Garfield is an American comic strip created by Jim Davis. Published since 1978, it chronicles the life of the title character, the cat Garfield, Jon, his owner, and Jon's dog, Odie. As of 2013, it was syndicated in roughly 2,580 newspapers and journals, and held the Guinness World Record for being the world's most widely syndicated comic strip. Odie first appears in the comics as a kind, slightly unintelligent, yellow-furred, brown-eared dog (however between his first appearance and September 1979 his ears were black). In the live-action/animated films based on the Garfield franchise, he is depicted as a wire-haired dachshund/terrier mix. In the comic of August 26, 2007, Garfield describes Odie's species as "purebred clown" after trying to find out what kind of dog Odie is with the help of a book. Odie usually has a large tongue and slobbers in his appearances. After October 1997, he began walking on two feet, instead of all fours, just like Garfield, though this was demonstrated as early as 1989 (on the television specials, Odie's first appearance on two feet was in the 1987 Garfield Goes Hollywood). Also by this time his whiskers disappeared, but he was still depicted as a puppy. In the feature film adaptation Garfield: The Movie, Odie's ability to walk, and more importantly dance on two legs earns him a lot of attention, and is a major plot point throughout the film. In the television series, Odie's appearance is usually announced by the sound of a cavalry's bugling.