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!


“Many comic strips, especially those with cats and dogs (and the Cathy comic strip about a single woman) confirm that I am not alone in this world. It’s a comfort.” — Trina

Published November 7, 2020


“Mooch and Earl got me through the most difficult time of my life. Their honest little hearts kept mine from breaking completely when my husband died. The way they see the world, with such love and positivity, kept me going. I suppose I should say thank you Patrick, because they gave me something to look forward to every day when I thought my life was over.” — Julia F.

Published January 23, 2009


“I get MUTTS delivered to my inbox at work so everyday before I start I read your comic strip. It starts my day with a smile or a thought that I take a moment to dwell on before I begin. I can’t think of a better way to start the day than considering kindness and caring!” — Patti H.

Published February 22, 2007


“As someone fortunate enough to have lived her whole life surrounded by wonderful, magical, perfection-in-a-fur-suit dogs, MUTTS has always captured those pet-life moments that mean so, so much, yet are so, so hard to put into words. From the heart-exploding joy of seeing your new best friend for the first time at the shelter, to that heart-shattering last goodbye. MUTTS always finds the words and the images to express what every pet lover feels in their soul.” — Loki B.

Published August 5, 2001


“Cannot begin a day without experiencing my MUTTS gang … So glad I get the daily in my inbox! Each morning I start with a smile and giggle, which is the way everyone needs to begin a new day. MUTTS also has a wonderful community, and reading other’s thoughts is always fun and informative.” — Valerie J.

Published September 14, 2006

Comments (15)

I have loved reading Mutts for years. My rescues and I are so thankful for your continued advocacy for all creatures great and small.

Kathleen Mary Talis

I had your strip featuring the animals walking along and 1 only being rained on by a cloud…the caption ’it’s just not my day!’..made me remember to go out and MAKE it my day no matter what! So much inspiration, in 1 simple comic strip! 😘


BEautifully put.


I just love this comic strip. We have more in common than we have differences. We are taught to look at the differences, kind of a me vs you mentality. But the reality is, that it doesn’t matter whether you’re a cat, dog, human, sea crab, grass, tree, bird, rock, etc. we ALL have the same Spirit flowing within us. We are all the same at our core, where it all matters! The differences are superficial. Thank you for warming my heart and soul with this precious comic strip, I look forward to it every day!

Carmela Wilbur

It’s Mooch playing with his lil’ pink sock that got me hooked on MUTTS and keeps me coming back for more humour. Mooch and Earl are just such perfect stereotypical examples of the differences between cats and dogs. Cats were once considered gods and they have never forgotten this! Thanks for making us laugh. Vicki A xo

Vicki Adams

Having a pet is such a comfort when you come home. They are there to say hi and miss you with there unconditional love. They are there when your sad and when your happy. This comic strip has word’s that all individual’s should take in when it comes to pets.

Dan Whitesell

I have been reading Mutts since it’s 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…somone who spreads warmth and goodness and genrosity through his daily strips. If more people thought like him and used their talents for good, we would be in a much better place. Long live Earl, Mooch, Ozzie, Guard Dog, Crabby, Butchie, Woffie, crazy squirrels and the rest of the gang!

Michelle Kadomoto

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 Walczykowski

It does not matter the reason I turned my computer on, business or fun (Yesh!), the first thing that I do every day is to 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 Cassidy

When I was five years old, even before I could read, for Christmas, my parents gave me a package of Charles M. Schultz’ Peanuts books. As a child, I loved Snoopy and Charlie Brown and the gang…..even to this day, decades later, I still love them. I never thought I could find a comic strip like that again………and yet I have. I love Mutts! I would be hard-pressed to say which I love more. To me, Patrick McDonnell is as great as Charles M. Schultz. When I read Mutts’ comic strip, I experience many emotions, which is meaningful to me. I’m gushing over Mutts … because I think this is the best comic strip around. I’m so glad I found this comic strip a few years back. I am a daily reader now. Thanks for giving me such a meaningful and important comic strip.

Jim C