Make Profit, Not War
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  1. Dissension

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  2. Ryufire

    *Dramatic epicness* Dun dun dunnn!!!

  3. TheCrimsonFox

    lol, clearly all the ferrets are the same x3 also, great way to do market research on water guns, he’s brilliant

    • Tides

      Yeah, I’m just now starting to be able to identify the ferrets on my own (that is, without relying solely on the tags).
      I had a few ideas in my head, but I definitely didn’t suspect it was market research.

      • anon_omis

        I can only tell Keene because I’ve had him as an icon since he made a half pipe out with a flamethrower

        • TheCrimsonFox

          That is a pretty awesome deed. Personally, I can only name Lana cause I’m awful with names and she’s the cutest :3

          • Draven

            She is cute, I wish she was the mastermind

    • Ninja522

      Well people had to test them anyway so why not make it into something that’s fun.

      • Expletive Deleted

        Since when is war fun? Last time i checked war is the opposite of fun.

        • Grip

          That is, of course assuming that it’s not a water balloon war. If it is, then war is a helluva lot of fun! Heehee, get it, because war is Hell? No? Whatever, I don’t need your approval, as long as I find it funny! 8)

        • The Diet Poison

          I’m not sure what to reply. =/

          In all, this is just a comic, so everyting should be fun. Plus, were talking about innocent wars, such that kids have.

          Yet,… when I think of the real war out there…

          …I know what real-life war is…

          …Goodness! I wish wars didn’t exist at all.

          • The Diet Poison

            …I hate war!

    • silverfang16

      Who would have thought they were marketing geniuses?

      • Frank

        Well Rock did manage to make a good Canine Cibble commercial

        • Shady Kitsune

          Mostly by accident

          • silverfang16

            Doesn’t that just make it all the more impressive then?

    • Argent Stonecutter

      What do you mean they all look the same? They have radically different fur patterns!

      I would have thought it was Rock though. Keene doesn’t seem like the insane laugh type.

      • Frank

        You mean that to tell them apart you need color vision?

        • Argent Stonecutter

          I don’t think so. Lana is light with dark paws. Keene is dark with a light head and a dark mask. Rock is light with a light head and a light mask. Pit is white. And Simon is light with slightly darker paws and back, and a mask.

    • rallyjr

      i thought the ferrets were behind this, just seemed to big for them not to be but i didn’t think that there would be a good reason behind it other then to sit back and watch it

  4. Tides

    Keene, you fiend!!

    • Lelouch Vi Brittania

      I Still say it would have been better if it were a zoo animal!

      • Tommyrazor

        Agreed… hey, maybe they wanted revenge for something.

        • Grip

          The zoo animals may have wanted revenge for losing the interspecies scrabble tournament.

  5. Lykaios

    lol i cant tell the dif either i dont even know if any are girls

    • Lelouch Vi Brittania

      One is a girl :/

      • huntersunday

        yep shes the one who was playing zelda

        • Grip

          As a nerd, it is my duty to say that she said it was “Zelda Three.” This would mean that it was “The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.” And now that I have finished exposing myself as the nerd that I am, you are free to make fun of me for it.

          • Lykaios

            not really i should get laughed at for not paying attention lol

          • Grip

            It’s not that you weren’t paying attention, I just wanted to mention the exact game. I was simply obeying my instincts as a nerd ;)

          • The Diet Poison

            Don’t worry!
            I’m a nerd myself…
            Though, I’m not sure what kind of nerd I am.

            Anyways… You’re not alone!

          • Lelouch Vi Brittania

            I’m a book nerd.
            Yay books!

          • Grip

            In case it wasn’t already obvious I’m a game nerd. Also somewhat of a book nerd. So stay literate Lelouch. Or you won’t be able to read the epicness that is Housepets!

          • Alucai Vivorvel

            Hey, I just finished The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the first time ever (in 3D!). So nobody shall make fun of anybody for playing the epicness that is Zelda.
            Now, to play Master Quest…

          • Draven

            I’m a nerd, I was all over the LotR reference, I spent the last few days watching the live coverage of comic con, and I named my iPod after the girlfriend I wished I have.

          • Pogiforce

            Really if you nerd on it, To call it Zelda three would imply it’s a numbered title, the only actual numbered Zelda being Zelda 2: the adventure of Link. If you go in Chronological release order, then the third zelda game would be Link to the Past, but that was not a numbered title. Nor would anyone who really plays Zelda would call a zelda title by a number, particularly since zelda numbered titles for the most part don’t exist.

            So if Lana called it Zelda three, it could mean one of three things: one, Lana is ignorant of Zelda and doesn’t know what to call the game. two, Rick is ignorant of zelda and doesn’t know what to call the game. or three, Rick really didn’t care enough to bother giving it a proper Zelda title. It’s a minor detail after all.

          • Grip

            Yep… I was going by chronological order

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Lana is the girl, she’s a classic champagne ferret with cream fur and brown paws.

      Keene (above) is a sable panda.

      Rock is a somewhat atypical silver sable.

      Pit is an albino.

      Simon is a light sable.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        A light sable is also known as chocolate.

        Oh, and Argent is a standard sable.

      • Z24

        And Duke its’ the one that doesn’t fit any description

      • SecretAgent000


      • spiritkitsune

        Wow, I’m impressed =3
        You realy like ferrets, don’t you?

        • Argent Stonecutter

          What do you think?

          • spiritkitsune

            Huh? nothing bad, just impressed by your knowledge.

          • Yehoshua

            I think they make great scarfs (only while alive though, I am completely against wearing animal skin). I remember when I was little there was a pet store I visited every week, I ignored the puppies (I see them all the time) and went strait to the bunnies and ferrets to pet them and hold them and one of the ferrets liked to lick me.

  6. IceKitsune

    Yay me and Alechsa got it completely! (well as close as you could have gotten anyway!) Though I still wonder exactly why Grape didn’t get Max’s help for the rescue she let Zach in on it easily.

    • tbird000666

      i kinda figued it be him

    • Foxstar

      Should read the alt text.

      • IceKitsune

        Oh come on we got it about 99% right. At the very least we got it much much much closer then anyone else did.

    • Ninja522

      To tell Max that info would have told him that she was a double agent. I’m not sure how he would have taken that.

      • IceKitsune

        I think under the circumstances he would have understood, at least he should have.

  7. Alabaster

    Well, I was off by a hair. Ferret hair. D:

  8. Ilovehousepets

    Water Gun Testing?

    New Marketing techniques aquired.

    • Grip

      We are the Borg.
      Resistance is futile.
      Your marketing strategies and assets shall be assimilated!

  9. ManaWolf

    If we had test like those all around the country. Summer would actually be pretty fun.

    • Grip

      How dare you imply that Summer is not fun!

  10. Lelouch Vi Brittania


  11. wolf long fellow

    heck yeah conspiricy for the win

  12. Lelouch Vi Brittania

    I should ave known. >:O
    But it isnt that epic to me :/

    • Lelouch Vi Brittania

      I should have wait this wasn’t epic at all :/
      ☁☂This rained on my parade

    • Foxstar

      It’s a comic. Don’t build your life around it.

      • Lelouch Vi Brittania

        Why would I build my life around a webcomic I forget to come to sometimes >:( thatl like saying I have no life

      • Lelouch Vi Brittania

        Sir I was offended by that I deseve an apology (JK)

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  14. wolf long fellow

    wow Keene is tall compared to Zach 0.o

  15. Dissension

    I have the same problem, Zach. I have the same problem

    • Lelouch Vi Brittania

      Aww 。・°°・(>_<)・°°・。I can tell the difference (JK)

    • silverfang16

      But each one is unique!

    • Draven

      All I know is They’re all adorable.

      • Grip

        Well, yeah, but since it’s a webcomic, you can’t smell them. And f

      • Grip

        My bad, my comment wasn’t finished, but I accidentally pressed submit (I almost always comment from my iPad), but anyway:
        And for me, five ferrets would be a walk in the park. One of my brother in laws actually used to have a roommate that had a ton of ferrets. How many did he have? So many, that an entire wall wall in the laundry room was hidden by ferret cages. The smell was revolting!

  16. LegendaryHero

    Keene is the only one that matters anyway.
    Also, he answered the second question, not the first.

  17. leaffly

    That my question. I’m like half lost here. Anyone want to explain to me?

    • Lelouch Vi Brittania

      I’m lost too, so I couldn’t explain 。・°°・(>_<)・°°・。

    • Foxstar

      Keene wants to sell a new line of waterguns. Keene also clearly wants to do this on the cheap, so he sells the waterguns to both the cats and the dogs, then starts a war.

  18. Firewolf

    awww, why dos the overlord business ferret gotta the one XD why not sasha? lol

  19. Russiarules1

    You know, I was starting to think that one of the ferrets was into this.
    And the second panel reminded me of the Dramatic Chipmunk.

  20. malinik

    hense the dogs and the gatling gun water launchers

  21. silverfang16

    I still don’t get why he sold all the good ones to the dogs…. >_>

    • FlynnDawg

      Because unlike the cats, some of the dogs are officers and can more effectively use a watergun to subdue their enemies. Search & Drench mission boys!

    • Rick Griffin

      He sold the monster balloon to the cats first.

      • Grip

        Unfortunately, Max didn’t read the fine print that mentioned that the 100 gallons of water required to fill the thing were not included 8)

      • silverfang16

        Kinda makes me wonder who the contacts were.

  22. anon_omis

    How much you want to bet he worked for Apature Science?

    Also *lubs chair* why do evil people always have squeaky chairs?

    • Koran

      Because it’s SOOO much more dramatic for the chair to squecks as he tuuurns around…

      And I’m sure he and GlaDos would get along swimmingly.

      • DarkKitsune

        Lol. It’s all about the cake… I mean, prize. X3

    • The Diet Poison

      If I was the evil master-mind, I would rather have a nice, furry chair.
      And I would also make the room turn instead of turning the chair.

      Not epic, I know, but I would do everyting to enjoy my super-villany.

      • anon_omis

        Now THAT is how you flaunt your power

        • Grip

          You know how I would flaunt MY power? Of course you don’t know how, which is why I’m about to tell you! I would wear one of those spiked collars, some hiking boots, and a camo jacket. If anybody annoyed me, I would simply give them a boot to the head.

          • anon_omis

            …..yeah not that original

          • Grip

            But still funny.

          • Dissension

            Hey, guys, the rating of the strip and comment section are PG. Torture is not PG. Watch yourselves, please.

          • The Diet Poison


  23. Kitch

    First choice. I knew it. And really, the smartest actual business he’s done yet. (Which isn’t saying much.)

  24. tiagoling15

    On the next comic, Grape will subdue Keene and will force him to reveal Peanut’s location, by threatening to take his glasses off. xD

  25. Frank

    Aha! I knew we had seen that office before!

  26. Draven

    Awww, it’s the cute one. Wait, they’re all cute. Who are you?!

  27. Draven

    On sale by the end of summer! I want the GATTLING GUN. My entire neighborhood shall fall before me. Bwahahahahaha

  28. WingedWolfGirl

    Keene. You could be the Tony Stark of the ferret world.

    • AuvaAkita

      I approve of this!! XD

  29. Grip

    If they are the beta testers, then who were the alpha testers?

    • Indagare

      Everyone else.

    • Draven

      Fido is the alpha tester, he is the alpha… everything

      • Grip

        Well, only if you aren’t asking Bino 8)

  30. SilverZeo

    Wow… I kinda expected the ferrets; after all, those who have deep pockets are the ones benefit from conspiracies. But then I thought, too obvious, the high class rich guy is the “villain”. Should remembered the Simpsons: 95% of cases, the obvious suspect is the guilty one, the other 5% is a nut who did it for no reason…

  31. Theolis Wolfpaw

    Darn that I uh, left out the evil master plan when I guessed it was a ferret, I mean I totally knew it was to test a line of water guns, I uh just didn’t want to ruin it. XP

  32. stfuhoorah

    i was wrong:(

  33. Zenaku

    I should have known Keene was behind this.

    • SilverZeo

      I think we all did, but we chose to denounce that possibility and thought of more interesting twists… though Grape did say they were short of one unexpected twists, to this kinda fits it like that one Shakespeare play about Caesar…

  34. FlynnDawg

    Hmm… I was half expecting this, but I was still hoping it was gonna be Daisy. I can just see it now…

    -squeaky chair turns around-
    “Hi I’m Daisy! :D


    • FlynnDawg

      Not in the slightest my good sir.

  35. AuvaAkita

    What!?!? No new character to mess with the storyline! Aw well, I suppose I should’ve known it was going to be one of the ferrets in the first place.

  36. CaptainPea

    That’s not Keene, it’s Res
    Rick just made an inking mistake and a typo in the tags. Trust me, it’s supposed to be Res.

  37. domino

    what a dramatic twist for my birthday man i wish he did more strips i can get tired of waiting but i guess a comic genius needs his rest

    • Foxstar

      You really have to have a grasp on how much work it takes to do a comic strip three times a week.

      • Draven

        This is on of themost frequently updated comic I have personally seen. It’s one reason I like it so much

      • spiritkitsune

        Yeah, It`s not just drawing some nice pictures.
        There has to be a good Story behind too.
        Rick has to surprise us readers three times a week, and the next week,
        and the week after the next week………..O_O
        That’s realy hard work.

        • Grip

          Yeah, he must have like… Morgan Freeman powers or something!!
          8) 8)

          • FlynnDawg

            Either that or he’s… really… really… good at what he does. Hats off to you Rick

          • Luffy

            Yeah….or Chuck Norris POWERS!!!


  38. Jaxon Night

    who would have thought that an orange soda drunk was such a marketing genius, also, great twist

    • Hera Ledro

      Actually, there are some previous strips that imply that Keene is quite the business mogul. The first that comes to mind is that he was the head behind Theme Park World (which was a raging success with the pets), and another is that he has been seen playing golf, a very stereotypical activity for business executives. Search Keene, and you’ll find more.

  39. Hera Ledro

    I so called it xD As did about over 9000 readers…

    Still, this is excellent. Keene’s always been rather business savvy, so this doesn’t surprise me in the least.

    • Grip

      Nappa: Vegeta, what does the scouter say about the number of readers that saw this coming?
      Vegeta: *take off scouter and and crushes it in his hand* IT’S OVER NINE

  40. Jaxon Night

    am i the only one having problems with the forum today, it keeps saying theres a server error or whatever

  41. Jinxed

    Just following the suit of everyone else…

    I KNEW IT!

  42. Jinxed

    Zach’s personality has changed a lot since his arrival. I would have thought Grape would have been the one asking the questions.

    • Lelouch Vi Brittania

      That is so true my friend.
      So true.

    • silverfang16

      Well he is the opener of ways after all!

  43. translego1

    NOO! all my theories shattered!
    oh, well there’s always next time.
    also, where’s King? I miss seeing how funny he can be.

    • Lelouch Vi Brittania

      I don’t think he’s in this Arc

    • AuvaAkita

      I’d be really shocked if he showed up in this arc. He has more important things to do than play a silly game, like deciding on his fate! He still hasn’t secured his fate as a dog, or as a human for that matter. Even with the watch back in his possesion, he’s technically still in limbo. At least until the watch can be returned to heaven and back in it’s rightfull place. Who know’s what might happen to Kings fate/watch while it’s still down here on earth! And why am i rambling on about King’s fate when there is a war going on lol. I miss King too, but i seriously doubt he’ll appear in this arc. And you have to give all the other characters time in the spotlight too, so King might not even be in the next arc, but you never know what’s brewing in Ricks brain lol ^^

  44. One-Who-Howls

    Water-Guns Are Actually Very Boring If You Think About It. *Squirted In Face* Fffffffffffff- Forget It. People Have Opinions. Ferrets Are Sneaky Evil Things. XD

  45. Peanut

    i knew it i didnt guess 4 a while then i thought keene!! has 2 be him

  46. AuvaAkita

    I so want Keene’s shades!!

    • Lelouch Vi Brittania

      They are so nice. I want them too!

    • LordViking

      They are so pitch black I mistook them for a blindfold at first XP

      • AuvaAkita

        They also kinda look like those big sunglasses that old people wear XD

    • The Diet Poison

      I would rather have the aviator-design ones.
      I love the aviator-style sun-glasses!

      • spiritkitsune

        TOPGUN ?

        • The Diet Poison

          I just like them to look cool.

  47. Nia

    I guess Keene got the idea from his TF2 game sessions

  48. Draven

    I feel like everyone at one point guessed it was one of the ferrets. Only a few guessed the motives however.

  49. gaboris

    Ya know no mater how silly this plan sounds it’s pretty clever… if you don’t think about the possible malfunction of the untested waterguns that causes them to explode into your face… then again why would that be a problem? :D

  50. Grip

    Okay, I know that I had made this same joke on the previous comic, so I will make it clear that if a Mod (or Rick obviously ;) ) doesn’t want meto do this anymore, all they need to do is say so in a reply, and I will not do it for any future comics.


    • Foxstar

      Your supposed to use good judgement, not always wait for us to say ‘yes or no’

      • Grip

        Yeah, I know that, but in the future if it ever gets old, ask me to stop. Heck, I don’t care wether or not its a mod, Rick Vriffin himself, or even an average commented with no actual mod privileges or anything. If I ever do something that offends you, annoys you, or anything, ask me not to do it anymore. I try to check the comments page as often as possible, in case somebody replies to one of my comments, so you can be sure that if you respond to my comment, I will read it.

        • Jaxon Night

          wow….i’ve actually found a responsible person on the internet!! i win the scavenger hunt!!
          bino:next year, waterguns?

          • Grip

            Wow, the person that came up with that scavenger hunt must have modeled it after the game. Easy to lose, but al,ost impossible to win XD ! But seriously, that comment just made my day. Thanks dude. I owe you one! 8)

        • AuvaAkita

          I don’t say anything offensive at all, it’s just common courtesy to respect other people. I may say something as a joke but nothing to hurt the other person. And if i am misunderstood, i’ll simply appologize and not do it again.

          Kudos to Jaxon for finding another responsible person :p ^^

          • Grip

            Well, yeah, I wouldn’t go around and make comments that I KNOW will offend people or annoy them. I just mean if I say something that offends somebody without my intending it. I find that going around and offending or annoying people is a very good way to be branded as a troll, and eventually get you banned or something.

        • Foxstar

          Best thing to keep in mind.

          -Use good judgement when commenting.

          -Memes get tiresome very quickly and a few are even auto-modded because people didn’t know when to stop. Refrain from them.

          -Long involved conversations are best done on the fourms if it’s not directly strip related.

  51. D.Z.

    Uh, Keene? That was the second question.

    Also, is he secretly the black guy from Star Trek?

  52. Doomwolf

    $10 bucks says that Keene is also Max’s supplier.

    • Grip

      Mmmmmm…. Bucks. I feel hungry, so I shall take you up on that bet. If I lose, then I shall wear a collar for a week! But not really. But any art of my fursona for a whole week will show him wearing a collar.

    • IceKitsune

      Of course he is, Rick said that Keene sold the huge water Balloon to him ( so it would make sense he also got the guns from him as well.

  53. Z24

    Under a great water war, there’s great capitalism…

    • Grip


  54. Jaxon Night

    the miltons are the drebin’s of the housepets universe(for those who dont get the reference drebin’s are gun launderers in metal gear solid 4) which is funny given rockstar hawk looks like big boss

  55. xenion

    @tbird000666 hey nice icon i read that comic to :D

  56. Mr. Random

    July 25, 2011 at 12:14 am | Permalink | Reply
    Sabrina has a business room in a strip mall outside of Babylon Gardens?

    July 25, 2011 at 12:14 am | Permalink | Reply
    I consider this a plausibility.

    Mr. Random
    July 27, 2011 at 12:27 am | Permalink | Reply
    That it may be, there’s no denying that Rick will manage to surprise us
    Being a great problem solver, the cats got their hands on some relatively expensive watergun gear (though a handheld minigun is more expensive) so if it IS the person who deals the cats the water…er, ARTILLERY… then it’s probably one of the rich ferrets.
    Of course, since Joey isn’t allowed in the dogs’ club, it’s probably him as a revenge act for fun…
    Last theory: King or Tarot. The 2 most unexpected characters to be this shady leader

    Copied and pasted from my theory in the last comic. My first theory was right! HaHA! :D