Ch. Wiscoys Pure Black Pepper
August 13, 1998 - December 2012
14 years 4 months
Pepper came into our lives on Canadian Thanksgiving 14 years ago as a 12 pound little black furry bundle – who knew she would become the matriarch of Torngat Labradors. We had flown from St. John’s Newfoundland to Toronto, rented a car and drove to Eden, New York to meet with Jill Ickowski and Pepper.
As we turned into Jill’s driveway Pepper’s father Vance (Wiscoy’s Cash Advance) had just destroyed Jill’s umbrella and was literally in the doghouse. Jill introduced us to the whole litter and we picked out Pepper from about 7 females. Pepper’s mother Sky (Wiscoy’s Skys T’limit) was just a gorgeous Labrador and a perfect Mommy. When we left with Pepper we had no way of knowing that our lives would change forever. B
ack in St. John’s – Pepper charmed all she met. She easily wiggled into everyone’s heart.
Slipping on ice at 7 months of age she tore her cruciate ligament and had a very successful surgical repair.
She dearly loved Chamois. These two went on to have several litters after we moved to Calgary, Alberta in 2000. She was a wonderful attentive mother but remained the ultimate feminist, hated water and would never dare to swim. Fetching just wasn’t her thing either – she’d bring back a ball twice and if you threw it again you could fetch it yourself. In her lifetime she stole every sweet off the kitchen counter – for her stomach ruled her.
She only damaged one thing – Ed’s prized ball glove became lunch one day much to his dismay. Pepper never had a complaint about life as long as the bowl was full when her stomach clock alarmed.
She bossed everyone around and dominated the youngsters even training Toffee the cat.
As the years mounted she became less active and slowly her hearing and sight diminished. She aged gracefully without much arthritis and just wanted her pillow near the fireplace.
Latterly she only wanted to sleep – deeper and longer.
It became harder for her to get around and it was no longer fun we helped her go over the Rainbow Bridge.