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Jon Stewart Breaks Into Tears Sharing the Loss of His Rescue Dog

Watch the heartbreaking — and heartwarming — tribute to his three-legged rescue Pittie, Dipper.

by Sio Hornbuckle
February 28, 2024
Jon Stewart tears up honoring his late dog Dipper on The Daily Show: 'In a world of good boys, he was the best'
Photo: The Daily Show / Youtube

On the most recent episode of The Daily Show, viewers got a more personal glimpse into the host’s life than usual when Jon Stewart ended the show by sharing the news that his dog, Dipper, had died. Dipper was a three-legged (or tripod) brindle Pit Bull Stewart’s family rescued from Animal Haven, a no-kill shelter in New York City. 

Stewart hosted The Daily Show from 1999 to 2015, and returned as the weekly Monday guest host this February; he’ll be guest hosting through the presidential election. At the end of this Monday’s show, Stewart told the story of Dipper’s adoption: Over a decade ago, his kids wanted to raise money for Animal Haven, so they set up a table selling cupcakes outside the shelter. Then, some volunteers brought out a Pit Bull puppy who’d lost a leg in a car accident. 

At this point in the story, Stewart broke down in tears and pulled a box of tissues from under his desk. “I thought I’d get further,” he said before continuing. 

His family went home with the Pit Bull that day. They named him Dipper, and Dipper became a fixture at The Daily Show — he would go along to tapings every day and wait for Stewart to be done. “In a world of good boys, he was the best,” Stewart said.

Jon Stewart's Pit Bull, Dipper
Courtesy of @dountoanimals

“He met actors and authors and presidents and kings and he did what the Taliban could not do, which is put a scare into Malala Yousafzai,” Stewart joked before showing a video of Yousafzai in a hallway at the studio, retreating away from Dipper’s barks. 

Then, he shared that Dipper had passed the previous day, surrounded by his family. “He was ready,” Stewart said. 

“Boy, my wish for you is one day you find that dog, that one dog that just…it’s the best,” Stewart told the audience. He ended the episode by showing a video of Dipper playing joyfully in the snow. 

To find your own good boy or donate to Animal Haven, click the links below. 

Sio Hornbuckle

Sio Hornbuckle is a writer living in New York City with their cat, Toni Collette.

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