Bruce Kasanoff is the type of person who will cross Sixth Avenue at rush hour to say hi to a dog.
His friend, Jim George, is a former Disney animator who loves to draw but who stopped drawing for five years because he grew tired of having studio executives change his stories and characters.
In their wildest dreams, Kasanoff wanted to earn a living working with dogs – instead of just consulting to big companies – and George wanted to draw a comic strip. One thing led to another, and five months ago the pair started DrawtheDog.com, where funny dog cartoons appear to draw themselves.
George explains, “Bruce and I were working on a really complicated book about dogs, and other ideas about dogs started pouring into my brain… But they were in comic strip format. I realized we could simply post one of these per day on the web and reach an audience directly.”
George has long been pondering the idea of cartoons that draw themselves. “I’ve been experimenting with various techniques for years,” he says, “The trick is to make a very difficult process look easy and fun.”
Most Draw the Dog cartoons are inspired by real dogs. George creates the cartoons based on stories dog owners submit through the Make Your Dog Famous page on their site.
Kasanoff says, “Jim draws and I do everything else. This works out perfectly, since I can’t draw and Jim doesn’t want to do anything else. My main role is to reach out to dog owners and encourage them to submit stories that will inspire Jim to create more cartoons. The more stories, the better Jim’s cartoons.”
Draw the Dog captures the joy, chaos, love and goofiness of living with dogs. Its cartoons chronicle Great Danes who let themselves onto a roof, Labs who will do anything to crawl into your lap (”‘Lap’ is ‘Pal spelled backwards” says one caption), and a who figured out that a treadmill makes the perfect tool for flinging tennis balls into the air.
Every cartoon is inspired by photos people send of their own dogs, so please share funny and heartwarming photos of your dogs by emailing them to Jim and Bruce at
Many thanks to Chris L'Abbe, one of my photographer friends who contributes often to this blog, for letting me know about www.drawthedog.com.