Into The Woods
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  1. Majin-Wolf

    RUN KING RUN!!!!!!!

    • Cannon Fodder

      King press R or Z twice!

      • FuRrY321

        Nonono, it’s tilt the whole system! Or is it press L or R?

        Darnit, now the 3DS has got me all confused.

        • Majin-Wolf

          They cut the hard line its a trap get out!!! “Oh no”

  2. Yokashima

    Oh ship. :O

    • Dr. Prower

      Oh slip.

      • Rambuctorium

        OH SNAP XD

        • thegamist

          oh bumbaskets … <.< – er…

          • Dr. Prower

            lol wut?

      • Kayota

        Ocean.

        • Dr. Prower

          Ore-Ida.

  3. lolparty

    black txt bubble…

  4. Lutrinae

    Was his plans to crash a barbeque? kind a lame super evil plan…

    • pet_panda

      no, i’m pretty sure he’s there to kill tarot

      • Elwood Blutarsky

        He could just be there to return King to being Joel…naturally a great time for that as there are a bunch of K9 cops right there to nail him not to mention Fox who stated an intent to get Joel back for the kidnapping if he ever showed his face around Babylon Gardens again.

        Or maybe the real plan will come to light. Was King indeed “proof of concept” for the destruction of the entire human race? Or is it much larger than that, the end of all who don’t know love in their hearts…
        http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/08/31/soul-scattering-will-do-that/
        http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/11/23/so-cool/

        • psychoJoker36

          If he wanted to revert King back, why is he so persistant on telling him to stay home?
          Unless it’s to make him want to go to the party even more! Ha, I’m a genius

          • Argent Stonecutter

            It’s that old Xanatos Gambit again. No matter what Joel/King does, Pete wins?

          • FuRrY321

            I dunno, Pete looks really mad. Then again, it could just be that he’s in full Gryphon form (spelling it like that to differentiate from the author), and that’s just what his eyes look like.

            I think Pete actually meant for King to stay at home. He just wanted him to. How would you feel, if you were a supernatural creature of mischief and chaos who was also the owner of a disobedient Corgi?

          • Argent Stonecutter

            If I were a supernatural creature of mischief and chaos I could do a better job of keeping King under control than just sticking him in an easily broken cage.

          • Rags

            Spelling to differentiate from the author?
            I think there is pretty little chance of Pete assuming the form of the author! ;-)

          • FuRrY321

            Well, just as long as Rick doesn’t make it all confusing and add in another Gryphon by the same name. Though that would be interesting for a cameo! :P

          • Frank

            He did say the Gryphon was his brother’s idea.
            http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/11/19/sylvan-glen/
            Maybe his brother will be the other Griffin to appear?

            (yes, I know, the puns. Sorry)

  5. IceKitsune

    Pete’s Back… And he’s going to kill King

    • Yokashima

      Wuh-oh. XP

    • Thoth

      That would be extremely dramatic – and a classic thing to do with a character who’s acquired a fair amount of sympathy if Rick wants to really establish Pete as a villian – but I hope not. I think it would be hard on the tone of the strip, and I like it now.

      • Severedevil

        It wouldn’t make sense for Pete to transform Joel into a dog, go through a fair amount of trouble to keep him and teach him lessons, just to kill him.

        It would be a dramatic and shocking twist primarily because it’s incoherent.

        Now, if Pete transformed King into a different type of animal, or dumped him on the streets as a stray, that would be a suitably cruel change to the status quote that might make sense.

        • Nohbody

          As an aside, what has Pete actually taught Joel!King? I don’t think “living like a dog and not a human” counts as a lesson. :P

          • Yokashima

            It did in the hit Disney animation film “Brother Bear.” :P

          • Argent Stonecutter

            “Giant supernatural eagle/lion hybrids are jerks”?

          • Thoth

            Well, he may have a few pleasant memories of time with Fox to overlay older unpleasant memories of being “kidnapped” by his own pets, but then he’s also got some fine new memories of Bino.

            Never mind, I think that’s a wash.

        • Thoth

          Well, so far there isn’t enough on Pete’s actual motives to even rule out “randomness”. You’re assuming that Pete really does want to “teach Joel a lesson” – which is not necessarily true.

          • Frank

            Well, he referred to himself as “a teacher”, but also refuses to turn Joel back, even when he shows he’s learning “the lesson”
            http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/12/25/so-this-is-christmas/

            Pretty mucha zero-sum support, huh?

          • Thoth

            Yep. I always figured that actions speak louder than words – and most of the words have been pretty ambigious. We’ve had “this must stop”, “I’m proud of you”, and “who ever said anything about changing you back?”.

            And, at least to me, “I’m proud of you” looked more like a setup for the ensuing verbal sledge hammer to the brain.

          • Frank

            So, another BSOD is coming up?

      • IceKitsune

        I wasn’t being serious I meant that King was really,really in trouble not that Pete would actually kill him. Sorry it came across wrong.

  6. Fuzzypaws

    So he’s not omniscient!

    • Mukavich

      Yeah. I thought we established that a few comics ago, though? I wonder if there’s gonna be an epic battle between Tarot and Pete? Maybe King will get an awesome suit of armor and sword and get to slay the beast!

      Or maybe he’ll just turn tail and run into yet another awkward position.

      • Thoth

        Who knows? Maybe Pete wanted to use the “King” identity for a private anonymous chat with Tarot, and is simply annoyed that King has now spoiled that plan!

        So he’ll have to start over by turning Joel/King into a cat, who can then get roped into trying to help Grape hunt for himself.

        • FuRrY321

          Tarot could tell that King was (formerly) a human. I think she’d be able to tell that the “anonymous” dog coming up to her for a chat is really King.

          Besides, I think a Corgi is just too small a body for Pete to transform into. After all, his ‘natural’ body is huge.

          • WingedWolfGirl

            But… his Gaspar form is considerably smaller than his gryphon form.

          • Leinad

            besides, i think Pete can turn that whole ‘conservation of mass’ thing on it’s head and laugh at it. he is a super powerful mythical jerk, after all.

          • Thoth

            Yep – but that doesn’t mean that she knew that King was really a human before meeting him or that Pete might not be capable of concealing his true identity from her either for a time or permanently.

          • FuRrY321

            Meh. But you see my point.

          • Thoth

            Hm. Additional thought; have we got any actual evidence that Pete’s “natural body” is a gryphon or even that he necessarily has a real body? His method of astral-plane travel might indicate that he’s actually just a spirit and has no “real” body – or he might be a lovecraftian horror or some such.

          • FuRrY321

            Nah, that’s too complex. Let’s just keep him as a mythical creature with supernatural powers.

          • Frank

            Tarot and King hadn’t met before this week’s strips (King didn’t know her name, and Tarot unabashedly said the one thing King would probably tell her to keep quiet about) so I say anything’s possible.

      • Naylorfan90

        King’s a corgi, he doesn’t have a tail to turn! XD

        • Lupus

          Yes he does :O It’s just a very very short stubby tail

  7. Darcin

    Oh hey, Griffin Pete is back. That reeeeally doesn’t bode well for ol’ King.

    • rWolf1991

      ya king is dead!!

      • Hopper200456

        *GASP!*
        Traitor!

        • rWolf1991

          what?!
          Whoever said i was rooting for him in the first place?
          and whoever said i wasnt rooting for him?

          • Frank

            Basically, if any king dies, and you celebrate it, you are betraying that crown. Therefore, Hopper calling you a traitor is possibly the most appropriate thing he could call you :P

    • yfffgh

      Heyyy… Griffin pete… Peter Griffin… ROFL XD

  8. thewhitedragon

    let’s hope tarot can rescue king, maybe with some epic magics.

    • Captain50

      Won’t matter once Grape gets there. She’ll just kill him for hitting on Tarot anyways unless someone stops her.

      • Thoth

        I doubt that Grape will actually asault someone who’s obviously intoxicated and has already had one blow to the head today – unless they’re on the food chain…

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Cats know the value of a good threat. Just mess with a cat’s food bowl and you’ll see…

      • Nohbody

        I’m not all that sure she will show up again in this story. If she does, it will probably be just another walk-on spot. The story title isn’t, after all, “The Cat Days of Summer” (well, besides the fact it’d make no freaking sense whatsoever :P ).

    • Loki-Impisi

      MORTAL SHAMBAT!

    • Dr. Prower

      No, screw Tarot! Let’s hope GRAPE comes to save him! I wanna see them get face-to-face, hating each other.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Don’t forget, Grape would recognize Pete.

        • Frank

          Which would explain why Pete was so keen on having King stay home

  9. Dusty

    You know its serious when eye’s lack pupils and the text is white on black.

  10. sonic id furreh!!!

    rrraaaaarrrrgggg!!!!!

  11. WyldKAT

    god, you people comment quick.

    Also I’d have to say a giant griffin in a dark heavily wooded area would be terrifying. Too bad King’s too out of it to notice.

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      y thanku

      • sonic id furreh!!!

        origanaly theres ten (i was one) but then theres all the replyers

  12. Snowmon

    Oh the joys of ignorance…



    Is it just me or is the bump getting bigger?

    • WyldKAT

      well, swelling takes time.

    • psychoJoker36

      The bumb’s not getting bigger, king’s getting smaller

      • Lycanthromancer

        Who’s willing to bet that Peter Griffin is a projection from Tarot?

        • Lycanthromancer

          Oooh-kaaay…

          I have no idea why that got posted there, instead of at the bottom…

        • psychoJoker36

          It’s Pete the griffin, man. Peter Griffin is the fat guy from Family Guy

          • FuRrY321

            Well, hey, maybe Tarot could project Peter, so she could distract King while she talks to/takes on Pete! :)

          • Lycanthromancer

            Ah, so it’s a Family Guy cameo. Wow, he’s really gained some weight, hasn’t he?

            He’s HUGE. And fuzzy. And feathered.

            Waitaminit…

    • Gekson

      No the bump looks bigger due to the different angle on king’s head

  13. psychoJoker36

    It’s the orange soda talkin. No need to worry King

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      The giant blue griffin with blazing yellow eyes says otherwise.

      • mr. cream

        no man the giant blue griffin with blazing yellow eyes, just wants a hug… or his life juices… and the life chunks.

        or mabe he’s just gonna hit him on the noise with a rolled up newspapper welst says “no bad dog! bad king ! no leaveing the yard ! bad dog ! bad!”

        • Thoth

          I like that one. It would be a lovely anticlimatic twist.

          • FuRrY321

            I’d be reading and I’d be all like, “What the…?”

          • Dr. Prower

            lol

      • Daisy

        He’s just a side-effect of the orange soda.

      • Kitch

        I still say he’s unconscious on the floor at home.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Why would he be dreaming about Tarot being psychic? He doesn’t know that!

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            well a lot of REALLY weird thing can happen when dreaming mayby he’s a little psychic so he can have psychic dreams, I have them all the time :P

          • Lycanthromancer

            If he is dreaming, then this is a psychic message from Tarot. She’s got mad psychic skillz.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            I can’t see Tarot sending a psychic message like that in a dream. I can see her showing up with muffins and, oh, so THAT’s where Peanut’s remote control got to…

      • Frank

        My bullets says otherwise, pal!
        (it’s the only day of the year I’ll be able to say that :P If you’re reading this afterwards, my avatar today is http://frankhightower.blogspot.com/2010/07/fourth-of-july-special.html)

  14. Chochi

    The black text bubble means BUSSINESS!!!

  15. ReCreate

    LOL, this is gonna be fun :P

    • Hopper200456

      I searched randomly and found you!
      Its said Recreate.
      And it was the SAME avi!

  16. EHH

    O_O …eep.

  17. Asinan

    Soda….

  18. Ki

    The alt text couldn’t be more true.

    My friends and I call that time the “crackdust.”

    • FuRrY321

      LAN parties make that time longer. About 5 to 6 hours, if you’re lucky. Sometimes more.

      The sugar of all the pop and pizza and chips and other such goodies really takes its toll on you later. I came home around 7:30 am after about 22 hours of straight gaming, and I believe that is the first time I’ve ever had a “sugar high”.

      Just one question:
      why “crackdust”? That seems an awful lot like a certain illegal thing that you’re not supposed to touch, let alone consume… :|

      • sonic id furreh!!!

        oh one time i found crack in the bathroom at my school >:(

        • sonic id furreh!!!

          so den i told the cops and stuff happened and i was lafin the hole time ;)

          • FuRrY321

            You musta gone to a public school, then. ‘Cuz there is NO way that dope would happen in MY Catholic Secondary School! (pun intended, even though Dope is Marijuana.)

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            1 time i went to a catholic school but i got kicked out and the principle called me the son of st.

          • FuRrY321

            Sorry, I go to a “Christian Catholic” school. There is a small bit of a difference, but not enough to matter.

            And how bad are you again? ‘Cuz there’s no way I’d get kicked out of my school (honour roll student right here, baby – and yes, that IS a reason to brag :P )

  19. Thoth

    Grape behind and Pete ahead. Not a good day (perhaps someday he’ll have one).

    More than a bit silly of Pete though; Joel/King openly and bluntly stated that he would defy him and attend if he possibly could; why would he be surprised at being defied rather than at – say – King’s having managed to escape the carrier?

    Evidently he wasn’t being sarcastic in the last strip though; he apparently has indeed taken the statement that Tarot is psychic as a simple statement of fact.

    • Snowmon

      Didn’t matter if King thought Tarot being psychic was true or not. She ‘knew’ that he was human and that’s good enough for him. He needs to as Fox said “open up” to more than just him. Humans are a lot like dogs. We NEED some form of kinship and frankly Pete’s not giving it to him.

      However I agree that it’s strange that the first thing he questions is the staying at home and not how’d he escape.

      What is Pete planing however…? Me suspects that it has to do more than just that King “could meet Tarot”. Maybe he’s going to pull a prank on the entire club and didn’t want King in the crossfire.

      • Thoth

        Oh yes – but assuming that Tarot is crazy, making random off-the-wall comments that happened to hit, or possibly has been spying on him and Pete somehow wouldn’t say much about her ability to really understand.

        He certainly does need some social contact though; he apparently came out of childhood confused enough to mistake Fatty for someone who was sane enough to follow directions from, and that didn’t look easy.

        Sadly, as far as Pete’s plans go, I don’t yet have enough information to try and deduce anything -which is too bad, because that’s a big part of the fun, at least for me.

        • FuRrY321

          I think the bump on King’s head gives a good enough clue as to how he escaped from the carrier. Pete’s just mad at the fact that he’s a supernatural being who can’t keep his own dog from disobeying him (mind you, said dog was formerly a wilful human, who is not quite used to the whole “I’m your owner, so you must obey me” thing that Pete is putting on him).

          • Thoth

            Then why go for the rhetorical questions? King obviously has the information – and Pete wouldn’t need it or a lead-in.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Pete’s a jerk, remember?

          • Thoth

            Yep! So why not go straight to the messing-around? Even something as simple as (create a heavy steel one-piece cage around King) “Now to make sure you never disobey again…”

            Then probably switching to other characters for a few strips to let everyone imagine things.

          • Frank

            @Furry321: So Joel’s never had a cubicle job?

          • FuRrY321

            Considering he applied to “animal rights” groups, I don’t think he could handle a cubicle/desk job.

        • Snowmon

          I think that I’ve got an Idea as to why Pete asked, “Didn’t I tell you…”
          He was concerned about the consequences of having King wondering around more than he was that King was wondering around.

          Just like how a parent is more concerned about a child stealing cookies before dinner rather than how the child got the cookies off the high shelf. (you know except that Pete isn’t a parent concerned for “King’s health” outside of torturing him.)

          Kind of late to be making a comment I guess, but had to get it off my mind.

          • Thoth

            Fair enough. It would be interesting if it was a lead-in to some sort of appeal to reason or explanation. That would also be a twist – at least for Pete.

            And it’s never too late until the comments close; after all, this is the internet, and conversations can take months.

    • Tom Flapwell

      I think King’s the dumb one here, and not just from the soda. Did he expect to return to his cage in time, hide the head bump, and not face any consequences from Pete? Or does he figure there’s nothing Pete could do that would not make the brief escapade worthwhile?

      My biggest fear for King is a threat of neutering.

      • Lycanthromancer

        It’s probably just that King thinks that the worst has already happened, and that he’s not going to let Pete ruin what’s left of his life since he’s already ruined what came before. It’s a show of defiance, and his statement (no matter how unconscious it is) that “I may be your captive, but you’ll never be my master.”

        I don’t think the thought of being *neutered* has crossed his mind as of yet.

        Of course, if Pete had really wanted to make him suffer, rather than just teaching King some sort of lesson, he’d be doing a lot more than he already is. He’s a supernatural being of (potentially) massive power, and he seems to be able to make alterations to reality at will.

  20. Atarii

    I can tell this won’t end well. Especially with the ominous look of glowing eyes on Pete.

  21. HonorèDerazey

    Fido is a cannibal! He’s eating a hotDOG! Hehehe.

    OOOOK! Can someone please kill me for making that joke now?

    • Captain50

      *click* BANG^^ Your dead. I shot you in the head. It was painless.

    • psychoJoker36

      I will *Brings out ROF launcher and fires*

      • FuRrY321

        Nonono, it’s “ROFLauncher”:

        http://tinyurl.com/ROFLauncher

        • Dr. Prower

          ROFLauncher? Ha, who needs those when you can have a flamethrower?

          • Argent Stonecutter

            I bet they have really amazing LOLcats on the Housepets internet!

          • Dr. Prower

            or LOLhumans.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            O HAI, THIS CATFUD NOT BAD

          • FuRrY321

            But-but-but, look at the other end!

            HE IS BARBEQUING YOUR FACE WITH THE ROCKET EXHAUST

            … before he dies of the rocket hitting the sand :O

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Wut?

            Ah…

            Put down the keyboard, and back… slowly… away…

        • psychoJoker36

          No, it’s the Randomly Organised Fragmentation Launcher. It’s an inside joke, and I have a slight feeling I may have explained it for Honore to understand. If not, it will be explained soon enough. OMEGA SQUAD FOR LIFE!!!!

  22. Captain50

    well that’s NOT scary at all…

  23. Majin-Wolf

    Oh, how I would love to see Chuck Norris beat the living daylights out of Pete for being such a jerk to good ol King.

    • pet_panda

      but without his jerkyness, king would still be joel, thus we’d be lacking an awsome character

  24. namelessone

    So wait Pete’s ‘plans’ for the night involved waiting for King in the woods?

    • WyldKAT

      I was wondering that too.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      I think they involved meeting Tarot in the woods. Or something in the woods that both Tarot and Pete were interested in.

      Are these the same woods with the spooky old man and the door with the mysterious Akkadian glyphs?

      • Lupus

        Perhaps Pete and Tarot are secretly in cahoots? Or whatever the term was…

        • Argent Stonecutter

          What makes you think they’re anywhere NEAR Cahoots? Isn’t that out in Arizona somewhere?

          • Lupus

            You know what I mean >_>

          • Lupus

            Seriously though, that WOULD be interesting… o.o

  25. Captain50

    This would actually be the perfect time for King to be confident and say something along the lines of, “AND didn’t I tell you I would defy you and come to this party.” Or, you know, something brave like that.

    • Thoth

      Perhaps it’s best to save that for when you’re reasonably sure that you won’t get eaten for it.

    • JiroDyne

      King is too wasted for that. I am thinking more along the lines of “Your not my real dad!” XD

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Do *you* need the birds-and-the-bees talk?

        Wait, he’s a gryphon. If you can cross eagles and lions you need something stronger than that.

        • JiroDyne

          Sorry for the long reply, :P , I picked that, cause if you notice with the other pets, they call their owners dad and mom, so if King is truly wasted and thinks like a pet, he COULD say that and it would make sense!

          • Thoth

            Well, I like long replies. I’d say the more detailed the better.

  26. Elwood Blutarsky

    Dang it, where’s the poachers from “Crocodile Dundee” when you actually need them?

  27. Corodan

    There’s a pun here, I just know it.

    Also, black text bubble is awesome.

  28. KnifeToYourFace

    Hmm, Tarot went into the woods and there waits Pete. We may assume an awesome battle between these two with a choir singing in the background.

    • KnifeToYourFace

      Or not.

      • psychoJoker36

        It will require slow motion sequences and a musical number written for it

        • Captain50

          Or Rick will just completely switch topics and next comic we’ll see Spo or something just to add some more wanton fun.

          • pet_panda

            dude don’t give him any ideas!!!

          • Gaboris

            Yeah pls Capt, I won’t take it if that happens. XP

          • KnifeToYourFace

            Anything is possible nowadays. =P

          • Dr. Prower

            Including BROOM TO YOUR FACE!

          • Lupus

            Omg nostalgia :O That would be incredible.

          • Dr. Prower

            *Broom to Lupus’ face*

          • FuRrY321

            What about FRYING PAN TO YOUR FACE!

          • Dr. Prower

            lol ouch

          • Shinmera

            Boot to the head!!
            And another one for Jenny and the Wimp!

    • IceKitsune

      That would be awesome but it won’t happen (yet anyway) they might meet for the first time however I wonder how that will go

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Tarot: “Wait, you’ve got an appointment with the-creepy-old-man-that-talks-in-rhyme too?”
        Pete: “And I had to wait three weeks for it.”
        Tarot: “Oh yeh, he’s got a pretty full calendar this time of year.”
        Pete: “I wish they had better magazines in the waiting area.”
        Tarot: “Mummification Today? Where do they get this stuff?”

        • Naylorfan90

          XD That would be great.

    • Lupus

      -chants- CHOIR CHOIR CHOIR CHOIR CHOIR

  29. Hoheh

    Things just got real. Uh oh…

  30. pet_panda

    dog-doo meet fan, fan meet dog-doo…oh i see your already aquainted~

  31. ctcmjh

    Oh God… Pete looks like he’s gonna start blowing stuff up. RUN KING RUN!!!!!!

    • Dr. Prower

      If he blows anything up, he’s starting with King.

      …lol exploding corgi

  32. Rider098

    And right after King gets a good look at Pete the Griffin:

    “Oh… wow. I… TOTALLY forgot you were actually a giant… all-powerful-like magical creature… Hic!”

    Why do I imagine a certain bunny coming into the picture? Really looking forward to the next one!

    • Quiran

      all hail to the gate opener!

    • Tom Flapwell

      What we need is the Monty Python bunny.

      • Quiran

        let me get the holy hand grenade then,
        call john cleese in, make john cleese a dog…..

  33. Dante

    Pete confuses me. You think his intentions are good, but at the same time he just looks like he gets off at the discomfort of King.

    • Valerio

      for all we know, that jester could have planned extra fireworks for the party, have a chitchat with Tarot, havoc on the barbecue…
      Lucky us, Rick-sama knows better ;)

    • Thoth

      I must agree with the confusion – although I think whether or not his intentions are good is still as confused as what he’s up to.

      The “Sort of a Jerk” bit does seem well-supported though.

    • JiroDyne

      His intentions might not be good! He might be playing with King. Turn him into the thing he hates, a pet. But after being one for a while, King starting to like it, so Pete might change him back!

      • Valerio

        and right in the middle of a dog-party, filled with police dogs…and fox!
        Oy mama.

      • Tom Flapwell

        I’ve been wondering if King’s punishment will end with an ultimatum from Pete: “Choose your species right now. You will not got another chance.”

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Why do people think his intentions are good?

      • Dr. Prower

        Cause people don’t use their brains.

        • Hopper200456

          Huuuuuuu???
          Bra-ins?
          -D:

          • FuRrY321

            Ins go teh bra! :D

        • Mika

          B…Bra… What?

          *takes brain out*

          mmm…braaiinnnss!

          nomnomnom

        • Dante

          4…itchy…tasty…

      • Thoth

        Because the second most recent statement from Pete as to what he was up to was taken – at least by Joel/King – as a variation on A Christmas Carol, putting Pete in the position of the christmas ghos and Joel/King a Scrooge.

        The most recent statement was, of course, the brief speech at the end of that arc – which could be read in many ways, including as a rather cruel setup for the “I’m not turning you back and you have another vet appointment tomorrow” capper. That certainly looked jerkish (as was pointed out at the time, “Not just yet… have a cup of hot soup” would have been a lot easier on Joel/King, would have said the same thing, and wouldn’t have cost Pete a thing).

        At best, Pete simply said that Joel must stop blaming animals for his problems – an inaccurate statement to begin with from what we have on Joel – and failed to correct Joel/Kings incorrect assumptions.

        Other than that, information on Pete’s motives is pretty minimal. We have an “ancient” (or planted) forest legend and a statement by Tarot.

        Still not enough to really support a theory. We want INFORMATION… INFORMATION…

        And we probably won’t get it any time soon. Oh well. So much for the power of old quotes from The Prisoner.

      • ryuuthefurry

        because we need to give the bad people a chance to do there bad things GO pete the griffin!

  34. Valerio

    “Aww, poor Kingy!”
    *hugs King*
    “Oh, Mr. BIG Griffin… NO, it’s not what tyou think…”

    • Dr. Prower

      “No, it’s okay, I know what to do.”
      *turns you into a dog*
      “Have fun.”

      • Valerio

        WEEEEE!!!!

        • Dr. Prower

          your avi is missing…

          • Valerio

            that’s because I’m writing from home. For some reason, despite cleaning cache as well, gravatar doesn’t accept avvie :(

  35. DJ darkwolf420

    when is the service for king?

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      Monday, 1 a.m. EST, Midnight Central. Same bat time, same bat channel.

  36. rtlstien

    Perhaps seeing Pete like that will sober King up completely…

    • Thoth

      Or he’ll just pretend to be totally smashed in hopes of putting off any serious consequences until Pete has cooled down?

      • Argent Stonecutter

        “Pretend”?

        • Thoth

          Honestly, I still suspect that it’s as much badly wanting to be drunk – and to blot out the world – as it is any kind of physical reaction. Even if soda gets pets drunk (and there wasn’t any indication that Grape and Peanut were going to go and get drunk when they were going to make rootbeer floats), one can really isn’t that much.

    • JiroDyne

      And make the soda really go to his bladder xD

      • Dr. Prower

        and his bladder go all over the place.

    • Mika

      Nothing else has so far, but this pretty much tops it…

  37. Lax

    Aaaaand the jerk has come back to ruin the fun!

  38. Darkfire

    Ominous. O_O

  39. Residentfriendly

    Oh soda! You so silly~

  40. Valerio

    Fido = Hot Dog with a hotdog
    OK, now fire at will!

    • WolvenPaw15

      *protects* I actually agree with you

    • Ada

      He is a cutie. XD

    • Dr. Prower

      Fido!

      • FuRrY321

        Is his owner named Roger? Because that would be really funny! :)

        • Elwood Blutarsky

          Fido’s owner is Ryan.

          • FuRrY321

            I was joking…
            please tell me you saw it…
            if not I’m going to run away crying and screaming at the crazy people who post here (aside from me, of course).

          • Dr. Prower

            I got the joke.

  41. Kytan

    someone important is missing from this group…. WHERE’S SPO?????

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Stayed behind in case someone thought he was hors d’oeuvres?

    • Naylorfan90

      I feel like I’ve seen or heard this kind of joke before… *shrugs* Who cares, this kind of joke is great! =D

    • kingisawsome

      could be under the speech bubble

    • Captain50

      He might be hitting on Joey’s girlfriend though.

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      Spo probably stayed home, his not with Fido ever moment of every day after all. They split up from time to time.

    • AdriGummi

      Spo, we miss you!!!

  42. Kytan

    Hey is it just me or does kings bump look bigger?

    • Gaboris

      Nah a few other ppl said it already, but no one’s sure. :)

  43. Mr.Zero

    Wait a second…If King does go after Tarot, who is dating Peanut, who may or may not still have romantic feelings for Grape who may or may not feel the same way, but is also dating Max then…

    I don’t think there’s a shape in existence, to describe that!

    • Kytan

      i think it would look like a triangle with a hook coming off it…

    • Captain50

      Without King it’s four people with him it’s five but no one in the group has romantic feelings for Kings (that we know of anyways) so it’ll be a square with a diagonal line coming off it.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        It’s a straight line, since there’s no link between Tarot and Max.

        King -> Tarot Peanut -> Grape Max

        • Argent Stonecutter

          CURSE YOU HTML. There’s <-> between Tarot and Peanut and between Grape and Max.

        • Dr. Prower

          Mmm… *munches on Tarot Peanuts*

          they’re better honey-roasted.

    • Dr. Prower

      my head hurts…

  44. Gaboris

    *MEEP!* I almost ruined my bed… XC
    I know I was whining alot cuz of King, but I don’ want him to get cut so soon from the story ya know. BTW there’s the fact that he’s aboot the most favorited character even more than G and P. (It’s true so don’ give me those eyes ppl. :p)
    Let’s just hope this’ll go on the “He’s sorta a jerk.” line and it won’t turn out that they never said anythin aboot he’s not doing anythin bad… XP

    • WyldKAT

      Yeah, King is definitely a fan favorite. A lot of people would be disappointed if he got cut.

    • AdriGummi

      Oh man, I can’t conceive the idea of King dissapearing of the story… We love you, King!

    • Dr. Prower

      King leaving would devastate me, He’s the best one of them all.

    • Hopper200456

      O.O <—– Those eyes.
      Gwape….
      *Snaps out of it!*
      Okay!I know, King is very cool(And more than half of the fans love him.)
      But I still think grape is the best. :D

      • Gaboris

        Yeah know what ya mean Hopper and personally I just can’t chose who I like. That’s a normal prob with me. X3

  45. Phonti

    Tarot’s imagination-land is a perfectly normal explanation!!

  46. J.J.

    I see an “Oh CRAP” moment approaching. I see there’s a thought that King may revert back into Human, Joel.

    Frankly I hope not…. I think he’s got his head more screwed on straight as King.

    • Majin-Wolf

      Yup, revert to being Joel for one day in front of everyone as punishment! How would everyone especially Fox react to seeing Joel? 0.0

      I agree, lets hope things don’t turn out that way!

    • Argent Stonecutter

      You mean… Pete might turn him back to Joel as a punishment?

      Twisted.

    • Tom Flapwell

      Say… if he turns back, will he wear the same clothes as when he first transformed? Or will he still have just the collar?

      • Hopper200456

        Fox!Look!
        Its that guy who tried to capture you!!!
        And Hes nude!

  47. Nia

    Oh shiiiiii….Quick! King! COme up with a snarky one-liner!

  48. falcon01

    Oh yipe! Pete looks nicely evil in the dark in his true form. Poor king!

    • Dr. Prower

      Pete scares me.

      • Thoth

        Justifiably. Erratic, vastly powerful, and inhuman entities who can pop up anywhere deserve fear.

      • Majin-Wolf

        Indeed Dr. Prower, he does scare me too!! 0.0

        This link reminds me if King finally realizes that he’s been caught, oh snap, BUSTED by Pete, and if he transforms into Joel and everyone looks at him *Gasps* “A Human at the party? *Fox Growls* [!]

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThIBvsml_us&feature=related

  49. Valerio

    What we are missing here, is that Pete, though not being all-knowing, surely knew what would have happened the moment he let a stubborn-head like King alone in the carriage, with a telephone nearby, instead…of making him sleep like a baby?
    So, it is safe to assume the griffin was testing King for obedience.
    Wonder what kind of punishment he has in mind…

    • Argent Stonecutter

      What’s the point of doing an experiment if you already know what the result will be?

      • Ada

        Less experiment, more of being a jerk. Pete -is- kind of a jerk.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Oh, it was a *rhetorical* experiment,

          • Ada

            *Giggles.* Exactly.

            “Joel, what kind of human are you? Now be quiet while I make you some kind of dog and also not Joel.”

  50. iHavezMyBirdo

    You won’t find much in that can King. By the way, LOOK BEHIND YOU!!

  51. Kitch

    Oh yeah. Not completely sober.

  52. Inu225

    Ok. Why is it when a character wanders off into the woods at night something ominous and dark arises. When Zach wandered off into the woods he lets loose the evil known as Pete.
    It’s only when a character wanders off into woods at day something fun and adventurous arises. When Peanut and Grape go into the woods they meet a (seemingly) un-evil Pete.

    It’s probably formula or something:
    Woods + @ Nighttime = Bad Stuff :( = Evil Pete
    Woods + @ Daytime = Good Stuff :) = (Seemingly) Nice Pete

    • e

      it’s true. everything good happens during the day and everthing bad happens during the night. why?

    • Hopper200456

      ….
      Zack!
      Its all his fault!
      Hes the one who made king Become a dog!!!

      No wounder the animals love him…

  53. Quiran

    oehh pete just creeped me out whit his black text balloon

    now we have pete in the woods, king and tarot…..
    well king drunk and pete behind him, what stupid one-liner will follow?

  54. AdriGummi

    Tarot is in the woods, Pete is in the woods… what’s happening? What’s exactly the relation between those two? I’m desiring to read more… and poor King!

  55. e

    me: king don’t turn around.
    king turns around.
    me: what did i just said?

  56. Mystery Ezekude

    Wait a minute…Didn’t he know that King would escape all along?

    • Captain50

      Pete’s either being or a jerk or has an IQ of something around 30.

      • Hopper200456

        Both.

        • Mystery Ezekude

          Well, I’m hoping that he doesn’t become something else…Maybe an insect???

      • Thoth

        Do you really need intelligence when you can usually fix your mistakes by just changing reality?

        Besides, it’s easy to look foresighted when you make sure that no one is really sure what you’re trying to do anyway. All you need to do is watch whatever happens and look like it suits you.

  57. Dr. Prower

    Uh oh…King’s in trouble.

    • Darkfire

      Pete doesn’t look happy.

  58. microbuss

    oh darn it! now we all gotta wait till next week for the results?? *growls* hehe oh well good comic tho Loving every minute of it ;-)

  59. Naylorfan90

    Hey, have Tarot and Pete ever been seen at the same time?

    • Pogiforce

      You thinking what I’m thinking Pinkie? Cuz I noticed the same thing. Fido saying he saw Tarot enter the woods, then King enters and finds Pete instead? Perhaps that wasn’t Tarot in the party but Pete, who dropped that line to throw King for a loop and make him follow ‘her’ out to the woods, where they could have a little chat.

  60. Deruty

    Yay Pete x3. I like fluffy Pete > old man Pete :<

  61. Spirit Studios 2010

    This needs to be said…

    Rut roh, Raggy!

  62. Salenstormwing

    Uh, I wonder if maybe ‘Tarot’ was Pete in disguise, since he seems to be good at that, but maybe not. It’s just a random weird conspiracy theory I had.

    Also… why does Orange Soda make pets all goofy? First ferrets, now King.

    • e

      it’s because they are small than the other pets so it’s goes right through them.

    • Erkhyan

      Oh, please tell me you meant “the Tarot who came to the party” and not “the Tarot that’s been Peanut’s girlfriend for a while”. That would be a bit too creepy for my mind.

      • e

        we’ll just have to wait to see monday.

      • Elwood Blutarsky

        There’s enough evidence that Tarot ad Pete are not one in the same, she showed up a while before he did and warned of his arrival for one…from across town at the moment of his arrival

      • Salenstormwing

        I meant more for the ‘former’ and not the ‘latter’.

        But, anyways, maybe Tarot’s going to confront Pete in some sort of cosmic duel on Monday instead, if that was the real Tarot. Like… CARD GAMES ON MOTORCYCLES!

    • utaniphistim

      Ditto for both questions, especially given that last comic it was news to Grape that Tarot was even there.

      Which disappoints me slightly, as I was really looking forward to Pete becoming fallible, and loosing his massively-powerful brilliant super-being chessmaster status. I hate nigh-infallible super-beings as characters.

      • Thoth

        I’m not at all sure that he’s brilliant or any kind of “chessmaster”. So far his plans seem to have consisted of (1) get Grape to push a button (failed, even if someone else did it), (2) move into a house (not an especially difficult plan), (3) mess with a normal person who is already a mess (even easier when you have supernatural powers), and (4) Make Joel/King stay home (failed).

        If you don’t tell anyone what you’re trying to do, any result other than a total disaster or injurying yourself can pass as a success – and Pete can’t be expected to explain his own limitations.

        Personally I’d like to see Sabrina do that; she hasn’t been heard from in some time, and it would give her a reason to have been persuing that mysterious tome.

  63. Argent Stonecutter

    Third frame, shouldn’t his ear be in front of that tree?

    • FerreTrip

      Ummm…maybe? ^^;

    • Hopper200456

      Yowzaa! Didn’t see till’ you pointed it out!

    • Thoth

      Hard to say whether he’s passing in front of it or behind it really.

  64. FerreTrip

    Great, now he IS gonna miss the fireworks…

    …unless someone somehow comes and saves his tail.

    Which won’t happen. Because this is Pete. And Pete is never found out.

    *like a whiny 5-year-old: * I WANT KINGY TO WATCH DA FIYAHWURRRRRKS!! D8

    • Argent Stonecutter

      He’s gonna *be* the fireworks.

      • Hopper200456

        King!
        Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Kalapowalapowa-BOOOOOMMMM!!!!
        ……………..
        Is that fiz?

  65. John the Great

    Great, now we have to wait until Monday to see what Pete wants. I’m never reading this comic again! EVER! (except on Monday and every other update after that!)

    • Argent Stonecutter

      He tends to do out-of-arc one-shots on public holidays. You may have to wait until Wednesday.

  66. TallenMF

    I found the third panel incredibly touching. After all, what he really wanted was to talk to someone about his condition. He wasn’t worried about his secret spreading, and rather just wanted to voice his consternations…

    Sadly, by the looks of it, Pete won’t let him, though.

    • FuRrY321

      I love those touching moments in comics. Unfortunately, I also like the creepy moments that come right after them, which makes Housepets! my favourite comic OF ALL TIME!!!

      And yes, I have #2 and #3 slots, as well.

    • Thoth

      And all the more pathetic given that it’s someone he just met and has no connection with other than the hope that telepathy would automatically lead to understanding.

  67. FuRrY321

    I know that I just skipped through a huge amount of comments, which is unusual for me, but I’ll get back to those later.

    Now, for my comment-posted-at-the-bottom:

    Scary Pete is Scary (to me, but not to drunken King).

    • Thoth

      Well, it’s not like quivering now would help. Might as well act as if you’re completely unaware that the vastly-powerful entity may be about to smite you; it may pause to explain why and thus have a moment to cool down.

      Or it might just be drunken defiance, given that Joel/King seems both unable to think ahead very well and not at all manipulative.

  68. Anthroguy101

    Could this be the end of King? Could he be turning back into Joel?

    • Stryde

      Tune in next week for another exciting episode of… HOUSEPETS!

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      Isn’t that actually what Joel has wanted the entire time anyway? I mean, he could have his life back…albeit likely to trade a doghouse for a halfway house. Still, beats kibble twice a day.

  69. Captain50

    I’m going to say this now since I don’t see anyone that has but what if Pete decides to actually be nice and help out King next?

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      wut if he was going to turn him back if he didn’t go? oooooohhh that woulda sucked so bad!!! XD

    • Thoth

      I’d applaud; he’s been a pretty poor pet owner so far – and when he transformed Joel into King, he took on those responsibilities.

  70. WingedWolfGirl

    Oooh, good cliff hanger 4da weekend.

    there’s a sight that would make U lose both Ur soda and Ur kibble.

    • Dr. Prower

      That’s not good…

      • FuRrY321

        …since he’s already lost his kibble! D:
        (“The kibble really does make its own gravy!”)

  71. Mika

    Checkmate…

    • Argent Stonecutter

      But wait! Corgis are trumps, and I rolled a natural 11, and it’s Sunday, but you’re in a reverse zone… so, who’s on First?

      • Dr. Prower

        Exactly, Who’s on First.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          What?

          • Mika

            No, What’s on second.

          • Hopper200456

            Thats what Im asking!
            Whos on first?
            Whats on second?

          • Argent Stonecutter

            I dunno…

          • Hopper200456

            Argent Doesn’t get it..:(

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            neither does I

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Who’s on first?
            What?
            What’s on Second.
            I dunno…
            He’s on third.
            Who’s on third?
            No, who’s on first!
            I dunno…
            THIRD BASE!

          • Mika

            You’ve really got that down to a T, or… i guess..a diamond?

            For everyone else scratching there heads, this is a skit called “whos on first” by a comedy duo from the 40’s.

            Link

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfmvkO5×6Ng

          • FuRrY321

            I gots it. Dun need ta sho’ me teh linkz w/o sund! (Flash won’t output to my soundcard. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again: Stupidcomputerthatistooslowwhenusingwindowssoihavetouselinuxwhichisntallthatbadinstead!

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            oooh yaaahhh now i get it i that but i didnt know wut u were talking bout like i know the skit

          • Frank

            There’s a modern version that goes
            “Who?”
            “Hu is the leader of China”
            “What?”
            “No, not Watt!”
            or something like that

          • Argent Stonecutter

            It starts pretty well but it can’t keep it up…

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V72CF6Y140A

  72. Tansy

    Uh oh!

  73. Rags

    “DIDN’T I TELL YOU TO STAY AT HOME?”

    “Not in that voice.”

    or

    “Didn’t I tell you I’m a wanderer? The world is my home!”

    • FuRrY321

      “Puh-leez. I’m a dog, and this is called “The Good Ol’ Dogs Cookout” . Do you not see the connection?”

      “Oh, I see a connection alright; my Talon to your Face!”

      And then both Tarot and Grape come in, and Grape sees that the Gryphon she saw in her “dreams” is not that good after all!

      • FuRrY321

        (At least I am pretty sure that’s what the 4th of July celebration is called.)

        • FuRrY321

          Which, by the way: Happy Canada Day and 4th of July Weekend! (For us Canucks, the celebration lasts all weekend. It helps that the Queen of England is visiting/visited. WHO VISITS YOU, HUH??)

          • Mika

            WOOHOO!!!
            HAPPY CANADA DAY EVERYFUR!!!!

            or…4th of july to i guess…

          • ilikepie

            You mean the Queen of Canada. If England were to cease to exist, we would still have our own monarch.

          • Snowmon

            Which (by the way) is also my B-day.

          • FuRrY321

            Which day is your b-day, Snowmon?
            ‘Cuz Happy Birthday! :)

          • Snowmon

            It’s only Independence Day where I live, but Happy Canada day to you FuRy321.

  74. K-JAG

    PLEASE, Rick, make the next page a longer one, we wanna know what happeeeeens~!

    • FuRrY321

      You have to admit, though I hate cliffhangers, this is actually a pretty good one!

      • sonic id furreh!!!

        wow FuRrY great avvie :D

        • FuRrY321

          The thing hanging from his hair is a Pikachu head from the Pokemon Trozei game for DS, in case you haven’t guessed.
          Hey, that rhymed… sort of.

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            hey ur right it kind of did rhyme

        • FuRrY321

          It’s still awaiting moderation???

          Oh well, I guess Rick is either out enjoying his 4th of July holiday, or he’s finishing up the next comic.
          Either way, it’s fine :D

          If it doesn’t get approved before the next comic goes up, here’s the link to the comic that character’s from:

          http://tinyurl.com/comic390

          (Just so you know, that’s probably the majority of all the swearing in that comic in one strip, so, yeah… beware.)

  75. Leinad

    wow, Pete’s night is just getting worse and worse, isn’t it?

  76. Mika

    Snagged king in that last frame!

  77. Zeekthelion

    Argh i love your comic <3

  78. Hopper200456

    I love how King’s ears go down when he talks to Fido..XD
    Also..
    Fido looks naked.

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      oh … my … gawd ur right

    • Dr. Prower

      XD LOL I guess Fido took King’s drunk words seriously

  79. AdriGummi

    There’s Fido, and the question is… where is SPO??? Maybe under the speech bubble?

    Spo is one of my faves characters (but for sure, my absolute fave is KING!)

    • KnifeToYourFace

      Ditto.

  80. Pax

    Oh goodness, I can see where this is going…

  81. thegamist

    king: heheh, oh soda, what walk in the woods at night WON`T you make absolutely horrifying?
    soda: well … THIS ONE *jumps away*

  82. Lupus

    Wow. Times like these make me wonder how brilliant Rick’s mind must be.

    Or just twisted. Yeah. I’ll stick with twisted.

    (Brilliantly twisted, though!!)

  83. Ghostbear2k

    Oh please let it be just the soda-sideeffects

  84. Half-moon

    king is gonna have a bad hangover

  85. Manic

    Aww, Pete looks so cute in this one…

    • KnifeToYourFace

      When doesnt he look cute? But agreed.

      • Manic

        Wow; lol, Pete’s the evil bird. I was being a smart aleck. I thought saying he looked scary was too predictable.

  86. Kitsunefan

    They need to find out how to seal that bird back up

  87. RockstarRaccoon

    Yep. Let’s see what Pete’s up to…

  88. e

    king: i thought you be home having a “i told you so” grin on your face.
    pete: …….
    king: well?
    pete: i’m thinking of a punishment for you beside turning you into a different animal.
    king goes into fetal position

  89. Tigergulp

    -tries not to piddle self-

    • Hopper200456


      HEY!Not on the New Carpet!

  90. kupo86

    Pete should take an orange soda and chill out for a while. King was just having some fun! Now, I wonder if they can get the orange soda in kegs….

    • Dr. Prower

      Hey, maybe they have Soda bongs at this party!

  91. CamKitty

    … go away gryphon. You’re about to suck the interesting out of the scene :o

    • FuRrY321

      Or at least the melodrama.

      Oh no, the melodrama! D:

  92. Cracka Azz Cracka

    I get it know! Of course! The aftermath of all this will be King transforming, but not into his human form Joel. Instead, Pete will turn him into… ANOTHER MR. BIGGLESWORTH!

    • FuRrY321

      Oh ye gads! D:

      NOT ANOTHER ONE!!!

      • Cracka Azz Cracka

        Yes, but it’s true. All the Mr. Bigglesworths were previous humans that Pete had tried to teach a lesson, but they snuck out the house like King. So Pete got angry they failed their task so he turned them into a siamese cat, all Mr. Bigglesworths.

  93. FuRrY321

    Actually, now that I think about it, Pete could actually be amused, and the black bubbles with white text is just how he talks while in Gryphon form. Can’t you see the little quirk of his beak (well it’s not like I can really say “mouth” when talking about a giant bird now can I?).

  94. Hoheh

    Upside: He’ll probably live. Downside: Pete is a jerk. With powers.
    This will be interesting. Hoheh.

  95. pharmacy tech

    found your site on del.icio.us today and really liked it.. i bookmarked it and will be back to check it out some more later

  96. Argent Stonecutter

    I have this funny feeling that on Monday we’re going to see fireworks. No, real ones. With this story arc on hold until Wednesday.

  97. e

    king, do what must cartoon dogs do and dig your way to other side of the world.

  98. Xu-kitty

    Wait, I got one:
    “ZUUL, MUTHAF**KAH, ZUUUUUUUUUUL!!”

    • Ace

      “OF COURSE!”

  99. e

    in the words of some famous person: oh come on

  100. Madd the Sane

    I… I forgot that King’s master is a griphon!

    • Hopper200456

      Griffin* :P

  101. Gekson

    Wow, king’s kinda S.O.L.

  102. Valerio

    AND HAPPY 4TH OF JULY TO EVERYONE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ATLANTIC!!!
    (And don’t forget to thank the French too!)

  103. Valerio

    Next strip: Joel wakes up, still with a hangover, then blinks and realizes.
    1) he’s back to human
    2) he’s in jail
    3) *Oh, frick!*

  104. Firewing

    I think that Pete was disguising himself AS tarot to lure King, so he could yell at him. Just a guess.

    • FuRrY321

      No, I don’t think even Pete, the MOD, could pull off the full cuteness of Tarot. (No, wait, the Master of Disguise was some sort of movie, I believe, and we can’t have Pete walking around a club in a turtle suit, nosiree.)

      • sonic id furreh!!!

        it was a very good movie

  105. kai kuchuki

    dude king is scrued

  106. e

    400 COMMENTS!!! everyone gives yourselves a big hand! *clap, clap, clap*

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      WOOOOO!! YAH GO PEOPLE YAH!!! *hi fives randome person on the street* ;)

  107. sonic id furreh!!!

    HAPPY 4 OF JULY EVERY ONE AND DONT FORGET TO HIDE FROM THE COPS ;)