Preserving Mr. Mugs For All Eternity

bookA few years ago, I wrote about Mr. Mugs. He was a sheep dog who starred in a series of books I read in kindergarten. That mutt taught me how to read.

Earlier today, Charity Maggio left a comment on that entry. Here's what she wrote.

Hey Mike,
Just so you know your not the only Mr mugs fan I am too. Where did you find the book and do you remeber Mr. Wiskers. I am looking for copies of the old school readers that we used to read when we were in school. If yuo could help me out that would wonderful.
Sincerly a fellow
Mr. Mugs reader

In response to that plea, I decided to photograph every page of the one Mr. Mugs book I still have and I put them all in this photoset. Here's a slideshow. Mr. Mugs is now preserved for future generations.

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Comments (80)

David

I love this.

Thanks,
David

January 17, 2007 / 00:41

Heather

hey, i grew up reading mr. mugs too - been searching for his books ever since - do u remember teh story about some sort of travel into outspace and there were these little pink flea-like creatures? i want that one!

January 29, 2007 / 11:52

Mirella

wow...this truly brings back memories!! thanks for sharing!!!

September 12, 2007 / 15:07

Shankari

Hi! I'm a Mr. Mugs lover too. Grew up in Canada with these books. Can't find them anywhere now. Thanks for the slide show!

November 6, 2007 / 14:58

susan

Thank you for sharing your book with people. I felt the same way everyone else has, no one around me seems to remember Mr. Mugs. I know that if you are willing to pay e-bay has some books on it for aution.

Again Thank you.

November 13, 2007 / 13:35

Rossvegas

I share a home in Toronto with a 3-year Old English Sheepdog named Harley, and there isn't a day that goes by that SOMEONE doesn't blurt out "Mr. Mugs!" when we walk down the street. I had no idea who Mr. Mugs was - I grew up in Manitoba - but I find it fascinating that people have such a strong childhood connection to the guy. You should see their middle aged faces light up when they see Harley...it's really something else.

February 3, 2008 / 11:42

Trevor Taylor

I read Mr. Mugs in Denzil elementary school in Saskatchewan in grade 2 with Sister Dorothy in I think 1975.
I could have won a prize to go to the fair for a picture that I was drawing of him in crayon, but in a rush to hurry, because she said to, I coloured too hard.
Sister Dorothy said later that I would have won first prize if I hadn't have hurried at the end.
I forgive her, but it still hurts to this day.
This is sort of cathartic.

March 2, 2008 / 00:39

Trevor Taylor

P.S. The picture was of Mr. Mugs falling out of a boat into the lake and splashing water everyewhere. I will always love him.

March 2, 2008 / 00:43

Emily

I read Mr. Mugs in elementary school back in Toronto and, it was through this series of books, that I learned to read. Now, I live in B.C. and am hardpressed to find anyone here who knows of him :( However, as a homage, my car shares his moniker!

March 14, 2008 / 16:11

Beth

Actually, I saw an English Sheep dog yesterday and the memories came rushing back. I completed my kindergarten-grade 2 schooling in Quebec where they were using Mr. Mugs books in the english speaking schools in the late 70's and early 80's. When my family moved across the Ottawa River - we had been living in Aylmer, Qc which is a bedroom community of the nation's capital - no one had ever heard of the books. To this day, I have yet to meet anyone who knows what I am talking about when I bring him up. Googling 'Mr. Mugs' and finding this site was a great experience! I am now going to send the URL out to all of my friends so I can prove that I am not daft!

Thank you!

March 16, 2008 / 20:41

Lynda

I am an elementary school teacher who taught Grade 1 using the Mr. Mugs series in the 70's. I really loved these books and I was sorry when the "powers that be" decided that series readers weren't the best approach to teaching reading. I think the familiarity with the characters, especially Mr Mugs, made the books endearing to this day.

March 29, 2008 / 16:17

Tara

LOVE this page! There is a listing on eBay for one of Mr.Mugs' books.

Tara

April 6, 2008 / 06:21

Lize

Thank you. It's very cool to see that Mr. Mugs is still around. Makes me want to go and put on a pair of checkered bell bottoms.

May 19, 2008 / 10:06

AdaMBoMb

YO MR MUGS WAS AND IS STILL THE BEST, DON'T EVER FORGET IT !!

GRADE 1 ALL THE WAY !!!!!

May 22, 2008 / 20:27

Cathy

I loved Mr. Mugs books! I am so glad to see that I am not the only one that loved and remembers Mr. Mugs. I grew up reading these books in Toronto and when I moved to Vancouver no one knew what I was talking about. Long live Mr. Mugs!

August 19, 2008 / 00:43

Lori

I'm in my early thirties and remember Mr. Mugs with fondness and talk about him often to my husband from sask. who knew nothing about him. I love Mr. Mugs and wish I had books to share with my little son.

October 9, 2008 / 00:41

Lori

Oh meant to write from Alberta.

Thank you for posting this wonderful gift to us Mr. Mug lovers.

October 9, 2008 / 00:42

Dion

Anytime I see an English Sheep Dog, I will always call it Mr. Mugs. I will always remember these books. I'm 33 years old and I still go around saying, "Look! A jet, a jet!" I love it...thanks for the memories!!

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November 27, 2008 / 01:21

Laur

I have been talking about Mr. Muggs lately as I wanted my nephews to read them and wondered if you could get them anywhere. I remember reading about him in Grade 1 and he went up in space. I grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba and I loved those books.

November 30, 2008 / 23:48

Niki

I was just talking to my friends about Mr.Mugs and they had no idea what I was talking about! Like everyone else who's written here, I also call every Sheep Dog "Mr.Mugs!"
I grew up in Wpg, MB and loved reading these stories in Gr.1.

February 12, 2009 / 22:04

Jo-Ann Elo

Mr. Muggs was brand new when I was in grade one at St. Mary's school in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The year was 1967 and Sister Benilda was our teacher. I believe that some Catholic nuns were involved with the development of this series. I remember the excitement each time we got a new "reader" My favourite had to be "A Jet Pet".

March 3, 2009 / 12:39

Annie

As with most of you whenever I see an Old English Sheepdog - I think "Mr. Muggs". The other day when I was out with my daughter a "Mr. Muggs" walked by. I explained the reference to her and am glad to be able to share this with her as well. Thanks for putting this page together! :)

April 20, 2009 / 13:49

ana

hi,
i am 41 living in Portugal since 1982 (my parents were emigrants in Toronto)so I too learned how to read with Mr.Muggs at St.Raymond's Catholic School. I have the best childhood memories till this day and share them with my 6 and 3 year old girls. Mr.Muggs had a great influence on kids. By the way I miss Toronto..part of me is always going to be Canadian!

May 16, 2009 / 21:21

Melixa

I had the pleasure of having the woman who created Mr. Mugs as my Gr 1 teacher!!!

June 2, 2009 / 13:53

Nizi

I read Mr Mugs too. Do you remember Amelia Bedelia? I also went to St. Raymond's school. I will always remember Mrs. Fedko.

June 13, 2009 / 17:54

John

I am 38 years old. Mr. Mugs helped me learn how to read at St. Nicholas school in St. Catharines. I've never forgotten that lovable sheepdog and I like what you've done here!

June 21, 2009 / 22:49

Carol

Mr.Mugs is a fav of mine also, he gave me the inspiration to want to read and he should have still been in the schools today to give inspiration and motivation to other children. How can we bring Mr. Mugs back into the schools or even the book stores? Hopefully someone can find a way to get him back for todays children.

June 30, 2009 / 07:59

Nancy

Hey Heather,
That was my favorite story too...
The little pink fuzzies...

I really want to buy the series because I have been looking for Mr.Mugs for years!
Does anyone know where we can purchase them?

July 3, 2009 / 01:32

Jenni

OMG...I thought I was the only one who still remembered Mr. Mugs. I loved that crazy dog. Grade 1 1978. My kids will never know the wonder that is Mr. Mugs.

July 22, 2009 / 22:12

Kim

sweet jesus.. I loved these books.. Jet Pet was my fav and the one where he eats all the hot dog links..lol Im 37 and read these more that 31 years ago... this is way to trippy.. but as everyone has said.. Our kids are really missing out on Mr Mugs.

July 27, 2009 / 00:11

leesa

i was JUST telling my girls about Mr Mugs!! Man I'd love to get my hands on those books!

August 6, 2009 / 21:11

Janelle

Mr.Mugs is truly a jet pet. Thanks for sharing--I've always been in love with this crazy shaggy dog and his hopelessly 70s-sideburn'd owners.

August 31, 2009 / 10:23

Kim

I grew up in Sudbury, ON and we learned to read and write with Mr Mugs too! I love this mutt! I showed this to my kids and my son wanted a copy immediately. I`m trying to locate a few books. If anyone can point me in the right direction, that would be appreciated greatly.

October 18, 2009 / 18:48

Joe

Mr. Mugs, I miss you! One of my strongest memories is of when they broke a window playing baseball. They had to go to the hardware store and get glass, putty and a putty knife. They went back to the house and repaired the nice man's window.

yes!

November 3, 2009 / 01:33

Louise

Thank you for posting this book. I have many memories of Mr. Mugs, I scour bookshops looking for copies of these books, but this far I have not been successful. Thanks again for the memories. Louise

November 7, 2009 / 08:54

Taryn

I too had the pleasure of having one of the authors, Ms. Gombita (Kambitz) as my gr. 1 teacher at Holy Spirit in Agincourt ('83). What a great lady! I loved that gr. 1 class and I loved reading Mr. Mugs. Those books really helped make reading easy. Thank you very much!

November 10, 2009 / 23:10

heidi

I love mr. mugs so much i named my cute pomeranian after him. you can see pix on my blog!

November 19, 2009 / 13:57

Rose

Wow I am so glad to see that others remember who Mr. Mugs is. I loved his books in grade one in kirkland lake Ontario. When thinking back on grade 1 Mr. mugs is the only thing I can vividly remember loving. It should be brought back to school. Learning should be made fun, made us want to learn to read more.

December 16, 2009 / 23:02

Cathy

Thank you for the memories...

January 28, 2010 / 15:16

Jenny Simington

I was wondering if you could email me the author of the Mr. Mugs books... I am trying to find some for my kids to read as I read them as a kid and found them interesting and made me want to read. Now the books are stuck in mmy memory and all I can remember is the picture of the dog and "Mr. Mugs" Thanks for all your help. Look forward to your reply as soon as you can. Thank you.

Jenny

February 12, 2010 / 10:27

karen

thank you for creating this memory of mr mugs.

whenever i see a shaggy sheep dog i always go over and talk to the owner and call him mr mugs - whatever his/her name happens to be. they always know what i am talking about.

these books were the joy of my childhood. i will never forget them. x

March 7, 2010 / 22:35

Justin

This is great to see, I always remembered this. Its too bad these things are always lost and forgotten forever. I bet it would be successful if they ever brought it back again.

March 16, 2010 / 13:22

Donny

I also knew one of the authors who was teaching gd 1 at Holy Spirit Ms. Gombita (Kambitz). But I had Ms. Loftas as my gd 1 teacher she was great. I loved reading about Mr. Mugs and his crazy adventures. Doing the work books was great to. Those are truly the only books that I realy remember. Wish my kids could get those books today.
A Jet Pet !!! my fav...lol.

March 18, 2010 / 23:50

Sandra Caetano

I talk about Mr. Mugs all the time. I love that series and also Mr. Whiskers. Cannot find those books anywhere. If anyone knows, I would appreciate it.

Thanks for posting the book.

Every sheepdog I see is called Mr. Mugs by me. My husband thinks I am insane, but if I ever get a sheep dog, we all know what I will name him

April 11, 2010 / 20:34

Denise

A stuffed Mr.Mugs was brought to my grade 1 class way back when I was the first student to be able to sit on him!

April 25, 2010 / 17:00

denise

I forgot to mention I found a bunch of Mr.Mugs books at a garage sale and just read one of the stories to my nephew last night before bed!
We are also in the process of buying a Sheepadoodle - Sheepdog and Standarnd Bred Poodle on June 12/10 called Ruby Tuesday!

April 25, 2010 / 17:10

Stella

WoW.....I am 46 and I remember Mr Muggs, my best friend Carol got a cocker spaniel for her 6th birthday and named him....of course Mr. Muggs. They gave me a true gift - the love of reading :)

May 5, 2010 / 14:23

Brendan

With apologies to Rossvegas (2008), I am one of those who yell "Mr. Mugs!" when I see a sheepdog. Sheepdogs will ALWAYS be Mr. Mugs to me. Glad to see he is remembered - that dog was a great teacher!

June 22, 2010 / 11:13

Lissa

Wow, I just saw a sheepdog last week and said to the owner, that she has a Mr. Mugs dog. From the look on her face, I do not think she had any idea who I was talking about. I loved Mr. Mugs and the great memories the books brought back. My favourite was the outer space trip.

July 11, 2010 / 21:51

Liz

Hi Mike,

Thanks for posting this, I've been trying to explain this to folks out here for years.

Do you remember the other reader books like 'West of the Sun' and 'East of the Moon' and so on. I miss those.

July 12, 2010 / 04:07

Sarah

Hi Mike,
My grandmother is one of the authors of the Mr Muggs books! She taught us to read and write using them and we have a big stack of the books.

July 18, 2010 / 15:12

melanie

I remember 'Mr. mugs' and I wish I could read 'Mr. Whiskers' again. Also does anyone remember 'Surprise Surprise?'

July 27, 2010 / 14:14

Tayba

Keep your eyes on your local thrift stores and garage sales. I've managed to pick up most of the books for my daughter that way. Between the readers and the My Little Ponies, I've been able to share a pretty magical time with my now 9 year old. :)

August 30, 2010 / 10:30

Sarah

I grew up in Saskatchewan and was in Grade 1 in 1988 and we read Mr. Mugs from Grades 1 -3 I think? Man, this brings back so many memories! Glad so many fellow Canadians remember our friend Mr Mugs! (I think some of the people commenting on here need to go back and refresh their spelling skills with Mr. Mugs!) - not "Mr. Muggs" or "Mr. Mugg's"!)

September 19, 2010 / 20:47

jess

hey everyone my name is jess and i just want to say that im looking fo a mr muggs stuffed dog for my mom because she allways wanted one when she was little but never got one so i thought insteed of buying her something out of the blue that is just for the sake of buying it thiss year im going to give her something close to home and valuble ok thanks if anyone has a mr muggs dog or knows where i can buy one plz let me know k thanks
jess

November 13, 2010 / 13:24

jess

hey everyone my name is jess and i just want to say that im looking fo a mr muggs stuffed dog for my mom because she allways wanted one when she was little but never got one so i thought insteed of buying her something out of the blue that is just for the sake of buying it thiss year im going to give her something close to home and valuble ok thanks if anyone has a mr muggs dog or knows where i can buy one plz let me know k thanks
jess

November 13, 2010 / 13:25

michael congo

i was a ta in an elementary school here in town. to my good fortune, the kindergarden/gr 1 teacher was downsizing. this gave me the opportunity to add 7 or 8 mr mugs readers to my library

December 22, 2010 / 17:29

Colleen Blight

My youngest son has trouble learning to read. I've the good fortune to come across this site. I grew up as well with Mr. Mugs in my school; he taught me to read too. Now, I'm searching high and low for the books and cannot find then. Thank you so much for scanning/photographing the book you did have. We had the pleasure of sitting down and going page by page to read it. :)

April 20, 2011 / 19:29

Amanda K

I loved mr. mugs so much that our family pet is a sheepdog who shares the same name. It's interesting when I mention his name to people, most never heard of mr. mugs but the few that do go on about school days and the mr. mugs story books...FYI: I did manage to find books on ebay (but they are expensive). Thanks for posting this,

May 4, 2011 / 08:41

michelle ho

I am jst telling my 5 year old twins about Mr Mugs...such wonderful memories from st Johns in whitby ontario where we lived mr mugs as well

May 8, 2011 / 21:39

Rick L.

HUGE fan for Mr. Mugs and all of those classic readers from elementary school (shout out to St Basil elementary in Brantford Ontario!).

Anyone remember the title of the story about a boy afraid of the dark, until he meets a girl who brings him outside into the night, and helps him conquer his fear of the dark?

It was a beautiful story...

August 5, 2011 / 16:28

shovington

I'm 44 years old and still to this day refer to the english sheep dog as Mr. Muggs. I also remember a Disney movie series called The Shaggy D.A.(Or something like it). Even as a kid I was pretty suspicious that Disney was ripping off Mr.Muggs. I've just been informed that my neice is pregnant, and I'd love to find some Mr.Muggs readers for the new member of our family; any idea on a good source, anyone?

September 5, 2011 / 17:53

erwin-henry lebherz

the last time i read Mr.Mugs was in the late 80s ,elementary school St. Aloysius in Kitchener Ontario,had a great time!.Thank you to all my teachers and friends..miss you.

October 9, 2011 / 01:58

Beverley

Love Mr. Mugs. I was raised out west in Calgary and no one in Montreal knows anything about Mr. Mugs, that sheep dog taught me to read and had me loving it. I wish there was something like that for the next generation. it was the best choice school boards could have made. Thanxs for that very special experience!

October 17, 2011 / 12:04

Joanna

OMG I remember Mr. Mugs I always wanted a dog like him. We also read pets and puppets and surprise surprise..does anyone remember those books?

November 14, 2011 / 15:18

Silvia

I sooooo loved Mr. Mugs... he taught me English. I went to French school in Ontario and starting in Grade 3 we read Mr. Mugs as part of our english class. I adore that dog... I also wish I could get those books for my niece and for myself. I keep telling myself that whenever I get a dog, it's name will be Mr. Mugs. :)

December 13, 2011 / 11:51

Anonymous

used mr mugs series from 1982 in my ESL classes and then transferred them over to my grade 2 class until i retired ion 2005. ab loved this reading series. the students never said to give them up to date books, only management did this. boss/caretakers threw all away in garbage when i retired

December 21, 2011 / 22:59

Joanna

My bf's father is a retired teacher and he has about 50 Mr. Muggs books; he's looking to sell them. If anyone is interested, please email me at yellostiletto@sympatico.ca, and I will put you in touch with him.

February 18, 2012 / 18:46

Mary

Like so many of you I grew up reading Mr Mugs and have fond memories of that sheep dog, I even cried in one of the books at school but I cant remember which one it was. Mr Mugs definatly opened a door for me to appreciate the love for dogs

February 27, 2012 / 23:51

sunshine

where can i purchase Mr. Mugs workbooks and readers?

April 2, 2012 / 07:05

Halli

I grew up reading Mr. Mugs as well! None of my friends on the west coast have ever heard of the readers. It's nice to know that I'm not the only one who remembers the stories fondly.

April 14, 2012 / 02:15

Bea

Hello Mike,
I was able to find an original 1966 edition of MEET MR MUGS. I gave it to my friend Louis Ferreira, a Canadian actor who also learned to read with Mr Mugs. He was kind enough to do a reading of the book, and I put it together as a movie. I posted it in part 2 of this month's newsletter at http://ferreira-fest.livejournal.com/17071.html (scroll down just a little). Enjoy!

June 23, 2012 / 23:48

Maureen

I have a Mr. Mugs button that I received in grade one after reading in front of the class for the first time.

July 2, 2012 / 11:10

Kerry Valentine

Yesterday I was at the offices for the Western Australian Marathon Club and the gentleman working there had a beautiful English Sheepdog keeping him company. Of course the first thing I said was "Hello Mr Mugs". The owner was intrigued and as an Aussie, he had not heard of these books. I've just sent him your link so the wonder of Mr Mugs can span the globe :)

August 14, 2012 / 22:44

Mr. Mugs' Mommy

Yes. I am Mommy to Mr. Mugs. The most beautiful, loving sheep dog in the world. So sad today because he has passed into the next world this morning. If anyone reading this has a pet go and give your baby some love, that is all they need from us. My life is better because my Mr. Mugs was in it. Mr. Mugs, born a dog, died a Gentleman. Until I see him again there will be a hole in my heart. I love you Mugzie.

November 28, 2012 / 16:11

Tracy

Wow, to think this thread started in 2007. I loved the Mr Mugs series. It was used as a first reader in my grade three class. I went to a French catholic school in Sarnia, Ontario so our first reader in French was in grade 1 and in grade 3 we read our first English reader. To this day, whenever I see a pile of autumn leaves, I think of Mr Mugs.

October 9, 2013 / 02:04

Mary

We have an old English Sheepdog who is frequently called Mr. Mugs by people we meet on our walks. Those readers must have been really amazing, based on the excitement he generates!

October 20, 2013 / 11:02

Robin

I have a great fondness for Mr. Mugs. I taught myself how to read from listening to my mom and sister practice with these when I was really young. I am now a teacher, and although I know there are other forms of teaching reading, I'd love to have some of these in my class for students to read.

I think my friends think I made him up because no one besides my sister has ever heard of Mr. Mugs. I think the books my mom had were from when she was in school in Sask, but we grew up in MB.

I love it when my sister and I see a sheep dog and both our faces light up as we exclaim "Mr. Mugs!"...even though we are both in our 30s now.

November 13, 2013 / 22:48

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