Lots of exciting things are happening at MUTTS. It’s an understatement to say we’re enthused about Patrick’s new project with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and — like you — we’re eager to hear updates about the book as it takes shape. Many readers have kindly taken time to send well wishes about the project, and we’ve compiled some of these messages in a blog post for you to enjoy, too.
The rest of the year will surely bring plenty of opportunities for reminiscing, as some favorite hand-picked MUTTS comic strips will make their way back to newspapers (and to your inboxes) during Patrick’s six-month sabbatical. We’re looking forward to taking a walk down memory lane with all of you.
On that topic, we’d like to thank those who wrote in to share feedback about the first set of “revisited” strips, which ran last week. This series of strips, originally published in July 2013, feature Mooch and Earl speaking with a “painted turtle” (a common nickname for the species officially known as Chrysemys picta, which often has red, orange, and/or yellow markings).
Many reptile experts and enthusiasts reached out to express their joy at seeing turtles featured (again!) in MUTTS, and some provided helpful reminders about turtle care and welfare, which we are happy to share:
- First — although “painted turtle” is a common way of referring to these uniquely colorful creatures, no one should ever paint a turtle’s shell (or any other animal, for that matter). Sadly, according to reptile and wildlife rehabilitation experts, some people do paint turtle shells, which is extremely harmful and sometimes fatal to the animal. All “painting” should be left to Mother Nature.
- Secondly, it is dangerous for turtles to be kept on their backs. As our friend Laura writes, “It is very dangerous for them to be on their backs (the top shell/back is called the ‘carapace’) for a prolonged time. They could either starve, get overheated, or their organs can get crushed from the pressure.”
Any other turtle care tips you’d like to share? We’d love to hear them; simply leave your comments below.
Soon, a collection of Patrick’s paintings will be on display at the Urban Arts Space in downtown Columbus, Ohio. If you’re in the area, you can see the exhibition in person from August 10 through October 3. If not, you can still join in the fun by following Patrick’s artwork updates on Instagram at @_patrickmcdonnell.
We hope you’re enjoying your summer! Stay cool. Be safe. Do something today that brings you joy.
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