Snootle is a daily comic strip about a melodramatic and over protective dog named Snootle, an over-opinionated garden snake named Repty and their human named Patrick. The comics are fun for all ages.
Snootle is a cute little puppy. Much to the dismay of Patrick, Snootle needs to be groomed often as she has a shedding problem. Snootle hates baths and will do anything to get out of taking one. Spending her free time daydreaming of coyotes, she often finds herself digging to escape the confines of her back yard. Coyotes fascinate Snootle by their freedom to roam around, eat whatever they want, sing and having a controllable tail. Snootle has a wild wagging tail, especially when excited, and she is only allowed to eat dog food.
Repty is an orphaned garter snake that lives in an aquarium in Patrick’s bedroom. Repty is the best friend of Snootle and Patrick. Repty’s parents got taken away by a pet store owner after he was born and were sold. All alone, he was left to wander the streets and didn’t even have a name. He took refuge in Snootle’s back yard. Patrick found the little garter snake and named him Repty. Repty was pleased that he found someone who didn’t recoil in terror at the sight of him.
Patrick is Snootle the dog and Repty the snake’s best friend. They often find loads of trouble just from their backyard, especially when it comes to encounters with Tilly the squirrel and Aster the cat. Much to the grief of Patrick, Snootle tends to escape the back yard, where he finds many adventures in hunting for his dog. When not chasing after Snootle, Patrick is often found in his bedroom on his computer, with Snootle sleeping at his feet.
Tilly is a gray squirrel who drinks coffee and walks sideways on the trees in order to balance the coffee. It looks like she is walking straight up with her hind legs. Her favorite pastime is to pester Snootle and get her into trouble with Patrick. Tilly lives in a tree in the backyard. She is neighbors to Prim, Rose and Bud, the escaped parakeets of Mrs. Florrie.
Bud is the budding parakeet teenager of Prim and Rose who often listens to loud music and disturbs Snootle. He often gets Snootle, Patrick and Repty in trouble with his wild ideas and adventures.
Kiwi is a Pomeranian and the spoiled rotten princess of the group. She is cute, witty, and gets away with everything.
Millet is a house mouse with cowboy instincts. He thinks quick on his feet and can figure a way out of any bad situation.
Honeydew is a fruit bat who loves flowers and beauty. She tries to get the tomboy Snootle to enjoy more girly things such as wearing bows and picking flowers.
Mrs. Florrie is the sweet old neighbor of Patrick, he finds himself learning many lessons from her wisecrack teachings. She had owned the parakeet family Prim, Rose and Bud, but they had escaped the cage from the clutches of Aster, her cat. After the parakeets escape, they had made a home in the adjacent yard. Mrs. Florrie now enjoys their company when they visit a birdbath in her back yard.
Aster is the mean old stray cat. Mrs. Florrie found the cat irresistible and tries to lure him to be her cat. She named him Aster after her flowers in the garden. Aster being a stray cat did not have a name, and since he cannot speak human, he cannot object to such a foofy name. The cat is much too independent for such refinements, however, feels guilty not indulging an old lady, plus Aster cannot resist the fresh milk.
Prim is a parakeet. He is the husband of Rose and the father of Bud. He is militant in his strictness, and does not put up with any nonsense. He keeps Bud, Snootle and Repty in line when they get into mischief in the backyard.
Rose is the loving wife of Prim and the mother of Bud. She is often in the yard of Mrs. Florrie having tea and discussing old times. The family, Prim, Rose and Bud used to live in a cage at Mrs. Florrie’s house. However, having escaped, they now live in a tree house in Snootle’s yard. Snootle and Mrs. Florrie are neighbors.
Dr. Foster is the veterinarian of all the animals from dogs to snakes. He also boards the critters overnight for when the humans want to go on vacation without their pets.
Hi! My name is Tia Petty. Tia is the last three letters from my first name, Anawanitia. I do not know what my parents Bill and Pam were thinking. (Hugs!) Imagine yourself being an elementary school kid trying to spell Anawanitia, let alone an adult trying to say it. Haha.
I have been drawing all my life, and have been playing guitar since…. eeerrrrmm well before cellphones, the Internet and affordable laptops, but Nintendo rocked! As a kid, I got into big trouble after drawing a portrait of my black cat on the wall with a Sharpie pen. In college, I took drawing courses, then went to private teachers to help me understand the voodoo of oil painting. Oil, acrylics and watercolors are all seriously different animals.
In the early 2000s I had accepted a job as an editorial cartoonist at the Big Bear Grizzly Newspaper. Editorial cartooning is like political cartooning, but you have to draw whatever the editor of the paper is writing about, which is usually local issues like potholes, taxes and picking on the city officials. It was a good job, but I wanted to write my own cartoons that did not involve insulting people or making jokes of horrific situations. I want a cartoon that is funny to a 6-year-old, and a belly laugh to a 56-year-old. It’s a worthy goal because laughing is the best.
A few years before the cartooning job, my husband (the best human in the world) and I adopted a cute pointy-eared dog. I noticed that dog and the two little dogs I had grown up with were all yellow, brown and white with pointy ears. So I started to doodle a cartoon dog with those features.
I got the name Snootle from my second dog’s name, Doodles, and my recently passed 🙁 dog’s nickname, Snoot. I debuted Snootle comics online in 2004 at Snootle.com, and submitted the feature to a zillion syndicates. They ALL said the same thing: “your cartoon has animals, we will never be able to get rid of it, but keep it up.” Well, that was my whole plan! Draw silly dog cartoons until I’ve gone to the next level (so to speak)! Nothing wrong with that. So, now I draw Snootle as a webcomic for the world to enjoy for free! 🙂
Format of Snootle Comics
Each week of Snootle comics has its own theme that begins on Sunday. Not only is it easier for me to keep track, I have a method to my madness. Many people only enjoy the Sunday comics, but will idea of where the rest of the week is going. Each day has its own joke, but there is a beginning, middle and an end from Sunday to Saturday. This makes for a good one minute YouTube video. A week of Snootle takes two pages, which is beautiful art to hang on the wall and as a layout in a book that will be published at the end of each year beginning in 2017.
Thanks for reading!
Tia Petty, creator of Snootle