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Next up we have the dossier for the Milton Ferrets:

1) The Milton ferrets first appear - pleased and excited at going from "being given away for free" to "multibillionaires".
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/07/2 ... n-babylon/

Note: The Milton Estate is a huge house, with some fairly extensive grounds, at the end of Babylon Drive.
2) The ferrets are indulging their love of shiny things.
Note: Henry Milton built the neighborhood.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/07/2 ... ngs-first/

3) The ferrets apparently want to personally interact with the other pets.
Inference The ferrets may have been a bit isolated up until now.
Note: Henry Milton loved animals of all kinds, lost his taste for high living years ago, and disliked people treating their pets like toys - which was apparently all too common.
4) The ferrets are still amusing themsleves with the privileges of being absurdly rich, although they do seem to miss "Dad".
5) The ferrets aren't too serious - at least as yet - about living as "Dad" would have liked them too.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/07/2 ... gs-change/

6) The ferrets have requested Herman Steward to serve as their steward because of the inherent pun.
7) The ferrets will be allowing tours of the Milton Estate, and the first one will be pets-only.
8) The ferrets will be awarding one pet on the tour a grand prize of their own choosing.
Note: Fox feels that the ferrets are blatantly eccentric, and that the prize may well be something weird and useless.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/07/2 ... mpetition/

9) Duke likes to eat mice and/or is finding amusement in harrassing Fido and Spo.
10) Duke is also very direct, and definitely a predator.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/07/2 ... -cant-buy/

11) The ferrets can see through Joey's disguises. Admittedly, Joey’s disguise is improvised and consists of nothing but a bit of a mask, and the size is wrong - but they're still the first pets seen to do so without prompting.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/07/3 ... y-the-foo/

12) Fox feels that the ferrets are reveling in their money, but still clearly anti-elitist. Given that he's presumably seen more of them than the readers, the opnion has some weight.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/08/0 ... et-so-far/

13) The ferrets feel that Bino is either stupid or crazy - and that video games are more interesting than he is.
14) The ferrets are aware of the local dog club, and that Bino is more or less running it.
Inference: The Ferrets get at least partial reports on what’s going on in the neighborhood from someone.
15) The ferrets are using blackberrys and Email - and have either been monitoring the security footage or (more likely) have been having someone else do it.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/08/0 ... somewhere/

16) The ferrets awarded their grand prize (a big bag of money) to Daisy, but named their new pet health and wellness fund after Bino - the "Boy Bino sure is an idiot trust fund".
Note: We get a clear full-body comparison in this strip; the ferrets are indeed quite small.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/08/0 ... llar-sign/

17) The ferrets - or at least Keene - are riding around in limousines, drinking orange soda - and occasionally picking up stray animals.
18) The ferrets - or at least Keene - have no sense of caution. After all, wolves will normally happily eat ferrets.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/10/0 ... n-the-car/

19) The ferrets have been binging on ferretone (an oily, flavored, vitamin and fatty-acid supplement for ferret diets).
20) The ferrets apparently want to follow through on Mr Milton's desire to prove that animals are "people" too, and are not just subject to instinct and appetite.
21) Evidently the ferrets still miss Mr Milton, want to follow through on his goals, and feel guilty over not doing so vey well - at least as of yet.
22) Ferrets get drunk on orange soda.
Note: I've never been able to tell if sugar had an intoxicating effect on ferrets: all of them I've encountered seem to be constantly crazy anyway.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/10/0 ... st-friend/

23) The ferrets seem to recover from sugar-intoxication quite rapidly.
24) The ferrets - or at least Keene - are evidently going to be trying to bring ferals into civilization and demonstrate that ferals, and presumably pets, are, indeed, people - just like human beings.
25) The ferrets seem to be well aware of the legalities of being and owning pets, and want to adhere to the letter of the law the better to bend it out of all recognition.
Inference: They've probably had quite a few consultations with competent lawyers over what they can and cannot get away with doing.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/10/0 ... o-they-do/

26) Money talks. As the local landlords, the ferrets have a lot of influence, both direct and indirect.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/10/1 ... y-officer/

27) Lana has been going over Mile's papers; evidently the pack is a general project for the ferrets.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/01/0 ... -nor-face/

28) The ferrets have been investing essentially at random. Fortunately, they're incredibly lucky.
29) The ferrets are also considered quite newsworth - although the impression they're producing is questionable.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/01/11/easy-money/

30) The ferrets have found a “treasure map”, but seem to be paying no attention to the instructions on it, even if they are apparently from Mr Milton.
31) The ferrets like newspeople, and are - apparently - somewhat silly.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2010/01/1 ... t-of-none/

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Possible Backstory for the Milton Ferrets:

In this case, there is - once again - essentially nothing to explain. They’re ferrets, they were probably purchased from a pet store (if Mr Milton was rescuing pets, there would presumably be more than six ferrets around given his level of wealth), and they were left a lot of money. Like most ferrets, they’re far more energetic and enthusiastic than sensible. In their own quixotic and eccentric way, they’ve taken up their deceased “Dad’s” philosophical position - but are trying to push it well beyond the simple “pet-friendly neighborhood” that Mr Milton opted to have as his most public display of support for animal rights on into blatant attempts to bring animals into human society as equals.

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For Frank:

Frank wrote:
Actually, I thought the dialogue in that strip included Grape. Grape, being a cat, has rather good night vision, and turns on the light not to see the raccoons, but for them to see her. Here's how I imagined the last two pannels:
(Enter Grape, having been awoken by the strange voices. She sees something moving near the trash, but can't make out the species)
Grape: Waiting for trash day is too much trouble too, I take it?
Raccoon 1: Hey, I'm hungry
Grape: While you're at it see if there's any cat food
(Racoon 2 realizes they've been spotted. He/she panicks and runs, knocking the trash can over)
Grape: WATCH OUT!
CRASH
Raccoon 2: QUICK, LET'S GET OUT OF--
(Grape switches the lights on)
Raccoon 2: --here.


It's possible - although I'd wonder why the Raccoons appeared to be startled in the last panel. If it was Grape speaking earlier, I'd expect that the unfamiliar voice coming from a different direction would provoke something other than a "Hey, I'm hungry" response given the raccoons evident desire to avoid encounters ("Let's get out of here"). Now, it is possible that the Raccoon #1 (the one with the banana-peel on it's head and thus presumably the one that knocked over the trash) was over towards where Grape entered the room and ran towards the exit - knocking over the trash on the way - Raccoon #2 was talking to Grape under the impression that Grape was Raccoon #1 (and abruptly realized that he or she was not, because there would be no reason to shout "watch out!" at him because he presumably wasn't moving), so it could work either way. I do get the impression that they're all startled in the first panel of the next cartoon, but that could be taken as Grape challenging the intruders while Raccoon #2 is either startled or challenging back - but it seems unlikely, since Grape had to reach for the broom in panel three (possibly beginning in panel 2), whereas if she was intentionally confronting intruders that she'd already identified, it seems likely that she would have picked up a weapon before turning on the lights. Given that, I'd rate Grape being in on the conversation in the previous strip asa lower probability - but that's just me.

Frank wrote:
Also, it is possible that Grape was awake already, cats being most active at twilight.


Whether or not Grape was already awake is more-or-less up for grabs I think; we could presume that she was woken up (and, as usual, found it irritating), or that she was prowling around or reading or some such. There's no real indication in the strip - or at least none that I see offhand.

As for the technology... We could still go with "Aliens" or "Advanced ancient civilization" or - perhaps - this is all in the year 7000, Akkadian had a revival around 3000 (for some weird reason), and the ancient temple thus dates back to the previous high-technology civilization. Pete could be an AI, with the ability to restructure matter in small areas and four thousand years worth of eccentricities to indulge. Humans are dominant because all the other intelligent animals were genetically designed not to seriously challenge humans and were given genetic language-programming (there's certainly enough room for the data in a trivial amount of DNA; how you'd turn that into functioning neural patterns I've no idea - but if I was good enough at genetics to redesign most of the “higher” species on the planet, I think I could find a way). That would oppose Rick's statement that the animals are "natural" though - unless he wasn't going back that far, has changed his mind, or was being coy about future plot points.

For ndigit:

ndigit wrote:
Well I guess not but I'm not really talking about electricity and all that, just so we're clear. I guess mechanics, or something would be more accurate? Idk more poor choice of words on my part. But yeah when you think about magic, it's usually sparkling runes, glowing lights, mysterious incantations, while pushing a button to open a sliding door just doesn't seem so...magical. Then again, a "Sword in the Stone" thing might apply here. I think what would give us more clarity on this is who and why did they seal away Pete? Is Pete really that dangerous, or was there an ulterior reasoning for having Pete cast away? Did I just go waaay off topic?

Too many questions


I fear I must agree there. There just isn't enough information on Pete to start ruling much out yet. There must be MORE DATA... You are Number 6... We Want INFORMATION... INFORMATION...

I was taking technology as throwing stones (as per the "projectile predator" explanation for the Acheulean hand axe, from roughly 1.5 million years ago to .5 million years ago - possibly the all-time record for technological design stability) on up. Real-world tool use / technology has been observed in cetaceans, several types of birds, primates, and mustelids. It's just that the "buttons" could easily be something magical.

For Dissension:

Dissension wrote:
I wouldn't bet on 'technology' implying electronics, computers, or any other modern convenience, either. Technology can refer to a system, technique, method of organization or, yes, a machine of any level of complexity. A push-button does, therefore, imply technology.


Well lets consider that. I think that definition is over-broad:

    (1) A "Technique" is any repeatable method of accomplishing a goal. Sponges have a technique for filter-feeding, amoebas have techniques for eating, and genes have both techniques and external mechanisms for reproducing, which is why you sometimes find evolutionary biologists referring to various biological adaptions as "technologies" and treating the genes as the operators of said technologies. This is a convenient shorthand from their point of view, and is meant to stress the adaptive nature of living things and the primary importance of their genes in evolutionary theory - but it's still an abuse of the word "Technology" as far as conversation goes. Most people don't talk about the "technology" of their sense of smell.

    (2) A "Method of Organization" would include principles such as symmetry breaking - a process describing the development of laws of nature as energy levels drop, and which has been verified to be reversible (at least on the lower levels) in particle accelerator experiments. Gravity has organized the universe very nicely. Slime molds also have a method or organizing themselves under environmental stress, becoming mobile to seek out a better location. Again, most english speakers would not consider those "methods of organization" to be technologies.

    (3) A "Machine of any level of complexity" would necessarily include all Simple Machines - the lever, inclined plane, wheel and axle, screw, wedge, and pulley. Of course, simple machines are built into the biomechanics of every higher organism and occur - if only by accident - in a wide variety of inorganic structures. The bones and tendons in a vertebrate body represent a complex system of levers. Inclined planes are everywhere. Once again, this definition includes items as "technology" that most english speakers would not.

    (4) Finally, a "System" (unless the definition is otherwise restricted) is any group of interacting elements. For example, two valence-bonded atoms. Two bonded atoms, in fact, like any other elastically-bonded system, have a minimum possible energy, and thus constitute a system that will remain active indefinitely. You'll find "systems" everywhere that multiple particles are interacting.

    Unfortunately, this definition (regardless of it's source) winds up departing widely from conventional english usage of the term "technology" unless you add in a great many hidden assumptions - and so winds up impeding rather than facilitating communication. We have different words with overlapping meanings because each different term carries different secondary implications, thus allowing precise communications.

    Under this definition, a push-button does indeed imply technology - but so does any part of the universe, which makes the term fairly meaningless.

For a more conventional definition, "Technology" implies:

    (1) A system which has been intentionally created by a sapient creature or creatures. Thus systems created by accident, or through the interaction of genes and biological systems, are not "technology" in the way that most speakers of english will understand the term. Most english speakers do not consider the specialized adaptions of a birds beak a "technology"; they consider them "adaptions" (or, depending on philosophical preference, "designed"), not "technology".

    (2) A design purpose - a system intended to physically accomplish some goal. Thus, piling up some rocks to create a marker is a technology (if a fairly basic one). Idly putting one rock on top of another one with no purpose in mind is not a technology. Rocks rolling down a slope may be technology if that arrangement is intentional and designed to accomplish a goal - for example, kicking loost a rock so that it will roll down at a pursuer. Doing exactly the same thing without intent is an accidental avalanche, not technology.

    (3) The manipulation of matter which is not a part of the body as a tool. Thus, stripping the bark off a twig with your teeth is not a technology. Using the twig to then scrap goo from under your nails is a technology, if - once again - a fairly basic one. This also eliminate mathematical procedures such as sorting algorithms - even if they sometimes can be patented (legal definitions are a specialized field, otherwise you would not need specialized training to operate as a lawyer). While such algorithms are mathematical and logical constructs and are designed to accomplish particular goals, purely mathematical constructs do not even require a universe to exist in, and - arguably - are all inherent in mathematics and logic from the beginning. Thus they are discovered rather than being created. A genetically-designed organism however, remains technological; it's an expression of intentionally-designed genes.

    (4) A physically predictable operation. A fingerprint lock is technology. Even a chaotic system operated by random quantum-level inputs is statistically predictable, and so can be technology if it fulfills the other requirements. A sword which can only be pulled from the stone by the destined king is magic. There is no way to physically analyze "Destiny".

A "push-button" does not necessarily imply technology because:
    *It is not necessarily intentionally designed; a loose stone being pushed back into it's matrix acts as a "push button", but could simply be a bit that has come loose.
    *It may not operate in a physically predictable fashion. If the button will "only respond to the destined one", it may look like a familiar technology, but it's still magic.
    *It might, in fact, be a part of a natural living creature, perhaps resembling the "mimic" of classical Advanced Dungeons and Dragons.
    *The entire temple could be an illusion, transformation, or allegory patterened on what the responsible entity thinks will best suit it's purposes - and thus incorporate no actual "devices" at all.
    *It might also be an ornamental whimsy. This would imply that the "door" opened for some other (and possibly technological) reason, but the button itself still would not fit the definition of a technological device; it wouldn’t actually do anything.

Now, if the local "Magic" does operate in physically predictable ways irrespective of the intent and qualities of it's user - like much gaming "magic" - then it is simply a branch of technology, albeit one employing unfamiliar forces - and isn't "magic" as most people understand the term.

For ndigit (again):

It looks like a good place to me... I’m intending to add some pictures once I’m done with the characters and start going back through to add things in, but there’s no reason not to add character pictures here before then. You have my thanks for doing so.

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*sighs*

Thoth, I am not certain such a lengthy rebuttal was warranted by my failure to append "intentionally implemented to increase efficiency" to my previous statement. I am not interested in further debate on this issue, and I am sorry for my mistake.

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Okay, cool thanks Thoth.

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23) The ferrets seem to recover from sugar-intoxication quite rapidly.


I'm pretty sure that was just for a joke, but yeah that was just random. It did seem to give a little more insight into Keene though, but beyond that, it was just random.

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Thoth, about Miles, wrote:
European and Asian wolves aren't as timid, but - for example - there are currently plenty of wolves who have regular routes through Paris at night, where they scavenge trash, before retreating to the nature preserves to hide during the day.

You know, the last wolf in Paris was killed in 1880. There will be perhaps in 20 years, but there are none today.

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Dissension wrote:
*sighs*

Thoth, I am not certain such a lengthy rebuttal was warranted by my failure to append "intentionally implemented to increase efficiency" to my previous statement. I am not interested in further debate on this issue, and I am sorry for my mistake.


My apologies: I didn't mean to be either condescending or annoying and I hope that I'm not leaving you with that impression: I just tend to break things down into exhaustive lists full of examples whenever I think about anything, and presumed that anyone posting to this particular thread wanted a similar breakdown. I’ll try to remember to ask whether or not that's what someone is looking for in in the future.

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Another great dossier! Just one quip:
Thoth wrote:
16) The ferrets ... named their new pet health and wellness fun after Bino - the "Boy Bino sure is an idiot trust fund".
I shudder to think what kind of "fun" these ferrets can have in the "pet health and wellness" system, since it'll probably end with an oxygen-tank induced explosion. Please fix the typo.

And now three rather less important things I feel like I have to say anyway:
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12) Given that he's presumably seen more of them than the readers, the opnion has some weight.
Considering that Fox didn't know who Mr. Milton was, I'm not too sure of that. You are right, though, in that he's seen more than we have, since we were following Bino at the time.

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23) The ferrets seem to recover from sugar-intoxication quite rapidly.
But had Keene recovered though? I get a feeling the "invent television" part was intoxication-induced, but that would probably mean the plan had to have been thought out beforehand.

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26) Money talks. As the local landlords, the ferrets have a lot of influence, both direct and indirect.
Everyone loves going for this. Ever thought of the fact that Bill fears the ferrets simply because they're crazy? Of course, now I have to quote The Simpsons Movie
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Ever try going mad without power? It's no fun, no one listens to you!
So, yeah, if they weren't powerful, there probably would be no reason to fear them.

(Sorry if the stringing between the ideas seems poorly done; I didn't sleep last night)

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Here are the dossiers for the humans in the strip, excluding Mr Milton and his Ungrateful Relatives. Given that the current arc involves them, they can wait a bit pending further information.
That limits this entry to the Sandwiches, Bill, Jake, Ryan, Jerry, the Fat PETA Guy, and the (often nameless) Minor Characters. Given that there’s not much about the humans that needs explaining - and that there's very little background on several of them - possible backstories have not been included.

The Sandwiches:

1) Mrs Sandwich first appears, having obtained batteries for Peanuts Nintendo - possibly among other errands.
2) Mrs Sandwich (or, less likely, Mr Sandwich) is startled to find the living room soaked.
Inference; The Sandwiches are used to leaving the pets on their own for a bit and usually took it for granted that their pets would behave themselves. This is a modest setback for that belief.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/06/1 ... to-an-end/

3) Mr Earl Sandwich gets his first lines, but does not yet appear.
Inference: Some pets don't have hands, otherwise plastic-flap "pet doors" probably would not exist.
Note: The Pet Doors are never mentioned or seen again. The Sandwiches probably uninstalled them, leaving Grape and Peanut to simply use the regular doors.
Inference: Mr Sandwich probably didn't check on what he was buying and/or having installed as carefully as he should have, and thus wound up with generic plastic-flap “pet doors” instead of something suited to the pets he actually owned.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/08/15/a-minor-flaw/

4) Mr Sandwich first appears. He's willing to point out loopholes in the leash laws.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/10/1 ... ll-travel/

5) Mr Sandwich notes that Grape and Peanut will need to manage their time better during their visits to the zoo (and presumably on other outings).
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/11/0 ... -literate/

6) Mr Sandwich appears again, taking Grape and Peanut to the vet for a checkup and booster shots.
Inference: Either Mr Sandwich is strong enough to barely notice Grape's two-handed tugging on her leash or it’s mostly for show and she isn’t actually putting that much effort into it.
Note: Grape either doesn’t think of unclipping her leash or doesn’t want to. This may be related to the abandonment issues shown in later strips.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/01/2 ... ough-pain/

7) Mr Sandwich is not especially impressed with Grape's histrionics. Of course, he's apparently taken her to the vet before, and is aware that she'll barely remember anything tomorrow.
Note: Presumably Peanut has been to the vet at least twice before, and Mr Sandwich knows that it hasn't noticeably harmed Peanut either.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/02/0 ... treatment/

8) Mr Sandwich continues to ignore Grape's dramatics.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/02/0 ... ompassion/

9) Mrs Sandwich likes to dress up her pets and take pictures.
Inference: Mrs Sandwich is used to feline opposition to such activities, and doesn’t take it at all seriously.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/02/1 ... -stitches/

10) Mrs Sandwich - and possibly many other cat owners - are willing to either take their pets to a midnight book release or to let them go on their own.
Inference: The Sandwiches are pretty indulgent. They also apparently make a good living, judging by the number of toys they’ve provided for Grape and Peanut.
Note: Human children do exist in the Housepets universe. This was probably generally assumed, but here it’s confirmed.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/03/1 ... cat-again/

11) The Sandwiches have not filled their pets in about the details of their extended family.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/06/08/no-excuses/

12) Mr Sandwich is something of a smart-alec.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/06/1 ... ternative/

13) Mrs Sandwich reassures Grape about her husband's sense of humor.
Note: The phrase "I would assume you got that from him, but then again, you're a cat" seems to imply that either pets can "inherit" personality traits from their owners or that being a "rule breaker at heart" is expected cat behavior. Most likely a version of both; pets tend to model their behavior on the owners who raise them and rulebreaking is expected cat behavior.
14) Mrs Sandwich evidently does think of Grape and Peanut as surrogate children.
Note: The fact that a normal human could easily wind up raising five or more generations of surrogate "grandchildren", "great-grandchildren", and so on, and have to make end-of-life medical decisions, and either support or prevent large numbers of such children, probably calls for some practical adjustments to the surrogate parent-surrogate child relationship. Fortunately, humans have, throughout history, demonstrated repeatedly that they can easily manage such an attitude.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/06/1 ... lled-milk/

15) Mr and Mrs Sandwich don't mind being visited by wolves.
Inference: The prejudice displayed towards Miles in the strips showing his first visit to the city evidently isn’t universal.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/09/2 ... er-danger/

16) Jake, Jerry, and Mr Sandwich appear in the background here, apparently gaping at Pete.
Inference: They’re all concerned about Zachary (or at least Mr Sandwich and Jake are willing to get up in the night and stumble around helping Jerry out) and may be acting as the core of the search operation.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/11/25/whoops/

17) According to the cast page, Mr. and Mrs. Sandwich moved into Babylon Gardens because they heard that the place was pet-friendly, and they’re both fond of animals. Mr. Sandwich works as an auto mechanic. According to other (and not necessarily canon) sources, they got pets because they didn’t feel ready to have children of their own yet.

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Bill:

1) Bill (Fox’s owner) first appears, with the literal "Motorcycle Bucket Seat" joke.
Inference: Bill isn’t a particularly sensitive individual, and doesn’t worry about embarrassing his pets. Personally, I’d suspect that that goes with being a policeman.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/12/17/lame-joke-83/

2) Bill has a MANLY chin and leans very far forward on his motorcycle.
Note: Bill really seems to enjoy traveling by motorcycle.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/03/0 ... bike-ride/

3) Bill seems to be competent as a policeman and as an investigator.
4) Bill is a motorcycle cop.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/05/1 ... sandpaper/

5) Bill is commendably patient with the dognapers.
Inference: Bill may well feel that this pair is so incompetent that he doesn’t need to do much. If so, he turns out to be more-or-less right.
Note: Rick states in the commentary that Jake's hot-tempered behavior, self-centeredness, and attempts to get out of the consequences are personality traits reflected in his pets, Bino and Maxwell. He also notes that Bill is unlikely to go along with such attempts entirely. Evidently Bill takes his responsibilities as a policeman seriously.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/05/1 ... ringwheel/

6) Bill is highly suspicious of wolves trying to live with humans, and of the garden party preparations.
Speculation: Possibly the gutted deer centerpiece tipped him off before the wolves (presumably) got rid of it.
7) Bill is, however, not willing to take preemptive action when his probable troublemakers prove to have very wealthy and influential patrons.
Inference: If the wolves hadn’t been licensed, and hadn’t obviously belonged to someone (or some group) who could easily afford a house, Bill probably would have taken action. It’s probably a good thing that the Milton Ferrets made sure all the details were covered (I'd guess by putting a lawyer on it).
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/10/1 ... y-officer/

8) Bill does, however, continue to keep an eye on the situation. If it does turn into trouble, he's apparently going to be ready to deal with it.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/10/1 ... han-human/

9) Bill is attending the party, and is quite honest about his original doubts and their cause.
Inference: Bill is used to just saying what he thinks. Given the housepets universe is full of things that can understand you, this may be very common (on the theory that there’s no point in trying to hide things) or very rare (on the theory that you can never afford an unguarded moment), depending on humanities general level of paranoia.
10) Bill likes very rare steak, and feels that anyone who cooks steak right is probably "classy".
11) Bill had apparently never thought that wolves could be "classy".
12) Bill has failed to notice that the steak apparently isn't cooked at all.
Inference: Bill is competent, but is perhaps less observant than he might be.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/10/2 ... eing-bill/

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Jake:

1) Jake (Bino and Maxwell's owner) is mentioned. He may be ashamed of Bino.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/09/0 ... cred-duty/

2) Jake has put a shock collar on Bino.
Inference: Either Bino misbehaves spectacularly or extremely persistently, or shock collars are considered fairly normal methods of pet discipline.
Inference: Jake is either too busy, or too indifferent, to actually discipline Bino personally. Of course, he may have tried without much success; it IS Bino we’re talking about here.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/03/1 ... -reaction/

3) Jake reacts to the phrase "I'm with PETA" with immediate violence.
Inference: Jake has probably had some personal bad experience with PETA that impairs his judgement, given that assault and battery is often good for some jail time. Even a hot temper usually calls for some personal affront to excite it.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/04/2 ... -violence/

4) Rick notes in the commentary that Jake's hot-tempered behavior, self-centeredness, and attempts to get out of the consequences are personality traits reflected in his pets.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/05/1 ... ringwheel/

5) Jake, Jerry, and Mr Sandwich appear in the background here, apparently gaping at Pete.
Inference: They’re all concerned about Zachary (or at least Mr Sandwich and Jake are willing to get up in the night and stumble around helping Jerry out) and may be acting as the core of the search operation.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/11/25/whoops/

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Jerry:

Jerry is quite used to Tiger's misbehavior.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/11/0 ... bad-bunny/

Jerry is quite concerned about Zachary, and presumably about his other pets.
Jerry seems to consider the pets adult associates, rather than surrogate children.
Jerry's pets do still seem to look to him to lead them though.
Inference: Jerry may not see the pets as “Kids”, but he certainly seems to see them as dependent subordinates.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/11/11/key-phrase/

Jake, Jerry, and Mr Sandwich appear in the background here, apparently gaping at Pete.
Inference: They’re all concerned about Zachary (or at least Mr Sandwich and Jake are willing to get up in the night and stumble around helping Jerry out) and may be acting as the core of the search operation.
Note: It would be interesting to know what they think of what they’ve seen. I doubt that the pets have kept it entirely secret either.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/11/25/whoops/

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Ryan:

1) Ryan (Fido's owner) first appears.
Note: Ryan appears to be pleased at Fido’s graduation from the police academy and doesn’t mind his pet working as a police dog. How this works is never explained: presumably the police cover the potential medical bills, uniforms, and so on, but whether Ryan or Fido are compensated for Fido’s services remains unknown.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/09/0 ... cred-duty/

3) Ryan apparently finds the things pets get up to amusing.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/09/0 ... -constant/

4) Ryan appears with his gaming group. They're playing D&D.
Inference: Judging by the conversation, this is a regular event.
Note: At least some of the gamers like to attempt rules exploits.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/02/1 ... mebreaker/

5) Per the cast page, Ryan Byron just thinks that the antics of the pets are really amusing - and beyond that, it’s not a human matter, so who cares? Ryan is an R&D expert for a software firm.

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The fat PETA guy: (For convenience, referred to henceforth as “FPETA”)

1) FPETA first appears, and immediately demonstrates that his belief-system is quite disconnected from reality.
Note: He continues to demonstrate that from this point on.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/04/2 ... ery-naive/

2) FPETA expresses his disdain for legal methods and gets ready for a dognapping.
Inference: FPETA is quite incompetent. At a bare minimum, before starting on a plan - especially a criminal plan when you’ve already attracted notice in the area - any normal person would want to know what they were trying to do.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/05/0 ... n-strikes/

3) FPETA demonstrates the ability to drag Joel around (not that this appears to be hard) but a reluctance to confront any pets he judges potentially troublesome.
4) FPETA continues to make decisions based on logical fallacies. Little or no valid reasoning appears to be involved.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/05/0 ... character/

5) FPETA attempts to convince Fox of the advantages of being feral, but has enough connection to reality to realize that Fox does not agree - although he probably considers Fox brainwashed.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/05/0 ... the-world/

6) FPETA demonstrates that his convictions apply only on the abstract level, not to any one animal in particular, by attempting to silence or smother Fox.
Note: Abstract causes tend to be extremely treacherous: they are usually so vague and ill-defined that they can be used to justify almost anything.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/05/1 ... sandpaper/

7) FPETA is getting arrested in the background.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/05/2 ... at-driver/

8) FPETA claims to have a glandular condition. A Joel and a policeman both seem to find this claim amusing.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/05/2 ... -year-one/

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Minor Humans:

1) A zookeeper appears here. He’s quite polite to the patrons, even if they are animals.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/10/2 ... et-buffet/

1) A petstore clerk appears here.
2) He is not allowed to sell catnip to pets.
Inference: Human-style intoxicants, anise, and a variety of other animal-specific intoxicants probably fall under this ban as well - although at least the animal-only items are apparently freely available to humans who want to give them to animals.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/12/1 ... things-up/

1) Aunt Claire is mentioned.
Inference: Aunt Claire is somewhat presumptuous: giving someone a new pet is assuming a lot in the real world, and a Housepets pet is an even more complicated commitment.
Note: Aunt Claire is mentioned again later in connection with Pap.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/12/2 ... s-edition/

1) A male vet appears.
2) Despite Grape's childhood impressions, it seems unlikely that he is actually an eldritch abomination. It cannot, however, be ruled out.
3) Over the next several strips, it's demonstrated that his bedside manner isn't that hot.
Inference: he’s been like that for some time, and it’s probably why Grape has poor (if partial) memories of him. Of course, it could also mean that he IS an eldritch abomination, and doesn’t understand mortal life very well.
Nonsensical “Strip-I’d-Like-To-See”: Eldritch Abomination Vet versus Pete / Gaspar with King in the middle trying to make sense out of it. If someone wants to try it as fan art, I will applaud.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/01/2 ... -memories/

1) A female vet appears. Her bedside manner is much superior to her male counterparts.
2) An veterinary orderly makes a brief appearance.
Inference: Some people, such as the male vet noted above, treat animals with a bare minimum of consideration, and most likely get poorer results for it. After all, if the Sandwiches asked Grape and Peanut “which vet would you like to go to next time?”, which one would be more likely to get their business?
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/01/30/hello-vet/

1) A gas station attendant attempts to enforce pet leash rules or laws.
Inference: He’s either petty, knows that the owner might watch the security tapes (presuming he's not the owner of course), or has had trouble with other animals in the past. I suspect pettiness, but other motives cannot be ruled out.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/06/1 ... ternative/

1) Uncle Reuben and what are apparently his five children (of various sizes) appear here.
Inference: Reuben's cats and Rufus sleep in the barn to avoid an excess of affection.
Inference: Judging by appearances and the family name, Uncle Reuben is Mr Sandwiches brother. It could be some more complicated and distant relationship of course, but there’s no evidence of that.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/07/0 ... ill-exist/

1) An unidentified policeman appears here.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/05/2 ... -year-one/

1) The crazed hermit who speaks in limericks is seen for the first time here, although he was referenced in the earlier dream-sequence.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/11/1 ... -favorite/

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Responses:

For Foldo:

The note on wolves in Paris was based on a documentary from a few years back which investigated the wildlife of Paris (primarily smaller species) and found a few wolves which regularly visited from the forested areas nearby to scavenge in the early morning hours. Given that there are several poorly fenced nature preserves within five miles of Paris, that slightly more than a quarter of France is forested, and that more than 7% of France consists of nature preserves, that seemed environmentally plausible. Wolves were believed exterminated in France at some point between from 1927 and 1939 (depending on the source consulted), however they have definitely been re-establishing themselves (primarily from Italy) since the late 1980's or early 1990's. (It is also possible that relict populations persisted during the intervening fifty to sixty years since there are plenty of feral dogs to conceal their presence). The specific animals in that documentary may since have proven to be transients, wolf-dog hybrids, or misidentified dogs, or they may have been eliminated, but I haven't run across any followup information. Ergo, this is the best data I currently have available. Yours may well be more current - after all, for all I know you live in Paris - but I can only work with what I've got.

Response Note: I feel that it’s rude not to make responses as complete as possible - but I do have a tendency to over-analyze everything (hence this thread). It’s been requested that I hold back on that - so this bit will be the last unrequested analysis-response. If someone wants to know the reasoning behind something, or wants something they’ve written either analyzed or included in an analysis, please ask for that specifically so I can avoid upsetting anyone (this is for fun after all). Otherwise, if you’ve spotted a typo, have information I missed, have a new inference, or have a new hypothesis, there will be thanks.

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Thoth wrote:
For Foldo:

The note on wolves in Paris was based on a documentary from a few years back which investigated the wildlife of Paris (primarily smaller species) and found a few wolves which regularly visited from the forested areas nearby to scavenge in the early morning hours. Given that there are several poorly fenced nature preserves within five miles of Paris, that slightly more than a quarter of France is forested, and that more than 7% of France consists of nature preserves, that seemed environmentally plausible. Wolves were believed exterminated in France at some point between from 1927 and 1939 (depending on the source consulted), however they have definitely been re-establishing themselves (primarily from Italy) since the late 1980's or early 1990's. (It is also possible that relict populations persisted during the intervening fifty to sixty years since there are plenty of feral dogs to conceal their presence). The specific animals in that documentary may since have proven to be transients, wolf-dog hybrids, or misidentified dogs, or they may have been eliminated, but I haven't run across any followup information. Ergo, this is the best data I currently have available. Yours may well be more current - after all, for all I know you live in Paris - but I can only work with what I've got.

Foldo is not in Paris proper, but not far from, so I'm inclined to trust their information.

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Here are the dossiers for the Minor Animal Characters - Karl-Lenin Faust and Squeak, the Zoo Animals, the Mr Bigglesworth’s, the Farm Animals, the K-9 Unit, Joel’s Pets, and the Random Animals. Once again, there really isn’t enough information on most of them for backstories, and not much to explain either - so the backstories here are going to be limited to the speculative bits in the varies listings and to the cross-reference to Joel’s dossier for his pets.

The Mice - Karl-Lenin Faust and Squeak:

1) Karl-Lenin Faust appears. He is apparently a classical "socialist rabble-rouser".
Note: It would be interesting to find out where Karl-Lenin Faust picked up the rhetoric. Is there some crazed revolutionary raising mouse-agitators in his closet and releasing them into the world? Did Karl-Lenin (a name that probably wasn’t provided by his parents - unless they too were would-be socialist revolutionaries) simply read the wrong section of a library? Did his parents insulate the nest with scraps from a copy of Das Kapital? Sadly, we shall probably never know.
2) At least some of the mice either feel oppressed or are willing to follow anyone who promises an improvement in their living conditions.
3) Karl-Lenin Faust does much better at making speeches than at writing.
Inference: Judging by Grape’s Fanfiction and Letters to Actors, as well as by Peanuts "Spot Superdog" scripting and letter to Santa, this may be a common limitation of animals.
4) Karl-Lenin Faust has a specialized education of sorts (whether acquired through reading or some sort of instruction) - although many of the other mice don't seem to be clear on the rhetoric.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/09/2 ... e-and-die/

5) The Mice have “discovered” fire.
Inference: The mice, and possibly the other small animal species, are VERY poorly organized; otherwise humans would need to be a great deal more accommodating lest their buildings all burn down. This might be fixed by building almost exclusively of stone and fireproof materials, but the house burning down during the Easter Egg Hunt suggests that this is not the case.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/10/0 ... er-of-che/

6) Mice, like many of the other animals, show spectacularly poor judgement.
Inference: The mice are not entirely familiar with the classic "bell the cat" stories.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/10/0 ... o-get-off/

Squeak:

1) Squeak is first mentioned. She is apparently going to move in with Joey.
Note: Pets generally don't get to pick where they live.
Inference: Squeak is a feral mouse - and is probably too small for Joey’s owners to notice.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/08/0 ... -for-dogs/

2) Squeak is either visiting or has moved in with Joey, and is not that fond of cheese.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/12/2 ... s-edition/

3) Squeak met Joey while he was roleplaying as a cat and has “cat friends”.
Inference: At least some cats see no reason to eat mice - at least not as long as they’re getting plenty of cat food.
Note: Overfed pets are pretty common in reality, but I can’t recall seeing any in the strip. Even Tiger doesn’t seem especially fat, despite his eating disorder. Either fat pets get mocked enough to make them exercise more, diet pet foods are a big business, something exotic is going on, or it’s an artistic preference.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/03/2 ... -unsee-it/

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The Zoo Animals:

1) Shardul the Bengal Tiger finds people reading the instructional plaques about tigers out loud annoying. It's hard to blame him.
Note: Shardul doesn't seem to be much larger than a human, although he looks a bit more solid.
Speculation: Housepets tigers - and, perhaps some of the other carnivores - may have a considerably smaller physical advantage over humans, their pets, and their prey species than they do in reality, and may well use weapons. The spear-armed Lions of the Pridelands series may be quite plausible.
Inference: Since whatever barrier there is doesn't suffice to hinder conversation - and many of the other animals appearing later don't really seem to be effectively restrained at all - it seems likely that most of the zoo animals stay there at least semi-voluntarily.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/10/1 ... thy-brain/

1) Tarmac and Gambit appear.
2) Chinese-speaking female river otters don't like noise while they're trying to sleep.
Inference: The animals seem to pick up the human languages of whatever region they grow up in. They may not be able to pick up new human languages with anything like the speed they pick up their first one.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/10/1 ... -otter-be/

1) The Zoo Kangaroos appear.
Note: The Kangaroos, and possibly the zoo animals in general, apparently feel obliged to put on a show for the visitors.
Inference: The "show" is probably semi-voluntary given the behavior of the Kangaroos and the later behavior of the wolves at the wolf pen.
Speculation: The “show” may be part of a tacit contract of sorts: guaranteed food, safety, medical care, and a comfortable lifestyle in exchange for being on display. Such an arrangement might even include some sort of "credit at the zoo shop", which would put the zoo animals in roughly the same position as circus performers and fit in with “it’s like a compulsory job”.
2) The Kangaroos have picked up a full set of Australian stereotypes.
Inference: The zoo animals may have access to television.
Speculation: Their dens may be more like apartments than they are like real zoo accommodations - which may help explain why the Foxes apparently have access to computers, televisions, and coffee-makers later on.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/10/2 ... p-paddock/

1) The wolves at the wolf-pen don't seem too obliged to put on a show - or at least don’t feel obliged to do so for other pets.
Note: The art style has changed since this strip, and has gone to color, so it's hard to tell - but the zoo wolves might be a different subspecies from Miles and his pack.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/10/2 ... he-ground/

1) Dolphins are telepathic, and are either somewhat deceptive or inclined to practical jokes.
Inference: Telepathy really isn't all that remarkable in the Housepets universe. Other psychic abilities may also exist.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/10/2 ... er-whales/

1) The Apes apparently have a monolith to amuse them.
Inference: The Apes - and Grape - have all seen “2001 A Space Odyssey". Either the zoo shows movies (perhaps there’s a movie night?), the apes have a television, there’s a nearby drive-through they can see, the apes sometimes sneak out of the zoo and go to the movies, or there actually is an alien monolith at the zoo.
Speculation: The apes may be subtly (or not-so-subtly) mocking their human visitors.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/10/2 ... rathustra/

1) The birds at the aviary have threatened to unionize.
Inference: The birds can communicate in some fashion (most likely speech, although dolphin-style telepathy is possible). This lends a whole new dimension to espionage and early communications efforts.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/10/2 ... et-buffet/

1) The zoo foxes have a communal display, a computer, and a coffee maker.
Inference: From the “snowy” jokes they either have, or are familiar with, broadcast television.
Inference: The foxes are either getting an allowance of some sort (whether in cash, credit, or toys and treats) or the zookeepers want to keep them busy. The same may apply to the other animals.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/11/0 ... -computer/

1) The snakes at the zoo know some very good tricks - and Peanut is easily manipulated.
2) Snakes don't have limbs, although they can speak perfectly well. It looks like only animals that normally have paws are anthropomorphic.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/11/0 ... e-animals/

1) Three dozen zookeepers allowed the zoo animals to participate in a multi-species scrabble tournament. Evidently they have few worries about escapes, since it’s unlikely that Grape or Peanut could offer any serious bribes.
Inference: This lends a bit more credibility to the “circus performer” theory, above.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/11/0 ... -literate/

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The Mr Bigglesworth’s:

1) The Mr Bigglesworth's first appear. Their owner apparently can't tell the difference between them.
Inference: The Mr Bigglesworths are all apparently Siamese or at least look like one.
Note: The Mr Bigglesworths are in luck; Siamese are one of the longest-lived housecat breeds. They are prone to kinked tails and cross eyes though.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/12/2 ... more-cats/

2) The Mr Bigglesworths will only be getting on copy of the new Pridelands book.
Note: It looks like the title might be "Fall of the Pridelands" from the wall poster.
Note: The Mr Bigglesworths seem to have new tags and possibly new collars; the old tags were octagons, the one shown here is a “B”.
3) The mob of fans does not react well to spoilers, whether actual or
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/03/2 ... the-drain/

4) Eleven Mr Bigglesworths appear, apparently having some sort of a meeting.
Note: That may be all of them, it matches the number on the role-call sheet.
5) One of the Mr Bigglesworths is wearing glasses.
Inference: He or she may have eye problems (his or her eyes do seem a bit askew) unless the glasses are just an attempt to look a bit different from all the others.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/06/0 ... l-of-them/

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The Farm Animals:

1) Rufus and Made-Of-Win appear.
2) Rufus is one of the few dogs with a named breed - Australian Shepard.
Note: Rufus gives the visual impression that he's fairly old. The fact that he states that his previous owner purchased the farm, then sold it (and apparently him) to Uncle Reuben s few years ago tends to support this.
Note: Judging by the comments, a number of people got the impression that Rufus was blind and might have bad teeth. As a personal observation, he does give me the impression that he’s staring past those he's talking to. This could be a habit, an indicator of poor vision, or simply an incorrect impression.
3) Rufus likes bad jokes. Made-Of-Win is less tolerant.
4) The horses don't mind being ridden.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/07/0 ... p-daisies/

5) Money-For-Nothing, Action Replay, and a nameless cow appear here.
6) Horses are apparently used to being told that they “look delicious".
7) Peanut did not expect the horses to be so expressive. Since at least one of the horses blames the media - "they keep portraying us as four-legged bicycles:" - evidently horses (and possibly animal in general) rarely get speaking roles in movies or on television.
8) The cow doesn't pay much attention to Grape's taunt that "Hey I'm gonna eat your innards". From the alt text it's a mixture of indifference and obliviousness.
Speculation: Cows may not be too bright, but this may also imply a tacit bargain. Prey species tend to wind up being killed and eaten regardless - and so getting to live in a barn with plenty to eat, a calm and peaceful lifestyle, protection from predators, basic medical care, and a painless death, may be considered a step up from running around wild, having to watch constantly for predators, having to put up with all the other disadvantages of being feral, and then being painfully killed and eaten at some more-or-less random age.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/07/0 ... your-food/

9) The barn cats first appear here. Judging by the alt-text, they are intentionally teasing "that cute visiting dog" (Peanut).
10) The barn cats aren't wearing collars. Judging from Grape's earlier reaction at the gas station, this is indeed seen as being equivalent to nudity.
Inference: The Barn Cats aren’t as wrapped up in taboos, or as neurotic, as many of the pets seen so far. This may be due to them having less human interference in their lives and to growing up with feline parents and other animals, rather than being raised by humans.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/07/0 ... the-mouth/

11) The Barn Cats are going ahead with their slow-motion pillow fight and are involving Grape.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/07/1 ... s-too-far/

12) The Barn Cats apparently think that "city folk" prejudices and circumlocutions are "cute".
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/07/1 ... g-reasons/

13) Rufus assumes the "wide old mentor" role to give courting advice to Peanut. Apparently he either has a "simple and rustic" view of such things or was simply teasing. Having a dead chicken that handy seems a bit unlikely otherwise - although not impossible.
Note: Rufus still seems to stare past people a bit, but he doesn't really appear blind here. Possibly he’s just a bit farsighted or is subject to eyestrain.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/07/1 ... -occasion/

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The K-9 Unit:

1) Sergeant Ralph appears. He's obtained a bucket of water from somewhere.
Note: The K-9 dogs use collar-mounted radios and apparently use sunglasses (in various styles) as a part of their uniforms.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/05/1 ... efreshing/

2) Sergeant Ralph has now produced a cup of something hot and a blanket from somewhere. Inference: Either this sort of thing is carried along as equipment (possibly in the trunk), or he's exceptionally talented.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/05/2 ... at-driver/

3) Kevin is another K-9 dog, apparently with either less experience, a poorer memory, or more excitability than Fido.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/05/2 ... -mixed-up/

4) Fido evidently outranks Kevin.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/05/2 ... ood-crowd/

5) There's an unidentified cream-and-brown police dog in this strip.
Note: I don’t believe he’s appeared again.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/05/2 ... nd-humans/

6) Sergeant Ralph and an unidentified policeman appear here.
Note: Four police dogs appear in this sequence. Since they apparently normally ride in the front seats of the police cars and probably no more than one to a motorcycle, this would imply the presence of at least four policemen unless some of the K-9 dogs are doing their own driving.
Inference: K-9 units are probably considerably more common in Housepets than in reality. It is possible that policemen are commonly partnered with K-9's rather than with human partners, and so might be expected to take “dognaping” considerably more seriously than simple theft, even if there is no major legal distinction. There might be, but the bit about “and the sentence was going to be time served” leads me to doubt it.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/05/2 ... -year-one/

7) Apparently a Kangaroo has somehow provoked a K-9 investigation at the library.
Inference: Fido, Kevin, and Sergeant Ralph all appear here with no sign of human handlers. It seems likely that - despite an earlier statement on the limitations of K-9 units by Fido - they are allowed to do at least some investigations on their own. There is, however, no indication of whether or not the Kangaroo in question has actually committed a crime beyond (probably) being AWOL from the local zoo and hanging around the library.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/09/1 ... stigation/

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Joel’s Pets:

1) Joel's pets - a cat, a dog, and another dog - appear in flashback. There are good views of the cat and one dog, the other dog (presuming that it is the other dog in the lower left of panel five) is obscured.
Inference: Even if nothing unpleasant happened to some pets that had apparently kidnaped a human child, Joel’s pets would probably be pretty old by now. They appear adult in Joel's memory (making them four or so at a minimum) while Joel appears to be quite young - being about the same size or smaller - and he now appears to be in his twenties (admittedly, only a guess). Further discussions on Joel's pets can be found under the entry for Joel.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/05/2 ... nd-humans/

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Random Animals:

1) Some outdoor “neighbor cats” appear. Evidently some people tend to keep their pets outside.
Inference: Many of the pets don't have that much to do.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/07/0 ... -outdoors/

2) There are a bunch of "Neighbor Dogs". They reappear in the background many times, but - so far at least - without much impact on the story.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/08/2 ... yal-order/

1) Fox's cousin in Kansas appears.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2008/12/2 ... s-edition/

1) Pap the Puppy appears.
2) Pap, despite his age, is rather mouthy and teases Tiger about his name.
Note: Pap has not appeared again yet. Hopefully Tiger didn't really manage to get rid of him.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/06/0 ... -children/

1) A Cat Waitress appears.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/08/1 ... kill-cafe/

1) "Joey's Creepy Friends" first appear here, playing D&D.
2) Judging by the implied game, they're probably adolescents themselves; older individuals will have more sense than to intentionally fail saving throws when they have such limited information.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/06/19/fast-learner/

3) At least one of "Joey's Creepy Friends" likes anime, and is snobbish about watching it with subtitles rather than dubbed.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/09/2 ... -subtlety/

1) Here we have a reference to what is apparently a Kangaroo which has somehow provoked a K-9 investigation at the library.
http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/09/1 ... stigation/

1) An assortment of forest animals appear here.
2) They seem quite pleased with Zachary's opening of the "mysterious ancient temple".
Inference: Given the number of small animals to be found per acre in wooded and grassland areas, this is a very small group. They’re probably just some of the Raccoon’s personal friends.
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I shudder to think what kind of "fun" these ferrets can have in the "pet health and wellness" system, since it'll probably end with an oxygen-tank induced explosion. Please fix the typo.


Ah, typos to be fixed. Thanks for mentioning it.

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Considering that Fox didn't know who Mr. Milton was, I'm not too sure of that. You are right, though, in that he's seen more than we have, since we were following Bino at the time.


Yep. That's why “Some” weight. I’m not saying how much, that's up to how much you trust Fox's judgement.

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So, yeah, if they weren't powerful, there probably would be no reason to fear them.


I suspect that Money and Influence likely equates to power. My gerbils were crazy, but never scary.

For Ebly:

Foldo probably does have better information then, thank you. Another item to go on the update list.

Next up: probably Henry Milton and the Ungrateful Relatives, because there isn’t anyone else left except “Sir Not Appearing In This Comic”.

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The other horse's name is Action Replay

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Ah, missed the tag. Well, that's an easy edit. Thanks for mentioning it.

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Note: Rufus still seems to stare past people a bit, but he doesn't really appear blind here. Possibly he’s just a bit farsighted or is subject to eyestrain.


Actually, I noticed one of Rufus' eyes were grayed out and so it makes me think he might be blind on one side. Or maybe it's genetic but it wouldn't be strange either way.

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For Ebly:

Foldo probably does have better information then, thank you. Another item to go on the update list.

Next up: probably Henry Milton and the Ungrateful Relatives, because there isn’t anyone else left except “Sir Not Appearing In This Comic”.

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In France, as in many countries, wolves have survived in the more remote areas near the borders. But in the nineteenth century they had almost disappeared. The remains of a wolf killed in the woods Valloires (Pas de Calais) in 1830 is preserved by the Museum of Natural History in Lille. Wolves have survived later escaping to battered from the France to Belgium (depending on whose side they are hunted). The last wolf officially recognized in the Pas-de-Calais has been killed in the woods Créquy (Ternois, Pas de Calais) in 1871. Yet another was shot a little further south in the north of the Somme in 1880.

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Currently, wolves are mainly in the mountains of southern, eastern and central France. Southern cities, although smaller than Paris, began to have more night (to cross the Rhone river, to go to Massif Central montains, the wolves were forced to use the bridges), because Current packs become too large. So there are many wolves running through French cities, but not in Paris (although this may change someday).

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I hope this gets updated soon, Thouth. I want to hear your thoughts on Sasha and her hidden intelligence. ;)


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the last post in this thread was in january. i really don't think it is going to be updated any time soon.

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If I'm not mistaken, Thoth lost the password to his forum account.

Hence, he won't be on until he finds it again.

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Uh, he could just email me to get it reset. And I'm pretty sure the forum has a system for that too.

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Thoth's commenting again, so he's around for sure. Maybe we could let him know though the comments section.

Hey, Thoth! When you get back I made something for you! I took you at your word and made it
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Nonsensical "Strip-I'd-Like-To-See": Eldritch Abomination Vet versus Pete / Gaspar with King in the middle trying to make sense out of it. If someone wants to try it as fan art, I will applaud.
I put it here since it is basically a reply to your post.

I wrote the dialogue back in December, so it may contradict the canon since then. I have a follow-up planned, but since doing the actual drawing of this one took me 3 days non-stop, no guarantees about when it'll be done.


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That's pretty cool.

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You, Frank, are awesome.

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I looked at the image first and it took me half a second to realize what was going on.

I love it when that happens.

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it... it all makes sense

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bam! translated
Absolutely loved that :mrgreen:

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That is indeed an awesome job on that strip Frank. You have my applause! (And a salute to your artistic skills and talents).

Also, as you can see, I have indeed located the password again. Now all I need is to locate the time again... (That, sadly, has been the hard part all along). Fortunately, there should be some available in a week or two, and I can try to catch up.

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oh man, it's been a long time
have fun updating

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oh man, it's been a long time
have fun updating

I guess it'll be easier with the updated cast page. At least he won't have to think "Did I leave someone out?" because all characters are listed there.

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It would be cool if we had an actual size comparison chart. :3

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It would be cool if we had an actual size comparison chart.

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Is this going to be updated again some time? :3

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probably not since he seems to have left once again

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Is a Dossier in the works for Lester?

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I direct your attention to the post immediately preceding yours. *points up*

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Well, I suppose we could always continue this ourselves. Any voulunteers?

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Well, I suppose we could always continue this ourselves. Any voulunteers?

You?

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Lester:

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Lester:

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Ebly wins the point.


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When I get home, I'm gonna crop up some new character icons. I think we can get some new ones for Fido, Sgt. Ralph, Kevin, Lucretia, Lester, Keene and possibly King as well.

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Should something be started here for Bailey? She's not going to have much here now, but if she's going to appear some more, it could become important.

Also, would it be wrong to want this thread stickied so that it's on top? I think a lot of the character information and guesses here would be very useful for new readers.

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