She honored him in the most beautiful way 🌸
Pepper and Yari may have appeared to be polar opposites, yet they were the best of friends. Yari didn’t want to say goodbye when she lost Pepper last month.
Tona Gonzalez Karlsson, Pepper’s mother, adopted Yari when he was nine years old. Even though the Chihuahua mix was already an adult when he met the rescue pittie puppy, their bond was immediate.
“He was always finicky about other dogs,” Karlsson said to The Dodo. “Eventually, they began to play and cuddle.” It was hilarious because today, when Yari plays with big dogs, she acts like a Chihuahua.”
The two canines spent many joyful, exciting years together, and Yari always looked up to her tiny big brother. “Whenever he returned, [Yari] would kiss him and demonstrate her delight,” Karlsson added. “She had a strong desire to be with Pepper. She’d howl if she wasn’t in the same room as him but knew he was nearby.”
“They practically never had disagreements,” she continued. “They just seemed to understand and adore each other.”
Pep’s health began to decline as he grew older. Yari seemed to sense when Pepper was in pain and would do anything she could to help.
“Whenever Pep was sick or returned home from the hospital, Yari understood he needed to be calm around him.” “She’d simply try to console both him and me,” Karlsson said. “There were occasions when Pep was unwell while I was asleep… and Yari would wake me up or gaze at him in a manner that made me realize there was something wrong.”
In the latter month of Pepper’s life, he began to deteriorate in ways Karlsson couldn’t ignore. Pep was suffering from a number of grave ailments, and Karlsson was forced to plan a final vet appointment.
“The day before he died, he stopped eating completely.” “Yari simply slept with him, nuzzled him, and kissed him,” Karlsson said. “We put him down at my folks’ place. I had to carry Pep around that day since he was so unwell.”
Pep got up from his bed in the shade a half hour before the vet was supposed to come and walked to the cemetery Karlsson’s father had made for him behind a pepper tree. He seemed to be informing his family that he was ready.
Yari walked up to nuzzle Pep after he drew his last breath. The small puppy appeared calm, as if he was resting more soundly than he had in a long time. Karlsson and her parents decorated his burial with lavender and garden flowers before carefully lowering him into the earth. Yari recognized at that point that her companion would not be returning.
“She gazed into the grave, and I have no idea what she was thinking, but she had to have known he was there,” Karlsson added. “She lay down next to his grave, and she appeared so forlorn, and she simply seemed to hug the soil.”
“She lingered for a long,” Karlsson added.
Yari appeared to be a different dog after Pep’s burial. Without her greatest pal, the previously cheerful and lively canine became despondent.
But Karlsson understood what she could do to make her dog happy: “I brought her to visit his burial at my parents’ house,” Karlsson said. “She was overjoyed, and she simply sniffed all over the earth beneath the pepper tree.”
Yari enjoyed five wonderful years with her dearest friend, and now she understands that all she has to do to be beside him again is go to the pepper tree.