What happens next? o.0
Dunno, but I have to admit! Very nice detail there, Fiddo putting off his glasses, when he gives Fox a hug…
Perhaps we will find out more about the man? Max loses his ear? Peanut and Res break into Grape’s room? The detail of this comic is very nice. You can even see the zookeeper coming for fluffy.
I don’t think it’s a Zoo Keeper, from the letters visible on the van I’d say s/he works for Animal Control.
That van totally says “Zoo Patroll”
The tags say ‘animal control’. :3
no way it says animal control. Zoo Patrol is cooler.
For an exotic animal that can rip off a man’s leg with a simple twist of its neck, and can run on land at speeds in excess of 35 miles per hour…
…definitely animal control.
Back to the present I hope.
Perhaps we will have to wait to find out about Max’s ear until House Pets Babies 2. Though I hope not, I hate being teased.
Cliffhangers sure know how to tease us! >.>
Clearly many wants to see it happen, but I myself don’t really care that much. Not everything has to be explained (even though if it doesn’t happen in friday it’ll come around later most probably in different arc)
But yeah, I’m now way more interested in the Peanut, Grape & Res sub plot.
Yeah, but what we all keep forgetting is that this is a PG comic. Violent things like ear bitting wont happen on our watch. Suggested cartoon violence, sure, but maiming an ear is a no-no. Heck, who said that it was another creature that bit it off. Maybe he did it to himself, like a piercing from his teen years… which clearly ending badly.
The next comic will certainly reveal a lot.
It happens off panel of course. That way you can get away with a lot of stuff. Most just wants to know how it happen, not exactly see it happen.
It most likely would happen this way. Max says/does something very stupid and then either Grape or Fox starts going for his ear and then the strip ends. Or have one of them go for his ear and the next panel just be a shot of something else (the sky, a reaction shot of either Grape or Fox whichever one doesn’t bite it, ect.) there’s a lot of ways to do it with out showing it.
Personally I’d like to see mouth to the ear with a “chomp” action sound effect bubble.
His ear got bitten in the noodle incident, remember?
What noodle incident?
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/NoodleIncident It’s just a nickname for an incident that is referred to, but never explained.
Hopefully it will be explained. So it will no long have to be a noodle incident. Love anything referencing Calvin and Hobbes.
Really I have to admit I’m a lot more interested in who did it rather then why. Because I think we can all agree that it was very very likely because he did/said something stupid.
I hope this arc gets long enough to cover the end of current year.
The Grape liking dogs arc, or Housepets Babies Arc. I could see how the Grape arc could have conceitedness that last throughout the year, perhaps sort of spin-off arcs like Housepets Babies. Personally I prefer a year to have a lot of arcs.
^This and last panel is really touching!
awww… happy end. But where is Max?
Maybe on his way to getting his ear bit off?
Probably riding with Fluffy in the truck that says ‘ROL.’
Uh, yeh, could be, he doesn’t have a collar after all.
Never mind, neither does Fox.
So many questions O.O
Perhaps he taunts Fluffy on his capture and gets to close. That would seem like a Max kind of thing to do.
They tape Gators and Crocs mouths shut when they are captured (until they are let go somewhere) its very stupid not to. I doubt they do differently here. So there is no way Fluffy is biting Max’s ear.
Quick question. Was it mention, directly, that Max would lose his ear in this arc? Because, if not, Rick might be taking advantage of our anticipation. Hence Max’s close call in the last page.
He has already admitted as much in the comments section of the last page.
The specific comment in question: http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/02/06/ten-gallons-of-tailwhipping-in-a-five-gallon-can/#comment-97168
(Easy to figure out which one is meant, that’s Rick’s only post in the last strip’s comments section. )
Things have been stretched in house pet before in the purpose of pain. Why did the dogs have a frying pan Grape could hit Bino with?, for example.
That was answered….apparently the lick bacon grease off it *meaning they ALL lick off it…talk about unsanitary..
They licked bacon grease out of it
But we all no the story arc reason it was there
Taking a photo for the Internet
Hey look, it’s on the internet!
Sending to Max…
Friday: Fox goes after grape
Monday: It’s already next week, so nothing happens!
You do have a point…
Wow Grape and Fox were kind of friends, how sweet.
When I saw the tearful reunion I just A’wwwwd! I guess we will see the same outcome when Fox finally discovers King’s deep secret! King cries for keeping that secrecy well hidden and apologies after kidnapping and lying to him. Fox will finally forgive him after what he’s done to him! Hugging and crying together
Hopefully that will happen this year.
If there is a next year…..
Lol. JK. I don’ think the world is going to end.
Most sane people don’t. Although it would be cool to have a a major plot point resolved before the end of the year.
The shadowy villain remains covered in shadow.
Probably a shadow device…
Could it be Joel’s father or Joel himself? @_@ Nah it couldn’t be either them!
Would be pretty cool though!
Could it be that other peta guy that was always monologging in the shadows?
Perhaps related to Monster in the Dark from “Order of the Stick”?
Here’s to hoping Friday brings us a maimed Max!
We can hope so. I would like the flash back wrapped up fast, so we get a valentines day arc.
Oh boy now I’m anxious. Monday is Valentine’s Day! What is Rick planning?
Valentine’s day cards
Like he always does, forgot for a minute. I wonder what characters he will use this time? I mean it would be quite a surprise if he did an arc instead this year.
I wanna see an “incidental character” set of cards. Bailey, Terrance, Duchess, Itsuki. Or maybe even Karishad.
Definitely Bailey and Karishad, Argent.
Terrance: “I’ve analyzed my heart, and all I can find is you!”
Itsuki: “My love for you purrs like a fine V8!”
Fluffy valentines day card
o_O say what now!?
I’d like to see that as much as you, but somehow, the way you phrased that sounded incredibly scary. :O
Just like The River….
Oh Grape, your comebacks are so precious as a kitten!
Awww, that’s so adorable.
Hmmm I wonder where Max is, must have gone home already (Maybe picked up by Jeff) or he lied and really was a stray and AC has him now. And the last panel is very sweet. Though I don’t think this is the end of this plot yet as we need to find out what happened to Max.
Also Max could just be off panel somewhere as well
I’m still anticipating Grape having a hand(chomping jaw) in its eminent doom.
I meant imminent. Unless Max had high regards for his right ear, I am a moron.
Ear biting is immanent.
His ear is on the outside of his body, and is not self-aware (I don’t think).
Indeed. While cat tails are generally believed to be self-aware to some extent separate from the rest of the cat, ears are not so ,uch.
A self-aware ear would also be an eminent appendage!
I have many ideas of how Max could offend Grape into biting his ear. Or Fluffy gets a second chance. But instead of listing them all in comments I’d rather just wait to find out on friday.
Rick said that fluffy was a fake-out, so its not fluffy’s doing. Maybe the stranger breaks free of the handcuffs, runs up to Max and bites his ear off. Then M. Night Shyamalan comes out of the truck riding fluffy and says “what a tweest!”
Maybe fluffy’s first chance was a fake out. But like I said rather wait til friday. Ill just stick with the M. Night idea for now.
Fox needs hugs.
Snowdogs give the fluffiest hugs!
You are SO right (source: dad of two huskies)
First time I have ever seen tears on his face At least they are good tears
Hugs indeed. This strip makes Fox as a character/personality so much deeper, like I’m getting to know the character better. We’ve seen what kind of things make Fox happy, we’ve seen him angry, and now, we’ve seen what makes him cry.
well, it was his first kidnapping, plus he was a pup by then -more emotional.
Well yeah, but it still says a lot about the character. Fox usually comes across as a self-confident, yet laid back sort of guy. Now we’ve seen that he’s come quite a ways to get there since he was a pup.
Not the Hershey kind. Kisses good, hugs bad.
I prefer Hershey’s Hug much more than Kisses, But I have no interest in starting an argument about chocolate.
We all need a hug
see you next week
I hope that Fluffy is okay. He didn’t seem particularly mean in the previous comics, and it’s not his fault his owner was the living incarnation of the Neighborhood Watch villian.
Maybe that’s why his owner was made out of shadow.
I’m glad I’m not the only one worried about Fluffy.
I mean, it was his birthday, and everything!
Birthday! Yay! Boots and fashion bags for everyone!
Unfortunately the birthday boy does not get to enjoy the boots and fashion bag if they are made out of him.
Now that’s just plain wrong
Well it appears we know know why fox is the way he is today!! Great story. Lol I love how this IS on the Internet… if only they knew. I think fox is catching on though!!!!
I feel bad for him. Sure he was a bully, but he’s just a little pup playing the equivalent of “no girls allowed” and he wasn’t mean enough to (try to) beat up Grape before, while Bino was. But at least this experience helped make him the (somewhat) good dog he is today. I’d be annoyed at Bino not getting any comeuppance except we all know in the future he has it happen constantly… he just never learns from it! I guess Fox gets tougher after this though, seeing as how he can easily whip Bino when he misbehaves too much.
Now if he’d just learn to dump Bino and find better friends. King is a good start
Too bad he and Grape didn’t really become friends after this.
yup. Really wonder how could Fox become part of Binosquad…
To be fair to Bino, he had just had his face scratched off by that innocent little kitten, so it’s only fair that he wants to get back at her.
Puppy Bino is…not much larger than the kitten……
Y’know may have been Fox’s first dog-napping, but I get the feeling it isn’t the only time he’s been dog-napped between now and the PETA debacle earlier in the strip. Fox’s reaction in that arc seems to imply not only having been kidnapped before, but having been kidnapped by PETA and having heard their ‘rhetoric’ already. Poor guy just can’t seem to get a break.
Grape sounds like she’s quoting some Clint Eastwood movie in the last frame
They do watch a lot of television.
Eastwood isn’t the only one who’s used the word “punk” in a movie before, you know…
Grape can quote herself!
BAM! And the twist was that there was no twist! Rick fails to disappoint, now, about that uncensored s-bomb I mentioned earlier… eh forget it, not going to happen, or is it?
Wait, fails to disappoint, that’s a good thing right? I meant for it to be a good thing. It just doesn’t sound right now after I said it.
Um… About this not getting on the internet… well… there’s a direct feed from the camera in Grape’s collar.
*why is there a camera?
Have you seen Monday’s feed? Grape’s just that awesome!
Excellent deduction Watson.
*squeeee* yay hugs! =3
Tearful reunion and delightful hugs. Beautiful :3
In regards to the alt text his picture is certainly everywhere now! Much more so if you count pictures of him besides this situation.
And I would’ve gotten away with it if it wasn’t for that purple cat!
Scooby-Doo would probably be made fun of in this universe for his horrible speech impediment
Yep, already covered: http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/05/07/the-private-screening-room/
Ha, that great.
Aww, that’s adorable; even with the two of them threatening bloodshed in the last panel.
Love Fox’s expression in the last panel. <3
and what about Grape in #3?
I think his grin is a bit too big given that he was almost fluffy’s birthday ‘toy.’ Fido’s expression is great, it really conveys the adversity of the situation.
I realize the seriousness of any housepets situation dawns on us when one of the pets cries. mean, the situation was funny and all, but it kinda drew back the funny to show the serious reactions of other dogs and cats. Rick, I must say, I approve.
confess it, grape, you LIKED this hug.
You like living, right? Because if so I suggest you start running. Now.
you know what would be a real bomb now?
Discover that Grape had fallen for Fox since then!
Let’s not go there. I think the shipper quota has been met.
Plus, I don’t want to give Rick any ideas that will make ME want to bite my own ear off.
These comment boxes, they’re like… like… commentception. Also, there are worse ships out there, much worse, congrats on making a new one. XD
That’s what I hear whenever I bite an ear off.
“Captain!” “What!” “Ships! Ships everywhere!” “Good lord, how many are there?” “Too many to count sir, too many to count.” “What are our odds?” “It’s not looking good captain.” “Some of the ships don’t even make sense!” “I know captain, I know.” “Should we start sinking some of them?” “And risk retaliation? Surely there must be a better way.” “I think I’ve got it.” “A solution? What is it captain?” “Fan service.”
You’ll need a jet engine to deliver all that fan service.
“No! We can’t do it! The integrity of the hull won’t be able to handle it!”
You are awesome enough to make me laugh
>:3 You must be new here.
Let’s not make this a love pentagon.
Sounds like an ’80s parody band.
He he… Pentagon….
I think it’s a very interesting idea, but perhaps at that point it gets to complicated.
Aww Grape is so sweet :3
Dark mysterious man is still dark and mysterious even in the Daylight!
He’s probably japanese. Anime is full of characters with permanent shadows, and permanent sunlight glare off the eyeglasses even at night, and stuff like that.
Though he is in the shadow of a pretty big police truck
Good for them, still acting tough while hugging. It’s adorable and heartwarming
You know I wonder if the A-plot of this arc is going to effect the B-plot. Usually that happens when stories are told like this (though not always however) something in the A-plot/Flashback comes back to effect the conclusion of or something in the B-plot. I wonder if that will happen here?
Grape became a doglover when she hugged Fox’s (sp?) scruffy chest and then she lied to Peanut about not being interested in dogs when they talked about Peanut’s crush earlier and he gets mad because she lied and then there will be massive drama and the whole comic switches from romantic slice of life comedy to pure bleeding angst tragedy with no happy endings and it will be ruined forever.
Just a guess.
But it would still be funny, and that’s all that matters.
I think the Fox + Grape idea is an interesting one, that wouldn’t ruin the comic although I know that was not said in full seriousness. Perhaps in that scenario Max calls Grape a dog lover after seeing the hug and she bites his ear. Although I don’t think the Fox + Grape Idea is that likely. Friday’s comic could lead the strip in many directions. I would be happy if Rick did that one even if I had already guessed it. But will see what it will actually be.
OK, Friday, Peanut and Res in a pile on the floor of Grape’s room.
Peanut: “Hey, she moved the dresser, we were supposed to land on…”
Res: “You were right, she was pushing it against the door.”
Peanut: “So where’s Gra…. uh-oh…”
The dresser opens to reveal Narnia?
Who needs Narnia when you already HAVE talking animals?
“We even have a witch!”
*Sabrina steps in*
“What’s this? I specifically requested a *White* Witch! And a lion!”
“There are some lions ever at the zoo if you’re interes–”
“A flying lion!”
“Hmm. Well, there’s always Pete…”
Great Alt Text XD http://i41.tinypic.com/2j47riu.gif
I’ve always found that image amusing, since a rather large proportion of the more dangerous criminal minds out there are highly charismatic, well dressed paragons of society who kick puppies while jumping sharks when nobody’s looking.
The real dangerous criminal minds wouldn’t waste their time burglarizing houses. They have much loftier ambitions. It’s only the lowlife thugs and drug related hit-men that break into houses.
Or these guys http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHnqLmHfOR8&ob=av3e
Look like Res will get a new story for his book.
Pridelands and a broom of Mighty Empress.
He should probably credit his inspiration.
Awws… I was like… not going to. ..-.- nuuuuu!!! T.T
Aww Grape likes Fox. :3
No Max yet, can go either way still.
I can’t believe max got out of that with both ears…
It’s like the South Park Christmas Special. The first episode where Kenny doesn’t die…
grape is my hero
I feel bad for Fluffy, he’s under arrest, his dad is under arrest, he never got to play with his toys. All he wanted was guest or two for his party! This is a sad day.
(peep) i was wrong! the mysterious man was evil in that truly evil way…
I’ve seen his picture everywhere, too!
Getting this moment on the internets! =P
Ahh! So THAT solves the mystery! Max puts it all up on the internet to humiliate Fox, and Fox then chases Max down and chews his ear about it!
If anyone didn’t notice this i think Fluffy is being dragged into the patrol car in the background of the first panel. I sure didn’t notice it the first time. Wow, fluffy seems to be a rather popular character based on its very few scenes in a comic, I even feel a little bad for the poor reptile.
I suspect that that’s an “Animal Control van, note the guy is in green and not blue. Everyone likes a cute reptile that can bite your arm off, right? Right? (I actually would have expected Rick to use a kangaroo as an exotic pet)
I’ve never criticized the comic but it just seems like the first panel was forced/uncharacteristic and the tears are just tacky. lol maybe it’s just me though.
I really don’t see how. His friend had just been kidnapped and was likely going to be killed. People tend to get emotional when they’re brought back together after a traumatic incident.
First in with “We started off this arc noting that Fido thinks Officer Ralph is cool, but NOW we know why he’s such an incredibly driven police dog”!
Also: did no one else catch the reference to the Fox and the Grapes? If Fox does crush on Grape and she ignores him and he retaliates by saying she was just a st00pid cat and thus hooks up with the Bino Idiot Brigade… the entire fable plays out. Aesop a la Babylon Gardens.
……and since this, Fox has constantly hold a grudge on Peanut, who lives with Grape……Could be coincidence.
Hmmm… could be. Let’s wait and hopefully find out.
This was incredible, not the best arc I’ve seen on here but still fun.
Fido’s the crying type?
Never would have guessed…
I felt the same way. It just seems that this strip was a bit forced and out of character.
Fido is much younger here. It’s a natural reaction.
Who wouldn’t cry when being reunited with loved ones after being kidnapped?
super happy fun fun thankful friendship hug GO!!!XD
This will be the next viral hit on Youtube…
Too late, Fox.
Too late! it’s on the internet!
I used to kidnap cats and dogs like you… then I TOOK A BROOM IN THE FACE.
Haha, jokes on you, Fox! It’s already on the internet!
SUPER DAWWW iv been waiting for a pic like that, totally adorable, fox is just the cutest pup iv ever seen. And i love the concern fido show’s for fox. seems like he cares more than bino.
I’ve never bothered before…but this comic has just given me an avatar.
(Never used Gravatar before)
Did it work?
well this is uncomfortable soo…
see you later.
the plot thickens
Let me guess (and no I didn’t read all the comments before mine, there are a lot @ _ @)
Max’s ear mark isn’t a bite, it’s a shotgun wound?
Am I the only one bothered by Grape’s Mary Sue-type role in this arch?
Canon characters written by the original author (or by an approved writer for Expanded Universe stuff) can not be a Mary Sue or act like a Mary Sue. That term only refers to Original Characters in Fan fiction or Canon characters in Fan fiction.
Maybe a wrong term, but sometimes she does appears a bit like a mary sue character. Unbeatable in close combat and the main element of a love triangle. Nevertheless one of my favorite pets.
No, it’s the right term, and is primarily used in fan fiction, but can be used outside of fan fiction as well, and they can in deed act like a mary sue.
No its the wrong use of the term. What your thinking of is just a poorly written character. Mary Sue only refers to Fan fiction. Even if it didn’t it still wouldn’t apply to Grape anyway she is not acting at all like a Mary Sue here.
But that’s what a Mary sue is, it’s a poorly written character, and grape is borderline sue here.
I’m going out on a limb here and saying there’s more to Grape than we know. She hasn’t (so far) shown any psychic powers, yet Pete was interested in playing her. Why? He’s the type to bend rules or use loopholes and so would naturally want to have some advantage when choosing an avatar. Therefore, Grape probably has some special skills and abilities. In some ways it makes sense. “The Cat” could be a warrior and “The Dog” could be a scholar. This would explain both Grape’s combat abilities and Peanut’s ridiculously high reading and information retention rate.
That actually makes a lot of sense, assuming there was something special about Pete calling Grape and Peanut “The Cat and The Dog” in the first place of course. If he had gotten Grape as an avatar He would have had control over both of them since they are so close to each other. This is a major reason that I think Pete is going to go for Max as his Avatar when he finally gets to pick one again, that way he would have some control of Grape his original choice.
Heck as I said before with Max he would have some control over the Cats of the neiborhood in general and indirect control (or at least better knowledge of their plans and stuff) over the Dogs though living with Bino. Though all of this is based on assumptions of how this game is played and what the goal even is of course, and an assumption that Pete just doesn’t want to mess with King forever. Though he could get that indirectly though Bino as Max; as I have a feeling he won’t be able to directly mess with King anymore after trying to steal his Fate ball.
*nods* That’s why I’m just guessing it. Pete doesn’t strike me as the type to care much about personal names, so it could be “the cat” or “the dog” as a species thing. Still, I can’t help but suspect there’s something more to it than that.
Yeah, Max would be an interesting choice for the control reasons. He’d also be interesting as a male cat vs female dog if you like the duality. At this point, though, I think the thing with King is too personal for him to drop it, though he might take advantage of Max’s influence on Bino to make King suffer.
I’m sure he won’t want to drop it but what I’m saying is that either Heaven or Kitsune (or Both) will bar him from messing with King again.
I GET IT COMPLETELY
It just struck me: Does Fox know that Grape’s a girl? We know that Max doesn’t, but I don’t think Fox has ever specifically known one way or the other (correct me if I’m wrong). That would be ironic if the dog could tell, but the cat couldn’t.
He probably doesn’t……here goes all the shipping……
I’m sure he knows now since she dating Max and all. But back then no he didn’t I don’t think anyone out side of Jill and Earl knew, most likely.
was just thinking…
S.Valentine is near.
Will we see some EXTRA mushiness between Peanut and Grape after she realizes he put her in the best light with this story?
or will we see the first extra-cute-rockmelting moment of Housepets! Babies?
Well Rick usually just does character valentines day cards for the holiday. But I would like to have a story arc this year. I think the events concerning Grape, Peanut and Res will be dealt with soon.
so.. fox is close to grape too? :O
YES!!! Grape and Fox (my 2 favorite characters) hugging.
I told ya Grape would save them.
…. Is it horrible I now think Fox/Grape pairing would be too cute for words?
Go ahead. I’m not stopping you.
I think secretly, Grape likes Fox. =P
waaaaa fox is naked hahaha
kinda late for that, isn it?
as u can see fido’s glasses are off because if u look closely enough he’s crying
Too late, Fox, you’ve been on the internet the whole time. XD
GAH!!! Fox is just too cute. Grape is a good friend =) this makes me wonder why, when hes older, he still hates cats. considering one just pretty much saved his life.
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