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OTRC: 'Family Guy' dog Brian returns from the dead, Seth MacFarlane explains

Brian Griffin and Stewie Griffin appear in a scene from the Dec. 15, 2013 episode of FOX's 'Family Guy.' (FOX)

Looks like "Family Guy" wasn't really ready to say goodbye to Brian, the family dog, for good.

The character was killed off in the Nov. 24 episode "Life of Brian." He was he by a car and died from his wounds. The family eventually got a new dog, Vinnie, portrayed by Tony Sirico of "The Sopranos."

However, during the show's Dec. 15 episode, Stewie changed the event from ever happening when he traveled back in time and pushed Brian out of harm's way, thus saving the family dog from ever being killed.

Series creator Seth McFarlane tweeted about the episode and gave a little "holiday lesson" to his followers.

"And thus endeth our warm, fuzzy holiday lesson: Never take those you love for granted, for they can be gone in a flash," he tweeted on Dec. 15.

"I mean, you didn't really think we'd kill off Brian, did you? Jesus, we'd have to be [expletive] high," he added (Warning: tweet contains explicit language). He wrote in another tweet, "Oh and hey... thanks for caring so much about the canine Griffin. He is overcome with gratitude."

"Family Guy" saw an 11 percent jump in the ratings for the episode, according to Entertainment Weekly. The episode was watched by 6.3 million viewers and it had a 3.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

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