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Rowlf - Talkative, brown Muppet dog with floppy ears, and fur (that resembled cheap shaggy motel carpeting) seen on the musical variety program THE JIMMY DEAN SHOW/ABC/1963-66. On a weekly basis, Rowlf joked with country singer star Jimmy Dean who referred to Rowlf as "My Ol' Buddy."

Jimmy Dean and Rowlf the Muppet Dog - THE JIMMY DEAN SHOW

In 1976, Rowlf starred on the syndicated puppet series THE MUPPET SHOW/SYN/1976-81 where he played a piano amidst the confusion created by other zany Muppet characters like Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and Fozzy the Bear. On one episode of THE MUPPET SHOW, Rowlf said to guest pianist Victor Borge. "I play ragtime, or Liszt but not Offenbach."

In a skit entitled "Veterinary Hospital" Rowlf played a surgeon assisted by Miss Piggy and Janice, a California surfer girl. The skit began: "and now Veterinary Hospital, the continuing story of a former orthopedic surgeon gone to the dogs."

The Rowlf Muppet character (voice of Jim Henson) frequently appeared on THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW and with Johnny Carson on THE TONIGHT SHOW.

Rowlf the puppet dog

In the 1980s, Rowlf appeared on the animated series MUPPET BABIES/CBS/1984-1990 as Muppet babies Baby Kermit, Piggy, Gonzo, Animal, Fozzie, Rowlf, Scooter, Skeeter (and later Beans Bunny) shared adventures with their imaginations inside a nursery supervised by a Nanny with green striped socks.

The Muppet Ralph was originally created by Jim Henson's assistant, Don Sahlin for a dog food commercial in the 1950s.

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