Ok, I never said this is great stuff. I said it is interesting, in a historical context. I drew these strips only months after experimenting with Baskerville, a comic strip that featured talking dogs. I suppose I was having a hard time letting go of the canine humor altogether. However, in my next attempt, the strip that actually became Arlo and Janis, there were no pets initially. If I had carried some version of Boofus over into the new strip, there probably would be no Ludwig today, because one pet in a family comic strip is enough.