I do not know if you ever saw my FA comment on this, but I always liked this art piece. These pictures you create (like this one neko-art.deviantart.com/art/go… ) are these these random events left open ended and creates a story in my head and no doubt the heads of others. This picture is like something we see out of a horror movie or story, and in my mind what better way for a Furry horror movie/story than anthropomorphic dogs facing the thing that plagues actual canines and some other house pets than flea, tick, Louse, or whatever blood sucking parasite in the form of a monster?
It's like humans who are freaked out by spiders, so we have a lot of horror movies that play into that fear. Hell there was even a film called "Arachnophobia" for crying out loud, so I would imagine in Furry world where Dogs, Cats, or whatever get these things like their feral counterparts would be freaked out by flees, ticks, and lice in the same way humans are frightened of spiders, and this would be such a furry styled horror scenario that plays on that fear.
"Then the Beast came crashing through the door snarling, hissing, and clawing, breaking and unhinging the door and the wooden frame around it knocking over items on the top shelf and near by objects with it's bulky exoskeletal mass. The forced entry knocked back the canid standing in front of the door almost undoing the straps on her sandal, but she used her arms to stop her momentum and keep from falling back onto her head. The Beast's clawing caught the other canid to the side of her creating one long, thin, bloody slash and a smaller one beneath it on her left leg. The combined shock from the creature's entry and slash to her leg made her stumble onto the near by shelf. Both were in a state of shock and horror as the Beast hissed and stuck out it's long slithering tongue to it's new potential prey."
Never understimate the effect of a phobia! Is a terrible effect what certainly makes somebody feel paralyzed, stunned or panic by the prescence of that particular element! It can be a thing, it can be a place or a quality as effect of that and includes an especifycal mode but at the end it depends of anyone how We support those people for tolerate or can take a breath... You reflect that situation and those feelings really right with each of those girls... The fear really can make somebody usualy cool and quiet transform him or herself likes those girl regardless the insignificant what can be or looks for others.
The materials You choose had at the end an unespected effect... Includes with the kind of situation You are giving a warm enviroment and relative tranquility contrasting with this terrible situation, as the final porpouse try show at the moment of apretiate! Is a fearfull scene with the sweetness of the girls terrible scared... The cleaning labor against the bug associated with dirt. Also the theme of the image against the warm coloring and quality of the lineart.