The arrival of Pepe Wakefield began with a good intention. Mary Haislet had held him in her arms when she was on the weekly adoption segment on KBTX-TV news in 1993. His name he was known by was “Teddy” and so fetching was his appearance—cute, cuddly and when he was spotted on that show, there was no option but to adopt him, because of his wonderful resemblance of the other chihuahuas in the life of his adoptive mom.
The good intention was to find a companion pup for a very happy three-year-old dog named J. Edgar Hoover. J. Edgar was a happy dog but when you have two dogs, they can be great companions for one another. True to expectation, the little dog walked into the living room and won the attention, and the heart, of J. Edgar, who became his “big brother” and teacher for all things doggie.
Pepe was addressed by his name, but noticed, one thought, that he only had one name, and his big brother had two names. He became “Mr. Pepe” thereafter. The first namesake was christened with that name after his owner had enjoyed the movie of the same name by an actor named Mario Moreno, better known to fans simply as Cantinflas. The happy, smiling actor who played the part danced along as Shirley Jones sang his theme song. All chihuahuas owned, therefore, in that household became named Pepe. This one was actually Pepe IV.
For the best part of 11 years, Pepe was the apple of J. Edgar’s eye, and they were forever friends. In addition to the love and time he shared with his adoptive family, Pepe’s devotion to his “bud,” Pepe made J. Edgar’s quality of life even more rich. Fond of sunbeams, wherever he could find them, Mr. Pepe is forever remembered with love.