Dan Harmon has three dogs, the most famous would be Nigel. This is due to Nigel surviving a coyote attack in June 2020, with Harmon sharing a video of it on Instagram saying, “Nigel is now the only dog I know to have been in a coyote’s mouth and lived. He’s in fine condition, on antibiotics and tramadol for four perfectly symmetrical fang holes, two on each of his little shoulders, as if a mouth the width of his body had simply plucked him off his feet. Clara was able to find the security footage of the attack, it’s not Penny Marshall level coverage but you can see this wily beast casually lope up to our patio and you can see the moment Nigel chooses, mid flight, to turn and fight, which I think has to be the only reason he’s alive. He instinctively bet his life that Jack Nicholson would be slightly less hungry than confused by an abruptly aggressive Michael Keaton. He’s a brave little man, which makes sense because he’s adopted. Nigel, not Michael Keaton”
Nigel is often thought as the inspiration for Snuffles, the Smith family dog on Rick and Morty, but the actual inspiration is Justin Roiland’s dog, Jerry.
Dan Harmon is an American writer, producer, podcaster, and actor. He’s best known for being the creator and showrunner for the NBC sitcom Community (2009-2015) and for co-creating the Adult Swim series Rick and Morty (2013-) with Justin Roiland. He’s also known for his podcast Harmontown, which ran from 2012 to 2019. Harmon first gained widespread recognition for creating and show running Community, which premiered in 2009. It struggled with viewership while on the air but earned critical recognition and a cult following. Community also helped launch the careers of many now well-known actors such as Donald Glover, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, and Ken Jeong. It also starred Chevy Chase for the first three seasons. For Rick and Morty, Harmond has won two Primetime Emmy Awards, a Hollywood Critics Association TV Award, A Critics’ Choice Television Award, and an Annie Award.