"Put a Sock In It"
PEPPER LOOKS FOR A HOME
25 September 2005
Would today be Pepper's big day? He was set to go off to the Adopt-a-Thon in Sacramento this morning. It's a 2-day event. Ashley told me that the last time the Yolo SPCA participated, they took 8 dogs and only brought 1 home, so he had a good chance.
I realized, when I got up, that this might be Pepper's last breakfast here, so I got Walt to record "breakfast time" around here, though that's mostly The Sheila Show (see the video of the day).
I decided that I'd kill two birds with one stone. Drive 10 miles in to Woodland to drop Pepper off at Ashley's house, and then stop by the dog park on the way home to give Sheila a run, so I got both dogs ready to go.
Pepper was beside himself, he was so excited. Made me realize that if I have to keep this dog for too much longer, I should invest in some sort of a car restraint, because he's just all over the place.
We arrived at Ashley's and he began jumping up and down. Oh boy! Oh boy! He was going to be able to get out!
I held him while Ashley and I talked. She said that, based on how sick he was last Sunday, that in case his upset stomach had been caused by anxiety about being at the adoption, if he gets sick tonight, they won't take him back to the Adopt-a-thon tomorrow (assuming he doesn't get adopted today).
Then she took him out of my arms. The last glimpse I had of him was with this incredulous look on his face as if to say "Hey! Wait a minute! This wasn't the way it was supposed to be!"
I hoped that he would find a home today, but admit that I left Ashley's with a little pang in my heart. I've come to really love that little guy.
Sheila and I stopped by the dog park on the way home and she ran her legs off. It was Big Dog day and there were a bazillion big dogs there for her to chase. After about 20 minutes, she sat down, panting, by the front gate, very ready to go home.
The new dog park is really a godsend. The old dog park was fine, but Sheila is a dog that needs to run and the old dog park was really too small for that. She could run a bit, but got stopped by fences all the time. Here, she can chase dogs and balls and whatever else suits her fancy for longer than a football field. It's just great. She came home and just died for the whole afternoon.
Around 5 p.m., there was a call from Ashley with the news that Pepper has found himself a home. She promises that he's found someone who will love to have a lap dog and she thinks it's a great fit.
I'm very happy.
But I'll miss him.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Friend of Peggy's