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What would be the best pet for Roko?

Cat (ideally, the arch-enemy of Melon's pigeon)
- 11 (27.5%)
Adopts one of Yay's (SpookyBot's) dogs
- 3 (7.5%)
A dog of her own (maybe something ironic like a pit bull that has no aggression at all)
- 4 (10%)
A pet plant (Bubbles' suggestion)
- 1 (2.5%)
A budgerigar (ideal parrot-kin for a small apartment)
- 4 (10%)
A head ignuana (tribute to Damn You Willis's character of Joyce Brown)
- 0 (0%)
Pintsize (AnthroPCs were AI pets at first and Pinty feels his work with Marten is done)
- 2 (5%)
A hamster, gerbil, chinchilla or some other ground rodent
- 5 (12.5%)
A goldfish
- 1 (2.5%)
Something very exotic like a snake or some small reptile/amphibian
- 1 (2.5%)
Other (please specify in comments)
- 8 (20%)

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WCDT strips 4046-4050 (15 - 19 July 2019)
« on: 14 Jul 2019, 13:47 »

Okay, so several of the characters have pets. Some we saw a bit (Dora's cat, for example, was practically a second-level character for a while) whilst others are just one-off jokes (like Arthur the Succulent and Melon's pet pigeon). Just as a random poll, what do you think would be the ideal pet for Roko? Don't just vote, let us know the details!

To me, Roko's pet would have to be a supporting character in her story in one way or another. For some reason, I just love the idea of Roko owning a hamster or guinea pig. I just think it would be cute to see her lounging around in her apartment with a cute, fluffy ball sitting on top of her head and so obviously having a highly-intelligent view of everyone around her. Melon claims that it has explained n-planar calculus to her whilst Yay seems to fear it somewhat! "That creature... confounds us. They are not trustworthy."
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Re: WCDT strips 4046-4050 (15 - 19 July 2019)
« Reply #1 on: 14 Jul 2019, 14:00 »

Flying Roomba. It's probably got grandchildren by now.
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Re: WCDT strips 4046-4050 (15 - 19 July 2019)
« Reply #2 on: 14 Jul 2019, 14:02 »

How about a pet rock: a gift from Melon, that is religiously watered twice a day, as per Melon's instructions. Ostensibly kept around to humour Melon, but secretly, Roko is quite attached to it, for reasons she doesn't quite understand herself.
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« Reply #3 on: 14 Jul 2019, 17:53 »

Wait wait wait... that dog! It's actually Yay's!
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Re: WCDT strips 4046-4050 (15 - 19 July 2019)
« Reply #4 on: 14 Jul 2019, 18:59 »

Wait wait wait... that dog! It's actually Yay's!

yEAH, I'm pretty sure that i mentioned this a while ago: i think that's one of Spookybot's (Yay's) dogs.  I'm betting that it's just another way that spooks came up with to try to make friends or get in with a social group; but in the meantime they made friends with Roko.  Mark my words - at some point, they will meet up again with the dog again (probably while Mrs. Augustine is taking it for a walk) and become acquainted with her and possibly also Claire or Clinton or Marten or Brun as well.  They'll probably let her keep it too because "they've got lots of dogs" or something.
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Re: WCDT strips 4046-4050 (15 - 19 July 2019)
« Reply #5 on: 14 Jul 2019, 19:09 »

I'm pretty sure that SB's dogs are greyhounds.
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« Reply #6 on: 14 Jul 2019, 19:50 »

I'm pretty sure that SB's dogs are greyhounds.

Hm, you may be right.  The only place we see their dogs is in this strip here: https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3418 and the tail of one of them here: https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3969 . In contrast, we see mrs augustus' new borzoi in https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3878 https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3879  https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3881 and in today's strip here https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=4046

At first, the distance view could have concealed the excess fur but the second strip makes it clear that they're lean.  Cosmo is clearly quite furry though.  So the only way it could be one of spook's dogs is if it hasn't been seen yet.  So while i could be right about this, i admit i don't have evidence for it yet and am therefore not justified in my conclusion that the borzoi is originally theirs.  I only suspect!
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Re: WCDT strips 4046-4050 (15 - 19 July 2019)
« Reply #7 on: 14 Jul 2019, 20:00 »

Carly Rae Jepsen?  Times have changed...
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Re: WCDT strips 4046-4050 (15 - 19 July 2019)
« Reply #8 on: 14 Jul 2019, 20:10 »

A gecko of some sort.

Or a hedgehog.They're both a bit prickly.
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« Reply #9 on: 14 Jul 2019, 20:11 »

Offering the challenger a free bat is what makes Claire’s mom a good sport.
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Re: WCDT strips 4046-4050 (15 - 19 July 2019)
« Reply #10 on: 14 Jul 2019, 20:34 »

Awww! :D That also explains the 'pet' poll.

I'd give Roko a cat. They're good pets yet less needy.

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Re: WCDT strips 4046-4050 (15 - 19 July 2019)
« Reply #11 on: 14 Jul 2019, 21:49 »

A racoon.  Roko clearly has a pre-existing relationship.
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Re: WCDT strips 4046-4050 (15 - 19 July 2019)
« Reply #12 on: 14 Jul 2019, 21:52 »

Offering the challenger a free bat is what makes Claire’s mom a good sport.
Naw, screw that. Somebody breaks into my place, they signed up for broken bones.
I'm going for a homerun swing to the base of the back of their skull at an upward angle.
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Re: WCDT strips 4046-4050 (15 - 19 July 2019)
« Reply #13 on: 14 Jul 2019, 22:30 »

I was going to suggest a venomous snake for Roko that would bite her once, hit a titanium alloy "bone," and swear off biting anything too big to eat for ever after.  However, there is a lot to be said for a raccoon.
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Re: WCDT strips 4046-4050 (15 - 19 July 2019)
« Reply #14 on: 14 Jul 2019, 23:18 »

At first, the distance view could have concealed the excess fur but the second strip makes it clear that they're lean.  Cosmo is clearly quite furry though.  So the only way it could be one of spook's dogs is if it hasn't been seen yet.  So while i could be right about this, i admit i don't have evidence for it yet and am therefore not justified in my conclusion that the borzoi is originally theirs.  I only suspect!

Given his own fuzzball, Jeph seems to have a thing for pointy dogs in general.
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« Reply #15 on: 15 Jul 2019, 00:20 »

Offering the challenger a free bat is what makes Claire’s mom a good sport.
Naw, screw that. Somebody breaks into my place, they signed up for broken bones.
I'm going for a homerun swing to the base of the back of their skull at an upward angle.

The bats pertain to dog ownership.  I don’t think she’s going to arm a home invader to be fair.
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Re: WCDT strips 4046-4050 (15 - 19 July 2019)
« Reply #16 on: 15 Jul 2019, 00:31 »

Calling it, if QC's society ever falls apart somehow, Mrs. Augustine will be the badass with the aesthetically well-placed scar who is T H R I V I N G in the now lawless wasteland once known as Northampton. She effortlessly retains her position as leader of her cookie-scented turf, but she welcomes the occasional foolish challenger just to stay sharp. The last thing most remember seeing is the beginnings of a roguish grin spreading across her face as she tosses them the bat. She always lets them have the first swing.
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« Reply #17 on: 15 Jul 2019, 00:55 »

So, does anyone else think that Cosmo is inspired by Ollie? Especially with the triangular head and the troubled digestion?

All that aside, I think that there will be pressure from Claire following this visit to get a pet. We know from the fact that Dora was able to briefly settle Meiville the Cat in the apartment and from Juicy's little yap-dog that there is no 'no pets' rule in that building. But what to get her? Jeph could quite possibly write an entire arc about Claire and Marten failing to choose a dog or a cat that suits them best only for something unexpected to bizarrely fall into their lap or for the whole situation to become moot somehow.

Offering the challenger a free bat is what makes Claire’s mom a good sport.

I have this mental image of this ritualised combat with them wearing different coloured anti-impact pads and Pintsize shouting out instructions in classical Japanese.
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Offering the challenger a free bat is what makes Claire’s mom a good sport.
Naw, screw that. Somebody breaks into my place, they signed up for broken bones.
I'm going for a homerun swing to the base of the back of their skull at an upward angle.

The bats pertain to dog ownership.  I don’t think she’s going to arm a home invader to be fair.
One would hope.

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Re: WCDT strips 4046-4050 (15 - 19 July 2019)
« Reply #19 on: 15 Jul 2019, 04:33 »

I'm pretty sure that SB's dogs are greyhounds.

Hm, you may be right.  The only place we see their dogs is in this strip here: https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3418 and the tail of one of them here: https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3969 . In contrast, we see mrs augustus' new borzoi in https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3878 https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3879  https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3881 and in today's strip here https://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=4046

There's also #3901 "Multiple Anatomy". It's overwritten for some reason on questionablecontent.net with "Family Citrus" (compare #3901 and #3906), but is saved on imgur.
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Re: WCDT strips 4046-4050 (15 - 19 July 2019)
« Reply #20 on: 15 Jul 2019, 04:50 »

Veteran Service Badger, of course.
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Re: WCDT strips 4046-4050 (15 - 19 July 2019)
« Reply #21 on: 15 Jul 2019, 04:53 »

You can lose your pet that fast in us? Here, it takes months until you are no longer able to claim your pet.
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« Reply #22 on: 15 Jul 2019, 06:45 »

So, does anyone else think that Cosmo is inspired by Ollie?
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« Reply #23 on: 15 Jul 2019, 06:47 »

Given his own fuzzball, Jeph seems to have a thing for pointy dogs in general.
Shebly wasn't pointy.
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« Reply #24 on: 15 Jul 2019, 07:39 »

So, does anyone else think that Cosmo is inspired by Ollie?

Who?

Jeph's new dog; a smooth collie, I think.
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« Reply #25 on: 15 Jul 2019, 09:14 »

You can lose your pet that fast in us? Here, it takes months until you are no longer able to claim your pet.
Some shelters are more overcrowded -- or enthusiastic -- than others. And they're not all no-kill.
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« Reply #26 on: 15 Jul 2019, 11:48 »

You can lose your pet that fast in us? Here, it takes months until you are no longer able to claim your pet.
It varies from state to state and even from county to county, but 72 hours isn't uncommon.  Given that microchipping technology is easily accessible and getting less and less expensive, it's not all that unreasonable.
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« Reply #27 on: 15 Jul 2019, 11:57 »

Given his own fuzzball, Jeph seems to have a thing for pointy dogs in general.
Shebly wasn't pointy.

Granted, Shebly was not, but Ollie is, and Jeph has been re-tweeting some Japanese account about borzois.
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« Reply #28 on: 15 Jul 2019, 12:33 »

Not really on topic but I just want to announce that because of JJ, I now always write and say the name Shelby as Shebly.
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« Reply #29 on: 15 Jul 2019, 13:03 »

That's pretty common around here, and I think is the only name that the mods don't mind if we totally mangle.
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« Reply #30 on: 15 Jul 2019, 15:10 »

I dunno about dog's ears - despite having a couple of dogs myself, I've never indulged - but I know that dog burps smell like a combination of whatever they ate or licked last and something dead. 

And when they're happy, they will burp right in your face. 
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« Reply #31 on: 15 Jul 2019, 16:13 »

I’m fond of the term “dog-breath humidity” which perfectly describes a particular kind of summer weather.
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« Reply #32 on: 15 Jul 2019, 18:27 »

HANNERS IS BACK!!!!  and hugging!
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« Reply #33 on: 15 Jul 2019, 18:37 »

And Dora apparently keeps a dagger on her at all times, or at least when she’s working.
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Re: WCDT strips 4046-4050 (15 - 19 July 2019)
« Reply #34 on: 15 Jul 2019, 19:05 »

She's baaaackkk!!!    :-D

Also I think Roko needs a parakeet or small parrot - but something bigger than a budgie.
I think a cockatiel would be fun. They're smart, affectionate - mischievous and therefore an appropriate companion in the QC world.  :wink:
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« Reply #35 on: 15 Jul 2019, 19:23 »

For comic #4047...

1. Yay, Hannelore is back!
 - a. Or rather perhaps the return of "Tannelore"...?  ;)

 - b. Also, it seems Hannelore has removed her piercings (unless I am seeing it incorrectly?).  Which actually does make sense, if you go on a global journey of self-awareness & -growth like Hannelore has, it is generally best to leave such things behind (having to maintain them can be a distraction).

2. Dora's Kris (wavy dagger) certainly has seen much use (or at least appearance) in recent.  Cannot fault Dora for having it consistently on-hand though, that is following Gibbs' Rule #9 ("Never go anywhere without a knife."), which is a good rule to live by.

3. I also predict a lot of "Eeee!" moments for Hannelore for when she gets caught-up to all the things that has happened since her walkabout journey (especially Dora & Tai's engagement, obviously).

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« Reply #36 on: 15 Jul 2019, 19:31 »

And Dora apparently keeps a dagger on her at all times, or at least when she’s working.

A necessity in the service industry.
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« Reply #37 on: 15 Jul 2019, 19:33 »

Yay, Hanners!

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« Reply #38 on: 15 Jul 2019, 19:36 »

YAY Hanners is back! Also, I think the wedding planning with make for a fun story line.
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« Reply #39 on: 15 Jul 2019, 19:46 »

Hooray for Hanners :D

Regarding her piercings: I can't tell if they're removed or if she's just wearing studs at the moment. I would think if she'd removed them they'd be a little less pronounced? Unless they're only so visible to draw attention to the rings not being there. *shrug* Who can say.

Also, regarding Roko's pet: Capybara.
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« Reply #40 on: 15 Jul 2019, 20:02 »

She's  baaa-aaack!!
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Re: WCDT strips 4046-4050 (15 - 19 July 2019)
« Reply #41 on: 15 Jul 2019, 20:57 »

You can lose your pet that fast in us? Here, it takes months until you are no longer able to claim your pet.
Some shelters are more overcrowded -- or enthusiastic -- than others. And they're not all no-kill.
Sometimes I forget that animal protection is basically nonexistent in that respect in us..
In my country, there are no kill shelters. They literally are forbidden by law. So, every animal is kept anyway and needs to be vaccinated and neutered. That gives every owner a bit of time to track their lost pet down.
6 month is the limit. After 6 months, your pet is no longer yours. This, too, is law. But after one month, there usually is no one searching for this pet and it gets a new owner.
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Re: WCDT strips 4046-4050 (15 - 19 July 2019)
« Reply #42 on: 15 Jul 2019, 21:45 »

My first reading was that Dora snatched the kris out of Hannelore's blouse.
That would be a -huge- change for Hannelore...
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« Reply #43 on: 15 Jul 2019, 22:11 »

My first reading was that Dora snatched the kris out of Hannelore's blouse.
That would be a -huge- change for Hannelore...
That would be Hannelore's clone.
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« Reply #44 on: 15 Jul 2019, 22:25 »

I’m fond of the term “dog-breath humidity” which perfectly describes a particular kind of summer weather.

So, south central Kansas or somewhere else?
When I lived there, our cousins from Texas would complain about the humidity and say that they could at least drive to the ocean back home.
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Re: WCDT strips 4046-4050 (15 - 19 July 2019)
« Reply #45 on: 15 Jul 2019, 23:22 »

My first reading was that Dora snatched the kris out of Hannelore's blouse.
That would be a -huge- change for Hannelore...
That would be Hannelore's clone.

Not necessarily.  Hanners has been known to carry weapons for self-defense.
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« Reply #46 on: 15 Jul 2019, 23:33 »

Yeah, I knew that the news of the impending nuptials would bring Hannelore back to Northampton, even if only temporarily.  However, what she says in panel 2 really does suggest to me that the bus has dropped her off.

To me, the tan and the hug are both important symbols of just how healthy she is now. She's obviously confronted something important in her life and gained a new approach to confronting her neuroses that has left her a lot happier and more at ease, both in her own skin and with other people. Jeph probably could probably draw out for weeks about her hugging her old friends and, like Dora, them thinking: "Pod person or android replica?"

I've got a long list of 'want to see/want to know' but the most important one is whether being far more able to do casual physical contact may impact on her friendship with Sven.

My first reading was that Dora snatched the kris out of Hannelore's blouse.
That would be a -huge- change for Hannelore...

That would be Hannelore's clone.

Not necessarily.  Hanners has been known to carry weapons for self-defense.

True but a ritual dagger would still be a bit out-of-character for her. The only weapon I've ever seen her carry is a pepper spray!
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Re: WCDT strips 4046-4050 (15 - 19 July 2019)
« Reply #47 on: 15 Jul 2019, 23:49 »

True but a ritual dagger would still be a bit out-of-character for her. The only weapon I've ever seen her carry is a pepper spray!

She also (very briefly) tried out a telescoping baton, but then hurt herself with it. https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1575
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Re: WCDT strips 4046-4050 (15 - 19 July 2019)
« Reply #48 on: 15 Jul 2019, 23:53 »

Given that Roku needs to have a rule that Melon not cause explosions after 9 PM, any pet would clearly have to either be deaf or completely passive so as not to be stressed by the loud noises and general shaking.

Maybe an Earthquake Eel (land variant). Now I know that's not a thing, but I'm pretty sure that between them Faye, Hannelore, and Emily could find, create, or adapt something that would act like a pet while gaining energy from the vibrations.
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Re: WCDT strips 4046-4050 (15 - 19 July 2019)
« Reply #49 on: 16 Jul 2019, 00:23 »

True but a ritual dagger would still be a bit out-of-character for her. The only weapon I've ever seen her carry is a pepper spray!

She also (very briefly) tried out a telescoping baton, but then hurt herself with it. https://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1575

Don't forget that during her "date" with Sven, she briefly panicked that she had left her bag in the sushi place, and that had stuff like her taser, pepper spray, and possibly a knife or other weapon.  I don't recall exactly, and I've had too much kava so I'm not in the best shape to try an archive dive.
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