PATRICK MCDONNELL is the creator of the Mutts comic strip, which recently celebrated its fifteenth anniversary, as well as several bestselling and acclaimed children's books including Me . . . Jane , The Gift of Nothing, Hug Time, Wag!, Just Like Heaven, South, and Art . He has been hailed as "the next Charles Schulz." Patrick sits on the board of directors of the Humane Society of the United States, and has won numerous awards for both Mutts and his animal welfare work. He is also the co-creator of Guardians of Being with Eckhart Tolle. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Karen, their formerly feral cat, MeeMow, and their newly adopted terrier, Amelie.