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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Keeping It Real With Mr. Pip

Along the path to self-discovery, Pip has noticed a pattern in life. He often finds himself smack dab in the middle - the peacekeeper, bridge-builder, mediator, or referee. Ongoing drama between cats and dogs, people and pets (cats and dogs sometimes align in this fight), and don’t EVEN get him started on the backyard battles between the squirrels and birds.

Can’t we all just play nice and get along, Pip wonders?

Pip wears many hats, bandanas, and bowties and is comfortable in many worlds. He is a lover not a fighter, a healer not a divider.  But the thing is, Pip is tired …with his blogging, eating, and napping schedule his time and energy are limited.  And so, he is hoping (deep breath) that everyone might carry on without his help for a while. 

Pip’s Tips for Keeping It Real (or how to place nice with others)
  1. Cats – a change in temperature, meal schedule, or furniture position does not a crisis make.  Accept what you can’t change, change what you can, and don’t worry about the rest.  Enough with the drama already!
  2. Dogs – the people pleasing must end.  Not everyone is going to like you and that’s OK.  Doing tricks, giving paw, listening to humans is optional. Pip learned this truth from his feline sisters, thank you sisters.  Pip doesn’t know any tricks and people STILL like him (but do they REALLY like me?)
  3. Humans – please stop asking dogs and cats to behave like humans. We are dogs and cats – furry, wild, and unpredictable.  We bark, hiss, bite, shed, scratch the couch, spit up hairballs, and have occasional accidents inside.  No offense, but you are the ones who have complicated life with your silly rules and stuff everywhere.  We are just trying to keep it real!
Multi-species homes are the wave of the future. The time for common ground is now! We may be different, but like the colors in a rainbow we are all essential and beautiful in our own way. Pip came up with this Disney-like metaphor on his own so give him a break.



Sallie said...

Pip for president! :)

Zona said...

I second Sallie's motion!!!


Maggie Mae said...


Well said my furiend!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Lola said...

I'm not much for tricks either Pip. I think being loyal, loving and adorable is quite enough. All in all you have some words to woof by there and I'll be chewing on them all day.

wags, Lola

Mr. Pip said...

Aw, shucks ...thanks guys! My family just woke up so I am off to enjoy Saturday. Hope you all have a great day!

Marg said...

Oh my Mr. Pip, you are one cute woofie. And that was a super post. We agree with all that you said. We need to get these humans straightened out.
Thanks for visiting our blog. We look like a cat blog but we have woofies too. It is just the cats really outnumber us.
Have a wonderful week end.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Mr Pip. Your words of wisdom inspire me.

George the Lad said...

Great words of wisdom, I had to go to puppy club it was ok, I learnt some stuff, but mom and dad said I'm part of the family and as long as we all get on that's fine.
enjoy your weekend pip.
See Yea George xxx

houndstooth said...

Mr. Pip, those are wise woofs! I am so thankful you shared them! It's hard to give up some of our habits, like people pleasing, but it can be very freeing, too! You've given me much to think about!


Moxie Paws said...

Mr. Pip you are HIP! Miss Mia, the Princess is not a people pleaser, but humans certainly love her!
So many lessons can be learned from furry friends.
High Paws...!

This One Wild Life said...

Terrific advice, Pip. I wish my animals could read it.

Thanks for dropping by my blog. Sorry my post wasn't up yet when you came. It's just one of those post-vacation Saturdays when everything is as slow and easy as it needs to be. Hope you're enjoying yours!

little princess Luna~ said...



Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Pip, I've been reading some of your recent posts... you sound like a very intelligent dog with much wisdom to impart. I'm intrigued and will most certainly be back to hear more of your teachings. Woof.

Karen Raye and Bentley Beargrass said...

Hello Pip- you are a smart one!

3 doxies said...

Can I be da vice president????


Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Great! Smarty Pip. Happy BLOG HOP. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Mr. Pip said...

Puddles - I am actually a little shy (don't tell anyone) so maybe you should be president and I will be vice president!

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

Very impressive my friend. You are wise beyond your wags!

Sebastian said...

Mr. Pip, you are one wise doggie. I'm proud to call you my furriend!

Molly said...

My Pip,
My dear friend and I am very proud to have you as my friend you know. We do get tired when we get to our age but your wise words will inspire the youngsters that read your blog. I know you inspire me to be the best I can be.

Lots of love


Sue said...

Pip, we think that is very sensible advice. You are a smart doggy.

Ivy said...

Smart, very smart!

Yoda & Brutus said...

Hello Pip, very nice to meet you. Thanks for visiting our bloggy!

Pugs & Kisses,

Yoda & Brutus

Prudence said...

Pip that last tip for the humans is perfect! So many humans forget that we are animals, not furry, four-legged versions of them. It can be very frustrating when humans forget this fact.

I also wanted to say that you are incredibly handsome ;)

Keiko (from Kitty Trio) said...

Great tips, Mr Pip! That is very very true about the humans. Especially the visitors to our house should know these guidelines!
Purrrs, Keiko, Kenji & Pricilla

cats of wildcat woods said...

Great post Pip with lots of tips. Thanks for stopping by!

Nico and JayJay said...

Wonderful, insightful post!! If only we could heed your advice right now... *sigh* We will all get along - eventually!

Have a happy day!!

~Nico, Simon & JayJay :)

Alison @ Welcome Sunshine Home said...

Hi! You're a wise one. We're following along so we don't miss any more tips. :)

Maximus and Brewster

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