June 24, 2020
Vanessa Bryant revealed the new puppy she and her daughters, Natalia, Bianka, and Capri, got on their first Father's Day without Kobe Bryant.
Months after Legendary L.A. Lakers' star Kobe Bryant passed away with his daughter, Gianna, his wife Vanessa and their daughters celebrated their first Father's Day without him.
Vanessa took to Instagram to introduce their new puppy. She wrote: "Love seeing my girls smile. Meet Bobby, Aka Bobby ganoush, bobbyrooni, bobbooshka. J/k he's named after iceman from c-men (blue eyes) Plus BB said so."
The reveal of Natalia's four-legged buddy was welcomed with warmth from Vanessa's followers, happy that they were celebrating the day that would have been saddening for the family, by welcoming a lovable puppy into their home.
Vanessa had previously asked her followers for their opinion on what they should name their new furry friend. However, as she revealed in her caption, her three-year-old daughter, Bianka (BB) had the final say in calling him Bobby.
The Bryant family has had to adjust to many firsts without their beloved Kobe and Gianna with them.
Earlier in the day, before she posted Bobby's official introduction, Vanessa took to Instagram to celebrate her beloved husband and father of her kids on Father's Day even though he was no longer with them.
She shared a sweet throwback photo of her husband with all four of their daughters, Gianna, Bianka, Capri, and Natalia, expressing how much they missed him. Although she made her account private, she reportedly shared:
"Happy Father's Day to the BEST daddy in the world... Love, Nani, Gigi, BB, Koko, and VB ❤️? @KobeBryant #BestoftheBest #GirlDad. ❤️"
Vanessa's heartfelt message honoring her late husband touched the hearts of the many people who got to see her post firsthand and otherwise.
Apart from keeping Kobe's memory alive, Vanessa is also taking action towards preventing a repetition of the tragic event that took her husband by working with several lawmakers to pass the Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant Helicopter Safety Act.
Vanessa revealed that she believed her husband and daughter might have made it safely to their destination if the helicopter they were in had been well-equipped.
She urged the United States Congress to look into passing a federal law to improve the safety of helicopters in the nation.
The family has continued to adjust to many firsts without their beloved Kobe and Gianna, including their youngest Capri's birthday on June 20, just a day before Father's Day.
Vanessa and her girls have done well in dealing with the grief of their loss, but it is clear that Kobe and Gianna will continue to live on in their hearts forever.