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No. 3193: Dog in Denial

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Dog in Denial

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Permanent URL: https://mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=3193

Strip by: Muchacho1994

{While out for a walk one evening, Odie sees Garfield and Arlene sitting on the fence, looking at the full moon together. He also sees Jon on a porch swing, with his arm around Liz as they both gaze into each other's eyes. Trudging inside, Odie sits down on the couch, sporting a rather melancholy expression. There is an empty space beside him for someone to sit, but Odie has no one to sit next to him. Loneliness sets in. Odie decides he does not want to be alone, and goes to find something. He returns to the couch with a bone lying there next to him. In denial of the fact that he does not have a girlfriend, Odie has attempted to start a relationship with one of his bones. He smiles at it with a heart above his head, apparently trying to flirt with it. Expecting a response of some sort, he is surprised and confused when the bone really doesn't do anything at all. Suddenly Odie realizes his relationship with the bone is impossible; he is alive and sentient, but his bone is not. It cannot love. Choosing to handle this realization in a passive-aggressive manner, he picks up the bone and throws it off-panel as hard as he can, and remains scowling for quite some time afterwards. However, this anger is merely a pathetic front for how he really feels, as is revealed in the penultimate panel when his ears droop and tears start running down his face. The loneliness becomes too much for Odie to handle, and he throws his head back to release a pained, sorrowful howl}

The author writes:

Uh, yeah. I had this idea in my head for a while and finally got around to making it in honor of Valentine's Day* or whatever, but I seriously doubt that it'll go through the buffer in five days. It's okay. I don't care how long it takes. :D

[[Original strip: 2013-11-03. Odie heads taken from 1987-02-06, 1995-06-21, 2008-12-07, 2016-10-30, and 2017-02-08. I also borrowed an arm from 2008-01-01.

*[Ed: 2017]]]

Original strips: 1987-02-06, 1995-06-21, 2008-01-01, 2008-12-07, 2013-11-03, 2016-10-30, 2017-02-08.