- Aug 24, 2001
(KARE-TV) - You won't see a halo over Pepper Ann's head.
Not that the eight-year-old Lab-German shorthair mix isn't loveable, it's just that see seems to find trouble without even trying.
"She's always been naughty, and when she was little it was 'you're lucky you're so cute, you'd be gone otherwise.' But she's just a cute little dog. She has personality, but she has issues also," owner Debbie Hulleman said.
One of those issues is a tendency to swallow anything that fits in her mouth.
"She's eaten lipstick, so lipstick gets all over the carpet, ball point pens all over the carpet, toothpaste, shampoo," Hulleman recalled. "She's done a lot, Kleenex, she'll eat a whole box of Kleenex if she can get it."
Recently, Pepper Ann topped even those feats. She and her sibling Zach were at Grandma's house, while Debbie and her husband were on vacation. Grandma had a friend over, who left a purse on the ground despite instructions not to leave anything in Pepper Ann's reach.
When the two women woke up, the dog had dug into the purse, and devoured more than $800 cash.
Some pieces were spread around the house ? and some were left in the backyard, after Peppy swallowed the money and did her business.
"Pretty soon (I) came to a pile, that had a fifty dollar bill hanging out, part of a fifty, and I said 'gosh, look at that,'" Hulleman laughed. "There were lots of piles with money hanging out there, so I had to save it, rinse it, strain it."
The dog owner taped together the remnants she recovered, and swapped the mangled bills for more than $700 bucks worth of fresh currency at a local bank.
Hulleman is hanging on to half a one hundred dollar bill, in hopes she will recover the other portion. She is less optimistic that Pepper Ann will turn over a new leaf.
"She goes from room to room, looking to get into trouble."