End Of Year Three
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  1. Dissension

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  2. Ryufire

    Poor ol King! :P

    • Ryufire

      Year Three ends the journey continues!

  3. T-Squared

    YAY! Three years on the Internet! Way to go, Rick!

  4. Valerio

    Ok. Now, THAT was anticlimatic.

    • Viath

      anticlimactic? maybe, but that’s not how I’d put it. This comic gave us a lot of information we were only guessing about. This raises a lot of awesome implications.

      • Daggy

        Wasn’t precisely what I was expecting at all, but intriguing ending nonetheless.

      • Baconlady

        I will agree that this particular strip is somewhat of a disappointment–after all, absolutely nothing was accomplished except reasserting the idea that the watch will be retrieved by a servant of heaven–but I am rather excited to see what happens when the messenger arrives. I’m not exactly happy with the idea of Joel turning back into a human, but I’m excited to see how the tension between King and Fox is dissipated and how King comes to terms with his mistakes in his human life.

    • Rick Griffin

      It’s not anticlimax, it’s understatement!

      • neonsky

        OMG! I get what Anticlimactic means now! I never REALLY understood until now. :)

        • BlueAnubis

          For some odd reason, your avi goes perfectly with that. I just love having Daisy moments.

          • Yehoshua

            Has Daisy at any point said anything other than “Hi, I’m Daisy”?

          • gaboris

            Nope. :D

          • Jinxed

            Lol, I second this.

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      Seems like a good ending to me. It’s a cliffhanger that will cue even more discussion on the message boards.

    • Gaboris

      The what in the what now? O_o” It’s not that big of a deal ya know since… siiince… There are fireworks! :D
      Anyways this is a comic it doesn’t have to have a huge action scene or big revelation at the end of a story… and didn’ we talk about there’s still one last strip of this arc left on the last strip? Or was that the strip BEFORE the last strip I kinda lost count… This arc was said to be 18 strip long if I can remember right?

    • Frank

      Thunderstorms Explosions are anticimiatic?

    • xhunterko

      Okay. I think that you only think that it was anticlamitic becuase we all were (at least, a good portion of us) expecting someone else to grab the watch and have a big commotion and all. But, for Fox to actually step in and be a freind (Le gasp! ) and end the matter queitly, and then just let the matter drop between him and King, some of us felt let down. I for one, thought it perfect. Just my two cents.

      • Jinxed

        Me too. I hope the next arc (or next year?) shows Fox becoming closer with King, and maybe even a confession from King.

        • tbird000666

          hey a templar ITS TRACE YAY!!!

          • gaboris

            Templar? Where? O_o”

          • Mettlebird

            Woot! Fellow TwoKinds fans!!!

          • gaboris

            OOOooohhh… I’ll have to check that comic out sooner or later. XD

          • FuRrY321

            You mean you haven’t??
            *smacks gaboris on the nose*
            Bad! No cookie for you!

          • Dissension

            If you’d like to talk about other comics, why not hit up the forums? : )

          • Magnalicous

            “Kassard De Templari.”

          • gaboris

            @FuR: Au…that kinda hurt my sensitive sno… (NONONO!) Nose.

            @Dis: Forums? Nuuuu! Forums I do not like, but I’ll keep my mouth. >.<

        • Valerio

          completely agree!

        • Argent Stonecutter

          I’d like to see King get a wide circle of friends. Particularly among the folks who know about Pete.

  5. Spirit Studios 2010

    Happy b-day, Housepets!

    • Zarvain

      3 years old, that’s like 21 in dog years…TIME TO PARTY ALL NIGHT LOOOONG!

  6. Z24

    Happeh Anniversary man! :D

  7. IceKitsune

    Well that was an interesting ending to Year 3 and this Arc. Not what I expected (and I really still want to know what in the world happened to Pete exactly) but it was good none the less. Here’s to Year Four and Beyond!

  8. Thoth

    Well, that’s a possible benefit for him. It’s a wonder that Pete didn’t try claiming that as his “for his own good” justification for transforming him.

  9. Z24

    I don’t think we can comment on he musculature of the characters this time…

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      but look how buff that watch is.

      • WingedWolfGirl

        *FacePalms but laughs anyway.*

      • Hera Ledro

        The King chess piece looks especially ripped.

        • Yehoshua

          Naw man, the bed is was more buff.

          • Frank

            A leather bed?

          • Jinxed

            Not to mention the bed has an amazing tan!

          • Mettlebird

            Oh, and that lightning must work out eight days a week! (haha, Beatles reference)

        • Frank

          Don’t worry, we’ll repair it

      • Z24

        Look at those text bubbles! They’re so ripped they became squares!

  10. Nesath

    three years! that’s cool :3
    i hope king stay like a dog…

    • huntersunday

      I agree it not like he has much to return to as human

      • xhunterko

        We don’t know that for certain.

    • Valerio

      He gets Fox, he stays friend with Sasha and has hopes to improving even more.
      GO KING FTW!

  11. Alphonse

    And so it begins…

  12. netherwolf

    so there are more than one heavens,sweet.Dog heaven rlz

    • Gabi

      But that would mean that humans can’tbe with their pets in Heaven, wouldn’t it? :( What kind of Heaven is that?

      Also, I’m surprised I haven’t seen anyone mention “All dogs go to Heaven” here, but maybe someone did and I missed it.

      • Gabi

        Nevermind, someone already has.

  13. AvanWolf

    Congrats rick! :D

  14. NickCrotser

    Gotta love King, no matter what situation he is in.

  15. Tormod

    Does King’s expression mean he’s finally resigning to his fate? After all he’s been through, to have to wait even longer is tense enough. Excellent ambiance as always!

  16. Kondog

    I have to agree with Valerio that was rather anticlimactic but Grats on 3 years Rick.

  17. Will

    So what has happened to Joel/King has happened before? And what does she mean by “This isn’t a unprecedented but you weren’t exactly a paragon either” mean?
    Gah there’s so many questions about this…
    Congrats on 3 years Rick, and hope you get to see many many more from this comic you’ve made.

    • Viath

      a paragon is “a model or pattern of particular excellence”. I think what she means is this type of thing or maybe something similar has happened, but Joel may not have been able to get into Human heaven but might be able to get into Dog heaven. questions!

  18. Viath

    nice! Although this does raise many questions, it gives us a few bits of information we (or at least I) have been wondering about.
    p.s. King, pick dog heaven!
    p.p.s. Happy third birthdayanniversaryday Housepets!

  19. NickCrotser

    ALT TEXT: that’s not lightning, Karishad just got hold of some firecrackers.

  20. Daggy

    So confused, but the possibilities this leaves…

    You are phenomenal Rick. Congratulations on a strong three years! Sorry I missed most of them D:

  21. AuvaAkita

    No, it can’t be lightning, especially when it’s raining outside! XD

  22. Corodan

    I don’t think I quite get it. So, is he now stuck as a dog because he acted too late?

    Congrats on three years, Rick!

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      He has a choice and eventually he’ll make it. If he stays a dog he’ll very likely get into Heaven, if he goes back to being human he might not because of his past actions (we’re still not sure why he ended up in jail the first time). Either one has consequences.

      • thropian

        he ended up in jail because he kidnapped (or dognapped if you prefer) fox .

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Not the first time.

          PETA was the only animal rights group that would take him because he had a record. We don’t know why.

      • Valerio

        he was arrested after kidnapping Fox together with the one known as Fat PETA guy. During such occasion, fat guy almost killed Fox by suffocation.
        Then Joel was transformed into King by Pete, and astral-jumped away from the prison, but that also will surely warrant him an additional sentence for prison break.

        • Thoth

          Well, it might result in one, but it wouldn’t warrant it since he was not responsible for it.

          • Nikola

            Yes, but who would believe that a griffin came and teleported him out.

          • Valerio

            A judgewoman with a kid fan of Harry Potter

  23. leaffly

    Well… Now King or Joe has to pick a side. Which would he chose :o

    • xhunterko

      I choose you-*!

      • leaffly

        Ah ha ah ha! Funny :P

    • huntersunday

      the one with cookies!

    • Valerio

      the one with Fox!

    • The almighty 404

      The one with cookies AND Fox ! (pseudo-chocolate cookies, of course)

    • Argent Stonecutter

      If he gets to go to a heaven with doors that are portals, I’ll take the dog side.

      What about ferrets, though, do they go to heaven?

      • Valerio

        Do you REALLY want to know about ferret heaven?

        • The almighty 404

          I went there accidentally during a sugar high.

          …It’s shiny.

          • leaffly

            Oooooohhhhh ssshhhinnnyyy! Wait…. MY EYES!!!

            Ah furry heaven just Imagen it.

        • Argent Stonecutter


          • Valerio

            I don’t think any other soul could survive the experience -only Karishad’s idea of heaven could out-do the ferret heaven

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Cat heaven? That’d get crowded with all those lives piling up.
            Raccoon heaven? Racoons with thumbs?
            Hyena heaven?
            Dolphin heaven?

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            that last one would be full of world domination.

            and fish

  24. tbird000666

    poor king hope he get out of this

    • tbird000666

      as a dog

      • Valerio

        *nods savagely*

  25. Kohaku Wolflover

    I really want him to stay a dog. I hope he figures out how much better being a dog is soon :D Happy Anniversary Rick and Housepets!

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      Is it really better for him though? He lives with wolves, the food likely isn’t any good and he’s unemployed in a scenario where money would be a help.

      Of course if being canine is the only way into Heaven for him then as said previous “Join the Dog Side, they have biscuits.” A few sniffed butts is a fair tradeoff.

      • Valerio

        As a human, he’d be BOTH unemployed AND in prison, with an added sentence for prison break. Plus, he’d have a criminal record, and no friends save for the PETA fanatics.
        Anyone considered that, all in all (and yes, that would be irony big time) he could be adopted by Bill to live with awesome friend Fox?

        • Kohaku Wolflover

          I totally agree. No jail time, some allowance from the wolves, a good friend, and heaven sounds good to me. I think it’s a good exchange for some fleas, itchy hot fur in summer, and annoying dogs like Bino… well maybe Bino makes the choice hard lol

          • Elwood Blutarsky

            There’s also a much shorter lifespan in that deal but let’s be honest, it’s a non-factor in this strip (almost certain that won’t come into play).

      • The almighty 404

        Elwood, your “he lives with the wolves” comment combined with the fact that they seem to see him as one of their kids made me realize : he’s literally being raised by the wolves.

  26. xhunterko

    And what a way to end it! Wow. Also, poor King.

  27. Fuzzypaws

    Not an anticlimax, this is a fine way to end the arc, though yes I am super curious about Pete. :3

  28. Nikola

    Congratulations on 3 years Rick!!!! Way to go. And I hope king realizes that as a dog he has real friends, and a real life, and he’s much better off staying that way.

  29. 2MK

    Why is this reminds me of “All Dogs go to Heaven”?

    • Kohaku Wolflover

      The name of the arc is All Dogs for a reason

    • Kohaku Wolflover

      I meant Not All Dogs. That wasn’t supposed to be not all dogs go to heaven because Rick got the idea and was playing off the movie. I mean why not? It is a really good movie

      • Nikola

        It seems like arcs with king are usually named after movies. His first one was “It’s a wonderful dogs life”

  30. American_Otter

    oh my….

    uh, why is everyone saying this is not climatic?

    Good heavens the implications even in the boxes and the information digesting in my head makes this an awesome end to this arc, because, this means a lot and frankly can for the person involved, be scary.

    • Frank

      Because the climax was Bino’s attempt to smash the watch! This is the resolution / dénouement

  31. Authur

    …well, this also means he may or may not be on thin ice with Fox since he recognizes the name of a certain individual on the back of that watch. That, and I haven’t really seen him interact much with Peanut or Grape…like, barely at all.

    Plus, do you guys think this means that King is in “control” of his fate? I don’t think I’ve seen that question directly asked yet. Either that, or I’m a little unobservant.

  32. BlueAnubis

    Bwa ha! King’s expression in the last panel made me LSHIP a bit!

  33. Elwood Blutarsky

    Hard to believe it’s been another full year already. Congrats.

  34. FlintFang

    It would suck to get woken up by fireworks. you know then that you are missing out on blowing things up!

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      It’s just a thunderstrom.

      • Mystery Ezekude

        If you move your cursor over the comic, the alt text appears.

        • Elwood Blutarsky

          Thanks, I didn’t catch that until this morning.

        • Nikola

          I thought the alt text was sarcastic, because earlier it was raining, so that would make fireworks kind of hard to do.

          • Valerio

            you severly underestimate Karishad!

    • Cerveny

      there was a fellow a few weeks ago that would set off fireworks at 3am every morning around my home

  35. FlintFang

    Also, i’m confused. Why it this the end of the arc?

    • Kohaku Wolflover

      Probably the story will continue with a different name. I think mainly because the anniversary of the creation of Housepets

      • FlintFang

        *shrug* fair enough. thanks for clarifying

  36. YuMin28

    BooM !!!

    • huntersunday


      • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent


        • xhunterko


          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            well, I think that there is eminent for king if he doesn’t make his choice soon.

            to be more accurate though, I didn’t realize that both of those were sound effects from the strip and I was just rhyming.

  37. Cerveny

    my goodness. glad i dont have to catch up on three years of comics x3 think ill reread them tonight. con grats rick!

  38. Mystery Ezekude

    He still hasn’t made up his mind??? And why does she keep mentioning Heaven? I keep getting the uneasy impression that King will…

  39. Roadrunner23

    WOW… XD
    How’s it gonna be?

  40. cesarinthewhitedragon

    not all dogs go to heaven… clearly..

    so, he has to choose to stay a dog, or a human…
    also.. cute! doggie sized bed!

    • Frank

      Probably wolf cub -sized, considering his circumstances

  41. Duskyo

    My GAWD! I just understood the reference to “All Dogs Go to Heaven” X.x

  42. Gaboris

    Wait! What? Where? Who? Banana?(How did this get here?)
    Maybe it’s cuz I was doing yardwork, but I kinda lost the line PRETTY bad here…
    Okay so far as I DID get the point is King doesn’t know if he wants to be a human again or stay a dog forever? Yeah that IS a prob King.
    Sooo HP just turned 3 years old? … Then HAPPY BIRTHDAY from Hungary!!! Keep up the awesome work Rick! :D

  43. The Wolf Kin

    Come on King, embrace the dog side. You have friends on the dog side, no jail term to serve, biscuits, and awesome looking, themed accessories (collars).

    Plus, I think a lot of us would miss you a lot if you embraced your human fate.

    • Valerio


      • Viath


        • AuvaAkita


          • Nikola


          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            I agree as well.

    • huntersunday

      Yes stay a dog we will miss the cute!

      • Valerio

        there’s never enough of Kingy cuteness

    • Nohbody

      Plus fleas, various shots, Bino, being stuck with wearing a fur coat in summer… :P

      Seriously, though, some of the other responses to this post leave me feeling a little uneasy. Yeah, it’s just a webcomic and not real life, but not changing back just because some audience members prefer him as a dog? What about what Joel wants?

      • Viath

        If Joel wants to become human again and that is the way the comic goes, we can’t do anything about it. Some, including me, would like to see King remain a dog but if he returns to being a human, we can deal with ourselves.
        doesn’t mean we can’t voice an opinion now, though :)

      • Valerio

        1) ‘it’s just a comic’ is an argument one uses to kill off a conversation/discussion.
        2) In truth, Rick has mastered to give us a perfect example of balance between Joel’s original wish and the new prospects ahead of him. So nothing is decided.

        And sometimes, fandom’s opinion holds its weight, although the author is not supposed to bend passively to it, rather listen to it. If an author decided to ignore completely his fandom, then what use of comment spaces and forum?

  44. Firewolf

    Join us King, join the Dog side of Hea…….wait, if there’s a pooch heaven? Does that mean that there’s an evil side and possibly peoples worse than Pete? o.o

  45. Gabu

    C’mon! Be a dawg! Fox neeeeds you in his life forever!

    • Gabu

      I need you in my life forever, too!

      • Valerio

        We love you, dawg! Don’t be a wuss and stay with Fox

  46. WingedWolfGirl

    WOOT! 3 YEARS!!!
    *Does a dance* :D

    Okay so, all this time I would have advocated King changing back to Joel. But a free ride into heaven is a sweet deal …Go for it King? I’m not sure.

  47. Hera Ledro

    Absolutely amazing arc. Everything from the art (which was nigh flawless) to the story was as good as I could possibly expect, and this wrap-up solves as many things as it opens up for discussion! Spectacular job, Rick. I also hope you’ll keep the new ‘thicker’ art style.

    I’m intrigued by a lot of the options left. Of course we don’t know whether Fox knows King is Joel (he’s a smart dog though, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he did in fact deduce King’s identity from how hard King was working to get that watch), but we’re also unsure of exactly how this will affect Pete and his game with SD. One question that came up is:

    Which Heaven did Pete steal Joel’s fate from? I saw mythical/non-mythical creatures there, but that doesn’t seem like much of a basis to form a conclusion on which heaven it was from.

    • Nikola

      I thought about this too. But since his soul is still in limbo, maybe heaven hasn’t recognized him as a dog yet (so it would be in human heaven), and when he chooses to embrace either life, the clock will stay the same or change to the name king (and possibly move to dog heaven).

  48. Vlad the Cat

    I think did not get this strip… could someone explain ?

    • Ninja lurker


      Well, King obviously got his watch back. Now Sabrina? is explaining why he was in cosmic-horror trouble right now. In short, he needs to decide if he fully accepts or fully rejects being a dog, in order for [insert cosmic being here] to decide which heaven he will be judged by, the very lenient dog heaven or the human heaven that would likely send him the other way.

      But anyway. Happy birthday erryone! And many more to come!
      Yes, for Bino too. We need someone to hate so the fan artists have someone they can hit with a sledgehammer.

      • Vlad the Cat

        Oh i knew that ! I meant the boom bam sounda effects

  49. Fennec

    I dunno why King’d wanna go back to being human.

    • Valerio

      He’s got so much to lose if he goes back to ol’ stinkin Joel. And he’d lose his fans as well!

      • Reima

        Yeah, Joel was ugly; King is ADORABLE!
        And King as King has more room for depth than going back to being Joel.

        • The Wolf Kin

          King wasn’t just adorable, but also quite adorkable.

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      Ladies, cars and chocolate come to mind to name a few things. Granted in jail he’d have none of those anyway.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        But what about the charming young women?

        • The Wolf Kin

          They are very nice, I don’t know why they are used for swears.

          • Valerio

            Because humans are very rude and won’t say ’son of pretty cuddly doggy’

          • FuRrY321

            You make an excellent point, Valerio.

  50. Oren Otter

    A segregated Heaven doesn’t seem much like Heaven to me.

    • Frank

      Considering that the road leading up to his human fate orb had animals walking down it, I’m guessing it’s not segregated; It’s just the entrance methods that differ

    • Rick Griffin

      Not segregated, partitioned

      • IceKitsune

        So they can visit other Heavens, cool I wonder exactly how that works do they have to get permission or something? And how do they get to other Heavens do they like take a bus or something?

      • Argent Stonecutter

        exportfs /vol/humans humans.species,joel
        exportfs /vol/dogs dogs.species,wolves.species,king,coyotes.species
        exportfs /vol/dogs foxes.species

        • Valerio

          an internet’s off to you, sir!

      • Oren Otter

        I imagine that in a world like this, the bible might read “in Christ there is Jew nor Greek, male nor female, free nor slave, human nor dog.” Even partitioned, it just wouldn’t seem right.

        • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

          well, I think it would be like co-ed colleges. men and women are able to learn in the same place, but they don’t sleep in the same dorm rooms.

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            likewise, the different animals and humans can do everything together, but when they want privacy, they can hang out in a living area with just their own kind.

    • Dissension

      Who’d like to go to Hog Heaven & get some ribs, eh?

  51. Vlad the Cat

    mhm.. and what’s up with those boom sounds ?

    • FreakazoidVocaloid

      Lightning is always good for dramatic moments.

      • thropian

        Karishad got a hold of some fireworks

        see alt text.

        • Vlad the Cat

          I am never able see the alt, people know that already and i ask them to post it sometimes x3

    • Gabu

      he’s got the boom boom pow

      • FreakazoidVocaloid

        You, sir, are win. +1 internets to you.

        -goes to dig up Black-Eyed Peas songs-

  52. chess123mate

    Although I know it’s a comic, I’d like to point out that according to Christian belief, just because you do a bunch of bad things doesn’t guarantee you go to Hell. Likewise, doing a bunch of good things doesn’t mean you go to Heaven, either. It’s forgiveness by Jesus that makes the difference.
    My point being, even if he were to go back to human, that doesn’t have to guarantee that he cannot get into Heaven, theoretically.
    But this is a comic. It’s Rick’s rules, right? :)

    Having said this, I also think he’s better a dog =D [or at least, more fun of a character]

    • Viath

      We could go on a rather large religious discussion if we wanted to. However, I agree. this is just a comic, probably shouldn’t read too much into it.. However, might as well say: Rick is essentially the deity of this universe :)

    • Frank

      I don’t know. Redemption and Sacrifice just don’t sound as funny

  53. The almighty 404

    Boy, Fido sure does look muscular, even moreso than usual

  54. Valerio

    And let’s not forget one thing: Karishad is awesome too!

    • Nikola

      I hate to sound inexperienced, but who is karishad

    • Argent Stonecutter

      I still don’t get the Karishad thing. And the googles, they do nothing.

      • IceKitsune

        There isn’t anything to get really, Karishad is one of the Foxes in the Zoo who likes to play pranks and mess around. In real life he is a good friend of Ricks so he gets cameos and Mentions in the comic.

      • tanglestalker909

        The one thing goggles can do is nothing

        • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

          he said googles, he wasn’t referring to the goggles mentioned by Ranier Wolfcastle.

          • FuRrY321

            Well, if you’re being technical about it, I don’t think “googles” is a real word, as there is only one Google (but many copycats of it). However, “googols” might be, referring to the extremely large number that Google was named after.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            If you can win multiple internets, you can have multiple googles.

    • Kakurady

      It quite confuses me, I thought it was the watch doing the Krakooms. It is a metaphysical artifact so I thought it might uses thunder for alarms… turns out it’s just firecrackers. Huh.

  55. Cwain

    I love the way the eyes were on the last frame, he looks awe struck.

  56. JohntheTvman


  57. gagi

    ooo i have to agree … even more so than usual.

    o wait, I see what you did there :P

  58. DJ Nightfire

    And we come to the end of another year, and what is year it has been.. But I do like where the ending note of this year has brought us. and rather go all religious and bring unnecessary info into this. I do like how it is explain the paths of Heaven. Also how King is stuck again with another decision. It a classic case of the ‘grass is greener’. Joel now knowing more truth any human see that Heaven has a strict code for Human.. why? well there plenty of reasons for it but no need to bog down with the details. The point is that his chances of getting to heaven was slim as a human, and better as a dog cause heaven is more lenient to animals. So now he knowing heaven exist and his chance of eternal happiness is now force upon him since he got transformed. I see the watch in his paw as a way of choosing his own fate. And the end when he said “this sucks” I can feel for him cause it like he wanted to go back to human, but now seeing that he can gain entry to heaven as a pet.. it make it harder to go back, in fact the question becomes “why go back when we have to live by a stricter code?” This was a great way to end the year, showing the conflict that we have to deal with in our own live. I am beginning to like King alot, I just hope he does make the right decision and finally participate in the ‘game’ he been trying to avoid.. I am sure he would have fun.

    • AuvaAkita

      Wow, I totally understand this arc now!

    • Frank

      This comment is an English teacher’s dream: well thought-out, expresses things well, exactly as profound as it needs to be, and yet has so many things that need correcting

      • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

        indeed. I have to fight the urge to correct every time I read his posts.
        English teacher’s dream = grammar Nazi’s nightmare.

      • DJ Nightfire

        yea I am sorry, my grammar is horrible. I think the next time I post, I will be thoughtful of my grammar and check my post over several times before I submit it.

        • Dissension

          See, guys, it’s not really necessary to point out when someone’s grammar and spelling are not up to your standards. It only detracts from the fun atmosphere!

          • Frank

            Actually, I was complimenting on his thoughtfulness.

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            and I was agreeing with him, though I probably could have made that clearer.

          • DJ Nightfire

            Well thank you first, and it is ok about their feedback, it at least let me know to be weary of my grammar when I type long posts like the one above. I will continue to give my input as this matte as it comes up again but I feel in the third year we may move away from king for a short while and focus on the other characters. We now know that King has 2 paths laid before him. One his human path and the other his current dog path, and the choice of what he will become and how it will effect his story will come in time. But with Pete in heaven jail, I believe the game is either on hold, or if it is continuing there only the Spirit dragon and the fox spirit GM until 1.) another player enters the game (hopefully King). or 2.) Pete does break out, find an avatar and have revenge on the Dragon ( for he will blame her of course for his failings) and King (indirectly), making quite and epic and interesting story that will span both the earth and heavens. And like any roleplaying game, we are the NPC that cheers on the heroes and like bards, we tell their story. Again I am excited about this tale and I would love to do music for it, about Babylon gardens and the lives that dwell there.

          • Frank

            “Heaven jail”
            I like that term

  59. Alabaster

    Huh. Today’s the anniversary of the comic? Sweet! It coincides with my birthday. :D

    • Nikola

      That is without a doubt the best birthday ever

      • Alabaster

        I get the annual present of sharing my birthday with this comic now. :D

  60. Valerio

    And, of course HAPPY 3 YEARS OF HOUSEPETS! *cheers*
    What kind of party could we throw for year 5? Better start planning…

  61. ZenZorro

    wow, kings room is very plain D:
    also, happy 3 years housepets!!

    • thropian

      it’s not plain there are all sorts of decorations just outside of viewing due to the darkness

  62. Clairvoyant Legacy


    Also, I anticipate much backlash and broken fanbase if Joel goes back to being normal.

    • Valerio

      Checklist time!
      Rope…Torches…Pitchforks…Axes…last cigarette…

      • lightwolf21
        • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

          well the smoking referred to there was alluding to drug use, which is illegal and therefore not safe for the rating. Valerio is referring tobacco, which IS legal once you reach a certain age, so it’s acceptable. otherwise, Rick wouldn’t be allowed to portray Sasha’s dad as a drinker.

          • Viath

            it’s still bad for you. :)

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            but from the “last” part of “last cigarette,” that means that either they’ve been smoking and are about to quit, which is good, or they’re about to die anyway and cigarettes won’t really matter.

          • Frank

            I think the “last cigarette” is part of a tradition with the condemned. You know, “any last words?” or “what’s your dying wish?”

            I mean, come on, the rest of the list is clearly taken from here:

        • Valerio

          You know light, Viath…Last cigarette of the sentenced? Before he gets executed? Old traditions?
          *sigh* I’m getting too old for this

          • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

            age has nothing to do with it. while still outdated, it is still used on television to show that the character is, at least in a figurative, “he/she’s going to kill me” way, going to die.

  63. Sirus

    Happy three years!

  64. Chaosmasterdelta

    Why was there a random boom?

    • Nikola

      Thunder, it was raining before. The alt text says its karishad with firecrackers, but I think Rick was just messing with us.

      • Valerio

        Karishad can out-thunder a stormy night!

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Yah, I think this is one of the non-canon alt-texts.

        Firecrackers just aren’t that bright.

        • Elwood Blutarsky

          There’s canon ones?

          • IceKitsune

            I think most of them are actually

  65. Hoheh

    Pete sure did a number on Joel’s life.

    • Valerio

      For any heavenly problem featuring Griffins, dial 800-JERK

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      I’d give him a 7.5.

    • FuRrY321

      You forgot the “1″ in front of that number, there. :)

      • FuRrY321

        Gah, meant to reply to Valerio.

  66. Lance

    Happy Birthday HousePets! 3 years old now! =3 and Congratulations Rick! =3

  67. jedizero

    Well, someone’s a fan of all Dog’s Go to Heaven.

  68. Argent Stonecutter

    So, do foxes go to dog heaven, and do they get fireworks up there too?

    “Hey, watch this!”


    “Oooooh! Cool!”
    “Good thing fur grows back fast up here.”

  69. johnwolf

    …………It sucks indeed. wow i feel bad for joel, now he must choose. His humanity or his doggyness. eather one gives up loved ones and friends.

    • Valerio

      which loved one and friends..?
      As King he surely got more to lose, right now.

  70. JaggedEdge

    Hmm. I wonder who’ll pick up the watch…

  71. Elwood Blutarsky

    How exactly would he “embrace” being a dog? He’s already got the body and a basic set of instincts, does he have to use them to show up anytime somebody opens a bag of chips to beg?

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      he has to give up any chance of becoming a human again. just because someone isn’t good at sports, they don’t automatically accept it and refrain from trying to better themselves.

  72. Devilsnare35

    It’s a pretty decent ending, definately not what I expected. It does leave you with a cliffhanger though.
    Happy anniversary Housepets!

  73. Shaex

    Let’s see Karishad! Firecrackers are fun you just can’t blow yourself up.

  74. Ikadaun

    STAY A DOG!! Chur much cuter that way Q~Q

    • Valerio

      not to mention he can provide for much more interesting and entertaining situation

      • Magnalicous

        Don’t forget the police.

  75. JokkePokke

    He’s a dog, end of story!

  76. Myichao

    Three years? Wow. I only found this strip recently and plowed through the archives. Keep rockin’ it Mr. Griffin!

  77. jedizero

    He’s a person.

    He has to take responsibility for his actions, and grow from said actions.

    • AuvaAkita

      Physically, he’s a dog.

      I think he’s learned his lesson by now, don’t you think? Just coming out and telling Fox about EVERYTHING (griffin, heaven, the watch, and himself) will take lots of guts to do. But that’s if he actually DOES do it. His life has been rough from the begining, and he deverves a break. Yes i do think people should be responsible for their actions, but this is a chance to make things right with himself (and Fox). When he was human, Joel was only responding back the way he was being treated. In this case, his own pets were treating him badly, and thus, he got the wrong impression and started acting on those thoughts. But now that he’s been living with them and has spent time around other pets, he now has another view on life and he sees that what he did was wrong. Now King just needs to ask Fox for forgiveness and hopefully the friendship will continue.

  78. Domnito

    I had a bad dream where a car hit King :(

    • Nikola

      That’s not a dream, thats a nightmare

    • Valerio

      agad! You have an evil subconscious!

    • Magnalicous

      ” Tell me Do you know what happens when a car hits a corgi??? The same as …. other.. ..small things!”

  79. Volk

    Arc #42, the Ultimate Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything.

  80. Lil

    Bleh, that’s what I hate about webcomics.

    I don’t read this for like 2 years, come back, catch up, and then keep mashing the Next button wondering why it won’t go any further… I JUST GOT BACK IN TO IT! I need more! ;_;

  81. FuRrY321

    Happy Birthday/Anniversary, Housepets!
    Here’s to another 3 years of fun, excitement, laughter, and reading-too-much-into-it!

  82. Magnalicous

    Here’s an odd question.. what happened to Pete? is he in heaven prison? does it even have a prison? if so how will he play THE GAME (which you just lost). Will he hire a less-than-honorable mercenary to spring him?http://www.dakkadakka.com/gallery/106591-.html?m=2. or is that not enough?… wow that’s more than one question

    • garbud

      he is most likely getting a stern talking to

  83. BluGirl

    So..if this comic it PG, will it be ok to show this to my younger sister?

    • Indagare

      I don’t see why not. Rick is very good about keeping things funny yet interesting, and always PG or G.

  84. Ezhno Pallaton

    You know, If I were king I’d probably stay a dog… Sure he wanted to be human, But what did he have in that life? He himself said he had nothing to go back to, Its referenced multiple times he had no friends and that he was an outcast. also, His human form is being charged with Kidnapping, so whats left to go back to? Better just to start over completely.

  85. Seriously

    He goes back…does his time..buys a house in the neighborhood..adopts Sasha..takes care of her and has a friend

  86. Dogs Rule27

    Wait. So the “BOOM”s are King like, trying to change back into a human or if not I’d like to know what it is cuz im confused.