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Brutus

A retired military dog adopted by a civilian family. Now Pixie's "big brother".


  • Big Brother Instinct: To Pixie, naturally.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Brutus presumably saw a lot of nasty things in his military career and continues to be fairly dark and gruff. Pixie is a sweet little kitten who tries to make friends with everybody, happily offers to share her bed with Brutus, and apologizes for pouncing (which she's apparently unaware is too minor to hurt).
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  • The Comically Serious: A large part of the comic's humor comes from Brutus continuing to act like a military dog in the much friendlier setting of a normal house, especially when contrasted with Pixie's innocence and enthusiasm.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Brutus wears an almost-perpetual frown, has two nasty facial scars, and took part in some form of combat. Upon meeting him for the first time, Lola and Mr. Wrinkles are shaken, and Lola says that Brutus looks like he breakfasts on nails. However, he easily falls into the role of sweet, protective big brother to Pixie.
  • Face of a Thug: Not that he can exactly help it. Brutus' face is proof that the boy has seen some... stuff, but he is very calm and patient with his hyperactive new little sister. The neighbors' pets take a while to get used to it.
    Lola: You must be our— [Brutus turns to face them] ...new ...n-neighbor.
    [Beat Panel while Lola and Mr. Wrinkles stare in horror]
    Lola: ...yeeeah, so we just thought we'd introduce ourselves, a-and wish you a merry scar face
    Mr. Wrinkles: —CHRISTMAS
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  • Female Feline, Male Mutt: The Male Mutt to Pixie's Female Feline.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Getting past his grizzled, not-so-social exterior, Brutus is a good guy with a good heart.
  • Moe Couplet: With Pixie.
  • Scars Are Forever: He has scars on his face, presumably injuries of war.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Implied to have PTSD.

Pixie

A cute little kitten and Brutus' adopted little sister.


  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Brutus presumably saw a lot of nasty things in his military career and continues to be fairly dark and gruff. Pixie is a sweet little kitten who tries to make friends with everybody, happily offers to share her bed with Brutus, and apologizes for pouncing (which she's apparently unaware is too minor to hurt).
  • Catchphrase: Pixie says "Wowee!" when she's excited about something.
  • Children Are Innocent: And Brutus will do anything to preserve that innocence.
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  • Cute Kitten: Kittens don't get much cuter than Pixie! She's designed to be as cute as possible, with big eyes and an innocent demeanor. While Brutus doesn't go into full Cuteness Proximity, he has a soft spot for her.
  • Female Feline, Male Mutt: The Female Feline to Brutus' Male Mutt.
  • Genki Girl: She's got a lot of energy for such a tiny cat.
  • Hidden Depths: Apparently has an encyclopedic knowledge of Simians as she could correctly identify a Hainan Black Creasted Gibbon at the zoo and corrected Brutus for calling it a monkey and not an ape.
  • Moe Couplet: With Brutus.
  • Nice Girl: She unhesitatingly accepts Brutus as her new family member.

Randal

A raccoon who likes making mischief in the neighborhood. He finds his usual dealings a lot less easy once Brutus shows up.


  • Dirty Coward: Randal will threaten or bully pets who are too small (Pixie) or too timid (Hugo) to fight back, but when faced with a pet who refuses to take his nastiness without a fight, he quakes in terror.
  • Jerkass: Best shown when he intimidates Hugo into handing over his bone.
  • Mugging the Monster: He manages to greatly upset Brutus by threatening Pixie. He learns enough from this to not make such a dangerous decision again.
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