Garfield: Inexplicable, Unknowable
p1. Why stand there in the first place?
p2. "Dissertation"? Is this supposed to be an added level of sass?; as in "your threats do not even register as threats to me, instead I misinterpret them as your bid for a doctoral degree"? Because the point Garfield is ultimately trying to make is that he's not afraid of the barking, and for a cat, his reaction to the dog is unusual (thus brag-worthy). The expected reaction to a dissertation (when are dissertations read aloud?) is not fear. It is probably rare that anyone loses their cool during the reading of a dissertation. Thus does Garfield's double-edged wise-ass remark cancel itself out.
p3. Is Garfield pumping his fist in triumph, or about to punch a dog in the face? I approve of one, and disapprove of the other.