The First Time

Discussion (193) ¬

  1. Dissension

    What makes you think we didn’t notice?

    • Lamandus

      jupp, we just let it be…

    • Yehoshua

      I like to call them kit-mitts.

  2. Xane

    Ah, his first kidnapping! Poor huskypup :(

    • Barker

      Fox! Nooooo!

    • wanderer

      Poor Fox! Getting kidnapped even as a pup!

    • Crackles

      It may sound harsh, but it’s for his own good if it made him the dog he is today.

    • Keldor

      Hmm… I guess he should have listened to Ralph’s lecture on safety.

      • Valerio

        oh, he listened all right.
        He also believed he could overpower any trouble…

        • Keldor

          His response to Fido about the safety lesson was “hmm. Whatever”, which sounds to me like he was present but not paying attention or not caring.

          • legendario13

            maybe he was paying attention to joey…

    • gaboris

      Wait where did I miss the part where he said that he was kidnapped? I tend to forget parts like that so help pls. O_o”

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      Take notes Fox, this could come up again.

  3. Zukio

    So his ears were intact back then! Also I love Mittens!

    • Zukio

      And now I can think of what Max’s comeuppance is going to be.

      • Barker


        • Zukio

          Possibly but I was thinking of his ear.

    • Barker

      He also didn’t have a collar.

      • Lamandus

        in other words, max is running around totaly naked…

        • Lophiiformes

          Where’s the censored bar?

          • Valerio

            too cool for censorship! :D

        • efhosci

          I never thought Rick would descend to such cheap fanservice…he ought to be ashamed!

      • Argent Stonecutter

        I guess he was a stray back then.

        Also… Max is an older cat!

        • IceKitsune

          Possibly but knowing Max its also likely he just doesn’t want to wear a collar or doesn’t have one yet.

    • GameCobra

      And i rejoiced! <3

    • Xane

      I would actually prefer the ears to be an unexplained “noodle incident” but I guess we’ll just wait and see if Rick decides to let us in on the secret.

      • Elwood Blutarsky

        I wouldn’t. Let ‘em rip!

  4. CrimsonFox

    I’d definitely root for the kitties! Go Max!

    • CrimsonFox

      oh and Rik, thanks for bringing back the youngn’s :3

  5. IceKitsune

    I noticed it. Also wow Max that is just very very cold.

  6. Lophiiformes

    Oh Max

  7. Nick (from RFHP!)

    It looks like Max may be slightly older than Grape.

    • Barker

      Or big as a child which explains the bully mentality.

      • Zaitsev

        well he calls Grape “kid” which would imply an age difference in his favor.

        • Barker

          Probably, but I’ve known at least one rather large individual who called those older than him kids simply because he was significantly more developed. Good thing he got his yucks out then, though, cause he does not look particularly good bald.

          • the fry pwnr

            I CALL SHINANIGANS!!!

        • coyoteBR

          i think he calls Grape “kid” because it’s neutral. Grape’s gender will remain a mistery for Max for some time…

  8. AuvaAkita

    Wow, Max was just full of himself as a kid!

    • Shirosune

      Max is full of himself as an adult too…just saying.

      • Valerio

        at least, he’s always been coherent ;)

        • Kitch

          I think the word is “consistent” =P

  9. Lykaios

    maybe this is where max got his ear all messed up?

    • Barker

      Or maybe that’s a story for another time. I genuinely hope it’s a story for another time because that means more Lil’ Housepets!

      • AuvaAkita

        Housepets Babies Part 2!

        • Valerio

          never enough of Housepets babies!

          • the fry pwnr


          • tanglestalker909

            But that would mean they had kids!

          • Valerio

            *whistles innocently while looking at the sky*

          • Alucai Vivorvel

            And thus all the Grapenutters ragequit the comic…
            if you can even do that? o.O
            Waitaminute, Valerio I thought you were one of the biggest Grapenuts out there! (Hence your avvie.) You’re betraying yourself! D:

          • Valerio

            Oh, I am SUCH a grapenutter that I wrote, well…a very special second generation, myself. ;)

  10. CeliCam

    Ooooh Max, thats cold, and Grape is so in love already :3

    • Crackles

      I don’t think calling someone punk & bully has any positive tone in it.

      • camtheman16

        Refering to dogs T.T, but the above statement could sarcastic :3

  11. Draegwolf

    Pot. Kettle. Black.

  12. Lamandus

    Hey, Max isn’t wearing any collar… this means he was a stray-cat before somebody took him (maybe after the accident with his ear?)

  13. The Wolf Kin

    Max, how can you be so mean? Admittedly, they all seem a bit meaner as young’uns.

    Max also looks weird without his ear bite.

    Also: ARGH! Maxwell is naked! No collar!

    • Barker

      Peanut and Bino seem about the same. Bino possibly a little more tame given he isn’t “leader” yet.

    • the fry pwnr

      its because the bell is HUGE!!! its bigger than his head!

      • The Wolf Kin

        You have a good point there. Exaggerated, but a good point.

        • the fry pwnr

          well not really exaggerated because he smaller back then

  14. xhunterko

    Well, I noticed at least.

  15. A random person

    Hey, max’s collar is gone

    • IceKitsune

      Maybe he really was a stray. Or just likes to walk around naked.

  16. Sonic Fox

    Ah, questions soon to be answered.

  17. efhosci

    Is it just me, or does Grape look slightly older in this than in the last one? (as a kitten I mean) Maybe it’s the lack of lollipop…I dunno.

  18. McFly

    And to think these two would hook up in the future.

    • IceKitsune

      Maybe he redeems himself somehow? Though he is still a jerk in the present, so maybe not. I just wonder if hes this much of a jerk still.

      • Barker

        Or Grape feels like she needs to surround herself with more cats….

        • IceKitsune

          There are cats other then Max in the neiborhood. It also could be that she feels she can change him from being a jerk.

          • Alucai Vivorvel

            I dunno, he doesn’t seem like too much of a jerk now. At least, not from this glimpse of his past self we see here.

    • Crackles

      Chicks dig jerks, bro.

  19. Valerio

    POOR FOX!! :( :( :(

  20. Vladimir Zharkov

    Maxwell is just awesome

  21. RootsofOrigin

    Oh sweet, sweet irony Max. And you don’t even know it yet. Enjoy your intact ear while it lasts.

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      I don’t think he heard you.

  22. Keldor

    I wonder what Grape’s “reasons” for keeping her window unlocked are…

    • GameCobra

      Would be funny if Grape uses it as a trap to catch birds.

      Bird thinks Grape is locked behind the window? ‘OH SNAP SHE OPENED THE WINDOW’

      • Keldor

        My experiece with window locks is that unlocking the window is fast and easy compared to actually getting the darn thing open once it’s unlocked. It seems more likely that Grape keeps it unlocked so she can have access *in* than out. Maybe she got locked out of the house and it started raining once? Or maybe she saw just that happen to someone else, say, Max, and decided it was a good idea to be prepared?

        • GameCobra

          On a more serious note, i doubt she has as much trouble as being locked out of the house as Max. I think the window being unlocked would be for Max in certain emergencies. (That would be awesome in my opinion. Shows she cares for him <3)

          • IceKitsune

            Yeah I’m sure its for Max to use.

          • Keldor

            Ooh, I hadn’t thought of that! I bet you’re right.

            Makes me wonder just why Max gets locked out in the first place. Perhaps he simply drives his dad up the wall until he snaps and tosses Max outside for the night? As for the rain, Max figures that if he spends the night with Grape, he won’t have to go back and apologise, and as a bonus, his dad will be up all night worrying about him.

            Either that or Max already played the pity card the last few times this happened, and his dad has had enough…

          • GameCobra

            His owner more than likely wants his pets to fend for themselves and has strict rules at home that have to be followed.

          • Keldor

            Oh, I dunno – I kinda think Max and Bino bring it on themselves as often as not…

  23. Ryufire

    I do hope they don’t use the tickle torture on poor ol Fox! Oh the horror! 0.0

  24. Cerveny

    fingerless gloves =D

  25. Legendario13

    Max called grape “kid”
    the tomboy…tomcat….thing beggins.

    poor fox life teach him rude lessons
    as rude as max will learn later.

    • Valerio

      well, ‘kid’ is a neutral term that can be pretty well used both for boys and girls, given the right context.
      What is weird is in all these years no one seemed to notice that Grape was a girl…

      • IceKitsune

        Well it was actually only about a year maybe year and a half at most until the official start of the strip. So while its very strange they didn’t its still plausible.

        • Barker

          Besides, I think Mr. and Mrs. Sandwich were probably well aware when they signed the adoption papers. Oh, and changer her name from Princess Periwinkle.

          • IceKitsune

            Well yes they clearly knew. But this was referring to other Pets only.

      • Legendario13

        Yeah but he could have used other terms. According more with his style such as:
        young lady or little girl,gal,sweettie, etc.
        But kid?
        I think he has the fault of the missundertanding of grape genre.

  26. RegularBird

    D’aaw Res has cute little hipster gloves x3~

  27. RootsofOrigin

    Oh, I thought those gloves were always obvious. Apparently not. Suppose I should have said something.

  28. Zaitsev

    You can just feel the smug oozing from Max in this strip.

    • Keldor

      Indeed, in fact, I would go as far as to say that oozing smuggness is a common occurence with Max.

      • Zaitsev

        True, but this time I feel like I have to wipe my screen off every time I scroll up to the strip.

        • Keldor

          *Using a tablet* Eww! I got smug on my finger!

  29. King Sandwhich

    I love origin stories, which is why I love Housepets Babies, but I’d like it just done once because it slows current plot development. My greatest wish is for King to eventually get tired of the wolves and move in with the Sandwiches because he’s basically familyless. I’ll settle for finding out how Max lost part of his ear for now. I should start commenting on each strip.

  30. Luke

    Is it weird that Res reminds me of my girlfriend?

    • King Sandwhich

      A little bit because Res is a boy, but Res has a charming personality so its fine. It would be much more concerning if Bino reminded you of your girlfriend.

      • Keldor

        That would be a rather bad indicator, yes.

    • RootsofOrigin

      It’s the gloves isn’t it?
      No no wait! She is secretly the author of an incredibly popular book series that someone else is taking credit for.

    • volkoseba

      Fictional male anthropomorphic cat reminding you of your girlfriend weird? Howso?

      • Lunyk

        I mean, my girlfriend is a fictional anthropomorphic cat, so I don’t think it’s weird at all to be reminded of her by another fictional anthropomorphic cat…

        • aerion

          With that avatar, that seems far more plausible than it should be x3
          But, seriously, being reminded by fictional creatures isn’t that strange o.O Res’ personality isn’t THAT based on being an anthro cat, so there’s plenty of similarity to a hypothetical human equivalent. Such as someone’s girlfriend.

    • King Sandwhich

      For those confused previous comments have made it clear Res is in fact a boy.

  31. 1boredcanadian

    On with the show I suppose and why do i get the feeling that the kidnapping happened on the tail end of being (trying to be) a hero?

    • RootsofOrigin

      It was probably Agents who confused him for Neo.

  32. leaffly

    Ok sooo Max had no owner then when he was growing up till later on. Same as well the bite mark on his ear. This will be interesting to hear if it does happens.

    • IceKitsune

      Well he could just like walking around without a collar on. Peanut did it in The Arc Specifically About Being Naked.

      • Valerio

        …and Max is well known for his rebellious streak.

        • the fry pwnr

          i dout he even knows what comeuppence means. XD

          • SamBlob

            He will, he will…

      • leaffly

        I can agree to that. Cheers.

  33. Valerio

    also, grape in panel 2= PRICELESSLY cute! :D *hugs*

    • the fry pwnr

      HUGS?! I want a hug! *joins in for group hug*

  34. the fry pwnr

    thats such a max thing! XD

  35. Shuma-Jindivi

    ……and we’re going to see what happend to his ear……

    • IceKitsune

      Hopefully but that may not happen at this point in time.

  36. 1boredcanadian

    I’m going to guess that Grape saves Fox and drags along Max which result’s in Fox’s dislike of cats because he feel ashamed and Max’s bite mark or something to that effect.

    • IceKitsune

      Yeah I can see something like that happening.

      • Keldor

        Except that he was never exactly fond of cats in the first place.

        • IceKitsune

          My fault I read that wrong. Since Fox has eased up on his dislike for cats in the present; What I think might happen is Grape is going to save him (or helping to save him in some way) which helped make him ease up. And Its possible she drags Max along as well.

  37. Argent Stonecutter

    Wait a second, I would have thought that it was Bino who needed his comeuppance.

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      It’ll come later…and often.

    • Keldor

      You see, the key here is that when Fox gets comeuppance, he learns his lesson and resolves to be a better dog. Bino, on the other hand…

  38. Profesor Rod

    Poor Fox ;.;

    And Max is about to get his ear chewed XD

  39. Kitch

    Brick Joke.

  40. Lindseycrew

    Weird fox and max were bullies, not what I would think

    • Lenn

      It doesn’t surprise me with Fox. Fox is STILL a bully. Remember how he picks on peanut for fun right alongside Bino? Fox may be a swell guy to the people he considers ‘his kind,’ but he’s still pretty nasty to those who show that they’re different. (And his excuse that “Bino was doing it too, Bino is my friend” doesn’t cut it for me.) I like Fox, but he still has a lot of issues to be working out.

      • Xane

        Yeah, as much as I like Fox he’s hardly a great guy all the time. Even his reaction to beat Bino up enough that he’s badly injured, while used as comedy, shows that Fox has quite a nasty temper. He only became more than a background character by being nice to King, and even then he sided with Bino over the watch (though King was at fault too since he threw it away plus Fox was unhappy about it being Joel’s) up until the very last moment. Also being mean to Peanut and Tiger all the ti me. When I say I’m surprised by Fox in this arc it’s because he’s acting more like the leader than Bino, which eventually flips. I have an idea of why he feels obligated to side with Bino all the time but I’ll leave speculation to the forums.

        • Jesse James

          I’m gonna agree with Xane.

          Fox can be pretty nasty at times, generally to everyone except King, Sasha and his family.

          The kidnapping probably mellowed Fox out a bit. Maybe.

  41. Lunyk

    Is it just me, or does Res look really really tired a lot?

  42. Lunyk

    Also, I’m confused. Will this end up a Grapenut arc, or is this just to see adorable poppius? Because Grape was all embarrassed and red, but now it’s back to adorable poppius and kitties.

    • IceKitsune

      Its mostly about them as puppies and kittens. The possible Grapenut (or heck Gapres) stuff is just a subplot it will come back before the arc ends.

      • Crackles

        Gapres? Seriously?

        … but yeah, we’re probably going to get to see some shiptease in the end if we’re lucky.

  43. realwarpet

    lots of things I wanted to see are so well connected *Fox’s first kidnapping and max’s ear.*

  44. Draven

    Max had a silver tongue back then

  45. realwarpet

    Ironically fox didn’t wear a bandana until the comics started getting colored.

    • Keldor

      Later than that even – Fox’s bandana first appeared here:
      at the end of the first Pridelands arc! Not only was this after the world gained color, but after the art style change.

    • Indagare

      *nods in agreement with Keldor* You can actually see his collar and dogtags as late as February 27th 2009:

      He started wearing it again on April first of that same year. Now let the fans speculate – why did Fox stop wearing the bandana and why did he start again?

      • IceKitsune

        hmmmm maybe he lost the original (or it got destroyed some how) maybe during the dognapping and had to buy a new one and the intervening time he was saving up money.

        • Keldor

          A generic yellow bandana is really cheap, like $0.99, so even with a measily $2 allowance, he should have been able to replace it easily. I mean, that ice cream bar he bought for King was more expensive…

          Maybe it took him a long time to replace it because Walmart had stopped making that color, so it was a matter of finding some place that actually sold plain yellow bandanas? I sure know that sort of thing has happened to me… >.<

          • IceKitsune

            It could also be that it reminded him of the situation and by the time he bought another one he had finally gotten over it.

            Or Rick just kind of messed up and forgot he didn’t have it at first and there is no explanation really.

          • Lenn

            What Icekitsune said.

          • Keldor

            Well, if you want to be technical, I’m pretty sure that the bandana was a later addition by Rick to Fox’s character design, and is present in the babies arc more through the power of retcon than anything else, but what fun is that? :-P

  46. justacritic

    What’s sad is that this won’t be the last time

  47. phosphorus

    Haha I now own a puppy fox

  48. kingisawsome

    has anyone noticed that kitten grape is never in the same strip as today’s Grape.

    • Keldor

      That’s probably due to the degree of separation beyween her and past as told by Peanut. To get them both in the same comic, you’d have to transition from a flashback as told by Peanut to Res to Grape interrupting into the conversation, which represents three different contexts. That’s much to complicated, flow wise, to do without a solid reason – I suspect we’ll only see that happen if The act of Grape jumping in is part of the joke.

      • Maengun1256

        Like another Suplex move lol

  49. Lenn

    Looks like this is the first time Fox got kidnapped!

    • Keldor

      You know, I never really believed that Fox had been kidnapped before. I always interpreted his “not again” as him remembering waking up without a collar in a strange place after he had been abandoned. Though I suppose it’s still possible that things will turn out that way, though less likely now.

  50. Keldor

    Hrmm. We know that Pete is sort of a jerk, but it has also become evident that Maxwell is also sort of a jerk, at least as a kitten. Compare and contrast their jerkish tendencies. If one were to be your father-in-law, which one’s jerkness would be best suited to this position? Which one would have been more likely to get in trouble in school (Imagine that Max got shipped off to obidience school at some point, not that it helped…)? Which one would make a better (ok, worse) president, if you were forced to vote for one?

  51. TheHedgehog

    Something is telling me that we’ll find out what happened to Max’s ear. C:

  52. Valerio

    I know Max is a jerk but…gotta…resist…that…charming grin! AUGH!

    • GameCobra

      Search out your feelings, you know it’s true!

      • Valerio

        *fails resisting*

        • GameCobra

          *insert creepy villanous laughing scene here*

          • Valerio

            You win.
            This time.

          • Keldor

            He’s a cute little imp, indeed.

  53. camtheman16

    Lol reasons….(Sounds mysterious)
    My bad for not knowing Res was a guy till this Arc. *Shamed housepets fan is shamed*

  54. legendario13

    i can almost hear…
    like in the distance….
    like an eco from the future….
    the sound of an starter on an old van…
    and a voice….
    “!!GMC why have you failed me¡¡”

  55. Marine Fox

    Hypocrit/ Egotistical = Half your ear being bitten off!

  56. Draven

    Little did Max know, by acknowledging the lack of comeuppance he has basically dug his own grave.

    • Keldor

      Yes, he’s just tempting fate there, isn’t he?

  57. Tara

    He sure knows big words for such a young age.

  58. Xantham

    So Max totally has no bite outta his ear…..???

    • Kormiak

      I think we’re about to see it happen…Think about it…..He’s making Grape mad…..XD

  59. Valerio

    I wouldn’t be surprised if that first bite was courtesy by Fox for some most unwelcomed commen on the kidnapping.

  60. Firewolf


  61. Keldor

    When Grape first met Res, she spent a few hours telling him stories about Max. Now, when Peanut meets him, he spends his time telling him stories about Grape, and others. I’m beginning to see a pattern here :-D

  62. Disco

    “She usually keeps it unlocked for…” Maxwell?

    • Valerio

      now THAT’S a horrible thought

      • Disco

        I know, right? Someone else please come up with something plausible that explains both the unlocked window and Peanut’s hesitancy to name said reason.

  63. Dragongal

    I now it’s a little late for this, but I found it.

  64. NumberUnoFan

    XP max is so wierd

  65. Dan

    I think Fox could have used a bit more training, maybe then he could also ack the part of a badboy and not just look it. Though from the looks on how things are going I’m guessing this is how Fox becomes such a nice guy, and how the other dogs come to accept Grape. Also I have this feeling that fox is going to get kidnapped even more between this ark and the ark where he gets kidnapped by Joel and the fat man.

  66. Pogiforce

    What I just noticed is Max’s ear isn’t torn/split here. So whatever happened to his ear happened after this.

  67. Lindseycrew

    I have a feeling that something might happen to max’s ear after this, because the thing that grape says in the last square, it seems like either she is saying it in a questionable kid like way, or a standing up to a bully way

  68. SilverZeo

    Max: No Comeuppance!
    Meanwhile, at Tiger Home..
    Tiger: UP COMING MUFFINS! (explosion of muffins occur and on lands on Max while Grape looks on at disbelief)
    Max: …Odd things have been happening to me since I broke up with Sabrina…

  69. ?

    its peaunt butter jelly time peaunt butter jelly time