We’ll Leave A Light On

I did this comic a while ago, and since a new iteration of Housepets is being integrated in starting Friday, I thought I’d get this in while it was still within style.

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  1. Dissension

    I can see actually using Karishad in this fashion. *giggles*

    Also, I like the arrow indicating which way Tarot moved Kari’s ear.

    • GameCobra

      Hit the gas! *pulls right ear*

      • Keldor

        No, no, the ears are for steering. If she wants him to go faster, she needs to kick his right shoulder, though with Kari, I suspect kicking his *left* shoulder may be more often required.

        • GameCobra

          Leaning your weight on his shoulder works too though. Also, he started moving when she turned his ear, so yeah. >.>

          • The Nitpick

            I think the right ear is the throttle and the left ear controls direction; like those omni-directional forklifts that can spin in place. She pushed his right ear forward to move, and he was already pointed at the hallway.

  2. Ryu

    Ok that looks fun! XD

    • Lamandus

      It actually does… but, to be honest. If I be peanut, I would be very very very jealous about such a situation… hanging out is ok… but not in such a way with my own girlfriend… even when they are friends.

      • i like your hat

        I wouldn’t really be jealous i mean as long as he doesn’t try anything.

        • Tynach

          This is Karishad! While he may not try anything romantic with Tarot, you can bet that he will ALWAYS try SOMETHING!

          On an unrelated note, I’m wondering which side Karishad has taken – Pete’s or Dragon’s. And if he’s followed Pete, does this mean he’s a spy?

          • Liandrii

            I doubt he’s with either. If any then I’d vote the Great Kitsune ^^

      • legendario13

        I dont know how I would react…but I would agree with I like your hat for now

      • Aldanger

        Well, my friend’s girlfriend (who is also my friend) makes me give her piggybacks, so I can kind of relate to Karishad.
        Though, she’s never used me as a motorcycle or step ladder before… :P

      • (:

        What about Penut’s relationship with Grape? Tarot doesn’t seem to mind all the cuddles, movie dates and other things between the two?

  3. Xane

    Vulpine Multitools, now on sale at Home Despot!

    • xhunterko

      Warning! No returns, exchanges, or refunds!

      • Keldor

        Those poor, poor customers.

        • xhunterko

          Those, happy, happy vulpines.

          • Keldor

            Vulpines seem to derive happiness based on the amount of mayhem they are able to cause. So, which is happier? The vulpine in a warehouse surrounded by forklifts, heavy objects, and power tools, or the one out in the world left to its own devices?

          • Keldor

            One thing’s for sure, though: CLEARANCE SALE

          • xhunterko

            I would like to think that either is as happy whereever they can be.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Cleanup on ailse 3… and aisle 4, and aisle 5. Ooops. Crash cart to plumbing! We have a situation in the 8cm piping section!

          • bug

            Uhhh …. scatch all of that, evaquate the billding some idiot activated one of the mines in the explosives department .

            (guy in the background)WHORAY!!! :D

          • Argent Stonecutter

            “Why do we even have an explosives department?”

            “The fox insisted.”

          • Keldor

            *holds up poster board*


          • RedDwarfIV

            Emergency Services, how can I handle your call?
            Ok, Fire And Rescue should arrive in around ten minutes. Could I take some details please? Ok, so explosives were detonated inside the building? On purpose? I’ve alerted the police, expect them just after Fire And Rescue.

            A fox?

            Look, crannk calls waste time I could be spending answering to real emer…

            And you’re absolutely sure of that? You are aware that I have your position and will be referring it to the police for reference?

            Right, I’ve just recieved a message from Fire And Rescue on scene. They have confirmed your story.

            Yes, you can hang up now.

            And they said working in a call centre was boring.

        • spiritwolf15

          ^^^^ All of you are hilarious.

          • bug

            We are all flattred dear sir. :)

    • Z24

      WARNING: Known to spontaneously go into joking sprees.

  4. Gabe23

    Karishad and Tarot … that should be an interesting combination

    • Draven

      The phrase “harmonious chaos” comes to mind.

  5. IceKitsune

    Oh that is adorable.

  6. GarrisonSkunk

    Alt Text: Make motorcycle noises! Now!

    • Marco

      Karisaki 750! She has good taste! :3

    • legendario13


  7. Val Kilmer Batman

    Favorite strip ever.

    Hands down.

    • Arjay


    • Marco


    • Perrin


    • Shane

      Oh Yea, Indeed.

    • black and blood fox brothers


  8. Keldor

    Is that a *purple* light bulb?? Or maybe just a darklight?

    And is the old one still on despite being unplugged? This would seriously not surprise me, actually.

    • Keldor

      …I wonder if ectoplasm fluoresces under UV light?

    • legendario13

      its not that the old bulb is still on, is the way it looks under the purple light (or black or whatever)

    • garrisonskunk

      Its a purple light…hense the purple cat.

    • Arjay

      im pretty sure it’s a Halloween tinted tinted light bulb, just for effect.

  9. bene

    Lol someone tried that once. . . They lost their two front teeth

    • bene

      Bit Kari is a a minion of Keene cuz he’s on his payroll and keene and Sabrina and enemies so wouldn’t that make Kari and tarot enemies?

      • Keldor

        Only technically enemies. Although getting help from Dragon may be like herding cats through the eye of a needle. Or something like that.

        • bene

          Lol but still

        • Argent Stonecutter

          When you can herd foxes, cats are easy.

          • bene

            I really can’t argue with that

      • Keldor

        Although “loose cannon” is a much better description of Kari than “minion”.

        • GarrisonSkunk

          Kari’s just in it for the shinnies.

          • Keldor

            Don’t try to understand Karishad’s motives, for they are surely unknowable! Or at the very least, understanding them will just made you very, very confused.

          • Arjay

            i suddenly don’t want to know what happens if Karishad doesn’t get his shinnies D :

          • Keldor

            I don’t think he’d actually mind, provided there be space for an appropriate pun.

          • Marco

            I’m sure Kari is clean as a preacher’s sheets!

        • bene

          Associate maybe?

  10. Keldor

    I like how that room, although frequently used enough for Sabrina to find Tarot there, is nonetheless filled with cobwebs.

    • darkgloomie

      how else do you expect a witch’s lair to be, exactly?

    • Argent Stonecutter

      It’s amazing how many spells need a bit of spider silk.

      • darkgloomie

        there aren’t many ways to mass produce that, effectively.

        • bene

          Milking . . . But there’s a level of occupational hazard with that

    • Doitean

      I think they are decorating for Holloween

  11. *WhiteFang*

    I do that all the time with my girlfriend <3

  12. Keldor

    A new art style on Friday?

    This is Karishad’s fault, I tell you! Bending the laws of reality and aesthetics!

    • Gabe23

      I dont know you guys (and girls), but I´m super excited about this new stlye

      • i like your hat

        I dunno to be exited or anxious…

    • Erikuto

      I’m excited

  13. Marco

    Very cute! = P Now what they need are some more lighting effects, music, Halloween punch with dry ice, candy, snacks! The creepy old man greeting guests and handing out candy!

    • black and blood fox brothers

      There something like that by me place esp my brother ether burns it down or strangel the old guy with he bag also I like your pic hound doom??

  14. Kimo

    looking forward to the new style, do you have plans to update the character page with the new style and some more up to date info?

    • Rick Griffin

      I’ll be updating the cast page when the WP 3 version of the site is finished

      • Kimo

        cool, definitely cant wait for that!

      • Xane

        *somehow, all entries are Karishad*

      • Yami99

        Awesome! I’ve been hoping you would update the cast page for a long time.
        Hi everyone,I’m new.

  15. IceKitsune

    You know I’m surprised that Sabrina’s dad is ok with this.

    • Keldor

      I foresee a man running about with a shotgun, with much shouting of “Get out, darned varmint!”. I also foresee this being completely ineffectual.

    • Cheetah Kid

      tshh, with all the weird stuff she does now it would shock me if he wasn’t okay with it! ^,^

      • Keldor

        Sabrina’s dad obviously leads a peculiar life.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Have we ever seen Tarot and Sabrina’s owner in the main continuity?

      • bug

        When You think about it … no actualy.!. It’s vary supprising that we haven’t seen vary mutch of eny of thier owners. ^_^ (shug)

        • bug

          DARN!! I forgot the “r” in shrug, I hate when my spelling skills fail me!

      • Xane

        Up until now Rick hasn’t even confirmed that they actually live together. Of course he could still say Tarot might just be visiting Sabrina’s house just like he always says Sabrina could be visiting Tarot.

        • IceKitsune

          Actually he did confirm they live together on the forum like last week or so, just that Tarot is not actually owned by Sabrina’s Dad. (nor is she owned by anyone actually.) She is a stray that lives with them basically.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            But in the coyote story she had a dad.

          • IceKitsune

            No that was Sabrina’s Dad. From what I gather they later (because that story took place before Sabrina and Tarot met) found Tarot on the streets as they were traveling and took her home but never officially adopted her.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            You start rescuing injured birds and mice, and the next thing you’ve got homeless pomeranians and foxes hanging out with you.

          • Keldor

            I guess Fido might be able to secretly take care of a stray mouse or bird, but a pomeranian and a fox is just too much.

  16. GarrisonSkunk

    An interesting development…Sabrina getting jealous of Kari hanging around Tarot. I’m not sure how that would effect some people’s theories that Kari is somehow in league with Great Kitsune.

    • IceKitsune

      I don’t see how Sabrina is Jealous here.

      • Gabe23

        Well, her expression in panel 2 could be interpreted as “Well, I dont like this I feel exclude” or as “Why they are doing this if we have a stepladder for that sort of thing ?”

        • IceKitsune

          Considering what she says next its safe to assume its the second one.

      • Cheetah Kid

        let shipers ship i guess ;]

        • GarrisonSkunk

          I didn’t mean to imply anything between Sabrina and Tarot other than their working relationship. A person can still get jealous of a third person suddenly intruding on that type of situation as much as one intruding in a romantic situation.

  17. GarrisonSkunk

    So….Pete snaps his fingers…Sabrina wakes up in her bed

    Sabrina: Man what a dream! *Looks over to see Kari standing next to her bed grinning at her*
    Kari: Or WAS it?

    • Cheetah Kid


    • 50CaliberCat

      That would be epic! Cute and kind of scary lol.

    • volkoseba

      Then Karishad snaps his fingers and Pete wakes up.

      • Raska

        yanno, if they got into a “wake up ’cause you’re actually asleep” contest, that would end up confusing for all parties

      • bene

        We don’t need another paradox

    • Prof

      Imagine them waking up together. Let’s talk about classic Doris Day / Rock Hudson moments ^_^

  18. xhunterko

    Nice decorations!

    • xhunterko

      Those are fake, decoration spiders and webs right?

  19. Lance

    I’m gonna get bricked, but I could totally ship Tarikari.X3 totally. so darn cute!

    • IceKitsune

      I could get behind that ship they look adorable together.

    • Raska

      meh….but the name of the ship is nice… Tarokari…heheh….like “Grapenut” you guys come up with clever names for your ships

      • Lance

        I know that technically it should be “Tarokari” but “Tarikari” sounds cuter to me. heh. X3

  20. Frank

    Poor Tarot. Even foxes are bigger than her!

  21. Redallover

    A new iteration, Rick? What does that entail?

    • Val Kilmer Batman

      It’s basically just an art shift, though it looks like there might be some pretty heavy character redesign, like Sasha for example (If you haven’t seen her new character sheet, vote on TWC)

      • Argent Stonecutter

        Imagine. Hanners and Sasha in the same room. Cute overload.

        • Val Kilmer Batman


          … Dangit, now I’m imagining if Hanners could adopt Sasha. I mean, she can’t have animal pets ANYWAY and now I’m imagining crossovers?

          Not sure if I should thank you or curse you…

  22. Draven

    It’s nice to see two enteties of such silliness living harmoniously.

  23. GreighVonGottreich

    >XD Oh dear, this has made my morning >XD

  24. Dontlookmenaked

    Ha Ha! I love those lightbulbs!

  25. Mach

    OH lord that is so cute. *vroom* Using his ear as a control stick. Hehehe!

  26. snowstreak

    I love Tarot’s expression in the last panel, she looks like a kid in a candy shop

  27. FerreTrip

    Hooray, new style! Can’t wait~ ^_^

    And this is one of the best Karishad comics in a while. Tarot has never been funnier X3

  28. The Maverick Man


  29. Argent Stonecutter

    I want a fox to help me around the house like this!

    • Keldor

      Uh… No you don’t. Really.

  30. D-Rock

    Nicely done, Tarot. Nicely done.

    So the new style will be used during a Halloween arc? Clever.

  31. Inkweaver22


  32. Mysterioustgexpert(or know it all jerk who don't mind is own business

    Maybe Tarot and Karishad will get together and then peanut and grape will be a couple(One can hope. But who would be with Max?)

  33. bhPixelFire

    Is Tarot blushing?
    Or is that just the lighting…


    • bhPixelFire

      Oh wait… no, it’s just the light.

  34. illeatyourself

    I can see this fox becoming the avatar for the Great Kitsune. I just know it. If not, then he at least does something in relation to their RPG Powers. XD RPG POWERS. Powers rivaling those of Ness and his PSI powers, but with more variety. :P

  35. AleColin

    They look weird when they change the light bulb.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      It’s a colored bulb.

      • AleColin

        I know it’s a color bulb but when they change it the dog looks like if she’s drunk and it would it been better if the color of the dogs nose would be the same as her fur.

  36. Natalman

    *sniffstheair* I smell something…a certain amount of fast moving drama between Tarot, Peanut and whatever the foxe name is….or my nose is just stuffed that is also possible…

  37. Draven

    Are they preparing a haunted house?

  38. This is Dorset!

    Good grief is it halloween already? Seems like only yesterday Tarot was showing Peanut how to fly a broom. We don’t celebrate the American holiday with such dramatic flare but any excuse to get dressed up and off to the pub is fine in my book.

  39. archusky

    I’m Tom Bodett from Motel 6, and we’ll leave the light on for you.

  40. Cal Dayton

    lol I could almost literally hear the squeaking lever noise when I saw the last panel. I love how Rick manages to make still frames have motion and sound effects :P

  41. Billy MT

    And no one made short jokes about pomeranians yet?

  42. WingedwolfGirl

    Zoom, zoom.

  43. GuyFace101

    *batman screen transition*

  44. Lunyk Stormdragon

    Can’t wait for the new style of Housepets, but I have to admit I really like this way as well

  45. Cheetah Kid


  46. Matty

    cute, as per usual. I think I like Karishad more ever time he pops up.

  47. sevitian

    I know this is way of topic. But Rick i has to know! what is your faith if you have one? (back to topic) panel 2 is so adorable almost as if their brother and sister :)

  48. Argent Stonecutter

    So, Kari is working with both sides now?

    • Kitch

      Nonono, Karishad is definitely on Dragon’s side.

    • Val Kilmer Batman

      As it stands right now, he’s working under Tarot

  49. bhPixelFire


  50. Beriadan

    Can Housepets stop being cute, or that cause a rip in the space time continuum?

  51. GarrisonSkunk

    On tonight’s halloween episode of “The Office” (US) “Here Comes Treble”, Erin the receptionist is wearing a dog costume with a red collar and bone dangler……co-incidence or might there be a “Housepets!” fan among “The Office” writers……? ;)

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