6/5/2000 - 4/17/2016COLUMBIA, S.C. – Surrounded by loving family members in his home in Columbia, S.C., Blitzen Waldhauser, 15, peacefully departed this earth for his Eternal Hunting Grounds at noon on Sunday, April 17, 2016.
Born on a farm in Clifton, Virginia on June 5, 2000, Blitzen was adopted into the Waldhauser family shortly thereafter. Blitzen, a feisty Jack Russell Terrier and part of a small litter of pups, was chosen by Mark Waldhauser because, as Mark recalls, ‘He was the biggest hell-raiser in the bunch.’
Blitzen spent his early years with Mark and family in Stafford, Va., then moved to Camp Pendleton, Cal., in 2001, where he battled coyotes while stomping through the nearby canyons. Blitzen briefly joined Mark for college in Richmond, Va. before moving in with sister Amy in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. in 2005. During his years in Wrightsville Beach, Blitzen became a regular of the 3-mile Loop and enjoyed spending time on the sand. He made many dear lifelong friends there, including Lois and Bernie Prusinowski, with whom Blitzen spent many sleepovers.
As Amy’s career began to involve extensive travel, Blitzen moved in with sister Kate and husband Jim in Columbia, S.C. in 2011. In Columbia, Blitzen gradually settled into his autumn years, but remained active on long walks through the Shandon neighborhood and camping trips to Hunting Island, S.C.
In addition to Mark, Amy, Kate and Jim, Blitzen also leaves behind his loving grandparents, Gail and Thomas Waldhauser of Washington, D.C. Blitzen is also survived by dear friends Bailey Wright of Charleston, S.C., and Baxter and Bacon Gregory of Nashville, Tenn.
Kate and Jim would like to thank Dr. Katie and Lap of Love animal hospice for their kind, compassionate care in administering Blitzen’s final moments.
Jim & Kate DentonColumbia, South CarolinaApril 30, 2016
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Uncle B, what memories we have had together...running with you in the stroller at WB. Love you little man.Becky Bowman - October 20, 2017
I only met you once, Blitzen, but you made such an impression; with your larger than life presence, and command of any room you were in.

Am certain you will be greatly missed.

So sorry,
Aunt Florence
Florence Bennett - May 5, 2016
Smiles and tears....We will remember Blitzen fondly. He was very religious, prayed a lot, so we know he is in Heaven waiting for the rest of us. Lots of love to this family.Jean Denton - May 5, 2016
Jean Denton - May 5, 2016
The entire Gregory family is remembering Blitzen fondly, feeling fortunate to have known and played with him in multiple states (SC, NC, GA & TN) and over the several wonderful years he called Jim and Kate his people. :) Baxter and Bacon are sending their pup love from Nashville, and Yancey and I are looking forward to hugging you the first chance we get. xoxo.Celia Gregory - May 4, 2016
Oh Blitz. For such a little guy, you leave quite the impression! You were the best dog. Love you. Until we meet again...Amy Sauerland - May 4, 2016

I'll miss you, my little "brother." I remember when you came home as "mark's dog" but you soon became loved by your whole new family- so much so that years later they fought over who'd get to keep blitzen boy. I'm lucky to have known such a sweet dog and I'm so glad my Effie Leigh got to love on you. You have a couple of others waiting to love on you as well. Have fun up there with my meggie Leigh and mammaw. I'll miss you, little man.

Love your sister from another mister,

Anna Southworth - May 3, 2016
Awwwwww! Sorry!Laurie Hinderks - May 3, 2016
Kimberly Baker - May 3, 2016
What a life Blitzen lived!! One of my favorite memories is traveling cross country with Blitz in the passenger seat of my vehicle as I'm driving and feeding him McDonald's french fries, his favorite. He was a great traveling companion; enjoyed whatever I was listening to on the radio, and never complained as long as he had the window cracked for a little fresh air and I scratched his head right between his eyes. We will all miss you forever, "Little Man."Gail Waldhauser - May 3, 2016
I love you Blitzy.Kate Denton - May 2, 2016
Unconditional love!Helen Summer - May 2, 2016
From romping in the backyard, to wearing matching raincoats, to sleeping in each other's beds and eating the other's food (even though it was exactly the same), Blitzen was the best boyfriend Bailey could ask for. We will certainly miss him, but are glad for the walks together and the many weekend sleepovers. He was certainly a lucky boy to have such a loving family.

Sending love,
Jason, Amanda & Bailey
Amanda Wright - May 2, 2016
You are all in my thoughts.Katie Gies - May 2, 2016

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