Jim Davis Swears Jon Isn't Drinking Dog Semen in Viral 'Garfield' Strip

Jim Davis Swears Jon Isn't Drinking Dog Semen in Viral 'Garfield' Strip
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.
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.