When Skip Smalls begged his parents for a dog, he should have been more specific. For his 10th birthday, they finally acquiesce and give him Bleeker ― a rechargeable dog equipped with Spock-like sensibilities and his own programmable training manual.
Skip is an average kid with an above-average dog. He struggles to enjoy dog ownership as he adapts to Bleeker’s buggy operating system. While some dogs may chew shoes, Bleeker opens the garage door and turns off the TV when he scratches himself! As a result, Skip has technical support on speed dial. However, there are benefits to having a dog that is computer-literate and runs on batteries. Bleeker helps to keep accident-prone Skip out of harm’s way and even assists him with his homework. Despite some glitches, Skip is learning a lot about his electronic dog ― and himself ― during the training process.
Created by Jonathan Mahood, Bleeker the Rechargeable Dog has its own built-in online audience and can easily be trained to run in newspapers. The strip ranks high as a favorite amongst online comics fans, who love the hi-tech hijinks of Skip and Bleeker. In the tradition of classic comics about a boy and his pet, Bleeker delivers, but with a 21st-century twist!
Skip is your average 10-year-old boy with an above average dog. Enthusiastically clumsy, Skip is easily excited and somewhat prone to accidental mishaps. He longs for the day when he finally proves to his parents that he can handle the responsibility of taking care of a pet. Until then, Skip treats Bleeker like a real dog, in spite of his low battery life and quirky operating system.
Given as a birthday gift to Skip from his parents, Bleeker is a different breed of dog altogether. He is a rechargeable dog, who can play fetch and do tricks like any other dog … but only after an eight-hour charge. Bleeker is a walking cell phone, iPod, camera, printer, smoke detector, global positioning system and scanner all rolled into one nifty device/gadget.
Lila is Skip’s other best friend and neighbor. While Bleeker operates on batteries, Lila runs on pure adrenaline. She is a tomboy who excels at sports and loves to skateboard. Smarter and more coordinated than Skip, she stands by stoically as he learns to understand and program his remote-controlled yet loyal companion.
Karl is a domestic cleaning robot that resides in the Smalls residence. He is very focused on his vacuuming responsibilities and gets very cranky when circumstances and/or people (i.e. the often clueless and very messy Skip) interfere with his ability to do his primary function. Karl rarely leaves the house, so he enjoys robot shop-talk with Bleeker.