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I'm surprised the humans from the housepets! universe didn't wage any open wars against the other intelligent species of their world.

What makes you think they didn't? Evolution has to be WAY different in the HP!verse, but I can see cro magnon being forced out of Africa during the lion-hyena wars, and returning with advanced spear and arrow technology to fight their way back. And then starts the arms race, it's not like humans had a monopoly on the opposable thumb...

I think that's a job for the MST3K Mantra. :3

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It just popped into my mind with today's comic

Nah, this is a job for Mother Sea.

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but.....but....the puupy is no longer a mortal :cry:

All puppies and children go to heaven :D
♪ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7, all good children go to heaven ♪
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Are there religious excuses for why animals are "just animals" and don't have any rights?
I just imagine Rick decided to transfer over humans' attitudes toward real animals directly to the HP! world. Both the positive ones and the negative ones. Since this is something real people sometimes do to real puppies, it logically follows that people would do that in the Housepets! world.

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I think that's a job for the MST3K Mantra. :3

EXPN?

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I just imagine Rick decided to transfer over humans' attitudes toward real animals directly to the HP! world. Both the positive ones and the negative ones. Since this is something real people sometimes do to real puppies, it logically follows that people would do that in the Housepets! world.

I just can't imagine anyone doing that to a creature that was obviously a talking, thinking person.

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This is a very serious strip with a sad beginning and a happy ending. Thanks Rick, it is great, I love it.

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I think that's a job for the MST3K Mantra. :3

EXPN?

Something you shouldn't think too deeply about the logistics of, lest you give yourself an aneurysm.

"It's just a show. I should really just relax." :P

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Argent wrote:
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I just imagine Rick decided to transfer over humans' attitudes toward real animals directly to the HP! world. Both the positive ones and the negative ones. Since this is something real people sometimes do to real puppies, it logically follows that people would do that in the Housepets! world.

I just can't imagine anyone doing that to a creature that was obviously a talking, thinking person.

I'm not a cynic, but I'm perfectly aware many other people are. The breadth and depth of good and evil among humans is vast. Given the ancient classical form of birth control (leave the (human) baby in a ditch somewhere), lots of people will become complacent with all sorts of evil, even if "we" "understand" "better". If the society sees someone/something burdensome as a non-entity (or "inherently bad"), they will go to great lengths to justify making their own lives better by removing said burden.

Which is the mortal view, not the heavenly view. Again, I'm not a cynic.

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Judging by the background, the adorable puppy was thrown off the bridge (perhaps in a burlap sack), so I guess you could say that!

I got a question now, did Rick recently watch this episode of Tom & Jerry called Puppy Tale?

I thought of "Heavenly Puss", where a burlap bag hops to the gates of Heaven, and three kittens pop out and run through.

"What some people won't do?" :cry:

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They obviously don't take this nearly seriously enough, if they don't appreciate Fridge Horror.

Yeh, Rick, I know it used to be common, historically (and allegedly still happens in China), it just seems particularly awful when it's happening in a rich, free civilization like the pseudo-USA of the HP!verse instead of the primitive feudal "Hobbesian" nightmare of Oedipus Rex.

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I just can't imagine anyone doing that to a creature that was obviously a talking, thinking person.

"Humans can be horrible creatures, indeed." -Mysterious Voice, Cave Story.

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I just can't imagine anyone doing that to a creature that was obviously a talking, thinking person.


Just watch the evening news, or read a newspaper or history book. Since pets don't have the same rights as humans, they probably get it worse since the repercussions are likely to be less severe.

But I don't want to get too dark and nihilistic. Such actions, more so in the Housepets universe, are the exception and not the rule. For each creep that throws a puppy off a bridge, there are likely 400,000 Sandwich families that love their pets.

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This is sad... poor little puppy. In death he will be happier...

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Okay, is no one scared by this? I mean, Cerberus could end up using this dog as an avatar and weak havoc upon the housepets universe.

EDIT: Wait, the puppy's dying, I'm stupid. *Facepalm*...


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Okay, is no one scared by this? I mean, Cerberus could end up using this dog as an avatar and weak havoc upon the housepets universe.



No she can't.
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Judging by the background, the adorable puppy was thrown off the bridge (perhaps in a burlap sack), so I guess you could say that!

Anyone else imagining types of unspeakable horrors as punishment to the people who threw him off the bridge? Like say having an army of pigeons following them for the rest of their lives. :twisted:

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Anyone else imagining types of unspeakable horrors as punishment to the people who threw him off the bridge? Like say having an army of pigeons following them for the rest of their lives. :twisted:


The classic punishment is to spend their next life as an abused dog.

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Once I understood what was happening, my heart started crying.


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Judging by the background, the adorable puppy was thrown off the bridge (perhaps in a burlap sack), so I guess you could say that!

Anyone else imagining types of unspeakable horrors as punishment to the people who threw him off the bridge? Like say having an army of pigeons following them for the rest of their lives. :twisted:

spending eternity filling tax forms, while standing in an infinite line, with a pen made of lead and filled with invisible ink.

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Also, I haven't mentioned this earlier, but has anyone else noticed that the puppy kinda looks a puppy version of Spot(Superdog)?

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Pretty depressing if you think to deep into it. A puppy who got a pre-mature death by drowning in a river, but at least the Cerberus is nice.

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what a adorable comic. A giant three-headed dog holding a big cookie is far more inviting than a skeleton holding a sythe.


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Also, I haven't mentioned this earlier, but has anyone else noticed that the puppy kinda looks a puppy version of Spot(Superdog)?

He does look like Spot. o_O
The patterns are all the same including the tail. Although the puppy has a slightly 'bluer' fur, but it might be due to the lighting.

And that makes this a little bit mind-blowing:
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The Puppy then decided to invade the mind of a well known dog and now lives his new life inside his brain as Spot (Super Dog).


Could this be something like the origin story of Spot? :o

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Man...now I hungry for cookies...

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Oh, God........ :(.

This was one of the first things I saw today. I seriously hope this is as dark as Housepets EVER gets. :(


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Also, I haven't mentioned this earlier, but has anyone else noticed that the puppy kinda looks a puppy version of Spot(Superdog)?

*points to his first post on the second page.*


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This was one of the first things I saw today. I seriously hope this is as dark as Housepets EVER gets. :(


I thought this was pretty dark, albeit hidden under a veneer of black humor.

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Wow, this is actually unexpected and kinda depressing. :(

At least the puppy is in a better place now and we get to see a soft side of Cerberus.

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Now, since gluttony is probably both frowned upon and pointless in Heaven, how long until they take the puppie's infini-chocolate cookie away? ...


I don't think it will be frowned upon for the puppy to eat the whole thing. Since it was given to him, it almost should be expected for him to enjoy all of it. (Also, bear in mind that I'm not saying how long the puppy has to finish it or even that he has to finish it all in one sitting. I am also not implying any gorging or binging, and I am not implying torture from forced eating.)

Since sin cannot be done in Heaven, it would be natural to think that what is given should be enjoyed, and also that the Receiver should be capable of handling the Giver's gifts. (And the memories thereof...hint hint)

To Rick, or whoever made the link: Thank you for creating the link to the comment thread directly from the comic. It is appreciated.

Also, is Bahamut the name of the dragon judge from Pete's trial? I noticed the tag and the corresponding yellow background around the text.

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I saw this comic and the thought came to mind of somewhere along the stairway to heaven, Cerberus singing the following song (three heads, I imagine she could):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Tin5aIlqeo


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I'm really sad about the puppy...

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So sad about the puppy.

Not a fan of the forum over the old comments, but I think it will grow on me.

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I don't get it.

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I saw this comic and the thought came to mind of somewhere along the stairway to heaven, Cerberus singing the following song (three heads, I imagine she could):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Tin5aIlqeo

Dude, I remember that movie.

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None the less this was quite different and seeing Cerberus again was cool. But was she talking to that Judge God from when Pete was in court?

Also when ever someone mentions Cerberus I keep thinking you're talking to me. XD

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On a separate note from my first comment, this scene reminds me of Bleach, the Anime. The riverside near the bridge is a common scene they use, and these panels were about 'reaping' the soul of the dead to bring them to a 'heaven' of sorts.

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Yeh, Rick, I know it used to be common, historically (and allegedly still happens in China), it just seems particularly awful when it's happening in a rich, free civilization like the pseudo-USA of the HP!verse instead of the primitive feudal "Hobbesian" nightmare of Oedipus Rex.
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I don't get it.
That puppy was disposed of by his owner, presumably by throwing him off the overpass to his death. Cerberus is escorting him to Heaven.

Now that I think of it, isn't this Rick's second "violation" of his every-strip-a-joke rule?

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Now that I think of it, isn't this Rick's second "violation" of his every-strip-a-joke rule?

I don't really care that there's no punch-line. This one is just one of those ones that may be dark but is also so full of hope and joy. Happy sadness is good sadness. :3


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I don't get it.

Cerberus has taken over as the Reaper.

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To make everyone even more sad! A musical interlude!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbMjgTPCjak

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I've never thought of "Tha Crossroads" as an inherently sad song. Probably because of the music video.

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