Remember the adorable Ms. Pepper? She is the rescued pooch that I fostered and brought from Los Angeles to her new mama in New York around this time last year. We never gave up on Pepper and as you can see from this video, she seems to have incorporated that ethic into her own life!
Pepper is a quirky little mixed-breed pooch with one blue eye and one brown. She is quite unique -- in more ways than one. According to her adoptive mom Kelly, "It's her inner strength and determination that make me love her more every day." When Kelly began to notice biscuits missing from a bowl perched high on the counter, she decided to go undercover and investigate. (This came naturally as Kelly is a police officer.)
Pepper had a rough start. She needed a home, and we did not give up on finding her a perfect one. Sadly, millions of wonderful adoptable animals like Pepper are in shelters right now, holding out hope for a loving home. They too try not to give up, but only we can fulfill their hopes of finding love in a foster or adoptive home.
According to Pepper's mom Kelly,
Perhaps we should take some cues from Pepper. She did not let what appeared to be insurmountable obstacles keep her from that biscuit she wanted for herself: Not counter height, nor leg length stopped her from making it all work out! Sometimes what seems difficult or impossible can reap the greatest rewards.
I hear too many sad tales of family pets left at the shelter because a family is moving, a partner is allergic or a pet has grown larger than expected. This is tragic for all involved! These situations can be dealt with, managed and figured out in a way that keeps the furry family member in the home they know and love -- and keeps the family together overall. With a little creativity and professional input or support, all can be worked through.
Kelly reflects on her adopted pooch, "Aaah, Little Pepper-corn never ceases to amaze me. If Pepper could give a speech to potential adopters she'd say 'You can do this. You can give a dog a loving home in exchange for unconditional love and companionship. The perfect shelter dog is looking for you, so never give up hope and find him/her."
Take it from Pepper: Where there's a will, there's a way!
Dr. Pia Salk