It’s hard to believe, but it was just a little over a year ago that Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel lost her on-and-off boyfriend Dennis Shields to a possible overdose. Dennis had even recently proposed to Bethenny, and bought her daughter Bryn Hoppy a ring as well.
Bethenny was a trooper, and somehow managed to film a season of RHONY shortly thereafter. Some of the cast consoled her, namely Dorinda Medley and Sonja Morgan. But there were also two little fur babies that Bethenny had gotten with Dennis that also provided her comfort. And according to Bethenny, they are still keeping the memory of Dennis alive and well.
On the one year anniversary of Dennis’ death, Bethenny had shared a tribute to him over social media. In that post she discussed how Dennis encouraged her to adopt her dogs, Biggie and Smallz. She also described what a strong connection they had with him. Now Bethenny has shared even more details about how their relationship lives on even after his death.
In an interview with US Weekly, Bethenny discussed adopting her dogs and why they still have such a close connection to Dennis. She said she was “hesitant” to adopt the dogs at first, but was glad they were there “after her other dog Cookie died.” Poor Cookie, at least she lived to the nice ripe old age of 17.
Bethenny shared, “We’ve experienced loss in our house. A person that was in my life for years passed away, and he’s the one who made me get both [dogs],” she said. “I was like, ‘Are you crazy? I’m not getting two dogs,’ and he thought it was crazy to separate them.”
Well, Dennis was right! If you happen to find two dogs that are already buddies, it’s best not to separate them and to keep them together instead.
She continued, “And I said, ‘All right, so now I’m getting two dogs,’ and I had three dogs at the time. My dog passed away, so I was left with Biggie and Smalls and he named them, so people’s memory lives on.”
Bethenny added, “Dennis’ memory lives on through these two dogs, so there are stories,” she said. “A rescue dog has many more stories. It has history, and you feel like you’ve done something good.” Agreed!
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It’s tragic that Dennis passed away so soon. But it was good that Bethenny decided to adopt her dogs with him. Now she will always have a little piece of Dennis with her when they are around.
TELL US – DO YOU THINK THE MEMORY OF DENNIS LIVES ON IN BETHENNY’S DOGS? DO YOU THINK THAT BETHENNY WILL EVER RETURN TO THE REAL HOUSEWIVES?
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