Today Pip is playing the Fourth of July Name Game with Frankie Furter! What a great idea! Thanks Frankie!
Contrary to popular belief, “Pip” is not short for “Pipsqueak.” It is mere coincidence that Pip is, in fact, a pipsqueak.
Pip is actually named after the main character in the Dickens’ classic, Great Expectations. How does little sunshine Pip relate to the 19th century portrait of despair and shattered dreams? What gives?
Well, first of all, Great Expectations is one of mama’s favorite books. That’s the real reason, but let’s see where this goes …
Pip wasn’t always the confident, happy-go-lucky doggie we all know and love. Like the fictional Pip, our little guy has had his hopes crushed, his world turned upside down, and suffered the loss of his best friend and true love. (Pip has a NEW true love, but we will save that for a future post)
Pip acting out a scene from Great Expectations (Miss Havisham’s garden)
Ten years ago Pip was abandoned at a local pet store with his soul mate, Teddy. The two dogs were left in a cramped pet carrier – they were frightened, hungry, and filthy. Witnesses report that their former owner walked away laughing.
Miss Teddy’s personality emerged quickly; she was a friendly, fun-loving, and affectionate miniature schnauzer. Pip was confused and withdrawn and only seemed comforted when his friend was by his side. Tragically for Pip, Teddy was adopted almost immediately, leaving him heartbroken and alone.
Mama and Papa brought Pip home as a “foster dog” (needless to say, he never left). Pip hid behind the couch, only lifting his head when one of the cats peaked around the corner to check on him. He avoided eye contact and cowered when anyone approached him.
|Pip, we can help you, brother.|
It took a LONG time – months of self-reflection, doggie treats, and reassurance from his feline sisters – but eventually Pip emerged from behind the couch and joined the family!
Pip, you have come along way, doggie!!
Pip, we are finished, you can come inside now!