Stephanie, while born in Mesa, Arizona, moved with her family to different towns in Colorado and Texas through her life. Their first pet was a dog named “Katie” who her mom found abandoned. Katie was tied to the back fence of the GM proving grounds, which were desert at that time, when Stephanie was two years old. This started her love for animals very early in life. When she was a child living in Colorado, she would spend her afternoons up in the pine trees with her cat “Prince”.