Cartoonist and author Patrick McDonnell is a dedicated animal advocate and creator of the award-winning MUTTS comic strip. Created in 1994, MUTTS appears in over 700 newspapers worldwide, and has its home on the web at muttscomics.com. McDonnell has received numerous awards for his art and recognition for his promotion of animal protection. He has over 20 books in print including The New York Times bestsellers The Gift of Nothing and Hug Time. In 2009 he collaborated with The Power of Now author Eckhart Tolle to create Guardians of Being. McDonnell is a member of the national Boards of Directors for both The Humane Society of the United States, The Fund for Animals and The Charles M. Schulz Museum.