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Monday, March 19, 2012

Meet Pepper & Enter DOG FANCY’s Forever Young Photo Contest

At our house we proudly display a pillow that reads: “This home is blessed with family, friends, laughter, love, and dogs.” Dogs make our lives complete. What would we do without our dog companions? Well, now's the time to repay their love and loyalty. Your furry friend could end up being featured in DOG FANCY’s August 2012 issue and earn other prizes.

The nominations for the DOG FANCY’s Forever Young Photo Contest will close in the middle of April (April 16th). Every dog is forever young in their eyes and in ours. However, there is an age limitation for all entries. Your dog companion has to be seven years or older to be considered.

A couple other population-we staffers have dogs, too. You can see them at our pop-we Pinterest board. Our dog is 91 (in human years she is 13). In honor of this contest, we decided to share with population-we™ readers the story of how Pepper came into our lives.

Some 13 years ago, Pepper found herself in our backyard. She lived next door and found a way to squeeze through the fence. I went to let our other two dogs (Veruca and Neo) in and found myself with three dogs in our backyard. Our male dog and Pepper looked like they were from the same litter. I literally thought I was seeing double. This would happen on and off again for a couple months. On a couple occasions we’d encounter Pepper roaming the streets by herself. Almost seeing Pepper get hit by a car, Brian & I decided to have a talk with the neighbors. It was decided they would surrender Pepper to us. We took her to the vet and she immediately could tell Pepper was abused. Pepper’s tail was broken in a couple spots. Since the break was too old there was no way to repair it. Today, we only have one dog, Pepper. A mutt by all accounts, Pepper is still one of the smartest dogs I’ve ever known. Pepper enjoys rolling in the grass, eating sticks, playing fetch, long walks and living in the country. At her last checkup our vet told us her eyes are showing her age. Pepper has a couple growths and clouding of the retina. Besides, that she was given a clean bill of health. In the end, Pepper chose us and found out that indeed the grass is greener on the other side.

So, there's no time to waste, nominate your senior dog today. Enter at this link.  And, remember Roger Carras quote: "Dogs are not our whole lives, but they make our lives whole."
-population-we™ blog post by Becky Bohan Brown 
 © 2012 population-we, LLC 
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1 comment:

  1. Pepper is very fortunate to have you and Brian. I know she is a good girl too and loves to be your shadow. Around the time that population-we™ started, Neo became ill. As a puppy he started having seizures, but you gave him so much love that he lived to be pretty old. We remember Neo and Veruca who also lived to an old age very fondly. They all received the best of care that modern medicine can offer.