The thing between them is meant to be some sort of simple otter-dog furniture. A chair or a table.
For awhile I planned to draw cat.
A discarded punchline was, “What is it?”
The answer to this question is, “I don’t really know.” And this, from un untethered metaphor perspective, is unnerving. An unbound metaphor is a dangerous thing.
The other thing that’s unsettling about this comic, for me, is that it seems to imply that the comic is from the point of view of the otter-dog with the collar. Why else would the thing between them have remained out of frame?
I don’t want anything to come between them.