One Day At The Office

Noooo it are my birthday (I’m 25)

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  1. Dissension

    This kind of thing happens all the time.

    Also, you’re ooooooooold, man. *slowly shakes his head*

    • GameCobra

      Give him 5 more years. >_>

      Happy Birthday Rick! … And good luck with “The Interview”.

      • Tynach

        ‘Old’ is ALWAYS 5 more years than what you are.

        Happy Birthday!

        • Elwood Blutarsky

          Indeed happy birthday!

        • ryomasaki

          Well now I feel old knowing that I turn 30 in 2 days…..

          Happy Birthday Rick and have fun.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Kids today have no idea what “old” is.

          • Dena

            I know; they think turning 30 is bad. Then, when they hit 35… oh well.

          • silverfang16

            30? Are you kidding me? Over 25 is OLD! ;P

          • Dena

            Bah, been there. Did the 35 thing, too…

        • Draven

          I think your all confused, Rick is 25 years YOUNG. there is a difference.

          • GabesWW

            I’m 15, guess you’re all old! HAH!

    • Gabi

      Anyone who’s younger than my little brother is automatically young.

      • Vire000

        25 isn’t that old, now if ur around 40 or 35 THATS old

  2. sonicrusher

    Happy Birthday and great comic.

  3. Souji

    That thing looks so cute.

    Also, “You” instead of “Your” in the last panel, I think?

    • Kormiak

      No, “your” is correct….

      • Souji

        This was before the change. :P

  4. LegendaryHero

    Complete with stereotypically Japanese accent.

    And whoa, new arc mid-week.

    Happy birthday, by the way

    • Rick Griffin

      Don’t worry, I’m not going to have him swap R’s and L’s

    • Sansash

      Also- apparently wouldn’t be Japanese without a fundoshi either :D

  5. rtlstien

    Japanese Tanuki! I love him already!

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Is he the first animal character to show up in pants? Sorta pants, anyway?

      • iSKUNK!

        He’s probably the first animal character who needs them.

        • Tom Flapwell

          Good point. I’ve seen “Pom Poko,” and it’s not made for American eyes.

      • 2MK

        How did he put his pants on if he had a tail?

        • Dena

          Depends on the artist. Some artists have pants that are slung under the tail, while others opt to have a strap that goes over the top of the tail and buttons down on the waistband.

    • Cannon Fodder

      A Tanuki? How unexpected and by unexpected I mean totally expected!

  6. anon_omis

    I thought pets couldn’t have jobs, go to school, or travel alone unless they are filthy rich like the ferrets.

    • Frank

      Japan may be more progressive in that respect. After all, they are known to like cute things in unexpected places.

      • Griff the Wolf

        And there is also the fact that they are the Japanese. They do things that make the rest of the world go “wait… what?!”

        • Yehoshua


    • Elwood Blutarsky

      There’s animals with jobs (Fido, Myles, etc) it’s just very odd to have one applying for a job in car repair. Think he’s any good with Toyotas?

  7. xhunterko

    Happy Birthday!

    • rallyjr

      Happy Birthday Rick

  8. rtlstien

    That mean’s Happy Birthday in Japanese.

    I had to include it since you have a Japanese character in this comic

    Thank you Rick!

  9. SilverZeo

    A strip focusing on the parents? .. aside the one with FIdo’s Dad…Oh boy… if Lester was there…

    • Argent Stonecutter

      It’s not tagged “One-Off”, so it’s an ARC focusing on Mr Sandwich!

      And I think it’s the first arc transition without a set of one-offs in the middle.

    • Keldor

      Lester?? Have you gone mad??? He’s alreafy insufferable as it is…

      Though imagine his reaction the moment he realizes that Itsuki doesn’t know all the bits of obscure Nipponese pop culture that he does. From “godlike idol” to “contemptable betrayer of the faith” in a heartbeat!

  10. SilverZeo

    Happy 25-BD by the way…

  11. rallyjr

    you cant prepare for everything, some stuff you have to take it as is comes

  12. 1boredcanadian

    hooray new character!

    • rallyjr

      fresh meat :)

  13. SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

    no one seems to have noticed the return of “Frank?”

    and I love the Tanuki. and the fact that it’s another arc.

    and happy bday.

    • rallyjr

      who/what is “Frank?”

    • anon_omis

      What is he?

    • Rick Griffin

      Sorry, that was supposed to be a different Frank

      • Dissension

        TV’s Frank?

        • Griff the Wolf

          Then where is Doctor Forester?

          • Elwood Blutarsky

            Way down in Deep 13…

          • Griff the wolf

            You have just won an internet! However, it is running on a Fisher Price modem, and the only device you can access it from has a box of sporks for a hard drive and the monitor is an etch a sketch. The mouse is a dead rat, and the keyboard is a strip of plywood with old rusty keys glued to it.

      • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

        oh. ok then.

      • LegendaryHero

        Frank is apparently the human equivalent of Mr. Bigglesworth.

      • gaboris

        Who? Where? What Frank?
        I’m lost pls help. O_o”

      • P

        I’m going to pretend it’s the same Frank anyway.

      • Peanut

        so rick his name is Itsuki

        • Peanut

          oh yeah also happy birthday!

    • Frank

      I’m innocent! I swear!

  14. Luffy

    That’ll be an interesting interview.

    And Happy B-day, btw.

  15. anon_omis

    Tag changed to “other frank” XD

  16. Firewolf

    Wowzers O_O that’d be um….wow.

  17. MKarrow

    Why, this looks like a bundle of fun. A… badger, yes?

    25, eh? Aren’t you a little old to be doing a webcomic?
    No, no you’re not.

    • Rick Griffin

      Raccoon-dog! Tanuki!

      • MKarrow

        Whaaat never heard of those! Looked it up though, and they look adorable :)

        In hindsight, the badger thing was a bit of a stretch with those patterns lol.

        • Elwood Blutarsky

          Badgers? Badgers? We don’t need no stinkin’ badgers! (had to do it)

          • BlueAnubis

            Objection! He’s Badgering the witness!

          • anon_omis

            1) live the Blazing Saddles reference.
            2) oh badger

          • xhunterko

            Badger? Badger? Badger? Mushroom mushroom!

      • SnowFox102

        Points for knowing their English name is raccoon dog, not tanuki. I cringe every time I play a Japanese game translated into English, in which raccoon dogs are called raccoons. Lately I’ve been playing Harvest Moon: Animal Parade, and I lold at the animal TV show that said “Raccoons are canids, distantly related to dogs!” I have a soft spot for raccoon dogs now, after an art project centered on them I did to raise money for a friend with cancer.

        Oh yeah, obligatory Wikipedia link for people who don’t know how cute these things are:

    • katgeek

      A tanuki is not a racoon! IT”S NOT A BAGER!(They look more like racoons, but they are more closely related to dogs) THEY ARE RACOON DOGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry, but that’s one of the top things I’ll correct you on.

      By the way, Donec Mr.Griffin

  18. Whitekitsune

    Gah! First a Mamizou in my Touhou and now an Itsuki in my Housepets? The tanuki are everywhere recently! D8 But seriously, he’s cute. Can’t wait to see how this pans out. On a final note, happy birthday, Rick! :3 Hope you have a good one.

  19. Chip Uni

    Happy birthday, Rick!

    And Itsuki would probably fit in well where I work. :->

    (Hey, where I work had a dog as the lead build engineer for years. A tanooki wouldn’t raise an eyebrow.)

    • VOLK

      Do they even have eyebrows?

      • Koran

        he means “wouldn’t raise anyone ELSES eyebrow”
        How does a dog (IRL) become a lead build engineer?!

        btw HAPPY BIRTHDAY RICK! (As it happens, my next birthday in december will make me 25 as well!)

        • Yehoshua

          I don’t think the other engineers would like to talk about that…

        • Chip Uni

          Well, he started when he was a puppy…

          The dog was Rufus. When a major build happened for the Amazon website, another (therefore lower-ranked) engineer would hold Rufus’s paw to press the ENTER key and start the build.

          We can thank Rufus for the pack of dogs that roam Amazon’s corridors. (I wish I were exaggerating. There’s about one dog for every two employees on my floor.)

        • VOLK

          I know, I was just trying to make a funny.

  20. Valerio

    way to celebrate your fabulous 25th, Rick-sama! *cheers*
    I already love the li’l guy there :D

    (what’s Earl job BTW?)

  21. Vire000

    ahhh after so many months of reading this comic I finally decided to start posting so nice to meet you all! Oh an happy b-day rick keep up the good work!!

    • Frank

      Ladies and gentleman, we have a human birthday present!

      • 1boredcanadian

        is not possible!

        • Vire000

          but it is!

        • Asuterisuku

          Completely serious here, I was a human birthday present.

          “Happy Birthday! You’re not pregnant anymore!”… yeah.

          • darkgloomie

            xD same as my sister- only she was born on the wedding anniversary day.

          • Koran

            So, your birthday is the same day as your mums? Bet you’ve had a lot of “double birthday parties” then! My birthday falls just 2 weeks short of christmas, so my birthday and christmas lists become one big list. Of course my uncle has it worse, his is the 28th december!!

    • gaboris

      WELCOME to the sect-I MEAN the club! :D

  22. Tahoe

    Happy Birthday Rick ^__^
    Also, YAY more Earl!

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      And he’s working! This is great, he gets fleshed out and we see him on the job! Ever since I had he was an auto mechanic I had thought this would be a cool idea for an arc.

  23. IceKitsune

    Heh well this promises to be silly, and we get to learn a bit more about the human characters it looks like which is good. Happy Birthday Rick!

  24. CalaverX11

    When was his first name printed for the first time? I can’t recall anyone ever saying it.

    I headdesk’d when I saw that his name was “Earl.”

  25. CalaverX11

    Also belated happy birthday Rick.

  26. BlueAnubis

    Happy Birthday, Rick! You are now, officially, a classic car.

    Also, Itsuki is far better looking than Mario was when he dressed up like him.

  27. JediMB

    Hurrah for Tanuki!

    And Happy Birthday! (I have to tell four people that today? Sheesh! :P )

    • Koran

      Four?! If they all got together that’d be one heck of a party!!

  28. LittlePuppy

    Lol I never knew Mr Sandwich’s first name was Earl. That amuses me. Earl Sandwich. The Earl of Sandwich XD

  29. Roadrunner

    Wow, Really?? Happy birthday Rick!
    and new character is so nice ^_^

    • Roadrunner

      Also I thought you’d be older than that! It’s rather surprising.

  30. Argent Stonecutter

    He’s got no collar, does that mean he’s naked, even if he’s wearing pants?

    • IceKitsune

      Is he even a Pet? I mean he could be a feral that is in the Ferrets Program

    • Dena

      Student visa; Japan may handle ‘this is how you identify a pet’ a bit differently.

      Like, instead of wearing collars, they wear just an obi.

      • IceKitsune

        hmm that is possible

  31. Acey Winters

    Haha totally wasn’t expecting that!!

  32. icarus

    thank you for drawing a proper tanuki and not just a generic raccoon.

    • Rick Griffin

      They don’t really look that much like raccoons! The mask shapes tend to be way different at the very least

  33. T-Squared

    ああ!そうですか?! じゃあ、誕生日おめでとう、リック!
    (Oooh! Really?! Well, Happy Birthday, Rick!)


  34. T-Squared

    BTW, I could probably help you with real Japanese if you need it anytime for this new character! :D

  35. Robin Bobcat

    Waaaait…. Mr Sandwich’s name is Earl?
    Ok, good pun there, I approve.

    (for those who don’t know, the Earl of Sandwich is often credited with inventing… well.. the sandwich)

    • Kitch

      Yes. We’ve known this for quite some time.

      • Robin Bobcat

        I missed it somehow.

  36. FenixWong951


  37. Fennec

    Wai ! Wai !! Tanukisan ! Tanukisan !!!

  38. Rocket Knight boy

    never heard of a tanuki, ah well new arc! woot!

  39. Griff the Wolf

    Happy Birthday Rick! Remember, if you make your definition of old something like 200 years, you will always be young (my definition of “old” is OVER 9000!). And great comic as always! I think that this would be a great way to show us more about Mr. Sandwich’s character. Have an awesome 25th birthday! I hope you enjoy it!

  40. WingedWolfGirl

    Happy Birthday, Rick!!! XD

    And hey, a raccoon-dog, Yay!

  41. Willmax

    Happy Birthday :D

  42. Willmax

    Happy Birthday Rick!

  43. Kitch

    He’s wearing something, AND he’s advanced-naked. xD

  44. Snowmon

    When I first saw him I thought, Badger? Looks like this is going to be fun. If this is the start of a new ark then I’ve already got some ideas of what you might do, but all of it is circumstantial. Plus, now I know that Mr. Sandwich’s first name is Earl… But what’s the difference between a “RaccoonDog” and a plain old Raccoon? (well, besides the size, Pot belly, and possible ability to transform)

    Oh and, Happy Birthday Rick!

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Oh, yes, if psychic powers exist then maybe shapeshifting tanuki do as well!

      • Argent Stonecutter

        That could be handy when working on Japanese car engines!

      • IceKitsune

        At this point I’m kind of assuming all types of magical beings exist in someway in the Housepets Universe.

        • IceKitsune

          And by Magical Beings I mean Gods/Demons/Angels/Yokai/ect.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Yeh, but is this one a shapeshifter? It’s supposed to be an innate talent in all tanuki (as well as foxes and crows).

          • Snowmon

            Crows? Never heard that one before…

          • Argent Stonecutter


          • darkgloomie

            IIRC, Tengu aren’t shapeshifters, there’s just a lot of different kinds. They do have offscreen teleportation, though

    • Frank

      Real world? Racoon dogs are canids. Racoons are their own thing entirely.

  45. Tensa Zangetsu

    i wanna say so many things in Japanese right now…but no one would listen.

    • T-Squared

      I would! 8D


      • Ritza Cardinall

        On a side I changed my name again.

  46. trekkie

    Interesting new arc, and new characters. Also, happy birthday Rick.

  47. Dr Demenz

    Happy Birthday Rick!
    I’ll be hearing the same thing in 11 days.
    The EXACT same thing.
    Hi my name is Rick and I’m already 25 young man, now get off my **** lawn!
    ps: Great comic, hope to see more of Kitamura-san.

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  48. Lockewolfe

    Oh look, Mr.Took!

  49. noblediurnal

    I can’t wait to see how this whole Raccoon Dog/Auto Mechanic bit is going to play out!

  50. Yaodema

    Huh. You’re just a bit younger than me. Happy birthday, Rick.

    This is certainly an unexpected direction. Wonder how this will go.

  51. Profesor Rod

    Happy Birthday Rick :3

  52. WhiteRose

    Love the comics. Happy Birthday!!!!

  53. Nintendosagafan

    lol good one. and HAPPY B_DAY RICK ^^

  54. South Korean Ambassador

    한국 사람들도 릭 만화 많이 좋아해요!! 생일축하해요!!
    Ask Kevin or google… he knows what I am saying…

  55. Theolis Wolfpaw

    Hahah I already love the way Itsuki talks, XP
    Also hope you have an awesome B-Day

  56. Avansis

    An arc for Earl? Nice… very nice!

  57. gaboris

    Oh man all the WACKY misunderstandings that are about to happen, it makes me smile to even think about them. :D

  58. Raltia

    Happy Birthday

  59. Steve

    Happy Birthday! Keep up the phenomenal work :3!

  60. T-Squared

    BTW, this is how Itsuki there would sign his name: “北村五木”. (Kitamura Itsuki)

  61. Kurra

    So true about jobs, eh…. :

  62. Sansash

    I didn’t wear that to my job interview this morning.

    Hippo Birdie Two Ewe Mr. Griffin! I remember when I turned 25… a year ago :P

    • Sansash

      Yet my curriculum vitae probably still didn’t look as promising as Mr. Kitamura here.

  63. Hallowheart

    Wow, happy birthday Rick =) I only recently started reading your comments and they have quickly become one of my favorite reads.

    Ah, don’t you hate when your own pep-talks/beliefs backfire on you D8?

    • Hallowheart

      Holy crud, reading this comics late at night has caused me to forget how to write D8… I wrote ‘comments’ instead of ‘comics’… Wow. And that sorta rhymed.

  64. Cerveny

    oldy but goody x3 happy birthdday (abit late)

  65. Draven

    Happy Birthday Rick Griffin, here’s my gift to you,
    A poem I wrote when I had nothing else to do.
    Many will worry what getting older will do.
    But listen to this, for I know it is true.
    It’s all in your head, it’s just a state of mind.
    You can be as youthful as you want till the day that you die.
    True age is personal, it matters only to you.
    Although physical age grants you more things to do.
    Just do what you love, whatever makes you smile.
    I hope these kind words will be worth your while.
    Happy birthday Rick, it is your special day.
    May all your good times never go away.

    LVL Up:
    Rick Griffin: Lvl 25
    Atk: 13 Def: 12 Int: 20 Cha: 17 Mag: 4 Rng: 5

  66. Kajex, Sorcerer Supreme

    Happy birthday, mr. griffin. :3

  67. Mettlebird

    Happy birthday, Rick!

  68. Rahiros

    Happy B-day you old oldie!

    Are we going to be seeing more of Mr. Kitamura in the future? He’d be a great wacky addition to the already strange troop. XD

  69. DJ NIghtfire

    well then, this will be a new face that will nice to see more of and Happy birthday Rick, man you are old :P

  70. FantasticMrWolf

    O.O new character!

  71. Cloudy

    what a nice surprise! Tanukis! <3

    Happy Birthday Rick! =D I have you have an awesome day!

  72. Matthew

    No pokemon?

  73. Tara

    Why do I feel like I’ve seen this character before?

  74. Rennis

    Great work as usual Rick, and I’m turning 23 in Feb o3o

  75. lightwolf21

    >.< Can't believe I almost forgot to wish Rick a Happy Birthday! X3

  76. Hera Ledro

    Happy Birthday Rick =D Awesome comic as usual.

  77. Encoyroaba

    Happy Birthday Rick!

  78. tigger


  79. pet_panda

    Happy Birthday Rick

  80. SilentCobra

    This arc looks to be hilariously promising. Also, happy birthday Rick! I recently turned 21 myself.

  81. stfuhoorah

    Happy Birthday Rick! and i have noidea how this arc will work out, but im shure it will be as funny as the rest of em!

  82. PHR16384

    A tanuki? My curiosity is piqued.

    Oh, by the way: Happy birthday, Rick! *throws cheap confetti*

  83. Matthew

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY FROM ALL OF US to YOU! *sign card here*

  84. TheCrimsonFox

    yay! happy birfday!!! also, yay, new species x3

  85. Ryu Darragh

    Tanuki? Wonder if he can use a leaf to change his appearance, or are these Tanuki more… ordinary?

  86. Tommyrazor

    Sorry I didn’t get this in quick enough T_T forgot to comment yesterday…. Happy birthday Rick! I hope it went well

  87. Mr. Random

    Happy birthday, O Great Artist/Entertainer :3


  88. Douglas

    It pains me to say this, but… Itsuki is looking very kawaii.

    On a completely related note, happy 25th birthday, Rick.

  89. Authur

    By the way, Rick, it’s “koniichiwa” and not “konnichiwa”. Just for a future reference.