Calvin and Hobbes later didn't understand why he had to die, and had trouble falling asleep, instead hiding under the bed. The story arc ended with Calvin talking about his mother saying birth was as natural as death, with Hobbes slightly comforting him as well. The strip focused on rare themes such as sadness, death and loss.
- It was never shown or elaborated on what gravely injured the raccoon.
- This is regarded as the storyline which changed many people's view of Calvin. To this point, his adventures and experiences had all been positive, and readers had seen only his happy, fun, albeit mischievous and unpredictable nature. However, here another side of him is shown: a truly caring, sweet-hearted child.