That sounds so like a mantra, I’m amazed I didn’t exploit it more for humor value: “To disrespect the alpha disrespects all of us.”
This strip illustrates and interesting side of the alligator’s personality. He is an alligator and therefore he is feared. He’s a bit slow, soft hearted, goofy, etc. But since he is feared, others are always nice to him even when he’s being a jerk.
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.