“Mr. Shuldig trying to explain Israel to his dog Doobie” has been a favorite format of mine since the very start of Dry Bones way back in the 1970s.
I use Shuldig to express my views, and then a comeback through Doobie’s response. In the beginning Doobie was much more of a dog, walking on all fours and thinking rather than talking.
But as every cartoonist knows, once you create a character, if they’re successful, they just start doing what they want.