‘Little House on the Prairie’ Star Melissa Gilbert Posts Adorable Video of Fawn Frolicking in Her Backyard

by Samantha Whidden
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Kicking off the week with some relaxation, Little House on the Prairie star Melissa Gilbert took to her Instagram to share some adorable videos. 

“Meanwhile back at our place upstate, someone is having fun,” Melissa captions the post, which features two videos of a fawn frolicking in her backyard in upstate New York. 

Followers of Melissa reacted to the post, tweeting, “[It’s] your on Little House, on The Prairie.” and “Awww so cute! Nature!” Gilbert has been living in New York since late 2018 with her husband, Timothy Busfield of Thirtysomething. The couple were married in April of 2013 and lived in Howell, Michigan before making the move to the Empire State just three years ago. 

Melissa Gilbert Welcomes Granddaughter Ripley

Melissa Gilbert celebrated the birth of her granddaughter, Ripley, earlier this month. The proud grandmother shared the exciting news with her fans by stating, “So, so happy to tell you all that Tim Busfield and I are Nana and Papa to this sweet angel!”

Gilbert also reveals that Ripley is the daughter of her son, Dakota Brinkman, who she shares with Bo Brinkman. Melissa describes her daughter-in-law, Marissa Brinkman as a “warrior” throughout the entire birthing process, and her son as the “perfect partner for her.” 

Melissa has posted some seriously adorable pictures of the little girl. She recently shared some photos with the caption, “My feed is going to get boring if you’re not into babies. I’m a very proud Nana!! can’t wait to squeeze this little one.” Gilbert also posted a pic over the week showing her finally getting to hold Ripley. “Happy Nana! #granddaughter #nana #soinlove.”

Little House on the Prairie fans also showed admiration for Melissa Gilbert’s pictures with one fan tweeting, “So adorable. Congratulations. Can’t wait to see pictures of you with your beautiful granddaughter.” and “G’babies are the bestest!!”

Melissa Mourns the Loss of Her Dog Josephine

Unfortunately, hours before the birthday of Ripley, Melissa Gilbert announced the passing of her dog, Josephine. “My heart breaks to tell you that just two hours after the birth of our granddaughter Ripley, our sweet Josephine passed away,” Gilbert shares in a post on Instagram. “It was as peaceful as it was sudden. She simply stopped. We are sure she was making room and making it easier for us to travel and see our kids and grandkids.”

Gilbert also says that while she was sad for the loss, Josephine did live an “amazing life” and touched many people, including her co-workers and children in hospitals. “Most importantly, she was loved… beloved even… and she knew it,” Melissa pens. She then adds that she was lucky to be the dog’s mama. 

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