Three Good Reasons

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  1. Frank

    I had totally forgotten who had the pink speech bubbles. Hooray for tags!

    • Ruduen

      Alt Text: “Well now’s your chance to complain about the direction the comic’s going. Hurry! Before you start to enjoy it!”

      • Tendo

        Just because someone can see the complaints coming, doesn’t instantly nullify any reasoning people might have to make a complaint. :P

        • Rick Griffin

          No, but it does telegraph my feelings on the subject!

          • loomCAT

            Don’t worry, Rick. We don’t blame you for feeling that way!

            Well, I don’t, anyway…

          • darkgloomie

            Go Rick! Show ‘em who’s DA BOSS!

        • Score

          If a comic panned out exactly as people wanted it to, I can imagine the plot having depth similar to that of one of the Spot (Superdog) comics.

          • Frank

            Hey, Spot (superdog) can have depth!

            (cue sound of the coyote falling into a canyon)

          • darkgloomie

            No, you see, Peanut hasn’t gotten the hang of depth yet. That’s why it’s all drawn strictly 2-D

      • JokkePokke

        When i started reading this comic, I really enjoyed it, but after some time (when Pete, King and Tarot came in the picture) I completely fell out, and now have no idea what they’re talking about in strips like this one, and when Sabrina took Peanut down to Great Kitsune, or Tarot, as far as I’m concerned, now I don’t understad a thing about it, could someone please explain what all this is about? What happened to King, who Pete and Tarot is, and so on?

        • Foxstar

          We have archives for a reason. Go back and re-read though them.

        • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

          Tarot is Spirit dragon’s avatar, not Great Kitsune’s. it would be weird if the great Kitsune were a dragon instead of a fox.

  2. Alphonse

    Joel, HMMH?
    I call shenanigans.

    • Leitrean

      i see no joel here

      • Alphonse

        Fourth panel, just below the orb.
        Took me some a’lookin’ to find.

        • Leitrean

          aaah now i see it, thanks

      • Allingite

        King?

        • Leitrean

          i believe so.

          • Lupus

            King!

      • Hera Ledro

        I think this is the first time King’s last name is hinted at, actually. If you look under Joel you’ll see ‘Zechar’. Would I be correct in inducing Zechariah as the last name, or is it something else?

        • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

          a quick google search will tell you that Zechar is a last name on its own

      • Readasaur

        Sorry to bother you, Leitrean, but it’s been a while and I can’t recall: Was it you or Thoth who created those intricately constructed character analysis threads on the forum? Cause I lost my links and I’d like to find them again.

        • Foxstar

          Thoth.

    • Alphonse

      I do enjoy, however, all the lovely floating words.
      They tickle my fancy.

      • huntersunday

        I like the word essence it amused me

  3. Kimba the White Lion

    I’m confused by the dog/lion legs pete has. It doesn’t seem right at all…

    But YAY! MORE RIDICULOUS HOUSEPETS PHILOSOPHY! These are my favorite arcs.

    • SamBlob

      Gryphons have the lower body/hind legs of a lion.

    • Rick Griffin

      He’s a gryphon

      • Kimba the White Lion

        *doh*

        I had just never bothered to look at Pete’s legs.

        • Kimba the White Lion

          … and OMG OMG OMG RICK REPLIED TO ME OMG!

          • Leitrean

            don’t scream too loud you might hurt your voice box

    • Frank

      Rick originally drew griffins with the hindquarters of real-world lions. But after all those Pridelands drawings, how can something that’s half-lion not be bipedal?

      Though if you like, we can complain about that

      • Leitrean

        complaining matrix engaged!
        but i kid :3
        it’s rick’s comic so i guess he can decide how to draw them any way he wants (even if it is anatomically wrong)

      • Rick Griffin

        I like to imagine Pete can take on whatever form.

        But yeah it makes sense to do it like this.

        • Leitrean

          so does that mean that pete and the kitsune ans spirit dragon are gods or angels? they have access to heaven and can shapeshift…

          • Rick Griffin

            Hmm, not quite; they’re inhabitants of the cosmos but don’t have those sorts of roles

          • Leitrean

            i see…so they are just cosmic beings with the ability to take whatever form strikes their fancy?

          • Justme

            Considering that wha Pete is about to do is being referred to as “Smash and Grab” methinks that perhaps heaven in this storyline may have access for cosmic beings similar to how we have to a public store or even an amusement park. And Pete is about to shoplift! :o

          • GameCobra

            I believe they are more like cosmic fate than gods i would say. They usually can’t get actively involved unless someone was born, wished or given permission somehow.

          • darkgloomie

            I think they’re just three… beings with too much power on their hands and nothing better to do with it than playing D&D with the universe.

          • IceKitsune

            I agree with Darkgloomie they are just a bunch of Cosmic Nerds who got bored one day and decided to play a game with the Housepets Universe.

          • Leitrean

            well if you refer back to the comics where all 3 of them were together, they stated that they have the ability to create universes, but choose not to. that is a very weighty power to have. i doubt they are “a bunch of cosmic nerds”.

          • IceKitsune

            Just because they have a lot of power does not make them any less Cosmic Nerds.

          • darkgloomie

            Yeah- rather than playing The Sims, they play D&D. That just makes them a different kind of nerds.

  4. IceKitsune

    Oh god I hope Pete gets beat up by Cerberus he deserves it.

    • SamBlob

      Not just beaten, but bitten, too! :D

      • Leitrean

        epic fight scene coming up i bet.

        • Valerio

          Nah, if Cerberus is a Cerbera, then in the end it’ll be revealed she’s Pete’s ex (or current) girlfriend, and she’ll let him keep Joel’s sphere.

    • huntersunday

      I find it funny that Cerberus is in heaven when he guards the gates of um the bad place I think the name is not pg but I am probably wrong

      • darkgloomie

        Cerberus guarded the gates of the Underworld in Greek myths, but for the Greek it wasn’t that bad a place- after all, evertbody went there after death and if they had been good in life they got to reside in the Elysian Fields, which is close to the Heavens as depicted in Christian mythology.

        Methinks you should get your mythology from somewhere else than Disney movies and old tv shows.

        (sorry, I don’t mean to come off strongly, it’s just that mythology is a pet peeve of mine :p)

        • huntersunday

          oh I love Greek myths I said bad place instead of using the H word I should of thought about using the underworld also if you recall he guards the fifth level of the H word in the infernos

          so yes I do know my myths and in all of them Cerberus never gaurded the heavens that was my main point

          • darkgloomie

            That’s just a depiction Dante used arbitrarily to guard the Gluttons (who, by the way, reside in the third circle, unless you count the entry where those who did not choose in life are punished and the Limbo as parts of hell proper).

            But yeah, Cerberus never guarded the Heavens but that’s simply because it wasn’t considered at the time of its birth.

            Plus, nobody ever said those are the Heavens. It’s just a suspicious floating city. In which Fates are stored.

          • FenixWong951

            Actualy , they said that that place is the heaven , ”I was fairly sure that HEAVENS have a strict politics”

          • darkgloomie

            Either that, or the Kitsune is referring to the “Standard Celestial Policy” that Tarot mentioned in the Snowed In! arc.

          • darkgloomie

            Nevermind, Rick said it’s Heaven so it’s Heaven.

  5. SamBlob

    What’s Cerberus doing in Heaven? I thought he was the guardian of Hades…

    • Frank

      It says “somewhere in the cosmos”. It doesn’t necessarily have to be Heaven; just somewhere where Heaven’s policies apply

      • Leitrean

        but in the first panel pete is flying towards a golden city and heaven is referred to “the golden city/ city of gold” in many religious scriptures

        • netherwolf

          I’ve herd that the lost mythological city of Atlantis is made of gold,but it’s under the sea not in the air..So that shoots out my theory.

        • Frank

          …yeeeah, but that’s “city” in the ancient conception of the word: you know, a walled group of houses in which you could hide safely from enemy attacks. This one’s main feature is skyscrapers

          • Leitrean

            is New York not a city?
            my point remains valid.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Where do you think “Wall Street” got its name?

          • Dr. Alex Horrible

            I learned that from National Treasure.

        • Dena

          As long as it doesn’t become the Black City as a result of Pete’s actions…

    • Chip Uni

      When he’s off-duty from his main job, he takes a shift in Heaven every now and again. When the seraphim want to go to a party…

      • Justme

        Getting in some overtime hours by helping out in another department! With the economy the way it is, Using three chewbones/toys at a time must be expensive!

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      What’s Cereberus doing in heaven? Probably getting rid to rid Pete limb from limb.

    • darkgloomie

      Maybe Hades gave him a Holiday

    • Big Fan

      Hades, or the underworld, is supposed to be the place where ALL the dead go. So Cerberus would be guarding Tartarus (hell), the Elysian Fields (heaven), and the Elysian Islands (the part of heaven where the great heroes reside).

  6. Dissension

    I like where this is going. *giggles*

  7. loomCAT

    Oh, my GOD! YAY! You can’t fathom how happy I am to see this plot starting up again!

    Also, Cerberus is freaky… *gulp*

    • huntersunday

      I like his earrings they look AWESOME

      • Dissension

        This particular Cerberus is female.

        • huntersunday

          ohhh I would have never known thanks

        • Valerio

          too bad. Earrings made buffy male way cooler!

        • Shuma Jindivi

          How did you tell her gender?

  8. Leitrean

    start of a new arc ftw :3 and i like how rick poked fun at us for the last arc.
    i’m sorry rick i like this one so far though :3

    • IceKitsune

      The alt-text has nothing to do with the last arc. People always complain about Magic/Cosmic Nerd based arcs every time they come up.

      • Leitrean

        i just made the connection because that’s almost exactly quoting what i said about last arc XD

        • darkgloomie

          I made the very same connection xD

  9. Tha Housedog

    I want Cerberus. O_O

    • darkgloomie

      Try the pet store. I hear Echidna just had another litter, maybe you’re lucky.

    • Aenbr

      You should talk to Joey, He’s got a great collection.

  10. GameCobra

    To anyone that complains: If you’re not use to this, try thinking of it in a similar logic as Sabrina the Teenage witch. They seem big, but it’s fun to see some characters mess with fate =)

    • Leitrean

      i’ve heard of messing with fate but this is ridiculous.

      • netherwolf

        Maby in the next one well see The Fates

  11. sonic id furreh!!!

    d-… does pete have paws o.o?

    • Frank

      Now he does

      • Leitrean

        you mean Claws, he has claws not paws

        • sonic id furreh!!!

          but they look laike paws :3

          • Leitrean

            sharp, pointy, deadly paws

          • sonic id furreh!!!

            nuh-uh! their’s no sharp pointyness D:

          • FenixWong951

            I thonk you mean the paws of the lion part of his body , rigth?

        • Frank

          Rick has said all pawed animals are bipedal in this universe. In his first appearance, Pete was quadrupedal; therefore, by this logic, he didn’t count as a pawed animal. He is now bipedal; therefore, he now counts as a pawed animal.

          • Leitrean

            he is part Bird, birds have claws not paws.
            and i think your missing a basic concept here.
            “all pawed animals are bipedal”, true but that does not make the statement “all bipedals are pawed animals” true.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Pete can look however he wants to look. If he wants to look like an Achaemenid winged lion, that’s his call.

          • Aenbr

            Speaking of his paws/talons, is it me or does Pete’s leg look backwards in panel 2?

          • Argent Stonecutter

            It’s his funky anime landing pose.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Talons. He’s talonted.

      • Leitrean

        my bad, whenever you see “claws” in the above discussion please have your brain replace it with the word “talons”

      • Naylorfan90

        Yes, he’s very talonted. :3

  12. Z24

    This, like Peanut, doesn’t faze me :|

    • WingedWolfGirl

      Peanut doesn’t faze you?
      Whoa. :3

      • Z24

        No. I meant on how Peanut is unfazed by all this mythological mumbo-jumbo. I now understand him.

        Peanut himself does amuse me a bit…

  13. xhunterko

    *already has popcorn*
    Anyone want to sit next to me?

    • Leitrean

      *takes a handleful of popcorn and hands hunter a soda*
      scoot over :3

      • xhunterko

        *scoots, takes soda*
        Thanks! No mice this time I promise.
        (oh, sorry diss, just wanted to reply to leitrean there, that okay?)

    • Alphonse

      -joins.-
      I do ever so enjoy the real world applications to this arc.
      All the political spin-offs and willying of the nillying.
      Wonderful, do you not agree?

      • Leitrean

        *sips coffee and adjusts monocle* yes quite.
        COMMENCE THE WILLYING AND NILLYING

    • Snowmon

      *brings lemonade and pretzels*
      I’m excited and worried all at the same time. Who knows what will happen next.

    • sonic id furreh!!!

      *takes the popcorn and runs* IT’S MMIIIIINNNNNNEEEEE!!!!

      • Leitrean

        well that wasn’t very nice :(

        • sonic id furreh!!!

          *comes back* ai’m sowwy, popcorns laike, my favorite…. ai got excited :( *gives the popcorn back*

      • Justme

        *distracts sonic wif a catnip toy and steals popcorn*

        *Benny Hill chase music begins*

    • netherwolf

      Any place left for me,i got chocolate bars and more butter for the popcorn ;3

    • darkgloomie

      A shame Pete is male else we’d be having a catfight! Only with no felines whatsoever!

      • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

        well, gryphons are part lion, so that counts.

        • Leitrean

          i dunno…it’s kinda a stretch……meh

  14. Kondog

    Cerberus dose not look amused by Pete’s presents- I wounder where this Arc is leading ….

    • huntersunday

      Down a path that hopefully will make Pete rethink his strategies

    • Argent Stonecutter

      To a celestial metaphor of a hospital and Pete in the celestial metaphor of traction, I hope.

      Meanwhile. Jo… King’s fate-orb gets knocked down in the fight and lost, setting Ki… Joel free of Pete’s geas (no, not the bird). And all aitch eee double hockeysticks breaks loose in Babylon Gardens.

      • IceKitsune

        I could see that happening (it gets damaged when its dropped and it causes havoc in Kings life) but King was already freed from Pete anyway so it wouldn’t make a difference with that part of it anyway.

        • darkgloomie

          Not really, Pete just can’t influence King directly- just like the other two beings. However, altering King’s fate to make him miserable enough to choose to be Pete’s avatar is probably an accepted roundaway

          • IceKitsune

            How? I mean he already lost King as an avatar because he basically tried to trick him into it how is it better if he screws with the guys fate to make him want it? I would say that would be worse.

          • darkgloomie

            He hasn’t lot him as an Avatar, it’s just that the Great Kitsune and Spirit Dragon enforced the “all Avatars must be volunteers” rule, so he can’t make King his avatar (and therefore influence the world directly) unless King wants it.

            Now, if King does wishes for phenomenal cosmic powers, he may get just that.

            Probably with itty-bitty living space.

          • IceKitsune

            But how would screwing with his fate be any less wrong then Tricking him? Its like saying destroying (or just messing with it) someones life to get him to do something (which is what Pete would be doing in this case if he messed with Joel/Kings Fate to get King to be his Avatar) is better then tricking someone into doing something through double talk like Pete did before.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            He’s still got Pete’s geas on him: he’s still a dog, he still can’t say ‘Joel’, and Pete can still control his mind. Pete’s just not allowed to make any further use of that.

          • darkgloomie

            Like Argent said- it’s not that it’s any less wrong of him to do so, it’s just less direct. SD and GK have forbidden Pete from messing around with the “normal” world until he gets an Avatar. Messing with people’s Fates isn’t directly messing with the world, ergo Peter (who’s a creature of Chaos, remember- he’ll always be trying to bend the rules to his own side) will think it’s not breaking the rules to do so.

            Also, Argent, rather that not making King say “Joel”, I think Pete just made it impossible for King to imply in whatever way his name isn’t King… or something.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Whatever the details, I suspect his geas is cooked after this.

          • IceKitsune

            Actually he is, as Kitsune said, “You’re Forbidden From Doing Anything More To King Or Entering The Arena Until You Have A Full Avatar.” Now how does stealing the guys Fate not count as doing something to him? Because I would really think that stealing a guys Fate in order to make him be your Avatar would count under the term of “Anything” wouldn’t you?

          • IceKitsune

            You know what let me put it this way: Can we agree that by doing this (stealing Joel/Kings Fate) he is breaking the rules of the game he chose to abide by?

          • Frank

            Maybe because by tampering with his fate, he’s not doing anything to king, but to the world around him?

            You know, something like
            “Pete, you got pigeon droppings on King!”
            “Ah, but I didn’t poop on him. The pigeon was going to poop when he flew over that place anyway, and King was bound to walk past that point at some time or another. It was just fate that King happened to walking there at that exact time.”

          • darkgloomie

            Plus, it’s Joel’s fate he’s stealing. That’s the kind of thinking a Rules Lawyer abides by- he was forbidden to do anything to “King”, so he goes and gets “Joel”. Nobody ever explicitly said he couldn’t do anything to King’s past self, so implicitly he can do it.

            In practice, he’s breaking the rules, but, by using a sophism, he technically isn’t. That’s Munchkin for you!

            Besides, we aren’t even sure that’s King’s fate he’s trying to take. Sure, Joel was king’s human name, but like him there’s bound to be thousands of other Joel (though, given this is a comic, it’s impractical to introduce multiple characters who go by the same name)

          • IceKitsune

            Ok I can see your point there. Its not like it really maters anyway, its highly unlikely that Pete is even going to be able to do anything with it because hes going to get beat up by Cerberus and even if he got away he would most likely be in trouble with people much higher up then Kitsune.

          • Frank

            @darkglomie: Now I want to see the labels on orbs for the Biggelsworths’ fates!

        • IceKitsune

          Darkgloomie Joel and King are the same person he didn’t create a new person when he made King he just transformed Joel there would be no reason for there to be a different Fate for King because He is Joel.

          • darkgloomie

            yes, but the Kitsune didn’t say he couldn’t harm Joel, he said he couldn’t harm King. Same person, different names- that’s enough to go by, by munchkin standards

          • IceKitsune

            ….You know what as I said it doesn’t really matter it unlikely hes going to get to use it for the reasons I stated above. Also no munchkin would ever want me to DM a D&D game (lucky for them I don’t play at all) If they didn’t stop after a warning I would just kick them out of the game. So if I was Kitsune Pete would be gone at this point. (Also he replaced of course so the game could keep going)

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Pete’s geas is still effecting him, and it’s reasonable to postulate that it’s tied up in his fate.

      • Frank

        I LOLed at “aich ee double-hockeysticks”

        • FuRrY321

          I didn’t notice that at first, I was too busy staring at geas. It took me awhile to delete the extra ’s’ that was attaching itself to the word in my brain. xD
          Once I looked up “geas” on Urban Dictionary, I understood.
          So that’s where Code Geass gets its name from!

  15. Snowmon

    Dragons, griphons and Cerberus Oh my!
    Now what is he planing on doing with Joel’s (I’m guessing) Fate?
    I’m concerned for King’s life or rather I’m concerned for his past life.
    If Pete is about to do what I think he is, then Joel might end up to never have been born.

    • darkgloomie

      The plural of Cerberus should be Cerberi :D

      (grammar nazism ftw xD)

      • Snowmon

        That’s and interesting fact, except for one small detail. Is a single Ceberus ever actually alone? And if you leave the room, does the cerberus still exist, or does it/they just vanish from existence and therefore only exist because we see it?

        :D Take that, logic! Muwahahahaha!

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Schrodinger’s hellhound sort of thing?

          • Snowmon

            Yes, I suppose so… but I was going more so for the Descartes approach. Nothing can be proven 100% except for that there must be a single truth behind it all.

          • Frank

            Ah, but wouldn’t it be enough to prove that Cerberus thinks (with any of his heads)? Cognito ergo sum, remember?

          • darkgloomie

            It’s Cogito, not Cognito. And, if I remember right, you can only prove that you yourself exist, as there’s no way you can prove anything else but you has a thought process. For all you know, reality may be all a product of your mind, so it’s all false. The only think that’s true is your own self, because you have a thought process.

            or something like that. It’s been a while since I went over that stuff, and yet it still gives me headaches.

          • Frank

            I beg to differ:
            http://thedreamercomic.com/comic.php?id=88
            (though you probably need to read the one immediately before to get it)

          • darkgloomie

            Good point, Frank, but if my memory is right (and to explain my previous comment further) I can doubt they think. I don’t have proof you, or them, or anybody else has their own thought process, their indipendent memories and personal experiences simply because I don’t have experience of any of those things- sure you can say that not knowing nitpicks about another person’s life is proof enough that they exist indipendently, but it could also be a product of my schizophrenic mind or a clever construct- for example when I’m writing an OC I tend to sweat the small stuff as it’s not what interests me of the character.

            Cartesian philosophy is based on the principle that everything can be doubted. The only thing that can’t be doubted is “I think”, because by doubting that thought you are thinking already. Going off from that, thought is proof of one own’s existance, and from that there were reasons reality actually existed, but i don’t remember any atm and cartesian philosophy wasn’t my favourite in school.

        • darkgloomie

          Hm, interesting point you make there. Presuming the multiple heads consider themselves a single entity, then they are alone by themselves. Yet, them being a 3-in-1 kind of deal never leaves them with nobody to talk with (unless their thoughts are interconnected and therefore are a single entity in body and mind).

          However, I must now correct myself. Both Cerberus and Cerberi can be used as the plural form, as Cerberus itself is- or rather, was- the name of a single creature (son of Echidna, mother of monsters, and Typhoon, the Titan) which nowadays, by pop-cultural osmosis, has become a way to refer to such a race. There never existed a race of three-headed dogs, just like there never existed a race of winged horses, women with snake for hair that can petrify people with their gaze, beasts so fearsome their gazes can kill you outright or other such things.

          And yet, we’re now used to think of Pegasi, Medusas and Behemoths. I blame D&D for that.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            It’s quite practical, too. You can have three way redundant processing, all three heads decide what to do, majority wins.

          • Snowmon

            If I might correct somethings on my own, Behemoths just mean “giants” and the “beasts that can kill with a gaze” can very between all forms of mythological creatures.

            In fact, “myth” only means false due to pop-culture osmosis. Myth actually only means “accepted as the truth”, while legend means “greater than the norm” and so forth. So for all we know all of these creatures could have existed in some form or fashion outside of one’s imagination.

            For example, there are multiple headed creatures born all the time (Including two headed snakes and turtles.) and Siamese twins do exist. The legend of a Cerberus doesn’t seem so off if you think about it from that side point.

            “Dying of fright” is a well known medical cause of death. But nowadays it’s always summed up as “heart problems”. Usually, these descriptions of a creature are an exaggeration of how frightening that they are.

            Since Behemoth means “a giant” then this could refer to Dinosaurs, elephants, and in some cases even whales. It depends on what “myth” you’re looking at.

            The word “Dragons” existed long before “Dinosaur”, so it stands to reason that perhaps there were some living dinosaurs, but were called “dragons”. Or even that earlier man found their dinosaur bones and said that they were “dragon bones”.

            However, then there’s also the down side of said stories such as the authenticity of witness accounts and copycats.

            :( Oh, man… I think way too much about these things.

            Sorry Rick.

          • Frank

            I think I’m going to start using this avatar also for when certain comments give me a headache

          • darkgloomie

            @Snowmon: behemots means giants only in reference to the original monster (ie a huge monster so frightening looking at its face would kill you, that’s why God cursed it with horns so heavy it must look down the earth. Or something, I have to go back on my Christian myths).

            While there could’ve existed some exemplars of multiple-headed dogs, in the end they still were multiple-headed dogs or snakes, not lil’ Cerberi or Hydras.

            Besides, Cerberus has other characteristics, of which being 3-headed is only its most famous one. for example, it is said to have a mane of live snakes and a serpentine tail (probably hereditary of its mother), much like its two-headed brother Othros. I doubt any live animal can emulate that, thus why the creature known as Cerberus is fictional.

            These stories could actually be true- it may just be an extinct subrace of dogs or something- but more likely than that they’re big, fat lies, much like when a fisher brags how the one who got away was the biggest thing ever. We can’t know for sure, we can only speculate

            @Frank: sorry if we’re making your head hurt xP Perhaps we should be moving this discussion over a messenger or something xD

          • Frank
          • darkgloomie

            I don’t really like using IRC, but if that’s the best i can do it’s ok, I guess

      • Rick Griffin

        I try to never use Latin plurals if I can help it, I’ll stick to English thank you very much

        • darkgloomie

          I later corrected myself on my silly nitpick- both are correct ways to address the plural form of whatever mythical beast we’re talking about as at the time there really wasn’t any intention or need for a plural, given they were one-of-a-kind things.

          So yeah, Cerberus is an accepted plural form- it’d be like referring to them by family name. You call a family the Applefield, not the Applefields because you’re referring to multiple individuals.

          … Now I hope I didn’t just make an incredible grammar blunder. It’d be funny if I did

          • Rick Griffin

            I think you still have an s at the end. Cerberuses, perhaps, if it weren’t ostensibly a unique creature.

  16. RegularBird

    Oh man, I already can’t wait to see what happens next! >.<

  17. MKarrow

    Actually, I love where this is going.
    I squee’d quietly as soon as I saw Pete. I mean, c’mon, mythical creatures are awesome.

  18. Keldor

    Let’s see – we have essence, personality, and fate, but what’s the other one? I can’t quite make it out.

    • Rick Griffin

      The other one is Ideal

      • Leitrean

        Where’s Bacon? i don’t see Bacon!

        • darkgloomie

          They had to remove it, for it threatened the very fabric of the universe.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          There’s room for more labels on the left and behind the camera.

      • Keldor

        Ahh, that makes sence. I was trying to make dea or deal turn into something, but couldn’t.

  19. IceKitsune

    I can’t wait to see if Pete picks an Avatar in this arc. I’m guessing it won’t be King, if Pete gets away with/does something to Joel’s Fate anyway. I just can’t see how that would be any different then what he did to him before (essentially just tricking him) in fact I think it would be much worse then that.

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      At least Joel still has a fate, that’s pretty good right. Or at least he did have a fate…

    • The Wolf Kin

      It could still be King. Joel was his human name.

      • IceKitsune

        But Joel and King are the same person so messing with Joels’ fate is the same as messing with Kings.

        • netherwolf

          Maby Pete want’s revenge or taking King back as his pet,but one thing is for sure,it will not end well for King..

          • IceKitsune

            well I could see him doing this to get some kind of revenge on King (Like screw with his life and make it worse ect.) but I don’t see how he could take him back as a pet as he can’t enter Babylon Gardens (a.k.a. the Arena at least we think so) to be with him.

    • silverfang16

      Well, how much can he really mess with him before everyone realizes he is breaking the rules?

  20. Elwood Blutarsky

    Holy cow, Joel has a last name!…And apparently Pete just stole his fate or something. Bummer.

  21. Tahoe

    Cerberus!!!!! =D =D =D

  22. Thoth

    Ah, good, good… Soon the deductions game can start up again!

    • Frank

      *gasp* Thoth deducing nothing? Frank getting the first comment? It’s the end of the world!

      (come to think of it, that would be a pretty good name for this arc)

      • FuRrY321

        Nah, too long. :/
        Unless you meant “It’s the end of the world!”?
        If so, I agree.

      • Thoth

        Ah well. It has been previously noted that spirit-domain depictions are metaphorical since neither the housepets nor the audience can comprehend that level of the strip reality directly (Presumably Rick can, but we, alas, lack Housepets Omniscience). Ergo, there’s nothing definite here to use as fodder for deductions.

        • Keldor

          Oh, I dunno, we may be able to make a deduction about a metaphore to the ground truth, although such an attempt may lead to insanity as the metaphore reforms itself in such that all our deductions remain consistant with the higher order reality. This reformation would be needed due to the nature of the low order metaphorical approximation – it simply cannot show all subtleties simultaneously, and thus must shift them in and out according to the deductive state of the viewer.

    • Readasaur

      Thoth, would you be kind enough to link me to your character analysis threads?
      I lost the bookmarks.

  23. Avansis

    I wonder if this arc will have something to do with what Spirit Dragon hinted at the end of We’re Snowed In or is it only focusing on King? This will be awesome either way, since you can’t go wrong with the cosmic d&d.

    • Vlad the Cat

      Its the U&U xD

      • darkgloomie

        #67th billionth edition, because SOMEONE had to have it her way

        • Leitrean

          because BABY had to have it their way.

          • darkgloomie

            Oh, hush! They agreed to it too.

  24. Varaleo

    Well so much for the line from Terminator… “There is no fate but what we make”

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      Yeah, that doesn’t really apply when dealing with a superbeing who can bend reality to his will.

  25. caleb

    Finally more King/Joel. So his last name is Zechar huh. And please don’t let Pete get away with this. No one for any reason should toy with some else’s mind or soul or whatever he is toying with. Say what is that room anyway the characters of the lives on earth.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      That could be his middle name.

      • Frank

        Or only half of his last name

        • Leitrean

          or a nickname

          • Argent Stonecutter

            I knew a guy named Nick who insisted that it was his nickname, it just happened to be the same as his real name.

          • Aenbr

            Or um… the initials for the rest of his name?

          • Frank

            They’re in lowercase. I don’t think they can be initials. (also, 6 names would beat Dumbledore’s full name)

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Long names are cool, like “Chiark-Gevantsa Jernau Morat Gurgeh dam Hassease” or “Rasd-Coduresa Diziet Embless Sma da’ Marenhide”.

          • FuRrY321

            Or, as Larry Niven liked to do, six-syllable names, such as “Harkabeeparoyln” and “Halrloprillalar”.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Don’t forget Karawesksenjajok!

  26. leaffly

    I feel this has a relation to harry potter.

    • huntersunday

      You are so right its the ORDER

      • darkgloomie

        Order of the Griffin?

    • Foxstar

      Not related at all. Pete’s a Gryphon, that’s not a room of prophesys, etc.

    • lChronosl

      I had the same feeling.

  27. Kal

    Ugh, I hate Pete in this Arc already

    Having your fate in his hands would be a living nightmare

    • Leitrean

      well he IS a jerk

    • Frank

      Of course, it’s someone else’s fate

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Ah, the difference between tragedy and comedy.

        • Leitrean

          humor is the perfect mix of tragedy and comedy

          • Argent Stonecutter

            If I stub my toe it’s Tragedy.

            If you stub your toe it’s Comedy.

          • Frank

            What if I stub your toe?

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            or if I stub my toe on your kneecap?

  28. Russiarules1

    Joel? Mmmh… Something will shock some people in the next strip, mark my words, people.

    • Aenbr

      Would you like that in stone or permanent marker?

      • FuRrY321

        They said “mark”, so I’m going with marker.
        Then we can shred the paper later when/if they’re wrong.

  29. The Wolf Kin

    Hmm, interesting. Let us all wonder if this Joel is actually King, as that was his original name. I look forward to the arc.

  30. SilverZeo

    Okay, not to sound bossy or something, but there needs to a meta-strip in which Pete gets the short end of the cosmic/reality stick, sort of like a fusion of Mysterious Stranger and Looney Tunes short with Elmer/Bugs with the artist brush, and have him be in funny situations, like being forced to be in bewteen the the windows, becoming the pet of a crazy old Cthulhu goddess with a dozen other “Petes,” and ending of course with the dream -fake out deal.

    • darkgloomie

      Given that the 4th wall of Housepets! is pretty solid (and seeing the uproar somebody [meaningful glance] started over its apparent breaking during last arc) I doubt that’s gonna happen anytime soon.

      It may, however, be material for a guest strip.

      • SilverZeo

        I kinda guess that, the problem is is to find an artist who read this comic, wants t follow my story without really getting paid for their work at a slight chance to have it be post…

        • darkgloomie

          you can always do it yourself. Nobody said it had to be good. It’s the thought that counts: nobody’s gonna complain for your efforts (though they may complain about the lack of Rick’s efforts, if it gets posted in a guest week).

          you could always post it on the forum, I’m sure there’s some section for fancomics/fanarts

          • SilverZeo

            I just plan to bring up his quota of awardance for him, and what a better why to do that to a cosmic, reality bending being by having him a cheap comic done by internet-nerds with too much free time on their hands. I mean, who does Pete think he is, Jousha from TWEWY?

  31. Faokryn

    OHMIGAWD YESH!

    These arcs are why I read this comic. I mean… not the ONLY reason, but a big part of it. *psyched firstpump*

  32. Shake

    *complain complain complain*

  33. R-One

    Anyone else notice that “heaven” seems to resemble Atlantis from the Star Gate: Atlantis series? Just had to throw that out there…

    Figures that Pete’s still messing with Joel/King – although ticking off Cerberus wouldn’t strike me as a good idea, lol. I predict a “look over there while I run away!” distraction coming up soon. XD

  34. gaboris

    Okay let me just make myself clear first. I don’ hate the where the story is going this IS your comic Rick… I just HATE Pete! DX
    But that’s just because my sense of justice is ridiculous and I CAN’T STAND if someone abuses his/her powers… so I’m sure I’ll go MAD while reading this strip, but boy oh BOY am I gonna enjoy it! So just keep up the great work. ;)

  35. CY_Law

    Cosmos’ “everything” directory, now come with “search” function. |D

    Anyway, lol can’t wait to see how Pete’s going to play god, or whatever xD

  36. cesarinthewhitedragon

    goodoomot, he’s gonna badly manhandle poor king again? D:

  37. Steve

    Too late to complain. The moment I saw Rick’s rendition of Cerberus, I started to enjoy this arc too much.

    • darkgloomie

      Really? I honestly am kinda missing the mane made of snakes and the serpentine tail, but that may be just me.

      • Zarvain

        Will, we can’t actually she what kind of tail (s)he has yet, so may yet have the serpent tail at least.

        Besides, drawing all those snakes for the mane would be kinda hard on the artist now wouldn’t it? =P

  38. Argent Stonecutter

    Not sure the new inking works so well with landscapes. Or at least cloudscapes with celestial cities.

    • Rick Griffin

      Well, it was a bit of a rush job. I’ve been trying to play with it where I can.

      • Mr. Random

        Looks pretty good to me. Of course, usually inking jobs do cuz I don’t ink my art all the time. I actually envy people who can ink without turning their piece of art into [expletive], you being one of the people I envy, Rick

  39. netherwolf

    Oh man,is that Cerberus on that last panel.Got to admit he looks awesome!So he’s the guardian of Joel’s faith..cool x3

    • darkgloomie

      She(apparently that Cerberus is a Cerbera) ’s probably the guardian of all fates…

  40. Shuma Jindivi

    ……the two additional heads of Cerberus grow out of his, or her shoulder? That looks a little odd, but otherwise I like where this is goning. Or supernatural contents in Housepets in general.

    And could someone tell me how to decide its gender……

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Eyelashes?

    • darkgloomie

      I didn’t decide anything, it’s just Dissension said “this particular Cerberus is female”(http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/04/25/three-good-reasons/comment-page-1/#comment-70410) so, burdened with the knowledge he could edit all my comments to make them say “Dissension is my mastah, I’m not worthy” (I know I would, and actually did [with concession of the poster, though]) I dare not go agaisnt what he says.

      • Rick Griffin

        Dude, I might be a little strict but I try not to be a jerk or anything

        • darkgloomie

          Haha, I was kidding xD Sorry, I thought it was kinda clear in my comment, but you can’t really carry the tone over the internet. I meant it in a joking way, since I doubt you or Dissension or whoever can edit the comments would actually go around and edit them to say “Rick/Dissension/whoever is my mastah, I’m not worthy” (though you’d have to admit it’d be lolworthy)

        • Keldor

          You see, Rick Griffin, unlike Pete the griffin, is not a jerk.

      • Mr. Random

        No offense but ur kinda overreacting. Dissension is a mod, and like most others I don’t think mods are too nice of people. There’s worse, MUCH worse, mods on other sites, those ones in particular delete your comments if you badmouth mods, kinda like you did here. Compared to them, dissension is reasonable. And I’m not trying to be a suck up, by the way

  41. Lupus

    While you’re there, give Daisy her ‘personality’ orb back.

  42. Salenstormwing

    Don’t mind me, I’m going to be over here, squeeing about Cerberus & the fact that Cerberus is about to clock Pete in his smarmy beak.

    • Dabber

      Seconded! Pete needs to be reminded he’s not as omnipotent as he thinks he is, and who better to do it than someone that can bite ‘im and yell at him at the same time? =) =) =)

  43. Roadrunner23

    lol It’s Epic Arc!

    • FuRrY321

      Your “L” Kirby is epic.
      And disturbing.

      And I agree!

  44. KnightPuppy

    Here’s how I see wednesday’s comic going speech wise:
    Pete: With no one around, I can use Joel’s orb to change his past so that fate was LEADING him to being a dog! It’s perfect, and no downside.

    Cerberus: You really think so, huh?

    Pete: Yeah, I…….crap.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Cerberus 1: Sounds like he’s got a plan.
      Cerberus 2: A man with a plan.
      Cerberus 3: I think it’s a bit half baked.
      Cerberus 1: Let’s ask him.
      Cerberus 2: Yes, lets.
      Cerberus 3: I’ll go along with that.
      Cerberus 1: Excuse me.
      Cerberus 2: That is to say, excuse us.
      Cerberus 3: Picky picky.
      Cerberus 2: Language matters!
      Cerberus 1: Here we go again.
      Cerberus 3: What do you mean by THAT, pray tell?
      Cerberus 2: Hey, he’s getting away!
      Cerberus 3: Idiots!
      Cerberus 1: It was your fault, if you hadn’t started…
      Cerberus 3: Middle was just being picky…
      Cerberus 2: *thump* *thump* ARGUE LATER!

      • FuRrY321

        If that’s really how a conversation would go between Cerberus’ heads… ugh.
        Frank, can I borrow your avatar for a moment?

        See, this is how I imagine Cerberus: A three-headed dog with one main personality. I’m thinking along the lines of a Pierson’s puppeteer.
        Though I don’t think Cerberus’ brain(s) is/are in a hump on its back… :P

        • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

          they probably have a hive mind mentality, where the two outer heads are subservient to the center head and all work towards the same goal.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Rule of Funny says they argue.

          • Electric Claw

            It would be funny, but Rick had said on dA that he didn’t want to do it because it’s been done too many times.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Bah. It’s not a cliche, it’s a classic!

        • Frank

          I’m pretty sure there’s a facepalming doggy somewhere. http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff500/fv00480.htm comes pretty close

          As for the hive-mind theory, if we follow Snowmon’s logic, each head is a separate consciousness, as happens with conjoined twins

  45. Hera Ledro

    I am predicting more Pete-King fun in the near future =D It’ll be nice to see them again.

    • Hera Ledro

      That being said, I -have- been wrong before.

  46. Clairvoyant Legacy

    Drama?!

    In MY Housepets!?

    It’s more likely than you think.

  47. Dogs Rule27

    So Pete is stealing someones fate….
    *Dramatic pause*
    DUH DUH DUUUHHH!!!!!

  48. Justice193

    I believe the saying “your life is in my hands” fits quite nicely here…

  49. Kenta

    …the second slide petes foot is back to front

  50. Naylorfan90

    This is gonna be awesome.

  51. FenixWong951

    I dont wanna tink to much about this…but , cerberus isnt the guardian of the hell?

    • Dissension

      See previous comments for adequate answers.

      • FenixWong951

        It still dont make sence…

        • darkgloomie

          How so?
          (also, link to previous answer to the query, in case you didn’t see it)
          http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/04/25/three-good-reasons/comment-page-1/#comment-70405

        • FenixWong951

          I mean that dont make sence cuz , cerberus just send the spirit of the dead people , sooooo, why is him in the fate room , was him just walking and said ”Head1: hey , isnt that pete the jerk? whats is he doing whit a fate orb , what do you tink boys , let feed him whit punch?” ‘Head2,3:yea , watever”?

          But I think that im think too much about this…

          • darkgloomie

            He doesn’t send no dead people, he’s supposed to guard the gates of the Underworld to prevent things from leaving.

            Possibly, that can apply to fates too.

            That, or the “heavens” is just a crude rationalisation of our mind since we can’t understand reality the same way “superior” beings like Pete and Cerberus can.

            All in all, though, Cerberus is a guardian. That’s her role in this strip, no matter what she’s guarding.

    • FenixWong951

      BTW , if is agains their rules to grave the fate of others…WHY THE HELL THE ROOM HAVE THE SEALING OPEN?!?!?!?!?…

      • Rick Griffin

        Because I think a bunch of locked doors in heaven sort of defeats the purpose

        • Argent Stonecutter

          PS: looks like Spirit Dragon got a cameo in Sunday’s “Sinfest”. :)

        • Frank

          Good point. Why lock doors in Heaven if everyone there is supposed to be a saint anyway?

          • Alphonse

            Because stuff like this (see comic) could happen. Just saying.

        • FenixWong951

          well , you dont have to put a bunch of lockers , you just have to do, emmm , i dont know , leave every fate in the hands of their owners?!?!?! (in the point of view as a character of the comic)
          buts a a point of view as the creator of the comic , maybe that way helps for some ”cosmic creatur VS mithyc creatur” jokes or more king personality development.

          but is your comic , do watever you want whit it , when i get the chanse to be god , i will do it may way…really , im thinking to much about this…

      • Aenbr

        Wahhhh! That word! You said it!! Does this mean we can actually say Hubba Eon Lu Lu?! (in reference to the place of course)

        • Rick Griffin

          It means that the censor is dumb and would censor the word ‘hello’ if I put it in. Don’t abuse it please.

          • Dr. Alex Horrible

            Well, do you want us to avoid using the word hell, for instance? Because I wouldn’t be using it out of context with the place, or as a swear word.

          • Dissension

            Guess what. “Don’t abuse it please” actually means you shouldn’t.

  52. Rayne

    Heaven? Orbs of fate? Cerberus? A highly powerful villan? A dragon to help the heroes? And love squares? Its like my JRPG dream!

    • FuRrY321

      Maybe somebody should make a Housepets! RPG. With Rick’s permission, of course.
      Though, it wouldn’t be a JRPG then. ^^;

      • Frank

        If you get someone to redraw all the characters in strict animé style, it would be!

        • tanglestalker909

          It doesn’t exactly have to be in an anime style. I’ve seen quite a bit of RPGs that were toony.

  53. Confuzzled

    I don’t get it , WHY does Pete want Joel so bad, so he can role play in his body as his “avatar” in their little D&D game? The idea of his fate being destroyed for some game of super beings is incredibly disturbing.

    • darkgloomie

      … Like you never abused the ability to completely control your characters in a game.

      To them, that’s what it is- a game. Sure, the pieces are sentient, but Pete (he’s Chaos, remember) doesn’t care and the Spirit Dragon (Order) is very mindful of what she does. The Kitsune, meanwhile, gets the popcorn and watches the soap-opera drama.

      Sure, it is disturbing, but not any less or more than you ordering your Lemmings to throw themselves off a cliff or asking your Sims to light fireplaces in a room without fire alarms and while seriously stressed- you can do that, they can do that, so they will.

      He wants Joel so bad so that he can play a direct role in the setting. ATM, it’s more like he’s stuck on the “Character Creation” screen, that’s bound to be annoying for anyone.

      • silverfang16

        So then The Kitsune would be…..neutrality?

        I must confess I have done such things to my sims, I can see the appeal for Pete. -_-

        • darkgloomie

          At least, that’s what I believe those three represent- they act like the three axis of alignment (to continue their D&D metaphors): Pete is a bit of a jerk and does anything for his own gain- that counts as chaotic as far as I’m concerned. The Kitsune is an arbiter and an observer- pretty neutral, isn’t it? As for Spirit Dragon… well, defining lawful isn’t easy to me but she does kinda fit there.

          Also, you aren’t normal if you haven’t done such things to your sims at least once. Heck, Dwarf Fortress is somewhat based around this concept! (Remember, Losing Is Fun!)

          • silverfang16

            Good theory, they do seem to fit. If this is further defined by the standards of something like DnD then it would be debatable whether Pete is chaotic or still somewhat lawful.

      • Thoth

        Nah. The point of the game is to keep them in-character and play the role. Having them do something out of character just to amuse yourself spoils the game – and is a bit pointless anyway.

    • Frank

      Probably for the same reason you wouldn’t throw out and start over an essay you’ve been working on for hours – even if it did need it.

  54. Salenstormwing

    Oh, hey, I just read the orb’s resting spot. I can’t believe I missed the fact that it’s “Joel’s” Fate orb-y thing. I must have been a bit too thrilled at seeing Cerbie show up.

    But hey, Pete’s a jerk and still trying to get King to be his avatar. WHAT A TWIST! (That was sarcasm. Pete’s really being a jerk this time.) Punch his lights out, Cerbie!

  55. MrMutt

    ooh… pretty cosmopolitan. It also is a bit troublesome that Pete is planning to affect Joel’s fate.

  56. FerreTrip

    Iiinteresting. This looks like it’s gonna be a pretty nifty arc–plus some (probably long-awaited) fan love by showing King again since his subjects know how long. Pete, you are a jerk.

    Though, about complaints–not many. Probably because I’m not noticing anything glaring about the new inking style and I’m too focused on “FATE” being all-caps like that and so prominent and…BIT.TRIPBIT.TRIPBIT.TRIP

    …Wait…*remembers what happens in BIT.TRIP FATE*…*danger senses start to tingle*…O_O UH-OH.

    (In other news, I’ve never seen Rick reply to so many comments on one comic! Cool! ^_^)

  57. CaptainPea

    Pete now has the voice of Benjamin Linus.

  58. Jennifer the Dark

    *nervously* Is King gonna be Joel again?

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      I think King certainly hopes so.

      • silverfang16

        I doubt it, why would Pete give him what he wants?

        • Dr. Alex Horrible

          That is some fridge logic right there.

          • silverfang16

            Yes, I’m a genius!

        • darkgloomie

          Joel: Hey! I’m back human! Yay!
          Pete: so can I now take King as Avatar?
          Joel: Of course! I’m not that mutt anymore, you can do whatever you want!

          and thus Joel is tricked into giving ownership of his body to Pete. It could happen.

          • silverfang16

            Good point actually! Pete has shown that he will use wordplay.

  59. microbuss

    oh dear there’s Cerebus/Fluffy behind him LOL I has the HP one as a plushie lol

  60. lucamaster

    i actually like were this is going, my birthday was 3 days ago and all i got was my hair pulled and smacked bymy sister, so it would be amazing to have my favorite character (King) in a new story as a constilation. please?

  61. lucamaster

    p.s. you never realy gave a good dodrope (2 legged) picture of pete’s lion legs b-4

    • Frank

      I think “bipedal” (2 footed) is the more common term

  62. KnightPUppy

    To be honest, I hope tarot(Spirit Dragon) finds out that kitsune’s watching what pete’s doing and kickss his gryphon BUTT!

    But, that’s my opinion.

    • silverfang16

      Seconded.

  63. WingedWolfGirl

    Pete.
    You…changed…his…Lower…section…uh, must…not…complain…

    Oh Look, Cerberus! YAY!!! :D

  64. Readasaur

    Riiiiiiiiiick…
    Some of us really don’t enjoy the Pete parts.
    Some of us just want the Slice of Life shenanigans from before you added the magic and Transformations.
    Some of us REALLY DON’T LIKE THE CREEPY GRIFFIN, RICK.
    He is CREEPY! He is the Uncle-offering-you-candy-little-girl creepy! He is guy-trying-to-lure-you-into-his-van creepy! He is brain-raping-fate-stealing-body-twisting CREEPY.
    I just want him GONE and King turned back into Joel.
    I shudder every time he enters this comic because each and every time he does, he does something really disturbing.
    PLEASE just wrap this up.

    On a related note, and as my commentary on the above comic: I hope Cerberus rips off the parts which qualify Pete as a Griffin. His choice to which half. <3

    • Argent Stonecutter

      But without Pete there would be no King!

      • Z24

        The Game confuses me…

        • Argent Stonecutter

          It’s simple. When you think of the game, you win because you’re not playing it.

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      I don’t think those descriptions of levels of creepy are appropriate for the PG rating of this comic.

      • Readasaur

        I apologize for my harsh choice of words.

    • Shaex

      who cares if pete’s in it, this comic is amazing

    • Foxstar

      The complaints dept is —————–> that way.

      • Frank

        Rick kinda invited the complaint department over with the alt text

        • Readasaur

          Thank you.

    • silverfang16

      I like these parts…..

      • Elwood Blutarsky

        As do I, it’s one of the comic’s only ongoing storylines and the “what will happen” factor gets racheted up for these. Look at all the comments!

        Plus every work of fiction needs a little wild action and this fits that well in ways the other characters can’t. (ex. Fido’s a cop but not exactly the wild “jump a flamming Camaro over a semi while shooting at the bad guys” kind.)

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Does Fido even have a driver’s license?

          • Elwood Blutarsky

            I’d assume not. I also don’t think he has firearms training which just backs up he’s not that type of cop. He plays by the rules.

    • Rick Griffin

      Well, perhaps you’ll get the best of both worlds once this arc gets up to speed. Just saying.

      • Readasaur

        No I won’t.
        Because you aren’t foolish enough to meet my criteria.
        Because for me, the ‘best of both worlds’ is King being restored to human form, and Pete being horribly punished.
        You won’t have something too horrible happen to Pete because he’s the most dangerous antagonist this strip has, and part of a huge overarching story line. (I presume)
        You won’t change King back into his human form because your entire fandom wants to have his p o uppies.
        But it’s fine.
        I’ve vented my venom for this month, and I’ll quietly sit back and let you do your thing.
        Let’s just agree that if you outright dare me to voice my complaints, I’m going to voice them.
        And I intend to be just as insufferably whiny next time you do.

        • Leitrean

          this is either sarcasm or trolling, i can’t decide which

          • Readasaur

            Neither, actually.
            But don’t worry, I’m sincere in my promise to keep my mouth shut from here on out.

  65. Z24

    What? Will he change him back to Joel in the middle of the K9 police? That would be crazy…

    • Shaex

      and an entertaining arc

  66. silverfang16

    PETE! So help you if you touch King and I can magically enter the comic!

  67. Rider098

    I see alot of debate over the mythology of this talking pet animal universe comic. I find it amusing! XD

    BUT I think the real question we all should be asking IS…

    Wouldn’t that spiked collar hurt for Cerberus? Think about it… ouch.

    Just messing with ya Rick! Looking forward to more Cosmos D&D shenanigans.

  68. Espemon333

    I’d LOVE to complain about your comic, Rick, really, I would, but I just don’t have it in me. I mean, it’s PETE!

  69. flintfang

    I see Pete, This means that we’ll be seeing more from King?

    • kimba

      i hope so!!!

  70. mathgrant

    Is that orb supposed to represent Joel’s fate?

    Nooooooooo! Not messing with people’s fate! D=

  71. Gabu

    Pete is so cute! I love him.

  72. Stryde

    Complain?

    NEVER!

    These are my favorites. :O The ones I eagerly get up bright and early to read every MWF.(Not that I don’t love the rest of your webcomic too.)

  73. Stryde

    Oh, so now, I’m trying to imagine how cereberus talks.

    Do the heads take turns?

    Do they all talk at once, but mysteriously sound like one voice?

    Do they all talk at once and sound like a clamor?

    Do the mouths never move for speech, but you hear them anyway?

    :O So many choices!

  74. zzz

    Reminds me of Harry Potter. Lol.

  75. Firewolf

    Cerberus, a girl? Oh crud. =( Have you played Age of Mythology? Cerberus is a hulk of near brainless meat and teeth, and now it’s all fluffy! XP

  76. Hoheh

    And then Cerberus gave Pete a working over.

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      There was much rejoicing

      • Zarvain

        HURAH! Orange soda for everyone! XD

  77. Blaze

    Wait a minute… Joel…

    *checks cast page*

    THATS KING!

  78. MYichao

    Yay! I actually love these story arcs. Also, more King! :D

  79. darkgloomie

    You know, I’m almost rooting for Pete here. Not because he’s nice (he’s a jerk) or I like gryphons (I’m more for sea-monsters tbh) or I’m fascinated by his being a jerk (which I am), but simply for the fact that everybody hates him for doing morally questionable things and tricking an ambigous character into being transformed into a cute dog.

    I bet half of you people wouldn’t mind him as much if he hadn’t been the reason King is around xP

    On the other hand, I think Pete would look SMASHING in leather pants.

    • Frank

      U&U – Pridelands crossover?

      • darkgloomie

        took me a second to get your comment xD.

        nah, I was talking about tropes. “leather pants” is the action of some people to rationalize the actions of villains simply because they’re pretty- something I’m doing, in a way. I refuse to call Pete evil on the grounds of what he did to King. A jerk? Sure, but not evil. To me he’s kind of that friend you’re not sure why you keep hanging around until he does something entartaining (usually at someone else’s expense) and makes you laugh.

        However, I’m not about to go on a tirade about how “oh, he burned the orphanage because he’s just a misunderstood soul, you see it reminded him of his hard childhood, also those orphans were jerks for not worshipping the ground he tread on”. I’m not that crazy.

  80. ~Xu-kitty

    Well, she’s got hips (ps; VA VA VOOOOOOOOOOOOM~ <3 ), so I'm guessing the three cuties up there is a girl.

  81. darkgloomie

    for a direct example, using Pridelands, even!
    housepetscomic.com/2010/04/02/solitudinem-faciunt-pacem-appellant/

    Peanut rationalized away Saso’s faults as him being a well-intentioned extremist, promptly forgetting about all the nasty stuff he did in canon, a fact which Tarot calls him on.

  82. darkgloomie

    ugh. This was supposed to be an answer to my previous comment. Darn mobile phone.

  83. Jitters

    yay more of this story plot :D i love pete!

  84. Indagare

    Does this mean King/Joel will get a better prize at the end of the game if Pete messes with his fate?

    • Stryde

      Are we thinking of the same Pete? o.O

      • Indagare

        The Great Kitsune is the one giving out the prize at the end, not Pete.

        • Thoth

          Why not? The Great Kitsune did seem to be encouraging him to play – although that is kind of awkward when you have no idea of what the rules or goals are.

  85. Leitrean

    As this comic is going to be locked from comments in 15 minutes, i just want to clarify that Cerberus is NOT female, Cerberus is a MALE 3 headed hell-hound that guards the gates of hades, the earrings do NOT in any way hint at a female gender, in fact in ancient times it was very common for men of high social raking to wear earrings.

    • Dissension

      The reason we say it’s female is that this particular one is female. Rick’s said so on the forums and FA.

      • Leitrean

        very well then i stand corrected

  86. Sonic Fox

    This comic has been one of the best things I look to on a daily basis. I’m glad to see Pete again, and can’t wait to see what that Cerberus is gonna do.

  87. leaffly

    Well… I think… Nah
    This is getting intersting :D

  88. BiblioMatsuri

    The burning question: Who or what is Joel?

    • Indagare

      Joel is a human who was turned into the corgi King. See arcs 19. A Sinister Shadow and 27. It’s A Wonderful Dog’s Life for more details.

  89. Mr. Random

    Pete steals someone’s fate. I’ll steal pete’s fate. Just for the fun of it.

    And I look forward to seeing Cerberus wallop Pete across his smart alec face. Triple headbutt, go!!!!

    They don’t call me Mr. Random for nothing :P

  90. Ananimous

    Just saying……. Cerberus is awfully buff for a woman…. And HOW can Pete punch a girl/woman? As a gentleman, I would never punch a woman, or ANYONE at that…. Or without good reason. And another thing, WHY does Pete want to kill King/Joel???