Meet the real-life pets that inspired the characters in the upcoming graphic novel:

MELLYBEAN AND THE GIANT MONSTER

MELODY as MELLYBEAN

AGE: 2.5 years.  Born May 2018

ADOPTED: July 1 2018

SEX: Female

WEIGHT: 11 pounds

BREED: Scruffy poodle Mix

FURSONALITY

- Happy-go-lucky

- Brave and curious

- Gentle, calm, kind-hearted, and (mostly) well-behaved

FAVORITES

- Running in the grass and being chased

- Rolling in the grass/astroturf

- Sniffing all the things

FUN FACTS

- American

- Licks your nose to get your boogers

- Despite being happy and constantly groomed in a loving home, she looks like a sad, unkempt, homeless dog

- She likely has more hand-knitted sweaters than you

BUTTERNUT as himself

AGE: 13 years.  Born Sept 2007

ADOPTED: Nov 2007

SEX: Male

WEIGHT: 11 pounds

BREED: Medium haired orange tabby

PURRSONALITY

- Curious and playful

- Loves the outdoors and being in the yard on his harness and leash

FAVORITES

- Chewing on leaves and grass

- Being with people

FUN FACTS

- Canadian born

- Missing a fang after falling off a 4th floor balcony and landing on a man

- Lynx-like ear tufts

- Always climbing things to be up in high places

- Bathroom buddy

- Oldest but smallest

CHARLIE as CHUCK

AGE: 12 years

ADOPTED: Oct 30 2010 from SFACC

SEX: Male

WEIGHT: 14 pounds

BREED: Short haired orange tabby

PURRSONALITY

- Charismatic, calm and calculating

- Strong, silent type

- Gentlemanly

FAVORITES

- Bread, saltines, fortune cookies, chicken

- Playing with bobby pins

FUN FACTS

- American born

- Doesn’t play with yarn and won’t eat plants

- Always lays on your legs or chest

- Likes to wrestle and is a master at opening doors

- Drooly

- Was originally named "Pumpkin" by the shelter

TUGS as himself

AGE: 12 years.  Born May 2008

ADOPTED: July 2008

SEX: Male

WEIGHT: 20 pounds

BREED: Short haired orange tabby

PURRSONALITY

- Notifier of meal times

- Shy but affectionate

- Hungry

FAVORITES

- Canned food

- Belly rubs

- Sunbeams

- Being fed and petted

FUN FACTS

- Canadian born 

- Big cat but has tiny mews

- Does not like to be picked up

- Licks his right front paw when you scratch his butt

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