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Nutty was a dog (cat in the online version) who was owned by Frank Heffley when he was a child. Frank said he never saw Nutty die because he ran away to a butterfly farm. Frank was retelling this story when the Heffley Family went to brunch with Grandpa, but then Grandpa told Frank that he made up the butterfly farm story so he wouldn't have to tell him the truth. He said that the truth was, he ran over Nutty by accident with his car. After this, Frank got angry and left the brunch, taking his family with him, and leaving Grandpa with the bill. As Frank got the family home, he then drove off without telling anyone where he was going, and later on he came back with Sweetie to regain his loss.
In online version, Nutty was a cat that Grandpa left outside for a long time by mistake and the cat froze to death. It was Grandpa's birthday when he was in their house, then Frank got angry and kicked him out of the house even before he could blow the candles on his cake and eat it.
- The idea of Grandpa leaving Nutty as a cat outside for a long time and freezing to death, was later used in the Do It Yourself Book for a Zoo-Wee Mama comic strip.
- It is one of the four pets ever owned by Frank, the other being a chameleon, Sweetie, and Pig.
- Telling from Grandpa's car design on the book, Nutty's death probably happened sometime at late 1960s or early 1970s.