Days of Our Lives Alum Tyler Christopher Presses ‘Paws’ to Share the Sweetest Photo of His New Family Member: ‘This Girl Has Stolen My Heart’
The bond between a human and their furbaby is like no other.
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Days of Our Lives and General Hospital alum Tyler Christopher (ex-Stefan; ex-Nikolas) has had a lot to be happy about these days. Not only has the former daytime star landed a new role in a feature film, Murder, Anyone?, his current one, Moon Crash, can be streamed on Amazon Prime. But that’s not all… when he’s not making movies, he’s enjoying some down time with his new pup.
Christopher shared an adorable photo of his little girl and introduced the new member of his family as “Tanka (Lakota for wolf).” He went on to explain that he adopted the five month old Goldendoodle that “has stolen” his heart “with her sweet disposition and endless cuddles.”
We can see why… just look at that face!
This isn’t Christopher’s first dog and when talking about his Mastiff, he made a few things very clear. “No dog can ever replace Brando, but this girl turned my apartment into a home the minute she bounced in the door.”
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We’re sure Christopher and Tanka will have many fun years together and can’t wait to see future photos as his little one grows!
For those who miss the actor on Days of Our Lives, we invite you to open up a photo album featuring Stefan’s Salem family — more to the point, the children and grandchildren of the great Stefano DiMera in our gallery below.
<p>It made sense that the <em>Salem Spectator</em>’s birth announcements would be as big a point of interest to the megalomaniacal tycoon as the obituaries. New offspring of his were revealed nearly as often as he “died.”</p>
<p>Bless his bonkers heart! In 2019, Stefano’s personal mad scientist, Dr. Wilhelm Rolf, filled Steve Johnson with the boss’ essence, thereby allowing him to resume his pursuit of his Queen of the Night, Marlena Evans (seen here causing flowers to levitate).</p>
<p>Stefano’s beautiful daughter with the late Lee DuMonde was still reeling from the revelation that her sister was her mother when she did the math and realized that — ew! — that also made true love Tony DiMera her brother. As cruel fate would have it, the couple’s actual lineage was only sorted, and the lovers reunited reunited, just in time for her to be murdered by the Salem Slasher.</p>
<p>Though raised as Stefano’s son, the count, he learned too late to keep his romance with Renée afloat, shared no blood tie with the Phoenix. Rather, he was the offspring of Stefano’s common-law wife Daphne and a lovely chap who — oh dear — his father figure had killed out of jealousy.</p>
<p>Every family has one, right? André was introduced as Stefano’s nephew but was, in fact, his son. And since Tony wasn’t quite the chip off the ol’ block that Daddy Dearest hoped he’d be, the villain had André undergo an extreme makeover that turned him into a dead ringer for the count.</p>
<p>When not giving side eye to romantic rival Hope Williams (and somehow <em>still</em> being upstaged by Nurse Honeycutt), Maxwell Hathaway’s ill-fated adopted daughter revealed with every plot she hatched that she shared DNA with biodad Stefano, the biggest Bad Bad Salem’s ever known.</p>
<p>Did we call Megan ill-fated? Because apparently, she was no more dead than… well, pretty much anybody else who ever lived in Salem. (Don’t look so shocked, Steve; you’re a zombie, too, after all!) In 2022, the vixen resumed the family tradition of making trouble for the locals and has been doing so once again ever since.</p>
<p>“No need to undress for a DNA test… although if you <em>insist</em>.” In 2023, Megan’s surprise son, whom we’d already met on <em>Beyond Salem</em> as ISA operative Kyle Graham, made tracks to Salem to turn good vs. evil into a shirts vs. skins sorta fight.</p>
<p>Celeste Perrault moved heaven and earth to keep her beloved daughter from discovering that it was Stefano to whom she should’ve been sending Father’s Day cards her entire life. But when at last the truth came out, some of the late good girl’s misbehavior suddenly made a whole lot more sense.</p>
<p>Stefano did not have what anyone would’ve called a <em>close</em> relationship with his son by Ellen Hawk. Maybe that was because the madman had had Ellen killed. Or because Benjy had lost his hearing in an explosion at one of Stefano’s homes. Or because he was threatened by Papa and murdered by André.</p>
<p>Stefano’s adopted son — the villain picked up kids as randomly and often as we do trashy magazines at the grocery-store checkout — was a schemer through and through. When he wasn’t helping Pop manipulate sister Kristen, he was making Jack Deveraux look to Jennifer Horton like a saint by comparison. Oh, and also apparently aggravating tigers, the bastard.</p>
<p>Believe it or not, Peter’s sister (originally Eileen Davidson) started out as a Ms. Nice Gal who was pursued by — ack — pseudo sibling Tony. But whether out of frustration over true boo John Black’s lingering feelings for Marlena Evans or just her corrupt upbringing, she eventually unleashed her inner supervixen, and honey, that is one genie that ain’t <em>never</em> going back in the bottle!</p>
<p>Yes, Kristen (now Stacy Haiduk, at least usually) deserves two entries in this photo gallery, if only because of the number of times her masked shenanigans have caused us to wear the exact same expression as Tony here. Or is that André? Honestly, can we ever be sure? It could be freakin’ Megan with a mask of her own!</p>
<p>The less said about the way that Stefano impregnated Kristen’s sister Susan Banks by pretending to be Elvis Presley, the better. All you really need to know at this point is that Elvis Jr. (first James Scott, then Dan Feuerriegel) grew up to be every bit the manipulative power player that Daddy Dearest had been.</p>
<p>Whew. No doubt because he was raised by honorable dad Abe Carver, the cop’s son with Lexie has managed to sidestep the penchant for lying, stealing, kidnapping and wreaking overall havoc that everyone in Salem knows is the calling card of any of Stefano’s kin.</p>
<p>EJ’s son with scheme queen Sami Brady — twin sis Allie is Lucas Roberts’ (don’t ask!) — seemed like a nice enough young fella… until the devil went and took possession of his hot bod. In the aftermath, we have to wonder whether Johnny willl realize that he kinda <em>liked</em> being a hell-raiser.</p>
<p>File this under “Stories You Probably Won’t Bring Up to the Kids Someday”: Chad is the product of Stefano’s tryst with appellate court judge Madeline Peterson. What’s so shocking about that? At the time of said encounter, Mom was a prostitute; Dad, her pimp.</p>
<p>It wasn’t until 2017 that we learned that Vivian Alamain had borne Stefano a son about whom he’d never known. Heck, even Viv didn’t learn that the baby had survived until he was a grown man. Alas, Stefan (originally Tyler Christopher) wasn’t long for this world. Luckily, he just happened to have a twin brother…</p>
<p>To put it mildly, Stefan’s sibling (Brandon Barash as if you didn’t know) was as surprised as the rest of Salem to find out that he wasn’t an unusually attractive mechanic after all but the heir to not only a fortune but also kinda-sorta his widowed sister-in-law Gabi Hernandez’s affections.</p>
<p>OK, you’re gonna wanna sit down for this one — and maybe pour a drink. After Stefan died, so did Jake, at which point Rolf dropped Stefan’s essence into Jake’s body. Which, in the end, didn’t seem like it was going to make much of a difference aside from the fact that the character would again feel more at-home in a suit than coveralls.</p>
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