News post – Catch-23 No. 900 Lessons from a foster dog

This week I have a different kind of comic strip to share. We are fostering an ex puppy-farm dog named Jackie. In the week we’ve had her, she’s gone from being timid around everyone and everything to being able to use the doggy door, wagging her tail for us and coming for pats. We’ll help her through her health and attachment problems and get her ready for her forever home.

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Jackie the American cocker spaniel

I wanted to show in the strip that fosters and rescues won’t necessarily behave like stereotypical dogs right away, friendly and playful. Some of these dogs have come from bad situations and have developed specific behaviours as coping strategies just to get by. You won’t see the ‘real’ dog emerge until they learn that this place is not like the other place and they’re going to be looked after.

Adopting a rescue animal is doing some good in this world – you’re replacing suffering with love and security.

Here are some sites in Victoria, Australia if you want to know a bit more about rescues:

Beagle Rescue Victoria
http://www.beaglerescuevic.org/

Animal Aid
http://www.animalaid.org.au/

Mat

News post – Catch-23 No. 899 CensusFail

When the Government and the spokespeople from the Australian Bureau of Statistics talked about what went wrong with the 2016 Australian Census, you would be forgiven for thinking they learned everything about computers and the internet from 1980’s hacker movies.

It was a hack, wait, it wasn’t a hack, it was a denial of service attack, wait, it wasn’t an attack, but your data is safe with us… better shut down the site for two days just in case.

Mat

News post – Catch-23 No. 898 Rio regrets

The comedy of errors that is the 2016 Rio Olympics is in full swing and I imagine the folks at the IOC are regretting their decision right about now. The IOC officials are represented here by stuffy, rich versions of Kate and Alex because I figure IOC folks must be rolling in cash.

Never mind, I’m sure everything will be sorted by the time Tokyo rolls around.

Mat

Beagle Bounce! My game demo

Hi folks, I made this in the game making program Construct 2. It’s platformer and features Bagel the Beagle. Have a play, tell me what you think and enjoy.

Mat

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News post – Catch-23 No. 897 2016 problems

It’s happened more than once in the last few weeks that I’ve seen a small knot of people where people don’t usually congregate and assumed it was some brazen daylight drug deal when in fact they were just hunting pocket monsters.

2016 has been a weird year.

Mat