Sad news for the Nine-Nine family today. Stewart, the longest-running corgi to play Captain Raymond Holt’s dog Cheddar on the TV show Brooklyn Nine-Nine crossed the rainbow bridge this week and was put down surrounded by his family and friends.
If you’ve never seen it, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a hilarious detective procedural show that stars Andy Samberg, Terry Crews, Chelsea Peretti, and Andrew Braugher. It takes place in the ‘nine-nine’, or the ninety-ninth precinct in Brooklyn.
Andy Samberg plays Jake Peralta, a well-meaning and brilliant detective who is a hard worker, dedicated to his job, and an absolute mess in his personal life. (He once found a mouse in his desk and rejoiced that Algernon was alive) Terry Crews is Terry Jeffords, their sergeant, the bulky meat-head who loves his family more than anything (Except maybe yogurt) and would go to the end of the world for his crew.
And finally, there is Captain Raymond Holt, played by Andrew Braugher. Holt is a by-the-books, do-it-right ‘robot’ personality that immediately clashes with Jake, who thinks rules are just in the way. Holt has only a few real joys in his life. His very ugly car, his husband Kevin Cozner (Played by Marc Evan Jackson), and his corgi, Cheddar.
Cheddar is ‘no common b****’, as explained in the episode aptly titled ‘Cheddar’ when Jake and Amy (Jake’s love interest, played by Melissa Fumero) accidentally lose Cheddar while Holt and Kevin are away.
Cheddar has been with the cast through a lot of tough times – Jake wore his Cheddar ‘dog bra’ while pulling an all-nighter at Holt’s home to find a traitor, Amy looked to his fluffy self when she was figuring out how to stop smoking and be healthier, and even Terry had a soft spot for the fluffball.
Cheddar has been played by several different corgi’s over the 6 years that the show has run, but Stewart has spent the most time in the role. He wasn’t a ‘professional’ dog actor (That’s a thing?!), so shoots that had Stewart in them would often take longer.
Whenever Stewart flubbed a line or missed a cue and the crew would laugh, he would continue to do it. He fed off the energy that the cast gave him, and always brightened the mood on set.
Don’t worry – Cheddar isn’t going anywhere. There are no plans to scrap Holt’s fluffy tiny-legged sidekick. Reports state that Stewart’s sister will fill those tiny paws on set when Cheddar is around.
For those worried, Stewart passed very peacefully. His owners knew it was his time and brought him to the ocean to run in the waves. Stewart ate his favorite dinner of In-and-Out burgers and laid in his owner’s arms after their family vet met them there. He fell asleep to the sound of the waves and never awoke.
Stewart’s death is a sad moment for not only pet lovers, but fans of the show. We hope that Cheddar found happiness and plenty of tennis balls on the other side.