This is a small illustrated poem, intended for my children when they were small. You will see that this was drawn in 1979...nearly 40 years ago; hence the word gay retained its original meaning. Then it simply meant that the dog Raif was happy and devil-may-care.
Another aspect is the violence. The story is a little like the last act in Hamlet, and at the time I considered it no different to the average Tom and Jerry cartoon ... although I do not recall those animations ending with the main characters in Boot Hill Cemetery.