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  1. kimo

    haha great ending

    • huntersunday

      yep i would read it

      • jjkronos

        vote for housepets here, so it can become the top web comic ( its in 49 place)

        • jjkronos
          • VOLK

            Woah… it’s ahead of XKCD…

        • Jinxed

          Psst, that link is on the side to the right bottom of the strip. No need to put (spam) it here.

          • jjkronos

            woops, sorry, didn´t noticed, just wanted to support rick

          • Jinxed

            That’s okay as long as you learn and don’t do it again. :)

  2. Ryufire

    Now for nap time lol!

  3. Fuzzypaws

    They’re so CUTE I must HUG THEM

    • anon_omis


      • TheCrimsonFox

        I know right? They’re so adorable I wanna adopt them and pet them all forever!

        • Tensa Zangetsu

          \(//∇//)\Yay RACOONS! ( *`ω´)

        • anon_omis

          Me too!! I don’t care if I get rabies!!

          • Tensa Zangetsu

            … (=^ェ^=) I STILL DON’T CARE!!! ☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆

        • Grip

          My Mom had a pet racoon as a child…

    • Jinxed

      SQUEEE! :3

    • Robin Bobcat

      Adorable raccoons are adorable.

  4. leaffly

    Well thats one intersting story time in the end o-o

    • Tommyrazor

      Aye! Something Zach can tell to his kids one day.

  5. IceKitsune

    lol nice I wonder what could possibly happen on Friday? (since Rick did say it was going to end Friday)

    • AuvaAkita

      “The great water war will come to an end and peace shall rein forever in Babylon Gardens. Also, those who take my journal again will be haunted for the rest of their lives” – Zach, The Opener Of Ways: Journal Page 91

      (idea stollen from “E” somewhere down below with the rest of the comments)

  6. Draven

    So there is more to his diary, I am interested

  7. SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

    great work as always, Rick.

    • Tides

      Agreed, and in addition, you have now made me really like Zach as a character. Well done with this arc.

      • IceKitsune

        I personally already liked Zach (he is my favorite secondary characters in the comic) and this arc actually moved him up to third place overall right behind Grape and Peanut (who are tied for Second, King being in First) and pushing Maxwell down to fourth.

        • Tides

          Yeah, I already liked him, I just like him a lot more now. Not just because he was the main character of this arc, but just the way he reacted to everything, I was constantly amused.

        • kurowolfe

          Yeah, any story arcs involving Zach tends to be great arcs, if I’m not mistaken. His character is one that I’d always love to read through.
          And yes, a journal writer! =3

        • FlynnDawg

          This really pushed Zach into my perspective as a char. I was always stuck with Peanut as my absolute favorite, Grape as my second and King as my third. Zach blew King away and it’s in a close 3rd to Grape. I can’t wait to see what Rick does in the future to further change this.

  8. SilverZeo

    …. do you think the Ferals will storm the Wovle’s home if Zhack attends a party there?

    • The Moon Howler

      I doubt so

      • SilverZeo

        Right, they would hold a candle vigil and start a great moment of mourning…

        • anon_omis


          • SilverZeo

            Cause they think the Wolves ate The Opener of Ways, but did so his spirit can open the way of the great beyond for them,

          • anon_omis

            Why would they think that?

          • Draven

            If you saw a wolf carry a rabbit into a house, I doubt your first though would be “slumber party”

          • anon_omis


    • Foxstar

      Why would they? And I think you mean ‘wolves’ and ‘Zack’

  9. Draven

    I wish I was clever enough that my personal thoughts were made into a religious manifesto.

    • anon_omis

      Start a cult

    • SilverZeo

      Or worse yet, you could join a fanbase for a children’s cartoon show or a dark anime show based around a children’s games. The worst thing you could do is to follow a internet something or another and take great pleasure when it gets updated.

      • Hera Ledro

        You mean like a webcomic? ;P

        • FlynnDawg

          Oh my God… Rick has turned his webcomic into a cult?!
          ….Well to be fair we kinda walked into this one
          -buys housepet’s comic- But who says I mind? :D

          • Chip Uni

            As far as cults go, reading Housepets! is the most benign.

            No dues to pay (though you can buy the books.)
            A simple doxology. (“I read Housepets!”)
            And the Illustrated Leader knows how to write.

          • Draven

            If this is a cult, than not being in a cult is for losers (or people with things to do)

  10. SilverZeo

    … and NOW Sabrina and Tarot watch the last Harry Potter movie!

  11. AuvaAkita

    Wow! Those animals are STILL after him XD And those racoons are just Too CUTE!!!!

  12. The Moon Howler

    At least the day worth it, even if at the end he caught a cold.
    and yay! for the cure raccoon cubs

  13. Cm4F

    Aww, I missed the raccoons

  14. Yehoshua

    I still will never forget the broom to their face.

    • AuvaAkita
    • Grip

      Warning: whacking somebody in the face with a broom is highly addictive. You have been warned.
      *Whacks random person in the face with a broom*
      However, it is a very fun addiction to have. ;)

  15. anon_omis

    If I hadn’t been bored and looked at the other strips zack was tagged in I would have forgotten about the opener thing

    Also, how can the ferals read?

    • Rick Griffin

      Some of them know how. Miles did.

      • anon_omis

        I forgot. Thank you Mr. Griffin

        • Tensa Zangetsu

          Don’t you feel foolish LOL (JK)

      • SilverZeo

        Which comes to mind: Do the Ferals know Miles and his family?

        • IceKitsune

          Its very likely that most of them would. That is another way they could have learned how to read, depending on how much they would trust Miles, as he is a wolf and therefore a predator to them. Which is why I think my original reason is much more likely because of the predator thing but him teaching them is also a good possibility.

          • SilverZeo

            I think it maybe the predator… they did had a dead deer as the centerpiece as their get-together party for the neighborhood.

      • Grip

        I know that I have said this a lot, but I feel compelled to do so again.
        Not only is Rick a superb artist, but he is also an excellent writer. I have read too many webcomics that use profanity in order to be funny. Rick, however, is such an excellent writer that he doesn’t feel the need to use profanity in order to be funny, because he knows that something can be funny without any profanity at all. In my opinion, any writer who can do that is a very intelligent person. Some people will write things and think “Ooh, I wrote a total of one hundred profane words in this comic! That makes it even funnier!” With Rick, I would imagine that he thinks “Hmm, I counted a total of five profane words. I should take those out of there.”
        Rick, you have done an excellent job with this comic. Keep up the great work!

        • anon_omis

          *starts bowing* WE’RE NOT WORTHY! WE’RE NOT WORTHY!

          • Grip

            Max: Peanut, I am but a humble cat, not worthy of your presence, but I beseech thee-
            Peanut: Oh get up, I like pridelands too, ya know!

    • IceKitsune

      That’s actually a good question; most likely the Raccoons having lived around humans so long just picked up on it and kept passing it along to their kids because it was useful.

      • anon_omis

        That is a very good theroy

  16. E

    ” And thous he who takes the mighty scripture without permission will be yell at til the of time,”
    - Zach, the opener of ways page 90, 8/1/11

  17. Tensa Zangetsu

    I just realized the ferals stole his Diary

  18. TheCrimsonFox

    LOL! that’s awesome, I was wondering if people would keep making him a deity x3

  19. Luffy

    Rain making you sleepy, I can relate to that.

    Also, that last panel is a win. Those raccoons never cease to amaze me.

  20. anon_omis

    How did the racoon keep the book dry?

    • Tensa Zangetsu

      He’s in a tree right next to the room so the leaved covered him and The book.

      • anon_omis

        No I meant whe he was taking it from zack. It was still raining while he went back to his tree

        • Tensa Zangetsu

          You didn’t even read my post did you? (`_´)ゞ

          • anon_omis

            *facepalm* it’s a quarter to 1:00am give me a break

    • Grip

      He “borrowed” a plastic bag. :P

  21. xhunterko

    Everybody now. D’awwwww.

    • anon_omis

      *the earth shakes with the collective d’awwws*

      • Tensa Zangetsu

        It causes a earthquake that cracks the earth in half !(◎_◎;)

    • The Diet Poison


      … wait, what are we D’awwwing at?
      Zach, or the racoons?
      … or both?

      • The Diet Poison

        Whoops!!! Wrong avatar!
        <— This is the one I ment.

        • Grip

          That reminds me that I had a question for you. Do you have multiple gravatar accounts? Because when I changed my gravatar, the next time I commented my old comments with my previous gravatar image were replaced with the new image. And in order to create a different account, do you have to use a different email adress?

          • The Diet Poison

            Yes, I use two emails.

            however I hear that if you have gmail you can put +anything between your username and the @ sign, it counts as a different e-mail address, but e-mails still get sent to your regular address.

            I haven’t tried it, so I can’t assure you that it works.
            but if you have a gmail… why not? =D

      • Jinxed

        Those coons :3

  22. Hawktalon15

    Predicter of future 0_0

    • The Diet Poison

      I think that they have been doing this for a while.

      “Sneaking in and copying”
      Sugesting that it’s not the first time. =/

      …Poor Zach! =)

      • Grip

        Wait a minute, if they are just copying the things in Zachary’s diary, then that would mean that the diary would not be taken out of the room. If that is the case, then how does Zachary even know that they are copying what he writes? And if they did copy it, then how would Zachary know that the ferals did it? Then again, this is a webcomic, and stranger things have happened in Housepets! before.

        • AuvaAkita

          My guess is that Zack found some racoon fur on his journal one day, and it just kept coming back every time he cleaned it off lol

  23. anon_omis

    Alt text plz

    • AuvaAkita

      And the Opener of Ways called down the rain, which makes more sense than a non-climatic ending!

      • Hera Ledro

        That’s anti-climax. Non-climax is an aversion of climax, anti-climax is an inversion of climax. Very different from one another.

  24. Draven

    I give up, I have been trying for days to think of songs I can relate this comic to. I pride myself on my ability to do so, but lately I just can’t. Congradations Rick on being completely original as far as I can tell.

  25. Jaxon Night


    • Hera Ledro

      You sure that he’s not a future peeper?


    • silverfang16

      And it shall be so!

  26. falcon01

    most cool ending ever! oh and YAY Raccoons!

  27. malinik

    would be a letter to the ferals

  28. Hoheh

    The enemy not getting any wetter is beyond an excellent point.

  29. Firewolf

    Perfect Ending =D Love it!…oddly enough it was National Watergun fight few days ago XP

    • Grip

      What?! Why was I not informed?!

      • Firewolf

        Doth thee have Facebook?

        • Grip

          Yes. Yes I do

  30. Hi

    I think it’s great that he made Zachary the center of this arc. It gives more info on how the character is. Hope the other characters all get their chance soon. But Peanut and Grape always need to be in it somehow. ^-^

    • Firewolf

      fact is about magnifying minor characters, is that everyone falls in love with them and turn them into the main in their eyes, Like King.

    • Alphonse

      Meanwhile, Bino, the original center focus of this comic, has but to make an appearance.

      • Alucai Vivorvel

        Think the last comic (of this arc) will have Bino in it?

        • domino

          probably of him being cut down or still being tied up

          • spiritkitsune

            Bino hanging upside down:
            “Hello…….? Guys……..?
            Is anybody here? Guys? GUYS!!!!

          • Grip

            “Somebody let me down! I have to go to the bathroom! Please?”

          • Draven

            “I can’t feel my toes, all the blood is in my head.”

  31. Profesor Rod

    Zach’s Gospel

  32. Cerveny

    :3 this was a nice thing to wake up to =3

  33. gaboris

    AAAnd Zach is digging his own grave by saying anything to the ferals. XD

  34. Alphonse

    Basically Raccoons.
    A smidgen of prophecy.
    Just a touch of finesse.
    I like to add magic for taste.

    And a side of wonder, just to know who “you” is.

  35. Hera Ledro

    Is the final comic still on Friday, or is this the official last strip?

    Either way, I loved this arc. An interesting parody (at least I found it to be parodic), and near-perfect art (there was the whole pads issue, but that got fixed!). Loved the story, and the anti-climax was just perfect, especially since it was involving Big Man Keene.

    Hurrah for Housepets!

  36. WingedWolfGirl

    Boo, a cold! I hate getting colds.
    Yay, rain! I love rain.

  37. Mystery Ezekude

    What a coincidence. I love listening to the rain myself more than actually being in it.

  38. microbuss

    good ending & lol at Tish,You box returning lol

  39. silverfang16

    Oh Zach, you don’t know your own power….Pete is indebted to you!

    • SilverZeo

      A debt he can pay in heaven prison…wait…

  40. The Diet Poison

    The epicness got him a cold..
    Today’s lesson: EPICNESS HAS IT’S PRICE.

    …anyways, I think it’s verry cute that he wrote “Zachary” and not “Zach.”
    CUTE! ^_^

  41. FlynnDawg

    Look at the bottom and what do you see?
    “Tish-You!” box. I remember that from when Grape… -sigh- good times

    • The Diet Poison


      What’s the difference?!?! ^_^

      …sorry, just being silly. =)

  42. One-Who-Howls

    Racoons Again? The Furry Little Bandits! *Shakes Fish*

    • Grip

      That comment reminded me of a joke from “All That”
      Redneck 1: Knock knock.
      Redneck 2: Who’s there?
      Redneck1: Big fish.
      Redneck 2: Big fish who?
      Redneck 1: I’m gonna hit you in the head with a big fish! *whack!*

      • One-Who-Howls

        That’s Not Relavent To The Comic. That Rule Guy Keeps Saying Comments Have To Remain Relavent To the Comic Strip. And The Fish Was Supposed To Relate To How Wild Animals(Like The Racoons) Eat Fish.

        • Grip

          Oh. I thought you meant you wanted to hit them with it. And yes I know what the rules are, but sometimes the only things I can think of in order to respond requires me to go off topic. Maybe I should just keep quiet in those cases…. I just did it again! FUUUUUUUUUUUUUU- *gets knocked out by a redneck that slaps him in the head with a big fish* “Not so funny now, is it!?”

          • One-Who-Howls

            Eh, I Just Hate Getting Completely Embarassed By Getting Yelled At By Some Regulation Person.

      • Mr. Random

        Correction: that’s The Amanda Show hosted by Amanda Bynes :P

        I’d know cuz that was my favorite show. I USED to have a crush on her until she did the bad things :/

      • Tommyrazor

        You just reminded me of the time Gabriel Iglesias was on All That as the Pizza guy.

        • Grip

          I still quote that old lady that always said “Bacon GOOOOOOD”

      • Dissension

        Aaaaaaaaaaand then we were talking about Housepets! again.

        • One-Who-Howls

          I Learn From My Mistakes First Time. :3

  43. Peanut

    hey grip chacged gis avatar also i hav an idea 4 the next story arc every 1 finds bout kings “secret”

    • The Diet Poison

      That would be mighty interesting! ^-^

      Actualy there is one announcement in the forums, saying that if you finish “All The Kings Men,” you get a chance to have yours turned into the comic.
      For more detais, it’s at the forum, on the announcements.

      • Dissension

        That contest has been closed to new entries for a long while; it’s in the ‘judging’ stage.

        • The Diet Poison

          Awwwwwwww! =/

          This is so embarrassing. =’(
          I’m just gonna cry in lonely corner for a few days.
          *sob* =’(

          • Tensa Zangetsu

            *pats back* it’s okay :]

          • Tommyrazor

            Does someone need a hug? *hugs The Diet Poison* I know the feeling.

    • Grip

      Yeah, I actually drew that myself yesterday. If you like it, you are free to use it, as long as you don’t take credit for it.

  44. randomanon

    hey whats next

  45. Knightwolf1875

    Those racoons really need to stop doing that. (sigh)

  46. Nintendosagafan

    lol XD

  47. shaex

    MUST HAVE RACCOONS FOR AVATAR. But too lazy to get on laptop. = (

    • AuvaAkita

      Beat ya to it! :p

      • malinik

        harsh i have zen from twokinds:(

        • Tommyrazor

          What’s wrong with Zen? He has floating coffee cups.

          • shaex

            The ferrets could totally buy those

          • Tommyrazor

            lol they probably did.

  48. Gizgiz

    Great, ive spent the last three days constantly reading this comic from page one.. Now when i have caught up with it.. i will have to wait for the next page… NOOOOOOOO </3

    i want it all now, aww =(

    • Dissension

      All is not lost! As you’ve no doubt noticed, the comic updates on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, meaning there’s not much time till a new comic comes out!

      Also, congratulations on reading the archive and welcome to the community! I strongly encourage you to check out [the forums], too.

    • Indagare

      Why not join us on the forums? We have cookies. (Especially here: )

  49. jjkronos
  50. Centaur71

    I just LOVE those lil’ ferals/ferrets! They remind me of Gladiator and Spartacus, my own two furries.

  51. Timmie

    Awww, the raccoons look so cute!