Odie first appeared in the Garfield comic strip on this day in 1978

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ODIE (OH-dee)

Dopey dog created by Jim Davis
clues: Mutt of Garfield jokes; Patsy created by Jim Davis; Garfield's pal; “Garfield” dog; Comics canine; Jon Arbuckle's dog; Yellow-furred comics dog
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Way down deep, we're all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them ~ Jim Davis

Garfield is a popular comic strip created by Jim Davis featuring the cat Garfield, the less-than-brilliant pet dog Odie, and their socially inept owner Jon Arbuckle. The character is named after Davis's grandfather, James Garfield Davis, who was named after former United States president James Garfield.

Odie: loveable but dopey yellow-furred, brown-eared dog constantly panting with his very large tongue, and the only character without a "voice" (though he was once shown to be thinking "I'm hungry". More recently, he was seen actually speaking in one of Garfield's dream sequences). Often kicked off the table by Garfield or the victim of some practical joke. Odie's original owner was Lyman, a friend and roommate to Jon Arbuckle. However, Lyman disappeared in 1983 and Odie became a pet to Jon. Odie is, to Garfield, a complete slobbering idiot (though it's not the actual case since Odie did manage to take revenge on Garfield occasionally, and Garfield usually cannot notice it). He is rarely seen without his giant tongue and drooling. Recently, Odie seems to be walking on two feet more often. He first appeared on August 8, 1978.

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