Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted June 20, 2015
My current canine companion is Pepper, a black cocker spaniel who is definitely her own gal! She is loving and loyal with a streak of independence that I wouldn't change. I got Pepper from a rescue group in Southern California, and on the ride home, she was quiet and demure. Once we arrived and she realized she was "home," she quickly became the boss. Although a real people-lover and well-behaved around children (she allows children to pet her on her frequent outings), she is an excellent watch dog and very protective of me. She also travels in the car without complaint, having crisscrossed the US three times. In her various travels, she has encountered all types of weather, and I've learned that she loves snow, tolerates rain, but is not very pleased with very hot temperatures (I'm sure her black fur doesn't help matters there). She's also an avid hunter, digging for gophers, chasing birds and squirrels, and even going after dragonflies. She actually did catch a small bird once when I walked her at a rest stop; I was shocked and so was she. During her many travels, she has frequently needed to spend time in daycare or being boarded, and I have never received any negative comments. She has visited facilities in California, Oregon, Washington, Massachusetts, Missouri, and North Carolina. She is all-together a dog that is comfortable in her own skin.