And the plot thickens! o.o
Max deserved this after the last strip. Wonder why only Fox is gagged?
Fox has been gone for over a day, while Max just was captured. I think they will gag him soon.
Probably because he was more violent and aggressive. After all, if he didn’t have the gag, he might do something stupid, like bite Max’s ear off…
Oh yes! Karma was at work here! Could the neighborhood watch stranger dude may actually be Joel when he was younger?
Joel was never that sinister I don’t think. Maybe it was the fat guy? Except that this guy isn’t fat… I know! It’s Thomas Milton on one of his extortion schemes!
Actually, looking at the comic again, this guy could very well be fat. So maybe it really is the fat PETA guy.
Its too early to tell but you may be right Keldor! The early days of PETA’S evil ways!
It’s not like PETA is just one person.
This guy might not even be related to PETA. lol
But… What about the Law of Incredibly Improbable and Unecessary Calling Forward?
I haven’t read tvtropes for a long time since it ruins my life.
But sure it’s possible, but chances are the random stranger may (or may not) have gotten caught and wouldn’t try to kidnap the same dog twice.
Maybe. Pure theorycrafting, but w/e. lol
Actually, I was quoting Rick, from here: http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/01/11/the-three-sssss/#comment-94748 . Anyhow, the fat guy didn’t strike me as being all that bright, so who knows? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if he starts monologueing again.
lol. It sounds like it should be a trope nonetheless.
Yesss, it does rather. We’ll have to perfect the wording a bit, though. How about “Law of Highly Unlikely and Totally Unnecessary Continuity”?
What? Don’t you see the gag? I see the gag.
Maybe because the author needed Max to talk for the last panel.
It’s simple… Ever hear a dog howl? It can be heard for miles.
Ever hear a cat howl?… people just throw boots.
Remember how noisy Fox was the second time he was kidnapped?
BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK
BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK
I wonder if this scene is related to the whole “NOT AGAIN” with the Joel Ark… where he gets punished for dognapping Fox and turned into King.
It is. Look at the previous comic, “The First Time”. As you said, Fox says “Not again!” when he’s captured by the PETA guys.
Because he’s loud. That’s why!
They’re both captured ha!
There must be some sort of Karma going on here.
Poor Max got karma’d! DX
So… in Fox’s case, dogma got ran over by karma?
Dogma got abducted by karma, perhaps.
Karma ran over the dogma and the catma!
Or Maxwell is just an idiot.
“Sir, despite your appearance, I will follow you anywhere”
Point on being an idiot taken
“I admit, when it comes to catnip, all self-preservation instincts shut off.” -Alt Text
So, I wouldn’t necessarily call him an idiot. True, he calls himself a simpleton, but the allure of catnip is just too strong…
not that I would know, being a wolf and all…
Wow, Catnip is just like Candy.
Hm it’s only rope Max can use his claws and cut himself lose! IF he can!
Max how right you are about “Appearances” lol!
Being bound like that, Max would have a lot of trouble getting his claws around to reach the rope. Besides, cat claws are designed to snag things – trying to get through a rope with them would be kind of like trying to cut a rope with a fish hook – it wouldn’t work very well. Max would probably have more luck trying to bend over to bite his way out.
Stranger: Get in the car, I’ve got some candy.
Max: Fool, you just lost yourself some candy.
Fox: Face paws himself the best he can while bound…
Someone needs to reword the above sentence LOL!
Huh? I was going to say face palm himself, but I decided to use face paw just because of what Fido said a few strips ago.
oha, never trust a drug… eeeeehm catnip-dealer…
Maybe sniff his butt first?
Still not a good bet.
He’s a cat. Since when do cats sniff strangers’ butts?
Since…Joey told them to?
I see Fox isn’t the only one that wasn’t paying attention to the safety presentation…
Probably ’cause cats weren’t allowed to attend?
I doubt the K9s would have gone along with *that*, they would want to make sure that the cats of the neighborhood heard the safety lecture too. Seems likely to me that the lecture wasn’t actually on clubhouse grounds, but the dogs returned there after the lecture, at which point Bino told them about Grape’s breakin.
That’s… not supported by the comics.
From what we’ve seen before, it seems clubhouse grounds are pretty much anywhere they decide to gather. Usually in the middle of the street. Odds are the meeting was out in the open.
and Dissension is right, the comic heavily implies that Grape’s ‘break in’, if you can really call it that, was in the middle of the presentation.
From my impression, cats are normally more cautious around strangers……NORMALLY.
True enough, they ARE cats after all. Still, I would imagine that the K9s would be concerned with safety for every pet in Babylon Gardens, not just the other dogs.
They are but Maxwell just knows how to get himself in trouble.
What does he plan on doing with them anyway?
Ransom money most likely
PETA would want to release pets. “Hey cat, you a stray?”
That this is a PETA person is pure speculation
Well, they DID remove Fox’s collar, and I don’t see why a normal kidnapper (normal by kidnapping standards) would bother doing that. So PETA or some similar group is likely.
I will be ignorant and assume immediately that this is PETA’s doing. Besides, it is not the first time Fox was petnapped by them.
No, actually, it is the first time. May I repeat: Previous comic title: The First Time. Referring to Fox’s petnapping. If it were PETA, it would be icing on the proverbial cake.
(Sorry, didn’t see your comment below.)
I worded that wrong. Fox has been petnapped more than once by PETA, and this may be the first time.
Who knows who kidnapped Fox the first time. All we know is that he woke up in a strange place with no collar and said “not this again”. I doubt Fox even had any idea just who was kidnapping him at that point.
I did a background check. I thought it was Fox’s parent that elbowed Joel when he mentioned he was PETA. It was actually Jeff, Max’s rarely seen father. Could I possibly milk this argument and say they’re both related issues? Since Max was likely kidnapped by PETA, Fox was as well. They are in the same boat(car/van/truck/vehicle/etc).
That would help explain Jeff hauling off and punching Joel like he did…
Woo! I win!
I would say that Jeff punched Joel simply because that is the appropriate response to some jerk saying, “Hi! I’m from Peta!”
Oh, how I wish that would happen in real life!
(Not that I support unprovoked violence, but if I had two talking pets, and somebody from PETA showed at my doorstep…)
“Hi, I’m from PETA…”
“Sic ‘em, boys!”
Nevermind, I’m an idiot and I can’t see the comment below the one I’m replying to. >.<'
Sorry about that.
It has to be PETA, because when Fox was kidnapped earlier in the series the first thing he said when he woke up was “not again!”
At the point that Fox said “not again”, he had just come to in a strange room without his collar, and thus surmised that he had been kidnapped again. He couldn’t very well know the specifics yet, unless there was a big banner on the other side of the van that said “Congratulations! You have been rescued by PETA!”…
You will also note that Fox says he’s heard it all before when the PeTA guy’s giving his diatribe.
Ah, and Max’s love of catnip returns. I wondered if that would ever make an appearance again, but I had highly doubted it.
I wonder why Max isn’t gagged like Fox. Speaking of Fox, is this his first kidnapping?
Yeah they really know how to get with drugs at a young age.
And I suppose the stranger is not as threatened by Max biting him. But cats can deliver a mean bite. Or Fox was a tad bit too noncompliant.
I figure that catnip only counts as a sorta-drug, you know, like caffine or something.
That is what they want you to think, and that is how they get you.
It might not necessarily be illegal, we have seen that pets cannot usually buy it, but it is somewhat obtainable, and as for the humans we have yet to see if people can purchase catnip ‘legally’.
Makes me wonder how the stores treat orange soda when it comes to selling it.
I bet the drinking/nipping laws prohibit minors and pets from buying that sort of thing.
Caffeine–the drug that fueled the Enlightenment and made modern society a productive possibility.
And it’s not a “sorta drug”…it’s just the greatest freely legal drug there is–next to aspirin.
i thought catnip made cats relax when given in average doses… but if they overdose (have too much) the will be hyperactive? or am i getting confused again?
Well I was right he wasn’t a stray. But even Max didn’t deserve to be petnapped. I wonder how they get out of this one?
A daring rescue by Spot (superdog)! i.e. punching the driver.
Peanut hasn’t thought him up yet… I think.
The alt-text is what really got me.
So, how long do you think it will be before Joey sniffs the stranger’s butt, takes the treat, and ends up alongside Fox and Max?
I was wondering that myself.
Well sure, it’s been like 15 minutes…
You’re right what was I thinking.
You know, the way you have that cropped, it looks like the stranger is holding an axe up to Max…
And Max beckons towards it.
Well, he is Max.
Actually, that’s a good answer for just about anything he does e.e
Though going with the hatchet bared theme, Max’s smile could be interpreted as a nervous, terrified smile. You know, “Whoa, whoa, no need to wave that thing about! I’ll do as you ask!”
That’s an interesting way to look at it! Maybe he is attracted to the shiny part of the axe on the other side which is not seen by us. Yeah that’s it!
“Whoah! Is that an axe MADE ENTIRELY OUT OF CATNIP??! AWESOME!!”
Is this an axe which I see before me? The head of it towards me?
Sorry macbeth reference, that I couldn’t pass up :3
At least it wasn’t fish.
Usurp the human lea…I mean, fish!
Well someone was right about the collar thing! Cheers to you!
Rebel without a collar.
Yay! Cheers to me!
I bet we already saw either the petnapper or the child of the petnapper. And he’s one of those responsible for King’s condition.
Maybe it’s that one fat dude, he sure looks big enough.
What on earth makes you think that? King isn’t a dog back in this flashback, he’s a human and none of the pets have likely met him.
Are you saying Joel is the child of the petnapper?
I like that Maxwell at least admits to being a simpleton. = P
Yeah, that made me laugh…especially when paired with the alt-text for this one.
Is it bad that I hate Max, even though he has no idea about Peanut’s love for Grape?
Had to bring that up at some point.
No… I hate/like him too.
Haha, love the sign reference.
That made me giggle more than it should have. Wouldn’t it be convenient if all bad guys actually looked like the sign?
Joel said he had been trying to help animals before the incident where he was working for PETA. He also said PETA didn’t check his background. It is possible the kidnapper is Joel.
I don’t really think so…this kidnapper looks different, somehow. I don’t really think Joel would be the kind of person to wear a trenchcoat and hat and offer pets treats. Then again, who knows what he used to be like. But mainly, I think it’s unlikely that Joel kidnapped Fox twice and didn’t recognize him the second time. Or maybe he did, I’m not really sure. I guess we’ll see Wednesday.
Joel’s too mellow to pull this off.
Fox is not pleased.
Not the neighborhood watch guy!
No he is on the neighborhood watch list. That would be a problem if he was on the neighborhood watch.
Actually, it’s the neighborhood watch sign. If you’re not familiar with them, they have a shady character’s silhouette. It’s remarkably similar to this gentleman’s.
To be fair, though, wouldn’t just about anyone’s silhouette look fairly similar if they were wearing a tallhat and jacket?
So why would anyone wear a jacket with the collar popped like that, unless they were trying to look sinister?
Hey, just because they’re dressed sinisterly (and possibly have black speech bubbles) doesn’t automatically make someone a nefarius villian!
But it’s not a horrible way to bet until shown otherwise, at least in fiction in general.
Kinda hard to get the transparent glowing eye thing down though. This guy is good at being bad!
I know someone who dresses exactly that sinisterly and he isn’t at all a nefarious villain!
Also, for all my fellow canines using their iPhones, the alt text this time is “I admit, when it comes to catnip, all self-preservation instincts shut off”
Everyone has weird transparent glowing eyes in Housepets.
Only the animals – I rather suspect that the stranger is human.
I had no idea what that was.
~The more you know.~
Either way, I read that wrong.
Um, I’m feline,
But the guy on the watch sign is always a burgler! It even says so on the sign half the time! This stranger is a petnapper, not a burgler, since those have to break into houses.
underage Nipping! >=U *brick’d*
Karma Bites! … Perfect, now Grape’s gotta save his stupid “butt” too.
Though come to think of it that would explain why Max thought Grape was the coolest cat he knew before finding out that she’s a girl.
Needless to say after he found out Grape was a girl she become more then just the Coolest cat he knows.
Indeed, she went from “coolest” straight to “hottest”. Odd how that works, really.
I thought it was because Grape was the ONLY other cat Max new.
Max knows all the cats in the neiborhood. Grape was the one that knew no other cats other then Max. (and she had heard of Marvin)
And “Far to much about Sabrina.” lol
Excluding the twist in events, that face in panel 3 is just awesome!!!!
Yes…yes it is actually.
It’s very nearly a Pridelands fanface. XD
Okay, even though Max had that coming…I still feel sorry for him.
That said, I feel worse for Fox…now not only is bound and gagged after being petnapped, but he’s stuck in a situation where he has no choice be to listen to the cat that may very well be his archenemy at this point in time.
Hm… I’m sensing a reoccurring theme here… That or deja vu… and even a little bit of concern…
Hey, maybe this is the story of how Maxwell loses that chunk in his ear…
An iron tail?? Come on Max, at least get it right! It’s iron claws!
Well, with a cat it would be an Iron Paw, but that sounds too cute. He wants to sound tough and… eh, I don’t really know. Ruling a cul-de-sac with an Iron Tail still sounds adorable coming from a little kitty…
I noticed this did not effect Max nearly as much as it did Fox. Fox basically changes personality a lot after this Max just really starts wearing a collar and tones his attitude down a little bit, but hes still quite a bit of an idiot and a jerk. Most likely this is because hes much older then Fox and much more set in his ways.
It’s because the Maxness is completely irrepressible.
I’ve always seen Max as a prankster who’s a little clueless. Yeah he can be a jerk but I don’t see him as outright mean (most of the time anyway). I’m sure growing up with Bino did not help his attitude either! Maybe I’ve just felt bad for him since that night his dad locked him out in the rain, I thought that was kind of weird since we otherwise haven’t seen Jeff acting like Sasha’s dad.
Have we ever seen him even pulling any pranks? I can’t remember any off the top of my head. The most we’ve seen is him acting like a jerk to people, unless you want to count that as “pranks”. However your right, out side of what he said in the last strip about Fox being petnapped, hes never out right mean (though I never said he was and the line between jerk and mean is an individual perception thing really) just a jerk and very inconsiderate of other for sure.
Also I’m pretty sure that Bino was adopted second (as he looks much younger then Max) so it would actually be the other way around. Max rubbed off on Bino.
If only Max watched those Anti-Drug PSAs.
“I’m a simpleton, what’s your excuse?”
Why do I have the feeling that’s going to be my sentence of the week?
“I’m a complete simpleton, whats your excuse?”
“I love kibbles and Steak…”
^^ What fox would say
“He had Feral brand kibbles! With the wolf on the package!”
“Yea, I’d pass up the opportunity for a Prime Beef Steak…A Grade man, A Grade…”
But thats a bit too well thought out for Fox
Fox admitting that his kidnapper had an early release of a book he wanted to read perhaps?
Or secret info about the cat conspiracy.
or… “he said he’d put me in a blockbuster” (based on what was said a couple strips back)
You know since we know they get out of this fine I have to admit I’m actually more interested in how the Peanut,Grape,Res B-Plot is going to end.
And by fine I mean with the exception of Max maybe losing a chunk of his ear during it
NOT THE DIRTY WHITE VAN D:
Whoever said it was a van? It could equally well be a dirty white basement!
Awww forgot about his strip XD
I love that Strip too (Even if it has nothing to do with this Strip)
Well at least Max is honest XD
A round of apaws for the simpleton!
Wow! Definitely not what I thought at all
Wonder why, after Fox’s second kidnapping, Max never brought up the subject of the first one since it involved him…
…because it’s not good for his “cool” image?
Because it would spoil the shocking twist. Also because Fox and Max never interacted before in the comic IIRC. I mean Max and Sabrina’s former relationship wasn’t brought up until they were in the comic together.
Yes, the Law of Shocking Backstory Twists states that Max and Fox coukd talk about as much as they wanted… So long as it wasn’t on camera (i.e. In a comic).
It’s entirely possible he’s feeling embarassed about the situation compared to Fox. I wouldn’t hold it against Max in order to keep up his tough cat routine that he witheld that kind of details.
That, or it’s possible that Fox and Max are more mutually acquainted than we think!
I vote for your second option. Fox and Bino are friends, Max lives with Bino, so he must know Fox in some way
also, I have the impression that Max’s monologue is a bit of made up by Peanut, since no one was there to testify for it.
That is possible actually. But why would Rick have Peanut lie about Max’s personality like that? It really only reiterates that hes a jerk the only thing that might be a straight up lie would be him wanting to rule the neiborhood. And that only puts him on par with Bino really, so its not that much of a stretch.
Also Peanut is most likely not telling the story to Res in this much detail, in fact this part is most likely only taking him a few seconds to maybe a minute to tell.
Remember they only have to get to Grapes window which can’t be that far away. The stuff we are seeing is Rick telling the story to us not Peanut telling the story to Res.
Exactly what I was thinking. What we see here is the true version and the one Peanut is telling is different.
“Does he know we can’t see it? Should we give him some privacy? I don’t know the protocol for flashbacks!”
Another possibility is that this IS how Peanut is telling it, making Max look like a jerk and a simpleton, because let’s not forget Max took the girl he was going to ask out (Give her a dead chicken!) and then contributed to the ruining of the playtime he and Grape have together. While I don’t think of Peanut as one to hold a grudge, HIs impression of Max is most likely tainted due to recent events, and this is reflected in his narrative.
Except that Peanut gets nothing out of doing that, almost always when you have an Unreliable Narrator (which is what your saying Peanut is being) they need a reason to be one. Res would just think Max was a jerk at one point that’s it. Also this is not that much of an exaggeration of Max’s personality anyway. He is a jerk and kind of stupid nothing here is really blowing that out of proportion.
AH the famous Stranger figure, we never had a mascot for that we were just told(over and OVER) never to go with strangers… man how boring is that?
Anyways Catnip is always a good plot item, but I can’t remember ever seeing it in real life(I know it exists I just don’ know what it looks like).
“Mommy, what’s a stranger?”
“See that dark shape? A stranger is anyone dark and sinister like that”
“Mommy, what’s a stranger?”
“Well, you know when people are strange? Strangers are people who are, er, stranger!”
so i guess being told “a stranger is a friend you just haven’t met yet” defeats the purpose of “stay away from strangers” and vise versa?
catnip catnip catnip catnip cat nip nip… why im here ?
Guess fox has a thing for being dognapped.
is that the gardener from Dexter’s Lab?
A Collar is your best friend, Max. It’s what the police use to identify the body.
I wonder what kind of candy Fox was promised….
Candy is bad for dogs so I believe he was offered cat flavored treats
To be fair, candy is, for the most part, just as bad for humans as it is for dogs.
and just like dogs, we don’t care cuz it tastes so good!
I know I sound like a complete creeper but fox looks pretty cute in the last slide
And your avatar isn’t helping
You just don’t know the context its non adult fan comic
If you know you sound like a very creepy person, why go ahead and make a creepy comment then?
Cause it had to be Said……..That awkward moment when your not sure you spelled that word right.
So I was off by a long way on my guess but I think I know where his bite mark comes from.
I doubt he “smokes” it (the terrible alternate universe is not canon) probably just plays with it the way real-world cats do.
Also, your “12:40″ is apparently two-timezones behind the Housepets! server time
I figure that smoking catnip is one of those terrible depravitions that sometimes happens in inner city ghettos. Thankfully, Babylon Gardens is a respectable middle class neighborhood, and far removed from all of that.
There are vaious hints around that the Housepets universe has just as many injustices as our own, we just are fortunent enough to see a happier part.
Well after the first cat party Grape goes to when she gets back she’s been “nipping” so me thinks it happens in Babylon Gardens as well.
Catnip may be sorta like tobacco, in that you can either chew it or smoke it. Hence, the cats around Babylon Gardens merely partake lightly by nibbling it, whereas the “hardcore” ghetto cats actually smoke it.
Keldor, I’m pretty sure chewing tobacco is actually several times worse than smoking it in that it also contributes to various forms of bad oral heatlh. Not to mention, IMHO, more disgusting. So I’d think the metaphor should be reversed.
Cultured suburban Babylong Gardens smoke, ghetto cats chew.
Keldor, Zaitsev, if you guys were trying to reply to my comment, I’m 90% sure it’s broken. The comment I was replying to was pretty bad.
aaaw poor fox, but i kind of expected to see this part, mostly because fox had said: not again… they seem to like kidnapping fox for some reason
Maybe because he’s naturally adorable
You know I wonder, did Max start wearing a collar because he wanted to (or felt like he should after this) or because Jeff now forces him to?
i think that jeff will forbe him to wear it from now on
Poor Max and Fox. The coolest male dog and cat are locked up from the community. What will we do now?
On the bright side, they mightbe able to put their minds together and come up with something much more cooler together to escape this situation.
…and Max keeps being so DARN COOL and cute!
That’s why we love him!
lol max is dumb so he aloud to talk XD fox is to smart tho he got cought to but max is just XD dumb and he deserves this cuz hes steping on my boy peanuts toes back off grape max XD
Joey’s stranger theory sounds way better on paper than on practice, as Max just showed us…
If Fox was kidnaped last night, why is that dude still hanging arround the town?
The longer he is there, the greater chance someone might see him.
And the stranger turns out to be fido,teachong fox why safety is important
And no one finds out o-o
I wonder where they have been taken. We don’t get a good enough look at the space to know what it truly is. It might not be a van this time, it could be a basement or something. Also I think trench coat guy’s nose is suspiciously shaped like Joel’s.
How long was this planned? Fox got collarless in the back of a van years ago, saying “NOT AGAIN” and this would be the first time around? Would this also explain Max’s ear?
Am I the only one who wishes the gag on puppy fox was yellow? it’d be terribly amusing if he was gagged with his own bandanna.
Oh, maybe it’s Sergeant Ralph, or someone in the police force. Since the lecture didn’t go over so well, they might have decided to play the part of the ‘evil stranger’. Purely for educational purposes of course.
Then again, the fact that the stranger first asks “Are you a stray?” makes me think of the fat PETA guy. out to “Liberate” pets from their owners. Plus didn’t that guy mention he had a criminal history?
This strip seems to reinforce this theory, since Fox says he’s “heard it all before”. SO maybe the guy who kidnapped him this time ALSO tried to feed him PETA tripe about being feral is being happy? it would make the idea of the fat guy being responsible more likely. Or at least some other equally dillusional PETA person.
Whadda ya mean “PETA tripe”?? Tripe is *good*! Maybe “PETA broccoli” or “PETA Lima beans” would work better.
Tripe may be good depending on your perspective, but PETA tripe is NEVER good.
The fat gut was a dead give away. Plus it was “Not King” who said that PETA didn’t had background checks, to mention there has to be a reason why Max’s dad punches PETA people in the face.
Fox: Hmmph-mhh GNNMMMHFF!!!!
how long have you been working on this?
Max looks scrawny as a kitten
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