The above cartoon came out of one of my writing tricks: Insert an animal into a standard human situation and see what happens.
Sure, drawing a dog in a meeting is fun, and the joke is fine, but for me the real joy in a cartoon like this is digging deeper after the first reading.
What business are they in that the dog made such a difference? Is the dog happy with simple praise, or is he angling for a corner doghouse? Does the dog even understand what’s going on, or was he simply in the right place at the right time? A cartoon like this suggests all sorts of possibilities.
I’d love to know what you think. Any backstories you’d care to share about this cartoon? Leave a comment and let your imagination run wild!