Twitter user Tommy was happy to help his aunt by babysitting her dog. Until he saw her list of rules.
There is always a learning-curve when it comes to taking care of someone else’s dog. It isn’t always quite this curvy though. Tommy knew Pepper was spoiled, but was quickly made aware that taking care of his dog-cousin Pepper was going to be a full-time job.
He didn’t let the responsibility get him down though. He turned to his followers on Twitter to help him make sure Pepper was happy.
Before long, Pepper was an overnight sensation and people were clamoring to Tommy to share more Pepper news. We don’t know if Tommy’s aunt kept up with the Twitter blasting, but if she did she surely would have smiled.
This is Pepper dressed for bed. The accompanying Tweet said “You made her really happy. Now she’s going to bed.”
The letter left to him by his aunt spelled out to a “t” exactly how she expected Pepper to be treated. Tommy shared a photo of the letter on Twitter. As you can expect, followers fell in love with both Pepper and her unknown mama.
The letter started out with the exclamation that this was about “Pepper, The Most Beautiful Girl in the World.”
It went on to inform Tommy of exactly what would be expected of him. Pepper’s schedule appears to be as definite as the CEO of any big company. We know they aren’t as important as Pepper is though. At the very least, not to her Mama.
The list started with her eating routine.
“Breakfast at 8 am. 1/4 cup food and fill bowl with fresh water. Dinner 5 p.m., 1/4 cup food and fill bowl with fresh water.”
For snacks, Pepper was allowed no carbs, and was to get a dog bone every other day. All work and no play makes Pepper a dull girl. So, play time instructions were spelled out in the letter as well. Tommy was supposed to “Fetch – shoot ball with green gun – daily. Walk around the block – optional.”
Even Pepper’s snuggle time was scheduled out.
According to her mom, Pepper was used to getting regular affection too, in the form of, “Big hugs, little kiss. Sniffs (not sure who was sniffing whom there, but I’m sure Tommy got it right). Belly rubs.”
And besides what Tommy was supposed to be doing for Pepper, he had to keep his aunt happy too. “Send photo of Pepper every day so I can see she is okay. FaceTime with Pepper so I can talk to her.”
It isn’t known if Pepper talked back during those sessions, but we’d almost bet she did.
Not only was Tommy’s head spinning with all the “Do’s” but his aunt also listed the “Don’ts” as well. Don’t yell at Pepper – she barks when you get home, barks when she hears a suspicious noise and barks to communicate.
Don’t hit, spank or kick Pepper – don’t you hurt her. Don’t let her escape – know where she is at all times. (It’s 9:00, do you know where your Pepper is?) But, the most important of his aunt’s instructions? “Don’t you hate her cause you ain’t her!”
That last order (it’s hard to think of them as requests, as it appears they aren’t negotiable) was probably the easiest for Tommy to follow.
Looking at Pepper, how could anyone do anything except love her. Certainly, everyone following the story with bated breath on Twitter has fallen in love. It’s fairly obvious that Pepper is going to need her Twitter account to keep in touch with all of her fans.
Her adoring public, in fact, is already begging for that. Dawny 716 was the first to suggest it.
Twitter user Michael Carey brought up the valid point of whether or not Tommy should have published a photo of Pepper without her permission. Not to worry Michael. I’m sure Pepper probably has her own attorney on retainer.
She may need an agent soon. From all of the Twitter requests to share on various social media as well as in human interest segments on news programs, Pepper may have to invest in sunglasses and a wig to be able to go out in public.
If you’d like to join those keeping a close eye on how Tommy is faring with Pepper’s care, follow him on Twitter at @TommyRivers. As far as we know now, Pepper’s Twitter account is being kept private.