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Frazz 'n the Hound

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Apr. 27th, 2007 | 12:00 am
mood: cheerfulcheerful

So this morning, I'm looking at our Raleigh newspaper, the News & Observer.  I don't always look at the comics, but today I did, and it's a lucky thing.  There's "Frazz", the comic about a musician who works as an elementary school janitor.  He's out for a walk with his lady friend, and what does she have on a leash?  You guessed it: a retired racing Greyhound.

What's that?  You don't live in the N&O's circulation area?  Or you're reading this too late to pick up a copy for today, April 27, 2007?  Don't worry about a thing.  This is a full-service blog, and I have spared no effort in tracking down the strip online.  Here's a link which should bring it up, for the next thirty days, at least: http://www.comics.com/comics/frazz/archive/frazz-20070427.html.

Alerted by today's strip to the fact that the author knows a little somethin' somethin' about Greys, I searched further, and found another Frazz strip where the same dog is spoken of, but not seen.  It's on the page at Cafepress.com where you can shop for t-shirts and things with Frazz strips printed on them: http://www.cafepress.com/cp/category.aspx?category=fzstripdesigns&storeid=frazz&type=strip.  Look at the last color strip on that page.

But neither of those strips is exactly about Greyhounds.  Ah, but I've saved the best for last.  I found a third example of a Frazz strip, this one with the hound actually in it again ... and to me, this one's considerably the most likely to bring a smile to the heart of anyone who knows Greyhounds. 

This one has also remained online longer than either of the others, and likely will be there for a while: it's been fossilized, so to speak, by being reprinted in the newsletter of a Greyhound rescue organization, Greyhounds Only, Inc., of the Chicago area.  You can download a PDF file containing the appropriate issue of their newsletter (namely, Fall 2003) from this URL: http://www.greyhoundsonly.com/news%20letter/GOIncFall2003.pdf.  You'll find the strip (and confirmation that its author, Jef Mallett, is a Greyhound person) on page five.

Happy hunting!

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