Pooky is Garfield's teddy bear and best friend. Pooky debuted on October 23, 1978, when Garfield discovered him in a drawer. His most recent appearance was November 27, 2020.

Physical Appearance

Pooky is a brown teddy bear with two button eyes, a large black nose, pink paw pads and pink ear material. In earlier comics, he appeared completely brown aside from his eyes and nose.


Garfield sometimes communicates with Pooky as if he were a living animal; he can also be over-protective of Pooky. When Pooky lost an eye, Garfield requested a new eye for Pooky as his Christmas present. Garfield is not shy to show his love for Pooky, often grabbing him in hugs, making Jon Arbuckle jealous. Pooky is generally portrayed as sentient but immobile. In one instance, Pooky is seen rollerblading past Jon, who assumes Garfield is playing a prank. However, we then see Garfield at the other end of the room, implying that Pooky is skating under his own power. Over the years, Pooky has had several close calls; losing a leg, an arm, and an eye, but Garfield has always been by his side.

In a 1987 sequence when Garfield had amnesia, Pooky cried out a tear when Garfield did not want to play with him, along with Jon and Odie, who also cried. He does have an absent mind himself but has no brain, or common sense, because he is a teddy bear. He enjoys what Garfield does because Pooky is his only friend who does not criticize his sloppy-like attitude. He is the sidekick of the Caped Avenger, also wearing a cape. He had a brief cameo in Garfield: The Movie and Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties. Pooky was bigger in the first film. In the second film, he is a tiny Ty-Beany Baby doll with a shaking-rattle inside him. In The Garfield Show, Nermal stole Pooky from Garfield as blackmail to get him to be nice to him. In one strip, Garfield was watching television with Pooky. After he finished watching a program, Garfield left leaving Pooky on the couch. The program changed to a nature documentary about bears while Jon walked by. Pooky has been around for 41 years and has not fallen apart.


Garfield's Halloween Adventure

At the end of the special, Garfield grabs Pooky to sleep with

Garfield's Feline Fantasies

More to Come.

Ode to Odie

As the camera moves across the room, Pooky can be seen sitting on the sofa.

Caped Avenger

More to Come.

Trial & Error

Pooky was a witness at Odie's trial

Freaky Monday

More to Come.

Odie in Love

More to Come.

Desperately Seeking Pooky

More to Come.

Nice to Nermal

More to Come.

Teddy Dearest

More to Come.

Whatever Happened to Aunt Ivy?

More to Come.

Garfield: The Search for Pooky

More to Come.

Sentient Happenings

Pooky has been depicted as being sentient multiple times for instance:

  • Dreaming that Garfield was sleeping on his lap.
  • Shedding a tear when Garfield did not remember him.
  • Seeming to jump through a hoop.
  • Seeming to skate across the table.
  • Throwing a tomato at Garfield's face when Garfield told him a Teddy Bear joke.


TV Specials

Garfield and Friends

Season 1

Season 4

The Garfield Show

Season 1

Season 3

Season 4

Video Games


  • Pooky appears in Jon, where he was named "Huggy". His first appearance is June 16, 1977, when Garfield discovers him and gives him his name. This strip would recycled for the bear's appearance in the syndicated version, with the art redrawn and the name "Pooky" being used.
  • Garfield gave him the name Pooky in the first strip he appeared in, confirming that Jon did not give him his name.
  • One mouse tried to give Pooky as a birthday present to his son in one strip on February 18, 1989. Garfield was angry about it and after the strip ended, it is clear that Garfield took away Pooky from him. The mouse was probably lying about him having a kid's birthday and was just simply stealing Pooky.
  • In a December 1986 sequence, Pooky was squeezed by Garfield so hard that the cotton inside him became a blobby squiggle that enlarged his head. Jon fixed it by making Pooky have his body enlarged with extra cotton, making Pooky much larger and overweight as well. Garfield pulled Jon's shirt up over his head for not fixing Pooky correctly. Pooky, however, was back to correct size in subsequent appearances.
  • When Pooky first appeared, he had a mouth (a smile). His mouth is not visible.
  • Garfield called Pooky, "dumb, stupid, and silly-looking" in the first strip, but he has never said anything mean to Pooky since.
  • Nermal is able to sleep on Pooky's lap. Garfield wishes that he could do that.
  • Pooky has either appeared or has been mentioned 198 times in the comic strip as of 19th June 2016, one of the most frequent appearances for a character apart from Jon, Garfield, Odie, the mice, the spiders and Liz.
  • In a 1992 strip, Garfield went to wash Pooky, who was huge after his wash, despite the fact that this had not happened after other washes.
  • Once in 1983 when Garfield tried to give up Pooky, he suffered from extreme withdrawal and took him back in a week.
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