The Perfect Excuse
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  1. Ryu

    Bailey is crying? :(

    • Gabe23

      Indeed she is … the question here is, why ?

      • Silly Zealot

        Me says she felt she needed to cry over being abandonned by her family, but she couldn’t do it by herself so she watched “all dogs go to heaven” to force herself to cry.

        • Silly Zealot

          Well, after re-reading it, maybe she lied about watching the movie…

          • AthiosDvK

            I’m kinda not liking this. Anytime anyone is crying and has some weird excuse, it’s probably not a good thing… :’(

          • Tynach

            I’m betting her old family wants her back now, and she has to go back there and no longer see King.

          • so its not true huh

            i don’t think so but i do think it has something to do with her old family

        • Worried

          I don’t like the increasing tension between Bailey and King… If it were Peanut and Grape I’d know they’d make up, but King is an unlucky character and Bailey hasn’t had much plot til now. The result is excessive worry over their relationship.

    • Jayrith

      Abandonment, rejection, the feeling that you are not wanted, this is one of the most terrible things to feel, and Bailey is currently having to go through it. No matter her rationalizations, she is also a dog, even one with a human level of sapience, and thus a pack animal.

      To have been ‘cast out’ by her family, of course she’s going to feel sad, no matter what face she puts on it, and of course she’s going to cry, and rightly so, it’s a needed experience, to help us get over our feelings of loss and grief.

      King may be being a little harsh, but I think it’s more not simply an ‘I told you so’, but a feeling that she should have called him so he could have helped her through it.

      He does love her, after all.

  2. kztxl7

    Great. Time to start imagining King as Snake.

    • Orsinox


      I’m right next to you, Daisy…. -__-

    • Nohbody

      He wouldn’t even have to work all that hard at fitting in the crate to hide. :D

    • Tom Flapwell

      A kingsnake?

      • i like your hat

        imagine a snake the colors of king :3 that be one cool colored snake

  3. Musclecar326

    King knew what her reaction meant very quick. Great job there boyfriend!

  4. Xane

    Maybe she misses her Dad more than she wanted to let on.

    • Xane

      Also ! *VWING*

    • IceKitsune

      Yeah I’m pretty sure that’s whats going on here.

      • Silly Zealot

        The alt text really speaks the truth (at least about me)!

        • Secret

          alt text: In the modern day, any time anyone sees a ! by itself, they instantly think of the metal gear alert noise

          • Zinc

            Is this what teh alt text is talking about?


          • turntechGodhead

            yeah pretty much

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Someone made an attachment in SL that makes a metal gear style “!” appear over your head when you use a “!” in chat.. complete with sound effects. The problem was, I had never seen the game, so when everyone in the club started going *kashing!* together I was completely mystified.

          • darkgloomie

            I guess I’m no-one then, because the only thing I thought about was Dragon Quest…

        • holmebrian

          the original metal gear solid predates all of those where do you think they got it from.

  5. IceKitsune

    awwww :( she is going to need a lot of hugs.

    • Marco

      She does lots of them! :(

      • Silly Zealot

        Let’s make a queue and take a number!

    • Dontlookmenaked

      Close enough to fox I guess.

  6. Gabe23

    You want to cry ? Wacth “Marley and me”, they sell it as a comedy and it really is the saddest movie of all time

    • Musclecar326

      very true, I cry every time i watch the ending of that movie. So sad Marley dies. :(

      • Silly Zealot

        Spoiler! BUAAAAAAH! Take the owner instead!

    • Gamerkitty

      WRONG! Hachiko: A Dog’s Story is the saddest movie ever.

      • Silly Zealot

        When I die, I want everyone to wait tirelessly on the spot for my return as well.

      • DaDude

        If you think that’s the saddest movie I’m pretty sure you still didn’t watch Plague Dogs or Grave of the Fireflies.

        • Ezhno Pallaton

          Marley and me is probably the saddest movie I’ve seen.

      • Gabe23

        Yes … Hachiko is really … sad

  7. xhunterko

    Well let’s see. If he were a fantasy boyfriend he wouldn’t be real now would he? So no, he don’t believe you.

  8. JayJay

    Everyone cries while watching “All Dogs go to Heaven” D:

    • Silly Zealot

      As explained by Fido in one of the earlier comics.

  9. Arjay

    I think that a breakup may be imminent :c

    • Gabe23

      Ok ok … Why ?

      • Valerio

        not so much of a breakup, rather their first serious argument. I suppose King can’t stand the idea of her crying over what her lousy ‘dad’ did to her. he expects her to be stronger than this. And this could lead her to wonder why he’s so cynical…and THAT could lead to unpleasant half-truths and webs of lies…

        • Redallover

          Wait, Wait!! King was trying to sympathize with a seemingly apathetic Bailey just a few strips ago. “Don’t they love you at all?” King says, to which Bailey responds, “King, we’re dogs. We’ll bounce back.” (Paraphrased for convenience). Now, I am not trying to undermine the situation, but I do not believe King expects Bailey to be stronger than the way she appears. I think King would totally understand if Bailey was crying because she misses her family. Wouldn’t you (universal you, btw, not you personally, Valerio)) cry if the ones you loved gave you up? Yes, Bailey’s “dad” did what he did, but I think this would only foster understanding and growth in the KIng/Bailey relationship. Bailey just needs to trust King with her true feelings. this could be very good, despite the relationship-bump.

          • Valerio

            good point, sir!

        • Xane

          Honestly I don’t think what her Dad did is all that bad – maybe they had no choice but to move into a no-dogs area, at least they gave Bailey to a family member and didn’t just throw her in the pound. But if he had a choice then yeah that’d be pretty mean. We don’t really have enough info on the situation.

          I blame Pete… somehow. If he did cause it, he’s breaking the rules again! (can’t affect things outside of Babylon Gardens)

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Um, King was not just sympathetic, he seemed more moved by Bailey’s predicament than Bailey was.

          I think this is more likely to lead to soppy hugs and cuddles.

  10. DrNameless


    • Silly Zealot

      If only he knew he has fans like these…

    • Marco

      Dr. Otacon’s voice! ;)

  11. The Maverick Man

    All Dogs go to Heaven ain’t got nothin on Marley & Me

  12. Tarka

    Ah, that alt-text. Metal Gear Solid 3 FTW

    I must admit, however, that King’s muzzle looks a bit… off in a few panels, namely the panel before last. It’s also a bit wonky in the final one as well, but I love Bailey’s scowl in the final panel too. …Now that I look at it again, last panel actually doesn’t look that bad. X3

    I don’t know if I’m completely sold on v3, but everything has its pros and cons.

  13. wolf long fellow

    poor bailey good job for king for being conserned

    • Redallover

      Yes! I agree!!

  14. bene

    Oy vay, I remember when my partner used to cry and she wouldn’t tell me why frustrating!

    And I feel a song parody coming on, “Bailey’s crying!” By the crew or Halen

  15. megalol251

    I Wonder how much she’ll cry if she watched Marley & Me. Actually, does that movie even exist in the housepets universe?

    • John Willow

      It probably falls under non anthro movies, so no. But they’ve got plenty of other choices.

      Cat’s don’t dance. Bolt. Homeward Bound. The Velveteen Rabbit. Over the Hedge. Madagascar. Shrek. Antz. Bugs Life….this might take all day, i’ll let you guys fill in the blanks

      • John Willow

        Oh wait. Watership Down. Animal Farm. Redwall. Air Buddies. Cat’s and Dogs. Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Fluke. That TV show with the narrating fox terrier. Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Just about Anime on the planet.

        • Nohbody

          Or even The Plague Dogs by Richard Adams (Watership Down writer), if you want to give a tissue box a workout. Doubly so the animated film made of the book.

  16. Valerio

    King go and give her a HUG or everyone else will!

  17. The Wolf Kin

    Aww, poor Bailey. I honestly feel really bad for her.

    And King continues to look more and more like his old self, which I like. Also, that’s offically the last time I comment on that fact. I’m officially a fan of the new art style.

    And now to go get that dang noise out of my head. Stupid exclamation point.

    • Redallover

      Ignorance is bliss, apparently. I don’t know what the metal gear noise sounds like.

      • Silly Zealot

        Xane on the comments above putted a really good onomatopoeia for the sound.

        • Xane

          Which is actually a reference to Awkward Zombie.

  18. The Doctor

    You really wanna cry watch Doctor Who: End of Time Part 2 when david tennant regenerates it will make you cry no doubt

    • aicivilwar

      Bad memories! Yes, I cried when I saw that. I did NOT want to see Remnant leave.

      • aicivilwar

        Dag nabbed auto-spell. My phone won’t let me say what I want half the time. I meant “Tennant”.

        • bene

          I felt the same way but I do like Matt Smith, and I almost cried when Amy and Rory got killed by the angel

  19. Secret

    Wow, this All dogs go to heaven movie must have been something pretty sad.

    • CWFang

      it had a very sad ending but it was a happy one aswell i loved ir though i think i am unable to cry do to i never cry at the end of movies :P

      • Silly Zealot

        Not even Titanic? Dramatic liberties aside, that one DID happen!

      • Secret

        Yeah I’m the same as well, but there was this one movie that made me cry inside, called hachiko. (not an anime)

        • ToaSoul

          Isn’t Hachiko about that dog who’s waited at the train station for his owner who never came back because he passed away… cause if thats the one i’m with yah man *sniff*

          • Secret

            Yes, that’s the one

    • Nohbody

      “[E]very dog in the world cries at All Dogs Go to Heaven.”

    • TD

      The movie is depressing as heck, and its a children’s movie.

      The main character DIES at the beginning (indeed, is murdered) but isn’t a very good person… at all. But because he is a dog, he automatically goes to Heaven, despite no good deeds. He then steals the watch that controls his lifespan, winds it up, and goes back to Earth, and as long as he keeps the watch wound, he won’t die.

      But, if he does die, he can “never go back”.

      Or to put it simply, he will go to hell. And naturally, in his new life, he is becoming a better person… so he wouldn’t actually DESERVE it anymore… helping out an orphan girl…

      The reason all dogs cry at that movie is that all children do as well. And most adults.

  20. Redallover

    Great!! Thanks for the emotional cliffhanger, Rick! I should have just gone to bed. As if I needed another thing to take up space in my already overcrowded mind with the end of semester group projects and exams!! I should have just gone to bed!!

    (But what a cliffhanger, huh? Way to play the cards right, Rick).

    • Redallover

      You know, I don’t really like the sight of Bailey in tears. Poor girl. What could have gotten to her? “Stay Tuned” I guess…

      • Redallover

        (It’s the Waiting that kills me)

        • Silly Zealot

          This may sound hypocritical, butD don’t post replies to yourself repeatedly.
          But yeah, the suspense’s killing me too! Someone please freeze me and wake me up in a year!

          • Dissension

            Please leave moderating to us. If something’s not listed in the discussion guidelines, it’s not against the rules…

  21. Talassar

    I liked previous style of King more :(

  22. SamBlob

    I’m not from the modern day. What’s the metal gear alert noise? Is that some sort of signal that you’ve left the gearbox in neutral instead of first?

    • Silly Zealot

      There is a game called Metal Gear Solid in whicyh you are a black ops that has to sneak in enemy bases and territory and assassinate certain targets, when an enemy detects you, a big exclamation mark appears above their heads and the sound “VRING! can be heard.

    • PinkDragonJr

      When i first read the comic, no I did not hear that noise. Now, upon reading the alt text I cannot un-hear it. Thankyou for that Rick.

  23. Raska

    you know, i’ve never played MGS, but as the alt text says,i too first thought of the alert noise

  24. Tegs

    I really like kings facial expression in the last one, digging the new style!

  25. The J.A.M.

    She’s pregnant, isn’t she?

    • zeroslash

      Er, I really doubt that’s why she’s crying…

    • Foxstar

      No, she’s not.

    • Dontlookmenaked

      What would incredibly weird. But the things that come from it will be insanely adorable.

    • Silly Zealot

      Even though it wouldn’t break the PG rating per se, I’m rather reluctant to allow a child to hear the tale of a man-turned-dog that married and had children with another dog.

  26. Neo

    To Dissension :
    Why can’t there be a new moderator? And furthermore, I thought that in some of the comment pages the strips that nobody should be a moderator.

    All that aside, wow. This is not what I expected.

    • Foxstar

      Because backseat modding is against the rules. Dissension and I are the mods here.

  27. Web_MST3K

    Crow: I wonder if Pete had anything to do with Baily’s family abandoning her?

    Joel: I doubt it. Pete is barred from directly participating in “The Game” until he gets an avatar. At this point, he only has one follower.

    Servo: Yeah, but that follower if Milton Keene, who has so much money it is almost a superpower.

    • ironhandsoverign

      Crow: What, like Batman?

      Servo: Yeah, and what’s-his-name Stark. Iron man.

      Joel: Tony.

      Crow: Nerd.

    • m is for wolf

      Joel Duke, King’s human name?

  28. cjwj

    is what king said in the last panel confusing anyone else?

    • Silly Zealot

      He means to say he doesn’t believe that Bailey forced herself to cry by watching a sad movie. He believes that she’s lying so as not to make him worry.

  29. Neo

    A bit. King has two halves, his action side and his feelings side. His feeling aren’t the current one right now. I think.

  30. Perfesser_Bear

    KINGY! Seriously?
    Yeah, I’m not sure I exactly believe Bailey, either “I’ve been… um, watching All Dogs Go to Heaven.” Plausible, but I think we know better.

    Anyway, King’s ears are pretty much doing the proper Corgi semaphore thing.

  31. D-Rock

    Well, now I do think of the alert noise from the Metal Gear games.

    Let it out, Bailey, no point in hiding that.

  32. Solario the Visored

    Oddly enough, I don’t think MGS when I look at that “!” panel. Given that he immediately goes and asks Bailey for help with a relatively simple task, I just figure he’s got a quest for the brave heroine! :D

    • Silly Zealot

      Do they reward you with gold and experience, or dog treats?

  33. TinFoilHats

    ” I’m crying ’cause I watched All Dogs go to Heaven”
    Mm hm, sure you are….

    Uh, if your crying about you family, Bailey….. eerrrrrr.. I wanna give you a hug to make it better.

  34. illeatyourself

    I actually don’t think of the Metal Gear alert noise. Because I have never played a Metal Gear game. XD And what does he mean by “No, but I decided I really needed to”? That doesn’t make much sense, considering she obviously was crying and why would she suddenly DECIDE to cry? o_O

    • Dena

      That’s what he’s taking Bailey’s answer to his question: were you crying?

      When she tried to cover it up by saying that she was watching “All Dogs Go To Heaven”, he took it to mean that she hadn’t been crying before, but since the movie is so emotional for pets, that she made herself cry watching it.

      Or she could just be using it as an excuse as to why she was crying. It wasn’t being turned out by her ‘family’, it was a movie that was at fault…

  35. bhPixelFire

    I know how this is…

  36. RandomName

    Kingy! XD You just want to hug him till his head explodes! 0–0… And then go into eternal silence and deny everything….

  37. Tendo

    Yes, yes I did think of MGS. Is that why the ! was colored yellow to make it look less like the iconic symbol?

    • Silly Zealot

      Which makes it reminicient of a world of warcraft quest mark.

  38. Mort

    Hm. I think we’re finally starting to get a hint of what Pete meant about turning King into a “Dark Paladin”. Someone looks like he’s about ready to begin raging against the machine.

  39. Gavinfoxx

    That ! thing is… soooo truueee.

    And I’ve never even played the game. Just Second Life’s references to it made me think that…

  40. Legendario13

    Doent question her silly
    just hug her!

  41. D.Z.

    It’d be more MGS if the ! was above King’s head. And if he immediately called eighteen of his buddies and then started shooting someone. (And forgot about them after fifteen seconds of not seeing them. :p)

  42. Billy MT

    “like a fantasy =boyfriend=”? Yeaaaaah that didn’t came out as it should methinks XD

    • Dissension

      Sounds fine to me. What do you think is wrong?

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Like half the animes for girls. Watch Marmalade Boy and you’ll see.

    • m is for wolf

      It’s the same as “Can’t you just believe me like a fantasy boyfriend would?” There are no grammatical errors.

  43. Valerio

    this is the first time I see King from this angle, and the new style makes him looks so CUTER :)

  44. griffin pete

    i think bailey should have just told king the truth.

  45. griffin pete

    Also does anyone else notice peanut hasn’t been in the comics recently.

    • TinFoilHats

      That’s because this arc is focusing on King and his relationship with Bailey. I can reassure you that the next arc may, more than likely, have peanut reappear.

    • Foxstar

      The comic is called Housepets, not Peanut and Grape. There’s other characters in the comic other then Peanut and Grape.

      • TinFoilHats

        Yes, Foxstar, I’m fully aware of the fact that Peanut and Grape aren’t the only pets. I’m just saying that he MAY reappear( may, as in, a likely possibility).

  46. griffin pete

    i miss peanut and grape they were so funny when they were always fighting.

    • TinFoilHats

      (see above reply)

  47. griffin pete

    does anyone else think any other character is still curios about king and his past.

  48. griffinpete

    Plus does anyone ever think any characters look extremely cute.

  49. griffin pete


  50. griffin pete

    is any1 else in love with these comics?

  51. Poppy

    Sweet blog! I found it while searching on Yahoo News. Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Cheers.

  52. brown wolf

    i’m watching all dogs go to heaven right now because of this

  53. Frozenbottle

    Not a Metal Gear fan, so I just heard a lightbulb sound.