Justin Hartley from This is Us Mourns the Death of His Rescue Dog Memphis

Justin Hartley from This is Us Mourns the Death of His Rescue Dog Memphis

Justin only had 15 months with his senior rescue dog, but he treasured every moment.

By Kristyn Pomranz

The cast of This is Us is all too familiar with portraying heartbreaking stories on TV. Unfortunately for Justin Hartley — who plays Kevin Pearson on the NBC smash drama — sorrow has hit a little too close to home: His beloved rescue dog, Memphis, has passed away.

Justin and his wife, actress Chrishell Stause, rescued the senior dog (who was already over 12 years old at the time of adoption) just fifteen months ago. But even in that short amount of time, the sweet pooch made a major impact on the couple’s lives.

“One of the funniest, toughest and sweetest animals I ever had the pleasure of loving,” Justin wrote on his Instagram. “Thanks for making our lives better. I really wish we had more time. Rest In Peace little dude.”

Justin frequently posted Instagram pictures of the pooch, jokingly ribbing his carefree lifestyle. “No job. No job prospects. No problem.”


Memphis is survived by his rescue sister Gracie, whom Justin and Chrishell adopted at the same time. As Justin told PEOPLE last Thanksgiving, “The rest of their lives is Boca Raton. I don’t expect much from them. I just want them to hang out and enjoy life.”

Our hearts go out to Justin and Chrishell. We salute them for giving Memphis his best possible final years.

Credit: Justin Hartley/Instagram

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