Adventures Of Pepper
The following letters were written by "Pepper", an elderly black lab who came to visit us under quite unusual circumstances.
It all started one day late in June when we received a call to keep a dog for the day. Our visitors arrived and told us the funny
story of how Pepper stowed away in the baggage compartment of their bus as they left from Lakeland Florida. Boy were they
and Pepper surprised when they arrived at the Jameson Inn in Perry, GA. After inspection and approval of our facility by Pepper
and his owners, he stayed several days at Camp SitStay. Read and enjoy his account of the adventure and the trip back home.
Dear Friends and Family,
Uncle James is sooooooo...... nice. He surprised me with a trip to Camp Sit
and Stay in Perry, Georgia. I didn't even know I was going until the bus
pulled out of the farm. I was so excited!!!! Anyway, had I known I was going
to such a nice camp, I would have taken a bath and put on a collar before
we left home.
Our first night we spent in the Jameson Inn in Perry. Camp check in was on
Sunday morning. I had a can of Alpo for dinner and bunked up with Aunt Lisa.
My first night in a hotel with a girl. My first night in a hotel period!!!
We got up bright and early Sunday so I could take a Clairol Herbal Essence
bath. I sure hope there are some cute girls in my cabin at camp.
I rode "shotgun" with Uncle James over to the camp. We toured the entire
facility, wading pool, play area, cabins, mess hall, and latrine so I could
pick out my cabin. I went for the quiet cabin with a couple of HOT Cocker
Spaniels ( I think she really likes me). Ann, the camp counselor, checked me
in, the family waved goodbye and I settled in to get to know everyone. This
is going to be so much fun!! Hope I get to come again next summer!!!
If I get homesick, Aunt Lisa said to call Daddy Marty and he would be happy
to come pick me up early.
I will see everyone on Friday. The family is picking me up on Thursday
sometime. Tell everyone hello (and tell Smokey if he is good he might get to
come with me next year).
Love & licks,
Anne & Andy,
Thank you very much for a wonderful time ! I'm going to ride all the way
home in Uncle John's lap!! He loves me soooooo much!!!! I can't wait to
get back to Lakeland & tell everyone about my adventure!
I loved spending a week at your camp, but today in the Day Spa was the
BOMB!! I feel so relaxed & my coat is so shiny & silky smooth!! I hope Aunt
Lisa treats me this good of me EVERY day!! I know she will! I felt so
frisky that I ran and played all the way to the bus!
Take care until next year. I'm going to bring Smokey with me. He's going
to have so much fun! I can't wait to show him my picture on your website!
He'll be so jealous! See you soon!
Love & Licks,
See my pics soon at:
Well Sports fans,
I'm beginning to not like this bus-camp-trip stuff. Last night we were
riding along fat, dumb, & happy when we broke something on the tag axle.
After trying unsuccessfully to get it fixed at a truck stop, we all just
curled up on the bus & went to sleep. I curled up with uncle John. He sure
is comfy to snuggle up to.
Uncle James is so frustrated he's just going to get in Alicia's truck & go
to some place called Misery. Or is it Missouri? Right now being stuck on
the bus, I'm not sure what the difference is.
Anyway, we're working on getting it fixed this morning after breakfast. The
gang had supper last night about midnight with a waitress in the truckstop
named Mapoo. She was back this morning. They said they're not sure if she
had bathed... Boy these roadtrips sure are fun."
I told Uncle James to let me know if I can do anything to help. Hopefully
we'll be home by the middle of the month.
See ya sooner or later...
We finally made it home! What a trip, though. After the night in the truck
stop I moved to the back of the bus. Too much traffic in my spot by the
front door. Aunt Lisa thinks I was trying to find another way out. She's
onto something but I'm not going to let her know that. Then I started
smelling smoke coming up through the floor. This can't be good. It finally
stopped just before we got moving again...for a few minutes. Anyway, after
another day of bussing & Durango riding (don't ask...), we finally got home
late Friday night. I sure was glad to see Smokey. I stayed up all night
telling him about my trip. I wasn't really staying up just to talk to
Smokey. I was waiting on Daddy Marty to let me in the house. I guess he
On Saturday everyone was talking about the big party on Sunday. I couldn't
believe it!! They're throwing me a "welcome home" party! They are just too
sweet! The party started out really awesome! I could smell barbeque all
day long! The samples I had were great! What I still don't understand is
all the "fireworks" at the end of the evening. Fireworks are kinda loud &
Smokey got real scared. He's not brave like me. He looked at me & said "We
gotta get outta here! Let's go hide in the bus!" Didn't he listen to a
thing I told him the other night? Either way, the bus is now in Fort
Valley, GA (I told you not to ask!) so Smokey & I went & spent the night in
the horse barn. I got no use for that bus, and I guess these people have
shorter memories than I do. Fireworks at my welcome home party? What are
Love & licks,
PS-Uncle John calls our bus the "SS Minnow". I'm not sure what he means by
that, but he keeps saying "If not for the courage of the fearless crew, the
Minnow would be lost..." I think I'm going to move over to John & Amy's.
As much as he loves me, maybe they'll let me in the house at night since
Daddy Marty keeps forgetting. If not, maybe I'll call Anne. She knows how
to treat an old pup...
Camp SitStay would like to thank Lisa, Scott and Pepper for the entertaining account of Pepper's adventure. We hope he has many, many more happy and adventurious years ahead.