The Stevens Firm, P.A. - October 2019

October 2019 What Matters Most 349 E. Main Street, Suite 200, Spartanburg, SC 29302 • • (864) 598-9172

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Remembering a Special (Doggy) Soul

• When Ben and I first started dating and I met Kryptonite for the first time, we were sitting on a couch at Ben’s house, and I watched as he jumped up on the back of the couch, approached Ben’s head, and begin licking it nonstop all over. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who liked a bald-headed man! It was simultaneously the funniest and grossest thing I’d ever seen. • For having such a fear-inducing name like Kryptonite, he was really the friendliest dog one could have ever imagined. He adapted to the introduction of my dog, Atticus, when we got married, and they became just like brothers. He welcomed the addition of my mother-in-law’s cat, Gaylord, following

Last month, our family lost another special soul when our 13-year-old Havanese dog, Kryptonite, passed away. Losing a pet, especially one who has been such an integral part of the family for so long, is always hard. In the end, he was suffering from multiple medical issues that, due to his age, were not going to be easy to treat and would likely mean many weeks of low quality of life in the best-case scenario. He had already been showing signs of doggy-dementia, so we made the painful choice to let him go peacefully with the assistance of our vet. To say it was one of the hardest decisions we’ve ever had to make, is putting it lightly. But we’re choosing to remember all the good times we had with him through the years, and we wanted to share a few of our favorite things about him with all of our dog-loving followers. • “Kryptonite” was not a name we had anything to do with (I promise!). He belonged to Ben’s ex-wife before they met, but, when they separated, the dog chose Ben! Seriously … she left with the dog, but, after a week, she called Ben to let him know that Kryptonite (Krippy, for short) was sitting by the door crying 24/7 and wasn’t eating due to his deep depression. She asked Ben to take him, and he quickly became “Ben’s dog” from that moment on. • When our youngest, Dexter, was still a toddler, he obviously couldn’t say “Kryptonite”, so for many years he was called “Pippy” since that’s all little Dex could say. He responded to both names equally.

her passing earlier this year. And his favorite addition had to be our newest cat, Hoover, who was still a kitten when we got him and who loves to run, jump, and hide throughout our house. Even though his advanced age held him back, he loved to watch this new cat with amusement and wonder in his eyes. • He was a Clemson fan and religiously sat with his dad through hours and hours and hours of college football every season (immediately cleaning up any snacks that dropped from Ben’s hand). • He loved the holiday seasons, too, and he allowed the kids to dress him in jingle-bell antlers every single Christmas. He would even pose for pictures. • When we moved into our new house a couple of years ago and had a wood-burning fireplace for the first time, he staked out “his spot” in front of it each night and seemed to wait for us to light it just for him on cold days. We’re going to miss him dearly, but his impact on our lives will never be forgotten. We know we have lots of friends and family who are animal-lovers, and we’d love to hear some of your favorite pet memories. We hope you’ll share them with us the next time we see you or on social media. “Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life.” –James Cromwell

“The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.” –M. K. Clinton

–Jenny (& Ben) Stevens

Reminder About Our Firm’s Communication Policy Our promise to you is that while we are working on your case, we don’t take inbound phone calls, faxes, or emails. Our Senior Partner, Ben Stevens, takes no unscheduled inbound phone calls, as we have found this makes him much more productive and enables him to focus on getting your case resolved faster. You can always call our office at (864) 598-9172 and schedule an in-person or phone appointment with any of our attorneys, usually within 24–48 hours. We believe this approach is much better than the endless game of phone tag played by most businesses today. Email is also an efficient way to communicate with us, but please

be advised that emails are not typically checked more than twice per day. If you need something quickly, don’t email — call our office and speak with one of our assistants, who will be happy to help you. Disclaimer: This publication is intended to educate the general public about family law issues. It is not intended to be legal advice. Every case is different. The information in this newsletter may be freely copied and distributed so long as the newsletter is copied in its entirety and proper credit is attributed to “The Stevens Firm, P.A. — Family Law Center (”

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