Yeah, screw theiroutdated social mores!note Initial Pilot, Chapter 6: Peanut and Grape just spontaneously kissed at a neighborhood party, effectively "coming out" as a couple.
Housepets! the Series is a fan fiction story written by Valerio Pastore, that is posted in the fan forums of the webcomic it was derived from, Housepets! Originally written in valerio's native Italian, it was at first translated to English by "Lightwolf21", with the occasional illustration, usually by "Stu" (as well as one illustration by Rick Griffin himself). As of currently, HP!TS is written directly into English by Valerio and edited with the help of fans.Set in an Alternate Reality that spun off from the arc "Down at the Farm", it was inspired by a series of fan fictions set during that arc that explored the "Grapenut" (Grape + Peanut) ship. Attitudes about Interspecies Romance begin to change when a new family, composed of Martin J. Foster and his four pets -three dogs and one cat- move into Babylon Gardens.It has grown from a mere Grapenut shipping fantasy to its own highly-detailed metaverse, complete with Loads and Loads of Characters and crossovers with other Housepets! fan fiction titles.The saga is split into four seasons thus far. Each season is split into 20 "episodes" with an average of 3-5 chapters in length each, with a grand total of 325 chapters to date. It occasionally re-tells elements from the actual canon, and sometimes is edited when new details are revealed in the actual canon. (For example, when many of the characters' last names were revealed with the 2012 Art Evolution.)The saga begins here. For your convenience, there is also a table of contents and list of characters.
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Alternate Universe: Apparently so, though the author tried to fit in as much canon material as possible. Even the first special episode has Peanut and King from canon warped into the universe of this fic. Then there is Episode 16 of Season 2. And recently, the third special in which both universes are fanon.
Backstory: There are fanfics that inspired the author into writing this. This include Starcrossed, Auld Lang Syne, and Symphony in Periwinkle. The latter is incomplete but you should know how it ended anyway.
Broken Bird: Grape has abandonment issues that her friends tried hard to console her from. Tarot is revealed to be this as well. Volant is a male example. Even Bino is revealed to have a bit of this.
Chirping Crickets: When, during a party, Peanut publicly asks Grape to marry him, thus causing instant mass silence.
Contrived Coincidence: According to The Rick, the blue-eyed wolf cub’s unofficial name is Darth Vader Sanchez. In this fic, it’s Lightsaber and she’s a girl who tends to choose a boy’s name. Whether or not this is a Fandom Nod has yet to be indicated.
Disappeared Dad: Budweiser. He allowed his career as a K-9 officer to break up his family. He wouldn't allow the same to happen to his son Peanut.
Mod was Spo's grandfather. He is back as a ghost.
Drill Sergeant Nasty: Budweiser. Former instructor at the K-9 academy, he gave his own son, Peanut, quite a hard time.
Temno and Natalie Domina: Black wolf, Captain of the Special Security Forces at Xanadu, and his human partner. Wishing them a good night is a sure way to spend a night of sufferance!
Easily Forgiven: Peanut called out on Spirit Dragon for manipulating Tarot into escaping to another dimension when the problems could’ve been solved with the help of her friends. After SD was penalized into breaking contract with Tarot, Peanut insisted angrily that the former is not needed anymore. About fourteen episodes later, SD helped Peanut and Grape on another miracle and the dog, being who he is, actually thank her and said she’s still the coolest.
Elaborate Underground Base: Xanadu is a facility where Gottschalk creates the coolest, most futuristic stuff, military and civilian.
The Kingpin is an underground replica of Terrace High, and it is intended as a luxury emergency shelter
Flatline: Averted. When Peanut wakes up from a week-long coma after his run-in with a crazy Rottweiler, Grape hugs him so passionately she snaps off his ECG leads, giving his doctors a scare.
Four Legs Good, Two Legs Better: In rare occasion, dogs and cats can walk on all fours which they consider primitive. Grape spent episodes as a quadruped to save herself the back pains from being pregnant with five kittens.
Freak Out!: Zachary, after his tragic experience, spends some time in isolation ward in the company of his lucid nightmares.
Inverted with King and Bailey. They (will) have two corgi females, and a husky male.
Generation Xerox: Dayshaun looks exactly like Peanut, except he's a cat.note One of their daughters, Tarot, is almost completely purple like Grape, but with a white spot on her forehead.A spoiler picture revealed King and Bailey's pups will match their fur color, too.
Good Shepherd: Saint Anthony Abbot, protector of animals, is known to have founded an order dedicated to the non-human creatures. After being persecuted in Europe during the XIV century's Great Plague, the order moved to the Americas.
Brother Lazarus, a cat who survived multiple attempts to suppress him at a shelter, was ordered as priest by the Order, though Rome doesn't still recognize this authority.
Happily Married: Peanut and Grape's marriage was the first in this fiction. They started a new social trend!
Heroic BSOD: An example is when the barn cats flirted with Peanut. Or when Tegan steals a kiss from the dog, short-circuiting him.
Heroic Dog: The Lucky Charm Grove has guard teams of humans and military dogs.
Police dogs watch over Terrace High
Military dogs are employed to look over the FNERL and Xanadu
Laika was actually the first USSR cosmonaut and she returned alive from her mission of orbiting Earth three times. She became a hero and left her pawprint in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Heroic Sacrifice: Peanut almost loses his life to defend his Dad from a vicious Rottweiler.
Even Zachary, of all pets, risks his life to check on the kits of the raccoons who adored him.
Martin Foster's Self-Sacrifice Scheme allows him to save Babylon Gardens from one of the vicious dogs, but he loses his arm in the process. Averted when the surgeons reattach it successfully.
Later on, that same dog Martin killed reappears as a ghost, and sacrifices itself to help Martin.
Honest Corporate Executive: Raimund Radulph Gottschalk. While richer than the Milton Ferrets, he will go as far as possible if this will help him reach social equality between animals and humans.
Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Taken to the extreme with Saga, a mouse who’s as short, if not, shorter than Spo, who hitch a ride on Samson, a Saint Bernard who tower over even the Foster twin. Of course, for the romantic example, Tegan and Samson were this as well.
To dogs, anise works like strong drinks for humans, while catnip acts like cannabis for cats.
Identical Grandson: Rufus’s granddaughter, Joline. Bud even look like an older version of his son. And don’t get started on Dayshaun.
Interspecies Romance: Explored in detail, especially early on. Specifically, we have Peanut and Grape, as well as OCs Alcor (male cat) and Mizar (female dog). Fido and Sabrina from the canon remain a couple as well, though Joey and Squeak's relationship comes to an end. Later, Joey started dating and eventually married one of the Bigglesworth Cats.
Just in Time: At the last minute before the bomb inside the Foster mansion was triggered, Kevin Marsh managed to defuse the transmitter with a sniper rifle. Averted with Episode 16 of Season 2 where the heroes had 24 hours to rescue Tarot and spared several hours left upon succeeding.
Kick the Dog: Thomas and Celia Milton abandoned Volant when he was a puppy.
Grape was abandoned by her owners, and years later they came back to take her away in order to squeeze money from her co-tutor, Martin. EpicFail.
Killed Off for Real: Silver and Zen, the raccoons who originally worshipped Zach. This is when it gets dark for the first time in this fic.
Rufus, the dog of Peanut and Grape's Uncle Reuben, dies of old age early on.
Loads and Loads of Characters: Valerio has a rich imagination (although it must be noted that several characters were kindly created by his fans during a couple of contests). Not to mention offspring, and crossover characters.
Luxury Prison Suite: The Lucky Charm Grove for the Abandoned and the Ferals is THE shelter where any stray would willingly spend the rest of his/her life. Martin made sure that all guests are treated at the finest even should they not find a new family. Heck, they can even be PICKY with the people coming to visit them! The place has also school, laboratories, theater...
Mood Whiplash: Emotions can get yanked every which way like a rag doll at times. For the first time in the middle of Season 1.
Pet Heirs: Averted. The six ferrets who inherited the Late Henry Milton's fortunes have lost everything to Thomas and Celia Milton and now live at the wolves' house.
Plausible Deniability: As weird as things sometimes get in Babylon Gardens, it would be hard for people to accept that Peanut and Grape actually produced offspring together. So their cover story is that Alcor is the father. Their children were made as kittens, and one even has almost all white fur.
Reality Ensues: After getting positive reaction from his friends when his relationship with Sabrina is revealed, Fido decided to open this to his police colleagues. It doesn’t end well.
Tranquil Fury: Martin is known for this. You do not want to mess with him.
Uncle Pennybags: Martin has turned his lottery win in an animal welfare business, AND he co-adopted Peanut and Grape, AND hired their owners at a ludacrious wage.
Vague Age: Although The Rick stated the dog and cat’s lifespan are twice that of real-life counterparts, one of his short stories retconned this to an average of 40 human years. In this fic, it’s hard to determine especially for ones who are between 5 and 20. One example is Pawdrick who is 16 years old and T.J. is stated to be about the same age as him, which means the same for his twin sister Daisy. Same thing applies to Tegan and Elliot who are 15 which is about a decade older than Peanut and Grape.
Xanatos Gambit: Bino encouraged Peanut to join the Academy with him with the notion that if the latter became a good cop, he’ll owe the former big time thus improving his reputation and if not, it will be proof that cat lovers are too soft. Of course, this is not without challenge when Grape found out about it.
Yank the Dog's Chain: Tiger gained his deserved self-esteem from the beginning and things mostly end well for him…that is, until he learned that his love for Celestia was not meant to be thus reverting him back to his old self. He’s still working out though, albeit excessively.