Rick And Morty's Justin Roiland Celebrates Good News For Sick Dog Jerry, Who Inspired Snuffles And More

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Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland received some devastating news about his dog in August, but fortunately, it appears things are looking up. After the discovery of a tumor inside of his pet dog's nose, Roiland posted a much more positive update on the health of his dog, Jerry, who has inspired many aspects of the show.

Jerry, who inspired the name of the Smith family patriarch, had a rough go of things after his diagnosis but is now on the mend. Check out the picture Justin Roiland posted from after Jerry's treatment and follow up, then continue on for more on his persevering pooch.

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As mentioned, Justin Roiland first revealed the issue with his dog Jerry back in August and vowed to do everything in his power to treat his canine companion and ensure he was comfortable. As described above, the road to recovery for Jerry was not easy, but thankfully the commitment by Roiland has successfully nursed his dog back to health. Jerry is looking good in the second picture and may be around to inspire many more jokes and characters on Rick and Morty.

If it wasn't apparent by this point, Jerry wasn't just the inspiration for the name of Rick and Morty's Jerry. His likeness was also used to create the character Snuffles/Snowball, who was the focal point in the episode "Lawnmower Dog." Snuffles vows revenge for the ways he was mistreated and takes out most of his aggression on Jerry. This included almost getting the family patriarch "fixed," but Morty's intervention saved Jerry from what may have been one of his worst injuries on the show.

It's worth mentioning that, because he left for another dimension prior to Rick and Morty destroying their original world, Snuffles/Snowball may still appear as a central character in a future episode of the Adult Swim series. Rick and Morty has danced around the issue as to whether or not the series would continue to be as serialized as it was before the massive renewal from Adult Swim, and while certain characters have returned in recent episodes, there's a lot more that have been added. Will Snuffles/Snowball return to the franchise with another episode, and will he successfully manage to reclaim his testicles? I'm optimistic, given the advanced technology on Dog World, though sometimes even science has its limitations.

In either case, we here at CinemaBlend couldn't be happier that Justin Roiland's dog is on the mend. Be sure to wish Jerry well in the comments below, and maybe binge Rick and Morty by heading over to HBO Max where it's available on streaming. Be sure to stick with us for more updates on the series, and for the latest news happening in television and movies.

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