This funny animal cartoon strip, which first appeared January 2000, was created by Paul Gilligan. and was syndicated by Copely News Service from 2000 to 2003. Then it moved to Universal Press Syndicate in 2003, and by 2004 was appearing in 121 newspapers. It has appeared in the Toronto Star at least from 2006 to the present (2017).
Poncho, the principal character once had a happy one on one relationship with his owner Chazz. Then Chazz married Carmen, a cat lover with five cats. Poncho has now retreated to Pooch Café a kind of coffee shop for dogs. Here he can vent his opinions and discuss his problems and they all can hatch plans against cats. In the panel below you can see “Poncho” coming through the door and his friends, coffee guzzling “Boomer”, the one with the long ears sitting at the bar, Hudson, the Beagle sitting beside “Boomer”, Beaumont, the bar tender and owner of “Pooch Café, and Gus, the Scottish Terrier sitting at the table left).
Gilligan tries to keep the strip focused on the particular dog characters of his creation.
“A rule I’ve had in my mind is that the jokes always have to be dog-centred jokes and true to the characters.” … “In the best-case scenario, I’ve written a joke that’s not only just true of the characters in Pooch Café but only could have been in Pooch Café, where it’s very centred not just to dogs but to the characters in my strip.”
BOOK GRAPHIC COLLECTION:
Content cartoon strip & Cover book front & back:
Pooch Café: All Dogs Naturally Know How To Swim. Car., Paul Gilligan. Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2003.
The Expositor [Brantford], 12 December 2022: “Welcome To A Dog’s Life”. Writ., Luke Betts: B3.
“Pooch Café.” Wikipedia the free encyclopedia. 20 July 2017. Accessed 27 November 2017.
Pooch Café: All Dogs Naturally Know How To Swim, 2003: Back cover.
Toronto Star, 8 April 2017: P6.