Seasons Greetings

Hi everyone, I’m back! I still have a bit of recovery to do, but I got my energy back and I’m ready to get going! I’d like to thank everyone who pitched in for the guest comics, because we had some pretty awesome ones.

Unfortunately I’m still not quite prepared to roll out HP 3.0 quite yet, but I’d like to have it ready by Christmas.  As I’ve stated before, this arc marks the new iteration of Housepets; it’s intended to be a new jumping-on point. You shouldn’t have to know (much) about the comic as things will be iterated in a timely manner.

Also, if you want to see new model sheets for the characters, be sure to vote on TWC!

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Discussion (141) ¬

  1. Ryu

    Yay Rick is back!! =^. .^=

    • Liandrii

      Alt text: “For more on the nuances of canine greetings, pick up the new book ‘From Gut Checks to Butt Checks’ in stores now”

      Also good to see Rick is getting better. Best wishes! ^^

      • Legendario13

        Didn’t notice at the beggining the alt text was here
        had been looking for it as a maniac D:
        thanks lots!

        • Liandrii

          Not sure if you can search text via a phone, but else you could do that when you don’t see it ^^

          • Legendario13

            At least not in my phone
            Usually someone posts the alt texts for phone users
            this time you were the only one (I saw)

  2. Argent Stonecutter

    No! Dino! Down boy! Down! DINO!

    • Argent Stonecutter

      On further consideration, I think this is more like a Calvin and Hobbes skit.

      • Mace Direwolf

        I noticed that, as well as the style being very reminisent of Bill Waterson’s work (and only comfortabley close) Ahh, nostalgia~ It seems to me like this comic just keeps getting better :3

  3. IceKitsune

    Yes! back to the comic and with King and Bailey!

    • Silly Zealot

      I’m the only one who’s creeped by this relantionship? I am? Really? Nobody understands me…

      • Prism

        The creepiness is far outweighed by the cuteness I believe.

      • Perfesser_Bear

        I suppose you would find it less creepy if the Pembroke Welsh Corgi dog had a Human female for a girlfriend?

        Anyway, more Bailey!
        Woo hoo!

        • Silly Zealot

          I think he should skip romantic endeavors until all the crazy gets sorted out… Then again, the crazy might never get sorted out.

          • Robin Bobcat

            I think the romantic endeavor IS sorting the crazy out.

          • valerio

            My hat’s off to you, sir Robin BC :D

      • Valerio

        OK, so a human was reincarnated in a dog without passing for the “Death Plaza” square first, so what? he’s a dog, now, and he’s clearly enjoying this new life. There would be literally no gain by spilling the beans at this point, except hurting his best pal and his girlfriend

        • Silly Zealot

          The beans might not be spilled, but the cat WILL be out of the bag!

        • Secret

          You know, a very wise man once said that if you lie, the truth will be shouted from the roof tops.

          • IceKitsune

            Heres the thing with his secret (being a human turned into a dog, so a demi-god can play a pointless little game) nobody in their mind is ever going to believe him with out proof which he can’t really easily get. So he has a very good reason to lie and keep the whole thing secret.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        No more than the rest of the creepy stuff in the HousePets universe, like if you take the whole trip to the farm seriously…

        Fridge Horror, we has it.

  4. Gabe23

    So many good things in this new arc / style / desing / comic … I dont know where to start

    • Mega Creep

      Agreed! Rick starts to bring out some severely cool comic as he always did!

      • Mace Direwolf

        My hat’s off to Rick as well. I’m loving all the new character designs so far and the rest of the comic looks great now that he has the new look down. I look forward to more comics. ‘To one of the best web comics ever! *raises a glass* =D

  5. Dissension

    1. Welcome back, Rick!

    2. Bailey is totally a good girl. :3

    3. I really dig the new style and non-traditional layout. I also appreciate that the arc title is displayed on the comic and wonder whether this is now standard.

    4. Hey, there’s a squirrel there.

    • valerio

      totally this on each account, Diss! : D

    • Argent Stonecutter

      The new style totally goes with this Calvin and Hobbes-like sequence, anyway.

  6. Marco

    It’s good to have you back Rick, glad you’re doing better!

    Those two are the perfect couple and Fox sure approves! :P

    • valerio

      and we too approve ;)

  7. valerio

    Rick is back!
    BAILEY is back!

    • GreighVonGottreich

      Epic squee of approval XD

    • Marco

      The best SQUEEEEEEEEEEE of our lives! :D

  8. JayJay

    This comic is just so cute, I like the new style!

  9. MKarrow

    Your style…. it got even cuter… how is this even– *kersplode*

    • Erikuto

      My exact reaction except I squeeeeeeeeeled :3

    • Valerio

      Rick is the only known artist whose artistic cuteness factor increases logarithmically. :D

    • bug

      I’m extremely happy that Rick is back, nobody and I mean nobody can match Rick in house-pet comic’s superiority !!!

  10. Elwood Blutarsky

    King smiled in the first strip of an arc? Where is this headed?

    • Silly Zealot

      To somewhere really, really good; Somewhere really, really bad; Somewhere over the rainbow; Or, most likely, somewhere really, really bad AND creepy.

  11. Glenn

    ‘From Gut Checks to Butt Checks’? Maaaan, dog greetings are complicated.

  12. xhunterko

    Welcome back Rick! And d’awwww.

  13. NickCrotser

    WOAH! Woah, Woah, Woah
    Some scary things are going on!
    I thought I saw something… Abnormal

    (Its King smiling)

  14. Gary (from Radio Free Housepets!)

    Hooray! King and Bailey! =3

    • valerio

      Hooray hooray it’s a king & Bailey day!

  15. D-Rock

    Good to know you’re back, just take it easy. Honestly, King and Bailey make a good couple, but the relationship just feels really strange when you consider Kings humanity.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Is it stranger than Peanut and Grape, Fido and Sabrina, or Joey and Squeak?

      • D-Rock

        For some reason, yes.

  16. Erikuto

    Ooh I like the new look for the characters :3

    And I like the new Panels for the comic too. Makes it interesting :3

    Pretty much “I like all the new things”

  17. Elwood Blutarsky

    Turned into a dog, lives with wolves, dates your best friend’s cousin despite kidnapping the friend before you were friends; King’s life is almost certainly weird.

  18. Draco_2k

    But is it really Rick? What if it’s an impostor?

    *reads through the strip*

    Nope, it’s definitely Rick. Good to see you’re back!

  19. Gabe23

    I just want to make the observation that it was almost a year since the last time Fox spoke in a strip ( )

    (of course Im not taking into account the guest week.)

  20. Tarka

    Great to see you’re feeling better, Rick. Just remember not to push yourself.

    Also… Dog pile on King!

    (…Y’know, now that I think about it… I don’t think there’s ever been an official “dogpile” joke on Housepets!) X3

  21. Arjay

    C&H References never get old :D
    Live long and prosper, Rick!

  22. Andrey

    hey, get well!

  23. cjwj

    does anyone know what happen to rick? i’m a bit curious but yay bailey’s back

    • Dissension

      As reported in the news section and on the forums, Rick was hospitalized. You can get a bit more information [here].

      • cjwj

        wow thank you, i was a little worried about that, didn’t know if it was life threatening or not, don’t know if it is now or not but thank you for telling me

  24. GameCobra

    Glad to hear,Rick! And this comic reminds me that my husky is going to go nuts for the snow the same way Bailey does when snow hits X3

    Except I hope she doesn’t lick my face too much. @_@

  25. Secret

    It’s definetly good to have you back rick (but definetly not complaining about the guest week) looks like we going to have a good arc on our hands now.

  26. Ordinary Black Cat

    “The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Dog” …..
    Something tell me King will have a hard time in his life again…

    • Silly Zealot

      Life’s so easy it’s hard.

    • 2MK

      I know, every animal always had a hard time in their lives.

      “It’s Tough to be a Bird” anyone?

  27. lightwolf21

    Where are the like buttons?! OwO Rick is back!

    • Silly Zealot

      Yes! He’s back, as fo’thoooooooold in prophecy!!!!!!

  28. gameangel147

    First the guy that draws Brawl in the Family and now Rick, I see a pattern developing among comic artists. And I love this comic.

    • Silly Zealot

      It’s a conspiracy! They hate comedians!

  29. Val Kilmer Batman/AsimovSideburns


    I just almost squeed out loud. That probably would hbe startled my roommate.

    LOVING absolutely EVERYTHING about this strip. EVERYTHING.


    It is early and I have no sleep.

  30. Val Kilmer Batman/AsimovSideburns

    So, all we had to do to get Rick back was pretend we forgot who he was? Interesting…

    Seriously though, glad you’re feeling well enough to draw.

    Housepets 2.5 seems pretty awesome, but Housepets 3.0 is going to make a FANTASTIC Christmas present! :)

  31. S.Jindivic

    Yay for Rick’s health.

    I like the new style.

  32. John Willow

    Sarcastic sigh….oh joy….a guest strip with Fox and King….thats so origi….wait….*Reads more details*….ITS RICK!!!! YAAAAYYY!!!!!

    *Cough*….um….this is actually John’s brother…………………Dean…….the opinions expressed in this post are not related to……aw who cares! RICKS BACK!!!!

  33. Russiarules1

    DAT STYLE, it’s amazing!
    Good to have you back, Rick.

  34. GreighVonGottreich

    Good to see you back, dude. The guest comics were a hoot XD

    Looking forward to HP 3.0 :3 and do relax from time to time.

  35. Txcat

    Rick is BACK!!!

  36. Therolyn

    Good to hear you are back, Rick :D Here’s hoping that your (remaining) recovery will be swift.

  37. DanTwelve3

    Welcome back, Rick! Glad that you’re back in the game.
    The layout in this strip is really neat. I think I have a new favorite strip! The added flexibility with the panels presents some more varied artistic opportunities for you – I look forward to seeing what you do with it.
    Bailey returns; Thanksgiving approaches.

  38. microbuss

    Ah if I had a dog like Bailey I’d gladly let her knock me down like that ;-)

    • TinFoilHats

      I second that.

  39. TinFoilHats

    1. Yes!! Rick is in the HOOOWWWWSSSS
    2. My mind just exploded due to cuteness overload because of Peanut’s character sheet
    3. At first, I wasn’t completely fond of the new style, but it sort of grew on me. DRAW MORE!!!

  40. Dontlookmenaked

    That Squirrel in the background! It’s in normal animal form!

    Also welcome back Rick!

  41. CyanFox

    YAY! Bailey!

  42. Raska

    yay! not over anything in particular, but in general!! i’m a little confused as to what’s going on in panel 4 though

  43. Draegwolf

    Glad to have you back Rick

    Just the latest in a lot of Calvin and Hobbes themed things I’ve bee seeing this month.

    • Tom Flapwell

      Of course, pounces from Hobbes were far less welcome.

  44. Lofty


    Fox is left out. Poor Fox..

    He needs huggles too!

    • valerio

      methinks he’d be crushed by that particular goup hug

    • Dontlookmenaked

      Got’s some BIG hugs for Fox….

  45. Salenstormwing


    They’re such a cute couple.

    Also, the backgrounds remind me of Calvin & Hobbes still, but the characters look better than before, because the lineart is less… off. Just… not sure why but it looks better now.

  46. bhPixelFire


  47. bhPixelFire

    Also I agree…

    HOW?! I didn’t think it was possible.

  48. Faraccoon

    It’s Winter!

  49. Mega Creep

    This looks great improvement on Rick’s side!
    After he’s back, this is really getting interesting!
    Always attracted by your comics Rick!
    Thanks for living with the same period as I am S2

  50. Scruffy

    Awesome background, great panel flow, wonderful expressions. Nice job dude, this is a really great strip!

  51. Jman552

    WOOT Rick is back! Great job! Although the new style kind’ve looks like it was in a Charlie Brown Cartoon, it’s still good! Just a little constructive critisism :3 Feel better soon!

  52. tahrey

    youze been in the hopsicle? dang, I didn’t even know. get better soon ya hear! :D

  53. legendario13

    Hey yo’ back Rick!

    Bailey Is visiting for holydays, perhaps troubles ahead

    • valerio

      the trouble’s on Bino if he dares so much as to lay a finger on Kingy!

      • legendario13

        Well what better time to play a prank on King than right in front of his girlfriend.
        Of course after that he would have Bailey and Fox after him but he would do it anyways…

  54. ToaSoul

    Hooray Ricks Back!!!
    and YES another King comic

  55. CHAOKOCartoons

    OH MY GAWD RICK IS BACK! ……… OH MY GAWD DIS IS SO CUTE!…….. hey Rick did you get the random pancakes I’z sent you :3

    • Silly Zealot

      He can’t respond because he’s too busy eating dah pancakes.

      • Dontlookmenaked

        And he thinks’s Da pancakes are Da best fan made Pancakes.

  56. bug

    (tear) I’M SO HAPPYYYYY!!! OMG! This is the best moment in House-pet’s history I’d bet,
    I was seriously scarred for you there for a sec’. Don’t DO that again! You had us all worried.

  57. beastkindaec

    good to have you back

  58. illeatyourself

    Rick is back! And, at long last, KING IS BACK TOO!! 8D

  59. Kitch

    I predict the watch comes into play here.

    • Legendario13

      What about Bino? (im kinda worried about that)

  60. Jovanni

    Three howls for Mr. Griffon’s return!
    Hip, hip…. *howls* ^ ^

    • Jovanni

      I mean Griffin, sorry! >.<

    • valerio

      hip hip hip *howls*

      • Silly Zealot

        Hip, hip awoooo!
        Now let’s dance to the tune of “Party Rick” and “Sorry for Party Ricking”.

  61. The Doctor

    Ricks back!!!!! This is fantastic absolutely fantastic!!!!

    • Valerio

      more than that, it’s RICKSTASTIC!

  62. Kohaku Nightfang

    YAY! I’m so glad you are back and feeling better Rick! I can’t wait for more comics :3 Hope you feel well enough to start up the new drawings for 3.0 soon because I’m super excited to see how they turn out :D

  63. Zaid

    So happy that Rick is back and ok!!!!

  64. CWFang

    love that its back yay now to prepare my house pets shirt for reading

  65. spiritwolf15x

    This is almost unbearably cute… Love it.

  66. Mace Direwolf

    This is so awesome and adorable, man. And lol –also somewhat of an awkward moment for Fox in the background there, hehe xD

  67. Ben

    I love your new style. I went back to the first comic, this one is so much more amazing.

  68. Silverpaws

    NYAAAAA, they look so cute, now kiss please X3

    • Valerio

      more like slobber a lot :lol:

  69. mobyulus

    Awesome, Bailey’s back. I was hoping she’d turn up again soon.

  70. GermanTrooper

    They are soooo cute together. If he’s smart, he’ll stay a dog and be with her.

    • Valerio


      • GermanTrooper


  71. Blacko Katt

    Oh my cat!!! i want a wallpaper of that last panel!!! they look so cute and happy!!!

  72. Lance

    man I love Fox, King, and Bailey. so cute!

    Yay! Welcome back Rick! I’m glad you’re feeling better! :3 I hope you got my card I sent! :3

  73. sevitian

    lol! fox’s face in the third panel! also glad your back rick :)

  74. Resident Evil 4 Merchant

    Welcommmmmmm (back) Rick!

  75. ShadyVex

    Rick is back
    My first comment
    Been readin this for about a year and ahalf now
    And finally decided to join in on the fun

  76. The_Rippy_One

    Welcome back, and glad you’re feeling better.

    Your style continues to improve noticeably. Viva de evolution! The house and attendant tree in the first panel are well rendered, (actually, the entire background is pretty solid). The middle ground is working nicely, and the shading inside the doorway (3rd panel) gives a sense of depth without making us wonder why all the lights are off. I have to praise those shutters. The mail box…is a bit flat, or a bit small – I can’t really say. The foreground work is pretty good, and the rush lines are spot on. The characters feel more “on model,” and the outlined color patches are less intrusive now that you’ve taken a “lighter hand” on the brush there. The shadows on the drifts (on the fore ground in the first panel) are a bit strong (but are perfect for the middle ground in the same), and the shadowed section around the “impact crater” in panel three put me more in mind of an oil slick than a shadow (though the way it thins out on the right hand side does help to mitigate that some).

    Over all, I’d say bully for you!

  77. valerio

    Oh, and Rick, THANK YOU SO MUCH for using a slightly larger font. It makes translating so much easier! *hugs*

  78. garbud

    i have to i love the new style but it does remind me of calven and Hobbs.

  79. ThatGuyBehindYou

    Aw I was excited for Halloween costumes on all of them D:

    And yay bailey :D

  80. RennisPuniceusTora

    Welcome back Rick!

  81. joshi

    yaaay rick xD