Smile Though Your Heart Is Breaking
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  1. Xane

    Do not taunt happy fun weasel

    • AuvaAkita

      Respect the ferret! RESPECT HIM!

      • Valerio

        too late, man…
        too late…

        • Zenaku

          Sombodys getting fired.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Fired is such a deceptively gentle word, when your boss is a small carnivore.

          • Elwood Blutarsky

            He doesn’t have the mouth or the attitude to eat him… he’s not shiny enough anyway.

          • mr.fluffy

            i would still be worried

          • Tynach

            Knowing the ferrets, being fired probably means being loaded into a shiny, clear-plastic air cannon, and literally fired a hundred feet or so away from the house, where an inexplicable landing pad/trampoline is waiting.

  2. Ryufire

    But smile anyways! :P

  3. kimo

    a ferret? a genuine smile? no way. ever…

    • Argent Stonecutter

      How doth the little mustelid
      Buff his shining claws,
      And welcome little mousies in
      To gently smiling jaws.

      • JaxNight

        Nice alice reference, works very well here, cause steward just became a mouse

  4. senorpie7

    I do believe the steward will be fired… very soon O.o

    • SilentWolfXIII

      What scares me is the fact he has the money to do much worse than that -_-;

      • volkoseba

        He has the money to… Karishad. Yes, Karishad is now a verb.

        • CrimsonFox

          oh no… he’s gonna karishad him… that is -not- a good thing at all… for anyone x3

      • S#T!A*T$I@C

        I just had a horrifying mental image…of butler Karishad.

        • Gary (from Radio free Housepets)

          *facepaw* …oh no…

        • Crescent Fox

          Oh my.

          • The face

            Ohh- juust great. I finally get a stoma picture out, and now I have Karishad in there, cracking jokes about butlers. Not much better.

        • Keldor

          *Whimpers*. Butlers aren’t supposed to make bad puns!

        • Elwood Blutarsky

          I wasn’t aware being pure, unadulterated chaos was a skill needed to be a butler. Still if your alligator needs to hooked up to a car battery it would help/

          • The face

            Eh, did that last week. Hilarious while it lasted.

    • Xane

      You know, it’s really Jeeves’ fault. I still don’t buy that he didn’t hear Keene screaming through the glass. Of course Mr. Steward is the one in charge (mostly). But they really do need him to keep them from accidentally buying an industrial blender to play in!

      • Crackles

        Of course he heard, but that just the revenge of the unappreciated hardworking butler. :D

      • Argent Stonecutter

        What are the odds that Jeeves is next?

      • silverfang16

        Jeeves is so abused though. :(
        Can’t he be allowed a moment of happiness?

        • mr.fluffy

          probably not

  5. Zaitsev

    This smile is creepier than the Duchess King combo smile from the last arc.

    • Gary (from Radio Free Housepets!)


    • m4davis


    • Argent Stonecutter

      I sense smiling ferret avatars.

      • Zaitsev

        I think people are still reeling from the sudden increase of Karishad avatars from the last strip.

      • Crescent Fox

        SADLY i DO NOT THINK THERE ARE ANY YET. I accidentally had caps on that whole time and I’m too lazy to erase it.

    • Alucai Vivorvel

      Actually, I think it’s pretty cute, even when he’s pointing out that it’s totally fake. X3

      • Zaitsev

        I don’t think it would be so creepy if it wasn’t just a charade to hide his malicious intent.

  6. IceKitsune

    Well he better have a very good excuse (which I can’t see how he will) or hes very very fired.

    • efhosci

      Well he WAS busy suing the zoo for the wolves and all that. It would have been easy to forget the person who hired him in the confusion.

      • Zaitsev

        Do you really think he would want to release the FERRET in charge of him?

      • IceKitsune

        Mr. Steward is not the lawyer(s) who sued the zoo (if they actually sued them I don’t think it was said either way) he hasn’t been in the comic since February 1st, 2010 ( So yeah that is no excuse.

        • Zaitsev

          Wasn’t he there when the Wolves were getting everything straightened out?

          • IceKitsune

            Nope that was Jeeves (who is also very likely to be fired or be in some kind of trouble) and the lawyer was Mr. London.

          • Zaitsev

            But isn’t Jeeves the steward? I might be all mixed up.

          • Dissension

            Jeeves is the butler; Mr. Steward is the court-appointed steward.

          • Crescent Fox


        • efhosci

          Looking back at that strip, yeah, I guess he wasn’t involved (or at least not mentioned to be so).

    • Valerio

      Much too kind, man!

      • nightarix

        why it could be from a cannon into the sun.

        • Alucai Vivorvel

          That would be a mass driver. Though it would be firing a very small mass, so in essence: yes, a very large cannon.
          If the Miltons built a cannon/mass driver for the purpose of hurtling worthless employees into the sun, we could solve all our landfill problems if they would just let us use it…

          • Zaitsev

            Then the wolf cubs see Mr. Steward flying through the sky and they all go “HAPPY NEW YEAR!”

  7. Draven

    Put that sarcasm away Keene, you’re going to hurt yourself.

  8. GrapeFan

    Can it be I m the first one?

    • GrapeFan

      No, no I’m not…

  9. Cristian100n

    Who’s stewart again?

    • GrapeFan

      Mr. Steward is the guy who sorrt of takes care of the ferrets, or oversees them.

    • VinceVelcen

      In other words, the Butler.

      • m4davis

        but not Jeeves

      • GrapeFan

        No, see the butler is Jeeves. Additionally Jeeves has an English accent.

    • Trefoiler

      They made a special point to find a steward named “Steward”. So if you look up “steward” in a dictionary, that’s him. That’s what he does. Except with ferrets. Who are billionaires. :D

  10. McFly

    Someone’s getting fired.

    • GrapeFan

      But if Mr. Steward gets fired, then there wouldn’t be that character with the play on words…you know, the Steward for the ferrets is named Mr. Steward.

      • Keldor

        True, but we’ll be getting Karishad. I don’t think the world needs more plays on words.

    • GrapeFan
      • McFly

        I already know the joke.

  11. Jackalope121

    smile, your in for a world of hurt :D

    • Ryufire

      Here it comes…o.o

    • SilentWolfXIII

      Laugh and the world laughs back. So if you fire someone then. . .

    • Valerio

      and SMILE when you scream in agony!

  12. Legendario13

    Yeah mistaken.
    Totally wrong.
    Not good.
    As good as …being Mr.steward

  13. AuvaAkita

    It’s just a hint at how much you annoy him Keene. Don’t take it too personally.

  14. Xane

    Alt-text: “And it is incredibly painful” Keene’s jaw is gonna freeze that way if he keeps it up!

  15. thefirstonethere

    i do the same thing while holding a sign for little ceasars! XD

    • SilentWolfXIII

      So YOU’RE the reason I get that uncomfortable chill up my spine when I’m driving down the street

      • thefirstonethere

        could be me…. or gas. XD

  16. Rexnano

    Looks like Mr.Steward is gonna get it

  17. efhosci

    So where did book 1 go?

    • Jackalope121

      i was wondering much the same thing….

      • AuvaAkita

        Someone has checked it out! Can’t you guys imaginate!? I mean, this IS a fictional world, even though I wish it was real :3

        • Jackalope121

          clearly i ran out of imagination or am i just that deep? probably not

    • Gary (from Radio Free Housepets!)

      It got checked out, duh! xD

  18. rallyjr

    that’s an impressive fake smile

    • cheetahwolf

      It was the most peaceful 4 months he ever had.

  19. Legendario13

    Alt text competition you say?

    Try to be the first post at 12:00!

    Now, thats a challenge!

    BTW…Alt text, please?

    • AuvaAkita

      Someone already did it :3

      • Legendario13

        4 ever snail.

  20. Gary (from Radio Free Housepets!)

    Lol! I like how almost everyone in the comic really thought Keene was in Florida.

    • rallyjr

      I think Steward, knew

    • Trefoiler

      Uh, he wasn’t in Florida.

      He doesn’t ask to be the center of our attention but come on

      • Elwood Blutarsky

        Actually he kind of does…

  21. Gypsyraccoon

    his fake smile reminds me greatly of Itsuki o.o

  22. Zeundo

    i think someones getting fired…. or maybe he shall be Karishad’s NEW ASSISTANT!
    i would laugh so hard

    • AuvaAkita

      That would be AWESOME!! :D

    • Gary (from Radio Free Housepets!)

      I SO would like to see that happen! :D

    • Unnesessary

      Awe you beat me to it. I was going to say something like that but more along the lines of Karishad being Steward’s assistant.

  23. REB

    Man I would hate to be Mr. Steward… well who could blame him he didn’t have clue where Keene was these past four months :P

  24. SilentWolfXIII

    You hear that snapping noise? That’s my jaw muscles, and soon to be your spine : ) <- fake smile

  25. REB

    I like how my English isn’t as good as my art XD
    I forgot to put a “a” in there at least I’m learnin from mistakes

  26. SamBlob

    He’s been appointed by the court. It will take a lot of paperwork to get rid of him, and then they have to make sure that his replacement isn’t a double agent for Mr. Milton’s evil relatives…

  27. xhunterko

    Artificial? Really? Wow how much did it cost?

  28. blackfox

    he scering me

  29. leaffly

    Even a fake smile can be caught once in awhile.

  30. Valerio

    Now we know Karishad will serve as master tool of supreme painful funny vengeance.

  31. REB

    This reminds me when I forgot my friend in “hide n seek” by having to go do chores and this is how he reacted since it was about an hour till he noticed I was gone XD

  32. Kitch

    Perhaps the reason he wants to hire Karishad?

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      This can only end well… My money says two strips later the ferrets are going to be broke with the mansion in flames.

      • spencershot5

        i wouldent do that the next srtip has something to do with pete and his “game”

  33. Erikuto

    You know this comic reminds me of my friend. She says mean things in the nicest tone so like you wouldnt know she was being mean to you.

  34. spiritkitsune

    When your boss comes to you and is smiling, there is only
    one thing to do…


  35. MikuMickey

    I see where this is going…. as quote from Final Fantasy X-2 (Paine) Hurt Time! or something kind of prank?

  36. Flexico

    Four months?! O_O

  37. Argent Stonecutter

    Looks like he’s got dentures in that last shot, ‘cos ferret smiles are way snagglier than that.

  38. The Guy in the Background

    Can’t blame Mr. Steward the Steward. Would you like taking orders from a 4 year old ferret? :)
    Well, I bet the pay is pretty good so you’re right, Steward’s fault.
    Also, hope everybody had a very nice Easter or whatever holiday you celebrate, if you don’t celebrate one then I hope you had a very nice Sunday!

    ~The Guy in the Background~

  39. FerreTrip

    Four months?! Yowch.

    And looks like Herman’s gonna be out of a job…

  40. Argent Stonecutter

    Lesson learned: picking your Steward because his name is Steward might not be the best management decision you could have made.

  41. Valerio

    Steward is working for Celia Milton!

  42. Z24

    I paid a lto for this smile, so you better give me an answer…

  43. Jinxed

    It does look quite painful…

  44. MythicalRedFox

    Keene is my favorite ferret of the Miltons.

  45. Frostfauna

    Heh, Keene has such a cute artificial smile. Its too bad it isn’t genuine.

  46. Pogiforce

    The thing is, if Mr. Steward is court appointed, can the ferrets actually fire him? doesn’t he actually work for the federal court system and not the ferrets directly? I don’t really know how this works.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      They chose him, they can unchoose him and get the court to appoint another steward.

      How about Joel?

  47. Tailz

    So it was 4 months since Keene was stuck at the zoo. Man time flies.

    • Trefoiler

      I wonder how long that is in ferret months?

    • tahrey

      Yeah, that kinda raised two questions for me
      1/ the comic runs in real-time?
      2/ it’s really been that long?
      3/ who goes to the zoo in the first week of january?

      waiiit… onnnne… twoooo… ok, it raised three questions. Bite me, it’s the fifth day of a four day weekend and i’m a bit groggy.

    • tahrey

      Wait, I guess months don’t actually work that way. Still groggy. Only one eye open. Waiting for the coffee to kick in. It was actually just before christmas.

      Still not sure who goes to the zoo for christmas, but eh, maybe he was visiting some friends. I’m having trouble re-reading the dialogue.

  48. Trefoiler

    Maybe if he tells the truth, he won’t get in trouble?

    Thanks for bringing Keene back! I was starting to miss him. Also: Am I right to assume Kerishad will be taking Mr. Stewards position? Or is it worse… Mr. Steward will have to train him first.

    Oh god.

    Great as always Mr. Griffin! :D

  49. 1boredcanadian

    Am I the only one that notices that they are missing “1″ out of the collection?
    Also, fake smile? I love it!

  50. Z24

    It’s called “Vacations”, Keene.
    More for him than for you

  51. Frank Furter

    love that smike!!

  52. ResCoin999

    RUN JEEVES, RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  53. Air

    Wow, so far, no one’s made avatars of this strip. It’s a new record. By the way, I love that smile.

  54. RockstarRaccoon

    Looks like the unemployment rate just went up by Mr Steward.

    That’d be funnier if I didn’t loose one of my jobs a while back…

    • Someguy

      Get fired by a ferret?

      • Elwood Blutarsky

        Only once… back in Florence on a Friday too.

  55. spencershot5


  56. elijah

    Yup he’s fired

    • ResCoin999

      nope. he will have to teach Karishad how to do his job as replacement for mr. steward, and then mr. steward will be Karishad’s assistant. the ultimate revenge!