Pepper was a Miniature Schnauzer I adopted from the city
dog pound on 9/13/01. He was a stray they picked up wearing only a choke
chain and no ID tags. He was very thin & had worms but seemed to be a
fine dog otherwise. He had a wonderful personality--so sweet, loving, and
extremely funny! Oh, he was such a funny little Schnauzer! He loved
toys, playing with water, and being cuddled. I do not know how old Pepper
was when we adopted him. He seemed to be very young at heart but his
actual physical age was unknown, although the vets he saw at the end of his life
guessed him to be 6 to 10 years old. He crossed the Rainbow Bridge on
In early May Pepper fell off the bed and hurt his back.
At first he seemed fine but within two days I took him to the emergency vet
because his condition deteriorated. He had pain when he walked and when he
laid down. The emergency vet took examined him, took x-rays, and told me
had probably had a soft tissue injury since nothing definitive showed up on the
x-rays. A few days after that I took him to the vet school at the
University of Minnesota where they told us he probably had a ruptured disk in
his lower back based on the x-rays and his exam there. We also found
out he has a heart murmur that was at least a grade three. Options were
surgery or crate rest for at least a month--I chose the crate rest option.
We tried several pain medications, steroids, and muscle relaxants during this
time but Pepper got sick to his stomach while on them, so the vet at the U of MN
said to take him off everything & just do the crate rest. Pepper saw our
regular vet in late May and at that point, everything seemed to be going very
On 6/16/04 after improving in the weeks since the injury, Pepper's condition
began to get worst again and by 6/18/04 he couldn't keep water down, he started
coughing and drooling, and was in obvious pain. My husband & I decided to
end Pepper's suffering and we put him to sleep. He died in my arms.
Letting Pepper go hurt something awful. I loved Pepper very much and I will miss him with all my heart. He
was a wonderful little dog and his time with me on this Earth was far too short
for me. I wish I could have shared many more years with him--but I am very
grateful for the time we had together. Rest in peace, Pepper, and know
that I love you.