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  1. Ryu

    Awesome-sauce, a new arc begins! ^^

    • Zenaku

      Starring Itsuki!!!

      • Ryu

        Makes you want to hug him even more! :P

        • thefirstonethere

          hats are yummy

        • LoneWolf

          Some alt for us loner phoners?

          • Draven

            “This took me two hours and I NEEDED that time for more cramming!”

  2. Dontlookmenaked


  3. GarrisonSkunk

    Yea! The return of Itsuki!

  4. IceKitsune

    Yay! Itsuki Arc. This should be so much fun

    • AthiosDvK

      Agreed. Not that Housepets ever gets tiring, but this could be refreshing. :)

      • GarrisonSkunk

        Some people find Housepets! VERY refreshing……especially around 12:00 am Mondays, Wensdays and Fridays….;)

  5. xhunterko

    And do you know how nervous I was in front of the mirror?

    • Jackalope121

      ive never done that before…………………………..

      • Valerio

        I tried, once.
        The reflection started slapping me in the face, then scolded me and sent me to bed early and without dinner.

        • Frank

          And it was hard as glass!

  6. Lunyk Stormdragon

    Awesome, a new arc AND a new character!

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      Itsuki’s not new, he appeared in “The Interview” where Mr. Sandwich hired him to work at his auto repair business.

      • Lunyk Stormdragon

        Huh, I just looked back through and somehow I missed that whole arc.

        Ah well, Japanese stuff rocks!

    • bene

      Hes not new he was in a mini arc early and that was it till now

  7. Draven

    I hate planning an entire conversation in my head, only to have it end up like this. I feel for you, Itsuki

    • Gabe23

      100% Agreed …

    • Erikuto

      I know right? but in the end it works out wither way.

    • Tynach

      I have my own problem… I NEVER plan conversations in my head, and they always end up either going nowhere, or somewhere I didn’t expect. Because I never know where to expect them to go anyway.

  8. AuvaAkita

    Hahaha! Welcome Back Itsuki! :3

  9. Elwood Blutarsky

    He keeps him around because he is cute.

  10. bene

    Cool the one thing is back its not king but it’s a close second

  11. McFly

    It’s never a good idea to waste a perfectly good apology.

  12. Common Cat

    Itsuki. You are my new favorite raccoon dog now!

    • GarrisonSkunk

      The whole cast of “Pom Poko” go “Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww”

  13. Dontlookmenaked

    Hmm.. Will this one be longer than the last one?

  14. GarrisonSkunk

    Groveling is 56% cuter in gratuitous Japanese, however.

  15. Zaitsev

    I wish my boss was this understanding…

    • Argent Stonecutter

      If you were as cute as Itsuki he probably would be.

      • Zaitsev


    • LordWorpeltinger

      yeah my boss wasn’t very happy with me asking time off to got to Granny’s funeral. He asked “How many grandmas to you have?”
      “is one still alive?”
      “yeah?… and?”
      “well then you can go to your other grandmother’s funeral”

      • i like your hat

        thata harsh >.<

        • GarrisonSkunk

          Wow that’s cold. I guess he probably had an answer for the other alternatives ready.

          “Is one still alive?”
          “Did you go to that funeral?”
          “Well, one funeral is like all the others you won’t be missing anything.”


          “Is one still alive?”
          “Did you go to her funeral?”
          “No, you wouldn’t give me the time off then ether.”
          “Well, you see, the world didn’t end since you missed it, did it?”

  16. *White fang*

    Yay!!! Itsuki!!!:D

  17. Valerio

    Welcome back, Itsuki-Kun! :D

  18. GarrisonSkunk

    Wonder if Rick will do a “Bring Your Pets to Work Day” Arc. Peanut excitedly sniffing everything while Grape grabs a nap on a carlift.

    • volkoseba

      I think Mr. Sandwich knows better than to bring Peanut and/or Grape to work.

      • GarrisonSkunk

        Awwww…they’d be on their best behavior…they’d be on their leashes……what could POSSIBLY happen? :)

        • RootsofOrigin

          And who’d be holding the leashes?

          • Keldor

            That depends on how well they behaved!

          • GarrisonSkunk

            They hold their own leashes (as they have in past comics). Sometimes they even hold each other’s leash. An example of the logic used in this strip that I find fun – they go to someplace like the mall or the zoo that requires them to wear a leash, yet it’s ok if they holding their own.

        • bene

          When do they hold each others? I know in the zoo peanut asks but grape shoots him down

          • GarrisonSkunk

            I’m pretty sure there was at least one instance … it was just drawn, not referred to in the text, maybe it only looked like one or the other was holding both leashes.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            I think that was the wolves.

          • GarrisonSkunk

            Ah, you’re probably right.

          • GarrisonSkunk

            On the other paw, maybe Grape would allow Peanut to hold her leash since he’s now intitled to a certain amount of “mushyness” :)

          • Argent Stonecutter
          • Keldor

            I highly doubt Grape would go for any amount of mushyness in public.

          • GarrisonSkunk

            Well, hardly public, it would be within the confines of the car shop, who would see? Her dad, a few mechanics, Itsuki, a customer or two? It’s not like Max or Tarot would go out of their way to stop by or anything….

  19. Tanny

    D’aww. If my employees were that cute, they would love me so much more. XD
    Wewt! All caught up, now I can see the new comics when they are published. :P Discovered this comic about a week ago and fell in love. :3

    • GarrisonSkunk

      Welcome aboard :)

    • Kohaku Nightfang

      We are glad to have you. Welcome to the herd, pack, flock, pride, etc.

    • bhPixelFire

      HAHAHA Welcome!
      I’m fairly new too.

      But I love this comic and I’ve gotten others hooked too.

    • mr.muchy

      i know i found it this comic a few months back and have been reading it ever since

  20. The Maverick Man

    I can relate to this guy

  21. GarrisonSkunk

    Guess Itsuki managed to talk Earl out of making him wear a uniform.

    • GarrisonSkunk

      Although now that I reread that one, I can see a loophole….you said I’d need to get a uniform, which I have. However, you never said I had to wear it

    • Argent Stonecutter

      He probably doesn’t wear it outside work hours.

    • Ding

      Cute IS his uniform!
      Also, he rules you!

    • mr.muchy

      you read the link and end up re-reading that whole arc

  22. Gabe23

    I dont know why … but I have this feeling that there is going to be an explosion in this arc. Doesnt matter if it is big or small i just kinda feel it. Is it just me ?

  23. Ryu

    If the whole cast of Housepets were to have a cute contest, wonder who would win? :D

    • GarrisonSkunk

      The audience

      • GarrisonSkunk

        If the Puppy/Kitten versions are included, I’d say Puppy Peanut.

    • Valerio

      1) King
      2) Peanut
      3) Sasha

    • dibs

      as this is a subjective matter, i’d say the answer to this question hinges on who the judge of said contest is…

      • GarrisonSkunk

        The Ferrets would probably arrange it, televise it – “Babylon Gardens’s Got Cuteness”, judge it, then vote themselves most cute over any of the actual contestants.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      1. Tie: Snow & Cousin Rodney
      3. Poncho

    • Keldor

      1. Max
      2. Rock
      3. King

    • holmebrian


  24. Erikuto

    Oh look it’s itsuki! Haven’t seen him in a while. Yay!!!

    Now all we need is an arc with Daisy…..maybe…..

    • RJ

      maybe she’s taken some English classes with her money or something.

    • holmebrian

      her only line would be “Hi I’m Daisy”

  25. FerreTrip

    This is going to be interesting. And you know what? I’m willing to bet they DO have to do this level of groveling to get time off in Japan. I hear that business to them is serious business in and of itself.

    • Raska

      Everything is Serious Business in Japan…which is why Japan is awesome

  26. RJ

    is it just me or is Itsuki behaving differently then the last time we saw him?

    • GarrisonSkunk

      After rereading the “Interview” comics, his last comment does seems a bit out of character in directness, although since almost a year has passed since he was hired, he may ow feel slightly more comfortable dealing closer on a one to one level with his Boss.

      • RJ

        that’s what i was thinking as well.

  27. Profesor Rod

    YAY!!! Gratuitous Japanese!

  28. Raska

    lawl “I’m not wasting a perfectly good apology”
    King’s still my favorite, but I think Itsuki here is gonna have to co-second with Fox now

  29. Cyan Leopard

    What exactly is he suppose to be anyways?

  30. overzen

    Cutest character ever!

  31. Z24

    I made thsi apology specially for you! Be thankful that I didn’t re-use one of my last 10 apologies!

  32. D-Rock

    Wouldn’t want to let a well practiced apology go to waste, would we?

  33. bhPixelFire

    Oh, I’ve been there…

  34. illeatyourself

    It is kinda cute! XD

  35. Squid642

    So is he a Tanuki.

    • McFly

      Yes, he is a Tanuki.

  36. Kaiserbix

    I thought he was going to get an uniform :P

  37. kajowwojak

    I totally forgot about this loveable guy.

    I just made myself sad…

  38. Solario the Visored

    I really must agree with Mr. Sandwich: Itskui is ADORABLE! :D

  39. Tiberious

    Heheh… looks like Itsuki’s getting a bit Americanized growing a backbone like that in the last panel.

    Got me curious, though. What’s the rationale behind putting his ‘gratuitous Japanese’ in romanized form?

  40. mocha chino

    yes Itsuki’s back Rick can you make a shirt with him now ^.~

    • GarrisonSkunk

      If he’s a shape shifting tanuki, he might have been one of the chairs on the last shirt :)

  41. GuyFace101

    I’m like that with my parents.
    “Mom, I’m sor-”
    “It’s fine, honey.”
    “No, really I-”
    “It’s FINE.”

  42. Tommy

    When is the next one coming? i really like the comics :3

    • RJ

      comics posted monday, wednesday, and friday. midnight alabama time i think.

  43. Bubby

    He’s so adorable =]

  44. Krystedez

    Oh man this is so cute. Itsuki is a favorite of mine, and more favorite of a friend of mine’s. He’ll be happy to see this!

  45. Cenilda

    nice information, thanks for your blog.

  46. Amelly

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