Throwback Thursday: J.J. Morgan, celebrity dog from the 1950’s

TV star dog J. J. Morgan (L) acting as a third date on the television show Blind Date. (Photo by Walter Sanders/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
TV star dog J. J. Morgan (L) acting as a third date on the television show Blind Date. (Photo by Walter Sanders/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

When the weekly musical variety show A Couple of Joes premiered on ABC in 1949, the titular hosts Joe Rosenfield and Joe Bushkin were quickly eclipsed in fame by their occasional co-star J.J. Morgan, a three-year-old basset hound owned by producer Richard Gordon.

Morgan didn’t do tricks or perform feats of agility and intelligence, but his soulful snout and droopy eyes won the hearts of audiences.

His deadpan reactions to the actors and musicians around him quickly earned him guest spots on other television shows.

A tongue-in-cheek LIFE magazine article in March 1950 declared him a celebrity, praising his “polished acting and superb critical aplomb.”

Here’s to one of the OG animal memes, in black and white.

TV star dog J. J. Morgan posing for a Life picture. (Photo by Walter Sanders/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
TV star dog J. J. Morgan posing for a Life picture. (Photo by Walter Sanders/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
TV star dog J. J. Morgan sitting on a grand piano during the show A Couple of Joes. (Photo by Walter Sanders/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
TV star dog J. J. Morgan sitting on a grand piano during the show A Couple of Joes. (Photo by Walter Sanders/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
TV star dog J. J. Morgan (L) listening to trombonist Mike Riley play. (Photo by Walter Sanders/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
TV star dog J. J. Morgan (L) listening to trombonist Mike Riley play. (Photo by Walter Sanders/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
TV star dog J. J. Morgan singing with Peggy Martin. (Photo by Walter Sanders/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
TV star dog J. J. Morgan singing with Peggy Martin. (Photo by Walter Sanders/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
TV star dog J. J. Morgan walking standing with Bill Grady as he talks with Laurie Collier on the phone. (Photo by Walter Sanders/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
TV star dog J. J. Morgan walking standing with Bill Grady as he talks with Laurie Collier on the phone. (Photo by Walter Sanders/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
TV star dog J. J. Morgan sitting with Laurie Collier and Bill Grady. (Photo by Walter Sanders/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
TV star dog J. J. Morgan sitting with Laurie Collier and Bill Grady. (Photo by Walter Sanders/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
1950 Morgan visits a "Diaper Derby" baby race in Palisades Park, New Jersey. Image: Keystone-France/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images
Morgan visits a “Diaper Derby” baby race in Palisades Park, New Jersey. (Image: Keystone-France/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images)

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These Beautiful Photos Of A Family Of Rescued Dogs Will Warm Your Heart

0Adopted and rescued by animal lover Candice Miller, this family of “misfit dogs” will warm your heart with their adorable antics. Miller uploads beautiful photographs of the expressive canines having fun, sleeping, and posing for the camera to her Instagram account ‘@roofusandkilo’.

According to the Huffington Post, Miller started taking in shelter dogs in the last few years, including a pit bull named Kilo who was waiting to be put down at the shelter she volunteers at.  Being beaten and forced to live outside had left the dog weak and fearful, causing him to crawl around on his stomach at the shelter. On the day he was slated to be euthanized, Miller rushed down and picked him up.

“Kilo came into my life at a point when I needed him the most… We both had been through some bad stuff, but together are absolutely happy and healthy,” Miller told the publication. She had just left a stressful job and was coping with the death of one of her older dogs at that time.

Miller also has another pit bull named Roofus that her son brought home three-and-a-half years ago. She recently welcomed the newest addition to the family, a pit bull puppy named Penny whom she saved from a “scary situation” where the mother dog was killing her own puppies. By sharing photos of her household of dogs, she hopes to erase negative and harmful stereotypes of pit bulls and help other shelter dogs find homes. 00 0000 00000 000 000000 0000000

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