A Note from Patrick: January 2019 | MUTTS

A Note from Patrick: January 2019

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For all that has been,
Thank you.
For all that is to come,
— Dag Hammarskjold (as read by Mooch)

Hello friends,

Happy 2019! Hopefully you had a wonderful holiday season and were able to spend it in the company of people and animals who make your heart happy. As we enter a new year, there are many fond memories to be grateful for and plenty of new adventures ahead.

Last month, we celebrated the second annual Gift of Nothing Day and heard from people around the world who shared the message of The Gift of Nothing. You can read some of their stories here. In December I was presented with an award from Animal Care Centers of New York City at their annual Boroughbred Ball. ACC of NYC is a model large-city municipal shelter that does innovative work to help homeless and surrendered animals. They are true heroes.

In October, we teamed up with The Dodo to create a series of social media-based MUTTS Shelter Stories to promote real-life adoptions. The animals featured in the illustrations came from shelters across the country — including ACC of NYC, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, and Secondhand Hounds.

Last year my children’s book A Perfectly Messed-Up Story won the Buckaroo Book Award. Yippie ki-yay! This award, presented annually by the Wyoming Library Association and the Wyoming State Reading Council, is a unique privilege because its nominees and winners are chosen by students in kindergarten through third grade. Just thinking about it makes me smile.

Next month, Team MUTTS will once again join Petco Foundation for their annual “Love Changes Everything” campaign, which will include multiple nationwide adoption weekends and other fun events. The team is also preparing to roll out Social for Shelters, a project which provides free social media assets to help animal organizations boost their digital reach. We’ll share more details about both of these projects in the coming weeks.

As you may remember, “Me…Jane: The Dreams and Adventures of Young Jane Goodall” (the musical adaptation of my children’s book about Jane Goodall’s childhood) premiered at The Kennedy Center in late 2017. It was a true joy seeing this story come to life on stage, and I’m pleased to announce that the production will be on tour in several different cities this year. A full list of locations and tour dates is available on our blog.

Finally, an announcement 25 years in the making (175 according to Earl): a new book celebrating the silver anniversary of MUTTS will be published in the fall by Abrams. It will be a beautiful coffee table art book, and right now it’s keeping me quite busy. I’ve been doing a deep dive into my career and am choosing what I think best represents MUTTS. I can’t wait to see it completed and to be able to share it with all of you.

Happy New Year!


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36 thoughts on “A Note from Patrick: January 2019

  1. Patrick, I am among your other admirers here who get the comic in my inbox every day. And every day, Mutts makes me smile! As a 4th grade teacher in a New Jersey urban school, I share Mutts with my students whenever I can. I get your Shelters Stories Calendar and the kids take turns reading the daily panel. They also fight for it at the end of the day. In June, I bring out my collection of Mutts books and the kids LOVE to see the autographs you wrote in them. I only met you once at a Barnes and Nobel book signing, but I too feel like you are one of my favorite people!

    If you ever travel on the Parkway to visit South Jersey (near AC), we would love to have you visit our class sometime!

    Again, thanks for bringing your love of animals to us all.

    Mary Lenahan

  2. Thank you for your devotion to animals and children’s writings. I am glad places like Petco and Petsmart have been working with animal shelters to help find new homes for shelter dogs – please ask HSUS to mention this in their newsletters that many chain stores are doing this to help shelters and not necessarily promoting puppy mills as they have in the past. Thank you for bringing awareness to what devotion the shelters are doing for those helpless animals and representing those in need of adoption. Your work is truly amazing in so many ways. Rare to find someone who is using your talents and calling in life in helping others such as you are doing! You are a blessing to this world.

  3. Happy New Year to you too! Thanks for all of the work you do to help shelter animals get adopted. Thanks also for encouraging young people to read books. And, of course, thank you so much for Mutts. I look forward to reading your brilliant cartoon every day. Shelter Stories are so important. I’m sure they’re inspired people to adopt, not shop!👍🐾💛

  4. I am in love with every single Mutt, including the four that I adopted over the years.

  5. A simple thought: I am in love with every single Mutt, including the four that I had over the years.

  6. Thank you to Patrick McDonnell and to all the MUTTS team for generous servings of hope and kindness every day. I treasure my morning Mutts and can’t wait to see your Silver Anniversary creation. Wishing you a marvelous day.

  7. Thank you for your Great Love. Rowan, Kipu, Duo, Relina, and Vivi!
    P.S. our mom still would like Guard Dog to have at least a little free time and a chance to show people how very good and heroic he can be.

  8. Thank-You for all you do. We Love You!!!!

  9. Hi. Happy to be a small part of the Mutts family. My daily e-mails brings me such joy and always makes me smile. And trust me I really need something to smile about! So looking forward to another year in the excellent company of Mooch, Earl and you Patrick. Will eagerly await more news about that book!! Best wishes to the whole Mutts-family for 2019. Cloe🐾 and Maud.

  10. Thank you for your work so inspiring & for tell us who we can be using kindness, attention & respect for all creatures! Reading Mutts & sharing with people I love is one of the most heartwarming things ever made! When Mutts arrived in my life a special sun raised in my days! Mooch, Earl, Stinky, Dog Guard & friends are by now a sunny & deep part of our family & frinds lives! Thank you!!!

  11. Patrick, your “Shelter Stories” are far and away my favorites.

    Keep doing what you are doing….so well.

  12. I look forward to adding the Silver Anniversary book to my collection.

  13. Thank you for all your work on behalf of our four-legged friends and companions. Somehow, ‘thank you’ isn’t enough to express our appreciation of your work.

  14. We love you Patrick! Thanks!

  15. What makes MUTTS unique is that you have such deep understanding and love for both animals and humans. Please keep on keepin’ on! The world is crying for the ideas expressed in MUTTS. Kindness matters more than ever now, and you bring us all a bit of it every day. Thank you.

  16. My favorite one of your comics is the one of the dog in the shelter who is certain that every day is the day he is to be adopted. And every day he is wrong, until the last panel, when he is! It always makes me smile, just as it always makes me cry.

  17. Congratulations on the new accolades! I can hardly wait to see your Silver Anniversary coffee table art book!

  18. You must be pleased with California’s new law to fight puppy mills. Yay!

  19. Everyday I look forward to your wonderful poetic story full of love, kindness, giggles and truth. Honestly, you are one of my favorite people whom I have never met.
    so happy you do what you do. and you do it so so well.
    thank you.

  20. Patrick, if you have time in your wonderful busy life, and for further inspiration (as if you need any), please take the time to visit, on facebook, the ‘Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary’ (OFSDS) in Mt. Juliet, Tenn. Their work there for our senior dogs is truly inspiring.

    Thank you for all you have done and continue to do to help and raise awareness thru humor and love, for the plight of our beloved animals all over the world!!

    I fell in love with your style and humor in my first ever viewed comic in the La times……”Chicky Schnoodle Soup”!! (still on my fridge!) 💜🐶🐱💜

  21. Happy New Year and thank you so much for all you do. Mooch and Earl and their beloved pals lift my heart daily. To me, they are all real. True good-doers and such great-hearted souls. As are you, of course, for you bring them to life. Huge congrats on the upcoming MUTTS book! I can’t wait to have one. Now if only you could clone yourself – the world needs more like you. That would be so grand…

  22. I discovered Mutts in 2004. My father died that year and in his library were these wonderful books. I’ve been collecting and reading Mutts ever since.
    While I am in love with all the characters I think Stinky Pudding’ is my favorite. Keep making my day Patrick!

  23. I have known Patrick for over 43 years and his commitment to our non hominid brothers and sisters is unwavering. I can not be more proud to call him my friend. Thank you Patrick!

  24. Happy New Year, Patrick. I look forward to all the adventure you and the rest of the animal clan take. And I am anxiously awaiting the coffee table book.

    all the best!

  25. Wonderful reading your “thought”. I read Mutts everyday it makes the day begin well and feeling good❤️❤️❤️❤️

  26. I have to have my Mutts fix everyday or else I’m a mesh! Thank you for all of your wonderful work and messages of peace and kindness. 🙂

  27. I love mutts – especially Mooch. Thanks for always lifting my spirits. sc

  28. Mutts makes my day. You get it right every single time. I get your daily email, plus you are in my local newspaper in CT. Thank you for all the work you do for the animals…….

  29. The Roanoke, VA Times doesn’t feature Mutts. My daughter sent me the site and now I get it everyday on my e-mail. I pass it on to friends. Thanks for all the good work you do.

  30. I am new to Mutts as of last year but I can tell you that it has made a lifetime impression on me in that short time. Patrick, your dedication to animal welfare is noteworthy. Thank you for that. Your beloved critters in Mutts resonate to my very core of being. Earl and Mooch reside in my heart now forever. I live next door to a Guard Dog and it breaks my heart every day. Thank you for doing what you do each and every day and I look forward to adding your new book to my collection.

  31. What uplifting work you do in this world with the talent you’ve been given. Not too many careers let both humans as well as all other creatures great and small benefit.

  32. I start my day with MUTTS. It is my morning greeting to all my family. I support all things relating to our animal friends. I buy your really fun stuff. My family received their gifts in the “gift of nothing” boxes this year. I am approaching my 95th but still young at heart!
    I’ll be watching for your book!

    1. You have a few years on me-but I agree-every day i look forward to Mutts-Makes me feel years younger as I smile at those cute kids! Thanks
      Patrick for making the world a happier place for animals and people who love them-and YOU!

  33. I look forward to the book! MUTTS has been a joy for as long as you’ve been writing it. The NYT doesn’t publish cartoons — except for one on the opinion page which was aimed at the current occupant of the White House. It’s taken the place of Peanuts in my heart (although I still read it, too).

  34. As always deep gratitude for ALL that you do for our ‘non human’ loved ones, big and small, near and far….I hope some day to see how you weave a Vegan lifestyle into at least one of the humans that are in the strip occasionally.

    Happy New Year, till ALL are free, Karen

    1. Patrick, thanks for all you do! We named the rescue cat we adopted Mooch (from NKLA here in Los Angeles) and he is a daily reminder in our home of the magnificence of animals, and our obligation to help them — even the ones who don’t live with us.

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