Enters The Hero, Take III
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  1. Ryufire

    That was close nice save Fox!

    • Frank

      It’s the Fox we know and love!

      • Valerio

        Yush! *nods savagely*

      • JokkePokke

        I wonder how he’ll take it if… no, when he find out who King really is… Considering they’re so good friends now, and how much he like him, I wonder if he’ll ever be able to forgive him?

        • JokkePokke

          Btw, I also wonder how little King managed to break free from that huge Russian dog’s grip…

          (I dunno why I think he’s Russian, he just looks so… Yeah, I dunno..)

          • Frank

            a) He got distracted by the throw
            b) His name is Boris

          • Zarvain

            And in the relms of comics and cartoons, that name holds certain power….just not the kind you want for/on you. =P

            Irl probably much cooler name around place of origin, after all why else would anyone name their kid that?

          • JokkePokke

            ‘Cause they’re screwed in their heads most likely, it’s the ugliest name I’ve ever heard… I think Mikhail is a cool Russian name

  2. Exulen

    Boy will he ever be surpised when he finds out why King needs it

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      If he finds out.

      • AuvaAkita

        Judging by the look on his face…….i’d say he already does.

        • cesarinthewhitedragon

          I agree, he already suspects.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          I don’t think he suspects the truth… the truth is too weird for anyone to suspect. He suspects SOME relationship between King and Joel, though, and I think he doesn’t want to know more than that.

          • NykVerien

            He probably figures that King was once a pet of Joel’s and the watch was a gift to King from Joel.

          • AuvaAkita

            Yes, that’s probably right.
            (i can’t think straight when i’m tired xp)

          • Gabi

            Yes, I was thinking exactly what NykVerien said.

        • Frank

          This is like saying Mrs. Incredible knew the truth all along

          • Alphonse

            Ohha, it is funny because it is a joke.

  3. leaffly

    Omg YAY!! FOX YOUR AWSOME!!!

  4. Yehoshua

    YAY FOX!!! (one of my favorite chars)

  5. ShikaStar

    AWE! :33 Fox Saved the day :) And Bino be getting what he deserves!

    • leaffly

      Wwwweellll he going to get what he deserves.

    • Valerio

      as long as it’s painful, it makes me even the merrier

      • leaffly

        I wonder whats the worst they would do to him. More less keeping it PG

        • darkgloomie

          “You’d be surprised what you can live through.”

          Ipse dixit Jafar

          • Argent Stonecutter

            “When in doubt, hurt the bird.” — Disney’s bible for the “Aladdin” TV series.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          “Is any part of Bino’s body non-functional?” — King, last time.

      • The Wolf Kin

        Three of Bino’s body parts must be inoperable. I believe that’s the standard fare when it comes to messing with King.

        • Yehoshua

          That was just when a box full of catnip asploded in his face, I think this requires at least 5 inoperable body parts, I say mouth, stomach, brain, chest and everywhere from the waist down.

          • The Wolf Kin

            Hmm. True. 5 may be more appropriate to the situation. It is a fair bit worse that a catnip bomb.

          • Yehoshua

            Yeah, and the bomb was only because his name was King.

          • Snowmon

            Not the brain. Can’t make something inoperable if it is already.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            @Snowman: Just what I was about to say!

        • Valerio

          assuming there IS a brain at all!

          • Lenn

            You know, I like Fox. A lot. But until he stands up for Peanut and stops picking on him along with Bino, I’ll never being able to think he’s not either a coward or a tool.
            I’d like to think that King is helping him grow, though.

          • Lenn

            And i have no idea why that became a reply post. It was supposed to be a regular one. Sorry about that.

          • Valerio

            So far, Fox has been friend with bino (for unknown reason), and the cat-loving taboo must be very strong. That made easier for Fox to stick with Bino on picking on Peanut (although, by word of Bino, Fox must have tried to convince him not to give peanut the torment)…
            Well, now things may really change. It’s the second time Fox physically hurts Bino for tormenting King, so you’re right, lenn, King too is helping Fox grow up a bit.

  6. psychoJoker36

    I almost think Fox may have figured it out

    • T-Squared

      Hmm… that’s a good point! :D

      And Joel/King might actually be nice to Fox, should King decide to transform back into Joel.

      • psychoJoker36

        King will realise that this life is much more worth living, and go into an epic FINAL BATTLE with Pete over the sanctity of his soul

        • T-Squared

          DUN DUN DUNNNNNNN!

          TONIGHT, AT THE HEAVENLY COLOSSEUM, WATCH JOEL LITERALLY FIGHT FOR HIS LIFE AGAINST PETE, THE GUARDING GRYPHON!

          BE THERE AT 8:34 THIS SUNDAY NIGHT! TICKETS ARE SECOND COME, FIRST SERVE. WE ACCEPT ALL FORMS OF CASH, CREDIT, DEBIT, C.O.D.’S, TRAVELER’S CHEQUES, AND ALL NON-PROFIT DONATIONS!

          • psychoJoker36

            Omega Colosseum is not responsible for any injuries received upon your mind, body, or soul. Omega Colosseum would also like to disclaim Michael Vick’s ever association with OmegaCo.

        • Firewolf

          By George I think he’s got it :D

  7. Valerio

    FOX IS TOTAL AWESOME!
    Also, HAH! I knew he’d save the day! Good friends will be good friends :D

    • The Wolf Kin

      Yep. And that is why Fox is awesome.

      • Daggy

        I agree with this sentiment. That is all.

    • silverfang16

      Fox has completely redeemed himself this comic. ^_^

      • Dissension

        What did he do that required redemption?

        • Valerio

          agree. Fox had all reasons to be angry, at first. What matters is that he set his priorites straight.

        • Frank

          Not support king?

          • Valerio

            I highly support King, but truth be told, at the moment Fox was rightfully angry. BUT, now that i think about it, he was WRONG in letting Bino almost smash the watch.
            in the end, King must be thankful to Sabrina… :(

          • Frank

            I should’ve been clearer:
            “What did [Fox] do that required redemption?” Not support King

        • silverfang16

          Nothing really, I actually think he was showing how much he cares for King.

  8. Dissension

    <3 Fox

    • Argent Stonecutter

      I thought you liked Bino… Fox is about to get medieval on at least three body parts!

      • Valerio

        Fox awesomeness outrules!

  9. IceKitsune

    Ah way to go Fox! What a great friend. Now I have to wonder what will happen on Friday that should be very interesting. I’m still hoping to see or learn about what happened to Pete.

    • psychoJoker36

      Pete got to take a trip to the Suprenatural Maul!!!

    • IceKitsune

      Also truth be told I’m getting the feeling no one truly likes Bino they just kind of tolerate him.

    • The almighty 404

      Uh-oh. I think that Pete has found his avatar. After that, Bino will want to mess King up even more, and Pete will make a deal with him about that. And that’ll be a bad sign. For everyone involved.

      • Frank

        If Pete really wants to get back on King, He’ll make Fox his avatar – simply because that would upset King the most

        • Valerio

          Pete could try to, it’s in his style, but it also appears that the game doesn’t allow such choices out of petty vengeances. The Game Master wouldn’t allow anything that violated the intrinsic benevolence rule, and getting Fox as avatar would be total breach of that rule.
          Also, Pete tends to be subtle in his own jerky way: he wouldn’t be so obvious.

        • The almighty 404

          Nah, Fox is already one of the Great Kitsune’s avatars/NPC’s. He’s spoken for. And I don’t think he can go and right out possess anyone, they have to agree to it first.

          • The almighty 404

            Well, at least the Fox is under the Great Kitsune’s protection/influence is my theory. Not a fact.

        • IceKitsune

          Well this would depend on what his punishment is, If it involves staying away from King that might also apply to his Avatar (either Heaven making that a requirement or Kitsune doing it him/her self) and that would put both Fox and Bino out of the running.

    • xhunterko

      In a random pet store:
      Pete (in parot form):*sqawk* Polly wants a cracker. *sqawk**

      • Frank

        That… would be hilarious

      • Nikola

        That would definitely be the best Pete moment yet. Maybe 2nd to his fancy “gaspar” snap.

      • Valerio

        you win an interent sir!

      • IceKitsune

        That is like one of the best Ideas ever.

  10. rtlstien

    The hunt is on! Signal the Fox!

    • Valerio

      You are win!

    • Ryufire

      On Dogs most wanted!

  11. xhunterko

    And running FAST!

    • Ryufire

      Very fast!

    • WingedWolfGirl

      Always with the running. :3

      • Maikeru

        Alonze! (total fail spelling but i hope you know what im trying to say)

        • Frank

          “Allons-y”?

          • Asuterisuku

            Which is two things, really: One, it’s French for “follow me,” or “we go there.” Two, it was the David Tennant as The Tenth Doctor’s catchphrase. I miss it. Geronimo just doesn’t have the same impact.

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            Geronimo can have a pretty big impact if the jumper forgot his parachute.
            *rim-shot*

    • Valerio

      run, Bino, run!
      And never come back…

      • xhunterko

        Then who’ll be our chew toy?

  12. The Wolf Kin

    Fox, my respect for you has gone up by a lot. I knew there was a reason you were one of my favourite characters. Also, the final panel is hilarious. At least you gave him a running start.

    It will be interesting to see the repercussions of this page. Interesting and a bit nerve-wracking.

    • The Wolf Kin

      But I think panel 5 says the most of all the panels, in terms of the level of emotion. The faces say it all without the need for text.

      • Viath

        very true.

      • Valerio

        absolutely right.
        Best King and Fox moment EVER so far. This is where a friendship matters

        • Viath

          “a picture is worth a thousand words”
          Panel 5 and 6 definitely!

        • The Wolf Kin

          Indeed it is. I’m just glad the friendship held up. If Fox and King had stopped being friends, I think many of use would have been greatly saddened.

          But good friendships surpass all obstacles, we hope.

  13. Valerio

    now, to make this absolutely perfect, Sabrina should have a nice discussion with Fido…

  14. T-Squared

    *GASP*
    *DOUBLE GASP*
    *TRIPLE GASP*
    *fart*

    FOX?! *jaw drops to the floor*

    • Valerio

      Yah, and in yo’ face, Bino! (I mean Fox’s PAUNCH!)

      • megaman64

        all of a sudden I got a picture of Fox doing a Falcon Punch on Bino in my head. Wonder why? lol

        • Valerio

          because it’s sooo sweet to imagine. ;)

          • Frank

            And now we’ll probably never see it

  15. 2MK

    The first panel should have this:
    http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BigNo

  16. Aleyx

    That was nice.

    • Aleyx

      Applying to the comic above, not post, and no sarcasm intended. Crummy timing…

      • Frank

        The … comic is a crummy thing?

        • LordWorpeltinger

          no the timing was crummy

  17. T-Squared

    Oh yeah, if/when King decides to transform back into Joel:

    *Cue glowing light from King*
    *King levitates into the air*
    *A ring of sparkles sweeps him from top to bottom, with sparkles flaking off of King to reveal his human form. (CLOTHED. Remember, this is PG stuff!)*

    • Yehoshua

      Well, when Pete transformed King, we didn’t see King’s clothes, they just dissapeared, maybe they became part of him and when he transforms back (and face it, he totally will, just not in this arc) the cloths will sepperate from him.

    • Viath

      When he transformed into King, the clothes disappeared so I think it would be safe to assume if he ever were to transfer back, he would just reappear in the prison clothes he was in.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Pity. Nothing’s cuter than a small dog in big clothes, except maybe a kitten in big clothes.

        • Yehoshua

          Nah, a kitten in big clothes just looks wierd, how about a hamster in big clothes? :)

          (hey we havn’t seen hamsters yet in Housepets!)

    • psychoJoker36

      “Ah, Reclaimer, you have arrived”

      • Frank

        I thought he was referencing Beauty and the Beast

        • T-Squared

          Actually, it’s more a reference to “Spirited Away”.

      • zeroslash

        Is that a reference to Halo?

        • psychoJoker36

          Yes, yes it is

    • darkgloomie

      I wonder why, but now I imagine King having some scene like the one at the end of the first PMD game (to wit: player character vanishes in ball of light after saving the world to go back human, his pokemon friends cry his disappearance with your partner being the loudest, and then! You decide to come back.)

  18. Snowmon

    Run, run, run,
    As fast as you can!
    You can’t catch me,
    I’m not Bino, git’m.

  19. Viath

    i thought Fox might be the one to catch it. nice one!
    I really like the expressions in this comic, they say much more than words ever could.
    Also, I think we have our answer for why Fido didn’t beat up Bino already: so Fox can do it! :)

  20. Sirus

    Gotta love how that worked out. But does fox know? I think that it may be fox realizing that after how far king is going to get that for whatever reason king really wanting that watch and that it may never help him find joel (of course remembering that fox is spiritually unaware as far as the cosmic D&D is concerned).

    • Snowmon

      I think that Fox knows “something”, but not necessarily what. After all, Fox and King had that fight earlier (about Joel kidnapping Fox and Joel’s watch being important to King for some strange reason (to Fox’s eyes)), this was them making up. Just like Viath said above your comment. The expressions (and actions) can really say a lot more than words.

      • Valerio

        this^^

      • Severedevil

        Fox probably believes that King was once Joel’s pet.

        • silverfang16

          I would go with this theory.

        • Snowmon

          I would go with that too, IF it weren’t for this…
          http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/05/27/im-never-going-to-understand-humans/
          On the other hand, Fox may not know about that either…

          Man, I’m so impartially conflicting.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            I think King-as-King is probably too young a dog (Fido refers to him as a ‘pup’) to have been an adult human’s childhood pet.

          • Snowmon

            @Argent Stonecutter
            I’m sorry, you’re right King is too young to be a pet from back then (especially since most pure-breed pets live for only a decade.). But you’re also wrong. If he was traumatized as a child (like that scene), shouldn’t it stand to reason that he wouldn’t have a pet of his own as an adult? (Not to mention he was a member of PETA. It’d be redundant.) So King couldn’t have ever been his pet.

            All Fox really knows is that King has some kind of connection to Joel (or at least his watch). Only Rick could know what Fox thinks that connection is. That is something that we all can agree with at least.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Housepets dogs are longer lived than that. But King is apparently young enough to be considered a “pup”.

            We don’t know what he did before he joined PETA, except that he couldn’t pass a background check for other animal support organizations… but we know he didn’t really understand what PETA was about, and he didn’t seem a “hardcore” PETA type.

            And we know more about his background than Fox does, so I don’t think King having been Joel’s pet is something that would surprise Fox.

          • Snowmon

            While again that’s all true, 1)Fox did know that he was part of PETA. Fox didn’t know that Joel didn’t know. Only the K-9 Unit actually heard that part. 2) The entire goal of PETA was to liberate pets. They wouldn’t have let him join if he had a pet. 3) In the end it doesn’t really matter. Fox and King are friends again and that’s more important. As friends they need to trust each other. (especially since King can’t explain why.)

            That much is true too.

          • Snowmon

            Excuse me, In 1) I forgot to mentiont that Fox didn’t know about Joel not knowing about PETA’s goals.

        • IceKitsune

          Yeah he most likely thinks that or possible that one of his owners knew Joel in some way.

  21. The Moon Howler

    Absolutely epic safe of the watch from Fox, ladies and gentlemen!

    and Last panel is even more epic!

    • The Wolf Kin

      The “Smart boy” says it all.

      • Valerio

        nah, ‘why injuring you is not ground for expulsion?’ is! ;)

      • silverfang16

        Nah, if he were smart he would stop messing with King.

        • Frank

          smart ≠ intelligent

          • Valerio

            Bino = missing both

          • The Wolf Kin

            And Valerio is correct.

          • Dissension

            One’s opinion of a character has no bearing on said character’s intelligence.

          • Frank

            Maybe Rick should show him taking an IQ test

          • Valerio

            the test sheet burns spontaneosly. The test tools melt into a radoactive glop

          • Frank

            You know, that might explain Boris’ dog tag

          • Valerio

            And Fido has become so muscular after a long exposition to Bino.

  22. LegendaryHero

    King looks adorable in Panel 3, and I love Bino’s change in behavior since the last strip.

    Having Fido in this strip is just asking for it. Rick’s just waiting to see who’ll actually say it.

  23. SilverZeo

    …. well… that’s was deep moment…. but does this mean for King? He is still part of the game, and to ensure his fate he has to take of that watch till he dies?

    And as for Bino (grabs Sunday Newspaper and squirt bottle)

    • Valerio

      You know, much as I hate that stuff, i wish Jeff put the shock collar back on Bino!

      • SilverZeo

        How about putting him the Dog Whisper?

  24. Valerio

    nah, Joel should be really silly to go back to human, by now. he’s rebuilding a life as King, he’s discovering there’s still hope for him in this state -even with a jerk like Bino around!- he’s got a relly good friend and does his best to care for Sasha…
    As human, he’d be on the run (best option) or in prison (worst option). Wow, really a wise choice, Mr. Robinson…

    • Viath

      He is so much happier now than (at least we can guess that) he ever was as a human. Why would he change back?

      • Valerio

        the ONLY reason I could fathom is that in the end he may decide to get punishment for risking Fox life when he was PETA… But if he opted for that, I guess he’d first choose to tell Fox everything and ask him for forgiveness. he’d surely wouldn’t leave him without saying a word.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Well, there’s that whole shorter lifespan thing.

        • Valerio

          irrelevant, when you can live that shorter life at your fullest, with someone who’ll be there for you when you need him.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            I’m not so hot on the whole “I’d have been dead ten or fifteen years ago if it were me” thing.

        • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

          the lifespan of pets in this universe is longer than in ours. while still shorter than the human lifespan, it may be long enough that it’s better than life as a human with few connections in this world. plus, he could live a full pet lifespan and become human at the last minute and finish a human lifespan(unless he’d be old when he turns back)

          • Argent Stonecutter

            If Joel was twenty-something and they’re not doing weird age resets, then he’s looking at a shorter life expectancy. So that’s certainly one possible reason he might want to turn back.

          • Frank

            I though King as King was a pup?

          • Argent Stonecutter

            I can believe six impossible things before breakfast.

            No, seriously, I did speculate that he may be a pup, but that was just speculation based on one comment by Fido.

      • thropian

        judging by the amount of king fans I doubt ( at least hope) that rick keeps king as a more permanent character.

        • Nikola

          That’s exactly what I think. I don’t know what I’d do if rick turned king back into Joel

  25. Myichao

    Cuuuuuuute! I love those two. <3

    • Valerio

      who doesn’t? ;)

  26. Tormod

    *SQUEE*. (now that that’s over…) Fox. You are AMAZING. Also, major kudos to you, Rick, for the variety of facial expressions. This arc, especially, has been nothing but fantastic emotive illustrating, and it’s further enhanced my love for King’s character. Once again, thank you for making my night.

  27. Fulano

    Just a thought, that watch survived a fall from heaven. I think it would have probably been alright.

    • Valerio

      It’s magic! We saw it ‘fall’…perhaps, instead, we saw the planes overlapping like when we just walk and don’t run from a door to another.
      Cuz if we applied raw physics, the watch should’ve burned in the atmospheric reentry AND kill King at the impact.

      • kingisawsome

        this is also a comic. in comics and TV shows anything can happen, because it’s not real.

      • phantom of time

        oka @ Valerio yes the watch would have burned up on reentry. but it would not have killed king on impact its impossible becuase of air resistance, and becuase an object can’t fall faster or slower then 10 meters per second. sorry if it sounds a bit brainy but i couldnt help my self

  28. Roadrunner23

    Fox seems that he know about secret of King…
    I guess he listened to it by someone

    • Valerio

      if he knows, he’s making the best of that knowledge.
      There is hope.

  29. Elwood Blutarsky

    Lee Majors is disappointed about the Alt-Text. He might jump an open drawbridge or tarzan from a vine but in the end he’s still the unknown stuntman who’s show is too obscure to referenced in this line.

    (I bought the first season of that show on DVD, pretty good although all the big stunts in the opening credits are stock footage from various 70s flicks.)

  30. Alphonse

    NOW for a sentimental scene, eh?
    I await.

  31. Tgpd

    The am i dead yet expression in panel three is epic

    • Valerio

      Panel five’s beats ‘em all.

  32. Firewolf

    Way to go King, that’s the way to take fate into your own hands! *brick’d*

    • Valerio

      *adds ton o’ bricks*

      • Tendo

        *uses bricks to build a wall while whistling*

        • Yehoshua

          *tears down walls* those things are evil!

          • Frank

            Um, mods?

          • Nikola

            No, walls

          • Dissension

            This isn’t the place for role playing; check out the forums if you’re into that! *giggles*

  33. FoxWolf

    My favourite character just saved the day . . . I approve of this comic! (Eighties era thumbs up)
    \And doesn’t anyone else get the impression that Fox knows somehow knows something?

    • Valerio

      whatever he suspects, even if it reached getting close to the Game, it’s obvious he values his friendship with King over his rancors with Joel.
      And that whatever he thinks, he’ll never point a finger at King in front of anyone else. If he’ll say something to King, it will be in private.

    • gaboris

      I wouldn’t say he knows that he’s friend is a human turned to a dog, but MAYBE he thinks they have a connection. :)

    • Frank

      “eighties era”? Has the thumbsup really become only this: http://www.abominable.cc/2011/05/11/brand-loyalty/
      ?

  34. Vladimir Zharkov

    Slow mo “NOOOOOOOOOO!”

  35. Clairvoyant Legacy

    That awkward moment where you suspect your best friend was/is/is somehow connected to a dog napping, extremist.

  36. gaboris

    Awww this is so nice. Sorry can’t say too much more. :)
    … So what’s expulsion again? XD

    • thropian

      expulsion – to be removed from a group or area

  37. Gabu

    Now I kind of have a crush on Fido… Fox has broken even with my disappointment from earlier.

    • Valerio

      Fido should triple apologize to king, to say the least

      • silverfang16

        Not good enough.

        • Valerio

          yes, i’d throw in a ‘No Sabrina’ zone until the end of next season.

          • Frank

            But if Pete messes things up again, how will King find out?

          • Valerio

            By now, it can be safely expected that Pete will be incapacitated to mess up things for a while. He already was out of the Game until he found a proper avatar, instead he managed to meet the Heaven’s Tough Cop.
            Kitsune will keep a very strict eye on Pete, this time.

          • phantom of time

            @ valerio (lol agian) yah this is pete where talking about right he is kinda clever just cant pull anything of his tricks off. and Kitsune has been watching but he is only watching

  38. Keon

    And Fox with the save!!!

  39. silverfang16

    The friendship is back and Fox is about to hurt Bino very badly… happy day. :)

    • Valerio

      *dances*

      • Zarvain

        Yes, we all do the happy dance!

      • phantom of time

        i say that today be known as beat up Bino day

  40. Rider098

    Phew… I will be honest, I expected the worst! What with the arc title and the buildup.

    But honestly, what will King/Joel have to go through next?! From the get go he had to deal with ALOT of awkward things, from being turned into a dog to befriending a pet he kidnapped who nearly suffocated to HAVING HIS FATE IN JEOPARDY. I just know King/Joel will snap sooner or later with all of this craziness, and it will not be pretty! I realize he has issues with his past and all, but it only makes his story even more sad considering how he grew up and all the things happening to him now.

    …gah, probably taking this too seriously. It’ll be interesting to see what happens next. Let us hope this “prize” at the end of the Game is worth it, if King lasts that long!

    • Valerio

      The chances that King’s life turned out for the worst are increasingly growing slimmer. I can imagine a heart-to-heart between the two, but insofar everything leads to think that Fox will do what’s in his friend’s best interest. Knowing King, there will be a moment in which he’ll snap. he’s just like that, but not against the one he owe so much to.
      Against Fido? quite probably.

    • Nikola

      I think he’ll snap sooner rather than later too. Has anyone else realized that we rarely see his whole eye, because it is usually down to the iris because he is always nervous and paranoid. But i think the next time be snaps, it’ll be the last time, and they’ll finally demand answers.

  41. Valerio

    You know? the really most humiliating moment for King will be to go in front of Pete and admit with him that he was right, after all: he has learnt his lesson, even if the griffin didn’t transform Joel out of his kind heart… :?

  42. Pretzel

    Am I the only one who thinks that King looks kind of odd in Panel 7? It looks like he’s missing the lower half of his arms… *tilts head*

    • Valerio

      he’s just holding tight the watch while covering his crying eyes :(

      • Nikola

        Thank you Valerio, I also thought he looked a little armles.

      • Frank

        And he’s doing it like a Human

  43. Nia

    And at this point we’re gonna get some Fox/King shipping. Ladies and gents! To your pens and papers!

    • Erkhyan

      You’re several months late, you know that? This won’t start the shipping, it’ll just put some more nitro in its engine.

      • Frank

        There’s an engine?

        • NickCrotser

          The engine is more massive than people think.

          • Dissension

            Discussion of “shipping” isn’t really welcome… especially creepy ships.

          • Frank

            The Flying Dutchman?

  44. Evan

    I just read..

    the whole archive…

    …in 4 hours. Near midnight.

    Ow.

    And I was about to throw up when I saw Bino throw it.

    • Valerio

      welcome to the club

      • Viath

        I had a similar experience about two weeks ago when I discovered this comic too. Indeed, welcome to the club :)

        • Espemon333

          Same thing happened to me. Blew through the whole comic one Saturday during the first Guest Week. I remember my reaction, too. “Why isn’t the next button working??? Unless… NOOOOOOOO!!!” Good to see I’m not alone.

          • Sirus

            Now I’m feeling old, I came about a month before guest week. In Christmas break I binged like 5 comics… that was terrible.

  45. tbird000666

    This is why your name is FOX cuz your just as sly as one.

  46. AuvaAkita

    Oh my goodness, this brought a tear to my eye. The facial expressions are just…….spectacular. I LOVE THIS STORY!!!!! And now my thoughts on it. I believe that Fox has finally discovered that King is the Joel who tried to kidnap him so long ago. And right now, he’s just trying to put the pieces together, trying to decided on what he thinks about the situation.

    He had become friends with the one who tried to kidnap him……that’s alot to swallow in a couple of minutes.

    • Valerio

      no, at worst he’ll think King used to be Joel’s pet.
      At worst’s worst, he’ll be thinking that King scouted the territory to help Joel kidnap Fox. And that’s as far as Fox’s reasoning could go, since The Game would be really farfetched.
      And yes, so far in King and Fox’s friendship, this was the best moment ever.

      • AuvaAkita

        yeah, i realized that after posting this

  47. Darquirrin

    I really love this story arc and after some thought, I think Fox may have come to the conlusion not that Joel IS King but that King was owned by Joel or something along those line. I mean actually changing into a dog might be a bit far fetched but having been owned by Joel (prior to Pete or being otherwise involved with him) makes more. I could see Sasha being just as protective of something of her ‘fathers’ despite how he treats her.

    All in all, I’m not too sure I want to see Joel back. King is just so much better a character and it’s my opinion that Joel will probably accept the canine way of life if for no other reason than he has friends who REALLY care about King. Fox didn’t have to do anything but he proved at the end how much he cares for King. And I think that’s very important to the story and King’s further development.

    • AuvaAkita

      Yes, now that i think about it (which i can’t do very good when it’s really late), that is probably the better explanation. Since Fox has yet to learn about “The Game” and all the mystical stuff behind it, i’m sure Fox is thinking that King used to be Joel’s pet.

  48. Argent Stonecutter

    AHA! There are other dogs in there! Missing tags “neighbor dogs” in this strip and the previous one!

  49. YuMin28

    Owwww.. Cheer up King

  50. A random person

    Wow, so Bino was gonna get a punch in the face by Fox. That last part was an epic win.

  51. Will

    For some reason I can’t help but feel that this is bitter sweet. And how many body parts of Bino’s body will be made “inoperative” this time I wonder?

    • Valerio

      hopefully enough that next time Bino will think again and again and again and very again before buyllying King. ;)

      • Keldor

        I’m not sure that is even possible. Bino’s skull seems to be rather thick.

        • Valerio

          And his heart is made of granite

  52. Salenstormwing

    Yay! Fox saved the watch, made amends with King, and is about to beat Bino to a pulp.

    All round, good day.

  53. WingedWolfGirl

    Okay good, Fox saved the day!

  54. MenachemSchmuel

    Fox is like the best friend EVER.

    No, really, think about it. He’s so awesome that he’s one of the few who actually deserve the title of “bro.”

    • Valerio

      amen to that! :)
      All the more reason for King to hold dear to Fox.

    • Nikola

      ^^^I third this statement. Fox is amazing, even with king being the new guy, he made friends with him and pretty much abandoned bino. and he gave the watch back when they were fighting. Fox is definitely my second favorite character

    • Frank

      Fox is the epitome of loyalty (though I think that’s been said already)

    • Viath

      Fox confuses me a little. We all love him for the reasons said here, but why is he still hanging out with Bino?
      Either way, I completely agree with what is being said, I like Fox more and more each time we see him.

      • thropian

        he hangs out with Bino to watch over him and (occasionally) deal out some punishment

  55. Timmie

    I think Fox will find out about King. I do not think Fox will leave King, they became quite close. It’s a concept called forgiveness.

  56. Frank

    And we still don’t know what the watch actually does— or if it does anything at all!

    • Indagare

      You’re assuming the watch/fate is anything more than a McGuffin.

      • Frank

        It’s a McGriffin!

        • Valerio

          *facepawlms*

  57. Whitekitsune

    Ah, friendship~
    Not much else to say there, heheh. And while it doesn’t bother me or anything, I’m kind of surprised that with how nitpicky everyone is, no one has pointed out that King’s footpads are black now when they used to be pink. hehehe.

    • AuvaAkita

      When were they ever pink?

    • Nikola

      He’s right. Here’s just one example

      http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/08/25/actually-nevermind/

      • AuvaAkita

        Hmm, interesting. Well i don’t pay too much attention to those kind of things. I just focus more on the story and what’s going on.

        • Keldor

          Looks to me that his feet are white with black pads in both cases. The pinkish hue is just from the lighting.

          • Nohbody

            Also, the alt text said that Rick was experimenting with coloring, which may have had an effect on things.

            (Granted, bubblegum pink->black isn’t exactly a subtle change…)

          • phantom of time

            id like to see some ont take black and use only lighting to turn black to pink

      • phantom of time

        oh you wanted the restroom

  58. Mystery Ezekude

    :D Predictable!

    P.S. Pretend WHAT never happened? This incident or what happened earlier.

    • Frank

      If what happened earlier had never happened, this incident wouldn’t've happened either

    • Nikola

      Pretend that fox never kept the watch from king earlier, which means that he’s sorry and as far as I can tell, wants to be friends again.

      • Valerio

        amen to that.
        now I hope King gets the message. When he’s this upset he could really do/say something he may regret…

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Pretend that the whole “Joel’s Watch” thing never came up.

      • Valerio

        And pretend he didn’t just stand there, like Fido did, to watch the drama unfold without interventing

        • Mystery Ezekude

          XD Interesting answer. But I think I get it now. Thanks for pointing it out, Nikola. ;)

          • Nikola

            All in a days work for your friendly neighborhood Housepets! lover.

  59. Valerio

    oh heck.
    Reflecting on IceKitsune’s words in the forum, and judging by what Fox just said in panel 6…He *was* there all along, just like Fido.
    That would imply a last-moment change of heart… But could it justify Fox in KING’s Eyes?
    I have a bad feeling about this…oh, so bad… :(

    • IceKitsune

      I think of it like this while it was a last moment change of heart to help King and defy Bino at least he didn’t need to be told to do it like Fido was.

  60. huntersunday

    Fox saves the day yay

  61. Devilsnare35

    So what does he do with the watch?

  62. kingisawsome

    there is a difference in panel five and six. well more than one but the speech bubbles don’t count because that’s normal. it’s that King got fuzzier in the 6th panel

    • AuvaAkita

      It’s the way his ear is positioned, that’s what’s causing it..

  63. Leitrean

    fox just saved the life of his friend who is also the person who tried to kidnap him without knowing it but at the same time is slowly going through a change of heart…..

    OH THE IRONY

    • Alabaster

      Irony or poetic justice?

      • Leitrean

        Irony

  64. Immorale Punk

    Man, I was actually touched by this strip. King at least have one friend, Fox..I do not think people understand that Fox just threw away his hatred and such for Joel to do a good deed for King (who, by the looks of it, Fox suspects there is a link between the two)..
    Plus, King walking away, crying in joy and Fox even threatening Bino for what he did..

    • Immorale Punk

      And adding on as I forgot..I actually think King will find life much better as a dog than a human..Qualities and such in this world’s dogworld.
      Plus, I think, if this continues, wont be able to leave Fox at all, guilt and comeradeship will hold him…
      But that’s just my imagination and ideas! XP

      Gooo Fox!

      • Viath

        crying in joy? To me it felt more like he was crying in relief, the stress of all that had just happened finally catching up with him.
        I agree with your other statement, if King ever gets the choice I hope he realizes just how much better off he is now.

  65. Dogs eat Gods

    Anyone here remember the film Where Eagles Dare? (a clint eastwood et al film) I can just imagine that theme song to this layout. King is such the underdog you cant help but love his helplessness of situations he gets into.
    You know what I mean.
    There ought to be some clause for a severe punishment to Beno other that “I’ll take that as the signal for a running star” That pups got a big ego

  66. Cloudy

    Kiiiing. . . <33. . .

    also, I think this is my first time commenting here o. o

    I love HousePets! <33 always look forward to it every other weekday X3

    • thropian

      welcome to the forums (if this is your first post)
      and King is awesome

  67. Sharks

    My prediction: King decides to throw the watch out anyway, as he realizes that he is not the man whose fate he now holds in his paws.

    • Mystery Ezekude

      Well, there are two ways to get out of limbo and Sabrina had already mentioned them earlier! So we’ll find out which one he picks, won’t we!

      …Unless there’s an Option Three.

  68. Immortel Shadow

    I love Kings expression in panels one and three, it’s your classic movie moment to my perspective.

  69. Robin Bobcat

    Corgis.. not exactly known for their jumping ability…

  70. gekkokkid

    I hope Bino gets what he desserve.. a good tail kicking from fox

    • Valerio

      that, and a brand new shock collar >:(

  71. Nohbody

    You know, were I a pet in Babylon Gardens, I’d be thinking that Fox was being too generous in that last panel.

    Bino: I’ll take that as a signal for a running start.

    “It was.” *POW*

    And I don’t even have to put up with Bino every day. :P

    • Valerio

      From now on, I’ll root for Max torturing Bino as best as possible!
      And for Jeff to inflict punisment whenever he can!

    • Frank

      Ah, but how do you know that’s not what’s happening in the unseen Panel 9?

  72. Bob

    By that I think it wither means Fox really wants to pound Bino right now… I still can’t believe nice guys like Fido and Joey are related to a guy like Bino…

    • Valerio

      Fox’s friendship with Bino is a total mystery.
      Bino’s easiness on hys brother is a clear case of brotherly denial.

      • Valerio

        I meant, FIDO’s easiness

    • Frank

      Then you probably wouldn’t believe I’m related to my cousins

  73. Deezy

    Thats awesome! Fox came in to help King, the shot in panel 5 says it all. Well done Rick.

  74. Lance

    hehe, I agree with at least one poster above. <3 fox. =3

  75. Gabu

    Mmm Fido… the dark circle around his right eye is so cute, and he’s so masculine but so sweet…

  76. Z24

    Bino in Traction… Again,,,

    • Knightwolf1875

      I’m so with you on that. Full body traction.

      • Valerio

        And then Sasha breaks up with him.
        Sweet!

        • Leitrean

          sasha breaks up with him like every other week lol

          • Valerio

            breaks with him AFTER getting all his allowance money! :D

  77. DJ Nightfire

    ahh another happy ending.. King get away thinking he can avoid the game a little while longer., Bino is going to beating and still be a jerk and the griffon is in heaven jail (in a sense). Knowing that Fox may know something but willing to forgive and forget, give Fox some props. What left for king? well unless the griffon going to go after king again ( which probably at this point he probably do the smart thing and give up and find another avatar.) what else is there left for king? other to change his ways.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      next strip – king is tempted to mess with his fate, but doesn’t.

      • Jinxed

        Don’t spoil it!
        I now have no reason to wake up for another 2 weeks. (With the exception of Saturday @ 4pm, when I graduate).

  78. KJOokami

    The last four panels make me wanna hug King soooo bad.

    Especially the seventh panel, where he’s wiping his eyes, holding back tears. It’s just too adorable for me to take! XD

    • AuvaAkita

      Me too, i seriously wonder how King is going to handle all this emotion going around. So much has happened in just a short period of time, it’s not even funny.

      • Valerio

        Seconded! Right now, King needs badly some confort. Hope Fox or Sabrina can give that to him *hugs Kingy*

        • AuvaAkita

          Yeah, i wonder when King starts teling the truth, if he is going to just break down and start bawling, then start begging for Fox to forgive him.

          I’m not sure though, that’s just what i picture someone doing in this type of situation.

          • Valerio

            that will be an epic moment.
            I pray for Fox to be understanding. These two are MEANT to be great friends!

          • Leitrean

            great kitsune comes in and wipes everyone’s memory of this arc.

  79. Hoheh

    He needs to be less of a jerk, so the consequences of being a jerk occur less.

    • Valerio

      Like…asking the Sun to turn spontaneously off.

  80. wolfsangel

    not to be picky, but the wording on the last panel came off odd, idk why.

  81. Shaex

    Orange soda for celebration! And forgetting your worries for a short period of time. Very short.

  82. Blaze

    Ah, As all the Fox+King shippers rejoice… 0.o…

  83. Blaze

    Now that i think about it, this whole arc could’ve been called “Enter the hero”

    • Leitrean

      eeeeeh…i don’t see it.

    • Nikola

      Definitely, there was cerberus, sabrina, fox 1 time, sasha, joey, fido, and fox a second time. A lot of people helping out king.

  84. HVNSNTSOLDIER

    I think its time King told the truth, no better time than now, after what happened right? Sure their friendship boat may be rocked, but hey it has to be done. You can do it King! Drink some orange soda to calm your nerves if you have to lol!

    • phantom of time

      imagine if they had root beer then they would go crazy and i second that.

      • Valerio

        *imagines both sitting on the roof of Milton House, hugging each other’s shoulder, the other paw holding high a bottle, and both of them howling at the moon while bubbles burst all around their heads*
        GO FOR BUDDY FRIENDSHIP!

    • Nohbody

      Yeah, I’m sure Fox will be all understanding, instead of either a) ticked off beyond belief with King being Joel and/or King being dishonest with him (Fox) all this time, or b) being all “WTF?!” (“F” being “Fudge”, if that makes you feel better) about something that sounds like it’s from a fantasy movie.

      :P

      • Nohbody

        On second thought, the above was a bit more harsh than I intended. My apologies.

        Stripping away the harshness, while we the readers may be able to understand how King got where he is, other than Peanut, Tarot, and Sabrina there hasn’t been all that much evidence that the pets of Babylon Gardens (never mind the few owners we’ve seen) are open to considering fantasy scenarios like magic transformations and the like as entirely plausible.

  85. saintajax33

    Not knowing what is going to happen between Fox and King is making me tear up.

    • AuvaAkita

      This arc alone is making me tear up!

  86. anon_omis

    I just realized king and fox have the same eye color

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      we’ve discussed this before. the colors are slightly different.

      • anon_omis

        Well excuse me, but I forgot XP

  87. Tomas Aldrete

    Did fox land on king? I can’t tell

  88. AuvaAkita

    Panel 1: King is walking outside, trying to keep his emotions inside.
    Panel 2: Sabrina suddenly shows up all excited, seeing that King has his watch back.
    Panel 3: Sabrina notices King crying and tries to find out what’s wrong, but King just hand the watch over to her and walks away.
    Panel 4: Sabrina is left wondering what is wrong.

    This is just my thought on what might happen next.

  89. Dogs Rule27

    Nice

  90. Reima

    So, I stumbled upon this comic today and didn’t stop reading until I realized the “Next” button stopped working. All I have to say is wow. I’ve really enjoyed the read so far.
    Also, I really hope things go well for King, because he really has been drawing the short end of the stick…

    • leaffly

      Welcome to the Housepets :D where things can be very funny to very sad

      • Jinxed

        to really touching to D’AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

        • Reima

          Yeah, I’m pretty sure I’ve gone through the whole spectrum of emotions reading this comic. Which is more than I can say for any other comic I’ve read!

          • leaffly

            But you have to admit you have those moments where you just can’t stop reading one page because you love it so much.

          • Reima

            There were a few of those actually!

  91. Markus Wolf

    OMG Fox looks adorable in the fourth panel!!