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Friday, February 19, 2016

Birthday Greetings From Pillow Pip


My daughter turns 10 today.  Somehow we have arrived at the double digits. No idea how this happened, but here we are.

The picture above was taken on her second birthday.  Part of me will always see her as this little cutie pie with her best friend at her side. Even though their matching coats are now forever packed away.
Long time readers will remember that Pip and my daughter were inseparable.  He was by her side from birth on – through colicky nights, dress up tea parties, wagon rides to the park, Sesame Street and Sponge Bob.  When she learned something new, he was the first one she would share it with.  He helped her make friends, comforted her when she was sick, and made her smile when I returned to full time work. As an only child, she believed Pip was her older brother and somehow he understood and embraced his new role with gusto.



Pip’s last few years were rough. He had enlarged heart and a host of other issues.  There were many close calls, but he always fought to stay with us a little longer. But on October 19, 2013, he was too tired to fight and we finally let him go.
My daughter was heartbroken. But as time passed, she started to heal and could talk about him without crying and sometimes even while smiling and laughing.  Her room is still decorated with pictures of Pip, but her life is now full of friends, activities, and her new love, Ruby. Sometimes I worry that Pip will become a distant memory and their bond will slowly fade.  

I discovered this big guy on a Groupon and knew he would make the perfect birthday gift. Pillow Pip is twice the size of original Pip and kind of like a giant superhero Yorkie.  



She has been holding Pillow Pip since he arrived yesterday. Guess I don't need to worry so much about her forgetting Pip.


Ruby thinks Pillow Pip is pretty awesome, too.
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45 comments

  1. That is an adorable photo of your daughter and Pip. She'll always have fond memories of him, even though they may fade with time. (And maybe they won't.) The pillow Pip is really cute. I hope she had a great birthday!

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  2. That is an adorable photo of your daughter and Pip. She'll always have fond memories of him, even though they may fade with time. (And maybe they won't.) The pillow Pip is really cute. I hope she had a great birthday!

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  3. Happy 10th Birthday, little girl :) I think the memories will never fade. What touches the heart lives on forever <3 Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend :) <3

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  4. What adorable photos and what an awesome pillow! Happy 10th Birthday to your daughter!

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  5. Hari OM
    We never forget - it just hurts less, which is fine; that b'day gift, though, is filled with a Love beyond words! Happy Birthday to The Daughter and well done mum &*> YAM xx

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  6. What a lovely way to keep Pip's memory alive. Wishing your daughter a very happy birthday!

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  7. I luffs this post, such wonderful memories. I do not finks you haf to worry, Pip sounds like a wonderful Fella and will always be in all your hearts
    Happy Burfday to your Daughter
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  8. Pillow Pip is perfect...at least as perfect as you can get without having the real Pip. Happy Birthday to your daughter. I am sure she will never forget her first best friend.

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  9. Happy Birthday to your little girl, they are so fun at that age, she will never forget her first love, and Pip has laid a foundation for her relationships with all her dogs for the rest of her life. He was truly a one of a kind. We love that pillow. stella rose
    p.s. everytime we look across the street and see that civil war cannon we think of pip and puddles.
    stella rose

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  10. Pillow Pip is amazing!! What a special present.

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  11. One thing you NEVER forget is your first furbaby - I still remember mine some 50 years later and I am sure your daughter will always remember Pip too

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  12. It's so ruff to lose your first bestest friend. The pillow is a cool way for your daughter to hold on to Pip. Happy birthday to your daughter and embrace the ups and downs of the double digits. BOL

    Aroo to you,
    Sully

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  13. What a wonderful gift and beautiful tribute to your daughter's first best friend and furbaby, Pip. This was such a great idea on your part, and it's obvious your daughter loves it. Thank you for sharing this with us, and a very happy birthday to your daughter!

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  14. Oh I so remember the bond between Pip and Madleine. That was something and what fun to see them together again. Pip was just the best. That pillow is just terrific. I feel sure Madeline will never forget Pip. So a very Happy Birthday to that cute little girl.

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  15. What a great way to keep Pip's memory close!

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  16. What a great first picture! Adorable
    Happy Birthday to youuuuu
    Lily & Edward

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  17. Happy birthday to her!

    And my momma lost her first pup when she wuz 6 - those speshul memories never fade.

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  18. They do grow so quickly, but Pip will ALWAYS be in her memories. Do you ever forget your first dog and companion? Happy Birthday...remember to share the cake with Ruby.

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  19. Happy Birthday to your "little" girl - in your heart she will always be just that:) What a great way to remember Pip. Have no fear, she will not forget. All three of Mom's grown children remember very well and very fondly all the Angels that were their pets at very young ages:)

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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  20. Little Miss Madeline is NOT so Little any longer.... HAPPY BIRFDAY Sweetie...
    We have thoroughly enjoyed watching you grow up...
    AND we KNOW that PIP will ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS be in your ♥ Heart!!!

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  21. OMD you have made our mom cry. what a precious gift and wonderful memories
    Happy Birthday Sweetie
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  22. ruby...a very happy birthday to your "big sis".....this post is totally awesome, as are the photos, we can't even begin to pick a favorite from this slide; here's to ice cream and cake and pillows and happiness ♥♥♥

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  23. My goodness how time flies! What happen to that little girl? :)

    I don't think that she will ever forget the bond she had with Pip, but I love the Pillow to have something to hold on to.

    Happy Birthday Pip's little sister!

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  24. I love Pillow Pip!!! Mommy was super crazy for Pip and she wants to give the pillow a hug. That is so very nice for your daughter.


    Ziggy Out!!

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  25. We love the Pip pillow! What a great gift for your little human. Happy Birthday to her.

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  26. That is so wonderfully beautiful! Happy birthday to your daughter! BTW, at the BAR we are doing a Remembrance Ceremony and you might want to enter a photo fo Pip so he can be included. He was well loved by many!

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

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  27. This made me choke up a little. What a sweet and wonderful thing for your daughter. I'm sure she'll keep it close forever--I would!

    Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

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  28. Happy Birthday to your little girl. We agree,, she will never forget Pip..
    The pillow is perfect..just perfect,,,
    and she has made room in her heart for Ruby,, that shows how much her heart has grown.
    love
    tweedles

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  29. That is so cool. Pip was so cool. No one will ever forget PIP.

    Wyatt

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  30. Thats awesome. She will never forget Pip and neither will we. He was one cool guy and We will always remember meeting Pip for Tacos.

    Diana and Oreo

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  31. I'm crying...

    I love the picture of her at two with pip... but her holding pillow pip makes my heart melt. I believe Pip will always be with her....

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  32. This is a beautiful post, a truly beautiful tribute to an important connection. Pip will always be remembered. Hugs.

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  33. I'm getting a little teary here. The legendary Big Pip will never be forgotten.

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  34. How sweet. Children and their pets do have a special bond.

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  35. What a perfect birthday present for your special girl.

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  36. Happy Birthday to your daughter!
    The pillow is adorable!
    Lynne x

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  37. What a wonderful gift!
    We love the photo and the pillow is such a cool idea...

    Noodle and crew

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  38. she was beautiful at 2 and even more beautiful ow.. and pillow pip is wonderful. Ruby looks so cute. the matching coats are good to jog her memory later on and this blog post to.

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  39. This was a most BEAUTIFUL post! Happy Happy Belated birthday to your daughter. I am sure that pillow will be a gift that will ALWAYS be cherished! And...she WON'T forget him, trust me. We had a dog when I was young named "Brandy" Brandy was there BEFORE I was born, she passed much too early (when she was 7), I was about 5 or 6 when she passed and I STILL remember her and I am one old lady!! I think it was Brandy who gave me my love of animals. (((hugs)))) DakotasDen

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  40. What a great way to continue honoring Pip! I never knew the little guy but I had a lot of love for him.

    Happy Belated Birthday to your daughter.

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  41. What great Photos! That is a perfect present!

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  42. What a super sweet story. Yea for Pip and all that he did for your family #blessed

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  43. Happy belated Birthday to your beautiful daughter! <3 I love pillow Pip! What a sweet heartwarming gift for her! :D

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