I’m hoping that MUTTS is giving you a little comfort and joy during these uncertain times. So many of you are doing what you can to help. Adoptions and fostering rates are way up. Animal shelters (like St. Hubert’s in New Jersey, for instance), are helping people keep their animals by providing pet food to families suddenly in need. Nikki, a member of our own team, has been sewing masks for her local hospital. And I’ve never seen so many people taking their dogs for walks. Thank you, everyone, for all the good you do.
The social isolation we are all experiencing is familiar to a daily cartoonist. We are “quarantined” to our drawing boards quite a lot and I love it there. Drawing, or doing anything creative, is so deeply rewarding. It’s like being in a meditative state. Time disappears.
Give it a try. Pick up a pen, pencil, crayons, Play-Doh, or a musical instrument. Choreograph a dance. Write a poem, a short story, a haiku. Don’t judge yourself, just get lost in the “work” and enjoy it. Be like a child playing.
Draw your own MUTTS comic strip. What would you have Earl and Mooch do? Paint a portrait of your favorite character. Write and draw a shelter story about your own rescued dog or cat. We would love to post and share your creations on our site. I know I would love to see them.
I was thinking I could choose a few of your shelter or foster stories and draw my own version in MUTTS for publication in newspapers around the world. And, of course I will give you writing credit. Ali from our team has provided instructions on our blog to help you get started.
I would be remiss if I didn’t wish Jane Goodall a very happy birthday. She turns 86 on April 3. Everyone should watch her video on COVID-19 and read her recent interview in the New York Times. Her Institute is also gathering stories about “what Jane means to you.” If you’d like to participate, share your story on their site or use the hashtag #becauseofJane on social media.
Earth Day will be here soon. Pollution is down and wildlife is finding space to thrive, a silver lining in this storm.
Stay safe, my friends.