What makes you think we didn’t notice?
jupp, we just let it be…
I like to call them kit-mitts.
Ah, his first kidnapping! Poor huskypup
Poor Fox! Getting kidnapped even as a pup!
It may sound harsh, but it’s for his own good if it made him the dog he is today.
Hmm… I guess he should have listened to Ralph’s lecture on safety.
oh, he listened all right.
He also believed he could overpower any trouble…
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.
maybe he was paying attention to joey…
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”
He says “Not again.” when he was kidnapped by Joel and the fat guy, and in the strip after that he says that hes heard PETAs rhetoric before. And this comic is called The First Time (referring to Fox’s Kidnapping).
Take notes Fox, this could come up again.
So his ears were intact back then! Also I love Mittens!
And now I can think of what Max’s comeuppance is going to be.
Possibly but I was thinking of his ear.
He also didn’t have a collar.
in other words, max is running around totaly naked…
Where’s the censored bar?
too cool for censorship!
I never thought Rick would descend to such cheap fanservice…he ought to be ashamed!
I guess he was a stray back then.
Also… Max is an older cat!
Possibly but knowing Max its also likely he just doesn’t want to wear a collar or doesn’t have one yet.
And i rejoiced! <3
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.
I wouldn’t. Let ‘em rip!
I’d definitely root for the kitties! Go Max!
oh and Rik, thanks for bringing back the youngn’s :3
I noticed it. Also wow Max that is just very very cold.
It looks like Max may be slightly older than Grape.
Or big as a child which explains the bully mentality.
well he calls Grape “kid” which would imply an age difference in his favor.
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.
I CALL SHINANIGANS!!!
i think he calls Grape “kid” because it’s neutral. Grape’s gender will remain a mistery for Max for some time…
Wow, Max was just full of himself as a kid!
Max is full of himself as an adult too…just saying.
at least, he’s always been coherent
I think the word is “consistent” =P
maybe this is where max got his ear all messed up?
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!
Housepets Babies Part 2!
never enough of Housepets babies!
HOUSEPETS!: THE SECOND GENERATION
But that would mean they had kids!
*whistles innocently while looking at the sky*
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:
Oh, I am SUCH a grapenutter that I wrote, well…a very special second generation, myself.
Ooooh Max, thats cold, and Grape is so in love already :3
I don’t think calling someone punk & bully has any positive tone in it.
Refering to dogs T.T, but the above statement could sarcastic :3
Pot. Kettle. Black.
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?)
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!
Peanut and Bino seem about the same. Bino possibly a little more tame given he isn’t “leader” yet.
its because the bell is HUGE!!! its bigger than his head!
You have a good point there. Exaggerated, but a good point.
well not really exaggerated because he smaller back then
Well, I noticed at least.
Hey, max’s collar is gone
Maybe he really was a stray. Or just likes to walk around naked.
I wouldn’t put it past him to have been a rebel kitten.
Well, Grape did mention he was a pound cat…
Yep, Max past mentioned here:
And no Kitten max avatars yet?
Well, since you requested it…
(Come on, Gravitar, update…)
Ah, questions soon to be answered.
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.
And to think these two would hook up in the future.
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.
Or Grape feels like she needs to surround herself with more cats….
There are cats other then Max in the neiborhood. It also could be that she feels she can change him from being a jerk.
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.
Chicks dig jerks, bro.
Maxwell is just awesome
Oh sweet, sweet irony Max. And you don’t even know it yet. Enjoy your intact ear while it lasts.
I don’t think he heard you.
I wonder what Grape’s “reasons” for keeping her window unlocked are…
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’
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?
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)
Yeah I’m sure its for Max to use.
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…
His owner more than likely wants his pets to fend for themselves and has strict rules at home that have to be followed.
Oh, I dunno – I kinda think Max and Bino bring it on themselves as often as not…
I do hope they don’t use the tickle torture on poor ol Fox! Oh the horror! 0.0
fingerless gloves =D
Max called grape “kid”
the tomboy…tomcat….thing beggins.
poor fox life teach him rude lessons
as rude as max will learn later.
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…
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.
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.
Well yes they clearly knew. But this was referring to other Pets only.
Yeah but he could have used other terms. According more with his style such as:
young lady or little girl,gal,sweettie, etc.
I think he has the fault of the missundertanding of grape genre.
D’aaw Res has cute little hipster gloves x3~
Oh, I thought those gloves were always obvious. Apparently not. Suppose I should have said something.
You can just feel the smug oozing from Max in this strip.
Indeed, in fact, I would go as far as to say that oozing smuggness is a common occurence with Max.
True, but this time I feel like I have to wipe my screen off every time I scroll up to the strip.
*Using a tablet* Eww! I got smug on my finger!
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.
Also for those saying Max is mean I personally love him.
Is it weird that Res reminds me of my girlfriend?
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.
That would be a rather bad indicator, yes.
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.
Fictional male anthropomorphic cat reminding you of your girlfriend weird? Howso?
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…
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.
For those confused previous comments have made it clear Res is in fact a boy.
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?
It was probably Agents who confused him for Neo.
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.
Well he could just like walking around without a collar on. Peanut did it in The Arc Specifically About Being Naked.
…and Max is well known for his rebellious streak.
i dout he even knows what comeuppence means. XD
He will, he will…
I can agree to that. Cheers.
also, grape in panel 2= PRICELESSLY cute! *hugs*
HUGS?! I want a hug! *joins in for group hug*
thats such a max thing! XD
……and we’re going to see what happend to his ear……
Hopefully but that may not happen at this point in time.
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.
Yeah I can see something like that happening.
Except that he was never exactly fond of cats in the first place.
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.
I have this feeling that Max was somehow in on the kidnapping (directly leading to him landing in the pound and getting his ear chewed? We’ll see…), though I don’t know how that would word.
One I actually doubt that Max is a stray for reasons I posted in the forum here http://www.housepetscomic.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=333178#p333178 and here http://www.housepetscomic.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=333191#p333191
Its very unlikely hes going to end up in the pound for any reason.
Now, Max is a jerk, a huge massive jerk but I find it very very unlikely that Max would be in anyway connected to whoever has dognapped Fox. (PETA I would assume) That is going from jerk to complete monster territory.
He was stray cat.
Grape says he and the pound cats used to play sth.
Grape was from a pound too you know. That doesn’t mean he’s a stray at this point, he could have been adopted already.
Wait a second, I would have thought that it was Bino who needed his comeuppance.
It’ll come later…and often.
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…
Poor Fox ;.;
And Max is about to get his ear chewed XD
Weird fox and max were bullies, not what I would think
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.
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.
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.
Is it just me, or does Res look really really tired a lot?
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.
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.
… but yeah, we’re probably going to get to see some shiptease in the end if we’re lucky.
lots of things I wanted to see are so well connected *Fox’s first kidnapping and max’s ear.*
Max had a silver tongue back then
Ironically fox didn’t wear a bandana until the comics started getting colored.
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.
*nods in agreement with Keldor* You can actually see his collar and dogtags as late as February 27th 2009: http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/02/27/and-the-finch-and-the-shrew-and-the/
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?
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.
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… >.<
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.
What Icekitsune said.
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?
What’s sad is that this won’t be the last time
Haha I now own a puppy fox
has anyone noticed that kitten grape is never in the same strip as today’s Grape.
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.
Like another Suplex move lol
Looks like this is the first time Fox got kidnapped!
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.
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?
Something is telling me that we’ll find out what happened to Max’s ear. C:
I know Max is a jerk but…gotta…resist…that…charming grin! AUGH!
Search out your feelings, you know it’s true!
He was SUCH AN ADORABLE SCOUNDREL!
*insert creepy villanous laughing scene here*
He’s a cute little imp, indeed.
Lol reasons….(Sounds mysterious)
My bad for not knowing Res was a guy till this Arc. *Shamed housepets fan is shamed*
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¡¡”
Hypocrit/ Egotistical = Half your ear being bitten off!
Little did Max know, by acknowledging the lack of comeuppance he has basically dug his own grave.
Yes, he’s just tempting fate there, isn’t he?
He sure knows big words for such a young age.
So Max totally has no bite outta his ear…..???
I think we’re about to see it happen…Think about it…..He’s making Grape mad…..XD
I wouldn’t be surprised if that first bite was courtesy by Fox for some most unwelcomed commen on the kidnapping.
YAAY! =D NOW WE NEED CAT=HATS!
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
“She usually keeps it unlocked for…” Maxwell?
now THAT’S a horrible thought
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.
I now it’s a little late for this, but I found it.
XP max is so wierd
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.
What I just noticed is Max’s ear isn’t torn/split here. So whatever happened to his ear happened after this.
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
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…
its peaunt butter jelly time peaunt butter jelly time
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