Ferguson Adopts First Pet

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January 5, 2012 | 2:15pm EST

Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson has become a first-time pet owner at the age of 36 after his dad banned him from having an animal when he was a child.
The Modern Family star and his boyfriend Justin had an extra mouth to feed over Christmas after adopting a puppy – and Ferguson admits the animal is the first he’s ever cared for.

He tells U.S. talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, “(We) adopted a puppy! We got this very cute dog, this little Morkie, which is a Maltese Yorkie mix. He’s very sweet, he’s only about five months old.

“A friend of ours had a litter and they could not get rid of this puppy, he was basically the runt of the litter. He has one testicle, he has an extra rib, he has a kinked tail. No-one was taking him. His name is Leaf, he’s named after a character I did on Broadway.

“(This is) My first pet – my dad had pets growing up but for some reason I don’t think he trusted us with one. I’m very nervous.”