Jim Davis' cartoon Garfield is responsible for many things — a wildly popular yet mediocre comic strip, multiple TV series, a Bill Murray movie franchise and a behemoth powerhouse of merchandising. One thing the grumpy orange cat and his friends are not, however, are advocates for the consumption of dog semen.
Let's rewind a little. On May 30, 1990, a peculiar Garfield strip aired where Jon Arbuckle and Garfield paid a visit to a veterinary clinic. In the strip's second panel, Jon takes a sip of what he believes to be coffee. Then, in the final panel, the nurse tells him he's going to give birth to a litter of puppies, at which point he looks on in horror.
Ignoring the multiple biological red flags that this scenario suggests, the "Jon Drinks Dog Cum" narrative has been a popular one on Twitter ever since it was first pointed out by @ccchauffe in 2015.
Have yall seen this Garfield where Jon drinks dog semen? What a great comic pic.twitter.com/I522ZgtRWP— Reliable Truck (@ccchauffe) January 22, 2015
Adding to the legacy, a Twitter user named @realnutsling shared an image that appears to be the original strip, with an inscription from Jim Davis that reads, "These events are canon."
Piggybacking on the journalism of @realnutsling, Buzzfeed decided to actually reach out to Jim Davis to find out whether or not Jon was actually consuming puppy batter way back in 1990.
In a statement to Buzzfeed, Davis said that the liquid contained within the cup was not semen. "On the farm, we used to give first-calf heifers a high protein supplement to help them deliver healthier calves," he said. "The supplement was provided by our vet."
"I assumed that there would be a similar supplement for dogs," he continued. "So Jon is drinking a protein-enriched drink formulated for a pregnant dog."
Davis concluded with, "There you have it!" But we're still a little skeptical.