Saturday, September 11, 2010

... And I Lived Happily Ever After

Now, I know this is a very sad and tragic day with many painful memories of innocent lives lost …but one happy thing happened, nine years ago today, Mama decided to adopt me.  

Nine years ago I was abandoned like trash, probably used for breeding, but who knows. If you want to read the sad details, you can read them here.  But I want to keep things happy today.

I was rescued by Red Door Animal Shelter a small no-kill facility on the far north side of Chicago. As always, the shelter was super crowded so Mama agreed to foster me for a few days. She brought me home on September 10th and I hid for the first twelve hours.

We all know what happened the following morning … Mama was watching the live coverage when she looked up and saw my sad face peaking out from behind the couch. She knew in that moment that we belonged together – it took me longer to see the light.  I was traumatized and in sad shape, but she never gave up on me. 

Here's what a little love can do 

Before - The word is a mean, scary place.
After - I am as happy as a clam. Ain't life grand!

When I first arrived at the shelter, the vet estimated that I was 3 or 4, which would make me about 13 today!  We will never know my actual birthday, but Mama chose September 11th as a reminder that even in the darkest hour, there is always hope. 

Red Door is a small, but mighty shelter with a heart of a gold. I am only one of thousands of cats, dogs, and rabbits that this amazing shelter has rescued, rehabilitated, and re-homed over the last 10 years! 

Cheers to happy endings!


  1. I am glad you shared this with us Pip! I am on my way to visit The Red door blog!


  2. Oh PIPPY WIPPY!!!!!!!
    haPpY bIrfDaY GoTcHa DaY To YoU!!!!!!

    You haves 'da most bestest family's nows and we's so happy's yous shares yous heart felt Pip story wits us.

    'da Josie is so glad we's furiends Pip!! We's can't waits to share in more funs and adventures wits yous!!
    'da Josie gots yous message yous wants to Jam wits me's!!! Super cools!! It's a plans!!
    And we's do ours top secret secret missions too!! Did yous get evfurytings on our list yet?? hee hees!!

    I's stop in laters!!!
    'da Josie

  3. Hello's deres Little dude!!

    Me's wants to wish yous a happy birfdays to a cool Pippers!!!

    Hello Pip!! Me too!! Happy birfday to your Mr. Pipster!!

    Hugs and kisses!!
    and 13 spankies!! hu hu ha ha.. snorts!!
    Anakin Man & IzZY

  4. duh!! sorry Pip.. IzZY can't type tonites..
    "happy birfday to you Mr. Pipster" not your..

    I started to celebrate and drink my mint Juleps..


  5. Happy Gotcha Day Pip,and have a great one, right I'm off to see The Red Door Blog
    See Yea George xxx

  6. That's a lovely story Pip. You have a very special mummy.

  7. I be so glad I knowing you Pip my dear furiend, I also be so glad yor Mom is one ov those sooper special peeps that adoptamafies us pooches.
    Hav A Very Happy Birthday/Gotcha Day my Furiend
    wiv Luv

  8. Happy Gotcha Day, Pip. It's nice that there's something good to remember about that day. Your Mom sure made the right decision, didn't she?

    lotsa licks, Lola

  9. Awwww! What a sweet post to help us remember that good things can come out of every bad situation! I am so glad you told us your adoption story! It was no wonder that you hid behind the couch for so long but I'm glad you chose just the right moment to come out from hiding. You probably made your mom feel safe while watching the terrible 9-11 news. See? You both needed each other and now you are in a forever home! Happy barkday, Pip!

  10. What a beautiful story, Pip.
    Happy gotcha day to you :)
    You must make your mummy so happy.

    Love, Bella & Ollie.

  11. Pip,
    Happy Gotcha Barkday to you! What a wunderful story dis is 'bouts how you gots to be wif your momma. I am soo happy dat you is my furiend. :)

    WOofs and Licks,
    Maggie Mae

  12. HAPPY GOTCHA DAY PIP!!!!!!!!!
    I remembers from your previous post bouts how you came to lives withs your family and it was heartwrenching to know how you once was.
    It was a sad day that Tuesday our country was under attack BUT, something wonderfuls came to be...YOU! I am so thankful you cames to live withs your peoples and they has shown you so much loves and hope...they have given you a beautiful life. So glad to know you my furiend and haves a happy day.


  13. Mr. Pip...give your Mom a great big Madi and Mom hug...what a wonderful lady she is. We think selecting today as YOUR day is very special too.
    You may not know the song from Rags to Riches (my mom is older than dirt) but she says it is your life story. There was a dignified, dapper mandog hiding in that body!!! Happy 13th
    Madi and Mom

  14. Happy Barkday to you Pip!

    Sam and Pippen

  15. Happy Gotcha Birthday, Handsome PIP!

    I'm sure a lot of good things happened on 9/11 but so many were overshadowed that day.

    Just look at you! You went from being a scruffy little boy to being a handsome man decked out in a tuxedo, sipping champagne, and loved to pieces by your mom. Proof that good things did happen that day!

  16. Happy Happy Gotcha Birthday Pip
    Love Ruby & Penny

  17. Happy Birthday Mr. Pip! Wesa so glad that your mama loves you so much and from the champagne you have in the one hits the jackpots of families!
    Much luvs and Licks,
    The Slimmer Puggums
    George, Gracie, Toby, Lily, and Mimi

  18. Thanks everybody! I have a GREAT HOME and the BEST FRIENDS in the whole world!

    Your grateful pal, Pip

  19. Pip - You would be a bright light anywhere! We're so glad for you that you found a furbulous home and are a happy pup! Happy Gotcha Day! We'll visit Red Door and say Hi!

    The Road Dogs

  20. Oh PIP you have a wonderful Gotcha Day story. You may not know this, butt last year for Thanksgiving I hosted an Adoption Story thingy.. and I plan to do it again this year. Re-telling your story will make it such a super THANKFUL time.
    Now buddy you have a wonderful GotCha Day. Eat DRINK and be Hairy.
    You already got your "pressie" from me. hehehe

  21. Happy Gotcha Day Mr. Pip!! Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

  22. Happy Gotcha Day, Pip - nice to have a reason to celebrate and be happy amid all the sadness of today. We are so glad you came into your Mom's life at such a special moment. Enjoy your day and we wish you many more years of joy and happiness.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  23. Mr Pip-that is a great story!
    Happy Gotcha Day:)
    Thanks for giving us something to smile for today:)

  24. Hope you (& mom) enjoy your special day Pip!

  25. Happy Gotcha Day, Mr. Pip.
    We wish you another 365 wonderful days filled with love, friendship, treats, toys and belly rubs!
    I love happy ending stories and yours is the most touching one.

  26. Amidst all the tragedy, it's lovely to see a good memory of 9/11. Happy Gotcha Day!


  27. Happy Got'cha Day, Mr. Pip. I'm glad I've gotten to know you!!

  28. Mr Pip! You're adorable!!! What a happy, lucky dog!!!



  29. Happy Birthday and Gotcha Day! Your story sure made my tail wag. I am so glad that from that sad day that something wonderful happened. You are one wonderful guy, Pip! May you celebrate many more birthdays and gotcha days!


  30. Hi Mr. Pip! Thanks for stopping by my bloggie - I can tell already that we will be great friends! On a day of sad memories, you are a reminder of all of the hope and joy that exists in the world! And 13! Wow! My little big sister TaiChi was at least 20 (she was a rescue, too, and her age was a bit indeterminate) when she left us, so by my calculations, you've got a lot of years ahead of you! Happy Gotcha Day - enjoy that champagne!

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

  31. What a fabulous story-a bit choked up after reading that! Those before and afters are amazing! A blessed little guy you are Pip!! Going to visit Red Door now!

  32. Happy Gotcha/Birthday Pip. You sure got a smart mama there for choosing today to celebrate. Hope you get lots of hug's & kisses & some tasty treats. Finally that awful heatwave has ended. I love Autumn in Chicago & just pray it stays this way. Funny how when your young you live for hot summer days. With age I now dread seeing the big 90 in the weather report.
    Hug's Erin & Mom

  33. Hola Señor PiPiringo!
    Happy Gotcha Day Mr. Pip!!
    Best wishes
    Spongy & Licky

  34. Happy Gotcha Day/Birthday! Sounds like you and your person found each other at just the right time. :)

  35. What a truly wonderful story! You made me smile today, so thank you very much!!

  36. Happy Gotcha Day, my friend! I hope you get lots of treats and hugs. Enjoy!

  37. Hi Pip and Happy Birthday!!! I am visiting and following you from The Saturday Pet Blogger Hop. You have a wonderful blog! I will definitely visit the Red Door Blog! Thanks for sharing.

    Looking forward to reading more from you. I invite you to come visit my blog and follow me if you’d like at

    Have a great weekend! :-)

    ~ Tina

  38. Hey Mr. Pip :o)

    Happy Birthday to youuu ♫♫♫
    Happy Birthday to youuu ♫♫♫
    Happy Birthday Dear Mr. Pip ♫♫♫
    Haaaaappy Biiiiiirthday toooo youuuuu ♫♫☺
    and many more...

    Neeko and family ☺

  39. What a wonderful story! Happy Birthday, Pip.


  40. Happy gotcha day!!!
    ~Milly and Shelby

  41. Hi Pip! I just got back from vacation but I wanted to stop by and say "Happy Gotcha Day!" Gosh, your story is so wonderful how everything has turned out. I can't even believes you are the same dog you were in that first picture. Your story gives me lotsa hope that I'm just gonna keep getting less and less afraid and more and more brave as the weeks and months and years go by. You inspire me!

    Wiggles & Wags,

  42. Happy Gotcha Day, Mr Pip. And now I'm off to visit the Red Door blog, as you suggested.

  43. PIP!!!!!!!!!!

    It's 'da Josie!!! Josie SOOOOOOOOOOO HAPPY Pippy WHIPPY hads good birfdays and yous deserve nothing buts 'da best!!!!!

    Oh Pip!!! 'da Josie super glads yous like 'da pressie!! hee hee... 'da toy is half Pip, half Rosie 'da Cat Boss...SNORTS!!!

    If she gets nears yous sock monkey beds hit hers wits its on 'da part 'da looks like hers... hee hees!!!

    have good nite Pip and I's got some more supplies for our mission!!!

    'da Josie

  44. A toast to you Mr. Pip! It is nice that good things happened on that day too!!


  45. Happy Gotcha Day, Pip!
    Sad and good memories on this special day, right?
    Kisses and hugs

  46. You truly ARE one of the good things that came from that day, Pip! Happy Gotcha Birthday!

  47. Hi Pip,
    I hope you had a wonderful Gotcha day. I am so glad to get to know you. Thanks for sharing such a heartwarming story. It sure is nice to know that you and your Mommas life changed forever in a good way too that day.
    Love, Wilma
    Brigitte and Sluggo too!

  48. Happy Gotcha B'Day!!!! Thank you for sharing your story. You were the positive out of a negative day! Your Mommy is very blessed to have you and visa versa! I am your newest follower!!

    Hugs & smoochies! xoxo

  49. Hi pal Pip! Mommy keeps on coming back to your old posts to look at your cutenes! She say that you have such a touching story!


  50. Hi! Thanks for visiting our blog Pip! Of-course we would love to be your new friends.

    What a great story. We sniffed a little when we read it. You look so refined now....congratulations on your happily ever after!
    lots of love from the chocolate blab labs.