To celebrate 26 years of MUTTS, we’re asking readers to tell us what the strip means to them. We are appreciative of all the messages we’ve received, and we will continue to share your responses — so please comment below if you have memories or kind words. Thank you for the love!
“My dad used to include MUTTS comic strips in letters he wrote me. He especially loved Earl and Mooch. MUTTS reminds me in so many ways that our pets are little people in furry suits, each with their own wonderful personality.” — Mari B.
“It was one of my mom’s favorites. I read the newspaper comics to her every day in her last years as she loved the ‘funnies.'” — Mary K.
“March 9, 1997: The chicky shnoodle dance. From this moment on, it became the celebratory dance in our house, especially when something delicious is for dinner. To this day, my little sister is Little Shnoodle and I am Big Shnoodle. One Christmas, I gave a print as a gift to everyone so we can always see it and smile.” — Cait C.
“My favorite MUTTS memory has to do my father-in-law who loved MUTTS. He would cut out his favorite strips from the newspaper and tape them to the refrigerator. We lost him five years ago, but MUTTS always brings back warm memories of a wonderful man who loved all animals.” — Eileen C.
“My mom started reading MUTTS in the newspaper since it began; we’ve always loved cartoons. We went nuts for Mooch and Earl, but her secret favorites were Bip and Bop and mine was Crabby. When I left Pennsylvania to go to graduate school in Missouri in 2000, she would mail me ALL the newspaper clippings with her comments in the margins like ‘look at his tail’ or ‘crazy loon look.’ Twenty years later, I have manila envelopes full of those original clippings she sent me.” — Michelle S.
“My favorite strip is when Millie, Frank, and Mooch take a nap together. I had that print hanging over my bed because my late husband Kevin, my late kitty Chloe, and I would nap like that. Whenever I look at it now, it reminds me of the happiest time in my life.” — Becky