A Tribute to Pepper Ann Rosser
This is a tribute I wrote when I was 12 for my first dog Pepper who died tragically during my middle school years. I recently rediscovered the letter after sorting through my childhood possessions. It is one of many learnings about my youth that I discuss in Unpacking Unit 73: Insights from Revisiting My Youth.
“Pepper Ann Rosser was a great girl. Her life was short but it was a good one…We bonded and formed a loving relationship. I would always give Pepper treats and she would love them…Everything was going great until Pepper developed a pink ball on the side of her leg…
Pepper had to wear a lampshade after we removed her mass cell tumor and it was very funny watching her try to get around…After the lampshade was off Pepper started whining but we thought she was just happy to get the lampshade off.
About a week and a half later Pepper started eating less and getting weak…My mom took her to the vet on November 15, 2005 and came back crying…Waiting was horrible. They told us that it was a tumor but they didn’t know where it was or if it could be removed. He said chances are it is removable, but if it’s in the bladder they can’t remove it…
I woke up at around 7:00 the next morning wanting to know the results. Pepper was in my mom and step dad’s bed so I knew it was bad…My mom told me that Pepper had a couple of days to a week to live. She said the tumor was in her bladder wrapped around her aorta and it was inoperable.
I was devastated and cried for at least an hour wondering why my dog had to have this happen to her.
My mom also said the vet suggested we put her to sleep. I stayed home that day from school and loved and cared for Pepper all day…Thursday came and I went to school. I was so worried about Pepper. That night I slept on the floor with Pepper and in the middle of the night she rubbed right up against me and laid there.
Friday was my field trip to Animal Kingdom and I left Pepper with my mom again and prayed she would make it through the day. That night my mom told me that we should probably put Pepper to sleep the next day…
I thought to myself to stop being selfish and let her go so I said okay.
We took her to the vet and arrived at about 12:15. I said I loved her and they stuck the stuff in her; her head started to droop I kissed her and told her I loved her and petted her until the vet said Pepper has passed away now.
All of us had tears and said our last goodbyes. Pepper Ann Rosser died at the age of 5 and a half. She was the best thing that ever happened to me…
I remember her playing in the park, swimming, playing with her brother, running up and down the fence, and the cute little look she would give you. I gave her many nicknames…I would make up raps and stuff and sing and she would whine and wag her stubby tail and be so happy.
She would sleep in my bed every night and comfort me…When I was down she would comfort me and I would talk to her. She was the best friend I ever had and I love her so much. I’m going to miss how when I came home from school I saw her at the front door or I had to find her and when I did she was wagging her tail…
Pepper definitely had a reason for being on the Earth, and that reason was to cheer everybody up. Pepper was my first dog and I will remember her and the time we shared forever.”
Thanks for all the good times Pepper. I still miss you.
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