Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Pip, 2009 - 2012



We've not had a good week.  Last Thursday Pip had a stroke and we spent the last 5 days giving her 24-hour care; camping out with her in the lounge as it was the only room without any steps out to the garden.  Yesterday we sadly watched as the vet put her to sleep.  For a very active dog to go virtually blind and to lose her mobility so suddenly was extremely distressing for her and for us, so we decided we needed to put an end to it.

The house seems very empty this morning.


Pip and her brother, Kit (died in Canada, 2010), came to us from a rescue centre when they were about 6-7 months old in 1999.  They had been starved and beaten and they always remembered this.  Pip would stash food in hiding places around the house in case she needed it later ... and she only ever ate what was in her bowl when she was sure we were home for the day and could fill it up again.  Really not typical dog behaviour!


But then Pip wasn't your typical collie!  She loved sitting like this on the stairs.


And tennis balls were her favourite toy ... Kit got to keep all the chew toys (which he promptly tried to destroy - even the super strength kongs!), but the tennis balls were always Pip's.  Walking round the house could be a bit of a nightmare - either Pip was being a trip hazard on the stairs (you try walking downstairs with a full washing basket .. I fell over her more than once) or running into her tennis balls strategically placed to entice us to throw them for her or treading on piles of food from her stash!

We had a great time with both Pip and Kit.  Now that they're both gone we're going to take a while to adjust.  We definitely aren't planning on having any more dogs - moving house so much wasn't planned when we got the dogs 13 years ago and it is really unsettling for them, plus it turns out that I'm allergic (long story - hard to believe I didn't know that until 6 years ago!).  So we're going to have to get used to an emptier house and find new ways to exercise.  It'll take a while.

17 comments:

  1. Oh Fiona, so sorry to hear this. She looks like such a lovely dog, albeit with strange sitting habits! Those are lovely photos to remember her by.

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  2. So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you.

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  3. I am so, so sorry Fiona. Gosh it seems to be the week. Another blogger lost her dog as well. I think they are very lucky dogs though, to have had you in their lives for so long. Otherwise they probably wouldn't have lived this long. You made their lives happy. Focus on that. Sorry for your loss.

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  4. Dear Fiona, I'm so sorry for Pip! I can imagine that your home feels now so empty and you miss her so much. Pip and Kit were lucky to find you after their difficult first months. Also I'm sorry to hear about your allergia. You are in my thoughts! xxx Teje

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  5. So sorry Fiona. Thinking of you...

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  6. Beautiful photos to remember Pip by. Sorry for your loss. xxx

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  7. They are beautiful pictures, Fiona. I can imagine how empty the house feels now; I guess you have to remember how much you have enjoyed both Pip and Kit over the years, and what they brought to you. It takes a while to fill up the space in your lives, but you will.

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  8. Fiona, I am so sorry about your loss...(;*.*;)" Made me cry...(;*_*;)"""
    Pip looks so lovely ...
    I am also ULTRA SUPER DOGGY LOVER...and have my dogs... they are our family...
    I just think ... Pip (and Kit) were very HAPPY being with you...and I believe their spirits are always around you if you really want to talk to them in your heart.
    They just walked over the rainbow and seeing you always.
    I am praying for Pip and Kit and thinking of you...

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  9. I am so sorry. I know what a house is like when a dog is going and it just isn't the same. You have such beautiful memories of a beautiful dog!

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  10. Oh no, so sorry about Pip Fiona... such sad news.

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  11. Sorry for your loss Fiona. They are family, aren't they, doggies? x

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  12. Crochet with Raymond4 February 2012 at 08:50

    sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful dog, your photos of her are just gorgeous, blessings for you to remember her always. So sad that she and her brother had such a rough start to their lives, and lucky they found you to give them so much love until they passed away into heaven.
    XXXXX

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  13. Hi Fiona, have been thinking of you and hope you are going okay as you get used to life without Pip. My (black lab x kelpie) is called Pip too (Pippi). Your Pip looks very lovely,

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  14. Oh Fiona I was so sad to read this. I had to fight back the tears as I was in public.
    Funnily enough Bud doesn't eat his food or even treats we leave when we go out, he saves them until we get back.
    Pip looks adorable. And at least Pip and Kit found you two to look after them. Love the bottom pic with the tennis balls, looks like Pip is saying 'Hey these are mine what do you think you're doing with that hand?' xx

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  15. So sorry to read about your loss. I can only imagine what you are going through. Pip was gorgeous and I am sure you will treasure your memories of her always.
    Take care,
    Angela

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  16. Hope you are doing OK, Fiona Take care...

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  17. Hey there Fiona,

    I am so sorry to hear about Pip, it sounds like she was an amazing dog. Take it easy friend.

    xxh

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