if a dog even sees a hologram the way we do; remember, their color perception is different.
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #42 on: 12 May 2013, 11:12 »

Well, they can see television and computer screens. Though they don't seem to pay much attention to the sights as much as the sounds. But you've seen videos of cats and dogs trying to catch an animal on screen.
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #43 on: 12 May 2013, 12:01 »

Sometimes the smaller dog in a pair can be alpha, so a small AnthroPC could conceivably do the same.
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #44 on: 21 May 2013, 05:11 »

Actually, I think the real question is should a Dog adopt one of the Characters.

I think your getting confused with cats. Cats adopt people, dogs get adopted BY people.

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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #45 on: 21 May 2013, 06:22 »

Not entirely true. I got adopted by a dog once. And in an amazing non-coincidence, the dog's owner is now my wife.

The dog, alas, died a few years ago.  :cry:
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #46 on: 21 May 2013, 14:14 »

What Zebediah said. Dogs are expert, tnough, at letting us two-legs think we're in charge. I'm pretty sure my dog spent a great deal of time wondering how smart I was.
For an entertaining take on the subject, look up "Into Your Tent I'll Creep," by Eric Frank Russell.
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Re: Should a character adopt a dog?
« Reply #47 on: 21 May 2013, 16:42 »

I forget the title but there's an Arthur Clarke story where the sole telepath on the alien ship makes contact with the minds of the dominant life form on Earth, reading their thoughts about how to manipulate humans by flattery and puppy dog eyes.
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« Reply #48 on: 21 May 2013, 17:26 »

I forget the title but there's an Arthur Clarke story where the sole telepath on the alien ship makes contact with the minds of the dominant life form on Earth, reading their thoughts about how to manipulate humans by flattery and puppy dog eyes.

That's "Into Your Tent I'll Creep" and it's by Eric Frank Russell.
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« Reply #49 on: 21 May 2013, 19:46 »

Does the story end with the telepath's suspicions silenced when he dies in a tragic "accident" tripped by a dog?
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