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PERFORMER Jerry Nelson puppeteer
  Francois Klanfer voice
DEBUT 1972
DESIGN Michael K. Frith,
Jim Henson designers
  Don Sahlin builder

Rover Joe in "Hound Dog"

Rover Joe is a hound dog who first appeared in The Muppet Musicians of Bremen. In that special, he was Mean Floyd's dog, thrown out after the superstitious farmer mistook Rover Joe for a ghost. Befriended by Leroy the Donkey, Rover Joe plays the trombone in the animal band, though he initially confuses the instrument with a hambone. Rover Joe is a tired old dog, rejuvenated by the companionship of the other animals and the hope of finding a new family.

Rover Joe later appeared in several episodes of The Muppet Show (often performed by Jim Henson) and The Muppets Take Manhattan.

The puppet was rebuilt during Season 4 of The Muppet Show, with small beady eyes replacing the nearly-closed ones.

In later years, he made cameo appearances alongside his Muppet Musicians bandmates in the first issue of Muppet King Arthur and The Muppet Christmas Carol: The Illustrated Holiday Classic.

Since 2015, the Rover Joe puppet is on display at the Center for Puppetry Arts as part of their permanent Worlds of Puppetry exhibit.