We have featured Minnesota illustrator Ben Hed’s work before here on Hydogs, laughing along with his imaginings of animals flirting like humans, and featuring his wildly popular comic creations Pixie and Brutus. His Pet Foolery Instagram page, featuring “goofy little comics” that feature various types of animals, has really taken off, with the success of Pixie and Brutus in particular pushing him close to 1 million followers.
The contrast between Pixie, a sweet, naive kitten who Ben describes as “joyful and energetic,” and gruff, cynical former military dog Brutus is the secret to the pair’s popularity. They have all kinds of adventures, with Pixie’s enthusiastic bumblings bringing despair to the serious and sometimes grumpy Brutus. He has a real soft spot for her though, and will do anything to protect her! “Honestly, Pixie and Brutus were just another random comic idea I had while at work,” Ben told us. “I was never planning on making them a series, I just thought it would be a funny idea to introduce a cute little kitten to a big intimidating war dog. So I made the first Pixie and Brutus comic, and people liked it so much I just kept making them.”
And he is still making them today! Scroll down to see the latest batch of this adorable series, and let us know what you think in the comments!
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Pixie and Brutus are some of those comics characters you wish you could meet in real life. And even though you can’t actually pet these adorable four-legged critters, illustrator Ben Hed keeps delivering strips that can surely satisfy everyone’s thirst for cuteness. The duo has earned Ben over 1 million Instagram followers, keeping him as busy as ever.
Ben, however, isn’t intimidated by his huge fanbase. “My creative process isn’t any different now than it was back when I had 25k followers,” he told hydogs. “I have been able to transition to illustration as my full-time job, and it’s all thanks to those guys and their overwhelming support for my comics. I know it sounds cliche, but I can’t thank them enough.”
“Pixie is a tiny, joyful, energetic kitten,” the artist said. “She’s innocent, and also somewhat oblivious to the serious, dangerous stuff around her.” On the other hand, Brutus is a large, scar-faced German Shepherd. “He was adopted by Pixie’s owner after retiring as a Military Working Dog (MWD). Brutus, in many ways, is the exact opposite of Pixie. He’s… Seen things. He’s a very serious and intimidating military dog, but he has a soft spot for Pixie, and does what he can to protect her from the harsh realities of the world around them.” Continue scrolling to check out their latest adventures!