Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted January 3, 2014
Pepper was a rescue from a shelter, and a Christmas gift for my sister and I when we were young. She, as near as I can tell, was a mutt, though her dominant look was English Shepard.
She was an extremely family friendly dog, which was ideal because she grew up with my sister and I. We were 5 and 3, I believe, when my dad brought her home and it was love at first puppy kiss.
When my sister and I were young enough to share a room, she would sleep in between our beds. When we moved to separate rooms, she would alternate between our rooms, though she always kept a weather ear open for us if one of us woke with a nightmare. She was a teddy bear, a foot warmer, and really adopted my sister and I as part of her pack.
We moved when I was 10 and of course took her with us. After that move, she started to have major issues with separation anxiety. While she was used to us leaving for the day for work and school, she wasn't used to the new house and used to tear everything up. It was bad enough once that she ripped up the living room rug at the patio door and dragged it all the way across the room to the front door, a good 50 feet of carpet. It took quite a bit of training, and some minor anti-anxiety medication to help her deal with that.
She was the sweetest dog I've ever owned. Unfortunately, about a year after we moved, she got hit by a car.
(I apologize for the quality of the photo)