Guest blogger Jill Hammond is the loving pet parent of Pepper. Today she shares her experience of testing Pepper with the donated Canine Heritage Breed Test with us.
We adopted Pepper 11 years ago from the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm in Fairport, NY, and have been blessed to have her as a member of our family. We couldn’t have asked for a sweeter, kinder, more loving dog to adopt.
But not a day goes by that someone doesn’t ask me what breed Pepper is. My answer is always, “Well … that’s a good question.” Pepper has the coloring and fur of a Keeshond. Sometimes when she puts her ears back, she can look like a Collie. Her face looks a bit like an American Eskimo.
She is about 36 lbs. and very healthy, even at the age of 12 and a half.
Our vet says that she is “12 going on 2.” She has a lot of energy but
also loves to curl up next to you on the couch for a nice calm cuddle.
Pepper is a dog who lives for the cold weather. During winter, when we
let her out, she will curl up in a snow bank and keep an eye on the
yard. She will bark at anything and everyone — but only because she
wants to get close to them and smother them with affection. She greets
the mailman and UPS man with a fiercely wagging tail and lots of licks.
She is a classic “Velcro” dog: Pepper needs to be around her people all
of the time. When the family is not in the same room together, she gets
troubled because she can’t be with all of us at the same time. Pepper
also loves other dogs, but not if they are too rough — she’s very
Pepper also has a bit of a stubborn side. If there is something she sees
outside when she is in the yard she will not “come” until she had
thoroughly investigated what caught her attention.
Most people feel that an adopted dog is a lucky dog. We feel that we are
the lucky ones to have our adopted dog in our lives.
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