Pepper, our 12-year old black lab mix, was one-in-a million — friendly, loving, well-mannered and protective of our family.  We were incredibly fortunate to have adopted her from the Phoenix Animal Shelter nearly 10 years ago and she and her BFF, Bailey, moved with us to New Mexico in 2010.  She made the transition from “swimming pool” dog to “hiking” dog with ease, and loved the snow as well. Pepper had boundless energy and never failed to greet us with a thumping tail and big grin. She loved to run with Bailey in the open land near our home almost as much as she loved the dog park.  Our entire family will miss her dearly.