Pepper is a 5 year old, 50 lb. spayed female in Swampscott, MA.
Pepper is a very sweet, housebroken ACD (and maybe lab mix). We found her in a rescue in Memphis, TN and her story was that she was essentially abandoned there by her previous owner. We already had a 2 yr old ACD and were hoping to find a pal for him. We were unable to introduce them prior to bringing her home but after 6 months of living together, we've determined they are not a good fit for each other. I'm not sure even if we did have them meet ahead of time that it would have made a difference as things were ok but are getting worse between them daily. To the point that our other dog went from being a silly energetic dog to a sulking wallflower. We are able to separate them occasionally for days at a time and they are different dogs without each other.
With that being said, Pepper is a really good dog and this is a very difficult decision. We certainly did not go into this thinking she'd have to find a new home yet again.
Pepper is super laid back and will just hang out all day, her energy level is moderate and is always up for a jaunt. She'll never ask to go out or beg but she will always get up and go when you ask. Pepper listens well and is a great companion, she just wants to be wherever you are. With other dogs however, I think the best way to describe her is as a bully. She prefers the center of attention spot, if she was a one and only she would be incredibly loyal and the typical velcro ACD. Pepper would do very well in a more rural or open area. When she is in Mass with us, she doesn't like the busy streets and noises of traffic and other dogs barking. When she is in Maine with us, she has a lot more freedom and will stay close to the house, behaves off leash but is still a big bully to our other dog. When one of us has had her in Maine, she's like a dream dog. But the people in our house actually like to stay together too and can't always keep the dogs in separate places!!
We are willing to travel to have her meet new owners, we are essentially outside the Boston area most of the time so travel in New England is not terribly difficult, we could drive an hour or two to meet in just about any direction. We are truly hoping to find Pepper the right home and understand that could take a while. We'd like to find either a single person or a couple that lives in an open area that could shower her with affection. We have never seen her around young kids so I'm not sure that would work. My son is a teen and I feel if she doesn't like his quick movements, she probably wouldn't like fast moving kids too much either.
In evaluating other adopters we'd ask for dog experience and how they plan to house her. We'd like to know if nipping or snarling other dogs will be an issue . Pepper doesn't seem to need a daily walk but needs open space. She doesn't play but will get interested in other dogs, a fence or property far off the road would be ideal, we'd ask for details like that.
As far as a fee, we are not interested in one but would recommend a donation to either this organization or something similar.
Pepper is in Swampscott, MA.