Goodbye Stephanie!

Seventeen months ago it was Digger. Yesterday we lost Stephanie. She left us in much the same way: Heart failure and a steep decline in the final 24 hours. The trip to the Vet felt very final and the verdict was clear that it was the end of a very spirited 13-year life. Our hearts are very heavy as we remember our little girl.  

Stephanie was never a gentle soul. In fact, she was a bit of a diva. She came to us after a year being the smallest creature in a house that included dogs, kids, birds, cats…and her. She learned how to fight for her position. She let Digger know about that immediately and soon the rest of us knew that Stephie wanted to be in charge. In no time, everyone knew that it was her house and we were just guests!  

Stephanie loved her entire family, but she held a special place for her Grandma and Grandpa…and vice versa. That was never clearer than when Pete and Betty lived in Bergland and separations made neither side very happy. During one visit, the crying in the car and the crying Grandparents made it impossible not to turn around and reunite everyone.  

Fortunately, we lived close to Pete and Betty for most of Stephanie’s life. In fact, it was rare that she and Pete were separated for very long. If Stephanie was going to be alone, everything and everybody could wait until Grandpa took care of his dog. Most afternoons would find the two of them napping – I mean reading – together, waiting for everyone else to return home.  

Stephanie the Viqueen!

Stephanie will be dearly missed. She was a huge Viking fan and didn’t care much for the Packer Super Bowl win. She was a fierce protector of her realm, but always had plenty of love for her favorites. In fact, Stephanie knew how to love unconditionally and exactly how to demonstrate that love. There was always a kiss or a warm greeting ready for her inner circle. 

It’s a very lonely house without you! Have a safe passage to the other side and bite Digger once on the ear for all of us. We will see you soon!



5 Responses to “Goodbye Stephanie!”

  1. 1 Emily Garrity
    February 14, 2011 at 7:22 pm


    So sorry for your loss. I see that you lost Digger in ’09 and we can relate to the loss of our beloved Queenie in 09 as well. We also have a 15 year old and hopefully she will continue to be healthy and with us for quite some time, but one never knows. Our pets are so much a part of our families, they are sooo missed.

    Kind regards and best wishes,

    Emily Garrity

  2. 3 Thomas Ruiz
    February 16, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    So sorry for your loss…

  3. 5 Jane Marie Rief
    February 23, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Hi Buckley,

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Dogs and Cats add so much to our lives. You have my sympathy,

    Best Regards,

    Jane Marie

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