Saturday, December 5, 2009


I need to tell you about a dog we had that loved my mother. Now I know, we all have pets that love us but I am talking unconditional love that was put to the test.
When my mother was in her down spiral Tippy was by her side constantly.

I don’t know how long we had Tippy but I do remember Tippy was mom’s dog and just tolerated the rest of us.  My father was not fond of pets. Oh, he put up with them because of mom. Someone brought mom a little kitten and Tippy welcomed the company to curl up with while sleeping.  Tippy learned quickly who was boss in our household and  he followed my dad everywhere and I mean everywhere. When dad went to the Town Council, V.F.W., Board of Education and political meetings Tippy would follow him in and wait under his chair being extremely quiet. He never barked or growled so he wouldn’t be thrown out.

It was easy for Tippy to follow because we walked everywhere. The only one he would wait for was dad. When he followed us to school as soon as the bell rang to go in Tippy would leave.

On Sunday when we walked to church he would follow us, but not be allowed to go in.  He would patiently wait until someone else came and as soon as they opened the door, scooted in crawling under the pews until he found where we were sitting. He sat quietly until church was over,

When mom was in bed for that year Tippy stayed by her side except to go out when he needed. The day mom died and the undertaker was called and carried mom’s body out  to the hearse, the dog seemed to know she wasn’t coming back and that afternoon Tippy ran in front of a car and died on the spot. I will never forget July 18.1942 . I lost both my mother and her dog who loved her so much.  I am, IMMIGRANT DAUGHTER.


  1. Good stories that need to be told. Keep writing and I will keep reading.

  2. Your story of Tippy's life with your family reminds me of some of James Herriot's dog stories. What an awesome companion!

  3. Your story about loyal Tippy also reminded me of James Herriot's stories.

    How comforting it must have been to your mother for the dog to always be there.

    This was very poignant. Thank you for sharing it with all of us.

  4. I've enjoyed reading about your life. It's been very interesting. I'm sure it was a hard life coming here to the states and working so hard all your life. Your dad and mom were very brave and did a good job for their family. You should be very proud of them.

    Good story about little Tippy!

  5. Oh yeah, I read Stick Horse Cowgirls all the time. You have a very nice daughter in law.

  6. Animals are so loyal and aren't they smart? Tippy almost sounded human. My Mum had a rabbit, loyal to her and tolerating the rest of us. Great story. Kind regards, Anita.

  7. This is a wonderful continuing story, and you present it in a very entertaining way. Great insights to life that are worthwhile to all. Keep up the good work.

  8. What a story, it just makes you wonder how much pets really know.