Good Doogie

Tess grew up in a haunted house. The ghost was mischievous, unpredictable, and ever-present. A little spooky, sure, but he was easy to laugh off in the light of day. At night, though… well, I think Tess can be excused for wanting an escort…












It’s time that long-suffering Doogie got some credit for being a Good Boy.

If you like Doogie, you might want to check out this entry from my sketchbook, Call of Doogie: Bark Ops.

Also, The Middlest Sister will now appear on, which is a cool way of browsing for new webcomics. The site displays just the first frame of webcomics, and if you decide you want to read the rest, you just click on the frame to take you to the comic right at the creator’s own site. Pretty neat!





57 responses to “Good Doogie”

  1. Baddest Mother Ever Avatar

    This is the first post of yours that I’ve experienced and it’s an utter delight! Sweet Doogie. I love the depth your cutouts create. i can’t wait to browse around!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy the rest! :D

    2. kidbrain Avatar

      i just accidentally discovered your blog. not many things make me shriek “WOW!” instantly, but your crafty illustrations did. love it!

      1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

        Thank you! That made my morning! :D

  2. Madame Weebles Avatar

    I used to do this with my cats. Except you can’t really just call cats and expect them to follow you. So I’d have to pick them up and bring them into the bathroom with me.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Haha! That is cute! Of course, I am imagining you were about 7 when you did this… I could be off?

      1. Madame Weebles Avatar

        Yup, about 7 or 8!

    2. She's a Maineiac Avatar

      I’ve actually done this, Weebs.

      1. Madame Weebles Avatar

        This does not at all surprise me, Darla.

  3. notquiteold Avatar

    I wished my dog would just sleep through the bathroom visits. But he just HAD to accompany me everywhere. In my sleepy state, he tripped me more often than not.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      My cat does this. It is infuriating.

      1. notquiteold Avatar

        Don’t even talk about cats. My old cat is determined to kill my husband on the stairs.

        1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

          I have absolutely accused my cat of attempted murder when he’d dart in front of me when I was on the steep basement stairs. WHO WOULD FEED YOU THEN, DEVIL-BEAST?!

  4. penandstink Avatar

    So cute! I need a Doogie! I will add this to the list of reasons we need a dog — so the evil ghost-witch doesn’t get me in the middle of the night. Thanks!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Well, just to be clear, Doogie is typically really useless. :)

  5. NotAPunkRocker Avatar

    My cat pays me back for these trips by trying to suffocate me when I get back to bed. Oh well.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      One would expect nothing less from a cat!

  6. She's a Maineiac Avatar

    Story of my life growing up! My dog Princess never got much rest.
    I loved how you did the word ‘flush’, and Doogie’s startled face is priceless.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Aww, Princess is an adorable name for a dog!

  7. Charlotte Avatar

    I love this, especially the pee-colored asterick. :)

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      I was wondering if anyone would notice!

  8. becomingcliche Avatar

    There are so many things I love about today’s comic. So many. From the string of drool to the mouse under the bed to the flushing toilet. Well done!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks :) It makes me happy when people notice the details!

  9. jensine Avatar

    as always … I love

  10. muddledmom Avatar

    Aw, my dog, Bear, used to have to escort me around the house when I thought I heard noises. It always helps when there’s “someone” near. Sweet post.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Awww, Bear! It’s good to have back-up.

  11. pegoleg Avatar

    It IS time Doogie got some credit. Love Tess’ drool dribble! Good luck with the new venture – it sounds great!

  12. Elyse Avatar

    Dogie is the perfect sibling. No complaints no matter what you ask of him!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      It’s true, he never complains. He does sometimes pretend to limp when he feels he’s being ignored, though.

  13. The Simple Life of a Country Man's Wife Avatar

    I always love the back sitting view of a dog, like Doogie waiting for Tess in the bathroom. Love this!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks! It’s an eternally devoted pose, I think.

  14. talesfromthemotherland Avatar

    Mazel on the new gig! Great posts like these, deserve to be highlighted! Love little Doogie’s tired eyes, at the end… too cute!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks :) Doogie hardly ever gets any respect (despite the fact that there is a portrait of him hanging in my parents’ living room), so I thought he deserved a little comic.

      1. talesfromthemotherland Avatar

        Poor pup… he deserves some respect! The comic is a nice tribute! ;-)

  15. pjsassifras Avatar

    My cats would totally throw me under the bus insted of protecting me from a ghost.

    I haven’t figured out your posting schedule, yet (forgive me if it’s listed here somewhere – I haven’t explored everything, yet). However, I know it’s going to be a good day when I see you in my Reader.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      My cat, too. Not my rabbit, though! I generally post every two weeks, but the day changes depending on my schedule.

  16. pmahaney Avatar

    I really love your work, but your passion for it slips through and I suspect you don’t find it work at all. Very, Very creative. P.S. I love Doogie.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Ah, you got me! I love it. If it was my full-time job, I’d be the happiest girl in the world. Thanks for the Doogie-love! I’ll pass it on to him. Wait ’til he finds out he’s on the internet!

      1. pmahaney Avatar


  17. nuriablanesmoreno Avatar

    que divertida animación, realmente original

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      ¡Gracias! Me alegro de que te gusten! :D

  18. whatimeant2say Avatar

    Congrats on thefirstframe! Very cool. And, please, please, please publish a picture book for Call of Doogie: Bark Ops!!!!!!

      1. whatimeant2say Avatar

        Seriously. PERFECT idea!

  19. happydaisy Avatar

    Is that drool in the first picture? So funny! And kudos to Doogie for being such a great night-time guardian. :) Your pictures are really neat — how did you make them?

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Yes, it is drool! :D I make the illustrations with scissors, scrap paper, and glue sticks (and tweezers to set the tiny pieces into place!)

  20. russelllindsey Avatar

    Reblogged this on Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde and commented:
    As the dog days of summer are coming to a close, I thought I’d share the latest from the Middlest Sister… Time to get back into a routine.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks for the reblog! Cheers to the approaching autumn!

      1. russelllindsey Avatar

        Thank you Nicole~ I always love your blog and try to reblog. I enjoy your blog!

  21. Dara Avatar

    Doogie is a total legend.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      And he doesn’t even know it. He’s not even allowed up on the furniture.

  22. andersona10 Avatar

    first time reading this blog after suggested from the staff picks. brilliant! i’m instantly in love. my dog is my constant darkness pal.

    thanks for the incredible find. i’ll be a follower for sure :)

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thank you! I’m so glad you like it!

  23. WallFlowerLotus Avatar

    Brilliant work! Your cut-out illustrations are amazing and so FRESH! The morning doggie bathroom dance is a daily ritual in our home.

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