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Supposedly, McDonnell's initial idea was for a strip featuring the humans who became the "Mutts'" owners, but that the animals took over. On occasion, McDonnell devotes the strip for a week or so to animal-rights issues, especially the adoption of pets from pounds.
One of the recurring characters is a cat called Mooch, who has an odd lisp that puts "sh" in front of an initial "m" in most words. Earl the dog is the other major character. Perhaps the most endearing character is Guard Dog, a great threatening presence with a heart of gold (who, to Mooch's good fortune, does not realize Mooch is a cat).
- Shtinky Puddin (AKA "Jules") - A little lost kitty
- Woofie - A dog that "Wuvs" everything and everyone
- Noodles - Alley cat friend of Shtinky
- Sourpuss - An unhappy kitty
- Crabby - An unhappy crab who always talks in expletives
- Ozzie - Earl's owner
- Millie - Mooch's owner
- Frank - Millie's husband
- Butchie - The local deli owner who tries to stop Mooch & Earl from eating his food
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