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  1. Majin-Wolf

    Its just like shopping at Costco!

  2. Dissension

    It’s like the difference between a can of Coke and SoBe No Fear, kinda. = P

    • FuRrY321

      A can of coke and a what-now?

  3. Sleet

    I wouldn’t think there would be any question whether or not to get cheap food for your sapient pets.

    • Foxstar

      Remember, most of the Housepets crew are by and large kids. Kids don’t care if it’s cheap if it has enough marketing behind it and can sate what they deem good, thus having enough sugar.

  4. HonorèDerazey

    Ha! This brings back all the memories of failed attempts to make my parents buy me the higher quality, more expensive stuff! I love to Rick!

    • HonorèDerazey


      • Rick Griffin

        I love to you too!

        • GameCobra

          hug in groups!

        • NobodyYouKnow


        • Silver Dragon ordinence is now more awsome than it was before it was silver dragon ordinence because now it is Ancient Awsome Power of the Dragon's Wing


      • Frank

        Heh. Reminds me of the opening words of the first official speech of The President of the United States:

        Audience member: “I love you, Barack!”
        The President: “I love you back!”

        (Please, no coments on politics)

        • Silver Dragon ordinence is now more awsome than it was before it was silver dragon ordinence because now it is Ancient Awsome Power of the Dragon's Wing

          [this is not a comment on politics]
          When did he say that?

      • Frank

        Heh. Reminds me of the opening words of the official speech The President of the United States gave shortly after taking office:

        (hail to the cheif finishes playing)
        Audience member: “I love you, Barack!”
        The President: “I love you back.”

        (Please, no coments on politics)

        • HonorèDerazey

          Looks like I’m not the only person who failing. You double posted! Haha!

          • Poplick

            Naw, it’s slightly different.

          • Poplick

            No, it’s only slightly different.

          • NobodyYouKnow

            Looks like I’m not the only person who IS failing

            grammar fail.

          • HonorèDerazey

            … I just LOVE karma…

          • Frank

            Yes and no. I posted, but the browser didn’t save the cookie, so I was unable to see that my post was awaiting moderation. I therefore re-wrote the post, thinking submission had failed. The following day, the truth manifests itself as a double post!

      • NobodyYouKnow

        EMBARISING typos! XD

        • NobodyYouKnow

          and an embarrassing typo at that! xD

          • Silver Dragon ordinence is now more awsome than it was before it was silver dragon ordinence because now it is Ancient Awsome Power of the Dragon's Wing


  5. Maark30

    Kinda suprised they are not aming for Atlantic Salmon and Filet Minon

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Most minions are kinda chewy, especially when they leave the trenchcoat on. You might want to try a freshly roasted sidekick, or maybe redshirt surprise.

      • Charlie

        This is why you filet your minions first.

    • ShadyKitsune

      It’s “Filet Mignon”
      And that would be a bit expensive even for a humans diet. Delicious, but very expensive. =P

  6. Maark30

    DOH Aiming lol

  7. Kamron

    “Shut up and eat your sawdust, kids.”

  8. FoxBlood

    Can’t complain with stats! XD

  9. shdwfox

    “Brand X” vs “Feral Mix” don’t both sound kind of ominous.

    • Mephitidae

      you’d be surpised at that ‘feral mix’ … look up ‘evo’ (yes its real) and look at its ingredients compared to the ‘feral mix’ (no i dont work for any pet food company… i just like to spoil my pets)

  10. Forvet

    One of these days, we’re gunna visit, and Rick’s gunna have a FLASH of the housepets team doing a version of “never gunna give you up” just so he can claim you’ve all be rick-rolled..

    ANYWAY! I love it. I’m sick of hte value-time stuff my parents buy… So When I got a job, I started getting alot of my own food. The quality stuff.

    • Sleet

      Or you can buy the same stuff and use the savings to buy awesome things that are cool.

      At least part of the time. Depending on the product, some off-brands are worse than the name brands, and others are almost exactly the same. A very rare off-brand will actually be better. One of my favorite root beers is an off-brand.

    • Foxstar

      More and more, like with Wal-mart and Target, the store or value brand is made right along side the name brand. It’s in the agreements when a store agrees to carry a brand, in return for the producer of the product paying less money or getting a sweetheart shelf deal, they will make say..Walmart’s “Great Value” brand of soup, trash bags or such. The pay off for Wal-mart and Target is that all the profit for house brands goes to them.

      So don’t discount store brands. Only someone who really knows what they are doing, or someone who works at the various food producers can tell the two apart. If you have the mindset of “Name brand only” then you’ll pay a lot more money for most of the time which will be the same product the store brand is.

      • Silver Guardian

        Well, while I agree with you that it’s the same product, there’s still the matter of it not always being the same quality.

        Maybe it’s just a sign that I’ve been drinking too much soda, but I’ll cite the Safeway house sodas as an example: I’ve noticed lately that they seem to flatten out more quickly than their name brand counterparts.

      • Nohbody

        Outside of a relative few flavors of soda, I have yet to find any “generic” drinks or food that tastes as good as the name brand stuff.

        (Or at least not the generics that really are generic, and not just relabeled brand name stuff, like say Bi-Lo milk being Pet brand with a new label on it.)

        • NobodyYouKnow

          give me back my name theme!!!!

          • Frank

            Your name theme has been Homer’s The Oddysey all this time?

    • Frank

      Heh, that’s what I said when I was little. I now find myself buying things that are even cheeper than what my parents bought me

      • FuRrY321

        Cheep cheep! Typo! Cheep!

  11. Doomwolf

    After Mr. Sandwich probably says no they’ll break out the old sad eye’s and beg routine.

  12. Yami

    I don’t get it, they don’t want human food, so they’re trying to get their dad to buy pet food.

    And are they trying say the dog food is better then the cat food? Because cats are Obligatory Carnivores meaning they have to eat meat. Since Ingredients on food goes by what it has most of down to what is has the least of, you should always get something with meat in the first position.

    Can someone explain this one to me? Are they trying to both get animal food, and are they trying to get the food with a wolf instead of the one with the “science”?

    • Foxstar

      Think about it in these terms. This is a world where pets walk and talk and are largely treated like we would children. What is a kid more likely to want, a box of cereal with famous sports heroes and such on the cover or a box uttering how “Good” it is for you?

      And this applies to dog and cat food as well, but the reverse at least in real life is true, where a high selling point of food is how much they can proclaim it’s good for your animal, along with a appealing picture of the food being in the bowl.

    • Frank

      Figure 1: Brand X vs Feral Mix (i.e. which dog food brand Mr. Sandwich should buy)
      Figure 2: “Cat food: meat or sawdust?” (i.e. which cat food brand Mr. Sandwich should buy)

    • Argent Stonecutter

      BTW: Dogs *love* cat food.

      • Stevie Maxwell

        Peanut: *earperks* “Gotta hide, gotta hide, gotta hide!”

      • Frank

        But isn’t it supposed to be bad for their kidneys? Or is that when cats eat dogfood?

        • Argent Stonecutter

          They don’t know that. They just know it’s so much richer than dogfood. We get dogs coming in through the cat door now and then and they go straight to the cat food.

          • FuRrY321

            If my cat was still alive, and he was an indoor/outdoor cat (thus the cat door, which we’ve never had) then he’d never let a dog near his food. Scratch first, question later!

  13. falconthefox

    three times the cost yes but…look at the bag! wolf! come on, thats GOTA be worth it?!?!

    • gatherer818

      three times the cost, but approximately a hundred times more awesome <– definitely worth it!

  14. Pokeblue

    Wow, reminds me of when I was young and my brothers and I did that, and I gotta tell ya vacuuming, cleaning the dishes, and giving the floor a good cleaning was much more convincing.

    Peanut and Grape are on the right track though, it sounds much more healthier and more to their natural diets, so I’m already convinced.

    • Foxstar

      Protip-They are trying to get the junk food.

      • Jutah

        Actually, they’re right.

        A lot of the cheaper catfood and more well-known namebrands (the kind you usually see commercials for) usually list corn as the first ingredient, which is literally just filler, cats can’t really digest the stuff and its not really that healthy for them either, its used because its cheaper than meat and can artificially inflate the size of the food. They are carnivores after all, not omnivores, they might as well be pumping air into it.

        The more expensive foods typically have meat as the first ingredient and don’t really contain much filler materials/grains/stuff cats can’t digest. Its not really cat-junkfood since its actually healthier.

        • NobodyYouKnow

          fun (and by fun i mean disturbing) facts:
          almost everything we eat contains corn
          chicken nuggets are almost entirely corn
          everything you eat (and i do mean EVERYTHING) contains insects
          if somebody tells you to get off this silly website, tell them you’re learning about the strange customs of american food
          if anybody asks you to cite where you got this information, tell them it was on a silly website

          • FuRrY321

            I didn’t know comments counted as websites!

            Wait, so is that what the “website” field is for? For naming your comment site? ;)

      • Frank

        I’m afraid I must agree. Any moving organism needs more than just protein (the main thing we get from meat). We also need vitamins (gotten from vegetables) and carbohydrates (gotten from “wheat, flour, cornmeal”) to name a few.

        In the wild, predators get this from eating prey that eats this, and occasionally eating veggies themselves. Processed meats (e.g. spam) usually eliminate the parts that provide this (e.g. stomach) under the excuse of making it tastier.

        Okay, Thoth, shoot me down. I probably have something in there that is “not exactly” true.

        • NobodyYouKnow

          generally, those things are true, but imply psuedodoxes (a psuedodox is a false opinion)

          • FuRrY321

            If a psuedodox is a false opinion (Opera reports as typo) then what is a psuedododox?

            3 tries. Anybody?

  15. Cid

    They can always resort to the ’silent treatment’

  16. root

    And then! Towards the end of this presentation, out comes Steve Jobs: “Oh, and one more thing–”

  17. Banner

    If you’re going to raise a healthy dog or cat, you have to buy the good stuff and not crap. Yes it’s more expensive, but it’s still cheaper than people food. (you can make your own if you wish, it’s just less convenient).

    • Foxstar

      Or you can train your dog to kill small animals, skin them, test them to make sure they don’t have something nasty and then feed your dog that way. Cats will feed themselves if you let them.

      • Silver Guardian

        Ain’t that the truth. The vet my aunt goes to told her that one of her cats was getting too fat, and she needed to cut down on its food supply.

        Her response was to inform the vet that that particular cat hunts entirely for itself and has done so for years, eating only what it killed on its own.

        And our cat would probably do the same, if only there were enough squirrels around here to sustain him. (As it stands, he gets plenty of practice attacking our homemade corn muffins.)

        • Spirit Studios 2010

          corn muffins

        • FuRrY321

          All this talk about corn… oof. I’m feeling stuffed [with corn] already!

  18. RockstarRaccoon

    LOL, wow, that’s one of the funniest ones you’ve had lately. XD

  19. Argent Stonecutter

    It’s a whole story arc of one-offs!

    • Frank

      I prefer to think of it as a series of disconnected episodes centered on the star duo

      • Stevie Maxwell

        Hey, I like the early three-strip arcs! And so far the connection we have between the most recent two is: the star duo! Either talking about or eating food!

  20. Valerio

    must. buy. FERAL MIX. for. my. pets!

    • FuRrY321

      Just ensure that the door is locked, the pet door is locked in case your pets don’t have thumbs, and make sure you wear protection from potential side effects, mostly the sudden appearance of a feral in your living room, etc. We recommend wearing pots and/or pans over your head and joints to restrict movement so that the feral doesn’t see you. Their eyesight is based solely on movement, you know.

  21. James319

    Make ME kinda wanna eat some

  22. Buckdida

    Ahh, kids and their cereal.

    Or in this case, Pets and their junk food.

  23. othorlimmis

    in mah childhood, we had no fancy cereal for breakfast!


    • Spirit Studios 2010

      It tastes just like chicken!… only chewier.

      • NobodyYouKnow

        and by chewier he means chews more

  24. Rukral

    If they get Feral mix, I bet they’ll be some of the most popular pets around :P

    • 1PlayerD

      lol i bet so

  25. Salenstormwing

    Huzzah, everything is better with more SCIENCE!(tm).

  26. Frank

    Thoth said, “The dry cat and dog food are probably pretty good, given that the pets can tell the researchers (and their “parents”) which ones they like better and why.”

    Now I’m debating with myself whether this strips supports his theory or shoots it down

  27. Ada

    The Joker warned me about Brand X. :O

    • NobodyYouKnow

      ha! ive been trying to contact you for a few strips! in an earlier strip (the second one featuring tarot) you commented about something you “couldn’t unsee” and i politely demand (is that possible?) that you tell us what it was!

  28. TD

    Oh God, the memories! I’ve don’t this very thing(minus the charts) more times than I care to admit.

    • FuRrY321

      “I have don’t this very thing”
      Don’t you mean “I have DONE this very thing”?


  29. TallenMF

    What I like the most is seeing them double-team their dad. It’s like “help me buy the canine crunchies and I’ll help you with your feline seafood deluxe”.

    You never fail to make me smile, Rick.

    • Frank

      Isn’t “canine crunchies” the brand in 101 Dalmatians? (the 1961 animated film, not the 1996 live-action one)

  30. Asteri

    Indeed this has happened to me when I was young as well D:D:D:
    only to end up in failure lol

    XDXDXD good to see moar peanut and grape!

  31. MrMutt

    My dogs would do the same to me if they could whenever I try to switch their food to the “better” food (of all things). So, They gets the not quite so expensive food, which is good for me. Cost wise not edibility.

    There are times when I’m glad my dogs aren’t like the Housepets critters. I’d never hear the end of it.

    • Spirit Studios 2010

      I used to have a picky eater of a dog, Doberman Pincher.

      My parents were feeding him one food and he’s eat it. Then my dad decided to start buying the cheaper stuff. Guess what: Prancer wouldn’t eat it. My dad got the bright idea (no sarcasm) to try and mix the two brands together. Prancer picked out EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF THE CHEAPER BRAND with his mouth, set it outside the bowl, and THEN ate!

      XDXDXD He was a smart dog.

  32. WingedWolfGirl

    They make one good point,
    a wolf head looks WAY cooler that a human sunday dinner.
    and “Brand X” compared to “Feral mix”? No comparison!

    • Argent Stonecutter

      A wolf’s head looks cooler than pretty much anything you could have on a bag of pet food.

      • NobodyYouKnow

        a wolf’s head against a wolfish background?

        • Argent Stonecutter

          OK, you could have a giant shark devouring a 747. Lasers optional. That would be cooler.

          • NobodyYouKnow

            oh yeah, well, what you said plus one housepet!
            (housepet being the new unit in which coolness is measured, aptly named after a certain comic)

          • gatherer818

            that looks shopped :P

  33. ShadyKitsune

    I bet my cat would do the same, if he was bipedal, had opposable thumbs and able to talk.
    Though he has expressed his likes and dislikes on food choices pretty well without any of them. =P

  34. FlareKitsune

    Hmm…Feral mix makes a convincing argument.

  35. a Cheetah

    hey, first three ingredients of the entire menu at BK too, the “byproduct” one lol.

  36. Tara

    Actually, it reminds me of the cereal in the bag and that is in the box… Kids love the box because it has that stupid bird, toucan, whatever thing on it while parents love the bag because its basically the same darn thing but cheaper AND healthier. :3

    • NobodyYouKnow

      I SWEAR that i just had deja vu of having deja vu of having deja vu of having deja vu of having read that same comment!

      • FlareKitsune

        Wouldn’t that qualify as a time paradox?

        • NobodyYouKnow

          no, but having deja vu of losing your ability to have deja vu, because of that particular instance of deja vu would qualify

  37. 1PlayerD

    random lol

    • NobodyYouKnow

      are you sure it wasn’t a random lqtm?


    and that is the point when he calmly looks down at them and says…… “Where are your owners?!” *walks quickly away*

    • Foxstar

      He is their owner.

      • Frank

        I think that’s the point. Remember June 15th, 2009?

        • NobodyYouKnow
          • Frank

            Yes, verily. My post would await moderation some 72 hours. I seem to somehow always trip those switches without meaning to.

            Or is that when there’s two links? Wait, no, I just remembered. <a title=”strip’s title” href=LINK>Month, day, year</a> also got me flagged for moderation.

  39. The game


  40. NobodyYouKnow

    does anybody else find it odd the wolf has no pupils?

    also ha! 100th comment!

    • ShadyKitsune

      It’se FERAL Mix! Not Puppy Eyes Mix!
      It’s supposed to look fierce and awesome, food for the strongest of the pack! Or strongest of the backyard…

      • 1PlayerD

        Strongest of the household

    • Frank

      He (she?) probably does, but they are smaller than a pixel: the computer can’t show it. And if he/she doesn’t, it doesn’t matter! It’s a drawing on a bag in within a drawing! Some things have to be omitted (see the alt text on July 29th, 2009)

      And following the same vein: 104th comment

  41. NobodyYouKnow

    hey, my gravatar’s not changing! anybody got an idea why?

  42. BlueAnubis

    It’s true, having a wolf on the front does make it more awesome, but I think their math is off a bit. Having a wolf on the bag make it 138X better to be specific.

    Oh, and by the way Frank, This is comic #263. Only 37 more before a Sparta joke, (hopefully done with pillows.

  43. Krystal

    Anyone else wondering where the next comic is?

  44. Fuzzypaws

    They don’t make feral mix for micros! *cries*