Doctor Sauvage With the help of her new dog Vinnie, the alcoholic widow Lois and her new son Chris become closer than they ever have been before. However, after Brian had died of old age and they had brought in the new dog Vinny, almost everything seemed to go to hell. Vinny had gotten a job himself, so he was never home like Brian was and it truthfully did not feel like they had ever even gotten a new dog. Meg had gone off to college and after Peter died, Lois decided it was best that Stewie live with her parents. There he could get the fancy education and all he deserved. So, it was just Lois, Chris and Vinny.