Love And War
Love And War
The tragic (okay, not really) end of Sasha and Bino's relationship.
Comic: "Swapping Gift" (click for full size)
Number of Comics 15
Dates Published February 11th - March 15th 2013
Featured Character(s)
Fox, Sasha, Bino

One-offs in Between

"Make Them Love You"

Previous Arc
One Cat's Treasure
Following Arc
Jack of One Trade

Love And War is the 67th arc in Housepets!.

This arc marks the end of Bino and Sasha's relationship and Bino and Fox's friendship.

Characters Edit

Plot Edit

Bino is preparing for a date with Sasha, and it's actually on Valentine's Day for once. Fox is surprised at the actual signs of maturity with Bino, though his selection of a film, Screaming Blood Cult VI, is rather odd. That plan, however, comes crashing down when Bino meets with Sasha to exchange Valentine's Day gifts. Bino's gift: white chocolate. Sasha's gift: A "Dear John" letter. Sasha proceeds to gleefully dump the shocked Bino.

Bino goes back to Fox afterward. The main concern is that this time, Sasha wants to date dogs other than Bino's brother, Fido. Bino is scared he's no longer good enough for he conspires to make the other neighborhood dogs look bad in comparison to him. Fox tells the other dogs at the Good Ol' Dogs' Club that they are going to arrange some lightning dates at the clubhouse with Sasha, and sabotage each date. Yeltsin speaks up that the other single guys at the club shouldn't be trying to help Bino's love life. Of course, that also means they're available for the plan.

Yeltsin makes the call to Sasha, and she agrees to go on some dates at the clubhouse. Before she arrives, Rex expresses concern that what they're doing is wrong. Fox counters that she did pick a bad time to break up with Bino, and he doubts anything they say or do could break her spirit.

Of course, things start to turn south on the date with Yeltsin. While she's her usual talkative self, he tells her to shut up, saying she sounds like a wind turbine. Although commended for making himself repugnant, Fox says he should lay off the personal jabs.

The other dates get worse and worse, ranging from bad habits, to raw TMI. By the time Fox gets to Sasha, she is an emotional train-wreck, and bursts into tears. She was made to feel ugly, like a used dishrag, by the previous dates. To her, it was like nobody cared. Instantly feeling guilty, Fox gives Sasha his bandana to dry her eyes and nose with, and comforts her.

Fox and Sasha spend a while talking about things. Eventually the subject turns to Bino. She says she saw hearts in her eyes when she first saw him...or maybe a reflection of her tag. She asks Fox why he sticks with Bino. He is unsure, except that he doesn't believe in abandoning those he considers friends. He also says a "quick knee-capping" works if he gets too out of line.

As the night comes to a close, Fox tells Sasha she can keep the bandana; he has spares. She thanks him with a kiss on the cheek, and calls him the pet name she's used for him before: Foxie-bon~. Now smitten, the husky dances home, singing the Broadway show tune "Maria" with Sasha's name swapped in. When he realizes he's singing a song from West Side Story, he remembers he failed at his task.

When he gets home, he asks Bailey hypothetically about what she would do if she fell in love with someone who had just broken up with her friend. Bailey bluntly tells him to just hook up with her already. That night, he boggles over the situation, thinking he wouldn't be a good boy if he traded one friend for another. But as he thinks of how things could be with Sasha, and the reality of how things are with Bino, he suddenly wonders why that choice took so long to make.

The next morning, he runs to Sasha, wanting to tell her something. But he's in for a shock. Sasha already has a new boyfriend: the police dog Kevin. She said her talk with Fox gave her confidence to go ahead with the date after everything else that happened. Fox drops what he wanted to say and walks away heartbroken.

But when he goes to face Bino about failing to turn Sasha back to him, he gets a worse shock. Bino also has a new girlfriend of his own: Duchess. Fox gets angry when he realizes all that work—as well as his emotional trauma—was for nothing.


  • Bino and Sasha break up after dating since the start of the comic.
    • Bino and Sasha are the only couple to break up during the comic's run-time. (Max and Sabrina and Pete and Cerberus all broke up before the comic)
  • This arc marks the start of the relationships of Bino and Duchess as well as Sasha and Kevin.
  • The events of this arc contribute to Fox ending his friendship with Bino.

Trivia Edit

  • The name of the arc is in reference to the saying "All is fair in Love and War."
  • This was the last arc that users were allowed to post comments on the website.Users can now comment on the forums.
  • A "Dear John letter" is a letter written to a husband or boyfriend by his significant other to inform him their relationship is over.

Story Arcs
Imaginate! | The Game | Cat Tail | The Raccoons | The Adventures of Spot | Fido's Return
| Mouse Mouse Revolution | Thematic Arc of Questionable Quality | The Zoo | The Grove |
Housepets Christmas | The Yarn Ball |
The Further Adventures of Spot | The Vet | A Mouse Named Spo | Zap! | Fall of the Pridelands |
The Continuing Adventures of Spot | A Sinister Shadow | Roadtrip Woo | Down At The Farm |
Money Sharks | n-ple Date | The Uncanny Adventures of Spot | The Visitor | Oops I Arced |
It's A Wonderful Dog's Life (All the King's Men) |
Ocean's Two | Imaginate, Too! | The Present | Spot McCloud Presents Comics |
Dog Days of Summer | Theme Park World | The Adventures of Stripe | Movie Night |
Scaredy Cats | Noob Tube | Hope of the Pridelands |
We're Snowed In! | The Preeminent Adventures of Spot | The Arc Specifically About Being Naked |
Not All Dogs | The Great Water Balloon War | Let's Imaginate Macbeth! | The Interview |
The Case of the Aztec Gold | A Respite In The Country | Spots and Stripes | A Holiday at the Zoo |
Housepets Babies! | Show Business | What Money Buys | The Mall |
The Critical Review of Spot | The Trial in Heaven | Let's Imaginate Guys and Dolls! |
Testing Grounds | Taking Cover | PsyCon | Getting Physical | PsyCon2: PsyConner |
The Retroactively Continuous Adventures of Spot | Temple Crashers |
All Hallow's Ween | The Unbearable Lightness Of Being A Dog |
One Cat's Treasure | Love And War | Jack of One Trade | The King And I |
Jungle Fever | Yes, Jessica, There Is An Opener Of Ways |
Let's Imaginate And Then There Were None! | What's The Story? |
Tiger's Very Own Super Special Television Show! |
Heaven's Not Enough, Part 1 | The Interlude of Spot | Heaven's Not Enough, Part 2 |
The Ineptitude of Spot | Heaven's Not Enough, Part 3 | I Need A Vacation
All Hallow's Ween: Resurrection | Rabbit's Foot | Pageantate! |
Maternal Instinct | Wolf's Clothing | Ea(s)ter | The Future of Tomorrow, Today! |
All's Fair, Part 1 | The Plot Against Spot | All's Fair, Part 2 |
Housepets 5000 BC, Part 1 | Housepets 5000 BC, Part 2 | Housepets 5000 BC, Part 3 |
Special Delivery |
The Spot-tacular Spot | Flip That Den! | Fort Pillow |
The 4 Animals You Meet In Heaven |
Puppy Power | Real Stories of the K9PD | Snow Joke |
Save the Date, Part 1 | Save the Date, Part 2 |
Temple Crashers 2: Temple Crashers, Part 1 | Temple Crashers 2: Temple Crashers, Part 2 |
Temple Crashers 2: 2 Temple 2 Crashers (Part 3) | Temple Crashers 2: Temple Crasherser (Part 4) | Temple Crashers 2: Temple Crash (Part 5) | Temple Crashers 2: First Blood Part 6 |
Temple Crashers 2: Oops (Part 7) | Temple Crashers 2: Final Crashers (Part 8) |
Temple Crashers 2: Epilogue Crashers (Part 9) | Call o' th' Wild |
Directed To Video | The Hot Springs Episode | Hot Springs Encore |
The Maxwell Thing |