Testing Grounds
Genuflecting Pool
Nothing is worse than wasting a perfectly good apology.
Comic: "Genuflecting Pool" (click for full size)
Number of Comics 3
Dates Published July 23rd - July 27th 2012
Featured Character(s)
Following Arc
Taking Cover

Testing Grounds is the 57th arc in Housepets!.

This arc marks the beginning of a series of several weekly arcs (or "vignettes" as Rick calls them) consisting of only 3 comics, ending with The Retroactively Continuous Adventures of Spot.



Itsuki is seen in Mr. Sandwich's office at the auto-repair shop, apologizing and requesting time off for summer exams. Mr. Sandwich agrees to, as he's seen Itsuki studying during his breaks. Itsuki tries to apologize again for taking up company time, but Mr. Sandwich says that school is good as long as his work gets done. The annoyed tanuki asks if he can finish, because he doesn't want to waste a good apology. Mr. Sandwich replies that his groveling is cute.

On the day of the exam, just as the test starts, Itsuki's phone goes off, and his continuous attempts to shut it off result in the phone making more disruptive sounds with each press. After the test, Itsuki goes and apologizes to his professor, begging him not to fail him, but his professor is quick to let him off the hook, though reminds him that sleep is more important than last-minute study. Itsuki gets a 67 on the test, which is much lower than usual for him, and frets over the shame of lowering his student visa and telling his father. His professor tells him he still has a 'A' average, and his GPA hasn't been affected. Itsuki is frustrated that no-one allocates shame in this country.


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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 |