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  1. Ryufire

    Now that’s scary! o.0

    • King Sandwhich

      Dutchess has quite the glare.

      • senorpie7

        I think the shadows played a part in that

      • 1boredcanadian

        She souldn’t do that, I heard it give you wrinkles…unless they make her look cute like a pug…That or like she crashed into a tree. XD

      • Ryufire

        That glare can burn right through your soul! .__.

        Now she’s gonna seek out Boris and pound KIng to a pulp!

        • Valerio

          nah, I don’t see her capable of such…rudeness.
          She’d rather plan something to be served cold and…more efficient

          • Onemanarmy11

            I sense this would have to do with her texting Bailey, pretending to be King, and…. Just let your imagination do the rest. :3

        • Jinxed

          Glaring through my soul will only reveal one thing:


      • SilverZeo

        “Urge to hurt… rising… Rising…. RISING!”

    • SilentWolfXIII

      The Grudge has got nothin on that O_o

    • silverfang16

      Meep! ._.

  2. cheetahwolf

    Noooooo!!! how can this be!

    • rallyjr

      Youuuuu!! you jinxed it

      • Jinxed

        An unlikely occurrence, I blame King for not wanting to win enough.

  3. Kalasnokov

    Duchess really seems to be angry now

  4. Draven

    Our little arsonist, getting girlfriends and growing up. So proud

  5. King Sandwhich

    One probably does not want Dutchess seeking vengeance against them.

  6. Lophiiformes

    Uh oh

    • P0lo


      • Nintendosagafan

        lol wow i havent heard that saying in a LOOOONG TIME XD
        and hmmm im wondering. why does she care? she doesnt even like him
        or could it be that she thinks hes trying to win without her?

        • Wut

          Maybe she’s grown attached to him.

    • Jesse James

      My sentiments exactly.

      In fact, “uh oh” and “scary” are literally the only things I can think of at the moment. ._.

  7. Cm4F

    Duchess was mean.
    I think that’s what she deserves.

    • Valerio

      that’s not the problem.
      It’s KING who doesn’t deserve what’s coming.
      It would be no surprise if she decided he didn’t earn his money and broke his cell phone

      • King Sandwhich

        That’s what I was thinking would happen.

      • Cm4F

        Well, she used King just so she could win, and once King had finished his job, she pushed him away. She can’t take the money back anyway. King did his job and she made the mistake of paying him in advance. I would have done what King did. We earned money for a Cell Phone and he earned the right to bu it and use it.

        • Cm4F

          *HE* not ‘we’

        • Valerio

          you’re making a wrong assumption here.
          Duchess is not being exactly rational about this thing and her eyes speak bloody vengeance.
          The cell is toast

          • WolfBrother

            agreed. she’s about to flip out…

      • Ryufire

        Most likely that would happen! Poor King he doesn’t deserve anything bad! :(

        • slash0mega

          you forgot he is a kidnapper…. er, dognapper…

          • Valerio

            he WAS, and he’s working hard on the path to redemption

          • silverfang16

            Like he has a choice.

  8. Zukio

    Duchess now scares me a bit. I am a bit confused about why she is angry though.

    • RootsofOrigin

      Insulted, maybe.
      Or upset about his nonchalance.
      Or she’s miserably unhappy and is looking for an adorable corgi to vent her purebreed rage on.

      • Zaitsev

        Or the most obvious? Jealous.

        • Valerio

          all of the above.
          Hell hath no fury like a scorned female

          • RootsofOrigin

            Hell hath no fury like a scorned female in a dog show.

          • Keldor

            A scorned charming young lady!

          • Jinxed

            ^ +1 internets for Keldor

        • RootsofOrigin

          I wanted to be funny with the third theory, but that was what I was going for. Either way, King’s cell may not last long, or his bones.

          • Kurast

            Personally? I think she might be the kind for subterfuge and deception. Why break the cellphone, when she can steal it and use texts to cause relationship havoc?

          • WolfBrother

            mwahahah and now that i think about it, that seems like much more likely

      • efhosci

        “There’s no excuse for your complete nonchalantness! MINE is justifiable!”

    • Wut

      Why didn’t she scare you before?

  9. RootsofOrigin

    Alt text: If you want to know how I was carrying the cell phone while wearing a thin collar, I *static*

    And so the mystery continues.

    • rallyjr

      Curse you pho *static*

      • P0lo

        King sho *static* isode with Bailey un *static* ared waffles.


        • Wut

          …. I wan’t even saying anything!

        • WolfBrother

          mmmm….waffles X3

  10. IceKitsune

    Well King is a dead man.

    • Valerio

      most definitely so

    • Ryufire

      Or a dead pooch!
      Oh Carp!

  11. Draven

    Doesn’t matter, got paid

    • P0lo

      And now he can use that money to buy protection from duchess.

      It all works out in the end.

  12. senorpie7

    Not the type of fighting of was hoping for, but….. KING RUN! RUN WITH YOUR SCRAWNY LITTLE LEGS!!

    • Trefoiler



  13. 1boredcanadian

    *Baily shows up in fire gear and a gas mask*
    King: Pyro, NOOOOOOO!

    • Onemanarmy11

      Bailey: Rmmph mmm Rurrrf mfff! -ignites flamethrower-

  14. Valerio

    for some reason, now I think Duchess would be the perfect match for Bino.
    I foresee a future of trouble and vengeance at the expenses of a certain corgi…

    • 1boredcanadian

      Will catnip be involved?

    • RootsofOrigin

      That, unfortunately, sounds possible. United by mutual hate.

  15. cheetahwolf

    I was hoping for more of a dog show. more dogs, some tricks. i think king i going to be in checkmate by the black queen.

    • RootsofOrigin

      To be honest, even though it would be entertaining, an entire dogshow might have gone on for a while. Seeing this, Rick is probably trying to reach a certain climax in the arc.
      I was looking forward to seeing Bino and Sasha though. They’re probably in second.

      • DaveedW

        I doubt it. They don’t seem to be pure breed.

        • RootsofOrigin

          Doesn’t matter, Sasha would probably show up with a loaf of bread.

      • WolfBrother

        yeah, keeping that dog show running would take forever. so if it serves no real purpose then Rick probably just scrapped it. eh, doesnt bother me any. whatever he puts up is good enough for me =)

    • cheetahwolf

      is anybody going to comment on my chess comment?;(
      i wasnt asking for a whole dog show by the way, just like one trick or something
      (like jumping through a ring fire!!!)

  16. Randomextra

    If looks could kill king would be dead in panel 4

    • Harlan

      If looks could kill, half the characters would be dead already. xD

  17. Valerio

    also, WOW King definitely has entered a stage of self-confidence in this relationship, I mean, the dialogue on panel 4 says a lot… YAY!

  18. SilverZeo

    Looks like Mr. Cellphone is going to go mobile… in FLushytown…

  19. The Wolf Kin

    King looks very much like a business dog with that call phone and thin collar.

    A business dog who is about to get beaten to near death by Duchess, but a business dog nevertheless.

    • RootsofOrigin

      He’s gonna get his kneecaps broken.

      • efhosci

        Making him even shorter than he is now! :D

    • silverfang16

      Oh gosh…it’s like watching the dog mafia.

      • RootsofOrigin

        Exactly. Although let’s hope against any kiss of death.

  20. AuvaAkita

    I smell a sinister plan brewing!

  21. Elwood Blutarsky

    She’s back, stone cold sober as a matter of fact.

  22. Gary (from Radio Free Housepets!)

    Show Business Episode VIII: Duchess Strikes Back

  23. Harlan

    Oh, it is ON. This oughta be good. >:D

  24. SilentWolfXIII

    It’s said that a woman’s wrath is unmatched, but what about the wrath of a peeved show dog who got third place in a pageant? I think we’re about to see a whole new definition of fury

  25. notU

    king made a fatial mistake expecily were he chose to make the call

  26. thefirstonethere

    here come a vacuum to the face. XD

  27. Valerio

    isn’t it funny that Duchess blames Sasha and king for their attachments to human conventions, and then she acts just like a human girl at a prom?

    • RootsofOrigin

      Excellent deduction Watson.

      • volkoseba

        A deduction is a logical proof. Observation yes, deduction no.

        • RootsofOrigin

          Excellent deduction volkoseba.

          • volkoseba

            To he-who-had-asked: 54.

    • Xane

      I rather suspect it’s not jealousy, but “If you weren’t in love with someone else you would have done a better job acting at the show”. I wonder if Colleen and Karo are actually a couple or if he’s a Rent-A-Pup like King.

      • WolfBrother

        lol’d at the Rent-A-Pup retort XD but i doubt it. because previously Duchess told King that she was going to go flirt with Karo to see if Colleen and him would fight. but it could still be possible of course

  28. volkoseba

    The expressions in the first panel of the previous strip go well with the last panel of this one…

  29. rallyjr

    “Sorry, I’m going to have to call you back. I have to run for my life now. Love You, Bye”

  30. Hawkstar

    Someone is not sleeping well tonight, heheheh

    • rallyjr

      I think he’ll sleep just fine its the waking up part that worries me

  31. xhunterko

    Somebody’s a bit more fumed then they ought to be.

  32. oddly placed husky

    i believe that dutchess is jealous of kind and bailey more than actually losing the contest. she had a glimmer of desire and jealousy when he mentioned he had a girlfriend. and to cover up the fact, she called such a thing in the animal world petty. driven to look for her moment in the limelight, she acted out of desperation and greed and grabbed king… her knowing he still has a smile and someone to call his own in the end, resents not being the center of his attention and acts out in the only way she knows. sorry for the wall of text xP

    • oddly placed husky

      king, i ment KING not kind lol

      • WolfBrother

        very well thought out my friend.

    • Crackles

      She lost, so she’s very mad at the moment. King is acting like he didn’t care at all about the contest (which is true) and even says if he would been with his girlfriend they would have done better. Clearly this is a hard insult towards Duchess, who has competed many times and have serious passion to win those vanity contests, and now some first timer rent-a-pup says he and her “never competed” newbie girlfriend would win, belittling her skills/looks/ambitions. In other words a perfect target to rage at and blow off some steam, maybe use as a scapegoat too.

      I don’t really see the jealous part. Just irrational hate from losing the contest.

  33. Firewolf

    OMG! Guuuuuurlll, She iz Soooooo jealooooous! *blond head whips thing with finger snaps*

  34. Agent Sandwich


  35. King Sandwhich

    I foresee a broken cellphone in the very near future.

    • Valerio

      …and in the process, Bailey hears everything and we’ll have a visit to King to console him. AND SNUGGLIES!! :D

      • Kitch

        And corgsky puppies <3

        • WolfBrother

          whoa Kitch…looking a little too far in the future X3

  36. Tailz

    O_o This is not going to end well.

  37. Sonic Fox


  38. mr.muchy

    i think she is not angry but more upset…… you know king has the charming effect on people

  39. Camtheman16

    Maybe Duchess realized she likes King along the way? (/sarcasm)

    Now seriously, she is definitely jelly. When she realizes being posh and snooty doesn’t win over guys, maybe then she’ll find a Bf. (And if it’s bino, I’d love that…)

    • volkoseba

      Bino might like posh and snooty… It’s more likely that posh and snooty wouldn’t like Bino.

      • Camtheman16

        It’d still be a good combo. Maybe like dividing fractions, one of them becomes the reciprocal, and they cancel each other out(And become nice)? ;D

    • Foxstar

      Bino already has a girlfriend however.

      • silverfang16

        Oh yes, one that makes out with his brother and plots against him with King. :P

        • mr.muchy

          Lol king seems to have all the females helping him :P

  40. Tailz

    She’s just really upset how nothing went as she planned yet King left with a smile on his face (also he happens to talk to Bailey at the worst time). So I can’t really blame her.

    • Ryufire

      King is not out of the woods yet! “Sweet easy money, new cell phone” Then before you know it boom all gone!

      Did she started to like King?

      • Tailz

        She was kind of hoping to until she found out he already has a girlfriend.

  41. P0lo

    Talk about a glare, those eyes alone could set the place on fire!

  42. Lahi

    The wrath of a diva burns with the white hot intensity of a thousand suns.

  43. MYW

    King in love is the cutest thing in the land.

    • Valerio

      yap yap yap

    • Ryufire


  44. Tendo

    And here I thought that only border collies were capable of “the eye”…

  45. Foxy


  46. ZunaUmbreon

    Wow Dutchess looks to be taking that very well!

    • Tailz

      If you mean after she break every bone in King’s body and ruining Colleen’s life completly, then yes she is taking it very well.

  47. Nerikull

    EEP! What could save KIng from the wrath of Duchess? “I feel a disturbance in the Farce!” RUUUUN!

  48. WingedwolfGirl

    Guys, I don’t think Duchess is angry about the cell phone. I think she’s angry that King just suggested to his “Real” girlfriend, that they enter together next year.

    Duchess gunna make his life heck.

  49. Onemanarmy11

    Dun dun DUNNNNN!!

  50. Grip the Wolf

    Vat a tweest!

  51. Tattorack

    Do I sense… jealousy?

  52. Z24

    Looks like Duchess also wants to set the place on fire…

    • Valerio

      that’s a fringe benefit

  53. pokemonhistory

    oho angry face is = to rage mode on king caution about hadoken

  54. tiagoling15

    Duchess uses Deadly Stare!

    • Mat'Ra

      Its innefective! King continues to be distracted by *static*

  55. FerreTrip

    Uh-oh…As I learned just yesterday, do NOT mess with women. O_O;

  56. Draven

    She won’t be able to do anything. The ice of her heart cancels out her burning hatred.

  57. Wut


  58. typomouse

    Oh come now, Dutchess. You can’t be surprised, you know going into this he had a cute(er) girl than you waiting for him elsewhere, and you yourself told him that this whole thing was just for show.

    Wouldn’t you have done the same thing? -.n

  59. legendario13

    Arrgh ! im so *static* angry, Im always late to made a funny and obvious comment. I hate that, specialy when is such an awesome arc !

    Better that duchess dont try to make a dirty play on king, because if she does i’ll ki *static*
    her family and friends *static* waiting on the roof *static* hahahah! BOOOM! hahaha!.

  60. Mat'Ra

    Pay the man honey, shows over and your contract is officially up :D

    • Z24

      I think, by the phone, she already paid him.

  61. Sevin

    She mad. :B

  62. Lycanthrope

    Dutchess looks tense. King should introduce her to Tarot. Then everything would be ok.

    • Valerio

      exits Duchess, walking wobbly, going all ‘da da da I don’t love you you do’t love me’…

      • Tailz

        That would seem a bit scary. O_o

    • spencershot5

      TAROTS SUPPER CREPY WEIRD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  63. metaecho

    Where are their dog tags? I haven’t seen them in the last couple of strips :o

  64. spencershot5

    why cant we coment on older comic pages it makes me mad

  65. spencershot5

    why cant we post on older pages im makes me mad sometimes but i love this comic it took me 3 days for 3 hours a day to read the hole thing form beginig to here not the end.., wich will never come it will just keeps going.

  66. Fences

    If Dutchess goes for the whole ‘you didn’t fake being in love enough’ bit maybe King could retort with really giving it a go this time. Possibly with him ending up being so suave that after Dutchess trashes him for getting cocky she actually gets a slight twinge in her heart at some of the words she recalls.

    … which she then promptly snuffs out.

  67. officialLASERINSTINCT

    Hey has anybody here checked out Rick’s DeviantArt page? It’s amazing (as usual)!:3

  68. spencershot5

    does my profile pic show now?

  69. spencershot5


  70. spencershot5


  71. spencershot5

    this makes me mad i hate my life my profile pics wont show on anything not even my gavatar or deviantart

    • VinceVelcen

      Whoa there… just stay calm.
      Don’t get all hysterical over little things like this.

      • spencershot5

        sorry im just so mad

        • Legendario13

          Have you tried to use a different image?
          Look for a tutorial
          or change of computer.

  72. Tyris

    The butchered phrase “blood for the blood dog!” springs to minds.

  73. JasperNeils

    Awesome, this means more King!

    Started reading the comic pretty recently, and I absolutely love the arcs that have King in them. I just hope that Duchess leaves some King left for more arcs later… :P


    alls fair in losing winning

  75. wolf long fellow

    shes like oh heeeeck no! hold my earings!

  76. Dan

    Lol, serves her right.

  77. SilverZeo

    What will happen next? Taking all bets!

    A. Duchess is going to take back the phone because King was paid “to win”
    B. King gets hurt some how by Duchess and/or her Russian dog goons.
    C. Duchess has a emotional breakdown that reveals a “fragile and scared” girl who needs real friendship.

  78. flintfang

    Bet he kept it in an ear

  79. Nexus Doubt

    nice, I found this comic about 4 days ago and just got caught up. King is DEFINETLY my fav char and it looks like he may be in for some trouble. This is gonna be great!

  80. Nexus Doubt

    also i kinda feel srry 4 Duchess, she probably has nobody she can call a “true” friend like King does. Srry for the double post…

  81. The_Peanut

    Wow, duches is all dark now, OUTRO OF DARKNESS

  82. Legendario13

    I just notice they said ‘third place’
    who were the second?

    • Z24