Sending lots of love to ‘Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak after he revealed on Monday night’s show that his dog, Stella, died recently.
The host told the audience that the family had to say “goodbye” to her after 12 years together.
In his closing conversation with Vanna White, he shared “You and I have a lot of things in common,” Sajak began. “We both have 2 kids, we both have the same unusual blood type, but the weirdest of all, we independently, without anyone knowing it, we both named our pets the same name.”
Pat clarified that Vanna’s Stella was a cat while he “had” a dog. “I use the past tense because we recently had to say goodbye to Stella,” he said. “It was a very sad time for the Sajak family but we wanted to salute Stella by showing you happier days.”
He shared a series of photos of the beloved dog concluding, “We’re going to miss her, she was a good friend.”
Fans flooded social media with well-wishes following the show’s airing.
So sad to hear about the passing of Pat’s dog Stella. My condolences are with you, Pat! #WheelOfFortune
— Myles-Spike Webby (@mylesspike86) June 7, 2021
#RIPStella Sorry for your loss Pat. On my way home and will hug my furbaby extra tight. Stay strong.
— newyorknight (@newyorknight2) June 8, 2021
I don’t usually cry during Wheel of Fortune, but here we are 😭🐶 #stella #WheelOfFortune
— Daffodil (@Daffodi78802031) June 7, 2021
Pat’s daughter Maggie, who recently appeared in a Father’s Day video for ‘Wheel of Fortune’ paid tribute to Stella on Instagram.
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photo credit: Kathy Hutchins