owner had threatened to take her to a dog pound to be put
down, so a family member picked her up and took her to a rescue
group in Seeley Lake, Montana. They asked if we could provide
a home for her at the ranch.
Pepper spent her whole 5 years of life as an outdoor dog,
kept in a small yard off the garage. Her coat was filthy and
matted, her toenails so long they curved under. She is blind
from pigmentary keratitis, which was never treated. Our vets
say it is too late to do anything to restore vision.
Despite her age, she still has a puppy look about her. It
may be from her sometimes-up, sometimes-down ears. Because
of her dark features, it's hard to get good photos, and these
do not do her justice. She is a very pretty dog with a wonderful
She paces a lot, which might be the result of being cooped
up in a small yard her entire life. When she first arrived
at the ranch she was very nervous - about us, about the other
dogs, about all the new space around her. It took a couple
of weeks for her to develop confidence in herself and to feel
secure in her new surroundings.
Now she enjoys roughhousing with the other dogs, and loves
to explore the 5-acre dog paddock by herself. She clearly
relishes her freedom, even in the darkness she lives in.
Pepper does not seem like she had much human contact or attention
before, but she loves to be petted and held. She always acts
surprised at first when we wrap our arms around her, pet her
and tell her how much we love her. She stiffens for a moment,
then relaxes and starts to melt
she presses her body
against us as if to say, 'please don't stop.'
Pepper can't see where she is, but she does know it's very
different than where she was. And she seems so grateful for