The Scratch the dog cartoon strip first appeared in Animator magazine issue 14, published in winter 1985. Scratch was drawn by Dr. Scratch, an alias for Paul Thomas of Tiger Trax animation. The scratch cartoon strip continued to appear in the next 19 issues of Animator until it ceased publication in 1995. Paul Thomas celebrates his 50th birthday on 12th January 2012 and Scratch will become 30 during 2012. We plan to post one Scratch cartoon each day until Paul’s birthday.