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The Power of Bow Wow Now


The creator of the comic strip MUTTS has teamed up with spiritual guru Eckhart Tolle on a book that celebrates dogs, life and ”living in the moment” — the latter being a philosophy best taught by members of the canine species.

Normally motivational speak quickly takes a Tolle on me, but I will admit to liking “Guardians of Being,”  both for the point it makes, and the way it makes it –  more light-hearted than heavy-handed, thanks in large part to Patrick McDonnell’s deft touch.

McDonnell uses the cast of characters from the MUTTS strip to illustrate Tolle’s lessons on the value of staying in the present moment, appreciating the oneness of life and recognizing the beauty we sometimes forget to notice around us.


McDonnell is the award-winning mind behind MUTTS, which appears in over 700 newspapers. (He’s also on the board of the Humane Society of the United States and a long-time advocate of dogs and the environment.) 

Tolle, author of “The Power of Now,” speaks and teaches around the world. He lives in Vancouver, Canada, but spends most of his time on the bestseller list.

After reading “The Power of Now,” McDonnell sought out Tolle to collaborate on “Guardians  of Being.”

“He created a passionate, humorous, enlightening meditation on the power and grace that animals can bring into our lives,” McDonnell said of Tolle. “Eckhart has translated what our companion animals have been telling us for ages: Life is good. Live in the now. Enjoy.”


Pingback from News briefs for September 11, 2009 » The Daily Cartoonist
Time September 11, 2009 at 4:01 pm

[...] Mutts creator Patrick McDonnell has illustrated a book by spiritual guru Eckhart Tolle about “living in the moment.” It’s entitled “Guardians of [...]

Comment from Mary Schmidt
Time September 11, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Love your title!

Pingback from Eckhart Tolle, Patrick McDonnell, “Guardians of Being” | Dancing Dog Blog
Time September 12, 2009 at 3:56 am

[...] McDonnell read Eckhart Tolle’s “Power of Now” and sought Tolle’s collaboration, putting his words to McDonnell’s canine characters to relate the message of living in the “now.” The simple approach is the most elegant, they say. Most dog people know the Zen of now is fully understood and practiced by all beings canine–except perhaps when the early warning bells go off inside their little heads when it’s nearly, but not quite, dinner time! You can read all about it at Ohmidog. [...]

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