'Jolly Green Pepper' to make appearance at Paducah store with Ru the dog | Community Spirit
PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - The Jolly Green Pepper and the dog it will save will be at the Tractor Supply Store in Paducah on Sunday, July 21 at noon.
Nows your chance to meet the happy pepper which is for sale on eBay to raise money for Ru the dog, who needs heart surgery.
According to the post, the Jolly Green Pepper was born and raised in a garden in Paducah and currently resides in a refrigerator in the house he grew up behind.
As of Friday afternoon, the bid for the smiling pepper is up to $127.50.
Lisa Summers, the "pepper grower," said she came home from work on Monday and picked peppers while her husband picked the green beans. When she brought them inside, she said she initially thought she was the only one that would notice the "smiling face" on the pepper.
Summers said she posted a picture of the pepper on her Facebook page, never thinking it would catch on. Then, friends started commenting on it.
"My friend Sue suggested that I list it on eBay or send it to Leno," Summers said. "I knew after a few hours that it had some appeal."
When she thought about listing it for sale, Summers said she thought of her friend Allison Pritchard's dog that they had been trying to raise money for.
"Allison and I met at grad school in SIU-Carbondale," she said. "We were both social workers. Thus, pretty broke and have massive student loans."
She said paying for an expensive surgery was not an option for her.
"I called Allison and she thought it was a great idea," Summers said.
Allison wrote the listing and posted it under her account.
Summers said the grinning pepper is in her fridge, and now, she's hoping that her daughter, who is a chef, doesn't grab him by mistake.
"I'd like all of the focus and attention that the pepper has to point directly to Ru," Summer said.
She said Ru needs this surgery ASAP, he could die at any time with even the smallest amount of physical exertion.
"If everyone would send $5 to the donation page, there would be enough money for his surgery and for his mom to start a foundation for other rescue dogs that have medical conditions," Summers said.
She said if it takes the picture of happy bell pepper to bring attention to this need, then she believes there was some divine intervention going on.
All proceeds from the sale of Jolly will benefit a special dog named Ru. He is a two-year-old pointer mix in Murphysboro, Ill. He has severe Pulmonic Stenosis and the goal for his fundraiser is $3,000. Fundraiser organizers say this will cover both the echocardiogram cost (~$450) and the minimum cost of the surgery (~$2,500).
The post says if you are the winning bidder, you will also win a chance to meet and get a picture taken with Ru.
You can click here see the eBay listing.
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