Ratbert toby jug produced in China by Treasure Craft of Compton, California, circa 2000. "Dilbert" is an American comic strip written and illustrated by Scott Adams, first published on April 16, 1989. It is known for its satirical office humor about a white-collar, micromanaged office with engineer Dilbert as the title character. The comic strip originally revolved around Dilbert and his "pet" dog Dogbert in their home. Ratbert is a regular character from the "Dilbert" comic strip. Ratbert was a lab scientist's cruel experiments. He soon realized that he was the subject of a hideous macaroni and cheese experiment and escaped, eventually finding a refuge in Dilbert's house. He was not initially accepted by the residents, especially Dilbert, who was highly prejudiced against rats. However, he finally allowed Ratbert to become a permanent member of the household. Ratbert's tail forms the handle of the jug.