This daily newspaper comic strip, created by Patrick McDonnell in 1994, is centered on the day-to-day adventures of two companion animals: a dog named Earl and a cat named Mooch. Earl and Mooch interact with each other, their human guardians and a large cast of neighborhood animals.
Mutts explores the special bond between animals and their guardians, and the endearing friendship of Earl, the dog, and Mooch, the cat. It strikes a delicate balance between joy, fun and responsible social commentary. Mutts has been recognized for its distinctive style, heartwarming humor and compassionate advocacy for animal issues.
Charles M. Schulz, the creator of Peanuts, was a fan of this strip, saying that it's "one of best comic strips of all time."
Awards and Distinctions:
Comic Strip Excellence Awards
The National Cartoonists Society’s highest honor, The Reuben, for Cartoonist of the Year (1999)
Six (6) Harvey Awards for Best Comic Strip
Germany’s Max and Moritz Award for Best International Comic Strip
Swedish Academy of Comic Art’s Adamson Statuette
Recipient of The National Cartoonists Society Award for "Best Newspaper Comic Strip"
Environmental and Animal Advocacy Awards
Two (2) Genesis Awards from The Ark Trust
The HSUS Hollywood Genesis Award for Ongoing Commitment
PETA’s Humanitarian Award
Sierra Club Award
Some Honors for Patrick and MUTTS in 2015
Helen Hayes Award for The Gift of Nothing play (at The Kennedy Center) – Best Adaptation
Andrew Carnegie Award for excellence in children’s video
Best Illustrated Books Lists: New York Times; Publishers Weekly
The Skunk: A New York Times Notable Book for 2015
Wanda Gag Honor for best read-aloud picture book
International Literacy Association’s 2015 Children’s Choice Award
Harvey Awards nomination for best comic strip
Recognized in Dog Fancy Magazine as one of the top 25 “Dog World Changers”
His art graced the cover of School Library Journal for their Best Books 2015 issue
Earl, the dog
Based on Patrick’s late Jack Russell Terrier, Earl is a small mutt with a big heart, who cheerfully tugs at the leash on the walk of life. Earl is Mooch’s innocent friend, as well as a witness to Mooch’s antics and sometimes reluctant participant. He loves ‘his Ozzie.’
Mooch, the cat
Earl's feline pal, the kitty with a fuzzy way of thinking and exclaiming "Yesh!" when really excited. Mooch's guardians are Frank and Millie. Lively, animated, confident, silly. A smorgasbord of emotions. Dances with enthusiasm and sings a lot. Mooch is the curious instigator of action, while the ever-loyal Earl often gets pulled into the fray.
Ozzie, the Man
Earl's guardian and best friend. "He's the guy who feeds me, gives me treats, rubs my belly, and takes me for rides — my Ozzie."
Millie, the Lady
Frank's good-natured wife and Mooch's doting guardian.
The husband of Millie, Mooch's cantankerous caretaker who calls Mooch “the cat.”
Shtinky Puddin' (aka Jules)
The orphan kitty who is the animal advocate of the strip. Shtinky’s obsession is saving the tiger. He also stars in Hug Time, a New York Times best-selling picture book.
A tough, tethered dog with a soft heart. Guard Dog has a mission: to remind people that it’s wrong to chain a dog.
The big, energetic dog who has a lot of wuv and sloppy kisses to give.
The pugnacious proprietor of the Fatty Snax Deli, where Earl and Mooch like to hang out.
Sid, the fish
The bowl-bound goldfish in Frank and Millie’s home. Sid’s world is very small.
The young girl on the block who befriends all the animals, especially Guard Dog.
A rough and tough feral alley cat with a heart of gold. Noodles is a mentor to Shtinky.
The cat who stays under the couch and avoids Mondays.
The world’s crabbiest crustacean who loves to use salty cartoon language. @#$% !
Bip and Bop are pure nutty mayhem. They help the unaware passerby achieve enlightenment via the acorn BOP!
The demure housecat, known only by her ears, who is the object of Mooch’s affection.
Chickpea and Chickpea's Brother
The lovable adopted duo that starred in a Shelter Stories series.
A wise-cracking all-muscle shellfish who is friends with Crabby.
A prophesying wonder of the world, or Mooch with a kitchen towel on his head. You decide.