King’s the dawg he can do anything epic! xD
He even managed to buy a phone off-panel.
To call his girlfriend of course.
What if Bailey saw the show live on Youtube? “King?, and who’s that with him?!” >:(
Well he said he was gonna call her. Like I said it looks like he bought a cell off-panel. Looks like he’s going to be honest.
actually if you look closely in panel one, there is what resembles a paper bag, and the green he holds in his paws is cash. The second panel he is putting said cash back into said paper bag.
What I meant is he is capable of calling Bailey, I was not referring to what he was holding in his hand.
He might not have a cell he could want to use a land line or even a payphone.
That could be as well.
I thought Pete gave King a cell phone! But highly unluckily! He might just use the phone backstage!
Well he didn’t have a cell phone after the thanksgiving arc when he wanted to call Bailey which took place long after he moved in with the wolves and left Pete. He could use a land line though to call her, or use the money to buy a phone.
What is this “Pay” “Phone” of which you speak?
A… er… call center?
Pay phone: a big box with a phone attached that occupied the walls of businesses in which people would deposit coins for the privilege of calling others to let them know that they were 1) broken down by the side of the road, 2) out of gas, 3) to ask what to bring home along with the milk and 4) to talk while traveling. Also used for making collect calls (calls in which the caller had no money on him/her, but the callee would agree to pay at a later date, when the phone bill came in, and charged at a higher rate than regular calls). The pay phone was made largely obsolete with the rise of cheap cell phone plans that allowed anyone to think they were important enough to be connected all the time.
Payphones could also be found in strange box-like “booths” on street corners; these booths mimicked the look of the Dr. Who tartus, although it is the contention of many that the tartus mimicked the phone booth.
This is actually incorrect, the Tartus mimics a police box which was used in London to contact the police in safe shelter, they are no longer used but the Tartus is broken and stuck in that form. Many non-brits don’t know this. I can tell your not British because you said “gas” instead of “petroleum”. Interestingly enough I am american.
…. tartus…. I assume you both mean tardis?
I greatly apologize wasn’t thinking and just looked up at the the spelling in the comment above, I was so distracted by trying to correct the above misinformation. Of course it is spelled Tardis, I feel foolish for spelling it other wise. One should always be careful when commenting on Doctor Who
which is practically holy. I certainly think it is.
A pay phone booth is not where you will find The Doctor traveling in. But a phone booth can be a time machine, just have to find out is George Carlin or Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter using it.
Pay Phone, Noun: A currently obsolete device that teenager in the 1950’s would stuff as many people into as possible, also used to make urgent or spur-of-the-moment calls.
Okay, Just so everyone knows, it’s not the Tartus, or even the Tardis.
It’s the T.A.R.D.I.S.
It stands for
Time And Relative Dimensions In Space
Also, It doesn’t look like a Phone booth. It’s just that The Doctor’s T.A.R.D.I.S. had a malfunction and now the camouflage Gear is jammed into a Phone Booth Disguise.
The name is a point of contention in itself, as it flip-flops between “dimensions” being singular or plural, but yes, Tardis (or TARDIS, T.A.R.D.I.S. or other variants thereof) is the proper name.
Coincidentally, the camouflage function is called Chameleon Circuit and, although in the beginning it was broken, the “police box” form has since grown on him.
Anyway, yes, her proper name is TARDIS (Or Tardis, or T.A.R.D.I.S. any goes well), but she- for she is a woman and she’s alive- also answers to “Idris”, “Old girl” and “Sexy”- the current doctor is particularly fond of the last one.
To keep this from being *entirely* off topic, the show probably hasn’t started yet and Duchess just paid him in advance? (though now that I’ve types it, it seems so obvious xP)
Indeed Tardis and T.A.R.D.I.S are interchangeable an both correct. Also as it has been incorrectly stated again just to clarify it looks like a Police Box and is not a “phone booth disguise” Reading above comment is order can avoid unnecessary statements. Getting back to the actual topic it is a bit strange Dutchess paid him before the show even started/ You would think someone like her would be more careful with her money.
“You would think someone like her would be more careful with her money.”
Not necessarily. If she’s rich like everyone thinks she is, it’s entirely possible that she doesn’t worry about it that much because it’s enough that a little lost here and there due to a bad decision won’t really be noticeable.
Also, it’s not like there aren’t humans out there who turn fortunes into bankruptcy. “Famous person now living in a dumpster” does pop up now and then in “fluff” pieces on slow news days.
I just meant she seemed greedy and probably isn’t one to give free handouts.
That’s not a phone, it’s a wad of money…..
DOSH, GRAB WHILE ITS HOT.
ITS RAINING MONEYY
I was not referring to whats in his hand, I was referring to how he said he maybe should call Bailey and previously he had acted like he couldn’t call her and didn’t have a cellphone. He could use a landline though. I know that’s money.
Ah, my appologies.
didnt the wolf family helped king get a phone?
They said they didn’t have any work for him to be payed so he could buy a cellphone.
Oh, Duchess, such a jaded, pessimistic, cynical view of romance, you have.
She is a show dog.
“With yellow feathers in her hair and a dress cut down to there”?
You sir, have gained my respect
I hear that such a viewpoint is quite vogue in Duchess’ circle.
You gotta admire her forwardness though
I like to think that it is a more free spirited view of romance, to be with whomever you wished because simply because it is convenient.
what!?! this will be awkward indeed
Romance is dead with Duchess.
all the better to avoid getting entangled in unwanted attention.
I wonder if Duchess is the exception or the rule. I keep forgetting the pets of Babylon Gardens are brought up in a different environment than the general population.
Duchess is probably the closest doggy equivalent to a supermodel. As such, it’s perfectly natural for her to be a tad vain.
I think Duchess is more of an exception as Bailey lives in Kansas, also Res isn’t local and seems to write on the subject.
I agree. Look at Max and Grape, Peanut and Tarot, Sasha and Bino/Fido, the wolf pack!! It’s all over the animal world of Babylon Gardens (and in Kansas)
Oh, and let’s not forget Fido and Sabrina
You’re right, the wolf pack especially would be an indicator of this being a normal custom even in the wild.
This *is* a normal custom in the wild. The pair bond is one of the many great things about wolves.
However, most show dogs have the desire to form a single pair bond bred out to allow for breeding when the humans feel like it and with whomever the humans want, instead of what the dog wants. Since she’s a show dog, this doesn’t surprise me at all.
(Fine print: This is all irl, not necessarily in the Housepets! universe. Maybe she’s just a diva.)
Gee… I wonder what her owners are like…
pet show maniacs.
I really wonder if she’s this way because of her owners or other dogs or even if its just her.
considering what we’ve seen so far, I’d lean on the ‘it’s her’ hypothesis…
i.e. the “It’s not me, it is DEFINITELY you” hypothesis.
Maybe she’s from a broken house, I kinda wonder how pets feel about owners spliting apart, like that one episode of that girl from FLCL
Probably like those RL beauty-pageant moms who get their kids botox injections.
Picturing King puppies….
*Head explodes from cuteness
Corgsky puppies would be cuter than corgluki puppies anyway! Stubby legged husky puppies!
I thought the Husky Corgi puppies were dubbed ‘Huggies’.
Anyway I don’t think there will be any puppies from Duchess.
Even the NAME is cute!
Are we trying to give King a migrane here? Because if we are, I think I know a few things to say that might help.
Of course the name is cute. I mean think about it, the stubby legs and larger than normal ears of a corgi, with the fluffiness, tail and possibly two toned eyes of a husky mixed with the natural cuteness that all puppies possess would make for an eye bleeding level of cute. The name must be able to hold up to this.
Here’s a pic of one for all those interested:
Wow, Lophilformes, how did you manage?
Google images can find everything! O_O
I thought king would like puppies! :b
Too much responsibility?
Wait, so King admits he loves Bailey? Hm…Interesting. Wonder if this arc’s “a surprise King development arc” instead of “an arc devoted to King because it’s King”.
Maybe its Duchess arc? She’s getting development behind “that smart dog at the salon Sasha hangs with.”
That is rather depressing view on love.
It’s pretty common for humans as well. “Romance? Please, that’s so 18th century.”
But again as I said below she seems to be more or less uncaring about who she dates. More like she likes to use pets that she dates. I know some humans are like this as well.
I suspect she’s using human celebrities as her model, not that she’d admit it.
Which is depressing given the celebrity rates in our world.
The idea of King having puppies just seems a bit squicky to me. Well, sort of.
Well… I think it’d be significantly more ’squicky’ [I googled it] for Grape to have puppies. Uhh… make that kittens.
Blasphemy. Dictionary.com says you are a liar.
I said I GOOGLED it… but you’re right, I did lie… I used Yahoo. The first result was from Urban Dictionary.
Whoa, I just learned a new word today that I didn’t know existed. Cool
but Tarot and Peanut uses the boyfriend/girlfriend thing.
Duchess is wrong!
If only she knew.
She’s probably even more orthodox about natural canine behavior than the GODC.
That’s because Duchess seems to be very cynical about romance, likely she doesn’t believe in it at all in anyway.
She’s probably to arrogant to believe she’s wrong.
Bino and Sasha date like that too…Sasha seems to like the boyfriend idea.
Hold on… I remember Sasha being a tad too eager to have Fido’s poppies puppies.
I can’t tell if she looks disappointed in that first frame.
Surely she’s dismayed that such a fine sample as King subscribes to something as quaint as a “girlfriend”, or even any of that “true love” rubbish rubes and hicks seem to like.
You, my good sir, show class in your comments
I want a disappearing brown polygon to hide my money in too!
You must be Elbonian, having never seen a drawer before. (Doesn’t seem like a safe place to keep money though… you’re supposed to keep it in your Collar of Holding!)
The drawer is in a house full of wolves. Non-metaphorical ones.
I’d be worried about the cubs thinking a “stack of paper” would be an awesome chew toy.
Wolves understand and respect territory, and they’ve managed to avoid destroying King’s AKC papers and the gold statue.
Wolf cubs, unlike ferrets, can be deterred by child locks.
Well, most smallish animals can be deterred by child locks. I mean, the things are designed to keep 5 year olds out! It simply happens that ferrets are one of the very few things that are even better at getting into things than a typical 5 year old.
King is a smallish animal, your argument is invalid.
Maybe it’s different in the HP! world, but I seem to recall that having a dedicated mate isn’t entirely unusual for canines.
Though, it could just be Duchess’ view on things is unique to her, and has no bearing on RL vs HP!.
And for the smart phone/tablet audience, the alt text: “to be discarded like an old rawhide, only to be dug up again when you feel nostalgic”
Maybe she’s being callus because of King’s new “info”.
Doechess’ idea a romance does have a certain appeal.
Alternate Text: “To be discarded like an old rawhide, only to be dug up again when you feel nostalgic.” Ahh yes, I remember it all too well.
Bailey might see King’s updated status on FB!
Though there’s simply no way that any of this is gong on there.
Duchess seems to be glaring 90% of the time. It will likely cause frown lines and put an early end to her show dog career.
A furry face means never having to wear foundation.
Wait..so he already has a cell phone? Or just the ability to call Bailey? Then King needs the money for more allowance? Also, I guess she will be paying in money, as she doesnt contradict King in the first panel. Another question:If he has a Cell Phone, what does he need the money for? Valentines Gift for Bailey? Wow, tons of questions, lets see the theories/answers I get xD
Valentines gift for Bailey indeed.
I can see it now.
King:”Hey I bought you some choclat-…oh, this is bad isn’t it?”
King needs the money to pay for the cellphone bills. I mean, have you seen the size of those things? And that doesn’t even cover the “domestic calls not billed at international call rate” package!
If its a cell phone at all xD. He could be using a house phone.
It’s not like King wouldn’t have a girlfriend all the way in Kansas without arranging some way to contact her; a cell phone would just be more convenient.
Point well taken. Now it’s just a question of which one. Also
*Writes down date Rick responded to his post, and calls it “Yay Day” *
Aka “Greatest Moment of Camtheman’s Life”
Sometimes I think that the creators of things like this, don’t reply to comments as much because they know that as soon as they do, EVERYONE will be replying to their comment, and then they’d feel obligated to read every single one of those replies.
Which, of course, makes the times when they DO respond to comments all the more epic.
You guys… are addicted to Mr. Griffin?
…You mean you aren’t?
So right now he like emails or writes letters?
Or maybe he’s able tolerate the cubs crawling all over him while he talks on Miles’ kitchen phone
“I’m going to have to call you back. The hooligans are here again, and if I hang around here, they’ll probably try to bury me in the garden again.”
Regarding Rick’s comment, as someone in a long distance relationship I would have to agree with this.
she seems very surprised in the first frame, and got really into the argument, i wonder if king struck a nerve or something
also i love the facial expression on kings face in the last panel
I couldn’t tell.
Getting paid handsomely: rewarded cash
Seeing King’s face in the last panel: Priceless.
I like his expression in Panel 3 when he defended his girlfriend position. YAY!
Well someone is jealous X3
I guess she was kinda hoping to know king a bit more.
Duchess has an interesting tail.
She’s defs one of the most uniquely drawn characters in the comic, yeah.
Her ears, arms and tail are radically different from every other character.
Duchess has a pretty, uh, interesting viewpoint on relationships. lol
Yes, its basically the view point of: Date,use and then dump once finished with.
Date, Use, Dump
The DUD method. :p
Almost forgot also add in: Repeat when bored.
LoL, good point.
Oh my gosh that girly pose in Panel 2, you sir are having fun with this aren’t you? Yeah you are, this is a whole new personality and you get to try new looks, poses, emotions with her, am I right?
And poor puppies ; ~;
Dang, King really has gotten used to being a dog, huh? I mean, he’s already surpassed his peers in the awesome & cute facial expressions department!
I think that’s just genetic, it’s the natural state of being a corgi!
He’s gone native.
He called Bailey his ‘girlfriend’.
I could die happy now!
I really want to see Bailey with King again!
And what shall we write on your tombstone?
I said ‘I could’.
The GrapeNut still must come true.
Is that what we should write, or is that what will do you in?
Here lies Valerio:
“The Grapenut still must come true.”"
That seems like a good epitaph to me )
Seems about as cryptic as “the crazy old man who only speaks in limericks” LOL
somehow you are getting wrong the idea….
Mmmm…Either you are clueless or we need to go back to the middle age and kill some trolls.
Valerio could always rise from the dead if Grape+Peanut (Grapenut) happened.
Heck, I’d rise from the dead just to make SURE it happens!
Valerio, we are a dying breed. We need you alive (Or un-dead) as long as possible.
Given King’s Human background, does anyone think this will mess with the way he views his relationship with Bailey or other dogs? My hope is no, ince his best friend is Bailey’s cousin and all. Fox has a very grounded view and personality. Stick by your guns, King!!!
(And don’t let “the exception” skew your view)
At least that’s what I think ‘e meant
Frank, you win the prize, but maybe I should have been more explixit anyway…
Yay, King confessed that he has a girlfriend. . .and then Duchess made things awkward. . .boo?
She really got some opinions……
Hope she doesn’t decide King is a convenient travel-sized package.
So she wants friends with benifits? I see this going badly as one falls for the other.
I’m sure her relationship with King is strictly business. I can’t see them ever being friends.
I don’t know about King but I’m not sure if her quickness of shooting down the idea of a relationship is because she is a show dog or if she has had a relationship fall apart and will enjoy King’s friendlyness after a while.
This is going to be a brick joke later. Involving puppies. And Bailey. :3
And hopefully with the two being related. :3
Oh Duchess, so heartless.
One day you will notice that something is
missing in your life.
By their Names they would be a good couple DuCHESS & KING ^_^
Tangentially, what would the combo fan nickname, were one to engage in shipping, be for them? “Ding”?
No, no, you have to let them contribute equal numbers of letter from their names, like this: Dung.
Hmm. That didn’t quite work, did it?
Just say that the name Duchess contains chess.
So the shipping would be called “checkmate”?
You have won an internet! ^_^
And another internet from me, Keldor.
Wouldn’t “Kiss” work better?
Kiss and Dung…wait, kiss dung? Rick is telling people to quit shipping characters! O.o Or maybe I’m just reading too much into this
Welcome to the HP! comments section internet.
Sounds like Duchess is a little jealous of him.
P.S- Alright King, he’s got Bailey for a gf, lucky you
P.S.S-did I mention my dog’s name is king.
Did you get him before or after you started reading Housepets!?
Before i started reading.
Why yes.. Yes it does. I should know, we are having puppies in may! *facepalms and mumbles “stupid neighbors”*
Thus, Duchess reveals that her hatred for “human imposition” is part of her character.
Probably not the best way to say that though?
it allways leads to puppies
and who would nOT want husky/gorgi puppies?!
The one that has to give birth to and raise them? *shrug*
Um not if you read into the “not there” comment.
I have the feeling something horrible is now going to happen to Duchess
Rotf lol, King looks so cute in the final panel.
Man! King sure has a way with the female dogs; Sasha, Daisy, Baily, and now Dutchess. Am I missing anyone.
Tarot but she shrugged him off.
4th-panel King avatars in 3…2…
We see here Duchess channeling the four V’s of celebrity: vacuous, vain, vulgar, and venomous.
Never heard that before, but very fitting.
I personally would never want to be a celebrity. I’d rather be like Cliff Bleszinski, famous, but no paparazzi and your mistakes aren’t blown out of proportion.
Why yes King, that does lead to unwanted puppies!
WOOPS!!!! Wrong email X3
WOO, 4th PANEL KINH AVATAR! GIVE ME HIGH5 ON THT!
WOO, 4th PANEL KING AVATAR! GIVE ME HIGH5 ON THT!
convenient, not there? Isn’t that the same thing? I mean they certainly aren’t convenient if they’re NOT there.
I’m not real clear on the distinction she’s making either.
I think what she is saying is that King is taking it to far. She dates and uses pets when she is bored and lonely and King is implying she goes further then that and shes saying that going that far is not convenient (since it could lead to puppies). At least that’s how I take it.
I disagree. I think she views romance and commitment as unnecessary elements. To her, being with another dog is purely about producing purebred puppies. That’s the distinction between “whoever is convenient” and “whoever is there”.
Ah, now it makes sense. Of course they’re not unwanted puppies. They’re cute fuzzy little thousand dollar bills!
RANDOMLY CHOOSEN WORDS OF WISDOM: thats why they say “fall in love”.
you dont look for it, its more like a hole.. well no… more like a crater, in the middle of the road.
you know is there, but you cant avoid it.
Just hang on and pray to get out alive of this one, if you are lucky you’ll only feel like trash for the rest of your life.
King seems to be taller than usual… Or is the Duchess that small?
Well, Duchess was pretty short compared to Boris too. However, Salukis are actually fairly firmly in the medium to large dog catagory, being, as best as I can judge, about the size of a greyhound. Corgis are at the upper end of small dog, the size of a large, heavily build terror – erm, terrior.
A reply saying “it’s a cartoon” would have been enough. xD
what does he need money for?
i mean… doesn’t the millionaire ferrets pay for everything?
He needs a cell phone, and if I were him I wouldn’t want to go through them either.
If you haven’t been keeping up on either the comic or the comments (what are you doing here?!) he needs a cell phone to contact his girlfriend, as he put it, Bailey.
First of all I know what’s going on and second he doesn’t need the money for a cell phone because he said he should call his girlfriend about the money( so what r u doing here dumbdumb.)
No, they don’t. Most of what we’ve seen them spend money on is fancy stuff for themselves, other than that one arc with them paying for all the pets going to the theme park.
I love this comic, as I just got a girlfreind, and I see king a lot like me, also, his last expression was adorable
His face in the last panel :3
Adda boy king <3 Call bailey!
is it just me or does Duchess look a bit off?
Well at lest king still holding on a bit of his humanity also dos king ever won’t to be human agen or did he give up all redy
Not necessarily. Peanut, Fido, Bino (kinda) and Joey also have girlfriends, and they aren’t former humans.
Though to be honest, it’s not hard to imagine Duchess’s attitude rubbing off on Sasha, with her fleeting attitude toward her own relationship with Bino.
Man that’s a lot of comments! XD Love this panel though, Duchess gives my brain terrible ideas with her viewpoint though! Oh jeez. XD
Also, best of luck to King in his endeavor there. X3 Curious to see where this goes.
I wonder why she’s so upset about him having a girlfriend?
You know, King and Duchess could have interesting chemistry. =P
Like hydrazine and red fuming nitric acid?
More like sodium and water.
Hydrazine and red fuming nitric acid are the components of hypergolic rocket fuel. Much more dramatic than sodium and water.
Its all about the Potassium guys
See mine. It’s actually N2O4.
Like aluminum and rust.
I was thinking of hydrazine and nitrogen tetraoxide. =p
Amusing how sheltered she is, considering how many humans also run around with a ‘whoever is convenient’ attitude to otherwise disabuse her of the notion of that being some special feature of pets.
Oh King, you dawg you!
I love how she seems to dismiss everything that seems odd to her as ‘a human thing’. “Feminism is for humans.” “It’s a human imposition.” She’s cool and all, but she needs to either broaden her horizons a little or be less judgmental of others, methinks.
She probably has a reason to dislike human things. Maybe a past owner that was mean to her, or something. I don’t know, just speculation.
Way to show your human side king.
What kind of dog is king agine
A former human, it’s a magic formed breed that thankfully does not exist in the real world…but seriously he’s a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, a type of herding dog for cattle.
Oh great, Dissension has a ton of work to do later.
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