To celebrate 25 years of MUTTS, we asked readers to tell us what the strip means to them, and to share some of their best memories of Mooch, Earl, and the rest of the crew.

We are so appreciative and touched by the messages we’ve received, and last month we shared just a few of our favorites. We will continue posting your responses in the coming months, so please comment below if you have additional stories or memories to share. Thank you for your love and support!

Published on February 7, 2016

“My all-time favorite comics are Peanuts and MUTTS. Many MUTTS strips have decorated my office bulletin board or home refrigerator over the years because Mooch ‘spoke’ for my cats. One strip gracing the refrigerator right now is Mooch kicking the football: ‘That’s for you Charlie Brown.’ How perfect.” — Dina

Published on October 18, 2014

“This one [with Guard Dog] is on my refrigerator as a constant reminder that how society treats its animals, children, elderly, and vulnerable, is an indicator of their humanity. We have much work to do.” — Cynthia

Published on April 29, 2005

“My favorite was one of the Shelter Stories. A dog has just awakened, and still has his eyes shut tight. He’s thinking ‘I’m going to open my eyes to see it was all a dream and I’m back on the floor in the shelter.’ Finally he opens his eyes, and sees that he’s in a big comfy bed with his new person.” — Darren

Published on June 3, 2016

“When my mom was alive, her newspaper didn’t carry MUTTS, but mine did, so each day I’d cut out the strip and set it aside. The next time I went to see her, or she’d come to visit me, we spent a good long time reading all those MUTTS strips, one after the other, in order, until we finished them all. She loved Mooch so much. She always remarked on how wonderfully expressive the faces of the animals were. So it’s not an individual strip that’s meaningful for me; it’s the whole concept. I think of my mom and smile because of the joy Mooch and Earl, et al. brought to her.” — Stella

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Want to read more stories from MUTTS lovers? Stay tuned for more posts like this throughout 2019 and 2020, because we’re celebrating 25 years of MUTTS for a full 12 months!

Comments (31)

OOOH! I LOVE that one, too! Thanks for the memory!

Catharine Orellana

Breaks your heart just THINKING about that strip, huh? To have it tattooed on your back you must be very strong! I’m impressed!


I have the “how do you guard against loneliness” strip tattooed huge on my back. It’s fading with age, but it is enormous.

Eve Russell

I Love Sweet Pea & Sweet Pea’s brother!

Catharine Orellana

I remember that one too! My favorites are the “How does one guard against loneliness?” and when Guard Dog holds a shell to his ear & “hears” in his heart & mind himself running FREE along the shore. Still breaks my heart thinking about them.


My day can only begin with Mutts, coffee and a kitty or two on my lap… the strip is cut and tucked in my journal or placed on my frig…♥️🐾♥️🐾♥️☮️🌱☺️

Valerie Jenkins

I love all the wonderful contributions of Mutts to our daily lives, but I also was especially moved by the strip “We’re all just walking each other home.” It is my favorite. The strip’s message says verbally and graphically the most profound message in such a simple way. I’m grateful that it entered my life, and I view it every day for inspiration.


I love when they go for a trip to the shore with Frank & Millie. Mooch thinking the beach is the world largest litter box. Earl chasing sticks being thrown by Ozzie. Frank holding up Sid in his fish bowl to see the ocean. Ahhhh. Heaven!


What a great post! Your words made ME smile, today. Thank you, Mooch for sharing.💖


That is my favorite as well. I have the original from the paper on my bulletin board all brown with age, now in a plastic sleeve. Whenever I try to tell someone new about Mutts I always tell them about Guard Dog and I never fail to get all weepy about it.