This issue is a variant of Archie and Me (Archie, 1964 series) #141.
With this issue, Bob Bolling took over "Archie and Me" as artist and writer (he had previously drawn but not written stories for the title). He brought a new approach to the title, incorporating drama and fantasy as well as humor, and bringing in characters and continuity from his classic "Little Archie" stories. His memorable run on the title would last through issue # 152.
Jughead does not appear on the cover, though he does briefly appear in the story. This appears to have been an intentional omission, because Jughead would be de-emphasized in Bolling's "Archie and Me" run; he doesn't appear in most of the stories and only has a line or two when he does appear.
Mr. Weatherbee's new Yakasaki Pigeon, and the fact that it constantly gets dented in the same place, would be a running gag throughout Bolling's "Archie and Me" run.
The ending of this story is virtually the same as Bolling's Little Archie story "Balloon Boy" (from Little Archie #10).
When reprinted in Archie Double Digest (Archie, 2011 series) #243, inks are credited to Rudy Lapick.