Dachshund Rescue of Houston


Pepper Poppins ("")

Rescued 01/18/14, Adopted 01/20/14, Deceased 01/20/14

Color Gender Age Size Preferences / Other Info

Black & Tan Dapple


Adult (5-9 Years)

Mini (<= 12 lbs.)

No Young Children

Pepper came into rescue with a life threatening condition. DRoH’s vets made a preliminary diagnosis of “secondary hyperparathyroidism”. She could not stand, her feet (both front and rear) felt boneless and she appeared to be in pain. The sweet woman who originally transported her related that when Pepper moved crackling sounds were heard. DRoH wanted to make sure everything that could be done for Pepper was being done, so we took her to wonderful speciality vet care facility in Houston. They admitted her immediately to their critical care group. I waited for them to return with some good news. Sadly, that was not the case. Bottom line: Regardless of the cause (whether nutritional or a tumor on her parathyroid gland), her condition had progressed too far for any reversal to occur. She had no bones in her wrists or ankles, x-rays and bone imaging showed bone loss throughout her tiny body. The crackling noises we heard were most likely from micro fractures occurring when she moved or when we moved her. She was in pain. Sometimes what we wish for doesn’t happen. There was no “miracle” available for Pepper. On the ride to the clinic, I kept a hand lightly on her tiny head, and gently petted her. I was so afraid I was hurting her I would move my hand away. She would cry and reach her head towards me -- even though I know it must have been painful. When we arrived at the critical care facility, I offered her some rabbit snacks. She nibbled on my fingers for more. She had a sweet, sweet disposition and if it were possible to “will” her better, she would be running and playing now. While waiting for the vet to return, I decided we would adopt her. She would not leave this earth without being part of a family. And I prayed some “miracle” would be available. After conferring with the vet, the hardest decision anyone involved with animals has to be made. I held her in my arms and talked with her until she was gone. She is pain free now. I will bring her ashes home sometime next week. My little black and tan dapple girl.

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Last Updated: 01/22/14

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