When Pippa passed, I wasn’t sure where our breeding program would survive this horrible loss. Really it was me who wondered if I could survive this horrible loss. Pippa came into our lives on Thanksgiving 2008. She was the chubbiest puppy and we fell in love with her immediately.
Pippa was an ‘old soul’. She was content being with Mark and me. Slow or double slow was her speed unless there was food involved. She definitely was a treat dog. She somehow could tell time and was always ready for her meals….on time!!!
Pippa had a short show career. She was too worried about other dogs we took with us. She couldn’t concentrate but did earn 2 points. I was so thrilled!!!
Pippa had 4 litters of puppies and was a great mom. After the last litter, Pippa became a certified therapy dog with Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Our first pet therapy opportunity was with the Council Bluffs School District. We week weekly to an elementary school and spent time with kids with disabilities such as autism. Pippa was a ‘lay down’ therapy dog allowing 2-3 kids to pet her at one time. Never once did she get upset with any of the youngsters petting her.
During the last 5 years, Pippa has been to many of the hospitals in Omaha and Council Bluffs, 3 CB schools, helped me with talks at local churches and senior facilities. Pippa was in the Council Bluffs parade, costume contests, and loved her outings to local ice cream shops.
Pippa’s life was cut short at only 9 years of age. We think she knew she was sick even though we didn’t until we took her to the vet. The autopsy determined she did not have cancer or a liver tumor and the liver damage was very recent leading us to believe she didn’t suffer. I was sent a picture of her sitting up in her kennel at the vet at 8:00 that morning. I thought we were out of the woods. We made it to the vet’s office and said our goodbyes.
We thank Pippa for all that she taught us. She was gentle, patient, happy with a blanket with holes in it, and didn’t care if she ate in the kitchen or the basement.
Good bye sweet Pippa. Wait for us at the Rainbow Bridge…..till then, love Mom and Dad