''Mutts'' is a newspaper comic created by Patrick [=McDonnell=]; it was started in 1994 and is still running today. The comic centers around a dog (Earl) and a cat (Mooch), their owners, and [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters the many humans and animals in their neighborhood]]. The official site can be found [[http://www.muttscomics.com/ here]]. Patrick [=McDonnell=] is a strong supporter of animal rights who sits on the board of the Humane Society.

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!!This series includes examples of:

* BigFriendlyDog: Woofy ''wuvs'' *insert thing here* !, normally following an instance of him frenziedly licking whatever he's talking about.
* ButterflyOfTransformation: Sequences about caterpillars transforming to butterflies inspire talk about change.
* CatapultNightmare: In the [[http://muttscomics.com/strip.aspx?m=05&d=19&y=13 strip for May 19th, 2013]] Mooch wakes up from a multilevel dream (having a dream about having a dream, which is about having a dream, etc.) in shock. He says to his owner "Now I've dreamed everything!"
* CloudCuckooLander: Mooch, but that's probably just because he's a cat.
* CrossOver: When ComicStrip/{{Blondie}} celebrated the Blumsteads' 60th Anniversary in 2005 Earl and Mooch could be seen with other King Features characters on Blondie and Dagwood's front lawn. In the ''Mutts'' comic for that day we see their owner getting an invite to the gala as Earl trips up the oddly familiar looking Mailman.
* CueTheSun: One Sunday strip after the solstice. It in fact faced Mooch as he stuck his head out the door.
* DeadpanSnarker: Mooch, occasionally. Like in this example, where he is served his dinner:
-->'''Mooch''': Din-din. Now don't tell me... (''sniffs food'') What a shurprize...shomething from a can. I hope you didn't go to ''too'' much trouble. And my...such a lovely presentation... (''[[ScrewThisImOuttaHere turns around dramatically and walks away]]'') ''Enjoy!''
* TheFaceOfTheSun: One Sunday strip, after the summer solstice.
* FangThpeak: Mooch.
* FungusHumongous: In the [[http://muttscomics.com/strip.aspx?m=05&d=05&y=13 strip for May 5th, 2013]], Earl and Mooch walk among mushrooms taller than a human being.
* GentleGiant: The Guard Dog.
* GreenAesop: The main theme of the strip.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Shnelly's ears (and sometimes paws) appear. No more. Despite persistent wooing from Mooch.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Probably not intentional but some of the more {{Anvilicious}} moments may have this effect.
* {{Jerkass}}: Sourpuss.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Crabby.
** Also Frank.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: [[http://www.muttscomics.com/cast.aspx Start here.]]
* LovesMeNot: Mooch does this toward Shnelly -- with a three-leaf clover.
-->'''Mooch''': (''plucks first leaf'') She loves me... (''plucks second leaf'') ...she loves me not. (''plucks final leaf'') SHE LOVES ME! Let's do it again!
-->'''[[StraightMan Earl]]''': There aren't any three-leaf clovers left.
* MeaningfulName: Sourpuss and Crabby. Guess their respective species and disposition.
* NurseryRhyme
* PaintingTheMedium: In an October 2017 storyline, Mooch claims to have magic powers capable of transporting him and Earl into the future. When Earl asks how they'll know it worked, Mooch points to the copyright notice at the bottom of the strip, which reads "Mutts © 2020 Patrick [=McDonnell=]". In a subsequent strip, Mooch transports them into the past, reverting them from line ink art to pencil sketches.
* PersonalRaincloud: Sourpuss gets one when complaining of whether the clouds would decide to rain or not.
* PetTheDog: Quite literally.
* PrettyButterflies: At a distance. Mooch is less impressed with the face.
* PuppyDogEyes: Used by the characters in multiple strips.
* ShoutOut: In many Sunday strips, the title panel will sometimes contain [[http://www.muttscomics.com/title.aspx a reference of some sort.]]
** A RunningGag is Sourpuss's [[ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} hatred of Mondays]].
* StraightMan: Earl, to Mooch's Wise Guy.
* SugarBowl: Most of the time.
* SuperiorSpecies: Animals in relation to [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters humans]].
* TwiceToldTale: Mooch and Earl once venture to a house in a retelling of Literature/{{Goldilocks}}.
* {{Unicorn}}: One appears, once -- though you don't see many nowadays.
* WhenItRainsItPours: Black lines attack during rain.
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