She totally looks like a muppet, to me, in the third panel (and I openly admit that the Muppets have been a big influence on me).
This strip came from the idea that something coming back like a swing actually is a complex concept and requires some foresight. Blake was the obvious choice. :)
This strip easily could’ve been Vachel/Dee as a rose/botanist, bunny/taxidermist, kitten/bulldog, candy/young child, etc etc. Pick something cute and harmless and find what hunts it.
But I think the net makes this choice the best. :)
My favorite part of this strip was coming up with things a kid would promise to do, to convince a parent to let the kid keep an alligator.
This strip also begins the ongoing tension between the alligator and Blake.
The idea for this came to me when I was thinking about how kids like to bring pets home (though usually, fortunately, they’re small things like caterpillars). Alligators seemed more Dee’s speed.
And I never stopped being amused by the blurred line of animals and sapient animals. The Alligator is merely an animal, until Ted addresses him in the last panel.