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Life Lessons with Mr. Pip

As you all know, we recently made the move from the big city to the suburbs. There have been some life adjustments for all of us – like how to fall asleep when it is SO QUIET!

 Somebody, PLEASE set off a car alarm so I can get some shut-eye.

Now, my mom has many fine attributes – she’s generous, hard-working, and super brave to the point of being crazy. She has traveled overseas by herself, moved to NYC without a dime to her name, etc. But when it comes to everyday tasks, she is clueless. That’s the thing about living in cities, you don’t really have to do ANYTHING for yourself because there is always someone there to do it for you. Not true, in the rest of the world.

So, for the next few Mondays, I’m going to help my mom adjust to life in “the real world” by sharing some basic life lessons.

Life Lesson One – Making Coffee. Now, my mom drinks LOTS of coffee, but she doesn’t actually know how to make it – although she’s quite good at ordering it!


First Step – Read Directions. My mom’s not big on reading directions so this step make take some extra time.



Step 2: Pause mid-air to impress the ladies with superhero form.



Step 3: Open lid



Step 4: Add coffee.



Helpful Hint: Take coffee out of can BEFORE adding. Who knew?



Step 5: Add water and close lid.



This concludes Life Lessons with Mr. Pip, Week 1. Tune in next Monday for even more good times.



  1. What Remains Now
    February 13, 2012 / 12:29 pm

    Pip…This is an excellent idea to share these tips. Also, I must mention again…You look wonderfully GQ. Smart, helpful and handsome.

  2. Hilary
    February 13, 2012 / 12:41 pm

    Pip, I love you… how lucky is your mom that she has you to teach her all this g'ood stuff

  3. Madi and Mom
    February 13, 2012 / 12:53 pm

    MOLMOLMOLMOLMr.Pip you are man of action and most definitely your Mom's hero. It is very manly to taken things into your own paws to be sure Mom's engine is filled with high test fuel each and every day.My handsome friend you are looking quite trim and fit and your furs are most fluffy,Hugs from your BFFF,madi

  4. 3 doxies
    February 13, 2012 / 1:11 pm

    Howevers would your mom function withouts you…and gets her caffeine high? I haves dis horrible image in my head bouts how dat coffee would taste if you hadn't haves helped your mom….make dat image go away puuuuulease!These fotos of you is incredibles!Puddles

  5. HoundDogMom
    February 13, 2012 / 1:33 pm

    BOL……You are so handsome. Sniffs, The HoundDogs

  6. Archie and Melissa
    February 13, 2012 / 1:37 pm

    oh my gosh pip!this si the cutest post we have ever seen!archie is taking notes so he can start making the morning coffee too!he figures he can maybe get his breakfast faster that way!thank you!xoxoxom & a

  7. Frankie Furter and Ernie
    February 13, 2012 / 1:38 pm

    OMD OMD…I'm thinkin that coffee maker company should HIRE YOU to give the directions… EVERYBUDDY would READ it then and do it RIGHT. You gave EXCELLENT instructions.Perfect VISUAL AIDES TOO!!!

  8. harrispen
    February 13, 2012 / 1:49 pm

    Pip, your mom is so lucky to have you around to help her. I must say you are looking super cute with your new hair cut.Cindy

  9. GOOSE
    February 13, 2012 / 1:56 pm

    Where would your MOM be without you Mr. PIP? I shutter to think of it. So how was that first up?Blessings,Goose

  10. Declan
    February 13, 2012 / 1:57 pm

    That's really very helpful mate. How would anyone manage without you?! Deccy x

  11. Sugar the Golden Retriever
    February 13, 2012 / 1:58 pm

    Woof! Woof! Great my mom makes lots of coffee too … she can only make one cup at a time. Yours seems to be very simple. Ours makes lots of noise especially when making all the bubbles for the milk. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  12. Beans4Biscuits
    February 13, 2012 / 2:46 pm

    Pip not only was I super impressed with your fab superhero form but you even has coffee-making skills!!! Is there anything Mr. Pip can't do? I don't think so!Sugar the Who

  13. Sam and Pippen
    February 13, 2012 / 2:55 pm

    You hafta take the coffee out of the can?!? No wonder mom's be grumpy in the mornings!Sam and Pippen

  14. dw
    February 13, 2012 / 3:15 pm

    Gee Pip, I'm glad you're helping your mom with this!! And if you ever have a hankering to come to the city for some comforting noise, I'm on the north side and you're welcome to listen to the trucks go by!!

  15. Ronnii, Uji & Izzy ( & Momma Tea )
    February 13, 2012 / 3:24 pm

    OMD Our Moms wood go doolali wivsout her coffee stuffs. Wee is sure too hers wood bee a bigs GRUMPIBUTT wivsout it tooLovIzzyxxxx

  16. Remington
    February 13, 2012 / 3:48 pm

    Coffee is a BIG thing for Beth — she REALLY likes it! You gave perfect instructions in case I need to make it one morning….thank you, my friend!

  17. Amber DaWeenie
    February 13, 2012 / 3:49 pm

    Pip…me thinks you needs to run on down to da coffee shop and put in an application. Dey would hires you on da spot. Oh, but den who would help your Mom get her daily fix?

  18. Bouncing Bertie
    February 13, 2012 / 3:56 pm

    Excellent tips Pip. Next week, the perfect cappuccino?

  19. LP
    February 13, 2012 / 3:57 pm

    Your Mama sounds a lot like ours. She crossed Canada with little money and started school a day before the program started without even having a place to live or knowing anyone!Then she did it again when she studied in France (not a fast learner..)She also can't make coffee or cook. AND she had to adjust the opposite of your quiet by falling asleep WITH car alarms and ambulances and people cussin cause she lives in the city on a busy street now…Pip you sure look sweeter than sugar in your little coat and we learned how to make coffee!!the critters in The Cottage xo

  20. SASS....Sammy Andy Shelly Sierra
    February 13, 2012 / 4:08 pm

    MOL…….you are so adorable, Pip…….xxxxxxxxxxx

  21. brandi
    February 13, 2012 / 4:20 pm

    You are so talented!Don't tell your mom, but there is a vending machine in our lobby that has coffee. Mama CHEATS.

  22. Stewey
    February 13, 2012 / 4:34 pm

    Pip – I am so impressed with your coffee-making skills! Stewey

  23. houndstooth
    February 13, 2012 / 4:37 pm

    Hee hee! You mean there's no Starbuck's around the corner now? I'm surprised your mom doesn't have one of those fancy K-cup coffee makers that are all the rage. My humans don't drink coffee, so I don't have to worry about teaching them this important life lesson, but I am sure there will be others! I don't know how your mom gets by without you!BunnyP.S. Nice Greyhound stretch there over the coffee machine!

  24. Carol
    February 13, 2012 / 4:57 pm

    BOL You can make coffee Wow. We are impressed with your skills.The silvers and more

  25. Marg
    February 13, 2012 / 5:04 pm

    Oh Pip, that is hysterical and we sure like your pose in mid air. What good instructions those were especially taking coffee out of can. That is such a good idea. Our Mom wrote it all down. She sure didn't know how to do all that. You all will get to liking the country living. You are looking so handsome in your new clip. Take care.

  26. Nicole and Macho
    February 13, 2012 / 5:11 pm

    You're so helpful Pip! You should tell your mom to look into buying a Keurig. It makes coffee making very, very easy :)Nicole

  27. 3 doxies
    February 13, 2012 / 5:26 pm

    I just wokes up from my nap so nows I is gonna graps a cup of coffee if you don't mind. Does you haves any cream? I'll takes just a little dab of cream pleas.Puddles

  28. rottrover
    February 13, 2012 / 5:47 pm

    Pip!! Who knew? You are very worldly, fur sure!! Our publicist is a coffee FREAK! She has to have everything with the coffee-maker just so before she goes to bed – no matter how tired she is. SHEESH! It's not like it's FOOD or something!You look extremely handsome today and your foto lady did a great job!!-Bart and Ruby

  29. Two French Bulldogs
    February 13, 2012 / 5:51 pm

    Pip she better start listening to you. You better blast the TV so you can all get some sleepBenny & Lily

  30. Brian
    February 13, 2012 / 6:32 pm

    I have this feeling that she will learn a lot from you Pip!

  31. Nola
    February 13, 2012 / 6:35 pm

    BOL great lesson Pip!Dachshund Nola

  32. Anonymous
    February 13, 2012 / 7:07 pm

    OMD Pip I gots NO idea HOW your Mom lives without YOU!Dang good thing you is there to teach her the basics of life in the burbs.Happy Valentine's Day!woos, Tessa

  33. Dip-Dip and the Bridge
    February 13, 2012 / 8:02 pm

    Pip, you are more intelligent than most humans we know!Your coffee making skills are pawsome.We think your mum is very brave to move to New York without a dime and travel overseas.Hope the noise levels increase so you manage to get a bit of sleep, BOL!Dip Bridge and Elliot x

  34. Anonymous
    February 13, 2012 / 8:17 pm

    Oh, Pip, THANK YOU! I'm gonna show my mom your postie right away cuz guess what? SHE doesn't know how to make coffee either! My dad always makes it or the nice peoples at Starbucks makes it for her. I think maybe the part she's missing is taking the coffee outta the can first.You are so super duper helpful!Wiggles & Wags,MayziePeeS. I liked how you paused mid-air. Most Impressive.

  35. Kirsten (peacefuldog)
    February 13, 2012 / 8:24 pm

    I need a dog like you around to help with those mundane everyday tasks. My dogs aren't so much help.

  36. Jazzi
    February 13, 2012 / 8:25 pm

    Gee…Pip…good thing she has you there to show her what to do. What has she done without you all those years?? Good job buddy!!wagsJazzi and Addy

  37. 2browndawgs
    February 13, 2012 / 8:58 pm

    Thank goodness your mom has you to show her how to do these things. Thank goodness you (mostly) know how to do them. You are one smart doggie Pip.

  38. Asta
    February 13, 2012 / 9:10 pm

    Dawling PipThank dog you'we awound to help out youw Mom..Mommi would be equally clooless if she didn't live in a city and dog fowbid it be weely quiet, she would fweeek.I hope that coffee lesson wowks and youw Mom doesn't have to go into wif dwawalsmoochie kisssesASTA

  39. Kitty+Coco
    February 13, 2012 / 9:21 pm

    Pip, Mom says if you can get us to make coffee for her she will pay you a lifetime of kibbles. She is kinda drooling in fact. Odd lady. She likes her lattes. You are a great barrista.Kitty+Coco

  40. sprinkles
    February 13, 2012 / 11:10 pm

    You are so smart, Pip! Maybe I should drop out of college and just pay you to teach me everything I'll ever need to know. I rather like ordering cappuccinos though so I think I'll skip the coffee making portion. Plus, I'm really good at ordering.Your new 'do is so cute!

  41. Kippy Marrie
    February 13, 2012 / 11:52 pm

    Pip… Que graça voce ensinando sua mamis a fazer café…. Que habilidade. Até eu aprendi também, muito obrigada por ensinar. Virei sempre aqui para aprender coisas novas.Meu blog está em festa e quero que voce vá lá para participar. Estou muito alegre por conquistar 500 amiguinhos seguidores, e voce faz parte desta festa.Venha comer bolo comigo e meus amigos, ok? Estou te esperando com muito amor e GRATIDÃO.OBRIGADA por sua amizade.Ótima semana e fica com o Papai do Céu.Aus 1000 e Beijos 1000 com carinho das amigas …KIPPY & LILLY

  42. Anonymous
    February 14, 2012 / 12:16 am

    Pip – you have followers who speak a foreign language. Did you know that? No hablo espanol. It is espanol, isn't it? Now about this coffee making business… wow, is there no end to your talents???

  43. Kari in Vegas
    February 14, 2012 / 12:17 am

    Today we had to weed the lawn becaue our HOA said it was too much. Forgot we don't live in a big city with no front yard anymore…Stop on by for a visitKari

  44. The Island Cats
    February 14, 2012 / 12:31 am

    Pip, what a big help you are!

  45. Wyatt
    February 14, 2012 / 1:02 am

    What! No Starbucks in your suburb?..Haha!How far out did you move? It's a good thing that you are there to help, Pip.Wyatt

  46. ♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥
    February 14, 2012 / 1:20 am

    Wow, Pip, we are very impressed with our life skills. Do you know how to make a good cup of tea? Our Mom loves a good cup of hot tea, but she is always complaining that it just doesn't hit the spot!Woos – Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  47. Maggie Mae
    February 14, 2012 / 2:00 am

    Pip,We lives in da 'burbs but our street is a busy one so we is use to noise too. 🙂 Our mom needs "white noise" to sleep, her doesn't like it when it is quiet. See you at da pawty!Woofs and Licks,Maggie Mae and Max

  48. Tucker The Crestie
    February 14, 2012 / 2:12 am

    Wow, very good lessons! Thanks, Pip!

  49. Bassetmomma
    February 14, 2012 / 2:31 am

    Oh Pip, what a handsome helper you are. Thank goodness your Momma has you! LOL!

  50. Tweedles -- that's me
    February 14, 2012 / 2:32 am

    Hi PipYou are so smart! I just cannot believe it! What a big help you are to your momma! Thank goodness that you know how to read directions and follow them!Your a big help for sure.Now you need more treats,, errr, I mean a cheeseburger!lovetweedles

  51. Shawnee the Shepherd
    February 14, 2012 / 2:34 am

    Wow. Mom makes coffee afore her feet hit the floor in the morning but I nefur akshually knew furstpaw how it woz done. I may need to assist her on those mornings when she messes up making the coffee coz she still be half asleep so this informashun do be furry helpful. Like sometimes she gets hawt water with no coffee in it. Udder times she furgets to put the cup in the machine and we has a coffee waterfall down the cabinets… Sigh.

  52. Berts Blog
    February 14, 2012 / 2:59 am

    Pip, first I must ask how your diet is going and if you are feeling better. You look like you are doing great.Secondly, The lesson on making coffee was good, but My Vickie is waiting for the one on how to level the toilet.This country living is difficult sometimes……

  53. The Cat From Hell
    February 14, 2012 / 3:22 am

    Hey Pip!Coffe making 101! Who knew you knew! Me is very impressed!KissesNellie

  54. jen
    February 14, 2012 / 4:13 am

    That is a great Life Lesson Mr Pip! Really it is because I don't know how to make coffee!

  55. Sweet William The Scot
    February 14, 2012 / 4:23 am

    I'm with Wyatt on this one. I got news for you Mr. Pip, if there is not a Starbucks around the corner most likely you don't live in the burbs. You have been transported to the moon.Sweet William The ScotPsss ~ You need more proof that rocketship of a grooming van thats the transport.

  56. 24 Paws of Love
    February 14, 2012 / 4:36 am

    Them backwoods living is shooore different then that city slicker living, ain't it??Hope your momma figure out that coffee machine before she really started wigging out!! 🙂

  57. STELLA and RORY from Down Under
    February 14, 2012 / 4:42 am

    Pip, thank goodness your mum has you to help her. Sheesh, we hate to think how she would cope without you little buddy. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

  58. Jo's World
    February 14, 2012 / 5:08 am

    Hey, Mr. Pipinski! You look sooo handsome in your new haircut and your black jacket, you could get by with telling your Mom almost anything.Keep up the excellent work!Your Pal,Stella from Up Over

  59. tubby3pug
    February 14, 2012 / 12:37 pm

    What a great idea! When our mom, the coffee fiend, lived in Manhattan she couldnt make coffee either. She would just go right outside the door and down the blog and buy some. When we moved to Jersey City she had to learn to make her own. Yikes! There were several disasters.We are jealous that you moved to the 'burbs even though we are the urban hounds we wold love to move to the suburbs or the country and get a nice big yard. WE stay in JC b ecause its a shorter commute for mom and dad so we are not alone as long. They say a total move and career switch out of NYC would be impractical for mom at this point, something about union benefits and an early retirement plan.

  60. Anonymous
    February 14, 2012 / 5:46 pm

    Happy Valentine's Day Pip!! Again, do you know how adorable you are? What a nice little boy you are to help out your mom. We went through the same thing when we moved from a Los Angeles suburb (where we lived our whole lives) to out in the country in Missouri. So many things to learn about the country life. Talk about culture shock! After six years we now live in a Phoenix suburb. Now it wasn't because we didn't love the country life, because we did, we just couldn't handle the cold and the snow. Anyway, I'm excited to see all your life lessons – especially with your adorable pictures!

  61. Alien
    February 14, 2012 / 8:42 pm

    So that is how you make coffee….See you at the V-Day party! Yours,

  62. Ryker The Tonkinese
    February 14, 2012 / 9:08 pm

    Allie: *dreamy sigh* ooooh you have SUPERhero powers! FaRADaY: yeah yeah, let's get to the GOOD stuff, Allie. Yoo TOTALLY rocked it, Pip, tellin' Mom how ta work the percolaty thing. (was it drinkable?)

  63. 3 doxies
    February 14, 2012 / 10:03 pm

    Does you knows theres is a pawty goin' on? We can't has a pwty withouts Pip!WHERES YOU AT???????Puddles

  64. Jan's Funny Farm
    February 14, 2012 / 11:32 pm

    Uh-oh, sounds like you have a lot of work ahead of you to train your mom to survive in the suburbs. Hang in there.

  65. Siku Marie, White Dog
    February 15, 2012 / 12:22 am

    Just what would your mom do without you? Maybe instead of teaching her to make coffee, you could just make it FOR her…nah!

  66. Madi and Mom
    February 15, 2012 / 12:28 am

    Happy Valentine's Day to you my sweet handsome brown-eyed manHugs Madi

  67. Alien
    February 15, 2012 / 12:39 am

    There you are! *Hiccup* Hmm….Why are there two of you? Did you play with my cloning machine? *Hiccup* I make the best martinis.

  68. Alien
    February 15, 2012 / 12:58 am

    Coffee Martini coming up!Here are the directions:1Pour your vodka into a shaker 1/2 full with cracked ice and shake a few times. (You can make ice with caffeinated water if you like).2Pour in Kahlua and stir gently to mix and while stirring slowly pour in your espresso.3Strain into two frozen martini glasses.4Add three COFFEE BEAN to each glass for garnish.5Serve with a CHEETO!

  69. Neeko
    February 15, 2012 / 2:14 am

    OMDogness my sweet Friend!You are soooo handy with that machine and so brave to get so close to it :o)Love your life lesson also your jacket is soooo Kool!You are my Hero!Later,Neeko :o)

  70. Suka
    February 15, 2012 / 4:30 am

    hey Mr. Pip,O.K., I am finding it hard to respond here because my human is still stuck on your first photo. She said you are so incredibly adorable she just wants to hug you! I am an Alpha Male, but I concur. You are adorable. :->That being woofed, I am not female (obviously) but even I am furry impressed by your mid-air pause. Great poise! I must master that trick!Kudos to your mom for being so brave and daring! And kudos to you for helping your mom adjust to normal, everyday life. You rock, Pip!Suka

  71. kissa-bull
    February 15, 2012 / 6:39 pm

    thank dog that you are going to be doing this our mommish needs tons of help wiff these most basic stepspibble sugarsthe pittie pack

  72. Coco Bean - The Princess
    February 15, 2012 / 7:27 pm

    i am now SO glad my mommy doesnt drink coffee…BUT she is REALLY good at ordering Chai Latte's from Starbucks!Tail Wiggles & Puppy Kisses,Coco The Princess

  73. Kristin G.
    February 25, 2012 / 3:11 pm

    You are a wealth of information Pip!! I'm not a coffee drinker, and try to avoid making it, as I don't like the aroma, (weird, I know) but I have seen it made many a time, and I was super impressed by your mid-air-pause. Nice!!

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