Delusional Steve. *giggles* That poor guy!
Good to know that certain aspects of our world don’t exist in their world. Seems it’s more of an orphanage than a pound.
Except you probably don’t get to leave this “orphanage” by yourself.
Well not all the old orphanages were very nice either. Some of them were downright terrible and were horrid to the kids. For example the orphanage in Annie was just depressing.
I think Argent means that in an orphanage, you got to leave once you became an adult.
Right. Unless there’s some option to “defect to the wild”, the animals are in that wire cage for life.
Living with Car Salesmen can do that to you though.
This being Housepets his owners arrived five minutes later and took him home.
What it is, they forgot where they left him. Delusional Steve’s Delusional Owners XP
That depends how many years he got for selling hot cars.
are we talking dog years or human years?
As it’s the owner, human
Am I the only one who’ll dare to say it that Steve here reminds me of of Mile’s cub when he had an eyepatch on?
Maybe they left him there because they discovered he was a wolf?
“And my name is really Star Killer, why do you keep forgetting?”
Because this is a flashback, this means it is the SAME EYEPATCH, due to the law of incredibly improbable and unnecessary calling forward.
Ha-HA I knew SOMETHING looked familiar!
Heh this made me laugh. Good one Rick. XD
Wil this eyepatch thing fall into the plot of another arc? My guess, most likely
I actually made a few comics called “The wondrous adventures of Schizophrenic Steve” a few years back. Could they be the same person? 0.o
I would probably be that guy.
Delusional Steve can be running gag. Inject him now and again “Family Guy” style.
its funny how small they are. XD. *in a russion low voice* YOU ARE SO SMALL, IS FUNNY TO ME! *team fortres 2 referance*
OMG! That’s so sad DX They should have a place where all the “most-likely-never-to-be-adopted” pets can go or just be like “pet-employees” and such. Poor Steve ;3
Sooooo cute when they’re babies! I wish they remained that way forever
I do too, but then we would have missed out on the shenanigans that they pulled when they were older.
Not really, they’d just be younger looking,
But then No more King D:
But they are still cute now?
I think so!
YES WAY TO CUTE
Someone needs to invent a Permanent Puppy. Current attempts like the Klee Kai and the teacup Yorkie definitely didn’t work out as well as hoped. Cute (some of them anyway) but still not PermaPup.
Wouldn’t PermaPup mean perma-break all the pillows, shoes, furniture and everything at reach, and wet the floors, and all those nasty things pups do until they grow up?
They have to freeze right at that magical point when they’re housebroken and moderately well trained, but still soft and fuzzy. I’m willing to lose a few slippers to chewing in exchange for it!
That’s called a “cat”.
Wouldn’t you rather have a PermaKitten, too?
That’s called a “ferret”.
They exist. Breeds created to retain puppy-like behavior and appearance even when grown up. I think they call them “toy dogs”
Yeah my parents have a Min. Toy, tea cup Chiwawa (spelt wrong I know and don’t care) she’s 13yrs old human yrs and she still acts like a puppy and for the most part still looks it
Now just think how cute a puppy version of King would look.
I cant. Whenever I do I faint of adorableness. Watch, *faints*
but they can since they are drawings and you can keep them looking that way forever and ever and ever and ever and ever
Way way way to cute, and I love grapes facial expresion in both the first and last panel so angry for being woken up better get used to it Princess lmao
Puppies and Kitties and cages! OH MY!
Oh Happy Joy!
Peanut’s Manic Energy sounds fun!
It sure does
Only because we didn’t have to live with it.
This is so true, it hurts…
I can handle that. handled many pups and kittens in my life.
he sounds fun, looks fun, acts fun…
I would do this too if I could.
Housepets Energy Drinks! New flavors include Manic Peanut, Hyper Kevin, and Ferocious Grape!
And for a limited time only, Mystery Mr. Bigglesworth! If you can guess the flavor, win a prize! See contest rules for details.*
*Contest rules are not displayed anywhere convenient and the odds of you winning are so small, you might as well not participate.
No no no, it’s Irrational Grape http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/12/20/are-you-listening/
Hah. I was thinking more of her propensity for violence but irrational is funnier. I guess that means it wouldn’t actually be grape flavored!
I think if you dump a lot of sugar into a Grape flavored drink it could make you irrational.
No, it would be different every time, the ultimate irrational drink!
Making reference to an alt text that is over a year old… bravo, I say
That doesn’t work — Irrational Grape is a new flavor, and this is a distant flashback! Unless it’s a relaunch? Hmm…
Well at least no one got physically chucked outa this one
…at least not yet…
The second Batch could include Mystic Tarot, Mischievous Max, Shocking Bino, Insane Tiger!
Now I just wonder about the flavors.
Bitter Bino, more likely. Don’t know about the others, but Tarot would probably be lime flavored. All that green and all.
Tiger would be orange just to be a jerk, Max… chocolate? And yeah, bitter apple for Bino
Chocolate is much too sweet a flavor for Max. He’d be licourish or something… Actually, that would be a good flavor for Sabrina too.
Don’t forget the mango marvin, rootbeer ralph, and dynamite daryl flavors.
Oh and double daisy.
Yes, licourice.. and I get this odd feeling that sabrina is a lemon or a sort of blue-ish.
Gasp…we’ve discovered the unifying force of nature! Peanut’s maniac energy is the solution!
No idea wut ur talkin about :p
I… Just feel sad now (poor Steve)
I wander what’s happening with Steve till this day?
Prob still waiting poor guy
Its okay ill bring steve home with me
He is probably very very old by now, he was an adult when Grape and Peanut were babies. *gasps * he could be dead!
Actually their lifespans are longer in the comic than they are in the real world, so Steve could still be alive.
He’s still alive and iam goin to bring him to his forever home
I will take Steve home! A grey cat with an eye patch? Yes Please! He’ll be my first mate in the pirate ship I call life!… Or my small one bedroom apartment
Now I NEED to do write something with Steve!
Yeah, I think a lot of cats and dogs in the real world probably feel the same way. Any day now! Any day and mom and dad will be back and love me again! I was a good dog, wasn’t I!? They’ll be back, I’m sure!
Is he a cat or a dog? He looks kind of catty but also looks like he has a cold wet dognose. Actually he kind of looks more like one of the wolves.
Assuming the pound is divided in ‘cats’ and ‘dogs’ sections, and that peanut got to try to know all dogs present, it is safe to assume that now he ventured in the ‘cats’ section.
hence, Steve = cat
I think his ears and tail (the bit of it) say cat more than being cell neighbors with Grape.
Yeah, especially now that I notice the tail is long. Housepets! cats have very fluffy tails, even the shorthair breeds look like they have snowleopard tails. So fluffeh!
Schmaltzy? How’s that for a kitten’s vocabulary…
Not to mention a 2 year old’s.
That’s GRAPE for ya!
That’s settles it Grape’s original owner was Druish Princess
Funny, she doesn’t look Druish!
It’s the Calvin effect.
Calvin, huh? http://xkcd.com/1002/
What does schmaltzy even mean?
Ah.. where’d she learn that? Delusional Steve?
Looks an awful lot like Rockstar Hawk with that eyepatch.
lol poor Steve.
and for all of you that are on your phones
Alt Text : “Coincidentally, Delusional Steve’s former owners were used car salesmen”
The prices are, c-c-CRAZY!
one internet and one cookie for you, sir!
Thanks heaps! Kindles don’t have alt text (slight brag)
Thank you know all the used car salesman jokes make sense lol
Gosh, I just keep reading this
Poor Grape! Back then she didn’t understand much about how much the “owners”(parents) love Peanut! POOR GRAPE! SO YOUNG!
She also didn’t relize that this day would change her forever (she will never again get a solid nap)
No, didn’t she nap once for 2days straight?
Well if she did it was a rare thing
Goodness, they are so much cuter as youngsters. The same expressions on little kid heads and bodies make the expressions just so much more effective and hilarious,
Yep. Classic Grape.
Kitten Grape would make an adorable plushie…manic energy XD
I’d like myself BOTH kitten Grape and puppy Peanut plushie.
The three S’s’s’s’s’s: Stupid, schmaltzy, and Steve.
don’t forget stray, seized, or surrendered to fill all S’s’s’s’s’s
Aw, both are still looking cute but im sad about Steve a bit now
Steve’s in an epic voyage of discovery.
Even as a puppy Peanut’s neck is still buff.
*head exploded form the cuteness of it all*
Well, at least it’s better than having your head explode with dark forebodings….
Aww so cute. And thanks rallyjr for alt text
Kitty Grape! (Again)
And here I thought Grape had previous owners because of her older name o3o
Oh, I’m sure she had owners at some point but I doubt they were that nice if she’s in a pound and doesn’t like the idea of owners being “mom” and “dad”.
Er, not to state the obvious of course.
Shelters usually name the pets they take in if they don’t have one
So I guess she was a Stray then?
We don’t know if she was a Stray or not actually. She just means She doesn’t have an owner now. Since she had a name I would assume she was Surrendered or Seized. (Going with Surrendered myself since she hates calling owners Mom and Dad) I guess it could be a Shelter Name though.
Grape once stated to Mrs. sandwich she didn’t want to feel abandoned again.
Possibly, she was given to the shelter as a kitten from her previous owners
Grape’s previous owner might have been animal show people and something in her was not good enough to be in show so they abandoned her (which could explain the original name and the hatred (or lack of understanding) of the ‘parent’ position) or she had a “Crazy Cat Lady” and something happened to her. Both of those would leave a heavy mark on the poor girl.
Or perhaps she was born a stray and her mother abandoned her.
I’m sure we will find out before then end of this arc which it is.
Poor Grape; she was so upset about being collarless. No collar, no id.
Naked with strangers walking by every day.
You mad cuz you bad? :3
Yay maniac energy! I guess Grape saw that better then having to deal with delusional Steve. :p
and when Peanut realized the truth about pounds, he’ll refuse to leave until grape comes with him!
I wonder who is doing all of the photos (given that this is still the album Peanut is showing to Rez) O:
There is probably only one or two photos like Peanut and Grape standing togeter with the Sandwiches in the background holding the adoption papers. Peanut is reminiscing, telling a story and they are filling in with their imagination. As a trope it’s called a flashback
I know, that wasnt the point.. Oh well. x3
Why is that when I see kitten Grape saying schmaltzy it makes it so I hear her voice in my head as that of Yzma from Emperor’s New Grove after she’s been turned into a kitten?
Also, Puppy Peanut reminds me of myself when I was a kid.
…makes me feel a bit sorry for my parents.
“Looking for thi… Is that my voice? Is that my voice!? …oh well!”
I love the end of the movie.
kitten grape is MEGAcute when she’s angry!
I want Grape’s face without the fence in the 4th panel, IT SO.. uh.. AWESOME !
Come and get it.
Can someone please explain:
1) how do you get car salesman out of Delusional Steve?
2) the meaning of the word Grape used at the end of the second panel?
For the car seller thing: the Alt-Text. Some nice person posted it above
My next question is could you explain what the Alt-text means?
((I know what it is, just not what the one in today’s strip means))
It’s kinda like CRAZY EDDIE’S CAR SALE!!! showing that Delusional Steve might be the way he is from living with car salespeople like this. This is just my guess at it though, I’m not completely sure either.
Schmaltzy-Of, relating to, or marked by excessive or maudlin sentimentality.
If that’s what it means then I think she is using it wrong
No she’s using it right I think. She’s saying he’s overly attached to his owners or ‘parents’.
Rick, a suggestion: Grape’s name tag should be ‘Princess Periwinkle’, IMO, since we’re referring to the shelter period. whaddayathink?
Hehe, yes, I second the motion!
but what would that make Peanut’s tag be?
Still puppy peanut, since that was his name from the start
He could keep it Kitten Grape and put Princess Periwinkle in Quotes or Parentheses/Brackets next to it. I think that would be better.
wow, you can tell Grape has really warmed up to him since then, they’re besties now.
and poor delusional Steve, I’d honestly think they’d given him the shot by then (not like I’d want that)
It’s obviously a No-Kill Shelter–lucky for Steve.
Who’da Thunk Lil’ Grape would be so cynical o 3o
Aw, love at first sight. Heheh.
just imagine there cute little voices ^_^
Oh that’s right! I was imagining their grown-up voices. Fail!
i know right but when you really think ablut it what DO they sound like
Well really there still not grown up just yet, just a lil bit older
Grape is channelling Angelica from Rugrats here. (That, or I’ve been watching that 90s Nick special on telly too much.)
Also, her expression in the fourth panel is just… so classic Grape. :3
There is no such thing as “too much ‘Rugrats.’” One of the best cartoons ever made–till they did that “Rugrats Grown-up” crap.
Pessimist and naive. This chemistry was made BEFORE the time of time.
Hello, Grape? He just said maniac energy. Maybe you’d like to pay attention to that?
I’m really kind of wondering how he convinced her to come with him. Can’t wait to find that out.
now i don’t know if rick mistyped it or what but i see MANIC not MANIAC
not yelling just had to put words in bold
I doubt it’s a typo – manic is a perfectly valid word for peanut. Mind you, both manic and manaic could possibly apply, depending on whether peanut had much sugar lately…
“Manic” is an adjective, “Maniac” is a noun.
Further confusion: not all maniacs are manic, and not all manic people are maniacs.
Collins English Dictionary lists maniac as an alternative for maniacal, and almost the same definition as manic (manic can also be used to “denote” mania, not just being afflicted by it).
Strangely, no other dictionaries do.
Grape in panel 1 reminds me of King.
She does seem to have mastered King’s trademark expression, yes.
Kitten Grape is such a boss. Also so cute when she’s angry.
This is exactly what I thought would happen
Peanut is actually a bit taller than Grape in this comic. I think it’s a nice touch, emphasizes nicely the fact he’s older than her.
It also shows the hardships of life and the pound make her already more mature than Peanut, assuming he was always a pet. Hence the agressiveness.
Plus, if you’re called “Princess Periwinkle”, you must be tough to survive. :p
Delusional Steve’s line INSTANTLY made me think of Little Orphan Annie.
Obviously he will be adopted by Mr. Warbucks and live happily ever after.
Right, Rick? RIGHT?!
I love the look on Grape’s face in the last panel! ROFLMFAO!
What a grumpy kitten.. You’d think she would jump at the chance to get out of there, even if it’s with some crazy pup like Peanut.
I don’t think getting abandoned would improve your mood…
Maybe she’s been rejected enough times that she doesn’t get her hopes up anymore. At least we know this story has a happy ending, though Rick could pull some twist on us like her not being their first choice (though the fact that they’re about to head to another pound rules that out).
Also she’s a cat! (so would that make her a sourpuss?)
All of us know somebody like Delusional Steve…
And I you don’t, you are that somebody.
Isn’t there a Delusional Steve in all of us?
Grape reminds me of king right now
I agree. But she still didn’t say how she got there :3
Schmaltz is a Yiddish word that originated from German. It means rendered fat, usually chicken fat, and is used in cooking to make food sinfully rich, delicious, and bad for you.
These days it’s been appropriated to mean “overdone, sappy, and needlessly sentimental”. The word is coming back into vogue, since no one remembers what “saccharine” is any more.
“Saccharine” emphasizes the sappy sweetness part more, since it’s a varient of the chemical name for common sugar.
Well, if you’re going to be pedantic, saccharine is actually not sugar at all, it’s an artificial sweetener, which is why the adjective “saccharine” has implied overtones of fakery. But never let pedantry get in the way of a good punchline. Or as a friend of mine once said, “Actually, ‘pedant’ isn’t a verb.”
Saccharine also has connotations of its cloying aftertaste.
Grape! Hardcore from the start!
She just needs a hug.
I’m pretty sure Peanut wants to hug her if he can.
Don’t we all?
*hugs for grape* *hugs for steve* *hugs for peanut*
You know what HUGS FOR EVERYBODY!!!!
Somehow it looks like the father of the pack of wolves, has not one of the small, so a similar eyepatch?
Am i the only one who had an urge to hug Delusional Steve?
*raises paw* and the two little ones aswell obviously
Peanut had owners but no collar then?
He escaped his collar in the last comic.
He slipped out of his collar last comic.
I bet all the pound is cheering for hsi escape
wow no Kitten Grape gravatars yet.
This suprises me as well….Perhaps puppy Peanut is more cute?
Wow she act’s almost the same now as she does in the future…I mean now…I mean…er…um…OUCH! Time travel and flashbacks make my head hurt…
“The main problem with time travel is not the possibility of killing your own grandfather, but simply one of grammar”
soooooo was she stray, seized, or surrendered.
surrendered is the most probable option. She’s still got an issue about feeling abandoned.
Adopt the G.R.A.P.E.
Stick to the P.E.A.N.U.T.
Get ready to ignite
You were just a P.E.T.
Catching all the lights
Just easy as A.B.C
That’s how we make it right
(sorry if you don’t get it, had to change more around than what I had in my head)
Oh man I just realized I didn’t point out the reference, its the song D.A.N.C.E. by Justice…lol
i wish he’d make a subcomic were all the housepets were babies, not like in the past, but if they were all babies now, like a alternite reality or something
bring on the mauling from Mrs. sandwich!
Of all the names you could have used, you HAD to use STEVE?!?!?!?!?!
There is a one Steve limit.
Anyone remember that Peanut didn’t know Grape was a girl untill much, much, much, MUCH later?
Just pointing that out to crush all the thoughts of “let’s make them a couple as kids!”
Good idea! We wouldn’t want to break canon now would we? WOULD WE?
No we would not.
And “Knee Capper” here makes sure of it.
Ok Rick 2 questions, when can we start putting in orders for plushies and 2 what is Earl Sandwich’s wifes name?
Good thing Peanut’s smarter (or less sarcastic) than Bailey. Or else:
“Hi, my name is Peanut! What’s your name?”
“Get back in your cage you stupid dog!”
“That’s a funny name for a cat!”
“nice to meet you, stupid dog”
No no, it’s get back to your cage.
That’s her first name
wow. Took me a day to figure out the stupid nagging “What the heck is s’s’s’s. . . . .s’?” That’s just mean on my poor little mind.
p.s. s’s’s’s . . . . s’ is for Stray Seized or Surrendered ….. and Steve.
p.p.s. Now, don’t break my mind if I’m wrong.
Such an angry lil putty tat, Dawwwwwwww its so cute
Drake & Josh.
Wonder if he’ll post tomorrow…
Who’s “he,” if you don’t mind my asking?
Idk im crazy by now…But I was thinking Rick :3
In that case, the comic updates Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Midnight Central Time (GMT – 6).
Ever hear of a schedule change? :3
This is a really disturbing arc.
How so? Its very cute IMO.
It might be the cutest thing I have ever seen…
*Eyes are glazing over*
aww grape is so cute as a kitten but why is there no gravitar of her yet?
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