The Daily Pip

Promoting rescue, adoption and second chances for dogs, cats, bunnies, and their peeps

About Us

The Daily Pip is an award-winning lifestyle pet blog, promoting rescue, adoption, and second chances for dogs, cats, bunnies and their people. I post an eclectic mix of inspiring rescue and adoption stories, personal reflections on my life with animals and midlife comeback, and a whole bunch of random furry cuteness. 

Animal Rescue Rocks

First and foremost, I blog about rescue animals, my own as well as others I find inspiring. I am a huge advocate for animals with special needs and those viewed as less adoptable: seniors, those with chronic medical conditions, behavioral or temperament issues, as well as misunderstood pets like pit bulls and black cats.

Bottom line: I want more people to adopt and I want to broaden the definition of what makes animals adoptable.

Ruby and her assistant are the team behind The Daily PIp

Second Chances Are Amazing

My love of all things furry has been the one constant in my life, and I have been rescuing animals and other broken things, ever since I can remember.

But sometimes dreams get pushed to the back burner (because, life) and you wake up and realize you are kind of lost. For 46 years I played things safe. I hid in plain sight, stayed quiet, settled for less and was so weighed down with regrets I couldn’t breathe.

And then on October 19, 2013, my dog (and soul mate) Pip passed away and left me completely shattered. I had two choices: fall off a cliff into depression or back away from the ledge and start over. I chose the latter.

Starting over meant making time every day (no excuses) to focus on what mattered to me – writing, helping animals, and making people laugh. I worked crazy hard for four years and in July 2017 I left my day job behind and now support myself (modestly) as a writer. Do I still struggle? Yes, all the time. Have things magically worked out with a nice happy ending – almost, but not yet.

It's All About The Little Pips

Life is not supposed to be easy or perfect – often it’s crazy hard and complicated. But then there are the blissful, over-the-moon moments that make everything else tolerable. I now call these happy, unexpected, brief moments of peace and clarity ‘little pips’ and they are at the heart of The Daily Pip. 

I hope these tales (or “little pips”) will make you laugh, think, dream, cry, smile, rescue, adopt, and feel inspired to live a more compassionate life.


The Daily Pip Contributors

Ruby was removed from her former home because of severe neglect. While at Chicago's Animal Care and Control facility, she and several other dogs from the same location joined Safe Humane Chicago's Court Case Dog Program. Once her case was settled, she was transferred to a foster home and we adopted her several months later.

Likes: Cats, cuddling, long walks, playing fetch with her stuffies, dancing for treats, sharing a sunny window with Rosie, grilled-cheese sandwich crusts, and hanging out with us on the couch. Dislikes: Being home alone, feeling left out, raised voices, dominant dogs, new situations, and walking in rain or snow.

Rosie wandered into our backyard in July 2009. Only nine or ten months old, she already had multiple battle scars from her brief life on the streets and frostbite on both ears. In spite of her rough start, Rosie was not shy or feral. Basically, we opened the back door and in she walked, quickly assuming her natural leadership position in the household.

Likes: Food, sunny windows, food, photo-bombing Ruby, food, being bossy, food, boxing for treats. Dislikes: Portion control, following instructions, having her nails trimmed, keeping her eyes open during photos.

Lulu is a former classroom bunny. She refused to play nice with the kids and was abandoned at the end of the school year. Likes: hay, cilantro, basil, red leaf lettuce, parsley, chewing on paper plates while watching reality TV and Disney movies. Dislikes: changes in routine, children, being picked up, people messing with her stuff or invading her space.

Cranberry Cookie Mouse joined our family in November 2017. Likes: sitting in her food bowl and sleeping in toilet paper rolls. Dislikes: none that we have noticed.

The Original Little Pip (1999-2013)

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Jessica Claudio said...

Wow. Your gang all have wonderful stories. I look to following your adventures.

Fiona King said...

What a wonderful pack you have there. Muffin is also anxious around dogs and has lots of that terrier indepence! Ruby sounds lovely x

Squeedunk Cats and Z-Girl said...

It's nice to meet you and read about your journey. We have lots in common! Z-Girl from Squeedunk Cats.

Teri and her Cats ~ Coco the Couture Cat, Brighton, Disco NoFurNo, Kely and Sammy said...

Love your 'About' page and hope to keep up with your kitty & pup!

Shanna L. Tillery said...
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Shanna L. Tillery said...

Hi there--I just happened upon your blog via another's where you commented on grooming at Pet Smart (Pierre, the Scottie), and I could NOT RESIST saying 'hello' to another dog lover AND another PIP!! :D My Pip is an 11 y/o fawn & cream colored CKC Chihuahua I adopted 11 years ago this New Year's Eve. He's an only "child," and his name suited him perfectly when he picked me to adopt. :-) I'm SO HAPPY to see there was another little Pip-ster in the world--they are a chosen few! I'm so sorry for your loss... I don't know what I'd do without my Pip, so I just keep telling him he has to live FOREVER! And although my Pip is named after the character in Great Expectations, I sometimes tell inquisitive people that he used to sing backup for Gladys Knight! ;-) LoL. (Hope you know that reference or will look it up so I don't feel SO old!)
Waves & wags, Shanna Banana & Pip

Valentine said...

I think you and my Mom are kindred spirits, with many similarities in personality, interests and compassion for all animals. Both me and my dog sisfur are shelter pets, and the kitty before us was as well. As you know, shelter pets can make some of the best companions if more peeps just open
up their hearts as you do.

I hope Rosie & I can become good chat noir pals! I would love to have a bunny like your Lulu. Maybe I'll get one for Easter. That would be pawsome! So nice to read your blog! Mew Mew!"

Happy-Go-Doodle said...

Hello there! Congratulations on being selected as a 2017 BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose finalist. You have such a sweet fur-family. I'm going to enjoy reading your blog. Wishing you many more blogging successes in the future!

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