“Wheel of Fortune” fans will be sympathetic to the news that Pat Sajak shared in a recent episode of the show. Unfortunately, the Sajak family said goodbye to their faithful furry companion, Stella. We already know she was a good doggo. But interestingly, she had a unique connection to Pat Sajak’s fellow co-host Vanna White. Unknowingly, the Sajak family and Vanna White gave their respective pets the same name.
That’s not the only interesting thing the longtime game show icons have in common, either. As if it wasn’t enough that Vanna named her cat Stella around the time the Sajaks gave their dog the same name.
The pair have had a long time getting to know each other. So much time, in fact, that they’ve discovered some uncanny similarities. Maybe they’re just gradually morphing into one mega-“Wheel of Fortune”-hosting-entity over time. As groundbreaking as that would be for science, it’s more likely that the fun shared tidbits have something to say about their compatibility with each other.
During Pat Sajak’s announcement about Stella at the end of the episode, he referenced the details.
“You and I have a lot of things in common. We both have two 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,” he said. “I use the past tense because we recently had to say goodbye to Stella. It was a very sad time for the Sajak family.”
Condolences to the Sajak family for their loss, of course. But seriously, are Pat and Vanna the same person?
‘Wheel of Fortune’ Fans Offer Their Support
Losing a dog of 12 years is no small thing, any pet for that matter. Many can relate to Pat’s situation, and “Wheel of Fortune” fans quickly took to social media and shared their thoughts.
“So sorry to hear of Stella’s passing, Mr Sayjack [sic]. My heart goes out to you, having been through that several times in my life. Our dogs are family,” one Twitter user wrote.
“So Sorry to Hear About The Passing of Pat Sajak’s Dog Stella. Our Thoughts & Prayers Are With You & Your Family,” another added.
“So sad to hear about the passing of Pat’s dog Stella. My condolences are with you, Pat!” a fan offered.
At times it feels like we don’t even deserve dogs. They’re endlessly loyal and love nothing more than making their human companions happy. Stella’s loss is a tough pill to swallow for the Sajak family, but “Wheel of Fortune” fans tried their best to help.