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.
The birth of Scratch
During a thunderstorm one wet weekday afternoon in London in 1982, while sitting at his drawing board, Paul Thomas drew with a green felt tip pen, a cartoon character that he named Scratch, placing him in a strip cartoon that same afternoon, adding Itch mouse as his sidekick.