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 continue to receive, and we will post your responses throughout the coming months — so please comment below if you have additional stories or memories to share. Thank you for your love and support!
“This was the strip from my 30th birthday. It has always spoken volumes to me and that’s why I got it tattooed close to my heart a few months ago.” — Stephanie K. G.
“I fell in love with MUTTS in 2008. I was living in Panama City, by myself, anxiously waiting for my best friend and roommate to come back from Iraq. I’d picked up a used copy of Animal Friendly but didn’t get to read it immediately. I was still settling into PC, starting a new job, and working on finding a dog.
“About a week after I bought the book, I adopted my furry best friend, Tani. She’s almost 14 now. She was a nervous, skittish ball of black fur when I brought her home, and I knew I needed to do something to put her at ease. I saw Animal Friendly laying on the coffee table and got inspired. I got her food and water, then settled on a blanket on the floor with the book. I stayed chill and began to quietly read as she started exploring. I began reading the strips out loud to Tani; after about 15 minutes she came over, curled up on the blanket next to me, placed her head on my lap, and looked up at me attentively as I continued to read to her about Mooch and Earl. So … Mooch and Earl helped me and Tani get to know each other and establish real trust for a lifelong friendship.” — Justine G.
“MUTTS began appearing in the Palm Beach Post and my father knew I would love it, so he cut out each strip and would mail them to me weekly. (At the time I was already in my 40s.) He passed away in 2004, and I have kept every packet. MUTTS and my father will always be entwined in my heart.” — Lynne C.
“I don’t know when it was published but it must have been years ago as it is quite faded on my refrigerator door. It is Guard Dog speaking to a classroom and he is quoting Gandhi. I am a ‘kindness activist’ and believe that we can change the world by being kinder to one another.” — Rosemary C.
“This one has been a favorite for me for a few years. Reminds me of how things are at our house.” — Christy K. T.
“My name is Emma and I live in Helsinki, Finland. I started reading MUTTS when I was a 1st grader. Every morning before going to school I ate breakfast and read MUTTS (‘Kamut’ in Finnish) from the paper called Helsingin Sanomat. After reading, I would cut out the cartoon from the paper. I had a box where I saved them. Now I’m 31 years old and I still have some of them framed at my home, where I also have two cats adopted from our local shelter. Nekku (‘Lollipop’ in Finnish) is now seven and Mauno is five (and he looks so much like Mooch)!” — Emma
Have your own MUTTS story to tell? Let us know in the comments or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.