The Daily Pip

Life Lessons, resources, and random bits for rescue dogs, cats, and their peeps

Friday, October 28, 2016

Ruby at the World Series!

Ruby reporting live from Wrigley Field, the night before the 2016 World Series

So there's a ball game here in Chicago this weekend ...


Monday, October 24, 2016

The Specials: Adopting a Disabled Dog

Big hearts come in little packages. No truer words were ever spoken especially when it comes to tiny Lexi, a three-year-old Pekingese/Maltese mix with a joy and zest for life life ten times her size. Lexi is a busy New Yorker who hustles and bustles with the best of them - and she does it all on wheels! Serving as an ambassador for both Posh Pets Rescue and Eddie's Wheels, the company who provided her with her custom wheelchair, Lexi is a pint-sized, yet powerful advocate for the adoption of disabled (or specially-abled) pets. 

Lexi, the pint-sized advocate for the adoption of disabled dogs
Photo used with permission of @realhappydogs
Lexi was born with a rare condition that causes underdeveloped bones and shortened front limbs. She was one of four puppies with one stillborn and two other healthy boys. Her original owners were not prepared to care for her so they listed her on Craig's List. Mary and Posh Pets Rescue, the organization for which she volunteers, monitor Craig's List for vulnerable dogs like Lexi. Sadly, many animals listed as "free to a good home" fall victim to cruelty and abuse, laboratories and fighting rings. 

Mary intended to rescue Lexi and perhaps even foster her, but wasn't planning on adopting her. But when they met, it was love at first sight and Mary knew they were meant to be together forever.

Friday, October 21, 2016

If I Were A Dog, I Would Be A Terrier

If I were a dog, I would be a Terrier. But because I am a parent, friend, and daughter, most days I live as a more mild-mannered and easy going breed like a Golden Retriever. Not that I don't love Golden Retrievers; I do. Everybody does. But it's not really me. I'm a free spirit, feisty, idealistic, impractical, and sometimes mischievous. I do my best to impersonate a Golden, but every once in awhile I get a little crazy and rip up the drapes (not really), vow to quit my job and become a street artist, give a bunch of money away to animal in need OR better yet, bring that animal in need home without discussing it with the rest of my family. 

If I were a dog I would be a terrier


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Pip and His Mighty Terrier Heart

Remembering Pip of The Daily Pip

Three years ago today, we lost our sweet Pip. He was diagnosed in 2011 with heart disease and given six to twelve months. But he defied the odds and lived almost two more years. During that time, my mom battled cancer, my father had heart surgery and then a stroke, another family member was diagnosed with severe dementia, my daughter had her second surgery to correct a congenital birth defect, we bought and sold two houses, and moved twice.

Pip had an enlarged heart that was made worse by a partially collapsed trachea (the result of past neglect). But against all odds, he fought with all his terrier might to stay with us. And when we were finally settled in a permanent home and the various family medical crises were either resolved or stabilized, he let go. I still find it heartbreaking and sadly ironic that he died of heart disease, specifically an enlarged heart, because Pip was ALL heart. He had the biggest, most generous, beautiful heart of anyone, animal or human, I have ever known.
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