Peppi's growing up

Posted by Nerilie Watson on 4 November 2011 | 2 Comments

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Peppi is a almost 12 year old Staffy cross (we have decided that his birthday will be in November to coincide with Uta’s birthday as our first dog Shyla’s birthday is the same date as Sven’s) that we adopted from Shenton Park in March 2011. Peppi does not seem to be aware that he’s not a puppy anymore. He is fit and healthy and still enthusiastically joins his sister Shyla for two one-hour walks every day.

Peppi as a co-pilor

Peppi is also always keen to go on other outings like visits to the shops or to friends houses where his ability to fall asleep (snoring loudly) at a moment’s notice comes in very handy. He’s such an easy going dog, an absolute smoocher, who just loves everyone and everything. The only thing we have to warn people about is Peppi’s habit of giving kisses every opportunity he gets, which a City Farmer’s employee who helped Peppi to try on a raincoat had to learn the hard way… I guess Peppi was only showing his appreciation.

Peppi was pretty well trained when he came home with us, and he picked up the few house rules quickly. Well, there weren’t really a lot he didn’t know about. Only the no-sleeping-on-the-humans’ bed (Peppi has now convinced us that this rule should be amended to unless-invited) and no -self-service-when-people-are-eating seemed news to him. His only weakness really is food – any food, he is definitely not picky, just always hungry. While we thought we were quite aware not to leave any food within the dogs’ reach, the disappearance of the mince meat from the kitchen counter has proved us wrong (the empty tray neatly licked clean was later discovered in Peppi’s crate). But most of the time the Peppi-Monster is very healthy, and he always eats his veggies. He especially likes baby carrots so we buy him a bunch every week.

Peppi loves his belly rubs

He also loves his Senior Kong. At first he wasn’t so sure how to get the tasty stuff out of there but he has now developed a technique for when the Kong is stuffed too tightly for his liking. His method involves throwing the Kong from the sofa on to the ground and then eating whatever falls out of it. We now have a new house rule: the Kong is to be eaten in the crate. Peppi doesn’t mind as he loves his crate. He wasn’t a fan at first and it took some convincing but now he even goes into the crate by himself if he gets too tired of all the cuddling and snuggling and just wants to sleep. So you definitely can teach an old dog some new tricks.

Sven just remarked the other day how when we first took him home, Peppi was just any dog but in no time at all he became our dog. And really, it’s hard now to imagine life without him. We know that our time with him may be brief but we are so happy to have him right now as a part of our family and wouldn’t want to miss it for the world.

Thanks for all your good work.

Peppi on a rainy day walk

Uta & Sven & Shyla & Peppi


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  • So happy to hear that this handsome boy has been adopted by such a loving and caring family.
    Peppi for sure isn't just any dog, he knows he is your dog, the photos paint the story.
    Thank you.

    Posted by Iris, 09/11/2011 11:19am (6 years ago)

  • Bless your hearts and thank you Peppi for dropping by and supporting Wet Nose Day!
    “Animal lovers are a special breed of humans, generous of spirit, full of empathy, perhaps a little prone to sentimentality, and with hearts as big as a cloudless sky” John Grogan

    Posted by Gay, 07/11/2011 12:04pm (6 years ago)

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