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Camille Dumas (camidumas) says: It makes me think better of Tip that he doesn't abuse his power. (Plus, how many hours ago was he with Officer Julie, anyhow?)
Michael Brewer (wusemajor) says: He really just cannot say anything right, right now.
Brian Rogers (billionsix) says: Angry that Tip slept with Sparkle, then when she finds out he didn't, she is agry that he doesn't do dogs?  Does Sweetheart have certain.... jealousies and desires?
Corgi (corgi) says: Brian - superpower.  Duh.
Four Deer (fourdeerinmyyard) says: Y’know, when Sparkle said, “Oh, deary, yes, we had ourselves a time,” in response to Sweetheart’s disgruntled query, I kinda had my suspicions she was just messin’ with Sweetheart.  That was quite a vague comment.

And Sweetheart shouldn’t have had to ask.  Apparently she has been living and working among humans too long and she has allowed her sense of smell to get rusty.  (Maybe in self-defense; her roomie’s a zombie.)  In the pack, everybody always knows how everybody else feels--and what they’ve been doing--because they can smell it on them.  So Sweetheart isn’t hiding anything from anybody but Tip, who isn’t accustomed to relying upon his nose yet.

So now these two must be obliviously providing entertainment for the rest of the pack, who must be ROFL their tails O as soon as Tip’s and Sweetheart’s backs are turned.

Camille, I like Tip, but I’m not sure this qualifies as refraining from abusing his power.  He isn’t attracted in the first place, so no self-control is required.  That is, he isn’t attracted--yet. He hasn’t been canine very long.  He might get wolfier with time, if he isn’t cured soon.
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: Sweetheart you hussy!
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Gaaaahahahaha....
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: Just occurred to me: Tip's a cat person.
ysabet hasuko (ysabet) says: Careful, Sweetheart, your double standards are showing...
Maricruz Villalobos-Zamora (maki_p) says: I imagined. Tip is still a Human Guy, even as a wolf
Carl Fishman (carlfishman) says: Just got back from vacation and found the Skinhorse book in my mailbox!  Way cool!  Even better that Shaenon remembered my comments enough that she drew Doc Lee for my sketch!  Now that's providing personal service to your fans!
Terry Smith (wcfan) says: See? TOLD you they'd never forget Dr Lee!
ysabet hasuko (ysabet) says: I got a silverfish on my envelope & Sweetheart inside the cover! **beams**
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Silverfish on envelope and Tip in a bustle and parasol inside.
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: So know we know why Sarah Palin is so popular in some places.
Camille Dumas (camidumas) says: She's a lycanthrope?
Rob (rrreed) says: Yep, Sweetheart is in serious need of some therapy. Good thing Skin Horse has a qualified psychologist on staff!

Oh, wait…
Pete Bleackley (petethemadscientist) says: It's amazing how, in a project that includes a zombie, a talking dog, a clockwork robot, a swarm of bees, and an antisocial helicopter, Tip consistently manages to be the really weird one.
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says: Yeah, wallowing in the corpse (field cleaning) is part of the process even for non-lycanthropes, but it's not a "want" for us two-leggers - it's an unpleasant necessity.
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: My sister once bit a møøse.
Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says: I love the slightly smug look in the second panel, but Sweetheart's anguish in the last is just too much to bear.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Footloose", Kenny Loggins)

I'm feeling ... so fine!
Appealing ... canine!
Let's make sure ... it's clear,
Just who's top dog 'round here!
I'll talk to Sparkle,
We'll go outside for a while ...
When it gets dark, we'll
Come back inside with a smile!

Now I wanna hunt moose!
Hunt moose!
Turning my wolf side loose!
We'll run!  It's fun!
Mooseburgers when we're done!
No buts!  Go nuts!
Roll in the blood and guts!
Produce ... a truce,
If we go and all hunt moose!

ysabet hasuko (ysabet) says:

Totally random aside, but I love seeing all the puppies in the background. It shows that this is a living, viable pack in good health. I'm assuming that since these are sentients they'e not going with the one-breeding-pair thing some wild packs have; I'm seeing obvious parents with the pups.

Just me, bein' random as usual...

Reb Isis (reb_vs_isis) says:


 I also love seeing all the puppies. Because... puppies! ^^

Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: That's so not a smug expression. That's a "Gosh darn, we almost had it" wistful expression.
Nicky . (nicky_diva) says: I don't get it. Why is Sweetheart so upset?
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: Because he hunted a MOOSE with that... that... that harlot! He wants to roll in its corpse with her! How could he? ;_;
Megan Brunner (avid) says: Because Tip's been a canine for half a day, and he's already better at pack dynamics then she was after several years?
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: You know, I'm starting to wonder: was it all a lie gambit?
Jeffrey Channing Wells (channing) says: Remember, kids, when you hunt a moose with a girl, it's like hunting a moose with everyone else she's ever hunted a moose with.  So be careful, and use protection.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Darn it! 'Lie' was supposed to be struck out...
Four Deer (fourdeerinmyyard) says: I dunno; I thought it sorta worked:  "lie gambit"....
"He employed a lie gambit to extricate himself from a tight spot."

Could it possibly be that Sweetheart is discovering that she likes the OLD Tip?
Jon McCormick (youko) says: I dunno, maybe she just really wanted to be the first one to hunt a moose with Tip? XD
Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says:

At the moment everything that Tip says is wrong, including saying nothing.


Basil Jelly (basil_jelly) says:

Sweetheart is still making the same mistakes on the skin horse team that she made in the pack.



She has never learned that "With no power comes irresponsibility."



Dave Menendez (zednenem) says: Tip's talk of a "real date" reminds me of his earlier comment about a "real woman" (i.e., not Sweetheart). It's an interesting blind spot of his, and I'll bet it's contributing to Sweetheart's anger.
Camille Dumas (camidumas) says: Can you blame Tip for not knowing how to talk to a woman he doesn't want to bone?  Sweetheart is probably the first one he met that wasn't a swarm.
Rob (rrreed) says: I did not see that coming. And Sweetheart's expression is exactly like Buddy's when he proclaimed, "I'm the Alpha!"
Timothy Whitcomb (timothywhitcomb) says: Figures...
Cat Bascle (mage_cat) says:

You know, he could have said that earlier...

but it wouldn't have been as funny.

D. Connolly (theogrin) says: I see that, in this instance, the tail really does wag the dog.
Dieter M. (tangerine) says:

Tip can't just waltz in and...

but it's okay for Sweetheart?


I'd be upset at the double standard if Tip's ears weren't so cute.  There, I said it.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: it is a superpower.

And I'm not referring to prowess with the ladies, either.
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: Sweetheart may mate with Tip yet.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Zero To Hero" from Disney's "Hercules", Alan Menken and David Zippel)

Holy cheese!
Sweetheart's hard to please,
Even with the benefit of all my expertise!
Say wassup!
Listen to me, pup!
You are now the leader and you'd better measure up!
Her mood was cooler!
(Should have told her!)
Now she's the ruler!
(Mood's bipolar!)
She can't believe what she just became!
Awful to alpha, we all proclaim!
Awful to alpha in just one frame!

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says: So.  Even with the superpower, he still doesn't understand women.  That doesn't give the rest of us a lot of hope, you know.
vicka corey (drbrain) says: so his superpower *does* even work on sweetheart!  even when she doesn't know what she wants herself..... ;)
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: Some people are high maintenance. And then there's Sweetheart.
Four Deer (fourdeerinmyyard) says: Wow.  Tip's got all these attributes usually associated with alphas, but he just doesn't *think* of himself as an alpha.  So he does his alpha thing on behalf of others.
Four Deer (fourdeerinmyyard) says: And yes, cute ears.
Kristine Roland (kristineroland) says: Tip just turned the tables on Sparkles/Buddy... He is the real Alpha with Sweetheart in the figurehead position...  
Kenneth Reeves (tetramorpheus) says: @Johnn: Actually, if I've traced the evolution properly, he doesn't understand women rather because of his superpower. It makes understanding them unnessecary when you can get what you think you want with very little effort.
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: Shouty sweetheart is very effective.
Drew (pseudowolf) says: @Kenneth: True. Plus, I don't think he even knows he has that power. So, from his view, women in general like him and get along with him with little to no effort on his part. What's to understand?
Camille Dumas (camidumas) says: Hah!  As if he wouldn't KNOW why!
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

This answers a question that's been bugging me.  In the strip from last Thursday, there's a banner laying on the ground.  The first word is obscued by a fold, but you can see it begins with "S" and ends with "T".  Now I realize that it's a "Sweetheart For President" banner.  Sneeeeeaky ... 

(TUNE: "Fame", Irene Cara)

I can lead the pack!
I got my mojo back!
Hitch the wheel dogs up to the sled,
Move your butts or we'll all be dead, I said!

I'm your president!
Disaster we'll prevent!
Now to Fairbanks take the vaccine ...
Don't you make me get mean!

'Cause now I got clout!
I'm gonna lead my old pack!
I am the alpha dog now!
All of you dogs, front and center!
I'll be the lead dog and scout!
We're gonna make it to Fairbanks!
Medicine, spread it about!
I'm gonna lead my old pack,
Alpha beyond any doubt!
(I'm alpha, I'm alpha, I'm alpha, I'm alpha,
I'm alpha, I'm alpha, I'm alpha, I'm alpha ... )

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Wow, that was fast.
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: Thanks, Ed. Now that song will be running through my mind all day and night. I'm too young to remember the 80's!
Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says: From pouty to shouty in one panel.  Sweetheart's superpower is Lightning Mood Change.
Susie Heywood (susie) says:

This has got to be the funniest one I've seen in quite a while.



Rob (rrreed) says: Bah. Electing a leader is the (relatively) easy part. Drafting and ratifying a constitution so that aforementioned leader is subject to the rule of law—that's going to take a bit longer.
Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: And then there's the operas that must be written!
Joe Glow (joe_glow) says: opposable thumbs, ftw!
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: One thumb to rule them all, and in the darkness, whack them.
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says: I am giggling with glee here, Shaenon and Jeffrey.
Owl Who says South (owlsayssouth) says: wow. i mean, i always knew in the back of my head that Sweetheart was a democrat. that fourth panel just really proved it. i know. bad, politic joke. i am sure sweetheart will make sure the charges are dropped. :/
Tiff Hudson (tiff_hudson) says:

Peterson's Field Guide To Humans and Americans

"We have both kinds of bipeds: Humans and Americans."

I guess Hugo Chavez has his own U.N.I.T.Y.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: So that's how Tip managed it.
Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says:

Speak pawfully and carry a big aluminum stick?

(And does anyone realize how hard it is to say "aluminum?")

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says: A mad scientist's cave wold have aluminum bats to eat the robot flies.
John Ames (commodorejohn) says: If the chainsaw is "the great communicator," the baseball bat is at the very least a good one.
Sam Daniel (samhdaniel) says: @ed:  you typo'd the last line. fix it for posterity's sake....
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

My posterity is big enough to look after itself, but OK, I fixed the typo. 

(TUNE: "Crystal Blue Persuasion", Tommy James and The Shondells)

Look right behind you ...
What do you see?
A cute bioweapon
Who's named U.N.I.T.Y. ...
She did some campaignin' ...
Nice, but on occasion,
Tip told her to rein in
Softball bat persuasion!

Rob (rrreed) says: In the country republic of the thumbless, the man lycanthrope with a bioweapon with an opposable digit is king president.

It just doesn't flow, but I don't know how to fix it.
Adam Underfoot (unnatural20) says:

How about "He who controls the spice thumbs, controls the universe pack election."

Also, have you heard my new band, Spice Thumbs?

Four Deer (fourdeerinmyyard) says: All y'all are silly.  I giggle helplessly in your general direction.
Rob (rrreed) says:

<Cheesey French Accent>"You don't frighten us with your silly knees-bent running around advancing behavior!"</Cheesey French Accent>
Paul Gadzikowski (pgadzikowski) says: Because bioengineered sapient canines from Canada always keep handy a large supply of aluminum baseball bats. Their being so useful to 'em, an' all.
Dave Corbett (mr_dave) says: Martin Warner (owlsayssouth) says: wow. i mean, i always knew in the back of my head that Sweetheart was a democrat.

Did you always know it in the back of your head, or just since Unity persuaded you in the back of your head? (That would be something of a painful revelation.)
Joyce Melton (halfelven) says: Need that on a t-shirt, salami is for wieners, uh, winners.
Derek Burrow (derekthebard) says: if Sweetheart wasn't being run on an NPD platform (which I could really see), then...was she running Liberal, or Conservative? 

 Intelligent talking dogs: The new era in Canadian politics!

Rob (rrreed) says: I would like to think Sweetheart (via Tip) ran as a member of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party.
So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Heh.
Jacob Haller (jwgh) says: Is 'Bad Boys II' bowlderized in this version of reality, or is Sweetheart just being polite?  These are the things I worry about at four in the morning.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Hakuna Matata", Elton John & Tim Rice)

Genoa salami!
What a wonderful treat!
Genoa salami,
It's our favorite meat!
But it's the cold cut
Only winners can eat!
Top with cheese and serve
As hot hors d'oeuvres!
Genoa salami!

Andrew Kunz (miyaa) says: Ed, come here. I need to hurt you, and give you this cease and dismiss order from Disney and the RIAA.
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