I wanted to make a post all about my puppy. I have shared a little in the past about her, but never the beginning and what made us choose her! We are huge dog people and this little girl stole our hearts. Also, enjoy some fun anecdotes from this past year. Pepper will be turning one year old in September, which is crazy how fast time flies!
When James and I first started dating and got married, we each had our own dogs. He had his sweet I-only-listen-to-dad Harley and I had my Gus. They were our boys, but with our extremely last minute move to Utah, we had to get homes for them. (since it was so sudden, there was little apartment availability and none of them allowed pets) My mom was able to keep Gus for me, and we gave Harley to a family with a little boy who instantly fell in love with him. My Gus ended up passing away that summer so essentially, we had both lost our babies.
Fast forward to the fall, we got the news James got a job in Colorado. I got so excited because this meant we could finally get a dog. When we got the date we were moving, we scoured KSL and Facebook groups for puppies that would be available at a time that lined up with our move date. We were debating between Great Danes or Cocker Spaniels, but then I imagined myself training and walking a Great Dane and having to potty train it.... So we ultimately decided cocker spaniels were the best option.
One day on KSL, after tirelessly stalking the poor website for any new postings about Cocker Spaniels, one new listing caught our eye. It was a full litter of black and white Cockers and they were the cutest things!
There was one particular puppy that caught our eye because she had the sweetest face and her back markings were a zig zag. We knew we had to have her! I texted the poster and long story short we bought her and drove down one time to see her at a few weeks old.
one of the first pictures we received of her! Look at that sweet face!
so why a cocker spaniel? James grew up having a cocker spaniel and has loved them ever since. I love smaller fluffy dogs, so a cocker was the perfect fit for both of us. After further research, and what James has told me, cocker spaniels are very dependent on their owners and tend to stick to them. This has been proven so true, as Pepper trusts very little people and is always by my side. I love that she is so dependent and since we spend a lot of time together, it makes me happy knowing I am not alone and she will always be there.
When we finally were able to pick her up, I was giddy with excitement! The family we bought her from were the absolute sweetest and we were lucky to find such nice people to get a puppy from. The whole ride home Pepper was crawling up me and would just want to sit on my shoulders haha. It was so cute and funny! James has a thing where when you get a new pet, the first thing you do is take them to Petsmart to get their first collar and toy.
We let Pepper pick out her first toy and she loved this duck stuffed animal. As we were leaving, we realized we had a long drive back up to his parent's house so we figured we'd have her try and go potty... I kid you not, James set her down and she squatted and did her business. We looked at each other in awe and joked we got a puppy that was already potty trained! haha Even at his parent's home, she did the same thing and didn't have any accidents. Score! I did a lot of research before hand, and wanted to
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