Garold Wilson "Gary" Snail Jr. (/ when he actually speaks) is SpongeBob's pet . Within the series, snails are analogous to cats, so Gary almost always vocalizes like a . Despite this, other characters can understand and communicate with him. Depicted as a level-headed character, Gary sometimes serves as a voice of reason for SpongeBob, and solves problems that his owner cannot. He is sometimes nicknamed "Gare-Bear" by SpongeBob, and it is revealed in " " that his full first name is Garold.