Welcome to the MUTTS November Newshletter. With November, we begin the season of gratitude and joy. And this November there is lots to be thankful for!
I’m enthused about a project that I have been working on with fellow cartoonist and Charles M. Schulz Museum board member Robb Armstrong. It’s in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Charles Schulz’s birth which is next Saturday, November 26th. I can’t say too much more here, but there will be an article about it which will appear in newspapers scheduled for Wednesday, the 23rd. As you know, ‘Sparky’ is the reason I became a cartoonist and Peanuts was a major influence on my comic strip. And it was Sparky who advised me to name my comic strip dog after my own dog, Earl.
The cover for my collaboration with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Heart To Heart, has finally been revealed (!) and the book will soon be available for pre-order, including here at MUTTS.com. The publisher has created a downloadable illustrated print for anyone who pre-orders. (We will supply the info needed so you can get yours.) The book itself will be available on January 24th, and it has a strong, hopeful message of environmental and animal protection. The book has been an honor to create and I am humbled and delighted by the result. I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts about it.
The Me...Jane musical had performances at Northwestern University this month and, although I wasn't able to see the play, this review was so uplifting! It is one of my greatest hopes that the play will continue to reach our youth with Jane's Goodall's message of kindness and hope for our planet.
Giving Tuesday will be here soon, and I love that it has become an international event. MUTTS.com will participate by donating leashes, collars, and dog jackets to St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, and you can help (more on that soon). St. Hubert’s will then connect dog parents in need with these supplies so that their beloved fur family members have supplies for taking walks during the cold winter months. And, as members of 1% for the Planet, we donate 1% of every purchase — every day — to programs that help animals and the environment.
Wishing you a joyful Thanksgiving with family and friends. Stay safe and be kind to the animals.