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MUTTS Through the Years: Meet Earl and Ozzie

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As part of our ongoing 25th anniversary celebration, we’re digging deep into our archives to reminisce on some of the sweetest, funniest, and most significant moments from the past two and a half decades of MUTTS.

To kick things off, please enjoy these strips from the very first week MUTTS was published, in which readers (and Patrick) met Earl the cartoon pup and his beloved guardian Ozzie!

Published on September 5, 1994


Published on September 6, 1994


Published on September 7, 1994


Published on September 8, 1994


Published on September 9, 1994


Published on September 10, 1994


Published on September 11, 1994


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18 thoughts on “MUTTS Through the Years: Meet Earl and Ozzie

  1. I love it all, especially Mooch, but the relationship between Earl and Ozzie has always warmed my heart. Thanks for reprinting their first week together.

  2. The September 7th strip is the one that caught my eye. Our dog at the time, Baby, had a favorite observation point in the doorway of the dining room/kitchen. The September 11th strip hooked me because Baby hated going out in the rain, but she LOVED being dried, brushed and cuddled afterwards.

  3. These are adorable. I’m 98% a cat person, but I like Earl (my favorite may be when Ozzie says “Sweet dreams, Earl” & Earl’s dream is of being curled up with Ozzie in bed – which is where he is having this dream

    1. Why does Mooch lisp?

      1. I had the pleasure of meeting Patrick McDonnell several years ago and asked him the same question (I always say “yesh”!). Mr. McDonnell told me that he patterned his shpeech after a classmate of his in school. Inspiration!

        1. I always say Yesh myself!

          I love seeing these early clips.

  4. This is wonderful! I love seeing the beginning of Mutts! Thank you!

  5. These are great–thank you!

  6. I LOVE Mutts! It brings me so much joy! Earl and Ozzie are just like my husband and our Yorkie, Mason!♥️

  7. Love seeing the old cartoons! Thank You ♥

  8. GOSH, I love Early Earl!!! hearts to Patrick forever

  9. The icing on the cake just keeps getting better. Woof.

  10. These are SO SWEET! Thank you for sharing!!

  11. Love it!

  12. I remember it well! The September 11 episode was the one that hooked me forever. Thank you!

  13. How did Earl and Mooch meet!

    1. Earl and Mooch did not know each other yet, but were neighbors. One day they both took a walk around the neighborhood and ended up under a tall stately tree. All of a sudden a squirrel aimed a nut at the top of Earl’s head bouncing off and hitting the top of Mooch’s head. They both fell down into a warm and cozy heap at the base of the tree and they stayed together forever after. BFF

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