The original breeder of the "Labradoodle" (Labrador Retriever & Poodle mix) has announced his regret for the popularity "craze" of the breed.
I was sitting in a vet's waiting room recently (with my new pet cat) and a woman was sitting across from me with a Poodle/Maltese mix - which she described as a "Malpoo". Seriously? That's the taxonomy you're going with? Somehow "mutt" isn't dignified enough, but "Malpoo" commands respect among the canine connoissuer community?
I changed "adopted" to "fostered" in panel 1. I guess I didn't want readers to interpret Drew as an animal hoarder, and wanted to show him as a positive force on the homeless animal scene. These are the kind of important subtleties I have to account for amidst my jokes about people getting hit in the crotch.
The title of this strip is simply the scientific name for the domestic dog - all of which are the same species, however different their traits may be.