1. a person's closest friend
2. a French Bulldog named Pipi.
... description of Pipi: Pipi came to me after I met my first French Bulldog, Jules, at our Paris hotel. For 3 years I worked on convincing my husband that we needed a Frenchie in our lives, and when he finally caved, the search began. I combed the internet for any mention of a French Bulldog in the Twin Cities area until I received a message from a breeder in Minneapolis who said, "I have a little girl that nobody wants. She's small, has a hernia, and cannot be shown nor bred". That was all I needed to hear. Holly delivered Pipi to my home and she lived with us for 15+ years -- practically unheard of in the life-span of a French Bulldog.
I immediately knew Pipi would be special when I placed a cup of coffee with cream on the brick edging of my vegetable garden. When I turned to grab the cup, Pipi was there lapping it up. She was a total gourmand, It began with bananas and quickly escalated to my garden tomatoes. Pipi would disappear inside of my cherry tomatoes and when she reappeared her face was covered with tomato seeds. She was the reason we covered our plants with netting and finally planted all of the tomatoes in raised beds. Purple Cherokees were her favorite (as they are mine), and only days ago I saw her gazing up at one -- she still had an appetite. Salmon served with asparagus or haricots verts would be devoured by Pipi, but only if the vegetables were seared in olive oil -- always a requirement.
Pipi did everything with me. Went everywhere with me. And yes, slept with me. If I didn't have my arm around her during the night, or if I turned my back on her while we slept, she'd sit up and slap me with her paw. I would immediately hold her tight. She had all of us well trained.
Throughout Pipi's life, I would constantly ask for kisses, and whenever I did, she turned her head away from me. Pipi did not give kisses. Monday morning, Pipi woke me at 4 a.m., licking my face. She had never done that. I truly believe that she was telling me, I love you and it's time for me to go. It was time. I miss you, Pips! Thank you for 15 amazingly wonderful years.
I want to thank everyone who has left comments, emailed me and messaged me about Pipi, and want you to know how much I appreciated your comforting words. Pips was loved not only by me, but by everyone who knew her. She was truly one of a kind.
8/27/2015 02:24:18 am
I cried when I read your post today. I lost two within 6 months and vowed to "never" get another dog because it hurt so much. That lasted a few weeks and we have two again - rescued pit bulls. I love them more than I can tell you. I hope you decide to get another dog. I truly believe the best way to honor the pets we lose is to adopt another one and give them the same love.
8/27/2015 02:40:20 am
Patty -- I always vowed that when Pipi turned 9 I would look for the back-up Frenchie (I'd always read life expectancy was 9-12). I couldn't do it, however. If you haven't already figured it out, Pipi was a little princess. Our lives revolved around her. She would have been absolutely heartbroken if we had brought another Frenchie into the house. I couldn't do it. But I knew that after Pipi passed, I would have to get another. I have been corresponding with Pipi's breeder and just heard that the upcoming puppies next spring/summer will hopefully have Pipi's brother as the father! I would have a puppy from Pipi's aunt! Right now that makes me very happy.
8/27/2015 05:18:59 am
We adopted Nina first 2 years old and then we came upon another Pit that was very sick. Nina immediately started to "mother" Candy but took an immediate dislike to her brother so we took Candy. She ended up having 9 inches of her intestine removed because she ate a doll's head (she thinks she is a goat). They are inseparable and I shutter to think what is going to happen when we lose one of them. I am so happy that you are looking into getting another but don't wait too long. BTW our oldest son saw the vet bill from the operation and said you paid that for a dog!!! I told him I didn't have to pay for school, never borrows money, never talks back to me and never borrows my car, yes I paid that and would again.
8/27/2015 03:38:44 am
8/27/2015 05:57:36 am
Patty -- No question. We would do absolutely everything possible for our beloved dogs. I am going to patiently wait until next spring/summer for puppies will possibly be nieces and nephews of Pipi. That means the world to me. I am also going to do some traveling with my husband. I refused to anywhere anymore unless Pipi was traveling with us. I wouldn't leave her.
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