Three years ago today, we lost our sweet Pip. He was diagnosed in 2011 with heart disease and given six to twelve months. But he defied the odds and lived almost two more years. During that time, my mom battled cancer, my father had heart surgery and then a stroke, another family member was diagnosed with severe dementia, my daughter had her second surgery to correct a congenital birth defect, we bought and sold two houses, and moved twice.
Pip had an enlarged heart that was made worse by a partially collapsed trachea (the result of past neglect). But against all odds, he fought with all his terrier might to stay with us. And when we were finally settled in a permanent home and the various family medical crises were either resolved or stabilized, he let go. I still find it heartbreaking and sadly ironic that he died of heart disease, specifically an enlarged heart, because Pip was ALL heart. He had the biggest, most generous, beautiful heart of anyone, animal or human, I have ever known.
Here are a few of my favorite memories of Pip.
Pip was a true terrier and liked to stir things up from time to time.
He had the best sweater collection on the planet.
He was a dreamer of big dreams
He loved his friends
He loved making people laugh
and was a master of funny faces.
He had his own sense of style …
especially around the holidays.
He loved the water …
and his family.
Pip was frightened of small things, but incredibly brave when it mattered most. He was my “heart of hearts” and I miss him every single day. So many wonderful things have happened with the blog this year – I only wish he was here to share and celebrate with me.