A Note From Patrick: July 2018 | MUTTS

A Note From Patrick: July 2018

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Yello! It’s some, some, summertime!

Since our last newsletter, the online MUTTS community seems more active and engaged than ever. On National Pet Memorial Day, hundreds of you shared your Rainbow Bridge stories with us — and we watched as our amazing community of readers offered hugs and support, even from afar, to those experiencing recent loss. When Ali from Team MUTTS wrote about finding a stray shih tzu, many of you inquired about adopting the dog. (This sweet pup ended up finding a forever home, by the way.) We also heard from a reader, age 19, who emailed us just to say the daily MUTTS email is an appreciated source of positivity in her life.

I speak for the entire team when I say we feel honored that you share these messages and important parts of your life with us. Thank you.

Here’s a bit about what’s been happening lately.

This fall, Team MUTTS will launch “MUTTS Social for Shelters,” an exciting new program that will provide free, curated social media content for animal shelters and rescue groups. This content will consist of MUTTS comic strips and other images (similar to what we usually post on FacebookInstagram, and our other social channels).

Our goal? To help shelters — big and small — boost their social media presence and get even more animals adopted. We will begin with a one-month pilot program on August 1, and we’re looking for shelters interested in participating. If you work or volunteer at a shelter or rescue group and would like to join our pilot program, click here to fill out a short questionnaire or visit our blog for more info about the project.

Last month, I had the pleasure of attending a seal release facilitated by the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, a wonderful non-profit organization based in Brigantine, New Jersey. The MMSC has responded to thousands of marine animal strandings since its founding in 1978.

At the release on June 18, which took place at New Jersey’s Sandy Hook Beach, three grey seals — two females and one male who had become injured and stranded due to ocean pollution — were released into the wild by MMSC staff. I was one of the animal lovers who watched from a distance. Seeing these rehabilitated seals make their way back into the water was a moving experience, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to witness it. You can read more about seal releases in this MMSC event write-up by MUTTS guest blogger (and ASPCA’s 2016 Kid of the Year), my friend Willow Phelps.

How can you help marine mammals (and all sea life)? One easy thing you can do is shun plastic straws.

As you likely know, I have long admired Dr. Jane Goodall and all she does to speak up on behalf of animals and the environment. On July 14, I invite you to join me in celebrating the first annual World Chimpanzee Day, in honor of the day in 1960 when Dr. Goodall first visited Tanzania’s Gombe Stream National Park.

The goals of this special occasion include raising awareness about the threats chimps face in the wild (like habitat loss and wildlife trafficking) and promoting their proper care in captive situations. We will be sharing chimp-related posts on the MUTTS blog and social media channels leading up to July 14, but in the meantime, you can also learn more by visiting WorldChimpanzeeDay.com.

Here’s to a great summer where we can continue to show kindness to animals and each other.


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25 thoughts on “A Note From Patrick: July 2018

  1. We love you we love Mutts We love you we love Mutts We love you we love Mutts (from my 2 cats, Stanley & Francine)
    I love you and your beautiful family of animals and their people too. (from me)

  2. each and every am, I look forward first to see what the Mutts are doing and am laughing/crying – most wonderful way to start the day – am amazed at the great way these characters come in our lives and become endearing and the expectations that they fill – thanks and keep up the good writing …

  3. I love MUTTS! It’s what I look forward to every morning and in the political gloom surrounding us now, it is a breath of fresh air!

    1. My thoughts exactly!!

  4. Best way to start the day!!

  5. As an Admin to Save Nosey Now, Inc, a non-profit dedicated to ending circus animal exploitation, it is often an emotional struggle to stay strong for the work that must be done to bring freedom to exotic animals held captive in circuses across the US and the world. Sometimes I forget to open my Daily Mutts. Then, when the moment comes that I need Mutts the most, there he is. Please support TEAPSPA, Traveling Exotic Animal & Public Safety Protection Act.

  6. Hello Patrick and your team, I love your strips and share them to all my friends. I am happy and blessed to have in my life a lovely Shi Tzu named Sushi. And I must say that your strips inspire me to be a better human to my dog. My first goal in life is to be Sushi’s beloved Ozzy. Thank you for your art. It is truly a lifechanger.

  7. Mutts first thing every morning. What a way to start the day!! Always brings out so many emotions. And when Earl, Mooch, Stinky Puddin, et al, from time to time poke a bit of fun at us humans – well they are right on track with their observations. And we are the better for it.

  8. It may not be the first email in the list but MUTTS is the first one I open. Thank you, Patrick, for always starting my day on a pawsitive note.❤️

  9. I love MUTTS!!!!! I have been reading it since it was first published and look forward to seeing it in my Facebook feed. thank you for all you do for animals in shelters and homeless animals also!

  10. I could not endure the daily news if I didn’t start each morning with Earl and Mooch. Thank you.

  11. I’ve been enjoying Mutts daily for many many years. Thank you, Patrick for bringing these wonderful little characters into my life.

  12. Thanks for the “Daily Mutts” I get in my IN-Box and share with my husband. And Thank You for letting me share my pictures of our kitties Sarge & Miss Daisy on your site. Adopt/Re-Home/Rescue …Home/Food/Love…and keep safe…fur-ever.

  13. Thank you so much for helping animals, they can’t speak for themselves! 🐾🐈🐕🐶🐾

  14. Hi Patrick,
    On the first day of school every year I introduced all of the Mutts characters to my 2nd grade class via the Smartboard. Throughout the year we read together your strips for holidays, Zooland science unit, ones where you used puns and idioms, and many that showed just plain kindness. Often parents would ask me about Mutts and where they could read it! What a wonderful teaching tool-the kids LOVED it! I have received Mutts in my email for years and years and have them on my refrigerator and iPad. They are timeless and make me smile every day! Love all the Mutts characters, but especially Earl, and Mooch, who reminds me of my beloved 19 year old Burmese cat, Chai-Te. 💗

    1. What a wonderful teacher you are! Teaching children about animals and kindness at the same time! God bless you and your students!

  15. Thanks so much for Earl & Mooch, guard dog, etc. I love my daily Mutts. Also your books make great gifts for my nieces.😳

  16. Hi, Patrick! I’m forwarding the Newshletter to our shelter. By the way, I bought myself a metal straw that I carry around. Good conversation starter.

  17. My mutts calendar brightens many of my mornings! Of course, the shelter strips bring tears yet it is wonderful how you are getting the awareness out there! Thank you for all you do! <3

  18. Thank you so much for giving me my first morning chuckle. I can always count on Mutts being in my email and making me smile. I appreciate all the things you do for animals and I try to help out. I adopted three tabby’s from Clifton Animal Shelter. I feed two strays on my deck. I put out food for the birds and water when it’s really hot. I purchase a lot of stuff on your website which I know some of the money will be donated. I love the quality of everything I’ve bought. So again thank you for watching out for all our furry friends. There is a special place in heaven for people who are kind to all of God’s creatures.

  19. Thanks Patrick; You have the VERY best way of spreading empathy for others…..thru example, and your illustrations.

    By the way I did meet you at a Book Signing Event in Naperville, Illinois a little over a year ago. It was a wonderful experience. I did follow up with sending you a package of materials, artwork, posters and tee shirts that I do to help get the word out about the cruelty of 24 Hour Chaining of Dogs. I followed it up with 3 cards to you later on. I’ve never heard back from you. Now wondering if they ever arrived? I sent all of them to the New Jersey address that Matt sent me, whenever I’ve purchased MUTTS collector strips. ( which I’ve done 8 times now )

    Do you recall receiving ANY of them?

    Reg Green
    110 Sunrise
    Loda, Illinois 60948

    1. Hi Reg,

      I spoke with Patrick and he definitely recalls meeting you in Illinois. He did get your package a year ago and truly appreciates all you do for animals, particularly rescues. He regrets that he is so far behind in responding to his mail. I’ve forwarded your address so he can reply.

      — Ali from Team MUTTS

  20. Patrick,

    Hi! You have no idea how good it is to see a strip about the lives of shelter animals. You are amazing. I own so many works of yours, as well as your shirts and jackets. I have helped you a adoption organization for close to 5 years and now I will be helping with a rescue group. Thanks for everything you do.

  21. Thank you Patrick from me and the entire planet
    Luv mew,
    Mr. Meowgi🐾
    Little wolf🐺

  22. Patrick, we are so humbled and proud at the same time that you attended our seal release! Thank you for mentioning our name and website! We hope to see you again soon.

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