Pepper’s a three-year-old pomeranian/chihuahua cross living on the Mornington Peninsula. Yes, Pepper’s name does come from cartoon phenomenon Peppa Pig.
Because of a condition known as small dog syndrome, Pepper is in the habit of barking at everyone and everything she sees. Unfortunately, this has prevented her from making friends. However, there is one animal Pepper does see as a potential pal: Jax, her housemate cat. Jax is 9kg, which is a lot compared with 2.5kg Pepper. Despite this weight difference, Pepper often asks Jax for attention, but unfortunately Jax doesn’t return the love. While she just wants to be friends, Pepper usually gets attitude instead.
Now there’s one thing Pepper values more than a potential friendship with Jax, and that’s cheese. This dog just loves cheese. Whether she smells it or sees it, you can guarantee Pepper will be wherever the cheese is as fast as her tiny legs will get her there, jumping and yapping until the tasty treat is hers.
As for fashion, Pepper’s wardrobe tops most. With an outfit for every occasion, it’s almost impossible for her to be unprepared for any event or function. Christmas? Easter? Halloween? She’s got them all covered.
Pepper was a spur-of-the-moment purchase when her owner was walking past a pet shop in Queensland. Now Pepper lives on the Peninsula and loves spending time with her family, making sure to secure a spot on the bed every night.
When it’s time to leave the house, her favourite place to be is the beach. Running across the sand is a great pastime for Pepper at any time of any day. Maybe Pepper’s love of the beach comes from her Gold Coast birthplace
Next time you’re down by the bay, look out for a fluffy little pomeranian/chihuahua cross. If you don’t see her, you’ll hear her!
ERIN GROCOTT — Woodleigh Year 11 work experience student