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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Frankie's Fourth of July Name Game

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)

Could it be that this positivity trip is a bit of smoke and mirrors to hide the scars of the past? Pip is deep and complex, you know.

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  Pip was confused and withdrawn and only seemed comforted when his friend was by his side.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!


Wyatt said...

Oh Pip...What a happy ending story. We are so glad you found your forever home. You have come a long way doggie!


houndstooth said...

I am so glad that you got a happy ending to your story, Pip! That's pretty cool how you got your name!


Lorenza said...

Hi, Pip!
I am so sorry you had to endure that. But I am happy you found your lovely family who took good care of you and I know they love you a lot!
Thanks for sharing your name's story!
Happy Independence Day!
Kisses and hugs

little princess Luna~ said...

awwww pipkins~! *chi hug* you are so brave/strong for having to go through all the bad in the beginning, but what a great ending~!!
great story pipkins~! :)


A MilShelb Mom said...

Oh Pip! We did not know this about you. We are sorry about your loss of your friend. That is very sad. We know how important friends are because we have always been a pair. This story makes Mom very sad. We are very glad that you are doing well now, though! We are glad we are friends and now we know where you got your name from. We haven't read that though!
~Milly and Shelby

Molly-Pops said...

Oh Pip my love, it hurts me to know what you have been through what a brave Yorkie you are and how lucky it was your Mama decided you were not going anywhere. Anyone can own a dog but it takes a special someone to be a proper Mama and yours is so obviously one of the special ones I am so glad you found her. We are the lucky ones I guess having found our Mom's.
Lots of big Luvs

Daisy said...

Thanks for sharing your story, Pip. Those people who left you are very Bad, and they did not deserve you anyway. I am happy your story has a happy ending!

Alien said...

I thought of Great Expectations right away. Dickens is a genius. I like your complexity.

Lola said...

That's a great Name story, Pip. We got a little leaky there in the beginning, but we're so very glad that things have turned out well and your life has been good.

wags, Lola

3 doxies said...

Okay, my mum called me up at da hotel telling me bouts you story of abandonment and her was all crying and stuffs, I said to her,
"Mum, Pip be a very strong dude and he is a survivor and more imprtantly, he be living a great life now." That settled her down somewhat. Howevers, despite da begining of your journey, I am rather grateful you was turned overs by them bad peoples cuz you would have had a horrible life with them...prolly wouldn't even be alive today.
I'd like to gives you mom and dad a hug fur taking you in and loving you. Thems be peoples withs a good heart.
Okays, now on to you name....WHEW! Fur a minute I thoughts you was gonna tells us PIP was short fur "Pippy Longstocking"...hehehehehehe! Oooooh me, ruff night. But I be glad it wasn't, you haves a terrific name withs a bit of knows cuz it came from a book.
I feelingjus fine and dandy todays, I'm ready to go again....hehehehehe.

Zona said...

Pip, what a story... I'm so glad that it has such a happy ending!! When will you tell us about your new love?


road-dog-tales said...

We love happy tales and you sure have one. That's the sweetest story.
The Road Dogs

Pumpkinpuddy said...

Oh Pip. I'm so happy you found a furever home that made you feel safe enough not to be scared and hiding all the time. The best thing in the world is to have a family that loves us.

Ruth said...

How could someone adopt you friend but not you?! The shame!

Dory and the Mama said...

What a wonderful story with a very happy ending!! We are so glad that you found such a wonderful furrever home Pip!!

Smileys & Snuggles!
Dory, Bilbo and Jacob

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Hi Pip - we were so happy to meet you in Honorooroo and thanks for stopping by our blog. You had quite the rough start in life, didn't you? But it is so wonderful that you found this fantastic home. You and Phantom would do well together - he loves to go into hiding too.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Those Elgin Pugs said...


We are so glad to hear 'dat Pip found his Furever home with such love!!!!!

Who could even imagine that someone could do such a thing, but that was then and now look at Pip!!!

Living the life as he so deserves!!!!!!
Thank Goodness for peoples likes yous Momma Pip!!!

And we loves Charles Dickens!! Great Name!!

We's rescues too!!!

Much Love,
Izzy, Josie and Anakin Man

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! You have a great happy ending story. Thanks for sharing. You sure have a unique n one of a king name. Hey, did you get my previous message ... we realized that you are from Chicago. Great. Love the new layout of your blog. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Anny said...

I am so happy that you found your forever home and a wonderful family. You look like a very happy and well adjusted doggie now. A good story with a happy ending :) Way to go Pip.


Alison @ Welcome Sunshine Home said...

I love a happy ending. :) You're looking good, Pip!

Marg said...

Pip we love your name. Our Mom loves the Book Great Expectations. She read it in school. That is quite a story about you Pip and we are so glad that you found such a wonderful home with a happy ending. You are just so squeeze able.
Have a great week.

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

A very excellent story my friend!!

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

That's a great name story, Pip!! We love the shot of you in Miss Haversham's garden.

Woofs and Kisses!
The Fiesty Three

K9friend said...

Such a sweet story. I'm so glad you're in the perfect forever home now!


3 doxies said...

Go easy on you speech there Pip....remember, I was at da pawty withs you and I could possibly haves some b;ackmail material stored fur a perfect time...Bwhahahahahaha!

Okays, Bye

Neeko said...

Oh Mr. Pip :o)

We just saw this post...How emotional...
Blessings to your forever Pawrents for turning your life into paradise my Friend!
I feel so honored that you are my Friend!

Neeko :o)
P.S. We just got your precious Christmas card! Thanks a million ♥

Kristin G. said...

Bless him! Isn't it amazing to see the transformation that can happen with love and time? I'm so glad Pip found a safe and loving home with you and your family! xoxo

Sankissjuice said...

What a story. And those cats...aren't they sweet?

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