Maternal Instinct
Maternal Instinct
A look into the Wolves' ideas on humans
Comic: "The Eagles Are Coming" (click for full size)
Number of Comics 6
Dates Published January 2nd - January 14th 2015
Featured Character(s)
Previous Arc
Following Arc
Wolf's Clothing

Maternal Instinct is the 86th arc in Housepets!.

This arc marks the first mention of Rex's mother, Mrs. Holloway. Also the last comic in the arc marks Housepets!'s 1,000th comic strip.

Characters Edit

Plot Edit

Lucretia has been volunteered to organize a baby shower for Mrs. Holloway, Rex's mom, along with a member of a housewives group she is part of. She is excited to show what she has learned about humans, and sneak in some "good old fashioned forest wisdom". She then wonders why they don't guard their den, lest their babies get snatched by eagles. Miles says that's what Eagle Scouts are for.

One of the leaders of the group, Mrs. McLuhan, wants a simple, traditional baby shower. Lucretia, however wants it to be special, however her understanding of human maternity appears to be heavily influenced by the soap operas she watches. Later, Rex helps her wrap up some small presents. When he reveals his mom is only having one child, Lucretia thinks she may have overestimated the number of diapers she got. Rex, however, says she didn't.

During the baby shower Lucretia tells all the other women about a fight she had once in the woods as well as special things you can do with bones. After explaining the best way to feed your baby liver she offers everyone lunch, however everyone cringes. Lucretia later is talking with Mrs. Holloway, explaining she wanted to make the baby shower special because in the wild the young aren't expected to live long, so it's an important task to take care of them and the mother. She then offers the motger some bone marrow, however Mrs. Holloway responds with nausea leading Lucretia to think she's going into labor.

Back at their house Lucretia is talking with Miles, telling him that the way the humans reacted makes her doubt herself and think that she's not as good of a mother as she thinks she is. Miles tells her she's not, in fact she is ten times better and kisses her on the forehead. They share a moment when Sanchez comes into the room asking if he and the other cubs can watch TV. Lucretia tells him that her soap-operas are on, so they'll have to fight her for it.


  • Mrs. Holloway, Rex's mother, is pregnant with a child.


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)