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Friday, September 14, 2012

And I Lived Happily Ever After

Thanks for all the Gotcha Day greetings on Tuesday! Believe it or not, I have been with my family for 11 years, which probably makes me about 15. 

My assistant had every intention of posting this on Tuesday, but you know what they say about good intentions ...didn't happen! Many of my old friends know my story, but my new friends may not. Here's how it all began ...

Originally posted 9/11/10

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 world 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!
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91 comments

Bouncing Bertie said...

Pip, you look such a happy and thriving wee chappie these days, who could have believed it was once all so different. We're a bit late with the Gotcha Day greetings, but all the best for your twelfth year with your wonderful, loving family.
Toodle pip!
Bertie (and Gail) .

houndstooth said...

I've always been so happy that you found your perfect home, Pip! The world really is your oyster. I'm so happy to call you my friend!

Bunny

Berts Blog said...

What a beautiful story to great today with. WEa re so glad you have your forever home and that you are loved so much.

We love the 9/11 happy stories that we have read from Blogville. It makes us see hope.

Love
Bert and My Vickie

Susie and Sidebite said...

What a happy looking guy. Pip, life is grand after I was rescued from a puppy mill and on the blocks to visit the Rainbow Bridge, been with my peeps and my bubby Bites for four years, doggiedom is wonderful .

Your Fruends
Susie & Bites

Pees; Don't let that Puddles get you into any trouble.

jen said...

Happy belated Gotcha Day Pip! I am so sorry that your life started off with bad experiences but I am so happy that you were able to find such a loving and caring family to show you life can be grand! We love ya Mr. Pip!

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

I am so very much glad that you were rescued and that you have the PERFECT life that EVERY dog deserves and DREAMS of.

Sam said...

We love a happy ending! Happy belated Gotcha Day, Pip!

Sam

Casey said...

What a wonderful happily ever after! I love rescue stories. :)

Reilly / Denny Cowspotdogs said...

Indeed you were meant to find each other

Peggy Frezon said...

I'm so happy you ended up with your family right where you are! You have brightened many days with your photos and thoughts in your blog. You sure did have long hairs back then Pip.

Brian said...

It was just meant to be Mt. Pip. You ended up right where you belonged all along. Hugs pal!

Finn said...

I love reading about your 9/11 gotcha day story! It was just meant to be!

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Happy ending it is. Just swing by to tell you that we love you and your " after" picture!
Cheers!

sprinkles said...

I remember reading this post about your story. I'm so glad you and your mama were able to find one another and that you have a wonderful and loving furever home.

kmp said...

CHEERS TO PIP!! For he's a jolly good fellow!

edgar & his mum

GOOSE said...

I love happy endings. Today I will eat a cheesburger or two in your honor Mr. PIP. So glad you are where you are and happy.
Blessings,
Goose

Molly The Wally said...

Pip you won't believe this but my best mate Pippinpumpkin is a rescue and was named Pip after Great Expectations too. She is a gazillion years old now so she sleeps alot and doesn't blog. The pumpkin bit is because my peeps puts her next to the pumpkins to take a photograph record on how big they are growing. So two Pips with a happy ending. Wow! Loved your story and no more hiding behind the couch for you pal.
Have a fabulous Friday.
Best wishes Molly

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

As we told you in our comment the other day, we are just so happy that you found your forever home that tragic day - it sure makes it a much happier one for us.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

The Websters said...

I love love love that story!

Nora

Rene said...

We luv happy endings!

harrispen said...

You sure are one lucky dog!

Cindy

Hilary said...

Pip, I an so glad something so happy happened on such a tragic day

Uji, Izzy, Ziggy + Missi said...

Fank Dogness yor Mama knewed yoo belonged togevva Pip, her was SOOOOOO rite abouts it too. Please gives her a big heap ovs smoochies from us cos wivouts her adoptin yoo wee woods not havs such a wonderful furiend in our lives.
Wee lovs yoo Pip n yor Mama too
Lovs
Uji, Izzy, Ziggy, Missi, Momma Tea, Da Popster & Persephone da Pigeon
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

rottrover said...

Mr. Pip! Happy, Happy belated Gotcha Day! We totally scored, huh?

-Ruby

Madi and Mom said...

My dear Mr Pip
Clearly TLC works magic!
You are the most handsome 13 yearoldStatesmanwe know and you wears Bowie better than any2 or4 legger we know
lots of love, hugs to you and your family
Your BFFF
MADI

3 doxies said...

I knows dis story and it still makes me a sobby mess...snot rag please! Nows we ain't gonna tells nobuddy bout my emotional state.
I am so thnkful dat you is in da perfect home with such carin' peeps dat loves you more than anything.

Thank you to Red Door furs bein' there in your time of need. And as always, I'll be heres fur you now...hehehe.

Puddles


Nola said...

YOu found the perfect home
Nola

Kari in Vegas said...

So glad you are happy :)

Stop on by for a visit
Kari
http://www.dogisgodinreverse.com

The Furries of Whisppy said...

What a happy story! You look positively happy in the "AFTER" pictures. We're so happy for you and your family. :)

Ruby said...

Since I'm fairly new to the blogville world, I have never heard that story Pip.
I would have never thought such a happy, peppy, rugged pup like yourself would have been anything but.
I am so thrilled your Moms decided you belonged with her furever. Shes a hero.
(BTW: you don't look a day over seven!) Do you use botox???

Kisses,

Ruby

Nicole and Macho said...

That is a happy story, and we love happy stories! We are glad that you get to celebrate the day that you were rescued, as that's how we celebrate Macho every year!

Nicole and Macho

Murphy said...

We are so happy you and your mom saved each other!

Your friends,

Murphy & Stanley

Lulu said...

aw Pip, to hear about your new life just makes my heart glow! I'm so grateful to your mummy and to the red door rescuers. Big hugs from me and licks from my little girl Stevie Nicks, you two are just the right size for a play! xxx

Jo's World said...

"Cheers to Happy Endings"
You got that right, Pip, me and my Mom know all about it, just like you and your Mom do.

Kisses,
Stella

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Oh PIP! You have me crying like a baby. I don't like to read sad stories... my heart is too sensitive but your happy ending is just the best!!!

Many more happy years, my friend!

What a blessing you are to your family and them to you!

Corbin said...

Pip! The world is such a better place with you in it! I'm so thankful those sad, pathetic excuses for humans threw you away, because the bigger plan was for you to find a better home! You hit the jackpot my friend, and I'm so happy I found you to take a small part in your life!
-Corbin

Remington said...

Awesome, my friend!

Kitty+Coco said...

So glad you got an awesome furever home my friend. You live the high life well!!

Kitty+Coco

tubby3pug said...

Pip that is such a beautiful story. You are so lucky to have such a wonderful forever home and your mom is so lucky to have found you!

urban hounds

Poppy said...

What a great story. I'm so glad there was a happy ending for you and your mom.

Poppy

Mitch and Molly said...

What a wonderful story and we LOVE that last picture of you, Mr Pip! You are so handsome!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

Maggie Mae and Max said...

Pip,

Your gotcha story is one of da best, we will never get tired of hearin' it. :)

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae and Max

dw said...

Oh Pip, I missed your Gotcha Day! Happy Belated Gotcha Day! I've been a bit busy. See, being a puppy is real tough - there's so much to learn, and so many new things to experience and so many blowing leaves to chase. I'm not always perfect, but I'm learning. One of these days I know I'll be as good a pup as you are, Pip! Hope your day was good!

Riley (and Karen)

brandi said...

Oh, Pip, what a story *sniff*. I like happy endings *sniff*.
Wait, I AM a happy ending too! Rescuers ROCK!
I'm glad you found your furever home, Pip. Hope you had a really good day celebrating your family.

The Island Cats said...

Pip, knowing that you have been in such a happy home for the past 11 years makes us smile!

Amber DaWeenie said...

This is such a hap-pee story and you are right where you belong. Life is good that way.

:o)

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful story of love with us Pippy.
I want to wish you a belated happy gotcha day too,.
love
tweedles

Jazzi said...

Happy Gotcha Day Pip,
That was a great ending to a sad story. I am so glad that you have a happy home and yes, you look just wonderful. Have a great day!!

wags
jazzi and addi

The Cat From Hell said...

Wow Pip! Me did not realize yous and mes was so much alike! We is so very lucky!
Kisses my friend
Nellie

Cotton said...

Happy endings are the best <3
And I, too have a sad story... but a happy ending!!!
Cheers to you Pip and have a great Gotcha day,
Cotton

Roo said...

Pip you and your Mom are the silver lining on that very dark day. So glad you are my furiend :)

Waggin at ya,
Roo

Jeanne Pursell said...

Hey Pip! We are so very happy for both you and your family that you all met on that fateful day!! We are so happy to be your friends!! LadyBug is a rescue too!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Pip, it was a tragic day but at the same time a most wonderful day cause you found your loving and forever home. We can't believe how different you looked. HOpe your weekend is a grreat one little mate. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

Shelle Pennington said...

I missed saying Happy Birthday!! My email said your birthday was 9/24!!! Boooo!!!

Hope your day was fangtastic, cause you are amazing!

Shelle, Milo, Dixie and Newby,
http://simpaticodreams.blogspot.com/

Bocci said...

Happy belated gotcha day, Mr. Pip! We enjoyed your beautiful post...

Bobby said...

We are so pleased you found each other, Happy gotcha day.
Licks Bobby

Rykers Boyz n Allie said...

Pip you look so dapper in that last photo, dude! Concats again on finding yourself such a pawesome forever home!

Alien said...

You are one class act!

Happy belated Gotcha Day, buddy. We will have to celebrate at my favorite martini bar.

Yours,

Oskar said...

What a wonderful story!

Nubbin wiggles,
Oskar

KB said...

Oh Mr. Pip! Congrats on the best day ever! You and your mom were meant to be... Wow, are you handsome!

Happy happy Gotcha Day.

Lorenza said...

I know you suffered a lot before coming to live with your family... but sure it was the best thing happening to you!
You are a super important member of your family and you get all the love and attention you deserve!
Have a great weekend!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

What Remains Now said...

I did not know your story, Pip. I'm so glad you found your wonderful home so you could shine. A beautiful reminder about the light in us all.

Wyatt said...

Now, the whole world loves you, Pip!
Happy Gotcha Day!

Wyatt and Stanzie

Shawnee the Shepherd said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Pip! And may you has many, many, many more!

Carol said...

Pip we couldn't be happier for you. We love your story, thank you for sharing it with us. Mom says we can each have a special treat because of your grand life.

The silvers and more

Katz Tales said...

What a great ending Pip! You are lucky and so's your mum to have you. Meow from all of us! Au, Target and Guido.

2browndawgs said...

What a wonderful story. But really who could resist your charm Pip!

haopee said...

Oh Pip. You're one lucky hot dog. You got a family to love you and a lot of blogger friends to greet you on your gotcha day.

We are glad that you're life has been good to you.

Huggies and Cheese,

Haopee

Father Tom said...

Pip, that brought us to tears, but you said to keep things happy, and we will :) I'm glad things worked out so well for you all!

Hugs,
Tom

Lydia Criss Mays said...

Pip, today you've captured the very essence of seeing beautiful. It gave me chills. I will remember you and smile every September 11th!

Happy seeing beautiful!

HoundDogMom said...

Pip, did you know that today was National Cheeseburger Day! Here is a link to the details. http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2012/09/18/national-cheeseburger-day/?hpt=hp_c2

Sniffs, The HoundDogs

P.S...We know Jazzi has a Taco Day for us maybe you can do a Cheeseburger Day next time. BOL

LP said...

Pip, we will definitely drink to your happily ever after!! You did indeed land in the lap of love :)
And we are happy to call you friend!

the critters in the cottage xo

Smile With Your Tail said...

Your Mom and you are both lucky to have each other, Happy 13th Birthday Pipster!

slobbes

Lovable Lily said...

Oh happy day! We love ya Pip.

Hugs,
Lily Belle & Muffin

Marg said...

Well we are only six days behind. But Happy Gotcha day to you Pip. Hope you had a good day and we know you did because you couldn't have found a better home if you had tried. You are a very lucky boy. Have a good Thurs.

dArtagnan Rumblepurr/Diego Hamlet Moonfur said...

Pip my friend, I'm so sorry to be late to wish you a happy birthday. I am so very grateful to your mummy for giving you the life you deserve.

Rumblemummy is really choked up reading your story, and she wants to thank your mummy too.

All the best Pip, for many more years.

Max the Quilt Cat said...

Happy Birthday wonderful friend. I just read on Frankie's blog that you had a birthday. Well, celebrate all month, pal.

hugs, Max, Bugsy, and Knuckles.

Cat said...

We heard it was your birthday Mr. Pip so we popped by to give you our very best wishes :-)

Winnie said...

Oh PIP!! What a beautifully written Post and how true that there is always hope for everyone however sad things seem.

(You were quite the little mop top, weren't you? I like your handsome short hair cut best).

Love and licks, Winnie.

Katie and Glogirly said...

Pip, that is a very special story. The eyes are leaking...but in a very good way.

Happy Gotcha Day! We are so happy you and your mom found each other's love.

xo, Katie & Glogirly

Bobbi said...

((((HUGS)))) from Gracie and me! Mr. Pip, your story is so sad yet so uplifting and has such a happy ending!! Happy Gotcha DAy (late... sorry). We love you Pip!!

Sue said...

Happy Gotcha Day. Sorry we're late but our Mom's brain is a little scattered lately.
Morgan, Sebastian and the Porties

Andrea and the Celestial Kitties said...

What a wonderful story of hope! Happy gotcha day you beautiful doggie!

Alasandra, The Cats and A Dog said...

Happy Belated Gotcha Day Pip, we would much rather remember it as your gotcha day then that other stuff. Hope you had a wonderful day.

Tina T-P said...

Hi Pip - I am a friend of Jan's Funny Farmers and stopped by to wish you a happy day. Hope it was full of joy for you and your family! T.

meowmeowmans said...

Happy Belated Gotcha Day, sweet Pip! We are so glad you gotcha'd such a wonderful, loving home, and wish you many, many happy years with your forever family!

Whskr & Dash Kitten said...

A late but heartfelt HAPPY BIRTHDAY to an amazing little Pip!!

Payton's mom said...

Pip! I'm sorry for being late to the party. I hope you had an awesome birthday with lots of treats and all your favorite things!
Love,
Christy

FiveSibesMom said...

Oh, Happy Belated Gotcha/Birthday, Pip! So happy your momma found her way to you! You are looking very snazzy decked out in that tux ready to celebrate! For September 11 being a dark day, you brought a beacon of light and love into your momma's life. Best wishes (and woos from the FiveSibes) for a wonderful year and many more! Hope you got to eat some cake!

Sankissjuice said...

Wah, what a touching story. I am sure yo received more than just a little love. You look so beautiful, it warms my heart.

Sankissjuice

Asta said...

Happy vewy belated Gotcha Day deew Pip(asta hangs her head in shame )
Evewytime I heew yoow stowy, i teaw up, but what diffewence LOVE can make
It's obvious that you awe whif the family you wewe aways meant to have. Thank dog you found each othew.

Smoochiest of kisses wif a lawge side owdew of Cheesebuwgew and fwies
Love
Asta

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