Al Roker and His Wife Deborah Roberts Mourn the Death of Their Dog Pepper - Latest Global News

Al Roker and His Wife Deborah Roberts Mourn the Death of Their Dog Pepper

Al Roker And Deborah Roberts are shocked by the loss of their dog Pepper.

Just one month after the Today Presenter, 69, missed work to take care of the puppyRoker shared the sad news on Instagram on Tuesday that her family had lost the four-legged friend she welcomed into her life more than a decade ago.

“12 years ago, this sweet little girl named Pepper changed our lives. Yesterday we had to say goodbye to her,” the weatherman began his post. “Our hearts are heavy, but also full because of all the love she gave to everyone who got to know her.”

The post included a slideshow of pictures of Pepper ranging from her arrival as a tiny puppy to the final days of her life. One sweet photo shows Pepper resting quietly on Roker’s lap, while another shows the NBC star and his 63-year-old wife, a reporter, posing for a photo with their three children and dog around the holidays.

The collage – which features Vanessa Williams’ song “Oh How the Years Go By” – ends with a sweet video of Pepper and Roker playing fetch, with the pup faithfully running off and retrieving a Frisbee that Roker has thrown him.

Roberts also posted a tribute to the dog on her Instagram page and wrote a message of love to her companion, who quickly became her “shadow” in her home after his spontaneous adoption.

“She was born on my birthday. She wasn’t supposed to be ours. The rescue coordinator had promised us the perfect puppy. A beautiful, mop-like mutt that would be gentle with children. Nick didn’t like dogs. But this 8-week-old little black and white fur ball that was brought in jumped on Nick’s lap and stole the show. For 12 years, Pepper did just that,” the ABC journalist wrote.

She went on to say that from the moment she entered her home, Pepper captured the hearts of the show and “those of so many friends and family. Even those who never liked dogs.” She continued, “The warmest companion anyone could ask for. (Sorry, Al).”

“Today I woke up to a world without her. A quiet house. Her toys and beds still. But her warmth is still there. Our hearts ache. But wow. What a beautiful gift of memories she gave us. We miss you, dear Pep! 🐾🐾♥️♥️,” Roberts ended her post.

In the comments on their individual posts, the media personalities received their best wishes and condolences on the loss of this important member of the Roker-Roberts family.

“Sending you so much love ❤️,” Jenna Bush Hager shared.

“Oh no! This makes me so sad! I know we will miss Pepper. Pets are such an important part of a family,” wrote one follower.

“They always change our lives for the better. Then they tear it all up when they leave – but the love lasts forever. ❤️‍🩹,” another fan replied.

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