What did it smell like? 0.o
Hrm…like other priceless artifacts I guess….
Like someone who loves to eat rare steak.
Well I’m related to truckers and I’m sure he’d say diesel. (it’s the only thing he can still smell trust me)
This reminds me of one of the anecdotes in Richard Feynman’s autobiography, where he learned to tell which book someone had touched by smelling it… and everyone thought he was pulling some kind of trick.
Hah! I was thinking the same thing too!
Shiny and valuable.
LIke gold I suspect.
“Well the treasure smelled musty so I sprayed some lavender Fabreez in the back.”
Hey, they do it with coins.
giant chocolate Aztec calendar… sounds good to me
I know this is dark but…
All of a sudden it becomes dark, the streetlights go out. The truck driver ominously says “Fear!”
lol I love the alt-text. And Yay! K-9 mystery arc the one I voted for in that poll!
A while ago Rick had a poll of what should happen next in the comic. Among the options were “The K-9 unit solves a mystery” or “Joey does something wierd.” The winner was “Sasha does something meaningful” which ended up being Arc 30 “The Present.”
Yay for the pun! *giggles*
Also, Fido continues to be awesome.
WHY IS SPO NOT IN THIS COMIC, SRSLY
Because the last time Fido took him to work with him, things went soooo well
Alt-text: “Spo will be returning shortly, which I will say right here because everyone is going to complain, seriously”. I’ve gotta say, Rick has some wonderful foresight…
Look at the name of the poster. My bet is they asked that question BECAUSE Rick said something in the alt text.
I mean, obvious troll is obvious.
How did I miss that… :/
I wondered where Spo was. thanks for clearing it up with the alt-text.
this looks to be an awesome arc. ^_^
Yay! We get to see them on duty again! :3
I’ve been waiting a long time to see this. Finally some funny crime crushing with canines.
I just wanted to see them work again. I think the last time we actually saw them get a good case was with Joel and the fat man. Unless you count the snow incident I guess.
*giggle* OH Fido…
*moans about lack of Fido*
What? Two panels of Fido is not enough?
I wanted to make a different comment but: Noooo! The comic was late. This throws of my entire schedule of doing things that have been described to me as “Enjoyable but contribute nothing to society!” (hears knock at door) “Now what?” (opens door and walks back to computer) that was a man with a bat and he told me to not complain so I will shut up now and get back to my own writing. Anyway the comic was great…even if it was late. (gets knocked out with flying frying pan and wakes up one hour later) “I know I deserved that!” as a side note “Cargo jacking, my specialty…don’t ask.”
a guy who takes care of complaints, i must find and bake a pie for him
.. like wooden crates
Hahaha, this softened the blow of an early morning :3
Well done, Rick.
I wonder how close to Chicago Babylon Gardens is? It could help us place it on a map.
I’m guessing really, really far. There are 34 towns with that name in the US.
And by “that name”, I mean “Springfield”
Well factoring in how many Springfield’s there are in relation to Chicago, and taking into account the most likely Museums that would be able and willing to send a truck full of Aztec Artifacts to Chicago there are about 3 to 4 likely Springfields it could be.
Even factoring in that it came from say, California, it would still only leaves 3 for it to likely be, either Springfield,Missouri Springfield,Illinois or Springfield, Colorado. Based on the climate and general look of where BG is I’m guessing that BG is around Illinois,Indiana,Ohio or Missouri. Of course this was done using Google Maps so its not the best job. Plus we have very little info in the first place.
You’re assuming they were sent from Springfield. The trucker only says that he checked before he left there. It could be a stop on a multiple-day journey, a cargo transfer station, or simply where his shift began.
No I’m assuming they came from another museum or institute in the US, and passed through a Springfield to get to Chicago. Its impossible to know where they where transferred from so I used the biggest and most likely places that would transfer Aztec artifacts.
Yes this would mess me up if say for some reason it was coming from a smaller place to Chicago but I can’t know that so I just used the most likely suspects. (The Smithsonian,Natural History Museum in NY,Jeffersonian Institute,ect.) However I didn’t check Universities that may have been studying the Artifacts so that might also throw off my findings.
Rick are you trying to tell me that highly valuable things are not tracked or proteted by the police?
Oh man I got rid of a false S so fast I forgot the C! My uncompetence causes RAGE!
Well, it was being shipped to Chicago. Perhaps the Chicago authorities were involved with protecting it, which might explain why it went missing. <.<
This looks to be an excellent arc. I look forward to it.
Man, Fido sure is looking buff today.
he actually doesn’t. it’s weird.
I just forgot math trying to figure that word out. What does it mean?
o·blig·a·to·ry Adjective /əˈbligəˌtôrē/
1. Required by a legal, moral, or other rule; compulsory.
2. So customary or routine as to be expected of everyone or on every occasion: “After the obligatory preamble on the weather he got down to business.”
Thank you for being a mobile dictionary. It’s very helpful. Are you available at most libraries or schools?
I guess it’s because he’s outbuffed by the policeman with the epic jaw.
Captain Bill (Falcon)
Fun fact: Sabrina was more buff in the previous comic than Fido in this one.
but… Sbarina wasn’t in the last strip!
Unless you’re implying she turned male and a rat at that.
Uh… Whatever floats your boat (;P)
must admit, Fido looks cute in the 4th panel
I just realized that in his vest and at this distance, Fido actually DOESN’T look buff.
His arms just look rather….round. ish.
You just want to see Kevin again!
Springfield IL or Springfield MA?
Wherever The Simpsons was filmed.
There are 34 towns named Springfield in the US. I’m betting on “neither”
How about Springfield MO? :p
Based on climate and general look of BG and the number of Springfield’s close to Chicago BG is most likely in either Illinois,Indiana,Ohio or Missouri. Unless the shipment came out of California in which case it could be near Springfield,Colorado. But assuming he is using a real Springfield (which is what I’m basing this on and we have no evidence otherwise) it really can only be about 3 or 4 possible Springfield’s.
Heh oh BOY how long I’ve been waiting to see someone say that “You’re a dog.” line. XD
I bet if the driver just says it smelled like gold won’t help. :p
Awww…it’s just hard to take them so serious though..
Anyway, where their glasses gone?(Fido&Ralph)
unlike Corey Hart, they don’t wear their sunglasses at night.
Or the Blues brothers.
It’s 106 miles to Chicago. We’ve got a load of Aztec gold, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses. – Hit it.
I did that once and then was chased by a cop that looked a lot like John Candy! Who knew running a roadblock I could not see would cause so many crashes? At least I got to sing good music. That was the best family vacation evar!
If you couldn’t see it, how did you know the crashes were from a road block?
Someone saying “Stop you have violated the law!” was a hint I suppose. Oh and as I went by there was the unmistakable sound of police sirens.
Aha! I know who stole the gold! It was a group of Illinois Nazis! I really HATE Illinois Nazis!
Awesome reference. Awesome song.
I thought the same exact thing.
Btw, this arc sounds Freakin’ Sweet!
Something tells me Pete is behind this or the ferrets or King…I have no idea actually. Maybe it’s that crooked police chief, or street racers! Okay now I’m losing the plot of my own comment.
The Milton Cousins.
Yes them as well!
And I would’ve gotten away with it, too, if it weren’t for those meddling dogs and their kid!
Wait wait wait scooby and the gang know street racers? Expain yourself!
Oo. I think I know who’s going to appear. Makes me glad I read Housepets:AIBHOTW last year.
awww that’s not fair. Is it someone new or someone we already know? (I think you should be able to give that much with out spoiling anything)
What’s Housepets:Aiwhatyousaid thingy?
Its Housepets: A Infinitesimally (or Incredibly I forget which) Brief History of the World. The Housepets Novel that Rick wrote for National Novel Writer Month a year ago. Foxstar is an Alpha/Beta Reader on it.
A certain coyote?
It has to be based on what he said in the Forum “New to many,Old to some” unless the old to some only refers to the Beta/Alpha reader. (I don’t know how many there would be)
I suspect if they are involved the one Sabrina met might be talked to, to get info on another group of coyotes that might have done it.
“New to most of you, old to a few others” was his exact quote.
No fair I wanna read it too!
Same coyote that was in the sample Rick gave us?
Or the Rescue Rangers?
Since nobody has actually POSTED the alt text yet…. allow me to do so….
ALT TEXT: Spo will be returning shortly, which I will say right here because everyone is going to complain,seriously
You’re welcome ^_^
Also with regards to the comic. I smiled at the good boy joke, but seriously that must get frustrating for dogs in professional work like Fido, Kevin et al. Being treated like a dog whilst trying to do serious work. No wonder Kevin likes to tackle people so much! I wonder also how people are going to react to Itsuki at Mr Sandwich’s garage. Will he get any work done or are people going to be too busy being stunned by the fact he’s a tanuki to talk serious business with him?
It seems to me that outside the Sandwiches and the owners of any other pet who is allowed to act independantly and like an intelligent individual being, largely most of the humans are quite ‘racist’ towards the animals. Despite them being capable of speech, able to stand up and do work just as a human could they are always regarded as less than the humans. Take for example Miles and his wolf pack and the difficulties they had initially trying to fit in.
Of course the Milton ferrets are exempt but they have disgusting amounts of money, that would be enough to bribe anyone to see them however they want “You want species equality? Sure. Now gimme the money”
I don’t mean to overanalyse the comic so much, but still. Its very interesting to me all these comparisons between the ‘Pets’ and certain aspects of real life society.
That’s why Itsuki doesn’t mind being covered in oil… it keeps people from trying to hug him!
The treasure was stolen en rout eh. It must have been NINJAS.
Or three black hondas. wink wink nudge nudge
If no one gets that ^^^^^^ I will be sad.
I get it, though a few months ago I wouldn’t have! And I LOVE that model of Honda Civic! They can be AWESOME to trick out! I am saying this from experience from Need for Speed Underground 2 (I PWNED with that car). I do not actually own a car of my own yet.
*cue Dragnet Theme*
Aztec artifacts… My guess is it’s probably something involving Pete. But that’s just my wild guess.
Either that or an all new character!! *GASP!!!* *sparkles*
I doubt that. Theres already been enough new people.
*returns to shadows*
You can never have enough new people!
That’s a bad thing! Cuz the new people will outnumber the old.
It’s probably for the best that I’m not helping track the treasure down. I would demand a share of I.
As weird as it is to be asked what something smells like, it’s a perfectly valid question. How else is he going to track the artifacts.
The truck should still have their scent.
Yes, and Ralph is taking care of registering that
While it Is a perfectly valid question, the fact is that it is also an extremely poor question to ask the human. People lack the super-sensitive nose, as well as the scent processing space in the brain that canines have and don’t have the words or even the mental concepts necessary to describe scent in the detail required for the answer to be even close to useful to any K9 tracker!
Even IF you are lucky enough to get any coherent answer from a human, it will be a gross generalization. You are much better off sniffing around the truck as Ralph is doing and get the answer yourself.
I love a good mystery! The trill of it all.
The wondering of whats gonna happen next!
It’s a wonderful feeling!!
….the trouble I see.
Following the trace of this case :3
Some… times, some… crimes, go slipping through the cracks…
When Spo wasn’t there, I just remembered the last comic of the original art style, when Fido left him in his locker. He was there in “A Sinister Shadow” because Fido was called to that scene in a snap; he was off-duty, if you will.
“THIS IS WHY I DON’T LET YOU TAG ALONG ON MY SHIFT!!!“
Stolen Aztec gold? Hello sudden story arc?
Dragons & griffins & Housepets oh my!
Good question lol
I’m sorry but it doesn’t matter how much athoritaa you have. If your tongue is out I can’t take you seriously and you lose. Good day sir!
That is officer to you good citizen!
You know….. Humans are REALLY bad at catching scents…..
Yea, we actually have one of the worst scenting abilities in the world. I guess you have to give somewhere.
Wasn’t there an experiment that showed humans actually have the same abilities as dogs when both put their noses to the ground?
I think so. It showed we can smell most of the same things as them, but not with the distance or time variation dogs can.
WE HAVE A LEAD! THE CROOKS DIDN’T WORE DEODORANT!
You win! XD
Problem is, if that’s the case, no one would want to track it.
…Bino and Peanut would! XD
Fido: I smell horses!
Ralph: I knew it! It’s the old spice man! It all makes sense now!
Fido: It does?
Ralph: No, not really. I just feel jealous that he smells better than I do.
“Especially after having that bucket of water dumped on me”
Now try the new Ild Spice for dogs! Guaranteed to remove that wet dog (or wolf dog) smell!
they smelled like beef and cheese of course!
I’d bet Fido would be horribly heartbroken if he actually smelled them. They’d probably smell like dust and dead people! XD
Why dead people? They are trying to find artifacts, not corpses.
But what if one of the artifacts was a mummy?
That could be a possibility, but i doubt mummies smell THAT bad, lol. But who am i to say, I’ve never sniffed a mummy before.
Yes,that doesn’t sound like something you’re mummy would want you to do
Why would Fido have to ask that question? Wouldn’t the sent of the stolen items be inside the truck/crates they were in?
Wait, where are Fido’s awesome glasses?
Unless he is sensitive to the darkness, (or if he has an astigmatism or some other eye problem) he don’t need glasses
Glasses?! For what they’re doing, he doesn’t need glasses! *hooked offstage again*
But what if things get serious, then he can’t put them on then say some awesome line like “let’s rock and roll.”
“Looks like someone has mummy issues. *pulls glasses out of vest and puts on*”
What did it smell like? :- It smelled like the sound of archaeologists crying when they heard their discoveries were in lost in transit.
If you can smell a sound your doing something very wrong or incredibly right.
You are SO right on that one Draven! XD And if you can smell a sound, then you are doing something incredibly right. If you’re doing something wrong, then you actually aren’t doing anything except making a joke!
I dunno about you, but I always smell all my cargo :3
Um…that does NOT look like Officer Byron. XD And Fido seems strangely interested in the smell of the artifacts. I didn’t know he was THAT into smells. I thought he was a little more like the cool, calm type when it came to interests.
It’s just part of the job. Some crooks never take baths y’know…
Now now, Officer Byron commands great respect! It’s just…..who can take him so seriously with a face like that? :3
This comic just reminded me that I have a load of CSI and NCIS and other police shows recorded that ive been meaning to watch…Thanks Rick!
WOW extra detail to shadding
That’s what you get when the lighting is like that
Something occurred to me… are there canine and feline “scent artists” in the HP! world?
People who can tell a story, evoke an emotion, through a series of scents rather than sounds or images.
That would imply someone is selling canned smells for them. To the Marketing Mobile!
We got another lead! They didn’t wore Odor-Eaters!
Also “innocent bystanders” is my favourite character ever.
Im mexican i think i can be of assistance!
It Was Probibly The Cab Driver Who Hid It Away, Then Reported It As To Snake Any Suspition Towards Him Away. . . . . . What?
a cargo of ancient artifacts that mysteriously disappears en route, WHILE the truck was moving.
The ancient artifacts must smell like the jerk griffon who’s behind this caper…
Also, Fido looks younger here, and I’m not saying that to troll. I genuinely didn’t recognize him at first.
This makes me genuinely wonder what the treasure would smell like.
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