Still can’t get over Cherry’s hair…

…if in fact this is Cherry.  She looks like she could be in high school.  Another thing occurs to me… if these are daily strips taken from the 70’s were they colored at the time?  Or are we taking old dailies and running them through the color mill?  Sort of like the Netflix documentary “WWII in Color.”

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But back to the story… Cherry has a great idea for a name!

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Oh, Mark, always so agreeable!  Andy looks very happy to have a new responsibility!  But where’s Rusty?  Cherry has had time to (I’m guessing) phone the one or two neighbors that flank Lost Forest, but no time to wonder where in the heck Rusty is.  Remember, Andy was going to meet Rusty at the bus stop when he was distracted by the cat… Seems we have ALL forgotten about the lad…

More Smiling Animals…

In an attempt to say, “See? Jack Elrod was prone to these insipid storylines, too,” we are treated to days of, well, insipidness.

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But in typical fashion, Rusty is about to be forsaken!!  HA!

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One thing I never understood about the way Andy has been rendered through the years is his tongue… It’s always sticking out!  Does that somehow make the dog less fearsome?

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Apparently it works.  And what do you know?  Andy apparently has been to and passed “Mother Cat 101” at the local community college, otherwise how would he know that he could pick up the little thing by the skin of her neck??  But wait, who is this??

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Cherry?  Oh, my goodness!  I have never seen you with this hair-do!  This really does date things a bit.  Also, another clue is the single name “Jack Elrod.”  I we were gong back further in time, then the credit would be “Dodd and Elrod.”  This puts this story sometime after 1978, when Elrod took full control of the strip.