Acting Like Animals

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  1. Dissension

    Joey is still awesome.

    • senorpie7

      Well, he does appear to draw a rather good point!

      • Zukio

        Yes that is a great way to get free treats.

        • Dozer

          Plus a great way to meet friends

          • Maengun1256

            *SNIFF SNIFF*

      • Valerio

        my eldest dog is 13 and he won’t stop sniffing butt to make friends :D
        He’s young at heart

        • Keldor

          Either that or else he’s simply “dog” at heart.

    • volkoseba

      What do you mean still? This is the past…

      • Dissension

        “Even in the past, Joey is still awesome.”

        • Zukio

          I cannot see anything wrong in this statement. It is absolutely true.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            In the future we will have realized that even in the present, people will still have given Dan Streetmentioner an apoplexy. To avoid academic explosions, read Dan Streetmentioner’s book “Time Traveler’s Handbook of 1001 Tense Formations”.

      • thel_vanemee

        hu? this is still in the past? oh……..i guss :P

  2. Zukio

    Wow Fido was big, even as a puppy.

    • Barker

      And wore shades. His future must’ve been bright from the start.

    • Shirosune

      How is it that the first thought that came to mind for me after reading the last panel, was ‘Poor Ralph.’?

      • silverfang16

        Because Joey spoke.

        • The face

          Yeah. Nobody likes joey in that universe. Quick! Somebody build a universal transportation device …thingummy

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Fido is having looked very buff yesteryear.

    • Frank

      I don’t think he was a puppy. He’s completed his training and been accepted into the police force, so he must be older

      • Zukio

        But the tag does say puppy Fido, so I think this is before he even went to the academy. I’m just shocked that he was almost as tall as Ralph back then.

    • cesarinthewhitedragon

      Isnt fiddo of the older dogs anyway?
      perhaps he was almost mature (remember he was introduced when he returned from the Academy?)
      also I wonder how old Ralph is.
      he is still active after all!

      also makes me wonder.. does fiddo has eyesight problems?

  3. Keldor

    Oh Joey…

  4. jacruz666

    Just Bino’s logic xD

    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      Bino isn’t in this strip.

      • the fry pwnr

        he is doing a terrable entrence guard

        • Maengun1256

          Yep and getting his face riped to shereds while he’s at it,

          • the fry pwnr

            *Grape appers* sg. Ralph: what is a cat doing here? I thought this is a dogs only club.

          • Maengun1256

            Grape-”Don’t worry about it, or you’ll have a matching face like Bino, let’s carry on here”

  5. GameCobra

    Fido looks like a nerd X3

    • Crackles


    • Rick Griffin


      • GameCobra

        You just took the scene right out of my mouth as well <3

      • Elwood Blutarsky

        Agreed, Fido looked like a dork back then… Must have taken a level in b.a. later when he joined the K9 academy.

        • Maengun1256

          I think it was just a change in the glasses that, Now in present day, he looks B.A

      • 1boredcanadian


      • silverfang16

        It’s all in the shade of the lens I swear.

        • Elwood Blutarsky

          It’s those granny lenses, no wonder he upgraded to cooler ones later.

          • the fry pwnr

            dog cops in shades look awesome anyway!

      • Grip the Wolf

        Gohan: …what?

    • Shirosune

      He reminds me of one of my childhood friends…only, fuzzier.

    • silverfang16

      Yet still such a pillar of the community!

    • Keldor

      And thus, we see the family resemblance between Fido and Joey.

      • Maengun1256


        • the fry pwnr

          SO CUTE!

          • Maengun1256

            YES very much D’awwwww lol

      • Zaitsev

        see *MORE* family resemblance

        don’t forget the cat thing

  6. Xane

    LOOPHOLES! Stranger danger! I need an adult!

    • Dusk Fox

      I am an adult.

      • Maengun1256

        Sometimes unfortunatly I am also an adult lol

    • Ezhnopallaton


      • Equius

        Can I just call you Guru for short?

        • Keldor

          Adult. ‘Dult or dolt for short.

      • Zaitsev


        • Maengun1256

          But, But, But, The system, Its Flawlessssss

      • Keldor

        Whereas you may be adult, I refuse to be a dolt!

    • Draven

      Age is a state of mind. Nobody really ever grows up, they just learn how to behave in public.

  7. SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

    Fido sure is bu… wait, no he isn’t. WHAT IS THIS MADNESS!?!?!

    he looks nerdy.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      How about “Fido is going to look very buff in the future of the past today”? Or “Fido makes Ralph look very buff today”?

    • Draven

      Madness? THIS IS HOUSEPETS.

  8. IceKitsune

    Wow Fido wears regular glasses? (I’m almost positive hes never worn them before now) Or are they fake and like an early substitute for his Sunglasses?

    • Xane

      I had always gotten the feeling that Fido actually needed his glasses (which look different than the visors all the other officers have) while the other police dogs had sunglasses for normal reasons.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        The normal reasons being “looking cool”.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          And driving to Chicago.

          • River_Dragon

            with half a tank of gas. And it’s dark out.

          • Maengun1256

            Driving through a blizzard :P

  9. Zaitsev

    Joey would go on to apply this logic many times throughout his childhood, always with the same result.

    • Lunyk

      Free candy?

      • Zaitsev

        yep, the system is flawless

  10. Exulen

    That’s what I do when I meet somebody new

  11. McFly

    Is this the first time we see Ralph smiling?

    • xhunterko


    • SomeRandomGeekNamedBrent

      it’s before he was a jaded Sergeant.

    • Xane

      So happy to be given a serious responsibility!! For a sheppie, everything is serious business.

    • silverfang16

      That was my first thought, is he actually SMILING?!

      • Maengun1256

        Yep up untill our furry lil friend Joey spoke lol

    • Onemanarmy11

      And then Joey happened and owned it with technicality :D

  12. leaffly

    I really wonder what Joey is thinking most of the time OwO

    • efhosci

      He probably thinks about…*shudder*…CATS.

    • silverfang16

      You could try to comprehend it, but the effort will leave you babbling nonsense.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      “…now let’s see, if I make him a dual-class barbarian-tavern-wench, that counters the -3 charisma for being a wolverine…”

  13. Randomextra

    Joey for the win! And i like the pun. Appaws for you rick

    • Keldor

      A pun. How appawling…


      • 1boredcanadian

        I do apawlogize for joining in on this.

        • Keldor

          Apawlogy accepted. Here, have a nice juicy appaw!

          • slash0mega


            bad pun, and i mean as in “not really a pun” and not “cringe worthy.” really, you just tacked paw on the end of apple….

  14. 1boredcanadian

    Touché Joey, touché. And that pun felt like a frying pan to the head…in a good way.

  15. Elwood Blutarsky

    Keep giving speeches like that Ralph and one day you might actually get promoted.

  16. Camtheman16

    Ralph:”For all you know, those treats are laced with posion!”
    Joey: “You mean like chocolate?”
    XD Thats funneh.

    • silverfang16

      I like that one actually! :3

      • Camtheman16

        Thank you, worked on it all night!

  17. Musclecar326

    Is it me or does ralph look skinnier and less buff in panel 4 than in panel 3? Also could somone post the alt-test?

    • Xane

      He’s posing all buff because he’s proud to be a speaker for the pups and then Joey went and ruined it.

      “The system is flawless”

      • Maengun1256

        Thanx For the Alt-Txt Xane they really need to do somthing with the phone problem

    • FatalFox

      excuse me but what do you guys mean when you ask for “alt-text”?

      • dave

        it’s the text that appears when you hold your mouse/cursor over an image. in the case of the comic, there are often additional comments or jokes that Rick includes.

  18. Valerio

    *melts by cuteness*

  19. Phantom Tails

    Joey Joey Joey…tsk tsk tsk…

  20. silverfang16

    Wow, Ralph is older than I thought! :O

    • IceKitsune

      Same here I didn’t think he would be that much older then anyone else in the strip. Maybe like a year or two but I’d argue that he might be at least 3 maybe 4 years older then everyone else.

      • silverfang16

        Yeah it does actually make sense. I suppose I compare them too much to humans in this series.

  21. regularbird

    Makes total sense, Joey.

  22. Agent Sandwich

    Good ol’ days when Fido has yet to become a police dog (looks adorable in those glasses too!)…… I never knew Officer Ralph was older than Fido though……

  23. Firewolf

    “I mean, since he’s no longer a stranger then we could go to his house, ride in his car, meet his friends, go to Borneo with him, and to the moon, and over a rock, and under a hill!”

    • Keldor

      In a hole under a hill there lived a hobbit…

  24. Ozuan

    Hah, Fido back before his glasses evolved into sunglasses. And before he got muscle-y.

  25. Lionbone

    For people saying Fido looks big as a puppy in this comic, he doesn’t.
    In this comic he’s “Real time” Peanut age.

    • IceKitsune

      Then he wouldn’t be tagged as Puppy Fido (just like Ralph isn’t tagged as Puppy Ralph) as Peanut is not a puppy in the present.

      • Xane

        If he’s one year older than everyone else he’s still probably considered a puppy, just an older one.

        Now I really want to see Puppy Ralph. Sheps are so cute and silly when their ears aren’t standing up yet.

  26. Cloudchaser Sakonige

    Purely coincidental. I have a 5.5 month old Border Collie who’s named Joey. He barks at strangers and is wary of them, but wants to be friendly.

  27. Frank

    Joey used “Ergo”!
    It’s super effective!

  28. Corgiwolf

    Fido is adorable in his glasses. The expression in the first panel is so adorable, it reminds me of the first time I tried doing public speaking. Trying to look serious but coming across a bit nervous (see the paws). I’m glad I’m not the only one xD

    I am just in love with this arc.

  29. xain

    oh wow, fido is nerdy prepster happily introducing the officer speaking to the kids on safety…

    SO nerd. Figures he’d grow up to be a good cop then, heh.

  30. Yehoshua

    Joey never changes… I love that.

  31. Fatalfox

    Good joey logic right there =P

  32. Javier

    As a bully once said to me : that glasses totally suit you fido! xDD

    • zeroslash

      Your name is Fido? : P

      • Javier

        forgot to edit XD

  33. Lindseycrew

    So, this is what the old meetings were like! lol

  34. WingedwolfGirl

    Well them! I’m guessing the same applies to sniffing the back of that van with the words “free candy” spray-painted on the side. :3

  35. phosphorus

    Yep joey is adorable already but as a puppy he might make me explode
    Oh holly cuss Rick stop now before its too late

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      Must be why he’s off panel, the world is not ready.

  36. Grip the Wolf

    I got free treats. Your argument has now become invalid.

  37. coyoteBR

    What, no cute avatars based on this strip? Must be the first for this arc…

    And very good use of the traditional “sit!” “good boy” lingo here. I think it’s the first time we hear those on Housepets… Congratulations on surprising us again

  38. Foxy

    I see ‘The system is flawless’

  39. Lophiiformes

    Now pups, time to listen to McGriff, the Crime Dog!

  40. MC_Hollis

    Wait… We can’t have Puppy Fido w/o a Kitten Sabrina! Even if she would have been w/ Max at the time

  41. Zaitsev

    Wait a second, isn’t the Shepard K-9 dog’s name Ralph? I thought Kevin was the huge one with red eyes.

    • coyoteBR

      yep, and that’s correct. But Ralph here is still just an officer. On a couple of years he’ll be promoted to sergeant.
      Fido is still a Pup, soon to join the academy; Kevin is still playing tackle with other puppies. And Spo’s mother is probably giving birth to Huv, Huw and Hux.

      • Zaitsev

        But Fido calls him Kevin, is that a mistake on Rick’s or Fido’s part?

        • Zaitsev

          nevermind its changed.

  42. FerreTrip

    So, how old IS Ralph?

    • Valerio

      Assuming Peanut is leaning on the 3 YO, Id’say Ralph is on his way to 5. It should be a safe age to be trained to hold a token position to give lectures.

  43. Argent Stonecutter

    Ergo, Joey has an advanced vocabulary for a pup.

  44. Argent Stonecutter

    Also, SIT!

  45. JeffCvt

    You know, Grape walked into a Good ol dogs club meeting in the last comic, mabye this is that meeting…….

    • Argent Stonecutter

      It would almost have to be, because it’s the same arc so it’s still Peanut’s flashback.

      • JeffCvt

        How would he know what Grape did that day? Does this mean that Peanut in the club at this point? I mean, the hole reason that Grape was adopted in the first place was so Peanut would have someone to play with, but that suggests that he dosent have too many friends outside of the house, so then he woulden’t be in the club.

        • IceKitsune

          Grape most likely told Peanut about what happened if he wasn’t there.

          • Maengun1256

            No peanut at this time is part of the club it wasn’t untill the Cat tail drawing that he was kicked out :(

          • IceKitsune

            Oh I’m sorry I didn’t mean to imply he wasn’t, I was just saying that even if for some reason he wasn’t in the club Grape might have just told him about what happened. I’m sure hes been in the club since it started.

          • JeffCvt

            But thats my point, if he was in the club from the start, why would Grape have been adopted (read my 2ed comment)

          • IceKitsune

            Just because he goes to the club doesn’t mean he hangs out with them outside of it. I mean Grape lived next to Max since she was adopted and they clearly never hung out with each other until The Yarnball arc.

          • IceKitsune

            And for all we know this is the second meeting of the Good Ol’ Dogs Club.

          • Maengun1256

            And besides does it really matter why Peanut needed Grape, let’s just be happy that we got her now, :P cuz we all love that purple lil fur ball

          • JeffCvt

            She is awesome, and the cutest “baby” we have seen so far

          • Maengun1256

            Couldn’t agree with ya more

      • 1boredcanadian

        Ah, but could it be a flashback within a flashback?

  46. AuvaAkita

    Wow, Ralph must be really old! Not in this arc of course but when we get back to the correct time period. And i agree, sniffing butts is a very effective way to get to know you’re neighbors!

  47. realwarpet

    Joey sounded so normal back then…oh wel D&D changes people for the worse I guess.

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      I thought that was only true if you’re pre-Bosom Buddies Tom Hanks?

      • realwarpet

        It might be…Based on what I’ve seen of D&D it’s way to complicated.

  48. spiritkitsune

    That was the day when Ralph lost his smile.


    • silverfang16

      Of course….it’s all clear now!! :O

    • black fox

      It macks sents now lol also I wonder how old he is he dont look like a pup

      • Valerio

        if he’s tagged ‘puppy’, I guess he must be not older than 5, whereas Peanut and the dogs we met so far should be generally around 3.

  49. Chazmeister242

    HAHA amazing…..gootttaaa love joey!! Hey Rick, Whats your opinion on this SOPA thingamajig??!!!

    • Rick Griffin

      It’s a bad thing

      • Maengun1256

        And so is the PIPA its all a bunch of CUSS

  50. gaboris

    WAIT A MINUTE! What is going on? O_o”
    … Oh wait I just feel stupid now, for a while I thought that this was Bino and Ralph for some messed up reason and they didn’ seem to be young at all… yeah I’m blind sue me for it. :P

    BTW I agree with Joey that’s a perfectly logical way of doing this. :D

  51. Tagat

    Aw, I wanna see puppy Fox now :D

    • Valerio

      at that point, fandom collective meltdown occurs…

    • Argent Stonecutter

      And puppy Karishad.

      • phosphorus

        At that point I will explode destroying Kansas entirely

  52. phosphorus

    me too, so bad i might kill myself, but ill explode if i see him…

  53. Foxx

    Ergo…….nope. No easter egg here.

  54. Rudi

    Well, you can’t argue with that.

  55. Grip the Wolf

    The tile text is right: The system IS flawless!

  56. Tattorack

    Perfect logic Joey!
    I might actually adapt to that XD

  57. Lunawerewolf

    I dunno if anyone noticed, but Bailey isn’t on the cast page. Just thought I’d say, mr. Griffon, sir.

    • Keldor

      Other characters missing: Terrance, Res, Itsuki, Boris and Yeltsin, and a whole bunch of wolves. Also, I think that Thomas and Celia Milton likely deserve a mention in the human cast section.

      So yeah, the cast page hasn’t been updated in a while :-/

  58. spiritkitsune

    Ralph looks like Ernest Borgnine in the 80’s when he smiles. XD

  59. the fry pwnr


  60. realwarpet

    BTW is it weird I thought Mrs. sandwhich’s name was jill…before they said it? *not like I got/get the meme*

    • Maengun1256

      No not really When we found out that Mr.Sandwich’s name is Earl we were kind of hopeing that her name was goin to be Jill :P

  61. Gypsyraccoon

    I can’t wait to see if we’ll find out just what happened in Fido’s youth that made him attracted to cats ^_^

  62. PacMaster

    Hey everyone, Just to let y’all know I made a subreddit for Housepets! for all of you who may be redditors.

  63. Draven

    Puppy Fido’s glasses look a lot like mine… cool.