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The Dog Food Person

A comic by Liana Finck.

The Dog Food Person A Comic by Liana Finck image of dog in a bandit mask
Illustrations by Liana Finck
One day my brother and I were playing in the snow  when our parents came out looking stern.  They said our boots are...
They said our boots are full of dog food.
I said what ha ha ha ha ha parents fishy
Over the next eight years it happened a lot. Theres dog food in our boots again. What do you have to say for yourself
I had my own theory. Mysterious figure says Heh heh. I am so funny while pouring dog food in boots. The dog food person...
Liana speak to baby Pell Ive been falsely accused You need to help me catch the real culprit the Dog Food Person. Name...
Sign that reads Deer dog fod prsin pleese stop  Our plan didnt work
But it did alarm my parents. Lianas really taking this too far.
They consulted with our rabbi.  What if shes a compulsive liar
I started going downstairs early and emptying the boots. Liana speaks to dog while pouring dog food out of boots You...
The fury died down leaving only my unease. Am I untrustworthy
Before that fateful snowy day Id felt that my parents trusted me unconditionally. They pulled me out of nursery school...
They said the same thing to my kindergarten and first grade teachers who worried that I had trouble interacting with the...
But when they found the dog food in the boots I felt as though a sneaking distrust had finally gotten the better of...
After that my weirdness and shyness and tendency to laugh when nothing was funny became a source of shame to me.
So I learned to fit in. I transformed myself.  Slowly I shaped myself to fit others expectations. In other words I hid...
As I got older I shed so much of my childhood self that none of it was left anymore. I became an adult without a past....
We found out years later that it was mice hoarding the dog food.
The dog who ate the food Pepper is long gone. Pepper small on a yellow background
I remember her as one of the people in my life who trusted me completely.
A rare gift and one Ive never given anyone  myself included. the author and her dog

Liana Finck’s cartoons appear in The New Yorker and on her Instagram feed, @lianafinck. Her graphic memoir, Passing for Human, is out this month.