Hooray for Asylum!!
*readies the holy water!*
quick get steward to read the bible thingy!!! XD
Oh yeah, religious jokes. They never end right?
Er, technically they’re not religious jokes (no biblical characters or anything). I, for one, was cracking at Victor Hugo
When you said sanctuary, it reminded me of the movie “Ladyhawk”, when he escapes by crawling through the drain and comes up in a church.
I was like 7 years old and I asked my mom “why’d he go in the church?” and she said “well, back then they couldn’t arrest you in a church because the church was considered a sanctuary.”
And it seemed like kind of a bad ideato me because a murderer could just go hide out in a church and they couldn’t go get him, but whatever.
There are some pretty obvious limits to that law, assuming one has to eat and stuff.
Nah, they thought of that Sanctuary has to be granted. Priests aren’t likely to grant sanctuary to a murderer and it could technically be revoked at any time >.>
They could also revoke sanctuary.
Theoretically, once you got to the church you couldn’t be taken until the priest accepted or denied you.
Practically, what is not seen, is not. “I didn’t see him enter the church, Father” or “I caught him sneaking out behind the rectory, Lord”. They didn’t have videocameras back then.
You know what’s really funny? My local TV station just showed that episode of Zorro (the original 1957 series) where Torres takes refuge at the monastery and Cpt. Monasterio tries every possible legal reinterpretation of asylum/sancutary to get the monks to hand him over.
demon be gone from this poor little dog’s body and return to the depht you come!
it’s kinda funny when king asks to be sent to an asylum.
Did anyone else go “THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME”, or am I the only one?
Oh good, King doesn’t want to go back to Pete. That’s a relief.
And shows sanity, rather than – say – Stockholm Syndrome.
Not to be a ********, but wasn’t that obvious to begin with? XD
Oh, he might have felt that he now had some leverage – or Pete could have used his moment of full control to do something to him.
I think King was safe from that in any event.
He seemed well enough versed in psychology that he would have been aware of the syndrome if he started experiencing it.
Plus, you know, he was a spiteful little cuss from beginning to end.
Wouldn’t you be if someone stole your humanity?
Well, he was before that whole fiasco anyway. XD
I’d pay them to keep it.
If you read Changing Workplace apparently that was prerequist to the hiring process in Oren’s comic universe.
Er… doesn’t he write it?
Yes…at least I think he does. However that was a reference for those who don’t read it.
OMG they mentioned steward again YAY XD
Who is steward again? >.<"
The court appointed guy who looks after the ferrets’ money and stuff.
They specifically requested he be named Steward
“Yes, we are aware of the pun. In fact, we specifically requested it.”
That guy who somewhat reminds me of Louis from L4D.
Yeah got it now, thx ppl. :3
Awww, King gets cuter and cuter with every crisis scream he makes ^.=.^
First comment — I mean worst comment lol
King looks so cute when he doesn’t want to see Pete ever again.
Heh not suprising.
Keene’s comment is making me wonder is King was better of with Pete… that’s a scary thought
Between having someone intentionally abuse you and make your life miserable, and having a pack who probably has your best interests at heart, but just doesn’t know any better, I guess people choose the pack.
Yaaay for the pack with many over energetic kids. X3
Ignorance can be overcome.
Abusiveness shouldn’t be tolerated.
Ignorance may seem like bliss, but it’s not, trust me.
I’ve seen BLISS code, and trust me, BLISS is ignorance. It makes C look high level.
Historically, BLISS came before C, so I guess C is higher-level
BLISS only came marginally before C, they were developed and released pretty much concurrently (along with PL/M).
The Wikipedia page on BLISS was obviously written by someone who never heard of IBM and BCPL.
I’m betting on enthuiastic, happy, cubs who are bigger than many of the pets and want to play.
I love the last panel
hmm ferret owning dog not good .. not good at all
Why? Never own anything bigger than yourself?
What? No battleslaves?
First rule of pet-keeping: Nothing bigger than you are
Aw man. Now I’ll have to send back my elephant!
King’s hair is alive! Its absorbing the bandage until nothing remains of it!
Maybe the bandage is biodegradable? Lots of things are biodegradable now-a-days
I don’t think it would work well for a bandage: you don’t want those to be food for bacteria and fungi.
I think its just cause the bump is going down, a hard-to-show thing in a comic strip,Most I’ve seen are here and gone in a panel or two… cudos to Rick!
I don’t think the bandage is vanishing, I think it’s just the angle and the position of his ear.
u forgot the other * in “*snicker* ^_^
Unless it’s Snickers™
well then he forgot the tm thing srry dont no how 2 get it small
wut would yah dooOOOOOOOooooooo for a Klondike bar
Probably get like two dollars and spare myself embarassment by just buying one :/
i would kill my best freind
lol ah the wonders of pronunciation! Anything silly can happen here! ^_^ I want a snickers bar too
Draw my own online comic series! :3
… What’s a Klondike bar anyway? XD
(kills best friend) do i get my Klondike bar yet?
@Gaboris: basically, icecream. I don’t know what’s the closest thing you have, so I’m going to have to tell you to look it up
@game: Ye’re gettin scary man. XP
@Frank: Yeah got it now, looks nice… May do that comic still X3
lol Asylum XD
poor guy cant take it anymore
Wait a minute… the ferrets have been throwing other animals “to the wolves”?
You make that sound like a bad thing….
Yeah isn’t that the most natural thing there is? XD
throwing animals is natural?
Only with armadillos.
No… but throwing them to the wolves is another thing. XD
so there was a search party? <_<
is that the movie w/ the short fat lady w/ huge eyes O_O
Sadly, what that made me think of was Logan’s Run.
But then I got it and giggled lots.
You must work for KFC or something
Passed out in the woods huh? … Interesting…
It was the soda…
The alt text! the Alt text for this comic is epic. So that does mean that the house is completely gone.
OMG ai just figured out wut they mean LOL that so funny XD
Totally missed it until you said that! Thanks, I think
Alt Text – “And then the house sort of vanished with a few possessions littering the ground where it had stood, we don’t know why. Swamp gas maybe.”
at least you can read this
YOU LOST THE GAME
*Hides in a cardboard box from that evil laugh*
you cannot escape the laugh!
*records laugh and throws tape recorder in box*
*Looks down at tape recorder and plays it*
*Subject in box screams* WAAAAAAAAAAAH
“This maniacal laughter brought to you by You Machine Overlords. Now be a good battery and go back to sleep. Sleeeeeeeeeeep.”
I’ma watchin U.
Guess the house is gone… now a new neighbor can move in.
Can I get a pair of those shades?
sure only $299.99 will that be cash or credit ^_^
Ummm, will one of Pit’s diamond encrusted jackets cover that? Cause if it does, I know whose mansion I’ll be breaking into tonight….
I heard the last person who tried breaking into there didn’t do to well
All I have to do is dodge the ferrets, Miles and his brother and escape out of Simon’s bedroom door, fall into the bushes, and run home. I mean, how did the last guy manage to screw up a plan that was so obvious?
Maybe the literal ballroom had something to do with it?
that depends on how many diamonds and how big each diamond is ^_^
This thread is now diamonds!
I’ve been meaning to ask… How do you make the backgrounds have that faded sort of look Rick?
Well you draw it . . . sort of faded? I am not quite sure what you mean
u know how the backgrowned looks how do u get it like that
I bet it’s one of the filters in photoshop.
When you started doing it, you called it “abstracting the background”
My guess is not to ink the outline and use watercolors or something
I suppose that makes sense… in fact yes that’s what it looks like.
Well yeah I just paint it on, using various brushes
Being owned by rich ferrets has to be better than being owned by a jerk of a Bass-er-uh- Griffon god thingy.
Ps. what’s asylum? It sounds like he wants to “plead insanity” after all.
Shouldn’t he be pleading “sanctuary” instead?
Asylum and Sanctuary are essentially the same thing.
Still sounds like an insane asylum…
(T_T).… I’m such a moron.
insane asylum=sanctuary for the insane
Yup. When people get “Political Asylum” it means they are getting sanctuary in a different country from the government of their old country.
No the “your a moron” part, hust the asylum part. Hit the wrong reply button.
1 time ai got bored so ai passed off as INSANE O_O… all just an act though ^_^
Cool, I did that every day for like five years. My middle school graduating class still thinks that I’m really crazy… so do the people where I work…
luckily work met the rest of my family so they know that I’m normal one.
lucky ai just got attacked by insane ppl at the asylum… -_-;;
They all left me alone… I didn’t even get a one of those complimentary T-shirts that tie in the back.
ai did but surpizingly their not that hard to get out of so ai got to keep mine ^_^
Can I borrow it?
Hey, I want an “I-love-me” jacket too!
Acting insane doesn’t always work so well: http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/skinhorse/series.php?view=archive&chapter=31154#strip4
lol some people are better actors than others. And some of us are insane hiding with the “sane” people. By the way insane and crazy are two different things I’m just crazy and its a much better life than not. A friendly tip for all you happy people
Man, a lot of people were spot-on with their predictions.
very very true
Also did the ferrets get bigger?
Because as small as they are, a corgi is a lot bigger than a ferret.
oh yah ur right he’s like as big as King
Oh, and his bandage is falling off! Yay!
no it’s still their -_-
it used to be an X, now there’s only one, and in the second panel it looks loose.
It’s still an X.
According to Wikipedia, ferrets are on average 20 inches, nose-to-base-of-tail. Corgis are at least 10 inches, shoulder to wherever-the-front-paws-touch-the-ground
so I guess this size relation is possible
Wouldn’t that require him to be on all fours, though?
well, it’s wikipedia. You can’t expect the information to be that imediately useful
So he was the runt, STOP MOCKING HIM! Pete just likes ferret-sized dogs, that’s all.
Or Keene is wearing platform shoes…
It’s Keene, He probably would be wearing platform shoes. I mean, the rest of the ferrets blew tons and tons of cash on shiny things and a network of pneumatic tubes to play around in, so… yeah.
I think there was some earlier discussion that the ferret looked pretty tall compared to how tall you’d expect ferrets to be.
Option 1: they’re as tall as they have to be to fit into the panel while talking to other people.
Option 2: If you keep the torso the same length and set them on their back legs, then draw the legs long enough they don’t look completely ludicrous, they end up that tall.
There are many things in life that don’t make sense. Get used to it.
They must be positively delighted to have a dog associate that they are eye-level with.
So my question is witch house is Milton talkin aboot? Is it Pete’shouse. Witch wouldn’t have much sense since there aren’t any records on Pete having any other pets or is he talkin aboot the wolves house… Ya know what? Didn’ even ask, it was the wolves. Maybe only Peanut can take care of the wolf kids. XD
He means that most candidates run screaming from the wolves.
Recall Peanut’s advice for the wolves’ housewarming party:
“Hide all your relatives.”
A note on spelling: “Witch” is a noun that cackles and flies on broomsticks. “Which” is the pronoun/descriptor. This can be easily remembered with the children’s rhyme:
“Which witch is which?”
Well TECHNICALLY it’s just a memory trick, but not a rhyme. In order to be a rhyme, it would have to be at least two lines long.
Heh, okay ya got me. But it’s not my fault, I don’ pay any attention to writing what so ever with simple words like this. XD
Hm. Who thinks it’s the cubs who are responsible for the other prospects fleeing?
And that’s very good communications there: the Steward gets a call that Kings owner has disappeared (how does he know for sure that he hadn’t simply gone out without telling anyone? Perhaps the Alt-Text is indeed literal), then the K-9’s find King passed out, the K-9’s presumably notified the police, a vet, or animal control after trying to notify Pete in his human form and finding him unavailable, the ferrets hear of that – perhaps they, as the landlords, get trouble reports from the police (again, the Alt-Text being literal would help with that; the house vanishing would be a good reason to notify the landlords), and they get King signed up and send the wolves word to come and pick him and his stuff up.
Perhaps the Great Kitsune decided to act through the Steward there.
And the best part is, all the while in this world, King is passed out from getting drunk, while he’s having the revelation of a lifetime in the other world!
I think the cubs are responsible for the other prospects fleeing.
If I was in King’s paws I wouldn’t mind staying at that Asylum chanting “I’m in my happy place” ^-^
u mean kings FUUUUURRR ^_^
*Facepalm* How could I forget!! If I WAS in King’s luscious FUUUURRR ^-^
“If I was in kings paws” makes it sound like he’s carrying you
Yes King take me away to the world of HP
*plays “A whole new world” from Alladin*
“A whole new world. Don’t you dare close your eyes
A hundred thousand things to see….” Wait huh? 0.0
This sets up such an interesting image in my mind.
Which is? King on a flying carpet?
I wanna get carried by Sasha.
Or maybe I could carry her.
I want her to be my pet.
ai want tarot to be mah pet so she could do that world changy thing ^_^
Demigods are awesome pets.
does any1 else thinks king looks oddly cool with that shave-patch
*Raises paw slowly*
I think it makes him look like a rambunctious little kid, particularly in the second panel. It’s got that “bandage-for-bizarre-injuries-that-shouldn’t-have-been-possible” look.
makes him kinda cute actually.
Why do I picture Batman suddenly appearing in that Asylum all of a sudden? 0.o
Yeesh tha’s a lot o’ inane insanity!
Well I hope Pete never comes back as King’s owner.
I have a feeling King and Pete will cross paths again but no clue as to how/why/what/when…in any case tho I bet it’s epic!
Hm..swamp gas is a plausible explanation but what about the sudden appearance of a 5 second tornado? XD
Seems like there would be more of a fuss over a house VANISHING from the subdivision. It was there for Pete to move into, and supposedly part of the original development. A house vanishing into thin air would be cause for EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) panic, not to mention media frenzy and then an influx of curious gawkers from all over driving in to stare at the empty lot.
Assuming it was there in the first place. Pete may have materialized it on a vacant lot.
Well – presuming, of course, that the Alt-Text is literal instead of simply being a bonus joke with Pete moving into a house that had been there all along and it having been found empty except for King’s stuff – there wasn’t any apparent fuss when the Good Ol Dogs Club burned one down hunting for easter eggs. Ergo, a house being gone might not attract much notice.
Besides… some houses can be moved fairly readily by normal means, and it’s quite possible that Pete created the paperwork, which vanished with the house (puzzling, but easily deniable after a day or so), or just created a vague impression that the house had been there all along which is now fading, or (since he was interested in the pets) was keeping the humans from even noticing that there was a house there (which would also cover his wandering around with a bird head on a human body without attracting notice), or any of many other things.
Given that we don’t see much of what the humans are up to in the background anyway, it’s also possible that they have noticed, and are making a fuss, but it’s not one which involves the pets.
Only 1 hour and already 110 comments! Cripes.
I find it ironic that King is saved by police dogs.
I think that’s where this is going. Eventually, King is going to earn the trust of the K-9s to the point where he might “accidentally” (or plot-advancing-ly) tell one of them where he came from. Or Tarot might reveal it in a similar manner.
Well, he already befriended Fox, so…
He’ll end up telling Fox at some point.
Yeah, but it’s doubtful Fox will believe him. Come on! It’ll be something like:
King: Uh, Fox, I have something to tell you.
Fox: What is it?
King: Well, you know how you were kidnapped by that guy from PETA?
Fox: Yeah, what about it?
King: Well, I was one of those guys.
King: Well, I was on of those guys.
Fox: *laughs* They looked taller to me.
Looks like Pete lost.
Imma bap you :/
Huh. Is it just on the iPhone that it doesn’t show the whole thing? It just kind of runs off the edge…
No. Anyone can see it like that.
Until I go and fix it, that is. *edits*
There! Now it’s all nice and cozy in its little box! XD
I think Keene is a pretty cool guy eh cant legally own king and doesnt afraid of anything
Oh Captain, my Captain!
Funny, you don’t look like Robin Williams…
WHAT is asylum or something?
Why? Isn’t the whole world insane to begin with?
That’s why I built my own “Outside of the Asylum” like “Wonko the Sane”.
For I’m a sane man living in an insane world!
have a toothipck?
Asylum as used here is “protection from arrest and/or extradition given especially to political refugees by a nation or by an embassy or other agency enjoying diplomatic immunity”
… I don’t believe you.
You don’t live in my SANE asylum!
Therefore I declare you insane kind sir.
(psht… I believe you BTW ~My alter ego~)
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Please Ignore… If you want. XD
I don’t want XD
Wah?! Is that a contradiction?
I guess Gaspar left to do the time warp again…
Haunted house joke coming in 5..4…3….
Wow, a ferret owning a dog. That’s new!
hehe … even better … a ferret owning a human that was turned into a dog
how much more awesome can this get ?!
I don’t think it could get any more awesome…our heads might explode from too much awesome!
Remember, technically they own the wolves, too.
What? Again? I’m getting tired of cleaning up after this guy. Or should I say “cleaning up this guy”?
*Looks at blown up guy* Clean up on aisle 5!
Well, technically that’s not true for at least two different legal reasons. (I’m assuming that as pointed out down below, one of the reasons for King not being owned is protection from petnapping charges)
I think Pete must have actually vanished. In thin air. In front of someone. Optical fade. Wipe dissolve. Blip.
Merely being absent for a night doesn’t seem like enough reason to declare him gone, without some such woowoo.
Oh, missed the alt text. Yes, having the house vanish would warrant some concern.
Want to bet that they have no record of that house actually being constructed in the first place?
What if they don’t keep record at all?
Old Mr Milton built the development. I’m sure he had people just to keep track of that stuff. You don’t get to be a billionaire without being on top of things.
Hmm… I guess you’re right.
Um, I thinks it pretty obvious he vanished with the magic that is, A JUMPCUT
With lots of glittery special effects
Perhaps a Mayflower moving truck showed up and all the belongings in Pete’s house were loaded into it and then driven off to Indianapolis. In which case people would be suspicious about Pete leaving…
Let’s see if anyone gets that real-world reference…
Since nobody got it was a rough reference to how the Baltimore Colts moved to Indianapolis in the 1980s.
I don’t particularly get this one, but I guess it’s cause’ I’m stupid.
Disturbed Keene is cute. Is that the first time we’ve seen any of the ferrets looking less than completely happy?
Keene’s been upset before. See “The Visitor”. He’s drunk and crying in Miles’ lap because he and the other ferret were totally ruining his dad’s dream with their initial excesses.
That doesn’t count, he was drunk.
“Most of our other prospects asked the same thing … after running away screaming from this house”.
… Wait… How many avatars did Pete have before???
No, I think he’s talking about all the pets the ferrets took in, not Pete.
But what about the house that vanished (“And then the house sort of vanished…”)? Is it this house?
No, it was Pete’s house.
No, that’s pete’s house. This house is, apparently, still standing. God only knows why, with the cubs around.
As previously noted, if they can survive the Good Old Dogs Club…
I’m sure any insanity the ferrets possess would be a vast improvement over King’s life with Pete.
Swamp gas is the reason every strange thing happens. Swamp gas even made the ghost appear, pick me up, and throw me across my living room (all fictionalized).
Hey, I was right!
The K-9 unit did find him.
…just not, how …I thought. “facepalm*
Poor King, I feel really bad for him. But atleast now he doesn’t have to worry about Pete looming over him
Oh silly silly person. He has to worry even more now. He didn’t have to worry before as long as he wasn’t home, and knew where pete was most of the time. But now pete needs an avatar, a FULL avatar. Meaning when he does come back, he will be a dog or cat, and King most likely won’t know who he is. And even if he finds out, he can’t do anything about it. Will be even worse if that person is someone King knows and likes, like Sasha, or Miles, or Fox.
Ps. To all those before thinking Sasha might be an avatar cause Pete said she was protected? I think he ment cause of the Kitsune liking the universe and didn’t want them getting hurt, so would protect most of them from getting hurt and that includes Sasha getting sick and such. No?
I wonder if Pete could talk one of the K9 team into letting him be their avatar.
Oh Noes! Pete with authority!
king have some self-control
He does have self control, he is begging and not trying to threaten him while strangling him xD
Every time I read the alt text, this comes to mind: “All right, Beatrice, there was no alien. The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.”
Hey, have you ever flashy-thinged me?
Of course not, in fact you’ve never heard of these flash thingys or the Men in Black.
King really wants to live with them. i wonder why. XD
It’s not so much he wants to live with them so much as he wants to live with anyone BUT PETE.
i just realized something, Keene and the other ferrets are all taking in big animals and yet their so small. XD
OMG IT’S …that…. person i dun no that persons name -_-;;
IS 2 KINDS… of creatures from 2 Kinds.
Do as he says! Grant him asylum IF he gets back ^^
how long has he had that bandage on anywhere
Maybe a bit more than half a day strip-time.
It should stay permanently, be part of his unique character o.o
… What? Everyone is usually always wearing the same thing in cartoons and comics!
you speak the truth.
I somehow can’t see the ‘Kiko’ look working for King in the long run…
Yyyyep, I was right–a whole new can o’ worms.
I wish I could have seen King’s face in the fourth panel.
Oh, yeah, reflected light from Venus. Now, if you’d just look at the little red light…
i grant thee asylum, little king.
Keene isn’t drunk! Amazing how smart he is when he’s sober
he is the leader of the milton weasels
Milton Weasels sounds like it should be a town in the west of England.
I thought they were ferrets
While researching the difference between weasels, ferrets, and stoats, I came across the factoid that the English have more words for mud than the Eskimo have for snow. This seems relevant to something, but I’m not sure what.
They don’t shift right away, it usually takes a few minutes before changing the gravatar on their site is reflected on comments here (and other places using the gravatar system).
oh yah ur right it did work ^_^
just watch as soon as King is all settled in, BOOM! Pranks start happening and king fully becomes part of the family.
how do you do italics?
Must be some sort of <abbr title="Just use the text notation”>magic.
Hmm, seems it parses before . A shame.
Anyway, to make something italic:
Some italic text.
Some italic text.
Ha! The opposite problem, it removed the modified tag altogether… Now my post makes no sense.
Since there’s no way to explain it by typing it out, I’m just going to have to say “look under the submit comment button, it’s the ‘i’ one”.
<i>text&/lt;i> makes text
< makes <; > makes >
& makes &
Okay, fail, but I think you got the point.
“Shift+,” – “i” – “Shift+.” TEXT TO BE ITALICIZED “Shift+,” – “/” – “i” – “Shift+.”
TEXT TO BE ITALICIZED
You can enter less-than greater-than with < and >
You can enter italics with <i>text</i>
Now watch it double-parse this.
And you can enter < with &lt;
Which you enter with &amp;lt;
Stop me now…
Just did that above (hadn’t seen your post). You can model that as a graph with the last node being a loop. Simply avoid repeating nodes and you’ll end.
Now you’ve got me really curious. How DOES the law work in this reality?
From what background is available, almost exactly the same way it does in reality – about the only notable exception so far is that police dogs are allowed to read suspects their Miranda rights and can do some basic things without a handler.
And yes, that’s pretty odd considering that most of the animals are sapient, speaking, and learn far more quickly than the humans.
I suspect that the paradox there has become more of a factor as the strip has developed and information has accumulated. After all, in the beginning – the only way it was apparent was in jokes about leash laws and such.
It’s actually not so odd when you consider some laws we’ve had here against other *humans*. Laws to count slaves as 3/5 of a person for demographic purposes, Jim Crow laws, the Japanese Internment camps, rules against women voting or holding certain positions. The list could go on and on.
Insert [you know, when you really think about it, the HP universe is pretty creepy] discussion here.
I think that most universes would be pretty creepy if you thought about them. Unless you’re doing one of those ‘kid friendly’ stories where the worst problems involve dealing with basic childhood fears or similarly easily-solved problems, you’re going to have some kind of creepines. Even those ‘kid friendly’ stories are a bit creepy if you consider the fact that the worst things to happen in the world are easily corrected. How is everyone so fair and just? Why are there no social tensions? Where are the poor and down-trodden? Where are the rich and powerful? Comfortably middle-class where nothing all that earth-shaking ever happens is an odd way for a world to run.
Sapient food animals is pretty far over the line.
Not if you’re into cannibalism. *gets out fork and knife*
Aw man… I wanted to say the slave things the next time this discussion cropped up!
Very true – but, oddly enough, it’s a lot easier to oppress a subgroup of humans than it would be to oppress a species like sapient mice.
Mice and rats do a tremendous amount of damage to human civilization in reality, despite all attempts to control or exterminate them. Sapient, communicative, mice and rats – with access to fire and various toxins and the ability to both avoid and set traps – could destroy most of human civilization in a few days (or possibly hours). Start enough fires, and you’ll wind up with something like Dresden.
What’s odd is not that the humans of the Housepets universe have organized their civilization and laws to operate to their best advantage – a dominant species has to do that to remain dominant – it’s that they’ve been getting away with it and no one really seems to question it. Thus the speculations over on the Dossier thread in various places about how humans have achieved this position and how they maintain it.
I suppose the mice and rats and other creatures that live off of civilization might have a good reason not to destroy it. There are benefits from being in civilization (access to a constant supply of food, access to medical care, etc), even if there are also draw-backs (being owned, subject to whims of laws, etc). Overthrowing the humans might be easily doable, but then what? How would things be reorganized? Who would be in charge?
Humans might be in charge because they can focus and plan over a longer time than any other species. They might maintain their position because the other groups are either too busy fighting one another or would fare worse if left to their own devices, hence tolerance of human rule.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of animals are not in civiilization, and derive no benefits from it – yet are subject to a great deal of harm from it. On that basis, what would happen then, or who would be in charge, really doesn’t matter much.
Secondarily, I suspect that a lack of long-range planning ability coupled with taking a long-range view of abstract benefits really won’t work – and the “they’re distracted” notion has to work all the time, for centuries – which also seems unlikely unless some more active solution is involved.
True, but humans can (and do) put up with bad systems of government for a long time without demanding change.
It’s possible that wild animals simply are too busy trying to survive to do much about humans in a general way (the same would likely apply to domestic pets that go feral) and animals that generally benefit from the human system would have little reason to change it.
Also there is Tiananmen Square and the concentration camps, which shows exactly how ruthless humans can be towards one another.. There’s every indication that non-humans are treated exactly the same in Housepets! as they are on our world. This would presumably include traps, poisons, and shooting at wolf packs from helicopters in ’sport’.
A combination of development and intensive hunting could keep ferals at bay while similar programs towards strays or other non-humans in civilized areas would help humans keep the status quo very well.
Hey i was away for a while so i just read the big cosmic part and i was thinking is just me or does the great kitsune look like max?
Don’t start that, because before you know it there will be no relation! As I knock on wood, please don’t quote me on that. Though remember that Tarot was a dragon-ess, so as far as we know the kitsune could be one of the feral pups. The kitsune could be hiding out of sight. The kitsune could be the very dog that asked King to play D&D with him on the curb when King almost said he plaid D&D in college (I plaid with a collie was his excuse) then rejected the offer after seeing the giant guidelines and rules. WOULDN’T THAT BE IRONIC!? Then on top of it all, wouldn’t that be one tough pill to swallow?
Wasn’t that Joey?
That would be hilarious
Yeah, it was Joey
sorry, already did it
Yeah, see, now people are going to say that Max is GK’savatar because THAT WOULD BE AWESOME.
well i was just thinking cause tarot is dating peanut and max is dating grap
lmao this is very interesting
Semi-random thought about the first panel: What are the “three separate legal reasons” why it’s technically inaccurate to call Keene the owner of King?
I’m guessing that one of them is that pets aren’t, technically, allowed to own anything, with what they do have being solely because their owners allow them to keep it, not because the stuff is officially the property of the pets.
Another guess involves contracts, not unlike how those below the legal definition of adulthood are unable to sign a legally binding contract under their own name, and not just as a co-signer with someone who does meet the legal definition of “adult”.
Beyond that? I’m drawing blanks.
At a guess…
1) The ferrets are the property of a trust set up for their benefit, and don’t actually own anything.
2) The legal papers governing ownership of the ferrets, and the wolves, will be in the name of the trust, or a corporation, or some human – not the ferrets.
3) Legally, King may have been abandoned, may have been lost or mislaid, or may simply have missed whatever has befallen his owner since the legal authorities don’t know what happened. If Pete was to reappear, claiming – say – that he’d been kidnapped, or King had run away, or some such, then Pete would still be King’s owner.
Those are first three that come to mind for me anyway.
Is it just me, or is it strange to see Keene without his shades? We haven’t seen him with naked eyes for a while now…
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