It’s the start of Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge!
Meet Pippin. Yes, he came into our lives about the same time as The Lord of the Rings! Plus, they kind of have the same personality! LOL! Pippin showed up on our doorstep one weekend looking haggard, matted with burrs, and covered in fleas. He definitely picked us. He sat in our front yard just outside the picture window and barked and barked. I was afraid he would run away when I went outside and approached. Instead, he came running over to me and rolled over on his back at my feet. I was smitten. I also knew (or thought I knew) that being a Poodle, he must have an owner somewhere. I brought him in to the garage, and he let me pick burrs, give him a bath and flea treat him. The vet gave him a clean bill of health and estimated his birth sometime probably in early 2003. Then began the search for his parents. We looked for signs of him missing, we notified and checked repeatedly with Animal Control and the Humane Society. We posted and contacted all vets within a 15-mile radius. I ran into a friend who said she had seen the little dog running around her neighborhood for about a week. I was appalled that she didn’t do anything especially since she worked for a vet. Well, in a nutshell, after about three weeks, we figured our information was out there. If we had not heard anything at that point, we weren’t going to. So, we determined that Pippin would join our then current rescues of two dogs and three cats and become another full-fledged member of this clan! He’s just the smartest little thing. I find it hard to believe that he is 11 years old. He acts like he’s two. I will say he has the most ear-piercing bark I have ever heard!!