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Strip For 031284
ID: 569
Publication Date: 1984-03-12
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly has to leave work at the Library early to pick up Michael. She has to get there at 3:45 and make sure the car is warm. Monique asks if he's coming down with the flu. Elly tells her that he's coming home with a hamster.
Caption: Is he coming down with the flu? No... ...he's coming home with a hamster.
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Strip For 031384
ID: 570
Publication Date: 1984-03-13
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly drives Michael and the hamster, Humphrey home from school. Michael informs her that the teacher told him to take good care of the class pet. Michael interprets this as meaning Elly will have to clean the cage every day. Elly seems unimpressed.
Caption: Teacher said I had to take real good care of him... ...so you'll have to clean his cage every day!
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Strip For 031484
ID: 571
Publication Date: 1984-03-14
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael is holding the school hamster and Elizabeth is crying because she wants to play with him. Elly tells Michael to let Elizabeth have Humphrey but Michael insists she almost squashed him. Elizabeth was just giving him a big hug.
Caption: Were you hurting the hamster Lizzie? No. I just gived him a big hug!
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Strip For 031584
ID: 572
Publication Date: 1984-03-15
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: John is upset that they have a hamster for a week. Although it's meant to teach Michael responsibility, John takes Humphrey away when Michael asks what would happen if they let Farley play with the class pet.
Caption: It's to teach him responsibility!
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Strip For 031684
ID: 573
Publication Date: 1984-03-16
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Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
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 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: John and Elly are in bed trying to sleep. John is awakened by the squeaking and rattling of the hamster in his wheel. Elly explains that hamsters are nocturnal and come alive at night. John says it will have to change if he is to stay alive until morning.
Caption: Not if he wants to say alive 'till morning.
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Strip For 031784
ID: 574
Publication Date: 1984-03-17
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: John returns to bed and tells Elly that he has oiled the hamster's wheel to prevent him from making noise. Elly says that as long as the hamster is quiet he should be no trouble. Humphrey, robbed of his noise, proceeds to empty his shavings on the floor.
Caption: Good. As long as he's quiet - he'll be no trouble at all...
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Strip For 031984
ID: 575
Publication Date: 1984-03-19
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
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 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Elizabeth tells Elly that Michael has put his hamster in a ball. He is letting Humphrey run all over the house. Elly is startled by a loud noise and is informed that the hamster is having a little trouble with the stairs.
Caption: He has a little trouble with the stairs!
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Strip For 032084
ID: 576
Publication Date: 1984-03-20
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Humphrey the hamster is loose! Elly tells John to put Farley in the garage. She thinks she has Humphrey cornered under the sink. Everyone is looking in the cupboard with a flashlight while Humphrey eats scraps in the middle of the kitchen floor.
Caption: Hand me the flashlight, Michael. Any luck yet?
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Strip For 032184
ID: 577
Publication Date: 1984-03-21
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: The hamster is loose and Michael is crying while Elly tries to put him to bed. He is worried the whole class will hate him if he has lost their pet. Elly tells him not to worry, John will find him. John's laid a trail of food and is waiting by the cage.
Caption: Don't worry, honey - Daddy will catch him. He knows what he's doing. No Caption
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Strip For 032284
ID: 578
Publication Date: 1984-03-22
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: John is angry. It is midnight and he is on the floor looking for a hamster. He is searching under the couch when Elly tells him it could be worse. The grade 9's have a tarantula as a class pet.
Caption: The grade 9's class pet is a tarantula!
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Strip For 032384
ID: 579
Publication Date: 1984-03-23
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Humphrey has been found. Michael knew the hamster would come out when he was hungry and he found the best place in the house, right under Elizabeth's chair which is covered in cereal and spilled milk. John, Elly.
Caption: -an' he went to the best spot in the house! -under 'lizabeth's chair!
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Strip For 032484
ID: 580
Publication Date: 1984-03-24
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Returning to school, Michael wishes he didn't have to return Humphrey. Elly reminds him that the hamster belongs to the class. She assures him that the pet had a good time at their house, after all, he survived.
Caption: He had a good time at our house, didn't he, Mom? I'd say so... he survived.
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Strip For 031113
ID: 12397
Publication Date: 2013-03-11
First Published On (if retro): 1984-03-12
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly has to leave work at the Library early to pick up Michael. She has to get there at 3:45 and make sure the car is warm. Monique asks if he's coming down with the flu. Elly tells her that he's coming home with a hamster.
Caption: Is he coming down with the flu? No... ...he's coming home with a hamster.
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Lynn's Notes: Monique was a sweet young woman who won a trip to Lynn Lake to meet me, on a show called Thrill of a Lifetime. I was the "thrill!" Part of the arrangement was that she would see herself in the comic strip and receive an original drawing. Because our encounter had been so short and I had done just one drawing for the show (a Sunday page), I decided to include her as one of the library staff. I never heard from her, but I hoped she enjoyed her brief appearances.

Strip For 031213
ID: 12398
Publication Date: 2013-03-12
First Published On (if retro): 1984-03-13
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly drives Michael and the hamster, Humphrey home from school. Michael informs her that the teacher told him to take good care of the class pet. Michael interprets this as meaning Elly will have to clean the cage every day. Elly seems unimpressed.
Caption: Teacher said I had to take real good care of him... ...so you'll have to clean his cage every day!
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Lynn's Notes: This scenario wasn't part of our family history. I took this idea from another mom whose household was constantly augmented by other people's pets - as well as the occasional school mascot needing a temporary roost. Sallie and Frank had two dogs, a cat , and a parakeet, so folks needing kennel space often asked these kind folks to take in another jowl to feed.

Strip For 031313
ID: 12399
Publication Date: 2013-03-13
First Published On (if retro): 1984-03-14
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael is holding the school hamster and Elizabeth is crying because she wants to play with him. Elly tells Michael to let Elizabeth have Humphrey but Michael insists she almost squashed him. Elizabeth was just giving him a big hug.
Caption: Were you hurting the hamster Lizzie? No. I just gived him a big hug!
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Lynn's Notes: As kids, we were allowed to have a pet if it was very small, didn't require too much upkeep, and had a short lifespan. At first, my brother and I were host to chameleons - tiny little lizards which came from the pet shop with chains attached around their necks and a pin so you could attach them to your shirt! I don't remember them changing colour at all, but they did eat live mealworms, which was a cool thing to watch. Perhaps we overfed them or maybe we played with them too much, because they never lived very long. Fortunately, this rather barbaric way of packaging creatures is no longer permitted.

Strip For 031413
ID: 12400
Publication Date: 2013-03-14
First Published On (if retro): 1984-03-15
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: John is upset that they have a hamster for a week. Although it's meant to teach Michael responsibility, John takes Humphrey away when Michael asks what would happen if they let Farley play with the class pet.
Caption: It's to teach him responsibility!
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Lynn's Notes: Naming a pet or a person in a comic strip requires about the same amount of thought as naming something or someone for real. I tried to imagine what I would call a hamster - and a name beginning with "H" seemed like a good idea. "Humphrey" appealed to me both because it's not a name commonly heard, and because I liked the "Humph" sound at the beginning.... it's sort of a British "snort," an expression of contempt or dissatisfaction. You never actually hear a "humph," it is most commonly seen in print. I think in the US one might say, "harrumph!" - but this has a slightly different connotation. Ahhhh... the semantics of sound.

Strip For 031513
ID: 12401
Publication Date: 2013-03-15
First Published On (if retro): 1984-03-16
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: John and Elly are in bed trying to sleep. John is awakened by the squeaking and rattling of the hamster in his wheel. Elly explains that hamsters are nocturnal and come alive at night. John says it will have to change if he is to stay alive until morning.
Caption: Not if he wants to say alive 'till morning.
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Lynn's Notes: After the chameleons, we were allowed turtles and frogs, and when our charges could survive our "care and feeding," Mom let us have a budgie. This came about when I found a blue budgie on our back lawn. Mom borrowed a cage and tried to find the owner. She put an ad in the newspaper and called the radio station, but no luck. By this time, we had bought seed and a mirror and the bird was ours. We called him Robbie and he was great fun. He made a lot of noise during the day, but unlike the hamster in the strip, he was very quiet at night.

Strip For 031613
ID: 12402
Publication Date: 2013-03-16
First Published On (if retro): 1984-03-17
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: John returns to bed and tells Elly that he has oiled the hamster's wheel to prevent him from making noise. Elly says that as long as the hamster is quiet he should be no trouble. Humphrey, robbed of his noise, proceeds to empty his shavings on the floor.
Caption: Good. As long as he's quiet - he'll be no trouble at all...
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Lynn's Notes: Back to my friend, Sallie. She kept the school hamster in her kitchen - the best place, she said, because she was always there, so it was safer for something so small and edible! (Her cat was always hoping for a chance to pounce on him.) I remember thinking how cute he was, but he sure could make a mess. I wouldn't have wanted the little guy in MY kitchen!

Strip For 031813
ID: 12404
Publication Date: 2013-03-18
First Published On (if retro): 1984-03-19
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Elizabeth tells Elly that Michael has put his hamster in a ball. He is letting Humphrey run all over the house. Elly is startled by a loud noise and is informed that the hamster is having a little trouble with the stairs.
Caption: He has a little trouble with the stairs!
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Lynn's Notes: Going back to my friend with the big heart and too many animals: The hamster had one of those transparent exercise balls, which the kids found fascinating - as did the family cat. When the hamster was not inclined to run for his pleasure, the kids encouraged him by rolling the ball themselves. I remember them saying that they wished they could ride in a ball like that, and putting myself in place of the dizzy, disoriented hamster, I thought... yeah... maybe not!

Strip For 031913
ID: 12405
Publication Date: 2013-03-19
First Published On (if retro): 1984-03-20
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Humphrey the hamster is loose! Elly tells John to put Farley in the garage. She thinks she has Humphrey cornered under the sink. Everyone is looking in the cupboard with a flashlight while Humphrey eats scraps in the middle of the kitchen floor.
Caption: Hand me the flashlight, Michael. Any luck yet?
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Lynn's Notes: Sallie's guest did not get away like this, but a reader told me about their hamster's disappearance. It was eventually discovered months later in a nest he had made for himself inside their couch. A rodent is a rodent after all!

Strip For 032013
ID: 12406
Publication Date: 2013-03-20
First Published On (if retro): 1984-03-21
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: The hamster is loose and Michael is crying while Elly tries to put him to bed. He is worried the whole class will hate him if he has lost their pet. Elly tells him not to worry, John will find him. John's laid a trail of food and is waiting by the cage.
Caption: Don't worry, honey - Daddy will catch him. He knows what he's doing. No Caption
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Lynn's Notes: I had so much fun with this drawing. Imagining John hiding behind a door, waiting for a hamster to follow a trail of crumbs made me laugh out loud.

Strip For 032113
ID: 12407
Publication Date: 2013-03-21
First Published On (if retro): 1984-03-22
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: John is angry. It is midnight and he is on the floor looking for a hamster. He is searching under the couch when Elly tells him it could be worse. The grade 9's have a tarantula as a class pet.
Caption: The grade 9's class pet is a tarantula!
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Lynn's Notes: My friend Beth's daughter, Ellie, keeps several tarantulas in her room. These eerie creatures inhabit a large glass terrarium, and every so often, Ellie will carefully take them out and handle them. Beth said they didn't bother her at all because they're quiet - but the crickets they eat chirp all night long! Ellie apparently can sleep through the racket.

Strip For 032213
ID: 12408
Publication Date: 2013-03-22
First Published On (if retro): 1984-03-23
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Humphrey has been found. Michael knew the hamster would come out when he was hungry and he found the best place in the house, right under Elizabeth's chair which is covered in cereal and spilled milk. John, Elly.
Caption: -an' he went to the best spot in the house! -under 'lizabeth's chair!
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Lynn's Notes: Now that I have a granddaughter to chase about, I have all the paraphernalia; including crib and highchair. Laura is just learning how to feed herself, so the above illustration says it all. Allowing for leaks, spills, and the occasional avalanche, I sometimes wish we still had our dog.... to help wash the floor beneath her.

Strip For 032313
ID: 12409
Publication Date: 2013-03-23
First Published On (if retro): 1984-03-24
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Returning to school, Michael wishes he didn't have to return Humphrey. Elly reminds him that the hamster belongs to the class. She assures him that the pet had a good time at their house, after all, he survived.
Caption: He had a good time at our house, didn't he, Mom? I'd say so... he survived.
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Lynn's Notes: After a week of sawdust, nocturnal scuffling, fights over him, and the omnipresent rodent smell, Sallie was pleased to return the school hamster to his rightful home - happy in the knowledge that she would never buy one for her kids!


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