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'Goodbye, Earl' - Mutts Comic Superdog

December 5, 2007 - Amy Jo Hanna-Eckenrode

It's a sad day in cartoon-land:

NEW YORK The real-life Earl the dog who inspired the cartoon Earl the dog in "Mutts" has died at the age of 18.

Earl became a part of Patrick McDonnell's household before the "Mutts" comic started in 1994. The strip now runs in more than 700 newspapers via King Features Syndicate.

More information on Earl's passing can be found on

Saying goodbye to our dear friend, Earl McDonnell

(from the Mutts Comics website --> click here) It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Earl, Patrick’s canine companion for 18+ years, and steadfast muse for the MUTTS strip. Earl was a joyful dog with a zest for life. He will be greatly missed by Patrick and his wife, Karen, their cat MeeMow, and the entire MUTTS family.

If you would like to memorialize Earl’s gentle spirit, contributions are being accepted by the Kindred Spirits program of The Humane Society of the United States. Donations made in Earl’s memory will be used for The HSUS’ Companion Animals fund. Visit the Kindred Spirits info page to find out how to donate online, by phone, or by postal mail.

Note: If you mention that your gift is in memory of “Earl McDonnell” at the time of your contribution, Patrick will automatically be notified of your kindness. Patrick’s address is not required to be inputted into the online form in order for him to receive your sympathy card.

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