There’s nothing wrong with showing a bit of joyful support for Everyone’s Favorite Corgi.
Alt text for the phoners (Sorry I havent posted it last few comics): “As a reader of this comic, this means I know EXACTLY what is going to happen and I am very angry about it!”
Appears some of the readers predictions have irritated the great Rick.
Appears so! Some don’t want to see a happily ever after King/Bailey story!
the predictions may not be the issue, but perhaps that people sometimes like to make assumptions about what hasn’t even happened yet and then say it should happen differently. still, even later on after something has already happened, it doesn’t really merit complaining, Rick can tell the story how he wants, it is his comic after all…
The alt text confused me >.<
Welcome to the internet. Nobody is pleased.
Oh, it’ll be happily ever after – just not quite yet… >:-D
The readers want Pete to go after a more deserving avatar.
I just want to see Pete get stuck in a mortal body and be forced to live the ‘mortal life’ sentence along with the other pets.
WITHOUT his powers.
Oh how the mighty will have fallen.
GRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAPE! Our new neighbors have a bird!
Wouldn’t it be screwy if, at the end of the comic some-odd years in the future, Pete does lose the bet and become mortal, only, thanks to the immortals’ ability to manipulate time, he turned out to be one of the pets featured in the comic since the early days?
Imagine Bino having been Pete all this time….
That would explain why he’s not a valid avatar.
I have to admit CyberCorn that would be a very nice twist.
What’s to stop him turning Fatty into a dog like Joel? The only rule he broke was not getting Joel’s agreement. Fatty would be easier to convince, the hard part would be getting him to stop monologueing long enough to pop the question.
He should take Bino! They are like spiritual twins.
Imagine daisy as an avatar xD
Also, Rick really needs to come up with some way of including the alt-texts in the printed books.
Think this is more likely Rick making a joke from the reader perspective rather than being annoyed. Considering we as readers know this won’t fortell any good for King.
Poor ol Pete again! >.>
Never mind Pete! You’re mean not even the courts will change your ways! >.>
Did you really expect the court to do anything? >.>
hey, it’s Heaven, not Italy.
They’ll do something.
That would be more insulting had I more national pride than I do.
You are luck you don’t live here.
Can’t be worse than Argentinian “justice”.
Come to think of it, about half our judges are of Italian descent, so it’s probably more or less the same.
actually yeah, poor Pete, if the dragon had not cursed his temple, he wouldn’t have started “creating” King and his somehow misserable changes. (And yeah, I would prefer staying a human…)
Sure, he’d just have done it to Um-Er of Ur-Um instead, 5000 years earlier.
I think it is just in Pete’s nature/personality to be a jerk. I side with Dragon, that Pete should leave King alone because he is happy and all, but Rick is advancing Pete’s character to the point where it will make the readers/fans of this comic stay on the edge of their seats. Of course, Pete’s very stereotypical uncontrolled laughter may just be a red herring. What do you think?
Yeah, Pete’s kindof a jerk. I want to know what the differences between his and Dragon’s “goals” are. (the goals that started the duel).
Also, he either lied here in this story arch when he said the human moved the temple to the city or earlier in Great Kitsune’s first appearance when he claimed the dragon did it. (or was it moved twice?)
like dragon in this one
shes like the ambassador of….peaceish…..
And the queen of cursing mana towers.
and you finally get to see her body again only seen it fully once before maybe twice :3
Four years already?
I’ve been a reader since around comic 15~20 or so, and it STILL doesn’t feel like it has been that long.
i started reading the first time they went to the zoo. feels like yesterday x3
Heh, with American elections so close.
Four more years!
muahahahahaha im evil!
I joined 2 years ago….Makes you realize how much stuff changes huh?
Was trying to reply to the person above you >.<
well theres no way this is going to end well
Don’t mess with someones girlfriend!
Don’t mess with Bailey. She’s a farm dog. They’re tough.
I’ll not forgive pete if he messes Baily’s life.
For some reason, I don’t think pete wants forgiveness from anyone…
He’s going to be one of those and enjoy every moment of it, regardless of how people feel.
Oh dear, this does not bode well for King…
Also, is the comic already four years old? Time sure flies fast I guess.
well in “dog-years” its 28…
King’s heart broken in 3..2..1
pobre king TT0TT
All king’s problems are pete’s fault
but what if he deserves it..?
Sure, King deserved it, but he’s gotten some awesome rewards. (Fox, Friends, Girlfriend…)
Er. I mean Joel deserved it. King got his slate wiped clean,
You got it right
but what if he still deserves more punishment?
I’m jellous of his life…why doesn’t pete comes to me and change me in to pet?
would you really like to be a dog?
Or only if they were like in housepets ?
I’m fairly sure he meant Housepets Universe….Me too Pete, I wanna be a dog, but only a Housepets Dog in a Pet Friendly neighborhood.
But he wouldn’t do that. He’s making a dark paladin, which is powered by discontent. That means it would only work on someone who “didn’t” want for it to happen.
^ what about if texas ask spirit dragon to do it, she may agree
Oh gosh he is coming to take Bailey! :O
King is used to weird things, but Bailey!
No Bailey NO!
Aw c’mon, can’t you find out a way to win and not torture King until he has a nervous breakdown?
But where would be the fun in that?
i wonder… what would king having a nervous breakdown look like.
It’s not pretty.
Spirit Dragon looks like a giant flying spaghetti… witth horns.
I am reminded of some of the more long supple fish or amphibians as much as reptiles. I like herps combined with her now less confrontational style makes me like her, too.
It’s the chinese serpent dragon species. If you saw the Eartling Shen-Long on Dragon Ball, or played some Shin Megami Tensei around and saw the Huang-Long / Kohryu dragon, think of them as “close cousins”.
…And ironically enough, “Long” means “Dragon” in chinese. Was obvious at this point, buuuut~
Bahamut was more of a European dragon. I had two iguanas as pets. I would sometimes leave them with my dad and step mom for safe keeping. My quite young little brother got rather fond of them. One day we were going into a Chinese restaurant. He got rather agitated. We asked him why and he told us he did not want to eat any lizards. The big green dragons on the sign looked enough like iguanas he was afraid they might be on the menu.
You know that one religion on the internet where folks revere the great spaghetti monster?
It’s possible Dragon had something to do with that.
Yeah I know those people. I think it’s rather hilarious
I think it’s rather insulting, considering its origins. It was created in a protest against teaching intelligent design in public schools (which is ironic, since we used to pray in public schools) alongside evolution, and the “creator” demanded that his made-up religion involving a creator of all things resembling spaghetti and meatballs be allotted equal time in the science classrooms.
It’s insulting to all creationists out there.
But then, ignoring its origins, yes, a bunch of people who believe in an all-powerful spaghetti monster is quite funny.
She also has cute feet.
Indeed, Pete must be incredibly happy for our favorite not-corgi.
He’s just happy because he’s going to ruin it all.
Pete is going to tell Bailey about Kings past I bet.
Or it means nothing at all and Rick is just messing with us because we ticked him off before.
beware the wrath of the Griffin!
Or he’ll tell Bailey AND Fox! DX <—-Worst case scenario.
Now THAT would be depressing.
aauuggghhh RICK WHY. you kill us with dread and suspense!
though four years! wow. even with all the twists and suspense now and then, this is BY FAR my favorite furry comic. it always makes me smile, and I can’t wait to buy the next books! :3
Because Rick is an avatar of Pete.
It all makes sense now!
That’s why he’s a Griffin.
I actually enjoy the way Pete is laughing. Finally the conflict returns to King´s life.
and that’s… uh… a good thing?
Of course. Characters that get conflict in their lifes are far more interesting for me and that is why King got my attention. I never implied his life would be ruined by Pete.
Pete is the Master? (from Doctor Who)
Have a cookie. =3
Well he sure isn’t an angel. :S *ba dum TISH*
So in heaven, people imprison there can see what mortals are up too… does that mean he saw Avengers for free. THAT JERK!
They don’t even have to torrent it.
The protocol that succeeds Bittorrent will be advertised as having “heavenly connection speeds”.
That is to say, even a collection of files equalling 1TB can be transferred instantaneously!
Oh Arf! my fear is that pete will change King back while he’s with his GF…that WOULD be evil.
*In Tim Allen Voice*
…And what if Bailey got turned human too? o.o
Nah I don’t have any basis to think it could be possible, just an wild idea popping up.
Maybe but.. from what I can guess about Dragon, she /might/ counter that move. It looks like she’ really trying to be the good guy/girl here, so that means Pete’s going to have to be a little sneakier then that..
I hate pete.
Lets all hug King! *hugs*
Let’s all hug Pete! *hugs*
Neither cats nor birds enjoy being hugged.
Exellent ! Let’s all hug Pete and annoy him to no end then ! *hugs*
But Pete is a gryphon, does it applies?
Though yeah, I would heckle him a hug if he suddenly shouted how appreciation burns XD
Hugs on turns or everybody at the same time?
Oh no! It’s a literal dog pile!
And king is on the bottom…
O_O should we save him?
*starts trowing dogs away*
(hugs king and slaps pete)
And keep thinking that it could have been Max and Sabrina, wasn’t for the nerds…
No need to jump, perhaps
you can claim understandable mistake in your trial
Mmmm…useless comment is useless now
Joel/King will wake up back in his cell, or morph back to human in front of everyone! His big secret revealed! Anything can happen. Man this will get ugly!
im speechless, how could this happen?
I think this will end with Pete underestimating the power of love, and having to find a new avatar! *Pulls out Foam Finger saying “#1″* GO KING
The Power of Love! Wow, that always sounds so deep so powerful!
What can love conquer? The Love wHip of course!
Not THAT love! >:(
Go see the Season 2 finale of MLP: FiM.
Love conquers all!
Hmmm….I’m reminded of another HP…Harry Potter!
Somebodies going to go through real hell that’s for sure…
Tarot already did, beating up on ice giants, remember?
In the amazing arc of Off-Screen, the unseen episodes!
Or storm giants or something. Frank?
I believe it was Storm Atronachs. Or was it Fire Atronachs?
We’re not playing Skyrim John, lay down the ale! XD
Indeed I do
I hope Pete doesn’t turn poor King back into Joel… his life’s been so much better since the change.
I think they said earlier that he’s not allowed to do that at all, so probably not. Sounds like he has a scheme involving using Bailey as leverage…
It’s Spirit Dragon that’s not allowed to change King back to Joel. Pete’s just unlikely to do it because he’s a petty jerk.
Well, why would he? They’re only allowed to use animals, specifically dogs and cats, for this game, so turning King back into Joel would serve no purpose for Pete.
Besides, Pete’s only kind of a jerk, remember?
Oh, man, that evil laugh…! As a reader of this comic, this means I know EXACTLY what is going to happen and I am very –
…um, never mind. I’ll just go now. >.>
What if….Pete disguises himself as Joel’s human form and moves into Babylon gardens O_O
Yeah that’s a longshot….
That would mean we’d get another awesome head explodey panel with King, when he saw Joel. Yay, more avatars!
Well…. he’d go to jail, for starters
Pete won’t turn King back into Joel, since he wants the bonuses for his avatar. He might tell people about Joel’s actions though, or force King to admit it, something like that.
Gasp! What if there’s an avatar where the power comes from being in love with someone not your species, and being unable to tell them?
If not, there’s always the power of blackmail… but we all know Pete would NEVER stoop so low…
well… he DID try to steal his soul so…
whatever it will be, no supposition now can cover the amount of damage Pete is gonna inflict on King.
Well here’s a supposition: King won’t be killed as a result
“Don’t worry, genies can’t kill anyone!”
“But you’d be surprised what you can live through. *koff koff*”
Wow, I’ve only been reading for a few months now. Also, I can guess that Pete’s backup plan will involve Bailey. As always, let’s see what happens.
Well, Pete was in jail, so… how exactly did he…?
That wouldn’t be the same as hammer time, would it?
If nothing else, Pete doesn’t wear pants, let alone those ridiculous parachute pants that M.C. Hammer wore.
Well, his fur does sort of make it look like he’s got tan pants on…
I keep imagining that, were Pete human, he’d be wearing dress pants but no shirt.
Must be one of those Blue Fugates…
anyone else find some evil in that laugh
I know I did.
They’re going to be picking evil off the pearly gates for a hundred years.
How dare you question the court’s ruling?
Meh, I prefer the evil chuckle.
So three out of the four years have ended with Joel/King involved. How will year five end?
Karishad, in a giant oversize bowl of chocolate marshmallows, with Keene and Space Laser in the background arguing about whether to turn the “milk” tap on.
Oddly enough, I now hear the dragon as having the voice of Beverly Sills .
funny, I heard Zooey deschanel’s voice there…
But Dragon was set up as a female a long time ago! Why give her a male voice?
…Uh… Now that I think, that should be exactly why every time Dragon, throught Tarot (green-eyes mode) tells Peanut she loves him, he gets scared clean XD OLD GRUMPY VOICE!
I’m going to do that from now on. I mean, I can imagine Dragon as Zooey Deschanel, but I think I know Betty White’s voice better, so…
Kath Soucie, using her Morgana McCawber voice.
Feeling that he might try something on kings gf >.>
He’ll be laughing for many years to come… good thing time is subjective.
*lightbulb* what if hes going to make him a human!? D: i doubt it but thats what this is hinting at…
I can almost guarantee that he won’t. After all, what purpose would that serve? Pete only gets more bonuses the more discontent King is (at least, that’s what I gathered from his recap of the game), but those bonuses only work if he’s still a dog.
he cant use him if hes a human i remembered that :/ now
Well, at least it wasn’t a truly EVIL laugh. Those usually go along the lines of:
“MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA *snort snort* HA!”
Here’s to four more years! HOORAH!! But seriously, I admire what you do and please keep up the great work. I am deeply interested to see where you take this.
oh, ant by the way, the return of King to humankind should be not contemplated in Pete’s plans, since the game requires a dog as avatar, not a human
“You’re going to turn me back into a human?”
“Now you’re going to lose all your friends and go back to jail for escaping custody, or you can agree to be my avatar and turn back into a dog we’ll say no more about Joel…”
It’d probably be prison, not jail. With a padded cell. And a magical barrier, for extra precaution.
what is pete up to
Fun times are a coming, oh yeah.
kings gone through alot such as the love whip, he does need anything else now
To everyone who thinks the alt text is Rick showing us his anger, you’re forgetting that dragon can predict the future, this is probably ajoke on her abilities.
Also I thought heavan would be angrier about Pete stealing from their forbidden vault
Cheeyeah! I thought for sure SOMETHING would be said or done concerning the piece of soul/fate in the possession of King, but no…
Plenty of arcs for that to show up again.
This is just getting better and better.
And I if had to guess … I´ll say that Bailey is in some way in Pete´s team (it´s just my guess)
Also, congrats to Rick ! 4 years of excellent comics, humor, characters, plot ad more. I discovered HousePets just some months ago, but Im glad I did
i almost cried for king when i read this, i hope this ends great but i can’t help but hope for more evil from pete
ain’t that nice of pete , he’s going to make king’s life a living hell again
You know, I think *someone* has found a new prospective avatar. And what better way to mess with King?
Bailey! Go to the nearest anti-omnipotent bunker, and stay there!
Saturday Morning Batman/Joker laughing material there, mate.
*Reads Alt Text*
Why yes I do!
It was all part of the plan from the beginning.
Bailey is Pete
My guess here is that Bailey is working with Pete. And maybe Bailey´s job is to make King to accept been Pete´s avatar, but again it is only my guess
I hope not, we already have 3 other relationships that are manipulated for the sake of this stupid game we don’t need a 4th.
I don’t think so. Pete was in heavenly jail and he didn’t think about messing with Bailey until just now.
OH GODS HELP US!
He’s free! AND laughing deviously!
Whats he planning with the relationship of King!?!
Maybe there’s another class of avatar where the old/young thing is an advantage, and having a girlfriend is required? Maybe? No? Too naïve?
It could be that Pete wanted King to accept being a dog and him having a Girlfriend helps in doing just that. Or again its a Red Herring and Rick is just screwing with us.
Wouldn’t that be nice if your first suspicion was true. I’d vote for that. and yet, the second point involving a scarlet colored fish may encapsulate your first thought, so both are viable, but then again, what do I know? I’m just an innocent bystander, a fan of his comic, like everyone else.
Does anyone else think we are just grasping at straws trying to figure out what will happen next? My theory on this is that most of the time, what we think will happen will not happen and when it does, we are just lucky.
More likely is that what we say has little to no influence on the strip, and where fan speculation matches with actual events is pure coincidence.
What about Bat-Bat?
I would guess he’s just going to use her as some sort of blackmail. The more attached King gets to being as a dog the better he can use the possibility to ruin his life again.
Poor King… We all know that is an evil laugh :c
Can a laugh truly be evil, of itself? Some people just laugh… differently… than others.
so true. But when was the last time Pete has done something nice to King?
We don’t like to say “evil”, it’s just… differently motivated.
nice choice of words.
Hah I figured as much
The alt text left me thinking a bit. Poor Rick can’t have the same share of surprise and awe that we do because he spoils himself the plotline
I said it once earlier and I’ll say it again: “Pete, you jerk!”
I really dislike, possibly hate, Pete right now, I want him to lose, I want him to face a punishment that would actually punish him… but I don’t think that’s what is going to happen, I think he’s going to win. I think Dragon might even let him win, because the one thing not specified is what time period or form the loser will take.
So dragon gets to be Tarot?
…I just realized that.
Lol I love the hidden text! XD I also wanted to say that I have some words of wisdom for Dragon: NEVER underestimate the little guy. By the little guy, I mean Pete. Notice how big Dragon is compared to him. Now notice how big his store of KNOWLEDGE is. Yeah, King has some trouble in his future. And I am guessing it somehow involves his GF. LET’S FIND OUT SHALL WE!? AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!!!!! >:D
9_9 are you okay…?
(your avatar fits quite well this time)
Actually, as a reader of this comic, I’m more bothered that I don’t know what the heck is going to happen. In this case, anyway.
As another reader of this comic, this also means I still don’t know exactly what is going to happen and I am very confused about how to feel about it.
Just go along for the ride. Heck, if I were in the com-… nonononono let’s *not* go there. Ever again.
whatever petes upto, it will fail. wanna know how I know? because theres a dragon against him, and dragons rule! ^.=.^
I wonder if Spirit Dragon ever worries about accidentally tying herself in a knot.
I’m sure she’s got some sort of anti-knot magic field surrounding her.
Would also be handy for earphone cords, had she any pockets.
pete looks so effeminate in this strip. <.<
Aw, Draggy is doing just like Peanut in the last panel
Hmmm.. Pete turns Bailey into a HUMAN. This garners King/Joel’s cooperation.
Onii-chan, how about King stays dog, and um…. *reaches in bag* I GIVE ICELAND TO PETE
Nonono, give him Greenland! It’s all ice, anyway.
someone needs to make Pete mortal, he can then play D&D with Joey and leave King ALONE.
I am sad-face now. I don’t want King to be sad. He’s happy, and happy King is ADORABLE.
My my, Spirit Dragon, you’re looking rather… er… dragon-ish today.
Four more years! Four more years!
Oh how I love it when these games take a nice turn. Here’s to hoping Pete can pull off a plan to make good on that laugh, otherwise this game will turn out quite dull.
I just thought, What if Pete SOMEHOW tells Fox, King’s real identity….. Oh the drama……..
And the object of their game overall is to… see who can improve the world the most?
That hasn’t been revealed.
I know, just spitballing ideas. I find this likely because of Kings past. It is sort of an unwritten rule that every hero has some sort of tragic backstory, and Kings has been set up wonderfully
Object of the game is to win, naturally! And to have fun while doing it.
Even if it’s at the expense of the poor mortals…
I do not know who the mad laughter is directed at. For all we know, King gets left alone but the dragon is the one the mad plan is directed at. Or maybe he is just toying with the dragon (I still think her feet are cute). I just had the weird realization not only do I have a grandpa Pete, but my dad goes by Rick. I am not 3/4ths griffin, though.
Hmm yes. The jerk is strong in this one.
He’s either going to do something to bailey, his friends, or change him back so everyone will know who he really is, thus making him loose everything he’s worked for. D:
Everyone is overlooking the major possibility.. Pete reads the comic!
Oh God she’s adorable in that last panel…and looks like Pete’s got another plan or two up his sleeve…well, wing.
So, I’ve been doing some thinking…Rick is playing a game called Housepets! Pete is his Avatar and through Pete, Rick is able to push our buttons and keep us guessing or just throw us off whenever we annoy him with our comments. We are all Rick’s followers, and Rck can twist the plotline any way he wants because he is in control. Dragon (at least in this strip) represents our wishes for everything to go well for our favorite corgi. I’m calling an extreme red herring on this strip. I think Rick is just twisting the story to see how we sill squirm/react, when actually, nothing may happen…(at least for another year…)
Nay, Pete. WE SHALL DENY THEE, AND WE SHALL HAVE ADORABLE HUSK-CORGI PUPPIES.[/RoyalCanterlotVoice]
Easy, Princess. Don’t want to scare away your followers again! After all, we just got that sorted out!
Sometimes dragon seems a little naive. In a cute way.
hrrrrm… i sense ill intent afoot :0
Congratulation for 4th anniversary!
Of course, Pete might just be thinking of having a little bit of fun with King.
*King is heading home after a wonderful time with Bailey. Pete appears behore him in a poof of smoke.*
“Hey, King, I’ve been thinking. It wasn’t really fair of me to turn you into a dog, and It was even worse for me to refuse to turn you back when you asked, so I’ve decided: I’m willing to turn you back into a human any time. Just speak out for me, I’ll hear and come.”
*Pete vanishes again, leaving King with even more to think about.*
this makes me wonder if, being technically omnicient, Pete knew “stealing” Joel’s fate would get him on slightly sketchy terms with Fox, start the thing with Duchess, and generally get him to like being a dog.
Perhaps Pete’s next move is to “threaten” King with the prospect of turning him back into a human now, and gently reminding him of what that would mean for him in the courts, leaving his current “I’m a dog, and I’ve made progress as a dog” situation to be pondered for a bit.
He’s up to something sinister…. I just know it!… poor king and baily
Thank you for the good writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it. Look advanced to more added agreeable from you! By the way, how can we communicate?
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