Spot Magazine — an animal-friendly magazine from the Pacific Northwest – just published an in-depth interview with Patrick McDonnell.
The article beautifully captures the spirit of MUTTS.
MUTTS is more than a daily serving of levity in the funny papers. The adventures of Earl and Mooch, Ozzie and Millie, Shtinky Puddin’, Crabby and others are a meditation, a respite, and a reminder to stand witness to not only the beauty of the natural world, but also to the four-legged, winged, finned and other creatures with whom we share the planet.
Patrick discusses how his childhood shaped his love of nature and the outdoors:
“Our whole life was outdoors. We would spend most of the day playing in the woods next to our house. That’s a big theme of MUTTS and of all my children’s books. I want to try to remind kids that there’s a big, beautiful world out there; that they’re a part of it, and that they should enjoy and embrace it.”
And he also describes his appreciation for shelter workers and volunteers, and the joy that comes from spreading his animal-friendly message:
“They are definitely underappreciated, but what keeps me going is all the great people I meet who have dedicated their lives to doing such great work. Then again I feel like the message is getting out there more and more. Nothing makes me happier than getting a letter from someone saying they decided to adopt their new best friend. That always makes my day. I’m proud that the strip has inspired people to either adopt or care more about animals, or even go vegan or vegetarian.”
You can read the full interview for more thoughts from Patrick.
Spot Magazine’s mission is to provide “pet guardians and animal lovers a one-stop resource for information, ideas and events of interest.” Check them out online at SpotMagazine.net!