Awesome-sauce, a King has appeared! ^^
I’m betting Boris is from Ukraine… it’s because of his tag.
Or he could be Russian…
His nuclear tag is awesome! He must be Russian! I’m definitely picking up his Russian accent!
Not to mention Boris is a Russian name…
A dog fight or arm wrestle between Miles and Boris who would win?
Actually… Boris is a common name is Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Ukraine.
I still think he is from Ukraine because of his tag
Did you know that the name Boris stems from a word meaning wolf?
So it would be a competition between wolves ^_^
I’d still vote for Miles.
I don’t know Boris is a bit more muscular than Miles.
whether that is doggly possible i don’t know
GET OUT OF HERE B.O.R.I.S.
I only want to lol at the fact that Boris was the name of the goose in Balto the cartoon movie
I agree, that’s an awesome tag and a perfect name for him, lol
…but he only said three words!
So? He looks like he’d have that accent, never mind his name.
We have Boris and Yeltsin. Yeltsin is in the water-balloon war, and they both appeared in Not All Dogs. You do the math.
Wait didn’t Boris have a scar on his shoulder in “Not All Dogs”? Or was that Yeltsin? Ignore me.
Rick later moved the scar to Yeltsin.
Finally, somebody mentioned Yeltsin! Both Boris and Yeltsin first appeared in Not All Dogs when Bino yells both their names, in that order.
I think if everyone would simply look up a certain chap by the name of Boris Yeltsin, I think we could all hang our hats on this mystery. ^_^
King looks like he’s in for some trouble!
Ever since he said “You’re not my lawyer” when has he not been?
Even before that, when was he not?
What’s really funny is that there is a dog with discernable cleavage. o.O
Never thought that would show up in this comic.
I would have to say that she is in fact the most femininely anthroed female dog I have seen thus far.
He probably calls her “mistress” because of her seductive qualities, wouldn’t you say?
Yeah, she definitely has… that extra little bit. I didn’t notice that! Weeeeiiirrd
I’d like to think she has a large ribcage. Because… you know… dogs usually have 10 breasts (I had one who was born with 9, but that was probably a mutation), and the ones on top are normally the smallest.
It’s just her fur pattern, but it is sort of funny.
I noticed that too. She’s got girls!
Okay I wanted to type this on the last comic, but it won’t let me. To answer why Fido has no glasses is at the very end of Housepets babies I swear that was Fido hugging Fox without his glasses. Also oddly he looks younger than before when he stood in front of the class to teach. Am I wrong?
a full moth of on-time updated HUZZA!!!
King for king, who whudda thought.
He needs the boost.
Well, apparently Boris did!
I don’t buy Duchess as queen though I foresee a twist.
I foresee another female purebreed entereing. A husky.
*Insert evil laugh here.*
What about a pomerian… Maybe partnered with a lovable mutt you can’t help but vote for despite his pedigree.
Peanut doesn’t seem like the type to care about such contests. Tarot even less so then him. Not impossible but unlikely.
*inserts M night* “what a twist!~”
I wonder if she’s met Duke?
I foresee Bino having some issue with this
Does anyone know what breed duchess is?
Also.. what did you think king? Or brother
I believe that Duchess is a Saluki, though I might be wrong.
She looks too dark. I could be wring as well, but the only saluki’s I’ve seen are lighter in Color. Hmmm :/
Wikipedia to the rescue! The one shown here has Duchesses colors: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saluki
Wow! That’s spot on, fur and all! Great work detective Zukio!
plus, Rick confirmed her to be a Saluki in her first appearance.
With this much detective work and the shadowy villain appearing in the last arc things could start to become like Inspector Gadget.
Full of self-destructing messages? Or perhaps some eat-before-reading ONI-level ones.
Nah, I can’t see any of the Housepets getting that paranoid… though you never know…
Oh dear, I can see the misunderstanding about to happen.
How would he even have papers? I guess Pete could have rewritten reality enough when he changed King to give him false parentage…
I guess he could go get tested to have it proved….but I don’t see King doing that. : /
You seem to have the wrong number of chromosomes for a dog…
Well I would assume there are no human bits left. XD
Pete does know how to be cruel…
I can only assume all of these things have been taken care of when king became a part of the game. BUT! We do not even know if Pete will approve of king going to some sort of valentines day show thingummy *gasp, plot twist!!
Pete doesn’t give permission anymore, the wolves do.
“Hey, Miles, as your official “pet” or something, I need your permission to enter into this dog show. It’s a bit sleezy, and will probably lead to headaches down the road, but with your permission…”
“Oh! Sure thing, King! I wouldn’t want to get in your way.”
“Oh well, I understa– WHAT?!”
Actually, it’s the Milton Trust Fund that owns him, and the ferrets are the ones that decide what to do there.
In that case, the ferrets may be rooting for him – even if to watch the fireworks that happen as a result!
Dog shows = much too boring for ferrets.
Pete’s banished from the Babylon Gardens realm (for lack of a better word, off the top of my head) until he gets a willing volunteer to become his avatar. What he thinks is irrelevant, and would be even if he wasn’t in hot water for trying to steal Joel’s fate.
DO THE PLOT TWIST DANCE!!!!!!
He had to get his shots somehow. I mean Pete may not have altered reality, but he certainly made sure that all the paperwork was there.
Even if he haven’t, it shouldn’t take more than a second to summon them out of thin air with snap of fingers.
But you don’t need pedigree paperwork to get shots, you can bring any mutt in for their vaccines. Most “backyard breeder” dogs don’t have any kind of real AKC pedigree papers, even if they look exactly like the breed they supposedly are. It would take a good amount of forging and falsified parentage (preferably back 5 generations or more) to have purebred papers. But it doesn’t really sound like the Valentines contest needs the proof as much as Duchess only wants to go with a purebred stud dog.
Overthinking it, as always. I just find it a little odd that Pete would have even bothered. Maybe he was planning on using King as a showdog just to torment him even more.
Yeah, that sounds like Pete.
Maybe Keene got him registered when he moved in with the wolves.
He could of gotten registered under Keene’s program.
Being registered is not the same thing as petagree papers. It the differance between a birth certificate and patients of nobility.
Sorry I was playing loose with the terminology, but I still think what I was actually saying is a possibility.
Someone will have to explain that one to me.
Explain that to me too…
Duchess (a character that appeared only once or twice before) wants to enter a dog show but needs a partner; not any partner, but one that matches her colours and is cute enough. Looks like King fits this role, no matter his opinion about it.
I’m talking about the purebred joke.
Dogshows usually require the entrants to be “certified purebreeds” (As opposed to mutts). This means that people who are experts on that breed certify they are close enough to the standards of the breed that their ancestry must all be in that breed, or, simply proving enough generations of ancestors of that dog were of the same breed.
Then King’s out since he’s the first Corgi in his family.
I was wondering about the Alt Text. I figure the Purebred joke was something like this:
“Can I see your paperwork?”
“My what (*thinking of his driver’s license and such)”
“I would like to see your Purebred papers.”
Could be worse, could be a German Shepard asking “Papers please”
You mean the infamous lines,
“Driver’s license and registration, please”?
Cool Right into the King Arc. This should be rater interesting. Nice to see Duchess again and Boris seems to live with her or is “employed” by her in some way.
Yes King Is Back!!! This is going to be very interesting!
So are Boris and Yeltsin errand dogs or something? It seems like a waste of their capabilities.
I prefer to think of them as “hired goons”.
Now that’s the spirit!
Isn’t it cute?#^_^#
Bodyguards more likely. Just imagine a suit and sunglasses on them, it’s perfect.
A dog in a suit? In Housepets!? Blasphemy!
Well, the HP! God almost went there, so I’d be careful about throwing around “blasphemy” accusations.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/10/16/more-human-than-human/ (last panel)
That’s a wolf. Totally different
A dog in a suit. Ask and ye shall receive.
It would have to be like that collar Max wore when he took Grape on their first date.
I’m surprised King hasn’t completely flipped out since the last time he saw Boris was when he was abusing King during the watch fiasco.
Also where did King get purebred papers?
The ferrets forged them of course! It’s so obvious.
Most likely either made up by the Ferrets or Pete made them magically when he had King
“Oh, I don’t have any.”
“How could such a lovely corgi as yourself not be purebred??”
“Uh, err, well, they got lost?”
“What do you mean they ‘got lost’? Those papers are the most important thing in your life! Without those, you’re nothing more than a common–”
“Hey, King, look what I found!”
“Where on earth did you find– I mean, thanks, Fox, I’ve been looking all over for th– my registered name is WHAT??“
Well it can’t be worse than Princess Periwinkle. : /
Joel Zechariah Robinson?
See? That’s much better!
That’s Kings Human name though, and i’m sure the whole town knows it by now, unless they completely forgot about the mystery of the disappearing dog-napper…
“It’s weird, though, your registered name is the exact same as the name of that guy that kidnapped me a while back. Odd, huh?”
“Ya know, its funny… This is the second time his name has come up on something of yours”
“Eh-heheh, that is so– hey, look! That cloud is shaped exactly like a- um- school bus!”
And now is the time when Fox realizes that King is trying to hide something :p
“No, really, King, something isn’t right here, unless… King, was Joel originally your owner?”
…Time for “All the King’s Men, part 2″
That’s already been published in the second Housepets! book. The winner of the “Finish Al the King’s Men” contest was Two_Twig.
Oh, I see. More incentive to buy the book, huh?
As if I need any more, but unless Rick accepts mail-in cash orders…
“Ludwig Otto Friedrich Wilhelm II”
“I see why you went with King”
Pete would do that to him.
(Incidentally, that’s the full name of “Mad King Ludwig”, the guy responsible for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuschwanstein_Castle )
I kind wonder what their owner(s) are like. Strict military man, a sultry she-spy, a small person, or maybe they’re only the pets in the neighborhood that have a kid owner.
Dutchess? Probably the kind of owner who spends 90% of their time in a beauty salon
Time for new King avatars already?
Yes, but amazingly someone else has beat me to it :p
There will be plenty more! Have to wait for just the right one after all.
Hmmm I need someone that complimets my cuteness….
*Goes to king*
But, wait. What does he think Boris wanted? And also, alt text?
“I was thinking two things and neither of them were…Yes sir I have papers I will be right back.”
But what were those two things?
In Soviet Russia, the authorities could demand your ID papers at any time. You always had to have them on you. Since Boris is Russian, King probably imagined that when he saw a big, hulking Russian dog looming behind him.
Yay, someone who gets it! *hugs Kitch* = P
King for a King for a King.
it all makes sense now…
Your a wizard Harry!!!
Also on a less relevant note: Moar Boris!
No, you’re a lizard Harry!
A lizard in a fursuit. Try to get that image out of your head.
Hey, Awren got it in mine!
On a more relevant note: “Oh Dog” indeed. =)
I had a feeling someone was gunna say that. :p
King is *NOT* going to like where this is going…
King is going to have another headache when he finds out that he does in fact have purebred papers magically detailing his doggy ancestory… XD
Oh yeah good point! I Hadn’t even thought of that but it will state his “lineage”. O_O
He’ll have an even bigger headache when he meets them in person…
That does make me think, for him to be owned or whatever the correct term is by the Miltons would there not have been magical papers filled out by one of our cosmic D&D players?
SNRK… You mean “character sheets”?
“OK, now you need to save against terminal embarrassment.”
*clicks the save button*
Umm, what exactly King was thinking instead of purebred papers?
I think it was identification papers, like proof of identification and residence. Though you usually are not asked about that on the street.
Well considering he needed an animal group without background checks he probably has gotten arrested.
In Soviet Russia… = P
Papers serve you?
I don’t really see a Soviet joke there.
No, in the Soviet Union (and other communist countries and dictatorships), everyone was required to carry identification documents and authorization to be in specific areas. You would not want to be approached by a secret policeman and asked for your papers if you didn’t have them in order.
“Registration and license, please”?
Or good ol’ dog club cards.
You’re all missing the obvious dog joke.
Oh yeah, not sure how I missed that.
Well, if he was about to be put on trial when Pete found him, I’m pretty sure he “got served papers”
And I’m impressed he’s gone straight into another arc, not even a strip for downtime.
Rick is awesome like that. Also he did say that he would start this one up around Valentines.
I must be the only one who thinks couple one-offs would been good after so long arc.
It’s going to be a busy year.
What about the Valentines day cards? They were tagged “one-off”
Yay! It’s Duchess! xD *squee*
One does not squee while wearing dark glasses. One just… doesn’t
I don’t care. =p
(starts up beat)
i wear my sunglasses and sqee.
so i can.
so i can.
keep my head from going all splodey.
Thank you Kitch! =D
Of one can squee while wearing tribal gear, one can squee in sunglasses.
I second that! =D
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Interesting plot twist that came into my mind! I know it’s kinda “out there” but what if Bailey shows up at this Valentines Party?
This is what I think will happen too.
I will agree with this train of thought.
How many are allowed on this train? I hope we don’t crash…
I hope there will be survivors.
yes but where do you bury them.
How about in the memory bank?
I thought the general practice was to avoid burying survivors?
Personally, I always worry about making guesses like that on a forum or comment board an author can read. I immediately assume they’ll read it, be all “They found me out!” and then change their plans to prove me wrong. >.<
I like being surprised, so if that does happen then all the better!
Pretty sure King is taken.
By girl in country whom he has no real way of contacting to save him from bouncer dogs…
Duchess is Sasha’s friend (or at least acquaintance) so he might do it as a favor to Sasha.
“Come to think about it, I’m not even sure if these papers are valid…”
“They look pretty official to me, here, let me see them again.”
Registered Name: Joel Zechariah Robinson
“On second thought, I’m sure they’re just fine! Come on, Baroness, was it? I’ll come with you to that ball or show or whatever it was! I’ll take care of the papers, thanks, Fox!”
Wait, to find the papers he has to find Keane…I wonder if he’s still in the zoo (or if I spelt his name right) and adorability, check.
Last we saw, Keene was still in the zoo
Things do happen off-panel…
Yes they do but you can’t tell me you wouldn’t find it the least bit funny if he was still there.
Funny, but unlikely.
No, no, I wouldn’t. I don’t think that joke bears re-use.
I wonder which two other things he was thinking of.
Either way, King for valentines king! His cuteness shall not be denied!
Or his awesomeness!
Clearly THIS is what happens when a a dog is all show/work and no play…
So a new player joins the game… Interesting…
A new character? We’ve seen Boris and Duchess before.
They could be becoming more major characters though.
Only once, and as I recall half the comments were arguments over whether or not she was Sasha’s friend or just some random dog waiting in the grooming salon. I always figured they at least knew each other more than casually, seeing they were talking pretty frankly without arguing, and the “watching too much TV again” line.
more like over king. That kind of stuff… soo….
You mean a new player in the U&U game? I don’t think there’s anything to suggest that.
Oh dear. I foresee a lot of laugh ahead and possibly a lot of pain. Whenever King gets involved with a situation, things tend to become complicated
i think my favorite part is Duchess in the last panel, it does a lot to help establish her character. nice use of props, Rick
Now I’m thinking of Mr. Tumnus
So if Duchess marries King, will she have to change her name to Queen? If not, would she anyways?
Nah, King changes his name to Duke. No wait a second..
I love when a seemingly irrelevant character is suddenly given a sizable role ^_^
Though, I feel bad for some other characters lost in the shuffle. Like, I haven’t seen Daisy in AGES…or for that matter, Tiger & Marvin (at least not in any notable role). Or most of the ferrets, either…I mean we really just see Keene and occasionally Rock.
I always wonder about this whenever a character has a real name in the tags. On the other hand I’m sure Rick is sick of having to go back and re-tag things if he decides later on to re-use a character (i.e. Lester), so I figure he probably tries his hardest to tag in ways that he won’t have to do that.
Yep, I want more Lana.
With her special guest, Peanut Butter And Grape Jelly Sandwich
I think a lot of dogs could be tied into this arc though.
……. Really? Am I going to be the one that points out that Duchess looks like she has actual BREASTS?
Even dogs have pectorals, you know. The markings might suggest human style mammaries (a term which is, for some reason, not in Firefox’s spellchecker, even if it’s not that uncommon a word… ), but there’s nothing abnormal about her upper body physiology compared to how other dogs in the HP! universe are drawn.
I found it a little odd in her first comic, to be honest, but:
A. I got used to it easy enough. It even seems to fit Duchess. She’s sort of elegant. I mean, her markings do look a little like an evening dress.
B. With all my cat calls (No wordplay intended.) for ‘Super Peanut’ I’m hardly in a position to say I don’t appreciate Housepets! physiques. Boris isn’t bad either.
It’s also amusing the way her white stripe makes it look like she’s wearing a low cut dress. XD
No, you didn’t need to be the one, thanks.
I think that that’s pretty similar to the Saluki fur patterns though.
I don’t think those are meant to be actual breasts, just her breast bone. Just looking at how the breed seems to look according to wiki they have thin waists with a large ribcage that makes their chest bulge outwards.
*whipers hir maw* Sorry, so much mouth watering adorability fomr her!
“Jeez, not this muscle-headed lunk again…”
King doesn’t have papers. One would think she’d be a natural match for Mr.-Dropped-a-Boat-on-Him Terrance.
Because they’re both British?
Low cut fur… OKAY now I’ve seen everything.
Also heh DOG Nukem is back. Seems like he has no bubblegum. XD
Can’t be Dog Nukem, he actually showed up in a timely fashion.
Ouch, man… That was cold.
Sweet! A Valentine’s arc! And couples being voted as King/Queen like a Prom? Even better.
I wonder if this is strictly dogs? Can Cats join? I bet last year Sasha won, but with who is probably a humorous topic. like to hear the mixed story behind it.
I don’t think we see any cats in this arc. It’s King’s and the whole event is probably good old dog’s club thing anyway.
If Sasha won it’d probably be with Bino, doubt Fido goes to something like that.
I don’t get it; unless King thought he meant Driver’s License and Birth certificate.
I’d point you to the comic Li’l Nyet, but its creator rage-quit the Internet because they weren’t getting enough donations.
Duchess sure found her nobility. =P
I sense a hilarious arc coming…. but then again, all of the arcs in this comic are hilarious!
Wow. We haven’t seen Duchess for a long time.
Poor King. He’s probably going to be forced to love her even though his true love is Bailey.
Pete magicked him up a pedigree?
I’m actually kinda saddened — generally, pedigree papers dictate a dog’s (or horse’s or what have you) lineage back several generations in case purebred status needs to be proven. If Pete made one and it was genuine enough to pass when followed up on, he’s pretty much gone “Here! There’s your new mom, new dad, and all your new grandparents. Enjoy your new family.”
Or it could simply say he matches the standards of the breed. That’s allowed since it’s theoretically possible to, so to speak, create the breed again.
Yeah, that’s kind of how I felt but I figure they’re just forged and Pete rewrote enough of reality that it checks out in a database. As mentioned above, maybe he was planning on running King through the dog show circuit just to be torture him like the Sears Photo Center strip.
“Let’s see… parents died in a terrible polo accident at Cirencester Park… no brothers or sisters… only known cousin lost mountain-climbing in Nepal…”
Dang, King just can’t get a brake with the women. King is not going to enjoy this either way.
Also, I seriously believe it’s about time for Rick to update his cast, seriously there are so many that have only been introduced once or twice and made it into the cast (like Rufus and the barn cats) while others have yet to be itroduced (such as Baily, Dutchess, Butch, Res, among others).
Plz update cast Rick
Give it away, some characters don’t have enough personality to be listed yet.
*give it a while
ai dun get it… what was King thinking of?
Some guesses: http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/02/15/snow-time-for-arguing/comment-page-1/#comment-98145
Think about it: a big hulking Russian dog looming behind you asking for papers. Considering King’s previous experience as Joel, he’s old enough to know about the USSR, where you had to have identification papers on you at all times and present them on demand.
I’m guessing they are russian. IN RUSSIA, BORRIS FINDS YOU!
I want Boris to say: “I AM INVINCIBOL!”
I think he avoids that line, last dude named Boris who said that took a liquid nitrogen bath.
I do not foresee Peanut or Grape snuggling in this chapter…. there for I will not be happy. -slams fist down on desk- BLASPHEMY
WOO! Lets start a riot!
Lets start a riot,
If you feel so empty..
Let’s talk about the comic, instead. ;3
Revolution time, everyone flash mob Rick until we get PeanutxGrape
How about no. How about we let Rick write the comic the way he wants and hope that is the direction he wants to take it.
It’s funnier that way. This comic’s not about shipping, it’s about super funny misadventures from animals who act like kids. Rick always writes something more interesting than what the fans could think up anyway (see this, Duchess wants King around? Who’d think of that but him).
Do you want to keep your commenting rights, The_Peanut?
Ooh this seems like its gonna be an interesting arc
That dude has a nuclear warning for his tag, I like him
Her paws are brown in the second panel, and white in the third…
THE WORLD DOESN’T MAKE SENSE ANY MORE
Wow your right. I think Rick will fix it soon though, the world will make sense again soon.
And there we go, all is right in the world.
Here’s a good question: Why does Boris call Duchess “mistress”?
Most likely she is rich, so he is calling her that due to her social status.
That and most likely he either lives with her or is employed by her as a body guard at the moment.
So much switched phrases!
Why the parasol if there’s no sun/rain?
She is Rich and Fancy, Rich and Fancy females always have parasols its just a thing.
That winter sun can be brutal!
It actually can be, I know a guy who got sunburned once while skiing because of the reflection off the pure white snow.
…That’s quite a coat pattern…
Made me do a double take several times to make sure it was only a pattern
With all this papers talk one wonders what King’s real parents would say if they could see their boy now.
Over the years, the Royal Family seem to have embraced dogs as their favoured pets. Formal portraits from the 17th century onwards show kings, queens and their children happily posing with their beloved animals, from pugs to greyhounds,
King Charles Spaniels to Corgis.
just noticed two things about dutchess…
1. her tag is a £ sign
2. she’s using a parasol… in winter.
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And King continues to casualy build his snowdog.
King making a snowdog = cuteness.
I’m getting a bad vibe from Duchess…my Pinkie Pie senses are going all crazy…my tail is a twitching!
You may want to get that checked out, I am not a doctor nor do I play one on TV but I don’t think humans are supposed to have tails.
I wonder if Rick will create an arc. when everyone discovers King is really a human.
I’m sure an Arc where at least some of the Pets (outside of Sabrina and Tarot) find out he used to be human, Fox is most likely going to find out first before anyone else.
It probably depends on whether the charm that Pete cast extends to them or not … I can’t remember now if it got broken, either. perhaps he CAN now talk about it, but has gotten so used to not doing so that he won’t without some kind of extreme provocation.
Huh, a very interesting body design for Duchess! Interesting portrayal for the chest, I kinda like it! Looking forward to where this arc goes! :3
Also, despite reading the comments, I think I still kinda missed the reference in papers, ah well. X3
Nice casual dress fur effect on duchess!
I dont get it would you kindly show me the humor of this slide
Oh God Duchess is so hot!
this surely is a bit wrong
Minor nit: He really should be saying something like “pedigree papers”. Calling them “purebred” papers sounds really clumsy.
he’s russian, though… give him a bit of linguistic leeway
I don’t think Bailey will appreciate this much :p
Oh wow, that is a CLEVER fur pattern, it looks like a shmancy dress with the over extended v-neck. You even gave her a bit of….yeah, clever X3
Oh! And is “Oh DOG” like “Oh GOD” clever wordplay? X3
So that means she thinks King is mouth-frothingly adorable then
Also in the last panel she looks like she’s wearing sunglasses
…and a tie
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