ap·pre·ci·a·tion \uh-pree-shee-ey-shuhn\

1. gratitude; thankful recognition: They showed their appreciation by giving him a gold watch.
2. the act of estimating the qualities of things and giving them their proper value.
3. clear perception or recognition, especially of aesthetic quality: a course in art appreciation.

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[ Panel 1 ]
EGG-SHAPED HEAD GUY 1: So I hear you got a dog?
:: Being a silly optimist, he’s excitedly waiting to hear about his friend’s dog. For some unknown reason he’s also wearing a “Hand-Made Brigade” shirt. ::
EGG-SHAPED HEAD GUY 2: I sure did.
:: Arms crossed, he begins to brag. He’s a mans man, and even has a manly shirt that says “Manly Stuff” on it to prove this point. ::

[ Panel 2 ]
EGG-SHAPED HEAD GUY 1: But why? I thought you HATED dogs! What changed?
EGG-SHAPED HEAD GUY 2: I realized how much they make me APPRECIATE LIFE!
EGG-SHAPED HEAD GUY 1: Well, I’m glad to hear that! So, where is the little guy?

[ Panel 3 ]
EGG-SHAPED HEAD GUY 2: Over there.
:: He points over his shoulder at a dead dog, who apparently OD’d on alcohol and swagger. ::