From Asheville, North Carolina, it’s This Dog’s Life. I’m Ira G. Each week, of course, I pick a theme and present a story in four panels.

Have you ever been mistaken for somebody else? Somebody famous? Some celeb who looks nothing like you? Happens to me all the time. Which leads me to our story for this week: Get it Right (Or, Say My Name). What follows are some of the doggelgangers in my life–or so people say. But look closely: There’s only one Ira G, and that’s me! Stay tuned.


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33 Responses

    Beth Sweet says:

    delightful!! (and, this may sound silly, but what does OG stand for?) Ira, I love your stars.

    thisdogslife says:

    Beth! I'm so glad you asked. OG means “original gangsta.” And yes, that makes me the original, original gangsta. Hope you pop over and visit soon. Peace.

    Ashford says:

    This is truly a fabulous strip about a fantabulous dog…but aren't we selling ol' Ira G. a little short here? A dog of this caliber deserves not just a comic strip, he deserves a full book about him. Like a Wizard of Oz or Gone With the Wind type of book. A book that can be made into a feature length Hollywood film about how Ira narrowly escapes the clutches of death during his childhood through the undying love of a wonderful mom who feeds him chicken and raises him into the fine man he has become today and all the lives he has touched along the way (I can see the trailer now and almost hear the voice-over…). Personally I see several Oscars in Ira's future. Just remember you heard it here first! Love the strip Ira, and be sure to give your mom lots of wet doggy kisses because she loves you so much! Can't wait til the next one…

      thisdogslife says:

      Thanks, man. I'll tell my agent you said so.

    betty says:

    Woof woof, Ira G.

      thisdogslife says:

      Hi, Betty!
      I'm afraid I don't speak your language. Thanks for writing though.

    Hf says:

    Ira G. is becoming quite the celebrity! I hope the paparazzi aren't infringing on his personal life too much

      thisdogslife says:

      Hf! The bright lights of fame aren't too bright for me, kid. Is that a camera in your hand?

    Leo says:

    Ira, I do believe that you inherited your eyebrows from Andy Rooney of “60 Minutes” fame. Me like.

      thisdogslife says:

      <<waggles eyebrows>> My favorite Andy Rooney quote: If dogs could talk it would take a lot of the fun out of owning one.

    Amy says:

    I love dogs. How did you choose which to represent? Why not Rin Tin Tin?

      thisdogslife says:

      Hi, Amy.
      Good question. Thing is, I haven't been mistaken for Rin Tin Tin. Not yet, anyhow. Okay, and truth be told, I haven't been mistaken for Lassie either. But I can't TELL you how many times a day I get called Benji. Or Toto. And you know, I'm not against signing autographs to avoid a fan's awkward gaff, but, come on: I'm Ira. Ira G, baby!

    sy says:

    oh ira has friends *_* he looks happy, all sparkly.

    Monica says:


    Argylsok says:

    Ira, I am shocked — *Shocked*! — that anyone could possibly confuse you with Lassie!

    Btw… if it's not too personal a question… what breed of dog are you?

      thisdogslife says:

      Hello, Argylsok.
      I am part genius, a little bit stubborn, two-thirds charming, and 100% cool. I think that covers it. I've heard my mom toss around “mystery terrier” before, but I'll tell you I'm not a very good detective (unless it comes to finding treats; otherwise, I always think the Butler did it).
      And what breed are you? Ever been mistaken for a celeb?

        Argylsok says:

        'Mystery terrrier' works for me, along with your status as a (part) genius. Oscar Wilde declared *his* genius when he visited America, so you are following a worthy example. <Cheshire Cat grin>

        I'm part Golden Retriever (my father's character) and Shetland Sheepdog (my mother's) and have Never been mistaken for a celeb. If anyone thinks I'm a plump, mature, auburn version of Angelina Jolie, however, I'd be perfectly content. <cackle>

    The Big Crafty says:

    I frequently see the “OG” label applied to organic foods. Are you using your star power to promote pesticide-free living, if in your saucy Original Gangsta way?

      thisdogslife says:

      Hey, Big C!
      You know it. I'm all natural, all the time. Can't wait for the Big Crafty! I'm a big fan of handmade too.

    arts alive! says:

    when no one is around you, say ira i love you. say my name…

    arts alive! says:

    i think he looks more like an old man than lassie. just sayin is all

    Susannah says:

    Ira G is much better looking than those other three.

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