Muggs the Dog: A Retrospective


The SAS Curriculum Pathways team suffered a loss recently, as writer and editor Tim McBride’s American Staffordshire Terrier (Pit bull), Muggs passed away at the age of 10.

Now, many of us have pets and we don’t usually spend much time chronicling them here. But Muggs was different. Over the years he became the face of some of our more popular English Language Arts resources, particularly in our grammar tutorial series. Tim chronicled Muggs' role in this 2014 blog post, Pit-bull Guide to Powerful Prose.

As a sort of memorial for our missing friend, here are some of Muggs’ greatest hits.




So farewell Muggs, we shall not soon forget you - nor will school children everywhere.

You can view all of the grammar video series on SAS Curriculum Pathways - or on our Youtube Channel.



About Author

Ralph Moore

Ralph Moore coordinates and conducts professional development for Curriculum Pathways. He works with schools and organizations around the country and has presented at conferences for organizations such as the National Council for the Social Studies and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. A former army officer and social studies teacher, he spent 10 years on the Curriculum Pathways humanities team creating new digital curriculum products.


  1. I was fortunate enough to have been related to Muggs, I loved him dearly. Our hearts are heavy he is missed. Thanks for the nice tribute. RIP Sweet Muggs

  2. Kristin McBride on

    Tim is my brother in law. My husband and I were so sad to hear of Muggs' passing. ( my punctuation here may be off). Each year at Christmas we would look forward to seeing Muggs. He is such a sweet boy, always so happy to see everyone that his wagging tail could clear a table in seconds flat. Muggs would be happy to know he helped so many children. Having Muggs star in your grammar videos is wonderful. Bless Tim, Muggs and their SAS colleagues. You have all made the world a little bit kinder.

  3. Beth Ann Beato on

    Muggs was such a sweet dog; using him in the videos was a great way to make learning grammar fun! Although he will be missed by many, it is nice to know that a part of him will continue to live on.

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