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!


“It does not matter the reason I turned my computer on, business or fun (Yesh!), the first thing that I do every day is go to my email to see what Mooch, Earl, and the rest of the MUTTS family are up to. They fill my heart with love, laughter, and caring. After all, ‘We are all just walking each other home.'” — Kathryn C.

Published October 14, 2018


“With all the craziness and turmoil going on, it’s just special to see MUTTS daily and get a smile and warm feeling that picks me up!” — Ed W.

Published January 21, 2019


“I have been reading MUTTS since its induction! There is nothing better than a wonderfully drawn comic strip that has the words to match. Since the beginning, MUTTS has been a ray of sunshine — so much love, positivity, and kindness. And now, with so much hate and fear and angst about the future, it is so good to know that people like Patrick exist …someone who spreads warmth and goodness and generosity through his daily strips. If more people thought like him and used their talents for good, we would be in a much better place.” — Michelle K.

Published November 6, 2019


“I had become disillusioned and disappointed in the comics since so many were snarky and featured mean-spirited humor. Then I found the gentle and uplifting humor of MUTTS and it’s brightened every day since. It matches my own peaceable kingdom of cat and dog friends. Mooch and Earl frequently give voice to what’s in my own days and heart. They and their friends make me laugh, smile, and cry. Thank you for bringing such goodness to life.” — Karin N.

Published November 3, 2019


“MUTTS helps me remember there are humane people in what sometimes feels like a heartless world.” — Wendy D.

Published July 11, 2020


“I’ve been reading the comic strips since learned to read. I loved comic strips with animals, like Calvin and Hobbes and Garfield. However, my favorite ever, ever, ever is MUTTS! I never miss a day. MUTTS truly shows a love and caring for animals that is unique to MUTTS!!! It reflects that we save our pets, and they save us. Thank you a million times over!!!” — Vivian A.

Published September 11, 2020


“Not only does MUTTS make me smile, it’s about everything that I’m passionate about regarding kindness to animals everywhere.” — Karen D.

Published November 17, 2017

Comments (18)

So sorry to read about the loss of your companion.

Rosemary Chiaverini

In my house, pets are more than animals. They’re family and they “talk.” I love Mooch, Earl, and the gang for giving voice to animals everywhere on so many poignant topics while gently educating us. We truly don’t deserve animals, but I’m so glad they haven’t figured that out yet!

Samantha Quigley

Thank you for rescuing. Fwip is being cared for by my mom and loving ❤his best buddies Sophie. Cappi, Bijou and Cappi

Rosemary Chiaverini

Our girls are 30 and 31 , so they grew up with Mutts . I grew up with Peanuts. I LOVE both , however Mutts is my favorite. It is a soft and gentle comic . In other words NO Lucy ! Just sweet Earl and Mooch . Keep up the awesome work ,


It start my every day with a smile…..or more


I take my JRT Jesse for a walk each morning & like Earl & Mooch, we take in all the sights & sounds of nature. MUTTS is the first thing I look at each day – daily desk calendar, wall calendar & email. The strip makes me smile deep inside. Looking forward to the day that Guard Dog becomes free & gets his new name!!

Joy Wolf

Mutts offers joy and love in a frequently hostile and angry world. I am so grateful I can begin every day with these faithful friends!


I bought 2 framed strips recently: from 11-15-19 “Only my cat understands me” and 8-28-20 “What year is it?” But I don’t know the date of the one that has been on my refrigerator for years where Millie curls up on the bed with Mooch.
I appreciate the serenity and tolerance and understanding of Mutts which centers my day, everyday.

Patricia Cleavenger

I’ve worked at a veterinary hospital for close to 40 years. Every day, I see people who have adopted shelter animals, or rescued them from the streets (and have three cats of my own that were street cats). Mutts shares the importance of adopting and caring for animals and, even better, shows how that love can pay dividends; you get a furry best friend, who will adore you!

Christy Edwards

I love Mutts comic so much that when we rescued my little dog, I wanted to name him after Earl because he looked so much like him and wagged his tail so loving and excitedly like him. The thing was, he didn’t look like an Earl. While contemplating his name he did his super happy tail wag and that’s when his name came to me: Fwip! :)

We had him for almost 10 years and just lost him last month. (This month he would’ve turned 10.) There’s not a day that goes by that we don’t miss him, but when I get my daily Mutts strip, it’s like I get to see him again.

Thank you for that :)