Small Talk
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  1. Ryufire

    Good luck King!

    • cheetahwolf

      well i knew he would go to her, but i should have seen that coming. dumb game.

      • Ryufire

        Sasha COULD be King’s only hope to all this goofy madness that Duchess has unleashed unto him! ._.

        • maskedman189

          its kinda sad

          • silverfang16

            It’s VERY sad.

        • Tynach

          I think Sasha is the Kitsune, and Duchess is Pete.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Maybe Karishad is the Kitsune?

          • Grip the Wolf

            Kitsunes ARE known for being mischievous…. oh god. YOU”RE RIGHT! …we’re all doomed!

          • Ryufire

            *GASP* Don’t jinx it Grip! o.o

          • Argent Stonecutter

            I have to say that Grip’s avatar is exceptionally well suited to his comment.

          • Meike Hund

            … 0.0 I think Argent could be right… Oh my.

          • Tynach


            What have you done?! What awful, horrifying thoughts have you put in my mind?!

            The only thing that does not support this idea, is the fact that Karishad is seldom seen…

            … Then again, the Kitsune is seldom seen either.

      • silverfang16

        I didn’t think he would go to these girls so soon though.

  2. Xane

    “Nope. Saasha is Cerberus’ avatar!”

    • efhosci

      That WOULD explain the violent tendencies…

      • SilentWolfXIII

        And the erratic behavior as well. It would be hard trying to listen to three different sets of advice.

    • silverfang16

      I’ve heard worse avatar ideas. Why not! ^_^

  3. Lance

    ahhh~ I love Tarot. X3

    • maskedman189

      lol everyone does.

      • Valerio

        I’ll love her more when she makes the grapenut come true

        • Maengun1256

          Grapenut is a must

          • tbird000666

            whats a grapenut?

          • Nohbody

            Grapenut = Grape + (Pea)nut.

            Character shipping nonsense, in other words. :P

          • Valerio

            Mister, please step over this nice white-hot coal floor, please…

          • Elwood Blutarsky

            I like Tarot better with Peanut, she has feelings for him.

          • Valerio

            Tarot came into Peanut’s life to help him out toward grape, not to steal him from her. She’s supposed to stay where she is only until Grape opens her heart to Peanut.

          • Draven

            At which point there will probably be a shift in avatars.

          • The face

            Mmmm, grapenuts! … oh! You mean the OTHER grapenut! Yeah, sorry

          • Alucai Vivorvel

            Aww, but Tarotnut is so cute, whereas Grapenut just… I don’t know, perhaps Rick will make it work out, but right now it just doesn’t feel right. Who knows, maybe Peanut will really fall for Tarot (if I were him I would have already. I mean, come on, sure she’s the avatar of a giant spirit dragon that has a crush on him, but she can make anything real that you can imagine!).

        • Camtheman16

          Ahhh Grapenut, I love it so :3

        • legendario13

          sometimes I doubt that GrapeNut is going to happen.
          Shame on me, Shame!

          • WolfBrother

            yayz for GrapeNut!!!! X3

  4. leaffly

    Good luck with that King. :p

  5. notU

    haha still no help XD

  6. Corgiwolf

    Hahaha, poor King. When *Sasha* is going to be more helpful than Tarot, you *know* things aren’t going your way.

    Alt text: “wait, Tarot’s not small, she’s medium”

    • Lance

      dang, you’re comment wasn’t here when I posted the alt text. >_< now I look dumb.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      I was wondering when Rick was going to get to the “medium” joke.

      • Xane

        Most comedians tend to go for the extra-large medium joke. This version is cuter.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Of course this reminds me of Mrs Cake (who’s a medium-small), but she looks more like her daughter Ludmilla (apart from the size).

          • Doitean

            Terry Pratchett FTW! Although Mrs. Cake is more likely to be annoyed at a god-spirit-being for bothering her that let it use her as an avatar.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            She gets along OK with One Man Bucket.

    • nyathetexascat

      I still don’t get that size joke that everyone talks about…

      • darastrixen

        A “medium” is another term for someone who communes with spirits. But medium can also be used to describe someone’s size (small>medium>large>etc).

      • roguebfl

        The Strip is called “Small Talk” two small dogs talking to each other, as well is idol chat pun. But the alt text not Tarot isn’t a small breed she’s medium sized breed, punning with medium as in some to channels spirits for others to talk to.

      • nyathetexascat

        Thank you guy :)
        I’m unfamiler with HP Insidejokes.
        But I got joke, how many ShaSha do you need to change a light bulb?
        I haven’t think about the anwer yet.

  7. IceKitsune

    Why the heck did he even go to her in the first place?

    • SilentWolfXIII

      What better way to fight a crazed, whip wielding dog than a giant dragon?

      • thel_vanemee

        lol, agreed XD

    • Ryufire

      Or it was the next house he saw next for help?

    • Valerio

      desperate times and desperate measures, etc

  8. Corgiwolf

    Oh also, I LOVE the shading on this comic. It’s so vibrant and realistic.

    • nyathetexascat

      And I think Rick spends more times on drawing background than comic it self.
      (what I said does not make sense at all, because background count as comic) anyway HP’s background is so detailed…

  9. efhosci

    Hey, we get to see Tarot’s house for the first time! Now I wonder who her owner is.

  10. Lance

    Alt text- ” wait, Tarot’s not small, she’s medium”

    hahaha~ love that one Rick. X3

    • Sansash

      I think as far as mediums go, she’s still rather small.

      • Xane

        Value-menu sized. :D

        • The_Peanut

          shes fun sized

          • Lookatmyfakename99

            A few fries short of a happy meal… Hehe.. Short.. :3

    • Xuncu

      Oh, you and your puns, Rick!

  11. Jackalope121

    big swing and a miss huh king. wonder how he got away from duchess? i guess them lil legs can move after all :p

    • notU

      well it is a life of death situation

    • rallyjr

      he could of hid behind something as she ran by

      • Wolfcat

        Yeah but they are dogs, Sasha could have smelled him out. I think it is all too more likely adrenaline making that pup move.

        • Wolfcat

          Meant duchess sorry mind was loopy.

  12. 1boredcanadian

    When Sasha might be more helpful your day has not gone well.

  13. Gary (from Radio Free Housepets!)

    The predictions that most of us made! Holey Carp! Mind. Blown.

    • volkoseba

      Uhh… you do realize that Rick can see the comments, right? I think he’s messing with us.

      • SilentWolfXIII

        He’s like some sort of web comic making puppet master!

      • Gary (from Radio Free Housepets!)

        Yes, I do realize that. I’m just amazed that some of us actually predicted something like this. Gold star for them! xD

        • volkoseba

          It’s not pure prognostication if it’s visible to he-who-makes-the-future.

      • silverfang16

        He uses ideas from the comments sometimes, I’m not shocked.

        • rallyjr

          sometimes we have some good ideas

          • Draven

            Or sometimes we are really good guessers.

          • silverfang16

            Or that.

  14. Ozuan

    Welp! Guess where we’re going next!

  15. Nick (From Radio Free Housepets!)

    Tarot! You’re so very high up!

    Hey Rick, remember all of us talking about the Kitsune’s avatar during the interview?

    • Gary (from Radio Free Housepets!)

      I sure do. =3

  16. notU

    king must run fast unless he forgot about duchess because hes going to get cought cant wait to see what happens ;3

  17. SilentWolfXIII

    You can’t say King didn’t have a good plan. What better way to fend off a crazed dog than an enormous dragon that beats up blizzards with her mighty claws?

    • Xane

      Something tells me Dragon would be more likely to help than Tarot (or maybe not since it’s got nothing to do with Peanut). I always figured Tarot has to keep Dragon from getting herself into trouble.

  18. Zaitsev

    Couldn’t he get to Sasha’s doghouse unseen if he was able to shout to Tarot without Duchess hearing?

    • Zaitsev

      Heh heh…
      Shout out to The Kitsune.

      • silverfang16

        I miss The Great Kitsune actually.

        • Elwood Blutarsky

          Not much for him to do with the normal storylines, he did cameo in that arc where Pete was locked up though.

          • Zaitsev

            But he could easily be any of the more nonchalant characters, if his demeanor during the game was any indication of his personality.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Mr. Bigglesworth?

          • silverfang16

            I think it will be someone less subtle than any of the Mr. Bigglesworth clan yet more subtle than Tarot and/or Sabrina.

          • Tynach

            Argent, if it were Mr. Bigglesworth, then which one?

  19. kondog

    anyone else noticed how well done the background is in this strip?

    • Ryufire

      Her house looks kinda creepy in the dark! o.o

    • River_Dragon

      The whole STRIP is well-done in this strip.

    • The Wolf Kin

      I love when Rick uses the different lighting effects. It always ends up more brilliant than usual.

  20. Xane

    Besides, Kevin is obviously Kitsune’s avatar, just look at those red eyes!

    • silverfang16

      No, it’s Daisy! How has nobody realized that yet?

      • Valerio

        It’s Jeeves!

        • Argent Stonecutter


          • Xane

            That’s not how you pronounce saluki! :D

        • Lionbone

          It’s Fox.
          Imagine the irony.

          • silverfang16

            While I like the irony of that idea I don’t think Fox is that in-tune with the spirit world. : /

        • Keldor

          Very good sir. You have succeeded in saying something patently rediculous. As you are no doubt aware, one of the conditions of that game is that avatars take the form of pets, for instance a dog or cat, or maybe even a ferret. I am quite human, at least the last time I checked, and am therefore most certainly disbarred from participation.

          • Keldor

            Of course, you could make the argument that Jeeves is the pet of the ferrets, but this would be technically incorrect for at least three separate legal reasons.

            Incidentally, what happened to my avatar??

  21. GrapeFan

    Being totally honest, I thought King would bump into a messenger sent to retrieve his watch/ the part of his soul and in the process would have Pete’s transformation lifted from hiim and he goes back being human again, which would only result in King (now Joel) bemoaning his fate because fort he first time in his life (except when he was a kid) he was actually happy and content, even if he was a dog. then, with a tear-streaked face he looks up and says, “Now what? I had my one chance to be happy ripped from me. What about Bailey? She was my only ray of sunshine in that miserable and confusing world of dogs and cats. I can never win!”

    • GrapeFan

      That said (and consequently posted) the likelihood of this actually happening is quite slim, because then Rick would be depriving his many readers from one od the most interesting and complex characters (at least in my opinion) of the whole Housepets! world. Why would Rick do that when King still has so much potential for future arcs and development? King himself is too good of a character to give up, plus why waste so much development already to just throw away the character?

    • GrapeFan

      BTW, this is not in response to silverfang16’s comment above on how rick uses ideas from the comments. (Quite frankly Rick, I will assume that I know nothing of your creative mind and leave it to that). These posts above (and the ones posted by Grapefan following) you could say is just my fan fiction, my own take on what might happen next. As I said below, I hope you enjoy it, though!! :-)

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Then Pete shows up and offers him a deal he can’t refuse.

  22. zeundo

    wow that girl is DEDICATED ._.
    and of course Duchess isn’t Kitsunes avatar, its obviously Sasha
    whose gonna be the avatar duuuuh

    • silverfang16

      Nuu, Daisy. So there. -_-

  23. The Wolf Kin

    This may just end up being my favourote King page. That may all have to do with getting to see King’s “barely-existent tail” in phenomenal lighting, along with the dialogue.

    Also, I’m still enjoying King’s ‘good’ collar. I like his normal one, but the thin simplicity of the good collar is quite nice.

  24. Crackles

    This arc is still going? Huh, I was already pretty sure it would have ended last week because comical chase ‘n run ending would been fitting.

    • AuvaAkita

      This is Rick we are talking about here, you can never be too sure of anything! lol

    • Ryufire

      As long as King is still a part of it! Its all worth the read! Thanks Rick! :)

    • nyathetexascat

      I miss peanunt and grape, :( eventhough we got best reaction from king, I still Miss ‘em. Last time we saw peaunt was first week of Feb…

      • Foxstar

        Peanut and Grape were just in a arc. Housepets is about more then Peanut and Grape, you know.

        • nyathetexascat

          Still I miss them.
          eventhough it is more than Peaunt and Grape.

  25. GrapeFan

    But imagine with me just for a moment that the previous storyline did occur: we join Joel, in the pit of despair, wishing beyond anything else that this could be reversed. He made a choice, if he could, to go back and remain as a Corgi, as King because even though his life was filled with chaos as a canine, at least he was happy. Something in the cosmos erupts, the Joel is swept away and when he comes to himself again, he is lying on his back looking up into the stars in the sky. Everything is deathly still He hears a rustle to his right and, rising up on one arm, turns to see Tarot approaching him.
    “Even the underdog can win, Joel” Joel, confused for a moment, stands up and absentmindedly looks down. A cold puddle of icy water provided a view of what Joel expected to see, his own reflection, same as it always was, staring up at him cast with a background of myriad stars. He wasn’t surprised and quite frankly confused at Taror’s words.
    “I didn’t win anything, just a badly bruised and broken spirit and the loss of an opportunity to be happy.” Joel said, his eyes meeting Tarot’s.
    “Don’t you realize, Tarot that all these things happened without my say or consent? That ol’ jerk of a bird put me through misery after misery. When he was out of the picture, I thought things would turn around, then a piece of my soul fell out of the sky, which opened up a whole new box of fears. But then I met Bailey, and things started to turn around. I thought if I just accepted my life as a dog that everything would be good. I started to enjoy my life, for the first time since I was a kid. Then I meet this psychopath who enrolls me in this stupid dog show, and I could have said no, but I thought I would come out unscathed until she showed up at my house and chased me around the neighborhood with a pink whip and cuffs. I guess I should be grateful that I was saved by the messenger and that my soul is complete again, but I didn’t even get a say on whether I wanted to remain a dog or not…How is that fair?”
    “You really think you didn’t have a choice?” Tarot responded.
    “You tell me” Joel said, pointing at his reflection in the puddle. Looking down he saw himself again, but then his mouth fell open. Joel stood there, frozen to the spot, dumbfounded by what he saw. He blinked and stared in utter amazement. He was transformed again, back to that stubby legged corgi named King. “King, you won.” Tarot says. “You won the game.”
    Without another word, Tarot turned and walked back through the darkness.

    • GrapeFan

      (See the two posts by Grapefan above in succession to get the full story)
      Close by, (Too close for comfort in all actuality) King hears the shrill voice of a sleek show dog,
      “Kiiiinnnnggggyyy!!”. In a split second, the short legs of the corgi spring to action, and the chase continues.

      • GrapeFan

        (Ah, the thrill of the chase. the show dog thought)
        Even though the corgi was very doubtful about the outcome of his present situation, King could not be happier as he pumped his legs and tried to outrun the crazed duchess.
        (Correction: three posts above…the three posts by Grapfan in succession, which has just become four with the addition of this post.. sorry, by the way,)
        (I just hope you enjoy it :-)

        • Shuma-Jindivi

          I didn’t read this and I do not intend to, but I replied since this is probably the longest comment on Housepets ever.

          • GrapeFan

            Well, not to find fault, but I’ve seen some posts to rival this one. Don’t judge a book by its cover, though. Do you even know what this post is about? (It actually starts with earlier posts above by Grapefan. All I have to say is give it a try. You may like it. (written with good feeling and hope)

          • Frank

            Including Thoth’s?

        • Camtheman16

          Well….I liked it, even if it doesnt go in the comments section ;)

        • GrapeFan

          I believe so.

    • Foxstar

      We have a fourm if you want to write fanfiction. Please do not use the comic comment section for it.

      • GrapeFan

        Yes, I do feel a bit sheepish in retrospect

  26. Cristian100n

    Poor confused king

  27. rallyjr

    oh puns, my 2nd favorite form of humor; right after irony

  28. Tailz

    What exactly WOULD Sasha do if King got help from her?

    • Valerio

      she’d get him to clean her house.

      • nyathetexascat

        And extra beer cans

  29. Draven

    Adorable Tarot is adorable, yet unhelpful.

    • Xane

      Rick keeps tweaking her design, she’s gone from cute to ridiculously cute. I think the “oh deer” strip is the cutest.

  30. WingedwolfGirl

    Duchess …Kitsuen’s Avatar.

    …Is she?!?

  31. Wut

    That would be dumb.

  32. Grip the Wolf

    Nope, she’s a spirit dragon disguised as a Pomeranian!

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      Tarot and the Dragon are connected but different, they are teammates not one in the same.

  33. Dena

    Who says she isn’t helping? She’s may be helping in her own way, she just can’t say she’s helping.

    (Play a puppetmaster for a while and you’ll understand…)

  34. FerreTrip

    *GROANS at the alt text*

    And HAH! One Kitsune’s Avatar theory GONE!

    • Frank

      What are you talking about? The alt text made my day!

  35. Unnesessary

    Wait, I just realized that king put emphasis on “would” when he mentioned Sasha. He considered her before tarot and tried to find anyone that could help other than her.

    He is very desperate now.

  36. Azenel

    What about Daisy? She could help!

  37. Lionbone

    Finally a mention of Kitsunes avatar!

    I’ve been waiting for this from the moment Kitsune was presented to us :)

    • Dissension

      Why would the game master have a player character?

      • IceKitsune

        Well he could technically have an Avatar that would work as a NPC, he could have many of them just to keep an eye on everything that goes on in the game. Because usually the DM/GM plays the NPC him/her self in games If I understand right.

      • silverfang16

        Well, in my DnD group there are only 3 of us. So I play the DM and a character all the time, which is fine as long as you don’t have a problem separating both roles.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Kitsune is probably playing a number of characters, like Tarot was Jeijan, Saso, and an army of angry hyenas in the Pridelands imaginatation.

  38. Frost

    ^.^ Yay Tarot is back lol you gotta love her

  39. thefirstonethere

    oh i get it! “small” talk XD i see what you did there

  40. Firewolf

    I knew this was coming, Sasha is totally the kitsune’s avatar, final answer.

    • silverfang16

      “She is well protected.” O_O
      People who say that may be on to something now that I think about it!

    • IceKitsune

      No Sasha can’t be Kitsunes Avatar as she touched the Watch before, which Sabrina said that if her or Tarot touched it they would get in as much trouble as Pete would. So Kitsune would be in Jail (or wherever Pete is at the moment) if Sasha was his/her Avatar.

      • Firewolf

        Not if she wasn’t under the influence of…oh what the heck, I STILL think she is XD it makes sense, and plus, Sasha is awesome, where’s your logic man? Awesome=avatar! X3 *derp* lol

  41. Kes

    That’s some adorable corgi tail.

  42. spencershot5

    poor king just a peice in the ultamate game of the universe

  43. Erikuto

    I don;t think anyone mentioned Grape for helping…But then again Grape did threaten him when they first met so maybe not Grape…..It’d be SOO unexpected if it was Boris they run into or maybe even Bino…..

  44. legendario13

    The same happened to me,
    my previous comment was a reply for Dena’s comment.
    Thank you a lot Frank!

    • Frank


      • nyathetexascat

        Frank your avatar fits with the comment so well, It blends so well like banana milkshake. Squik squik

        • Legendario13

          Indeed frank’s avatars are amazing.
          Haha “squik” haha

  45. reaperofuria

    anybody notice differences in lighting?

    • legendario13

      mmmmm….. the light on tarots window is wider on third panel… is that?

      • reaperofuria

        i jsut meant lighting in general looks a little more shadowy than normal so i was just wonddering fi anybody really saw it too

        • Legendario13

          Oh of course i noticed it.
          I really like how he used the shadows.
          I think rick practiced just that on this one.

  46. Hawkstar

    I sense Sasha is coming back.

  47. Draven

    The solution is simple, find Colleen. Once King leads Duchess to her she will:
    A) Slap some sense back into Duchess
    B) Insult Duchess to the point where Duchess remember the real priority
    C) Laugh and walk away with Karo
    D) Become obsessed with King and chase him with the Infatuation Paddle.

    • Tailz

      There’s a high chance that D will definitly happen.

    • reaperofuria

      maybe, i think i would go with b would happen the most

  48. legendario13

    I dont know why (maybe im sleepy) i just saw the third panel again,
    and i imagine king screaming “¬°ESTELA!…. ¬°ESTELA!…”

  49. phosphorus

    King looks adorable in that first slide as always

  50. Warp

    *whew* finally caught up with the new comic :P

    In any case, can’t wait for the next one.

  51. jmillart

    Just get Grape to knock her around a bit, then she’ll stop chasing you!

  52. 13lade

    Uh sorry since this isn’t related to the comic but i wanted to let you know about this:

    Apparently your web comic is one of the many being stolen and sold for people to read on an android app. I don’t own a smartphone myself so i can’t personally verify it, but i really like your web-comic, so i just wanted to let people know. Keep on being awesome! :)

    • Legendario13

      Well Thank you.
      Maybe rick should check that out.

  53. Birdie

    What if Duchess is Pete’s ex-girlfriend avatar?

    • Dissension

      What if Cerberus isn’t playing the game?

      • Birdie

        Oh yeah! Sorry.