Fear Of The Known
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  1. Ryufire

    King’s a soul survivor Yeaaah!

    • HolyGNade

      Duchess, you have been voted out, your tribe has spoken.

      • maskedman189

        they voted with a shovel

        • silverfang16

          to the head.

          • Sharkie

            What other way is there to vote out someone? A box and slips of paper? That sounds akward, too little head injuries.

          • The face

            In a closet.

        • Salenstormwing

          Democracy works best with shovels… or was that a hidden ballot? I can’t remember which. That’s probably because of a shovel.

          • The_Peanut

            The broom has been replaced with a shovel, now its “Shovel to the face!”

        • omenaapple

          Alt text: “He didn’t even tell her about the shovel, they just click like that”

          • John


            Ok, if that isn’t a sign that they’re made for each other…

          • WolfBrother

            of course they are made fore each other! Rick made them…and they ARE together so even technically speaking, they are “made for each other” =3

        • cwg

          I can dig it.

          • pet_panda


        • gamer35

          they should vote with a crowbar.

          half λ life refernce

    • Iluvthiscomic

      :p positive luck for king and his new shovel

  2. Dissension

    Well, that’s super adorable. :3

    • Valerio

      ‘I love you’

      • silverfang16

        It developed so quickly! :’)

      • nyathetexascat

        In far future should we expect them to be married togrther some day?
        They are the perfect couple.
        (What if she finds out that King is not real dog?)

        • omenaapple

          I cant think about that yet. ;o; They be so cute the way they are. Let’s let it just be like that. ^^

          • nyathetexascat

            I wish that Baily can move close to where king lives at or at least, meet more often. They haven’t met since they met at Farm.

    • GameCobra

      I support this <3

      • Valerio

        amen to that!

      • AthiosDvK


        • Zarvain

          And third; motion passed and moves on to vote.
          All in favor of these two being “most super adorable couple” please give a show of hands.

          • Gary (from Radio Free Housepets!)

            *raises hand*

          • adrian

            *raises hand as well*

          • king4life

            *raises paw*

          • valerio


          • volkoseba


            Ok, looks like I’m not stopping this…

          • Kohaku Nightfang

            *Two paws in the air, waving like they just don’t care*

          • WolfBrother

            all paws raised here! XD

        • Ryufire

          *Raises its both paws in the air*

    • 1boredcanadian

      Never has the death grip been soooo cute!

  3. kimo

    haha, oh dear, a conversation i would not want to have with my girlfriend

  4. IceKitsune

    Ok this was very adorable :)

    • The face

      And creepy.. I never did like those ‘Diva types

  5. Sonic Fox

    Love the last panel so much!

    • Valerio

      panel 3 FTW

      • nyathetexascat

        I don’t get it, Baeily is saying I love you but her face looks evil. Am I thinking it wrong?

        • Valerio

          yes you are.
          She’s just being amused.

          • Keldor

            Not quite the canine equivalent to Max’s amused expression, but close.

  6. Cristian100n

    Who wouldnt let go of the shovel?
    Though i’d sleep with something maybe a little more lethal

    • AthiosDvK

      Or now Duchess has a super fear of shovels from behind doors…?

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      A rake?

    • Qin Ugimachi

      I got an old double-barrel 20-gauge that resides in the corner of my bedroom, would that work? XD

      • Cristian100n

        O_o Perfect!!

  7. Jackalope121

    all i can say is that king learned the first rule of combat, never put down your weapon! lol

  8. xhunterko

    Or just put it under your pillow.

    • RegularBird

      Ah I said this and then noticed you said it

      /feelsbad D:

      • Lone Wolf

        Dont feel bad, we all do it

      • nyathetexascat

        Don’t feel bad, we all do it
        Oh.. lone wolf already said it…

  9. RegularBird

    King’s definitely gonna keep that shovel under his pillow.

    • Ryufire

      Life is full of surprises!

  10. Lone Wolf

    Always sleep with a nearby blunt object…… just in case

  11. falcon01

    how can one strip be so full of both “awwww!” and “LOL!” at the same time?

    • Gary (from Radio Free Housepets!)

      *mind blown*

    • Valerio

      that’s RICK GRIFFIN for ya! :D

  12. oddly placed husky

    i still feel bad for dutchess…. she’s going to have a pounding headache. she tried to whip him into shape and king decided to bury her ambitions for the night xD

    • SilentWolfXIII

      I see what you did there ; )

    • Trey

      You forgot to mention the handcuffs

  13. Zaitsev

    The guilt is crushing King, he still thinks her body will reanimate and hunt him down.

  14. LoneWolf

    Next Comic: (Duchess wakes up) “It was all just a dream?” (sees shovel mark on forehead) “Oh nevermind…”

    • Zaitsev

      Alternatively: another trickster statue, but its made out of a painted gold Boris.

      • LoneWolf

        More practicaly though, this sounds like the end of this arc

        • Jackalope121

          wondering the same thing (not that this arc hasnt been a good read). we shall see.

        • Nohbody

          There’s still Friday. IIRC arcs usually are concluded at the end of a week.

          • nyathetexascat

            Now some story about spring and st.patrick’s day.
            I wan to see peaunt and grape!!
            Is state having springbreak??

  15. volkoseba

    The shovel is important. It activates the watch. Correct use is the same as how it was used on Dutchess, except… on the watch.

  16. Erikuto

    alt text: “He didn’t even have to tell her about the shovel, they just click like that”

    So in a way it’s like that moment where the other spouse knows what your doing without having to tell them.

  17. P0lo

    King’s naked.

    How did that happen?

    • Nohbody

      He’s back at home, there’s no need for him to be dressed. After all, most people don’t go to sleep in a full set of clothes. :)

      • P0lo

        True, but he always slept in his collar before.

        Maybe there are too many bad memories attached to his good collar now…

  18. Ryufire

    Now what he needs is a Max Repel spray! :P

    • Valerio

      No, that’s what Peanut needs ;)

      • Keldor

        But only cats have repel spray. It’s their version of zoning. What? Haven’t you ever seen a tom– *shovel’d*

  19. Gary (from Radio Free Housepets!)

    Take Bailey’s word for it! =D

  20. Xane

    Actually seeing Bailey say she loves him on-screen is way too cute. Guess she really enjoyed the snuggling on the farm. :D Too bad she’s not here to keep him safe… he’s so adorable as a corgi but way too small and helpless for his own safety!

    • Unnesessary

      Small yes, but helpless? Click the previous button because I feel helpless isn’t the right word for King after that.

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      Corgis are tough dogs, they are small but hardly helpless (they herd CATTLE!)

  21. kingisawsome

    1) they are both in there beds.

    2) in 3rd panel why does it look like Baily is evil?

    • 2MK

      Beds? Do you mean baskets?

      • Argent Stonecutter

        King sleeps in a bed, see previous strips.

        • P0lo

          He actually slept in a basket when he first joined the wolves. Guess he upgraded to a bed that was more his size.

          • Elwood Blutarsky

            Wouldn’t you?

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Good eye on Bailey’s basket, though.

      • Caynine

        No, King has a bed that we’ve seen a few times.. I would venture a guess that Bailey is in the barn, so possibly a basket, but far more likely straw I think ;3

    • Nohbody

      I don’t know about “evil”, but her snout does look a bit too long.

      Oh, and for the smart phone crowd, the alt text:

      “He didn’t even tell her about the shovel, they just click like that”

      • nyathetexascat

        Thanks for the alt text,
        but I don’t get the joke; I’m not that humerous person :(
        Explaination please.

        • SamBlob

          Where she says: “You can let go of the shovel”, he didn’t tell her he was still holding the shovel. She just *knew*.

          • nyathetexascat

            How?? how does she knows it?? Is it inside joke??

    • volkoseba

      I got the impression that her expression was somewhere between rolling eyes and “I see what you did there.”

      • Zaitsev

        I saw more of the teasing-knowing face people make when they guess something right.

        • volkoseba

          Whatever the case, certainly not evil.

      • Ryufire

        More like “Im proud of ya King” kind of look!

    • rallyjr

      that’s not evil, its just confident

  22. gameangel147

    Daw, they really make a cute couple, and now they have to constantly guard against a possible amnesiac.

  23. Muddypaws

    Oooo… Poor KING!

  24. SilentWolfXIII

    Hmm, a new motto, perhaps?:
    “Speak softly and carry a shovel.”

  25. Argent Stonecutter

    Look at those cute stubby corgi fingers.

  26. maskedman189

    i use to like king, then i took a shovel to the face

  27. notU

    try some grease or oil

  28. Therolyn

    I think somebody will need a few snuggles in the future.

    My crazy silly thought for today: Maybe the shovel is cursed? :O

    • P0lo

      Maybe that was Sabrina’s garage that he got it from! O.O

      She seems like the kind to have cursed gardening tools.

      • Keldor

        Good thing it was only a minor lodestone type curse, and not one of those backbiting rake +3 types then.

        • Therolyn

          Its why I don’t trust rakes personally

  29. SilverZeo

    Shaun of the Dead 2: King the Dog BoogALoo…
    Primus, I have dumb jokes around 2….

  30. tythin4

    I like bailey. She is calm overall of this nonsense

  31. mxchan3

    joel forgot that he is a dog and has no fingers

    • Nohbody

      They call them “fingers” too, IIRC.

      What else would you use to refer to them in casual conversation, anyway? “Digits” is technically correct, but not something that comes up on a regular basis in ordinary conversation outside of something in the general field of biology.

      • P0lo

        Dogs have toes. In Kings case cute little stubby ones.

        • Dissension

          In this universe, dogs and cats and all sorts of animals have hands and fingers. = P

          • nyathetexascat

            Can you call it paw?
            when some pet needs a help, what would they say?
            ‘Can you give me a hand?’ Or ‘can you give me a paw?’

        • Nohbody

          Real life pets don’t have thumbs, but Grape didn’t have any issues with calling those particular fingers “thumbs”, after she first confronted the raccoons way back toward the beginning of the strip.


          They live among humans and do human things. Why shouldn’t they also use human terminology when it’s convenient?

  32. Valerio

    well, at least I was right on the ending the thing with a phone call…

    • Ryufire

      When Bailey said “I love you” to King it just melted everyone’s hearts away! :)

      • Valerio

        they are so cute :D

      • Argent Stonecutter

        And for the Fridge Horror moment, what happens when Bailey finds out about Joel?

        • valerio


        • Ryufire

          Fox, his best buddy will find out too! Its inventible! :(

          • Ryufire


  33. Sadistic Rarity

    I wonder, if she does come in, what is she possibly going do to him?

    • Valerio

      you mean, if she gets through the wolves AND the Miltons’ lawyers?

  34. Camtheman16

    Well, I guess whenever we get into a King Arc, we can expect Bailey to be the voice of reason. She is so calm…perhaps pets are only crazy in Babylon Gardens? o.O

  35. nyathetexascat

    Why she smerking at pannel 3??

  36. Quicksilver

    Is it just me or does she has a nasty look on the third panel?

  37. Lionbone

    I can’t stop looking at the backround behind Bailey… looks so hypnotising

  38. WriterX

    King just needs a smaller weapon… like a… hammer?

    Perhaps somewhat unrelated, but usually when people keep staring at a door, are unable to sleep and can’t let go of a shovel… that’s a sign of a zombie apocalypse! Except this time it’s the Duchess Apocalypse.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Zombie Duchess?

      • WriterX

        … I can imagine an entire discussion whether the Duchess would be more terrifying as a zombie or the way she is now…

        • Keldor

          *Suddenly has an image of a seductress zombie Duchess*

  39. NumberUnoFan

    Heh… Zombie Duchess… CHEW ON THAT!!!! LoL I can picture it in my head. :P

  40. James Smith

    oh King is so adorable… but still I can’t let go of what I just have witnessed…
    the innocent looking corgi dog hit a lady in the head with the shovel… >m<;;;

    • Keldor

      She’s no lady. She’s a charming young lady.

  41. E

    This could be the starting of a horror movie in the housepets universe.
    Starring: King

    • Xane

      Don’t say Duchess’ name three times!

      • nyathetexascat

        I’ll rather say Macbeth, oh I just said Macbeth, Nooo I just said Macbeth again… I’m about to have a bad day. Well, still it is more fortunate than being chased by Duchess.

    • Valerio

      A Nightmare on Babylon Gardens!

    • nyathetexascat

      Housepet Shovel massacre

    • GameCobra

      Pet Cemetery.


    • notU

      i love your name

  42. WingedwolfGirl

    Not happy.
    There was a McGyver Reference on Monday and I missed it.
    Oh well…
    King, gimme the shovel. It’s all over, you don’t need it now.
    *tries to yank the shovel away from him*

  43. Grip the Wolf

    I wouldn’t let go of the shovel, either, King.

  44. leaffly

    She knows King very well ‘w’

  45. Deezy

    tsst…tsst.. probably gonna hurt himself with that shovel or sumpthin.. tsst tsst…

  46. Sadistic Rarity

    At least if she does come in, he has his shovel to defend himself again.
    P.S- Make sure its another sneak attack :3

  47. Blucan

    That is all.

  48. Pogiforce

    I found myself wondering, before looking at the comic today, if the other female dogs would have the new style of illustration Rick mentioned at the beginning of the arc.

    Then I read the strip, and noticed this one had bailey. with some curve to her hips and chest. So hooray, prettier lady puppies away!

    • Akai

      Here I thought it was only gonna be Duchess with them. Woot!

    • notU


  49. GameCobra

    I can so picture Maxwell and King now being teased every halloween now. Almost like Shaggy and Scooby style.

    King: Scared much? *pulls off the sheets to reveal Duchess* … AHHHHHHHHHHHHH~

    • Valerio


  50. Baxtrr

    Does anyone REALLY think that Duchess is going to give up that easily? I’m sorry, but girls like her just get angrier and more determined after a clonk on the noggin, especially if it leaves a mark. We haven’t heard the last of this, mark my words.

    Although I do envision Boris whispering to King, “I wish it’d been ME that did that to her.” :)

  51. karriban

    Shovel to the head…. Is Duchess going to end up being like little Nicky?… Nah, I guess that would’ve needed to be a shovel to the face instead :P

  52. spencershot5

    make houspets 4 days a week plz! i listen to radio housepets on line u sad u make a comic strip in about 5 to 6 hours go hear to listen:

    • spencershot5

      sorry but it true!

    • Foxstar

      You have no idea how much of a workload Rick has, nor do you have a idea of how much more work it would be into making this a four day a week strip.

      • spencershot5

        did u listen to the link i posted? its actualy verry funny and he did say it i got me the proof on the link!

      • Keldor

        Bah, if it only takes Rick 5-6 hours, then he could make 30 a week! That even gives him on average 3 hours to do whatever else he does, like eating and sleeping or whatever.

    • Frank

      Did I read that right? You’re going to pay Rick to work on Housepests as a formal job! Such a generous little man!

  53. PowerOutage

    I love this comic so much, it makes me smile every time. That 3rd panel she does look evil though. lol

    • spencershot5

      shes not evil but i relay would like to know what she was thinking AND HOWED SHE KNOW ABOUT THE SHOVEL?

  54. spencershot5

    king has a human bed and he is now a dog…i wonder how clean his bed is considering he probably sheds his fur in his sheep.

  55. watchin'theParade

    She said she loves him, that’s just so… awwwww…

  56. spencershot5

    i bet king is soft i just want to give him a hug and pet him and give him dog treats he is so adorable in fact i would take him in and keep him as a pet if i could…
    to bad hes secretly human:(
    and yes im a guy but if ur a guy tell me u have never thought a dog was cute!
    im just a big softy. thats what my gf sayes and she also says im the human version or peanut
    i think she acts like baily alot tho

    • notU

      burn XD

  57. Artemiy

    Sorry, I seem to miss something… When did Bailey become King’s girlfriend? He was Tarot’s boyfriend before, wasn’t he?

    • Grip the Wolf

      No, Tarot is Peanut’s girlfriend. Bailey and King became a couple here.

    • Frank

      Nope. Tarot flat-out turned him down (after all, she’s taken) so they were never a couple.

      If you want the instant King and Baily became “a thing”, it’s here: http://www.housepetscomic.com/2011/11/24/a-way-with-the-ladies/

      • Artemiy

        Oh, darn… I’ve confused King with Peanut. >_< I should remember: never do math and read comics. Math and comics don't mix.

      • Camtheman16

        Ah Frank, the Old ‘Be Gentle!’ Never gets old, anytime I see it ;)

  58. Felidae1994

    When will the 3rd book show up, huh? It feels like forever to me.

    • Foxstar

      When it’s done.

  59. Felidae1994

    Nope. Peanut is tarot’s boyfriend, Artemiy

    • Artemiy

      Oh… Yeah, sorry. >_<

  60. Felidae1994

    Bailey became king’s girlfriend when he went with fox to her home on thanksgiving, remember?

  61. legendario13

    Thats a long shovel…

    • Sadistic Rarity

      I’m not touching that with a 10ft.pole

      • legendario13

        you have a point there.

        also i just realise about perspective, king is a little dog, the tools are made for humans, its obviously going to be big for him.
        but then why is the shovel head soo small??? and the stick soo thin??

        • P0lo

          Rick must not do enough shoveling.

        • xjpwolfx

          looks like a spear. Thank god king didn’t use it like one XD

  62. Frost

    The door is going to fly off & Duchess is going to be standing there with that one wolf’s other arm that she ripped off & she’ll be dragging Fox around by the neck with the love wipe on top of that the entire K-9 unit will be layed out behind her…King maybe you should start praying now ^_- lol

    • volkoseba

      Dutchess may not understand the word “no,” but I think she understands a shovel to the head.

      • Frost

        She may understand a shovel to the head but how do you thank Boris is going to take it? lol

  63. gamer35

    Dont let go of the shovel! A Certain crazy female dog is out for you!

    • nyathetexascat

      You don’t need a shovel; all you need is crowbar.

      :Halflife geek

      • gamer35

        im a half λ life geek too. If King wants to give her a bad case of head ache and a major concussion it would be fine!

  64. Draven

    Nemesis defeated, nemesis has no memory of conflict, girlfriend cool with it all, King has so much win in him.

    • Camtheman16

      Wait, King winning? Uh-oh you just foreshadowed the next King Arc with bad luck :P

  65. gabrielantonio12

    LOL!!!!.poor duchess,the only thing that she wanted is 2 win……………by spanking king in the butt xD!!!!.i wish tht king and baley kiss(in the lips), now tht will b cool :3

  66. NumberUnoFan

    Heh Thiz reminds me a lot of Grape… Think about it. BROOM TO YOUR FACE!!!!!! SHOVEL TO YOUR HEAD!!!!!!! Eh? Eh? ^-^

    • Legendario13

      But she already had the whip to the …butt?

  67. valerio

    “Me? I am the dog with the shovel!”

  68. Chazmeister242

    Stalkers will do that to you….i would know…i have had one

  69. fox-it

    Spring is coming and we see king and Bailey. When will she visit king in Babylon Gardens?

  70. xjpwolfx

    lol….kinda feel bad for Duchess….sure enough King simply left her there. Not sure if attempting to rape King makes her a villain, but my feelings about this is probably brought on by the fact Duchess is cute. Anyway, lets hope king killed two birds with one shovel on this one. Stopping her from chasing him….and stopping her from remembering too.

    • Frank

      Duchess’ owner: Hey, there Duchess! I finally found you! I brought you your pink jewelry. You always liked your pink jewellery, remember?
      Duchess: Who’s Duchess?

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Duchess: “Hi, I’m Daisy!”

        • Stravagante

          I… this explains so much, and yet nothing at all.

        • volkoseba

          You win an internet… I think… maybe…

        • gamer35

          hooooolllllllllllllllyyyyyyyyyyy shoot! that would be awful! it’ll be a
          “Hi, I’m Daisy” battle! It’ll be like talking on Skype while playing DDO and pressing the “F” key

    • notU

      think about it…… its duchess need i say more

  71. Mewfifteen

    Oh dat King.
    Anyway, off-topic, I wonder if Peanut has any comics up his sleeve…
    …if he has any.
    Well, let’s just carry on to the comic.
    ONWARDS, TO THE… updates?