Pipi The Wonder Dog – Let’s Talk Pet Series

I just wanted to state before getting into the post that I will now be running my ‘Let’s Talk Pet Series’ Everything Tuesday AND Saturday (instead of Fridays) as I want to keep my Fridays open for Giveaways.

Today’s guest post is brought to you by the ever so lovely Kat who runs a fabulous and beautiful blog called Femenish.com and I highly recommend you check her blog out!

About Kat


I’m a fashion and wannabee travel blogger (femenish.com) from Auckland, New Zealand. I love chips, writing, reading and spending time with friends and family!

Pipi is the best dog in the world. Not joking. She’s my world, the one who comes to me when I’m upset and licks my tears away when I cry. Seriously, dogs are just the best. It’s true what they say, dogs are (wo)man’s best friend.

Some of you might be wondering why Pipi isn’t spelt ‘Pippi’ (as in Longstocking). The reason for that is because Pipi is a Maori word for an edible bivalve found in the sand in NZ. It’s pretty much like a clam. When I was little we would go hunting in the wet sand at the beach for Pipis (not the dog). We’d cook them until they opened up and my dad would eat them, or we would crack them open and use them for bait when fishing.

It was dad’s choice to call our beautiful fox terrier Pipi. And I have to say it is the perfect name for her. When Pipi was little, her surrogate mother was our cat, Jessie. Jessie was a very no-nonsense, yet chill, cat who didn’t put up with any naughty behaviour from Pipi. I never thought a dog and a cat could get on so well, until I saw these two. When Jessie died, Pipi noticeably missed Jessie.

She has a cheeky nature and loves food (which dog doesn’t?). When she was little she’d run up and down the beach after the tennis ball or a stick. We ended up having to stop giving her tennis balls because she became obsessed with them and would just rip the fluff off them.

Pipi also has a love of chocolate, which we all know is dangerous for dogs (one time she ate a whole huge block of Toblerone, and ended up at the vet getting her stomach pumped). Let’s just say she has an expensive palette. These days, Pipi helps herself to the pears on the pear trees. This summer she was usually found down the back of the garden pulling the pears off the tree and eating them one by one.

When my parents came to visit me in the UK, they left Pipi with our trusted dog carer. Pipi loves going to her place, and Rapunzel (the dog carer) loves looking after her. However, one day Pipi managed to escape through a gate that the postman came through. Rapunzel got home and noticed Pipi was missing. My brother and sister texted me to say Pipi has gone missing and that people were looking for her. She was found outside a house on the North Shore in Auckland, not far from where she’d been staying. She was howling and terrified. The animal control picked her up and my grandparents went to collect her from the kennels the next day. My Oma and Opa said that she cried the whole way home and then ate two cans of sardines.

There were some funny aspects of the story. There was a rumour on Facebook that she’d been seen running over the Harbour Bridge and that a cop had tried to catch her, and that she was spotted running through Victoria Park.

We were all just happy that she was safe and well. To be honest, I thought I was never going to see her again. When she was found, I just felt so relieved. I actually thought that I would never see her again.

Things Pipi likes:

  1. Food.
  2. The beach.
  3. Sleeping.
  4. Going for drives.
  5. Waiting for crumbs to drop down off the table at cafes.

Things Pipi doesn’t like:

  1. Little kids.
  2. Busy places.
  3. Other dogs (when she was younger she was fine but now that she’s older she’s a bit nervy).
  4. When people appear out of nowhere and startle her.

Overall, Pipi is a dog who just loves being around humans. I’m pretty sure she thinks she is human too. Sorry Pipi…

Pipi seems like such a wonderful, care-free and spirited soul! Thank you so much for sharing your lovely pet story with us!

And don’t forget that you can still share yours too! Just send your story to my email: Littletinkable@Gmail.com –

Along with a short bio of your and/or your pet, any pictures you want added and social media handles/links.

And as always thank you so much for reading! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and don’t forget to take a little time out for yourself, even if it’s five minutes to breath in silence.

Puppy Love

Today’s pet story is told by the lovely Darcy.

Darcy of Preserving My Sanity lives in Minnesota with her husband, two dogs, one cat, four chickens, and a handful of goldfish. She and her husband enjoy cooking, gardening, food preservation, fishing, hunting, and camping. When they aren’t working on their hobbies, you might find them drinking a margarita together on their porch

I was 24 years old when I got my first dog as a Christmas gift from my boyfriend, and we drove in a snowstorm to pick her up.  She was a light blonde golden retriever, and she was perfect.  She was always the sweetest girl with the biggest heart, and I learned so much from her. During a hard and scary time in my life when my relationship ended, when I wasn’t sure what was next, she was with me.

We travelled for my job together for 6 months, as nomad pals. Everything we owned was in storage except what fit in my small car, and she hung out in her crate during the day while I went to work. In the morning and at night, we walked on the beach. She was always with me.

When I bought my first home, she and I spent the first night on her dog bed since my bed hadn’t yet been moved in. She escaped from the fenced in backyard that first week, and came to the front door scratching to get let in. She missed me whenever she wasn’t touching me, and she was so soft.

Her name was Dakota, and she loved to swim. When we went to the lake or to the beach, it was nearly impossible to get her to stop swimming. When it was time to leave, she would just keep jumping back in the water, just like the children at the swimming pool who continuously beg their parents for “just five more minutes!” She also loved peanut butter, stuffed animals, tennis balls, walks, snuggles, and her beagle sister.

When I met my (now) husband, she loved him just as much as if she’d always known him, and she loved it even more when she got to come along in the boat with us.  One time we were out fishing in the inlet and he cast his line out, and she jumped right off the boat to go fetch it. We struggled to drag her big wet butt right back up into the boat, and she didn’t do that again.

She was prone to cancerous lumps, like many golden retrievers. I continued to get them checked, and removed, and she was a pro at wearing the cone of shame. When she was 10 years old, she started having trouble regulating her body temperature and she was always thirsty. We took her to the vet and they diagnosed her with liver cancer, and said she had maybe about a year or so to live. I was so devastated. She ended up living 2 more years, until ultimately her body quit functioning properly and it was time to say goodbye.

I wrote this blog post: (https://preservingmysanity.com/2018/10/01/sweet-dakota/) about how to know when it’s time to say goodbye, as it was something I struggled the most with during the 2 years I knew she was sick.  I didn’t want her to suffer, but I also wanted her with me as long as possible. In the end, the decision came in the right timing and we said good-bye to our sweet girl.  We buried her in the yard, and planted a perennial garden there.

Today, we still have her beagle sister Mattie – who is 12 years old now and just had a (non-cancerous) lump of her own removed from her chest and is doing well.  We also have a 3-year old Brittany spaniel named Bill, who is a total stooge and character and reminds me of Dakota in so many ways. He is my buddy and I love him too.

My husband and I don’t have children, and I truly don’t see a time in my future where I won’t be the momma of 2 dogs. The saddest part of being a dog mom is that they don’t live as long as we’d like them to, but I will just love them as hard as I can while they are with me, until it’s time to recycle the love.

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