On Purpose
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  1. Ryufire

    And Keene is still naked!

    • Ryufire

      karishad i meant >.>

      But to trust him? Sure anyone would :P

    • Icalasari

      He’s not naked!

      …He’s wearing that finger trap, after all :3

      • Icalasari

        …Should have made this to your correction

        • Ryufire

          Very true :P

          But how did the finger trap get so huge?

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Rule of Funny.

            Especially powerful in the presence of an avatar of Chaos.

            Hmmm… Babylonian gods. Chaos.

            Pete: “Yes, the fox, he’s chosen to be my avatar.”
            Kitsune: “Sorry, he’s already taken!”
            Pete: “By whom?”
            Tiamat: “Hi honey!”
            Pete: “Oh no, I thought you weren’t allowed to play any more…”
            Tiamat: “That was a mistake, and hardly anyone noticed what happened to that universe anyway…”


  2. senorpie7

    I am surprised. Karishad has been very serious for *counts* one minute!!

  3. Cristian100n

    oh that karishad!
    I would want him as a pet wouldnt you?

    • McFly

      Erm…no. :|

    • Argent Stonecutter

      … and hug him and squeeze him and call him George …

      • Lionbone

        You made me choke on my cereal when i red that, oh the memories…

    • Crackles

      No way, I’d like to keep my sanity and property safe.

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      As a fox wouldn’t he have like all kinds of wild diseases?Not typically an animal for petting…outside that episode of Mongrels

      • Kohaku Nightfang

        Well some people have foxes as pets. In certain places it’s legal. In my field of work (when I get my diploma) I will be taking animals like wolves, foxes, tiger, etc into my house to raise them until they are olf enough to go in their own habitat

      • Air

        I’ve read an article in National Geographic about people genetically domesticating foxes. I have no Idea if that’s going to become something in the future.

      • Pogiforce

        There’s also the fact to consider that he wasn’t exactly a wild fox. He was a zoo fox. Zoo staff make sure to keep their animals clean of disease.

    • Crescent Fox

      I would call him Squishy and he would be mine.

      • shadowfire

        lol but i think that only applies to jellyfish

  4. Latrone

    Alt Text: Well, you weasles are the masters of tubes… help me out here!

    –And in other news, plot details! Lovin’ it so far. c:

  5. Jackalope121

    this is the most well behaved we’ve seen kerishad so far… i think

    bdw self preservation is for pansies!

  6. IceKitsune

    Wait is the arc over already? seriously? Or are we just moving to a secondary plot? Tell me its a secondary plot.

    • Rick Griffin

      I don’t want to burn myself out on yea many long plots in a row, I want to try doing shorter plots with breaks between

      • IceKitsune

        So the arc is over? How long will we have to wait to find out what is going on here because this is actually interesting.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        AUGH! Cliffhanger! And the previous arc in this thread was a cliffhanger too!

      • ResCoin999


        • Keldor

          A most astute observation.

    • Dissension

      Maybe it’s a primary plot!

      • Trefoiler

        Easter-Egg plot? :o

    • thefirstonethere

      Notice the “to be continued” itll happen…. unless of course the evil “forget fairy” visits Rick and then we will all be doomed.

      • Elwood Blutarsky

        Karishad’s running the show, we’re doomed anyway.

        • ResCoin999

          wait a minute…did anyone else notice that Karishad’s eyes are…green?

          • Tynach

            I had to go back and check.

            They’ve ALWAYS been green.

      • King

        Or the evil death fairy D:

        • AthiosDvK

          That’s definitely in my list of “Top 10 Things That Better Not Happen Soon”.

          • Alucai Vivorvel

            I’d hate to be immortal myself (I’d get bored after a while), but if such a thing existed I’d make sure every great webcomic artist out there got it.

  7. Dissension

    I accidentally on purpose.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      But his purpose is accidents.

    • 1boredcanadian

      “What is this “self preservation” you speak of?” he says while sticking his head in the bear trap to see if it’s working.

  8. The Wolf Kin

    Are they in the house, or the temple? Because if they are in the temple, it looks a lot like a garage.

    I kid, I kid, but I look forward to this whole shorter plots that pick up again later thing. Makes it feel like a “now lets go see what the others are doing right now” moment to me, which I enjoy.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      They’re in Keene’s secret lair. He’s pulling weasel-sized Indiana Jones adventure materials out of that box. Plus finger traps of course.

    • Keldor

      I’m thinking attic. You know, the place where various odds and ends end up being stored and forgotten. And occasionally unearthed.

  9. RootsofOrigin

    Now things are coming together.

  10. Xane

    Weasels prefer to prowl the Interblag, being made of a series of tubes

  11. xhunterko

    Inter tubes, web tubes, other tubes, yes, but I don’t think we’re good at those tubes. Sigh, fine, where are the scissors?

  12. silverfang16

    So the plot thickens…..time for a cliffhanger. XD

  13. avorin

    for those who are on smart phones
    “well, you weasels are the masters of tubes . . . help me out here!”

  14. HolyGNade

    Im beginning to think karishad is the kitsunes avitar, dont know why but this mini arc seems to be making me think that way.

    • KickahaOta

      That’s funny… I’m busy convincing myself that the point of this arc is to have Karishad be Pete’s avatar.

      • IceKitsune

        But he is neither a Dog or a Cat so he couldn’t be Pete’s Avatar anyway. Pete’s Avatar is most likely going to be Max, Bino, Fox, or Sasha. I’m going with Max since Grape (and Peanut) is special to the game in some way and it would give Pete the same advantage Dragon has because of Tarot dating Peanut.

        • m4davis

          derp sorry your comment wasn’t posted when I started my post wish there was some thing I could do about it

          • IceKitsune

            Its fine don’t worry about it.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Spiritually, foxes are dogs _and_ cats all rolled into one catlike canine.

          But if Kitsune is like most GMs, letting a new player in the middle of the game is no problem, and bending the rules to the breaking point to surprise the existing players is just par for the course.

          Alternatively, well, that is a real Babylonian temple, so it could easily have a real Babylonian god hanging around wanting in on the action.

        • Nohbody

          When I saw the “neither dog nor cat” thing in the last strip’s comments, I started thinking.

          (Here, the audience will be forgiven if they think of Sgt Hulka’s reaction in the movie Stripes, in the mortar scene.)

          Where was it said that they’re limited to just dogs or cats as avatars? Sure, that’s a majority of the actual pets in Babylon Gardens, but there are other species there, and I’d hazard a guess that Zach isn’t the only domesticated animal that is neither a cat nor a dog.

        • Keldor

          But surely “dogs and cats” is really just a way of saying “pets”, or even “animals” in general, and therefore Karishad’s fair game as an avatar?

          Well, it wouldn’t be Pete if he didn’t at least *try* that arguement… e.e

          Though it might not be that hard to trick Karishad into inadvertantly giving “permission” to change him into a dog or cat, provided you bait the trap with a nice juicy pun…

          • ResCoin999

            Karishad’s eyes….are green….could he be….already in the game?
            is it me, or does his personality seem A LOT like the kitsune’s?

          • IceKitsune

            I very highly doubt that they would use “Cats and Dogs” to mean all animals because then Pete would just go for one of the Ferrets right away, they would be closer and easier to get then Joel/King (and less rule bending) or Grape.

            Plus they would provide him with access to all the Milton Money (even if he had picked one of them before Mr. Milton died)

      • m4davis

        except the kitsunes the game master so he could get any avatar he wants but petes just a player and I’am 90% sure he couldn’t get even implied consent to turn karishad into a dog or cat

  15. Zaitsev

    It has to take a special skill to get all of your fingers stuck in a finger trap.

    • tanglestalker909

      Well he IS Karishad, he could do the impossible

      • Zaitsev

        Karishad also sees the invisible.

  16. Rorry bunny

    OMG first time Continue!!!

  17. Tailz

    *Somewhat confused, gets up and walks away without leaving a comment* -_-

    • thefirstonethere


    • Alucai Vivorvel

      Hah! Too late!

  18. Sonic Fox

    Sometimes the most illogical thing it the most logical choice.

  19. Bolzan

    In layman terms, “You aren’t scared of dying. At all.”

  20. Frost

    Sad thang is i know a LOT of people like that….Ok everybody i know is like that

  21. Anonyfox

    So we finally get an arc with focus put on one of my favorite characters(that being the trickster Karishad, King is obviously another favorite), AND THEN we get a break a few strips in. I can wait since it has at least started.

  22. CrimsonFox

    but that’s not supposed to fit his whole paw! he’s got some skill to be able to do that x3

  23. Argent Stonecutter

    This scene made me think of something:

    Here’s a real ancient Mesopotamian tablet, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enki

    Once upon a time, there was no snake, there was no scorpion,
    There was no hyena, there was no lion,
    There was no wild dog, no wolf,
    There was no fear, no terror,
    Man had no rival.

    In those days, the land Shubur-Hamazi,
    Harmony-tongued Sumer, the great land of the me of princeship,
    Uri, the land having all that is appropriate,
    The land Martu, resting in security,
    The whole universe, the people well cared for,
    To Enlil in one tongue gave speech.

    Then the lord defiant, the prince defiant, the king defiant,
    Enki, the lord of abundance, whose commands are trustworthy,
    The lord of wisdom, who scans the land,
    The leader of the gods,
    The lord of Eridu, endowed with wisdom,
    Changed the speech in their mouths, put contention into it,
    Into the speech of man that had been one.

    Perhaps in the housepets universe, instead, Enki gave his gift of languages to the “hyena, the lion, the wild dog, the wolf”… and gave man a rival not by humbling man, but by raising up the animals instead.

    • legendario13

      Interesting, I wonder if Rick has read or investigated something about this…

    • Kohaku Nightfang

      This is quite an interesting theory. I like it and hope it’s true :D

    • Frank

      There’s a god of The Tower of Babel?!?

  24. Doomwolf

    That fox reminds me of Chef Brian from Ctrl+Alt+Del for some reason.

  25. Firewolf

    Can someone translate aka dumb down what the theory is here? XD I dun get it

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Rick still hasn’t explained old Mr Milton’s theory. We can but speculate on what it might be.

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      Seems to have something to do with equalizing humans and animals in a very literal sense, basically something along the lines of what happened to Joel when he was changed into King. I’d assume that was an over-the-top case but you never know, that could actually be par for the course.

      Keene seems to be seeking some redemption of his own through this, he apparently became scared by what he’d become (remember what a jerk he was to his pilot back in the last Zoo arc).

  26. WingedwolfGirl

    Traditionally, the next thing they’ll do is take an old-dusty journal out of the box and start reading. I wonder what horrid secrets they will find. O_o

  27. Sterling Rodd

    …but the strip is episodic. Doesn’t “continued!” go without saying? :)

    • jinxed

      Yes but what Rick means by to be continued is he is moving on to another arc

  28. legendario13

    I knew Karishad was going to get stuck on the finger trap, but ALL the hand?


    • Argent Stonecutter

      Talented talons there.

      • legendario13

        Must be magic!
        Or a special ability…To..Disturb?

  29. efhosci

    I like how even Karishad has trouble believing that someone’s trusting him!

    I wonder if Book 1’s in the garage.

    • Gary (from Radio free Housepets)

      I second that!

  30. Ozimul

    How do you get your whole hand stuck in a finger trap…?!

  31. The Guy in the Background

    No sense of self preservation, definitely not. Next scene he is forcibly jamming a pencil down the garbage disposal in the sink. :)
    You always know how to make a good joke, brightens my already bright day. I am going to put on my sunglasses…

    ~The Guy in the Background~

  32. Z24

    Karishad’s been handcuffed to control his power! :o

    • ResCoin999

      none can contain the mighty comedic power of KARISHAD!!!

  33. FerreTrip

    Wait, Karishad totally acknowledges his uncontrollable mischievousness? Wow.

    And that’s a big ferret if he’s almost as tall as a fox…and don’t tell me it’s ‘cuz ferts are long, ‘cuz Rick ain’t drawing ‘em with long torsos. Necks, maybe, but not long torsos.

    Wonder where they are…

    • Gary (from Radio free Housepets)

      Wow, you’re right. I never noticed that before. Makes me wonder……

      • Argent Stonecutter

        The sizes of animals in HP don’t match the sized of animals in our world. Look at Grape’s size compared to the bigger dogs… a RL cat is more eye-to-eye with a corgi.

        • Z24

          Midget Grape meets King.

          • Keldor

            Broom to your face!

      • Sansash

        Clearly they use stilts or wear big thick high heel or disco shoes to compensate
        Just look how small Lana is here: http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/08/07/in-a-laundry-bag-with-a-dollar-sign/
        …or… they have the magical ability to grow and shrink at will

  34. Frostfauna

    Sorry for my ignorance, but i’m still having some difficulty with this. Is Karishad a guy or a girl?

  35. Draven

    I always hated those things, I could never escape without breaking them.

    • Draven

      They say just push in to get it off. Just push in. I need a pair of scissors, nail clippers, lighter, a machete, chainsaw, handgun, and a lightsaber to get it off

      • ResCoin999

        Can I suggest a hacksaw?

        • Keldor

          Mythbusters time! Which of these tools is best at removing finger traps while simultainuously minimizing finger removal?

          • ResCoin999

            ooh, ooh, i know! the steak knife! no, the surgigal drill! no, wait, another finger trap! gyah, i’m so conflicted!

  36. Javeloz

    New favorite character: Karishad

  37. spiritkitsune

    Paw trap! lol

  38. ryanwolf77

    this fox is total crazy, i love he! xD

  39. Pogiforce

    Something about Keene now, it’s like he’s been humbled by the time spent in the zoo. Because I don’t see any fancy shades or hat or any other such prop that might hint at him being rich. He’s just wearing a collar like any other pet.

    Or maybe he’s just been humbled by Karishad, since he took his glasses off last strip.

    • Nohbody

      It’s probably more that keeping the shades on in a dark place (hence the flashlight) is somewhat counterproductive. Also, he doesn’t usually wear the shades when indoors, even if the room isn’t dark.

  40. Profesor Rod

    We are doomed…

  41. HardCore64

    Karishad is now on my top10 list of characters and he is pretty high up there! This is seeming like a India Jones plot set up, and I can just see Karishad with the hat and whip! …………… In case you didn’t know this is my foreshadowing guess! :£

  42. Cristian100n

    Also, How come Keene’s neck is abnormaly longer than usual?

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      It’s just an illusion caused by the angle.

  43. Elwood Blutarsky

    Why didn’t Mr. Milton trust this work to humans is a good question. Any theories Housepet-keteers?

    • Draven

      Because people in general are afraid of change and will defend what they believe, regardless of if it is right or wrong, with a persistence that is rarely matched elsware.

  44. Mat'Ra

    Ok , I am either amazingly out of the loop or this came out of the woods far left of left field somewhere o.o

  45. Argent Stonecutter

    There’s just too much left hanging here. What’s Keene’s plan, what’s Karishad’s role in it, why is Steward concerned about the temple, what is Keene going to do to Steward…?

    • Draven

      How will Karishad escape from the cursed finger trap of perpetual imprisonment?