Snuggles are the best. <3
especially given these pets
100% agreed. We need more snuggles!
The alt. text should have been..
Can i sniff your butt now?
But that would’ve been out of character
OR, it could be “Would you sniff my butt now?”
That made me lol!
AND THUS I GOT MY USERNAME!:) LOL
Sure they are.
*cough*when both are actual dogs*cough*
What was that? I didn’t hear a thing.
Yes, with Bailey. :3
YAY KING! I think he finally made his decision
best decision in his live EVER
I still wonder what kind of description.. it was kinda blank..
it could go both ways I mean..
let’s say King returns as Joel, and asks if Bailey wants to be his pet.
or King staying king and getting together with Bailey.
agreed as well, if it is a happy life and i was presented this choice id choose he doggie life, or the cat life… im not biased
If there are any rules at all about who gets to adopt a pet in the HP universe, Joel will fail them you know.
BOY am I up against some serious resistance here. D:
resistance is futile, you know that
I think he’s just weighing his options.
lol King is so smooth he doesn’t even know it
Or Bailey’s just that game.
and King won
The game? I lost it… and you just lost it too.
Well, it’s a good thing I’m still in it.
I don’t know why, but I have the sudden urge to say, “You lost” to Jinxed.
Or did we in fact win it? By realising how The Game works, and how by it’s rules, we cannot win… We can become larger than The Game. We can see The Code. We can become THE ONE!
Darn it, I lost too
yes i like the way you think!!
how can one loose if one never joined?
Rule 1: everyone is playing the game
rule 0:the dm/gm/storyteller/writer/narrator/head geek decides what rules apply.
You took both pills, didn’t you?
You have transcended!
Ah, King, no matter what you do, you;re cute when you do it.
Although, was King really talking about Bailey? I both hope he was and that he wasn’t.
Final point: Looks like King’s working towards the decision to stay a dog. Good choice, King.
I have to agree with your final point its looking that way.
I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks so.
Also: snuggles are awesome.
go native, King.
yay for awesome Bailey’s snuggles
Going native is definitely the way to go!
Let’s just hope she’s gentle with him. We don’t want the cute corgi to be damaged.
Damage is fine, just don’t break it!
happy BSOD will do
Why would King run a computer operating system?
because of this
Somehow that doesn’t answer my question, but makes me care less.
Here Volk, allow TV Tropes to ruin your life.
GLaDOS: Nice job breaking it, hero!
Me: Get out! You aren’t needed here!
GLaDOS: I have cake.
Me: …..go on….
Kitch, it’s lucky I’ve already let TV Tropes ruin my life and read that page ages ago.
I’ve never cared enough about TV to let TVtropes take up even a minute of my time…
Heh funny thing that when I first found TvTropes I saved its bookmark so I can “Read it through when I have a free day.”… Oh MAN how naive I was back then.
He survived Lucretia.
That works for now, but starting a relationship with Bailey without telling Fox who he ["he" being King/Joel] is could make things rather… complicated down the line.
I can see it now…
-Bailey, King, and Fox are all out doing something-
-A WILD PETE APPEARS!-
-Pete turns king back into Joel-
Bailey and Fox: D:
Joel: Uh…. I can explain… ^^”
I like it. x3
thou art cruel
YES! Let it be like that pls. XD
You are mean!
No, no, not me. Pete.
You’ve met with a terrible fate, haven’t you?
It’s doubtful. = P
…You shouldn’t have done that.
Next, I will explore a cave without a light source.
Bailey uses SNUGGLE!
It was Super Effective!
King has fainted. Bailey gains 34,799 experience points!
Bailey wants to learn long-term relationship, but only has room for 4 moves. Delete an older move?
Which move should be deleted?
Why does this remind me of Pokemon? *looks up from my game*
None should be deleted, there should be 5! ^^
It’s because 5 really would be nice – 4 gives you a pokemon with a specialty without every quite going 1 man army. Which puts an emphasis on a team of 6 and their synergies, as opposed to curb stomping with one over-powered ‘mon.
Which Move should Bailey forget?
Live without a dog in her life that will make her and him the happiest dogs in the world.
JK, the last one
I love the subtle reaction change on Bailey’s face in the third panel.
Bailey’s forwardness is amazing. <3
The forwardness IS impressive.
bet she was all ‘And it took you so long to ask, shypup?’
It was highly unexpected, at lest over here, i guess my doom proclamations were just naysaying, heh.
Yeah that and the fun pickup saves me from going mad at the moment. XD
Bailey is very… forward. I like it.
Hehe, deja vu… XD
i’m not sure whether i should be happy for kind, or afraid for him.
The answer is yes, you should be.
A little of both, but mostly happy.
Yay does this mean King is here to stay?
We can only hope.
surely it looks that way. I mean, given what he said, it’s a safe bet
I wouldn’t be too sure. Twists abound in this comic!
no, breaking his heart wouldn’t be a twist, it would be an act of cruelty.
Weeeeeeell, he’s a fictional character, and “acts of cruelty” have lead to interesting plot/character developments and create conflicts. Consider how Romeo and Juliet would have developed had it been just a straightforward romance without the Bard’s “cruel” addition of the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets.
Are you implying that this comic will never be cruel?
Yes sir there are. Anyone remember rick’s curveball with grape?
The fact that grape was a girl, or that Peanut and Grape ended up with their own partners rather than each other?
Or is this something else?
Grape being a girl :3
I don’t think King is a girl.
No, but bailey is. But I agree with the guy up there. It wouldn’t be a twist, or even a curveball. That would just be cruel. Like Pete!
Yeah twist it like a dizzy tornado.
Of course King is here to stay. How else can Pete come back… not that I want that, but it’s going to happen now that King is a gone native Dog now.
What is all this talk about King going away?
He is here to stay Forever, Period, No “ands”, “ifs”, or “buts” about it!!
If King goes, many people (myself included) will be very Very VERY sad.
Why, if King were to be removed, we’d be all over Rick like bees on a sunberry blossom!
(This is a reference)
HEY nothing is sure till it’s been clearly said… but even then remember a certain all powerful bird thing?
There is always hope for victory! >:3
Nice, very smooth King. Shame it has to end when he goes back to Babylon Gardens.
What? Why? Bailey don’t have E-mail, cellphone, or slug mail?
Long distance can work… maybe… Is that a twister over the hill there? Or just a twist?
but he’ll go the happiest dog on the planet, with hope in his heart and internet to keep in touch with the lady of his life.
And then the Internet DIES muhahaha!
what if bailey and king have pups then you know it is going to stay
Fool! that brick is exactly what i needed to bring this about! and now it shall….bugger it its too hard being the pessimist, Ricks not giving me enough ammo here, its all working out too well and being cute an stuff.
Maybe he doesn’t go back to Babylon Gardens.
i would seriously miss him, but if he started a love life with bailey, i’d be all too happy
is Babylon Gardens eastside or westside?
“When you’re a pet you’re a pet all the way…”
At first I was like ‘lol d’aaww XD’
But then I was like
But what happens when its time to go back home though? D:”
He could always move… or she could…
it will be always a step in the right direction, for him
Samll+cute= Instant Snuggles!
Oh, forgot to factor in the y time “Trying to be Serious” factor.
and a cute, floating heart hovering on them
Happy Thanksgiving King
King – ‘I am grateful for finding happiness’
I agree, King is going to be having a Very good Thanksgiving.
This strip was supposed to be posted on Wednesday, which was yesterday. So this strip in technically still in the past. Tomorrow is probably when we’ll see the actual Thanksgiving strip, and hopefully King and Bailey snuggling.
Or Fox scoring some turkey.
Or Fox going for turkey, noticing King and Bailey…smuggling, and going to soak in the nearest pond.
snuggling. Time to get off the phone.
I almost made that mistake
Smuggling would be funnier, nothing like Smokey and the Bandit-style dates.
I am thankful for food
Go corgi go!
-dada dada da dada dada da daaaaa-
Well, that does look like a decision point – although King’s having to bring up “a malevolent entity” in the prior strip did make it look more like he was trying to persuade himself that there was some reason to go back to being human than like he really wanted to do so.
Old King would have stood there, brooding again and crying all over himself
New and improved King decided to give it a try for doggy happiness and chose very explicit phrasing, in that sense.
there IS hope
Sure giving a chance is good and hope never dies that “Victory shall be mine!” Ha-ha-HA! :”D
…Princess Bride reference?
I doubt it, although I did consider making a reference myself.
King is smoother than I am, and he’s not even trying. T_T
He’s got that ladykiller face. And real puppydog eyes.
Better played hypothetical than last time anyway…
I don’t know, last time he got some really good advice.
I was referring to the last hypothetical of the last comic, not the entire last comic. You know, the thing about the malevolent entity…
I agree on that part.
Well… I guess King and I are similar in that sense. I would ask the girl that I’m interested in how to ask them out.
Good to know that she’s (Was) Single.
Also, I don’t think that anydog in Housepets knows what the word ‘Hypothetical’ means…
Except Fox. =P
And King clearly
I’m sure Peanut does.
King you get the Dan approval stamp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UUZG2Ai1JY&feature=related
King’s face in the last panel is priceless!
For a moment I wondered why she had a towel…
Pond… watch… duh…
also, love Bailey’s curly soft tail
Curly wet tail…
And she’s probably gonna wrap her tail around King from escaping lol!!
scene: one panel, King and Bailey laying in the straw, cuddling, he snuggling against her, she wrapping her tail around him.
Collars off. His torn off.
He seems small enough.
Now imagine if King and Bailey get together and Pete decides to turn him back into a human against his will. It seems like the sort of thing he’d do.
I believe that he couldn’t.
1) That would be against the ‘implicit benevolence’ rule. It would cause unnecessary harm.
2) Transformation is subjected to King’s decision, especially now that he’s officially a third player and not only an avatar.
3) given the first two, IF King decided in a weird quirk of the moment he’d be better off a human, then Pete could transform him in obligation and in respect of the game general rules.
4) I should quit tap water
1) Since when has Pete obeyed the rules? Breaking into heaven to steal King’s fate is only the most recent example…
2) I thought only the immortals were players, and King wasn’t an avatar [because his involvement in the game was involuntary]
3) King had previously decided that he wanted to be human, and Pete’s involuntary transformation of Joel into King was deemed against the rules, but Pete was neither obliged nor interested in transforming him back, nor were the other players
4) Orange soda.
Right now Pete’s wanting to play by the rules or not is probably irrelevant, having been captured and all. He’s kinda out of play while in the celestial equivalent of jail, and even if he wasn’t Great Kitsune’s ruling was pretty explicit that Pete couldn’t go back to the mortal realm without a willing avatar of his own (for which King most certainly does not qualify, for obvious reasons ).
It’s very unwise to tick off a GM, and outright ignoring their rulings is a good way to do just that.
Forget about everything else, she’s goes straight to the point!
Cue the cheesy love music! (or something)
Of course, who wouldn’t snuggle with a stud like King?
You mean ‘cutie’, right?
Though I guess stud works too . . . sometimes. He’s usually stuck being cute rather than studly, though.
Not that him being cute isn’t good.
Well, it was meant to be a joke, but I see what you’re saying.
That is all sorts of dawww right there. honestly, absolutely adorable!!
best arc so far
Oh yes, certainly! hehe they’re such a cute couple ^^
Fanserice if you ask me. XD
Well…..that was…way easier than i expected it to be actually, smooth moves king i guess.
that was very unexpected
I’m stealing his pickup line.
WHOA!!! I DID NOT SEE THIS COMING!!!! AWESOME!!!
Huh, thought that was going to take one or two strips longer to happen,
Yep.. I think Bailey sniffed King out! She know’s!
Stick with it King. A Dog’s life is looking up to be the BEST life!
She didn’t even need his butt.
and the way he moves his ears in panel 1…dawww
Boy, King sure looks adorable, even moreso than usual.
It looks like this is King’s fittest snuggle, then. )
Whoo! Get some!
Gotta love a woman who knows what she wants.
Assuming one exists
This could not be going more exactly how I want it to go.
I also suddenly miss my BF T.T
I had a whole long comment typed up for yesterday’s comic on my phone, and then Safari decided to die and take my comment with it. In it I went through a whole slew of different scenarios.
None of them were this. I am the second happiest Corgi alive right now. (King would be the first, obviously!) Everything is going so well for me and everyone I know/care about, even in comics, this week! I’m definitely thankful for Rick hooking these two up, even if it’s temporary.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who’ll celebrate it today, and happy Thursday to those who won’t
FWIW, I never imagined King would use a corny pick-up line. Or how Bailey would respond to it.
King is excused because it’s his first time trying to ask a date to a dog.
Bailey was practically waiting for him to try a line. The cute of King is a pick-up line by itself!
Orange soda = WOOOO!
Hmm, now how do I harness is cuteness for myself.
I actually had a really good pickup line but I forgot it!
I like it this way anyway.
Rick Griffin: turning forgetfulness into good gags since 2008
I’d say it couldn’t have gone better man so hurray for a memory with holes. XD
It just not the same without the silent penultimate panel!
How many times can one explode from cute? ^^ D’awww…King just keeps adding to his adorable….ness.
We explode and are reborn in time for more cuteness. Heh, we have a total winner here!
Apparently, in this comic, cuteness works like a phoenix.
what do ya mean?
It keeps getting reborn from the pyre of cuteness.
I hope thats king come back in one piece from the snuggle time with bailey^^
And by the way have fun king but not to much^^
This makes me happy on Thanksgiving.
That is all.
*joins the happy chorus*
King + Baily = Best flirt ever!
It’s as if heaven had waited with an open door for Kingy!
Well… That was easy lol
Wait, would this actually work? That’s exactly what I’ve been planning. Ask her what words to use, and use them on her. Wow, that sounds kind of sinister.
Anyway, I’d better show her this comic beforehand so she’ll know the best way to react.
Im starting to like bailey more and more!
me to (weird)
Wow. Destiny couldn’t put it easier for King.
Perhaps too easy. But hopefully not.
ITS A TRAP! A TRAP I SAY!
it’s a LOVE trap
It’s a delicious trap, therefor King must hit it
“Bailey, I am your Density… Destiny…”
Urrrr…. I don’t get it because my english is not very good? (Hell, I love Housepets anyway.)
I mean what is Bailey trying to do
She’s just going to cuddle with King. A cuddle is like a hug but lasts longer. There are a lot of translation projects here: http://www.housepetscomic.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=6
This couple is interesting XD
i like this. snuggles to me are on par with hugs, and thats way more then anything else to me. i love this because kings a good guy and the lady seems to be also~
The problem with being a dog is that your lifespan is much shorter than a healthy human’s. D:
And dog food is icky.
No one exactly knows how long animals live in this series, besides it’s a comic so it’ll run so long as Rick stays alive
Actually in one part of the Novel Rick is writing (That part is on the site if you want to read it) Sabrina states that most animals live to be an average of 40 human years.
By Shor! Thats longer than expected.
bailey know what she wants
i love her color and i also love her bandana
Am I the only one who wants king to become human again?
Not necessarily, but many fans prefer him to remain a dog. I’ll be interested either way.
You’re not alone, galan. I had similar feeling at the end of Avatar.
Also this might be a stretch, but is your name referring to Galactus?
Galactus is and ever will be.
Ha-HA! We are not alone! Let us join forces and hold our ground for humanity!!! >XD
Nope. Your not. I’m not saying I don’t like King, I’m just basing my position on the moral aspects of it.
We all love King. We’re just not on the side of a human being trapped in a dogs body.
You are called ‘restricted minority’
“restricted”? restricted by what?
This is so cute and addicting I can’t stop I came back to see this page like 500 times already and I still am >w<
Wait a minute! He said Hypothetical! XD
Aww! That’s so cute!
This does not take cuteness to a new level, it shattered the previous standards and established it’s own superior standards of adorable.
… OKAY I admit this was a great pickup joke.
But I’m still holding my ground on the “Kind’s not a dog.” front even if I’m all alone up against everyone else on this site.
I’m Swiss on it if that makes yea feel better.
FWIW, Switzerland is per capita the most heavily armed nation in the world.
Well, that does bring up a question; what is it that makes Joel / King not a dog at the moment?
Canine and Human souls seem to be interchangeable in the Housepets setting, or there wouldn’t be any doubt about which heaven he’d be eligible for.
The body is definitely easily changed – at least by creatures like Pete – although we have no data on whether that extends to the genetic level save for Joel / King’s line about how his being short is genetic (and there’s no reason to believe that he really knows what his genes are like at the moment).
It could be something magical – but it’s hard to see what magical element would be more fundamental than the soul.
We could go by “he was raised human” – which would basically be going by memories and attitude. However, the attitude seems to be changing – so if he’s still Human, that means that memories are sufficient. But if that’s true, then hitting Bino over the head until he loses his memory and then raising him as a human would make him human – and that’s kind of awkward.
If it’s “What he was born as”, does being transformed count as rebirth? What if there is reincarnation? Is it fair to impose personal standards on fictional characters created by someone else?
In the context of the Housepets setting… I’d have to agree with Sabrina I think. Given Joel / King’s current circumstances, the decision is up to him.
Good point as always Thoth.
Well as I’ve understood so far the body has changed down to the genes since as King said a few pages ago his body tells him that he finds Bailey attractive. The soul is a tricky part since FOR ME that is the mix of a persons mind and the normal soul/spirit we talk about.
So I’m more for the “He was born, raised and knows who he is.” version. Take away one half and it’s again a completely different story, but I never said that I don’ believe in change of heart.
I’m only making a fuss aboot this topic so many times cuz my own views dictate as such, not that “I’d like it if this went like this and this.” The story is up to Rick and his world of course, but as he can’t be by us I can’t be restricted by him now can I?
Well thank you!
Joel / Kings current genes may not have much to do with his bodies reactions though; most of that’s on the neurological and hormonal levels – and most of the genetic differences between mammals are expressed during the development of those structures and tissues, rather than directly in behavior. “King” bypassed that; since his body was transformed directly.
Personal views are perfectly good reasons for taking positions though! After all, my personal viewpoint is that I like to analyze fictional worlds (and see what ideas they give me to put into RPG’s) – but I certainly can’t expect everyone else to share my hobbies.
I know, but I always thought about this transformation that it has to follow some biological rules and thus if the body is different then the genes themselves have to be different, but I can see your point.
Hey you’re not alone man, I sometimes need to keep myself away from thinking about the world of a story or I’d end up with yet another project in my head that may never get made in the end, but will also never leave my mind. XP
Huskies are pretty near big as wolves, you know. And we know how rough Lucretia is.
This could be dangerous, no wonder he’s begging her to be gentle!
Not to worry. I doubt Bailey is missing her soap operas, like Lucretia was at that time.
He should just be glad she’s not a malamute.
This must be reminding him of the time he sat with Lucretia at the fire and she nearly crushed him
That lucky dog…
remember stubby legged husky puppies
whooo hoo! Snuggles for King, now theres another hopeful rom-com
When I saw that last panel, all I could do was: AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!
Kind of want to see this through because their so cute :3
YAY FOR THE STUBBY LEGGED HUSKY PUPPIES!!
King is accidentally the best lady’s man (dog) in the world. King, you are officially my favorite character. Fox, sorry, you’re second now.
i still am a grapenut fan, but the KINLEY is so irresistible
like i said stubby legged husky puppies
omd best moment since the dragon kissed peanut
Aaaand against his own advice he’s gone native. Way to go King! I fully support this.
King will never know how lucky he is. |3
I wish it were that easy. X3
I IZ JEALOOOOOUS! XD lol, she probably will snuggle him like a plush animal X3 *squeaky squeaky* King u lucky dog
That’s a cute couple right there.
WELL DONE, KING!! WOOOOOO!! *begins cheering for him*
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