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'Tippy'

Updated on April 7, 2010

My son called me earlier and asked me to come down to the house. He said that Tippy, my little dog, would not come out from under the house for him and wanted me to come and call him to me. I went down and called and called and whistled but he wasn't budging. I could see that he was breathing, but wasn't getting up.

I found Tippy on the side of the road in Houston about 13 1/2 years ago when he was just a puppy. Little tiny black and white thing with a white tip on his tail. Thus he was named Tippy. We called him many nick names over the years, Tippy Boy, Thibodeaux, Tipster, Tip. He came to them all.

He was a great little dog. Never gave us any problems. He didn't like anyone messing with his tail. They would do it just to tease him and he would let them know right away to leave his tail alone. Then they would say 'Tippy' and he would wag that tail then lick your hand. He had these little short legs but could run like lightning.

He was a tough little cookie. He weighed about 20 pounds and I saw him take on a 85 pound Labrador once. I broke it up, neither were hurt, but Tip thought he was king of the hill, strutting around with that tail in the air. There are three other dogs at the house, all bigger than him and outweigh him by at least 35 pounds. If they scrap he wants to be right in there among the fight. He thought he was as big as them, in his brave little heart he was.

Tippy would be laying in his little bed and my oldest son would say to him, ' Tippy, give me a Grrrrrrrr!'. without moving a muscle he would growl for him. Then my son would say, 'Tippy' and he would just wag that tail. I had a bay window and had a bench there for him so he could see outside, when I would come home I could see him on that bench looking at me and wagging that tail so happy to see me. My 10 minutes of fame everyday when I came home from work, or from anywhere.

He would sit up pretty on his backend for a treat. He never begged at the table, he just laid about 2 feet away in case anything fell on the floor. He was quick to retrieve it if it did. He was my dog, my little friend. If I cried he would jump in my lap and lick me, then lay his head on my shoulder. I always had a stocking for him at Christmas filled with treats.

My son crawled under the house and got Tippy out this evening. He died shortly there after. My brave little dog with a heart of gold had lost his battle with age and arthritis. I cried so hard. He was part of our family and I loved him. I will miss him dearly. I hope that he is happy and free and chasing cats in Heaven. I will miss you my Tippy Boy, you were the best dog anyone could ask for. I was lucky that you chose me.

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    • singlmomat52 profile image
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      singlmomat52 8 years ago

      Thank you Dewey for reading my hub and for your sweet comment

      Yes I did cry. But he is not in pain anymore now.

      He's free!

      Thanks again!

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      Dewey Cheatem 8 years ago

      Your Hub about Tippy is written with a heavy heart. I imagine that as you wrote your tears were flowing. I am glad Tippy got to spend his time on this earth with someone as special as you!

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      singlmomat52 8 years ago

      Thank you!

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      thevoice 8 years ago from carthage ill

      terrific hub reading thanks much

    • singlmomat52 profile image
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      singlmomat52 8 years ago

      Thank you for your kindness.

      Yes I have read his books ,I love them.

      Thanks again!

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      sheila b. 8 years ago

      I'm sorry you lost your friend of so many years. Your memories of him are so nice and happy. Have you read the James Herriot books? He was the vet from Yorkshire, England. He believed animals went to heaven.

    • singlmomat52 profile image
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      singlmomat52 8 years ago

      Thank you so much for the hug and your kind words.

      I am crying now as I read your comment.

      My heart is sad today.

      Thanks again!

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      Karen Metz 8 years ago from Michigan

      {{Hugss}} I am so sorry to hear about your little dog. I have a Tippy too...his name is Tipster, but we call him Tippy. He was named that for his tip on his tail too. I'm crying with you!

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