Who is the legally blind 18-year-old fox terrier-cross-daschund named PepiSmartDog I ran across on twitter? To be truthful, he almost ran me down in his wheeled chariot. Undaunted, I set out to discover his story……
Pepi is a Golden Oldie. He was adopted from the Animal Welfare League at the distinguished age of 12 years. This in itself is a story worthy of a Pulitzer – a programme which matches mature animals with the type of human who has the intelligence, foresight and downright good heart to appreciate a creature of maturity and life experience.
But there is a price to pay for maturity. Don’t I know it! The accumulation of wisdom also brings aches, pains and a certain lack of the once stupendous mobility we didn’t even notice in our youth.
Pepi, poor chap, is a little unsteady on the pins. No more leaps and gambols on the grass but is he fazed? Did he roll over and show his belly? No! He laughed in the Teeth of Time and trained his new owner to take him on his daily run in the comfort of a dog-pram. Six days a week he accompanies his pal on a 7 kilometre workout up and down the hills of Australia’s Gold Coast. Attaboy Pepi!
He’s been in the newspapers already but my blog (no room for false modesty here) is international and it’s my pleasure to introduce such a snappy dresser as Pepi to the rest of the world.
You can vote for Pepi on the Australian Tweeter Wall of Fame too. I usually vote for creatures of the feline variety, we felis catus characters have to stick together, but Pepi is an exception indeed.
Notice his swisho outfit – just one of many from his extensive wardrobe of seasonal styles to suit his lifestyle. (He has kick boxing boots in yellow!) Will we see Pepi take honours in the fashion stakes at this year’s Melbourne Cup?
And just look at that face. He could almost be a cat!