Stranger Danger Exchanger

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  1. Ryufire

    And the plot thickens! o.o

    • rtlstien

      Max deserved this after the last strip. Wonder why only Fox is gagged?

      • Zukio

        Fox has been gone for over a day, while Max just was captured. I think they will gag him soon.

      • efhosci

        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…

      • Ryufire

        Oh yes! Karma was at work here! Could the neighborhood watch stranger dude may actually be Joel when he was younger?

        • Keldor

          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!

          • Keldor

            Actually, looking at the comic again, this guy could very well be fat. So maybe it really is the fat PETA guy.

          • Ryufire

            Its too early to tell but you may be right Keldor! The early days of PETA’S evil ways!

          • Jesse James

            It’s not like PETA is just one person.

            This guy might not even be related to PETA. lol

          • Keldor

            But… What about the Law of Incredibly Improbable and Unecessary Calling Forward?

          • Jesse James

            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

          • Keldor

            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.

          • Jesse James

            lol. It sounds like it should be a trope nonetheless.

          • Keldor

            Yesss, it does rather. We’ll have to perfect the wording a bit, though. How about “Law of Highly Unlikely and Totally Unnecessary Continuity”?

      • xhunterko

        What? Don’t you see the gag? I see the gag.
        *ducks*

      • Jesse James

        Maybe because the author needed Max to talk for the last panel.

      • Snowmon

        It’s simple… Ever hear a dog howl? It can be heard for miles.
        Ever hear a cat howl?… people just throw boots.

        • thel_ vanemee

          BINGO!

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Remember how noisy Fox was the second time he was kidnapped?

        • Keldor

          BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK
          BARK BARK BARK BARK BARK

      • cesarinthewhitedragon

        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.

        • Alucai Vivorvel

          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.

      • Lahi

        Because he’s loud. That’s why!

  2. wanderer

    They’re both captured ha!

    • xhunterko

      There must be some sort of Karma going on here.

      • Keldor

        Poor Max got karma’d! DX

      • Nohbody

        So… in Fox’s case, dogma got ran over by karma? :P

        • Keldor

          Dogma got abducted by karma, perhaps.
          >.>

          • Xane

            Karma ran over the dogma and the catma!

      • silverfang16

        Or Maxwell is just an idiot.

        • JeffCvt

          “Sir, despite your appearance, I will follow you anywhere”

          Point on being an idiot taken

        • Alucai Vivorvel

          “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…

  3. Zukio

    Wow, Catnip is just like Candy.

    • Ryufire

      Hm it’s only rope Max can use his claws and cut himself lose! IF he can! :P
      Max how right you are about “Appearances” lol!

      • Keldor

        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.

    • rtlstien

      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…

      • Kohaku Nightfang

        Someone needs to reword the above sentence LOL!

        • rtlstien

          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.

  4. Lamandus

    oha, never trust a drug… eeeeehm catnip-dealer…

    • efhosci

      Maybe sniff his butt first?

      • Elwood Blutarsky

        Still not a good bet.

      • Alucai Vivorvel

        He’s a cat. Since when do cats sniff strangers’ butts?

        • efhosci

          Since…Joey told them to?

  5. Keldor

    I see Fox isn’t the only one that wasn’t paying attention to the safety presentation…

    • Dissension

      Probably ’cause cats weren’t allowed to attend?

      • Keldor

        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.

        • Dissension

          That’s… not supported by the comics.

        • Pogiforce

          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.

      • Shuma-Jindivi

        From my impression, cats are normally more cautious around strangers……NORMALLY.

        • Keldor

          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.

          • Elwood Blutarsky

            They are but Maxwell just knows how to get himself in trouble.

  6. McFly

    What does he plan on doing with them anyway? :|

    • wanderer

      Ransom money most likely

    • Dissension

      PETA would want to release pets. “Hey cat, you a stray?”

      That this is a PETA person is pure speculation

      • efhosci

        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.

      • RootsofOrigin

        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.

        • Alucai Vivorvel

          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.

          • Alucai Vivorvel

            (Sorry, didn’t see your comment below.)

      • RootsofOrigin

        I worded that wrong. Fox has been petnapped more than once by PETA, and this may be the first time.

        • Keldor

          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.

          • RootsofOrigin

            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).

          • Keldor

            That would help explain Jeff hauling off and punching Joel like he did…

          • RootsofOrigin

            Woo! I win!

          • River_Dragon

            I would say that Jeff punched Joel simply because that is the appropriate response to some jerk saying, “Hi! I’m from Peta!”

          • Alucai Vivorvel

            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…)

          • Keldor

            “Hi, I’m from PETA…”

            “Sic ‘em, boys!”

        • Alucai Vivorvel

          Nevermind, I’m an idiot and I can’t see the comment below the one I’m replying to. >.<'

          Sorry about that.

    • SilentWolfXIII

      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!”

      • Keldor

        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!”…

        • Dissension

          You will also note that Fox says he’s heard it all before when the PeTA guy’s giving his diatribe.

  7. The Wolf Kin

    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?

    • RootsofOrigin

      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.

      • Keldor

        I figure that catnip only counts as a sorta-drug, you know, like caffine or something.

        • RootsofOrigin

          That is what they want you to think, and that is how they get you.

        • Therolyn

          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.

          • Keldor

            I bet the drinking/nipping laws prohibit minors and pets from buying that sort of thing.

        • River_Dragon

          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.

        • Jellygrub

          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?

  8. IceKitsune

    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?

    • efhosci

      A daring rescue by Spot (superdog)! i.e. punching the driver.

      • Elwood Blutarsky

        Peanut hasn’t thought him up yet… I think.

  9. RootsofOrigin

    The alt-text is what really got me.

  10. Keldor

    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?

    • The Wolf Kin

      I was wondering that myself.

      • Keldor

        Well sure, it’s been like 15 minutes…

        • RootsofOrigin

          You’re right what was I thinking.

        • Keldor

          You know, the way you have that cropped, it looks like the stranger is holding an axe up to Max…

        • RootsofOrigin

          And Max beckons towards it.

        • Keldor

          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!”

        • AuvaAkita

          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!

        • Keldor

          “Whoah! Is that an axe MADE ENTIRELY OUT OF CATNIP??! AWESOME!!”

        • camtheman16

          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

  11. xhunterko

    At least it wasn’t fish.

    • efhosci

      Usurp the human lea…I mean, fish!

  12. leaffly

    Well someone was right about the collar thing! Cheers to you!

    • xhunterko

      Rebel without a collar.

    • IceKitsune

      Yay! Cheers to me!

  13. The almighty 404

    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.

    • AuvaAkita

      Maybe it’s that one fat dude, he sure looks big enough.

    • Foxstar

      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.

    • Frank

      Are you saying Joel is the child of the petnapper?

  14. Dissension

    I like that Maxwell at least admits to being a simpleton. = P

    • Shirosune

      Yeah, that made me laugh…especially when paired with the alt-text for this one.

  15. Luke

    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.

  16. Sonic Fox

    Haha, love the sign reference.

    • Xane

      That made me giggle more than it should have. Wouldn’t it be convenient if all bad guys actually looked like the sign? :lol:

  17. King Sandwhich

    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.

    • efhosci

      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.

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      Joel’s too mellow to pull this off.

  18. Jesse James

    Fox is not pleased.

  19. volkoseba

    Not the neighborhood watch guy!

    • RootsofOrigin

      No he is on the neighborhood watch list. That would be a problem if he was on the neighborhood watch.

      • Dissension

        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.

        • Keldor

          To be fair, though, wouldn’t just about anyone’s silhouette look fairly similar if they were wearing a tallhat and jacket?

          • Argent Stonecutter

            So why would anyone wear a jacket with the collar popped like that, unless they were trying to look sinister?

          • Keldor

            Hey, just because they’re dressed sinisterly (and possibly have black speech bubbles) doesn’t automatically make someone a nefarius villian!

          • Nohbody

            But it’s not a horrible way to bet until shown otherwise, at least in fiction in general. :P

          • Xane

            Kinda hard to get the transparent glowing eye thing down though. This guy is good at being bad!

          • Corgiwolf

            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”

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Everyone has weird transparent glowing eyes in Housepets.

            http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/02/01/among-thieves/

          • Keldor

            Only the animals – I rather suspect that the stranger is human.

        • RootsofOrigin

          I had no idea what that was.
          ~The more you know.~
          Either way, I read that wrong.

          • The face

            Um, I’m feline,

        • Keldor

          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.

  20. Firewolf

    underage Nipping! >=U *brick’d*

  21. Dan

    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.

    • Keldor

      Indeed, she went from “coolest” straight to “hottest”. Odd how that works, really.

    • Pogiforce

      I thought it was because Grape was the ONLY other cat Max new.

      • IceKitsune

        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)

        • Dan

          And “Far to much about Sabrina.” lol

  22. AuvaAkita

    Excluding the twist in events, that face in panel 3 is just awesome!!!!

    • Shirosune

      Yes…yes it is actually.

    • Keldor

      It’s very nearly a Pridelands fanface. XD

  23. Shirosune

    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.

  24. Snowmon

    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…

  25. Keldor

    An iron tail?? Come on Max, at least get it right! It’s iron claws!

    • Snowmon

      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…

  26. IceKitsune

    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.

    • Keldor

      It’s because the Maxness is completely irrepressible.

    • Xane

      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.

      • IceKitsune

        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.

      • IceKitsune

        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.

  27. JSkunk

    If only Max watched those Anti-Drug PSAs.

  28. SilentWolfXIII

    “I’m a simpleton, what’s your excuse?”
    Why do I have the feeling that’s going to be my sentence of the week?

  29. Camtheman16

    “I’m a complete simpleton, whats your excuse?”
    “I love kibbles and Steak…”
    ^^ What fox would say

    • Argent Stonecutter

      “He had Feral brand kibbles! With the wolf on the package!”

      • Camtheman16

        Or
        “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 :P

        • Justacritic

          Fox admitting that his kidnapper had an early release of a book he wanted to read perhaps?

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Or secret info about the cat conspiracy.

          • Jellygrub

            or… “he said he’d put me in a blockbuster” (based on what was said a couple strips back)

  30. IceKitsune

    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.

    • IceKitsune

      And by fine I mean with the exception of Max maybe losing a chunk of his ear during it

  31. Tara

    NOT THE DIRTY WHITE VAN D:

    • Frank

      Whoever said it was a van? It could equally well be a dirty white basement!

  32. Camtheman16
    • Dontlookmenaked

      I love that Strip too :) (Even if it has nothing to do with this Strip)

  33. Little Puppy

    Well at least Max is honest XD

  34. Yehoshua

    A round of apaws for the simpleton!

  35. Lindseycrew

    Wow! Definitely not what I thought at all

  36. Valerio

    Wonder why, after Fox’s second kidnapping, Max never brought up the subject of the first one since it involved him…

    • coyoteBR

      …because it’s not good for his “cool” image?

    • IceKitsune

      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.

      • Keldor

        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).

    • GameCobra

      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!

      • JeffCvt

        I vote for your second option. Fox and Bino are friends, Max lives with Bino, so he must know Fox in some way

  37. Valerio

    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.

    • IceKitsune

      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.

    • IceKitsune

      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.

      • Crackles

        Exactly what I was thinking. What we see here is the true version and the one Peanut is telling is different.

      • Xane

        “Does he know we can’t see it? Should we give him some privacy? I don’t know the protocol for flashbacks!”

      • Pogiforce

        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.

        • IceKitsune

          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.

  38. gaboris

    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? :P
    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).

    • Frank

      US:
      “Mommy, what’s a stranger?”
      “See that dark shape? A stranger is anyone dark and sinister like that”

      YOU:
      “Mommy, what’s a stranger?”
      “Well, you know when people are strange? Strangers are people who are, er, stranger!”

      • Jellygrub

        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?

  39. sonix brasil

    catnip catnip catnip catnip cat nip nip… why im here ?

  40. Marine Fox

    Guess fox has a thing for being dognapped.

  41. solomon

    is that the gardener from Dexter’s Lab?

  42. WingedwolfGirl

    A Collar is your best friend, Max. It’s what the police use to identify the body.

  43. Grip the Wolf

    I wonder what kind of candy Fox was promised….

    • phosphorus

      Candy is bad for dogs so I believe he was offered cat flavored treats :)

      • Keldor

        To be fair, candy is, for the most part, just as bad for humans as it is for dogs.

        • Pogiforce

          and just like dogs, we don’t care cuz it tastes so good!

  44. phosphorus

    I know I sound like a complete creeper but fox looks pretty cute in the last slide

    • Frank

      And your avatar isn’t helping

      • phosphorus

        You just don’t know the context its non adult fan comic

    • Foxstar

      If you know you sound like a very creepy person, why go ahead and make a creepy comment then?

      • Dontlookmenaked

        Cause it had to be Said……..That awkward moment when your not sure you spelled that word right.

  45. 1boredcanadian

    So I was off by a long way on my guess but I think I know where his bite mark comes from.

  46. Frank

    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

    • Keldor

      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.

      • Zaitsev

        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.

        • Keldor

          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.

          • Pogiforce

            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.

        • Frank

          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.

  47. Kuga

    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

    • phosphorus

      Maybe because he’s naturally adorable

  48. IceKitsune

    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?

    • legendario13

      i think that jeff will forbe him to wear it from now on

  49. GameCobra

    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.

  50. Valerio

    …and Max keeps being so DARN COOL and cute!
    Argh!

    • Keldor

      That’s why we love him!

  51. da cat lover

    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

  52. Z24

    Joey’s stranger theory sounds way better on paper than on practice, as Max just showed us…

  53. JeffCvt

    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.

  54. phosphorus

    And the stranger turns out to be fido,teachong fox why safety is important
    And no one finds out o-o

  55. King Sandwhich

    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.

  56. SilverZeo

    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?

  57. Pogiforce

    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.

  58. Pogiforce

    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.

  59. Pogiforce

    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?

    • Pogiforce

      http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/05/08/truly-we-are-doing-good-for-the-world/

      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.

      • Keldor

        Whadda ya mean “PETA tripe”?? Tripe is *good*! Maybe “PETA broccoli” or “PETA Lima beans” would work better.

        -Fox

        • Pogiforce

          Tripe may be good depending on your perspective, but PETA tripe is NEVER good.

    • SilverZeo

      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.

  60. Tattorack

    Fox: Hmmph-mhh GNNMMMHFF!!!!

  61. nokai lumia 710

    how long have you been working on this?

  62. Draven

    Max looks scrawny as a kitten

  63. Kissy

    The worst feeling when reading a webcomic is when you go to click the next button and nothing happen. Then you realize you have reached the most current page and you must wait for the creator to post again. I hate the wait. T_T This comic is awesome. I read up to this point over the past three days and cannot wait to read more. Please keep it up. :D