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 the many humans and animals in their neighborhood
. The official site can be found here
. Patrick McDonnell is a strong supporter of animal rights who sits on the board of the Humane Society.
This series includes examples of:
- Big Friendly Dog: Woofy wuvs * insert thing here* !, normally following an instance of him frenziedly licking whatever he's talking about.
- Butterfly Of Transformation: Sequences about catepillars transforming to butterflies inspire talk about change.
- Catapult Nightmare: In the 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!"
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Mooch
- Cross Over: When Blondie celebrated the Bumsteads 60th Anniversay in 2005 Earl and Mooch could be seen with other King Features characters on Blodie 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 familliar looking Mailman.
- Cue the Sun: One Sunday strip after the solstice. It in fact faced Mooch as he stuck his head out the door.
- The Face of the Sun: One Sunday strip, after the summer solstice.
- Fang Thpeak: Mooch.
- Fungus Humongous: In the strip for May 5th, 2013, Earl and Mooch walk among mushrooms taller than a human being.
- Gentle Giant: The Guard Dog.
- Green Aesop
- He Who Must Not Be Seen: Shnelly's ears appear. No more. Despite persistent wooing from Mooch.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: Probably not intentional but some of the more Anvilicious moments may have this effect.
- Jerkass: Sourpuss
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Crabby
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Start here.
- Loves Me Not: Mooch does this toward Shnelly — with a three-leaf clover.
- Meaningful Name: Sourpuss and Crabby. Guess their respective species and disposition.
- Nursery Rhyme
- Personal Raincloud: Sourpuss gets one when complaining of whether the clouds would decide to rain or not.
- Pet the Dog: Quite literally.
- Pretty Butterflies: At a distance. Mooch is less impressed with the face.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes: Used by the characters in multiple strips.
- Shout Out: In many Sunday strips, the title panel will sometimes contain a reference of some sort.
- Straight Man: Earl, to Mooch's Wise Guy.
- Sugar Bowl: Most of the time.
- Superior Species: Animals in relation to humans.
- Twice Told Tale: Mooch and Earl once venture to a house in a retelling of Goldilocks.
- Unicorn: One appears, once — though you don't see many nowadays.
- When It Rains, It Pours: Black lines attack during rain.