The results are in! The name of Edison Wetlands Association’s newly adopted Vietnamese pot-bellied pig is … Edison! It was the clear winner, with over 30% of the votes. Hamlet and Pigasso were not far behind.
Little Edison has been given a home at the Triple C Ranch and Nature Center in Edison, NJ. The farm sits in the heart of the 1,250-acre Dismal Swamp Conservation Area, which contains environmentally sensitive wetlands, upland forest and meadows and is home to over 200 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.
Patrick added his gratitude to the readers, “Thanks to everyone who suggested names and voted. There were so many creative naming ideas for the new EWA piggy, and I love the outcome of the voting. His new name, Edison, suits him well. He is very smart and inventive (and even cuter than the photos and videos). And he is lucky, since he has a cozy home at EWA’s Triple C Ranch for life . . . Since the MUTTS strips appear in the newspaper about 3 months after I draw them, Edison will become a MUTTS character, and a friend to Earl and Mooch, in the Spring of 2014.”
EWA’s Triple C Ranch is open to the public on weekends from April to November. EWA will host a special meet-and-greet with piglet Edison Saturday, December 7, from 11 AM to 2 PM. Please visit TripleCRanch.org for directions.
Since we were in a holiday giving mood, we chose two lucky voters at random to receive signed prints of the upcoming strip featuring Edison! Our winners are Kimberly Ann Chapman and Sharon Dale.
You can learn more about the Edison Wetlands Association and Triple C Ranch at their website and watch a video of Edison in action.
Edison Wetlands Association has welcomed an adorable pig! And MUTTS readers voted to help name him!
Voting is now closed for this contest. We’ll announce the winner in an upcoming blog post. To learn more about the little pig and see a video of him, check out the Triple C Ranch site.
The family-friendly review site Infodad.com describes Patrick McDonnell’s latest MUTTS treasury, Cat Crazy, as being at the “top” of its game. They gave the book four +’s, toward the top of their ratings spectrum.
The post applauds Patrick’s artistic style and says, “McDonnell is a remarkable artist whose deep knowledge of historical cartoons thoroughly informs his own work.” The reviewers also appreciated Patrick’s nods to fine artist and comic book heroes, saying “McDonnell is often at his best when he takes artistic chances.” You can read the full review here.
Infodad.com describes itself as a group of independent reviewers and parents who want to help families learn which books, music, and computer hardware and software they and their children love.
Readers of MUTTS can bid for the chance to own the original hand-drawn artwork from one of Patrick McDonnell’s Shelter Stories strips. The strip ran in newspapers on April 30, 2007. Patrick creates his series for two weeks each year, to bring attention to animals awaiting permanent homes. The drawing is also signed by Patrick.
The auction is a fundraiser for The Humane Society of the United States. To the Rescue! is The HSUS’s signature national benefit to support the lifesaving work of the Animal Rescue Team, which saves animals across the country from natural disasters, cruelty, and neglect. The events will be held in New York City on November 15, 2013, and in Palm Beach, FL on January 23, 2014. Learn more about the event and RSVP to attend.
Bids are now being accepted for Patrick’s strip. The auction runs through November 20, 2013 at 3 pm EST.
Patrick was honored to appear at the 28th Helsinki Comics Festival on September 6, 2013. The festival welcomes both comics fans and professionals.
This year, Patrick’s work was on display during his talk (and drawing!) at Sanomatalo Media Square. The discussion was translated by Jyrki Vainio, who is pictured in the photos. Patrick also signed books and posed for photos with readers of Kamut (that’s MUTTS in Finnish!) Thanks to all of our friends who turned out to make it a great event.
India’s tigers are in trouble. And Sanctuary Asia—India’s leading wildlife, conservation and environment magazine—and Save the Tiger have started a campaign to help.
The Leave Me Alone campaign was launched on the third annual Global Tiger Day in July 2013. It underscores this essential reality: saving India’s tigers calms the climate and helps secure our future. If tigers vanish, so will their forests. With space, isolation and protection, the tiger and its forests will thrive.
Please help MUTTS echo the tiger’s plea to “Leave Me Alone” by signing the petition, supporting the front line tiger defenders, and spreading the word on social media. By saving tigers, we save ourselves.
Learn more about the Leave Me Alone movement by watching these videos.