I Beseech Thee
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  1. Yokashima

    Hooray for Asylum!! :D

    • Frank

      Sanctuary! Sanctuary!

      • Pseudo Faux

        *readies the holy water!*

        • sonic id furreh!!!

          quick get steward to read the bible thingy!!! XD

          • Gaboris

            Oh yeah, religious jokes. They never end right? :P

          • Frank

            Er, technically they’re not religious jokes (no biblical characters or anything). I, for one, was cracking at Victor Hugo

          • Val Kilmer Batman

            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.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            There are some pretty obvious limits to that law, assuming one has to eat and stuff.

          • Wolfy

            Nah, they thought of that :D Sanctuary has to be granted. Priests aren’t likely to grant sanctuary to a murderer and it could technically be revoked at any time >.>

          • Argent Stonecutter

            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.

          • Frank

            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.

          • e

            demon be gone from this poor little dog’s body and return to the depht you come!

        • FADFRANKIE

          it’s kinda funny when king asks to be sent to an asylum.

      • CrazyChicken

        Did anyone else go “THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME”, or am I the only one?

  2. Amaterasu13

    Oh good, King doesn’t want to go back to Pete. That’s a relief.

    • Thoth

      And shows sanity, rather than – say – Stockholm Syndrome.

      • Gaboris

        Not to be a ********, but wasn’t that obvious to begin with? XD

        • Thoth

          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.

      • Readasaur

        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.

        • Elwood Bloutarsky

          Wouldn’t you be if someone stole your humanity?

          • Flexico

            Well, he was before that whole fiasco anyway. XD

          • Oren Otter

            I’d pay them to keep it.

          • Elwood Blutarsky

            If you read Changing Workplace apparently that was prerequist to the hiring process in Oren’s comic universe.

          • Frank

            Er… doesn’t he write it?

          • Elwood Blutarsky

            Yes…at least I think he does. However that was a reference for those who don’t read it.

  3. sonic id furreh!!!

    OMG they mentioned steward again YAY XD

    • Gaboris

      Who is steward again? >.<"

      • Val Kilmer Batman

        The court appointed guy who looks after the ferrets’ money and stuff.

        • Severedevil

          They specifically requested he be named Steward :)

          • Val Kilmer Batman

            “Yes, we are aware of the pun. In fact, we specifically requested it.”

      • Inu225

        That guy who somewhat reminds me of Louis from L4D.

        http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/07/27/the-spirit-of-competition/

      • gaboris

        Yeah got it now, thx ppl. :3

  4. Pseudo Faux

    Awww, King gets cuter and cuter with every crisis scream he makes ^.=.^

  5. mathgrant

    First comment — I mean worst comment lol

    King looks so cute when he doesn’t want to see Pete ever again.

  6. RojoNinja

    Heh not suprising.

  7. rtlstien

    Keene’s comment is making me wonder is King was better of with Pete… that’s a scary thought

    • Frank

      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.

      • Gaboris

        Yaaay for the pack with many over energetic kids. X3

      • Chip Uni

        Ignorance can be overcome.

        Abusiveness shouldn’t be tolerated.

        • Dr. Prower

          Ignorance may seem like bliss, but it’s not, trust me.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            I’ve seen BLISS code, and trust me, BLISS is ignorance. It makes C look high level.

          • Frank

            Historically, BLISS came before C, so I guess C is higher-level

          • Argent Stonecutter

            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.

    • Thoth

      I’m betting on enthuiastic, happy, cubs who are bigger than many of the pets and want to play.

  8. IceKitsune

    I love the last panel

  9. rempar11

    hmm ferret owning dog not good .. not good at all

    • Frank

      Why? Never own anything bigger than yourself?

      • Loki-Impisi

        What? No battleslaves?

      • Dr. Prower

        First rule of pet-keeping: Nothing bigger than you are

        • Frank

          Aw man. Now I’ll have to send back my elephant!

  10. Pseudo Faux

    King’s hair is alive! Its absorbing the bandage until nothing remains of it!

    • Frank

      Maybe the bandage is biodegradable? Lots of things are biodegradable now-a-days

      • Thoth

        I don’t think it would work well for a bandage: you don’t want those to be food for bacteria and fungi.

    • falcon01

      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!

    • Argent Stonecutter

      I don’t think the bandage is vanishing, I think it’s just the angle and the position of his ear.

  11. Captain50

    *Snicker

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      u forgot the other * in “*snicker* ^_^

      • Frank

        Unless it’s Snickers™

        • sonic id furreh!!!

          well then he forgot the tm thing srry dont no how 2 get it small

        • WyldKAT

          mmmm.

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            wut would yah dooOOOOOOOooooooo for a Klondike bar

          • WyldKAT

            Probably get like two dollars and spare myself embarassment by just buying one :/

          • the game

            i would kill my best freind

          • HunkRlz

            lol ah the wonders of pronunciation! Anything silly can happen here! ^_^ I want a snickers bar too ;-)

          • Gaboris

            Draw my own online comic series! :3

            … What’s a Klondike bar anyway? XD

          • the game

            (kills best friend) do i get my Klondike bar yet?

          • Frank

            @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

          • gaboris

            @game: Ye’re gettin scary man. XP

            @Frank: Yeah got it now, looks nice… May do that comic still X3

  12. Wozzler

    lol Asylum XD

    poor guy cant take it anymore

  13. Frank

    Wait a minute… the ferrets have been throwing other animals “to the wolves”?

    • Wilford B. Wolf

      You make that sound like a bad thing….

      • Gaboris

        Yeah isn’t that the most natural thing there is? XD

        • HunkRlz

          Yup!!

        • Frank

          throwing animals is natural?

          • Val Kilmer Batman

            Only with armadillos.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            And dwarves.

          • gaboris

            No… but throwing them to the wolves is another thing. XD

  14. sonic id furreh!!!

    so there was a search party? <_<

  15. psychoJoker36

    POULTRYGEIST REFERENCE!!!!!

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      is that the movie w/ the short fat lady w/ huge eyes O_O

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Poltergeist, yes.

        • Charlie

          Sadly, what that made me think of was Logan’s Run.

          SANCTUARY o.o

          But then I got it and giggled lots.

    • Frank

      You must work for KFC or something

  16. ReCreate

    Passed out in the woods huh? … Interesting… :P

  17. Pseudo Faux

    The alt text! the Alt text for this comic is epic. So that does mean that the house is completely gone.

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      OMG ai just figured out wut they mean LOL that so funny XD

    • Frank

      Totally missed it until you said that! Thanks, I think

    • yoyodude

      Cant….read….alt….text… *dies*

      • Sir Jerric

        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.”

      • the game

        at least you can read this
        YOU LOST THE GAME
        (evil laugh)

    • curious4life

      Guess the house is gone… now a new neighbor can move in.

  18. Challenger01

    Can I get a pair of those shades?

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      sure only $299.99 will that be cash or credit ^_^

      • Challenger01

        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….

        • Frank

          I heard the last person who tried breaking into there didn’t do to well
          http://www.housepetscomic.com/category/comic/oceans-two/

          • Challenger01

            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?

          • Frank

            Maybe the literal ballroom had something to do with it?

        • sonic id furreh!!!

          that depends on how many diamonds and how big each diamond is ^_^

  19. Captain50

    I’ve been meaning to ask… How do you make the backgrounds have that faded sort of look Rick?

  20. Snowmon

    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.
    http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/11/30/and-the-sentence-was-going-to-be-time-served-too/
    Shouldn’t he be pleading “sanctuary” instead?

    • WyldKAT

      Asylum and Sanctuary are essentially the same thing.

      • Snowmon

        Still sounds like an insane asylum…

        ……
        ………
        (T_T).… I’m such a moron.

        • Captain50

          insane asylum=sanctuary for the insane

        • Val Kilmer Batman

          Yup. When people get “Political Asylum” it means they are getting sanctuary in a different country from the government of their old country.

          • Val Kilmer Batman

            No the “your a moron” part, hust the asylum part. Hit the wrong reply button.

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      1 time ai got bored so ai passed off as INSANE O_O… all just an act though ^_^

      • Snowmon

        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…
        :D luckily work met the rest of my family so they know that I’m normal one.

        • sonic id furreh!!!

          lucky ai just got attacked by insane ppl at the asylum… -_-;;

          • Snowmon

            LUCKY Ú!!!!
            They all left me alone… I didn’t even get a one of those complimentary T-shirts that tie in the back.

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            ai did but surpizingly their not that hard to get out of so ai got to keep mine ^_^

          • Snowmon

            Can I borrow it?

          • Val Kilmer Batman

            Hey, I want an “I-love-me” jacket too!

      • Frank
        • Garou

          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

  21. WyldKAT

    Man, a lot of people were spot-on with their predictions.

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      very very true

  22. WyldKAT

    Also did the ferrets get bigger?
    Because as small as they are, a corgi is a lot bigger than a ferret.

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      oh yah ur right he’s like as big as King

    • WyldKAT

      Oh, and his bandage is falling off! Yay!

      • sonic id furreh!!!

        no it’s still their -_-

        • WyldKAT

          it used to be an X, now there’s only one, and in the second panel it looks loose.

    • Frank

      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

      • WyldKAT

        Wouldn’t that require him to be on all fours, though?

        • Frank

          well, it’s wikipedia. You can’t expect the information to be that imediately useful

        • Val Kilmer Batman

          So he was the runt, STOP MOCKING HIM! Pete just likes ferret-sized dogs, that’s all.

          Or Keene is wearing platform shoes…

          • Mukavich

            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.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      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.

    • Dr. Prower

      There are many things in life that don’t make sense. Get used to it.

  23. root

    They must be positively delighted to have a dog associate that they are eye-level with.

  24. Gaboris

    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

    • Val Kilmer Batman

      He means that most candidates run screaming from the wolves.

    • Buckdida

      Recall Peanut’s advice for the wolves’ housewarming party:

      “Hide all your relatives.”

    • Frank

      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?”

      • Val Kilmer Batman

        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.

        • Val Kilmer Batman

          :P

      • Gaboris

        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

  25. Thoth

    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.

    • Frank

      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!

    • WingedWolfGirl

      I think the cubs are responsible for the other prospects fleeing.

  26. HunkRlz

    If I was in King’s paws I wouldn’t mind staying at that Asylum chanting “I’m in my happy place” ^-^

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      u mean kings FUUUUURRR ^_^

      • HunkRlz

        *Facepalm* How could I forget!! If I WAS in King’s luscious FUUUURRR ^-^

    • Frank

      “If I was in kings paws” makes it sound like he’s carrying you

      • HunkRlz

        Yes King take me away to the world of HP :)

        • Val Kilmer Batman

          *plays “A whole new world” from Alladin*

          • HunkRlz

            “A whole new world. Don’t you dare close your eyes
            A hundred thousand things to see….” Wait huh? 0.0

          • WingedWolfGirl

            This sets up such an interesting image in my mind.

          • Frank

            Which is? King on a flying carpet?

          • Val Kilmer Batman

            Yes.

      • Dr. Prower

        I wanna get carried by Sasha.

        • Dr. Prower

          Or maybe I could carry her.

          I want her to be my pet.

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            ai want tarot to be mah pet so she could do that world changy thing ^_^

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Demigods are awesome pets.

  27. sonic id furreh!!!

    does any1 else thinks king looks oddly cool with that shave-patch

    • HunkRlz

      *Raises paw slowly*

    • Severedevil

      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.

    • Garou

      makes him kinda cute actually.

  28. HunkRlz

    Why do I picture Batman suddenly appearing in that Asylum all of a sudden? 0.o

    • Dr. Prower

      *laughs*

  29. namelessone

    *heavy sigh*

    • Captain50

      Yeesh tha’s a lot o’ inane insanity!

  30. Caleb

    Well I hope Pete never comes back as King’s owner.

  31. falcon01

    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!

  32. EchoFireant

    Hm..swamp gas is a plausible explanation but what about the sudden appearance of a 5 second tornado? XD

    • Howls Like Wolf

      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.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Assuming it was there in the first place. Pete may have materialized it on a vacant lot.

      • Thoth

        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.

  33. Fuzzypaws

    Only 1 hour and already 110 comments! Cripes.

    I find it ironic that King is saved by police dogs.

    • CalaverX11

      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.

    • Apollo

      Well, he already befriended Fox, so…

      • Dr. Prower

        He’ll end up telling Fox at some point.

        • Mukavich

          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.
          Fox: Huh-what?

        • Argent Stonecutter

          King: Well, I was on of those guys.
          Fox: *laughs* They looked taller to me.

  34. CalaverX11

    Looks like Pete lost.

    THE GAME.

    • Apollo

      Imma bap you :/

    • Val Kilmer Batman

      NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

      • Val Kilmer Batman

        Huh. Is it just on the iPhone that it doesn’t show the whole thing? It just kind of runs off the edge…

        • Buckdida

          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

          • Val Kilmer Batman

            Hey, thanks!

  35. The_Captain1228

    I think Keene is a pretty cool guy eh cant legally own king and doesnt afraid of anything

    • Val Kilmer Batman

      Oh Captain, my Captain!

      • Nohbody

        Funny, you don’t look like Robin Williams…

  36. thegamist

    WHAT is asylum or something?

  37. Inu225

    An asylum?
    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!

    • falcon01

      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”

      • Inu225

        … I don’t believe you.
        You don’t live in my SANE asylum!
        Therefore I declare you insane kind sir.
        XP

        (psht… I believe you BTW ~My alter ego~)

  38. Inu225

    … I don’t believe you.
    You don’t live in my SANE asylum!
    Therefore I declare you insane kind sir.
    XP

    (psht… I believe you BTW ~My alter ego~)

  39. SamBlob

    I guess Gaspar left to do the time warp again…

  40. Nia

    Haunted house joke coming in 5..4…3….

    • Dr. Prower

      2…

      • sonic id furreh!!!

        1…

        • Nia

          GO!

  41. Flame-LoneWolf

    Wow, a ferret owning a dog. That’s new!

    • gagi

      hehe … even better … a ferret owning a human that was turned into a dog :P

      how much more awesome can this get ?!

      • petitcake

        I don’t think it could get any more awesome…our heads might explode from too much awesome!

    • Kitch

      Remember, technically they own the wolves, too.

      • Dr. Prower

        AWESOME!

        • Majin-Wolf

          AWESOME-SAUCE *Explodes*

          • Frank

            What? Again? I’m getting tired of cleaning up after this guy. Or should I say “cleaning up this guy”?

          • Majin-Wolf

            *Looks at blown up guy* Clean up on aisle 5!

      • Val Kilmer Batman

        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)

  42. Dakota Lesmercy

    O_o

  43. Argent Stonecutter

    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.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      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? :D

      • Radio Viewer

        What if they don’t keep record at all?

        • Argent Stonecutter

          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.

    • Skynet

      Um, I thinks it pretty obvious he vanished with the magic that is, A JUMPCUT

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      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…

      • Elwood Blutarsky

        Since nobody got it was a rough reference to how the Baltimore Colts moved to Indianapolis in the 1980s.

  44. fenning

    I don’t particularly get this one, but I guess it’s cause’ I’m stupid.

    JK, hehe.

  45. Argent Stonecutter

    Disturbed Keene is cute. Is that the first time we’ve seen any of the ferrets looking less than completely happy?

    • Jeff

      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.

  46. uvok

    “Most of our other prospects asked the same thing … after running away screaming from this house”.

    … Wait… How many avatars did Pete have before???

    • Dr. Prower

      No, I think he’s talking about all the pets the ferrets took in, not Pete.

      • uvok

        But what about the house that vanished (“And then the house sort of vanished…”)? Is it this house?

        • Argent Stonecutter

          No, it was Pete’s house.

        • Val Kilmer Batman

          No, that’s pete’s house. This house is, apparently, still standing. God only knows why, with the cubs around.

  47. Jeff

    I’m sure any insanity the ferrets possess would be a vast improvement over King’s life with Pete.

  48. Spirit Studios 2010

    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).

  49. WingedWolfGirl

    Hey, I was right!
    The K-9 unit did find him.
    …just not, how …I thought. “facepalm*

  50. LilithxChan

    Poor King, I feel really bad for him. But atleast now he doesn’t have to worry about Pete looming over him

    • Jirodyne

      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?

      • Argent Stonecutter

        I wonder if Pete could talk one of the K9 team into letting him be their avatar.

        • Frank

          Oh Noes! Pete with authority!

  51. e

    king have some self-control

    • Jirodyne

      He does have self control, he is begging and not trying to threaten him while strangling him xD

  52. Indagare

    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.”

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Hey, have you ever flashy-thinged me?

      • Elwood Blutarsky

        *flash-thingys him*
        Of course not, in fact you’ve never heard of these flash thingys or the Men in Black.

      • Thoth

        Yes.

      • Jirodyne

        Maybe

      • Indagare

        No.

  53. PuDdY15

    King really wants to live with them. i wonder why. XD

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      It’s not so much he wants to live with them so much as he wants to live with anyone BUT PETE.

  54. PuDdY15

    i just realized something, Keene and the other ferrets are all taking in big animals and yet their so small. XD

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      OMG IT’S …that…. person i dun no that persons name -_-;;

  55. The Wolf Next Door

    Do as he says! Grant him asylum IF he gets back ^^

  56. e

    how long has he had that bandage on anywhere

    • Indagare

      Maybe a bit more than half a day strip-time.

      • Jirodyne

        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!

        • e

          you speak the truth.

        • Indagare

          I somehow can’t see the ‘Kiko’ look working for King in the long run…

  57. FerreTrip

    Yyyyep, I was right–a whole new can o’ worms.

  58. WolfeMasters

    I wish I could have seen King’s face in the fourth panel.

  59. Xuncu

    Oh, yeah, reflected light from Venus. Now, if you’d just look at the little red light…

  60. e

    i grant thee asylum, little king.

  61. yarrofox

    Keene isn’t drunk! Amazing how smart he is when he’s sober

    • e

      he is the leader of the milton weasels

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Milton Weasels sounds like it should be a town in the west of England.

      • Yarrofox

        I thought they were ferrets

        • Argent Stonecutter

          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.

  62. Nohbody

    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).

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      oh yah ur right it did work ^_^

  63. PuDdY15

    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?

    • Score

      Must be some sort of <abbr title="Just use the text notation”>magic.

      • Score

        Hmm, seems it parses before . A shame.

        Anyway, to make something italic:
        Some italic text.
        Makes:
        Some italic text.

        • Score

          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”.

        • Frank

          <i>text&/lt;i> makes text
          &lt; makes <; &gt; makes >
          &amp; makes &

          • Frank

            Okay, fail, but I think you got the point.

    • Spirit Studios 2010

      “Shift+,” – “i” – “Shift+.” TEXT TO BE ITALICIZED “Shift+,” – “/” – “i” – “Shift+.”

      which makes

      TEXT TO BE ITALICIZED

    • Argent Stonecutter

      You can enter less-than greater-than with &lt; and &gt;

      You can enter italics with <i>text</i>

      Now watch it double-parse this.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        And you can enter &lt; with &amp;lt;

        Which you enter with &amp;amp;lt;

        Stop me now…

        • Frank

          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.

  64. Oren Otter

    Now you’ve got me really curious. How DOES the law work in this reality?

    • Thoth

      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.

      • Indagare

        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.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Insert [you know, when you really think about it, the HP universe is pretty creepy] discussion here.

          • Indagare

            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.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Sapient food animals is pretty far over the line.

          • Indagare

            Not if you’re into cannibalism. *gets out fork and knife*

        • Frank

          Aw man… I wanted to say the slave things the next time this discussion cropped up!

        • Thoth

          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.

          • Indagare

            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.

          • Thoth

            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.

          • Indagare

            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.

  65. Imperial

    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?

    • Mordark

      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?

    • Val Kilmer Batman

      Yeah, see, now people are going to say that Max is GK’savatar because THAT WOULD BE AWESOME.

      • Imperial

        well i was just thinking cause tarot is dating peanut and max is dating grap

  66. CzenaTheFox

    lmao this is very interesting

  67. Nohbody

    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.

    • Thoth

      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.

  68. Solario the Visored

    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…