Charles Schulz

charles schulzCharles Schulz obviously made an indelible impression on so many cartoonists and cartoon aficionados. I poured over much of his work and lines as a kid growing up and reading through musty smelling Peanuts anthologies I’d find at the library or read in the Sunday funnies of The Detroit Free Press or whatever paper was available. It didn’t matter, Peanuts appeared in virtually any newspaper you’d pick up.

His impact is still felt up until today. I wanted to share tweet which I had made over two years ago that quotes the creator of the Peanuts comic strip as follows, “All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed.”
For after all, he was only human. He wasn’t a dog.”

This is probably why we sometimes realize dogs don’t live long enough. I certainly wish they did, I’ve lost so many dogs I had, that didn’t live long enough. It wasn’t until later, that I realized the meaning behind what Charles Schulz is quoted as saying here.

Charles Schulz creator of Peanuts

Dog’s don’t have to live as long as humans because dogs don’t need to fix or realize their imperfections, or try to redeem themselves with their fellow man, or their families, pay off debts and fight sickness and disease. Dogs come into the world looking for friendship and love and if they’re lucky, they find a good home and those that don’t get lucky will continue wagging their tails in the hopes a human being will come along and offer them food and shelter in exchange for some love and basic devotion.

Snoopy was Joe Cool

I’ll try to commit Sparky’s pearls of wisdom to heart. I think this is why he devoted so much time to Snoopy appearing in so many of the comic strips. Snoopy just wasn’t a dog, he really was Joe Cool.