To celebrate 25 years of MUTTS, we’re asking 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 appreciative of all the messages we’ve received, and we will continue responses throughout the coming months — so please comment below if you have memories to share. Thank you for the love!

“I have been involved in dog rescuing for over 20 years. I use these comics to further the cause. Thank you for supporting this important cause.” — Carolyn Fine Ellington

Published June 20, 2017

“I love the joy all your adopted characters show! So many people still have a stigma about rescue animals. It’s important to show them having a happy and fulfilling life. You’re a great ambassador for the world of animal rescue!” — Jim DeVries

Published June 16, 2013

“I’ve always saved the Shelter Stories strips. I’d put them on the fridge so my husband could see them, and I think more than a few times, I saw a tear or two in his eyes. Guard Dog is my favorite. He breaks my heart every time, but I know he has hope, and so do I. I could not live without MUTTS!” — Bev Kerwin

Published September 15, 2019

“I volunteer at a thrift shop that supports our local shelter. I frame Shelter Stories and place them around the shop as a reminder of what we are there for.” — Lynne Sorlye

Published May 7, 2020

“The Shelter Stories speak to me. I rescued my first dog about ten years ago, and she has been a life-changer for me. Minnie is my constant companion, and the reason I can’t wait to get home. Shelter Stories are my favorite by far!” — Adita Corrales

Published February 13, 2016

“As a rescue dog mom and a rescue dog transporter, I love how MUTTS gently gets the message out on the need to rescue and adopt with your charming characters telling their stories.” — Laura Mirmino-Jones

Published May 6, 2018


Have your own MUTTS story to tell? Let us know in the comments or email us at

Want to read more stories from MUTTS lovers? Stay tuned for more posts like this throughout the rest of 2020.

Comments (16)

I’ve worked rescue In the mid South for the past 15 years, and the plight of of the Chained Dog will break your heart. The strip where the little girl touches Guard Dog and for a moment, he is free tears at my soul. Thank you for what you do to highlight rescue dogs and cats.

Susan Clay

Grateful to be able to read your story…Sexy Sadie presence never far away…and surely, she lover her name.

Bettina Ledesma

I just wuv every comic of Mooch and his Little Pink Sock! My father used to cut those out of the daily newspaper for me and we had many laughs over them. He passed in 2014 and I cherish the times we had with Mooch and Earl and we also wuved Shtinky, too!

Thank you for the laughter and the tears,
Susan Jaunsen

Susan Jaunsen

Earl & Mooch laying on the ground belly up asking, “Belly Rub for World Peace” was my favorite along the with animal adoptions, my kitties were rescued and adopted. Love your comics and going vegan! :)


I adopted my wonderful little dog from Bideawee in Manhattan, NYC, just over 7 years ago. I had gone there that day in May of 2013, having seen a dog on their website who looked like the kind I’d been hoping to find. He had a short, black, shiny, coat and was around 18 to 20 lbs. A Bideawee staffer and their in-house animal behavorist took me down to see him in his kennel first, and then we all came back upstairs to the room where prospective adopters meet and interact with the dogs and cats. Sadly though, this dog and I just didn’t seem to connect, he ran around and around the room and peed on absolutely everything, he took no notice of me at all. (Now that I’m more experienced I realize that this behavior may well have just been the release of pent up energy from being in his kennel.) But at the time I couldn’t help but think about my apt and carpets, etc, seeing all of that peeing everywhere! The two Bideawee staffers saw the lack of any connection and suggested we go back down and meet some other dogs, I agreed, and so we went to see other dogs. There were very few dogs under 20 lbs or so, but there was this one, with a rust, gold and white, short hair coat, only about 8 lbs, a Chihuahua mix, who just stared and stared at me through his glass kennel door. The staffers asked me would I like to see him upstairs? My unspoken thought was “Oh, he’s too small, and my neighbor has a Chihuahua and he hates to go out for walks” – I wanted a dog who enjoyed walks. But I said a rather reluctant “yes” to interacting with this dog, since he kept staring at me, and there were’nt many other suitable dogs there. Mostly only large dogs. Once back up in the room, I sat down again, and this little Chi mix walked once around the room, peed one time, and then jumped up onto my lap and went to sleep! I had been chosen! Done deal! 7 years later and he’s the love of my life, – and he truly loves his walks! (Later his DNA test results showed him to be half Chihuahua and half Russell Terrier! – An active Walker!)

Romanie Baines.

Comic strips are what caught my attention as a child and inspired my lifetime of reading. Years ago I read a Mutts strip in the Arizona Republic Sunday newspaper showing the mutts walking and along the walk the thoughts of various animals are shown in thought bubbles. Many of the thoughts are sad: a bird in a cage, a dig tied to a post being ignored. The human says, “I wish I knew what animals think” and the mutts say, “I wish I didn’t.” It saddened me and I often remember that sentiment. It stayed with me for a long time. In just a few boxes laid out on paper, Mutts communicated empathy, the plight of animals at the mercy of humans, and that all beings are capable of thought, pain, hunger, serenity, contentment, deserving of respect and humane treatment. This comic strip helps us to see the world through the eyes and hearts of animals two-legged, four-legged, winged and gilled, and gives dignity to all.

Theresa J

Your Shelter Stories strip of May 6, 2018, confirmed my decision to adopt 14 year old handsome tabby Mr Cat from the humane society where I volunteer. Renamed Geoffrey Seymour, he fit right in with my furry family of rescues—two lady cats and a loving dog. He was only with us for over a year, but he was well-loved and is remembered. The strip is on my fridge.

Candy Curtis

We welcomed Lucy into our family this week, a sweet little grey tabby who was in the Anchorage shelter. We said goodbye to Thor a couple of weeks ago 8 years after bringing him home from the same shelter, and had lost Sonya, from the same place, a couple years ago. So it was time for a new kitty. Lucy joins Bear, who is our big ol’ dog that came to us from Friends of Pets Alaska, another local rescue group. And we all love Mutts.

Diane B Hirshberg

We adopted our Sadie as a puppy from a local shelter 12.5 years ago. She was sick with kennel cough when we adopted her and she was the last puppy left of a litter of 8 pups and the runt. The shelter named her Sheila but us kids were really into The Beatles at the time and renamed her Sexy Sadie after the song. I was ten and a huge fan of Mutts and begged my parents for a dog. She was the best dog that took care of us for almost 12.5 years. She passed away on May 16, 2020. She has been in my life more than she hasn’t been (12 years and 5 months of friendship), so going back to an existence without her in it has been hard. but if you can rescue a dog. The hurt they leave you with when they die is nothing compared to the joy they bring you when they are alive.

Julia Lee

I’ve always loved reading Mutts. I’ve volunteered at my local shelter for many years, and am so gratified that we have many people looking to adopt a rescue dog or cat. And when a special needs pet is adopted, it’s the icing on the cake. Thank you for supporting these precious animals who are so deserving of a loving home.

Bernadette Robson