Dec 22, 2008



Is there a rule somewhere that says before one is twice blessed, one must endure pain and suffering? For our newly named little Pippin, a puppy somewhere between three and four months old, one wonders if maybe such a rule did exist. But on October 12, 2008, her life and luck changed.

A thirteen year old young man celebrating his birthday became a Hero that day. He was on a San Francisco city bus, on his way to church to meet his grandmother, and saw something that suddenly made him pull the string and request a stop. A group of young males were beating a puppy. The puppy was Pippin and our young Hero stepped in and rescued her. He took her to his grandmother at church and together they brought her home to call San Francisco Animal Care and Control. The responding officer took the young pup to the emergency for a complete examination, treating not only the possible injuries inflicted by the beating, but also a severe case of long neglected non-contagious mange.

After being temporarily ensconced in a kennel at Give a Dog a Bone with toys, soft blankets, and chews, our lucky little lassie now lives with her foster mom, a foster brother, and a big sister who maintains a semblance of order in the household. She is learning proper doggie house rules, play skills, and most of all, is well loved and well cared for. Lively, active, and still a lover of people, we’re hoping that that this little pittie will be twice blessed with a loving, breed-savvy home.

For those of us who witness instances of animal abuse, neglect and brutality every day, it is truly inspiring to encounter a young man in our community with such heart, strength and compassion. With barely any time to think about doing the right thing, he did. Decisions that can make a difference and lead to such lasting change in our community can be quite simple. Give A Dog A Bone’s mission is to foster just that.

Together, we can help encourage more Heroes and make San Francisco an even better place for us all to call home.

May all of us be as blessed as Miss Pippin during this season and the forthcoming year.


Our Pack, Inc. said...

Yay Pippin! I'm so glad you're in a good home for Xmas!!!

jacob said...

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steph said...

Yeah, I definitely agree with you. No matter what the size is, dogs can be true heroes. On the other hand, heroes do know how to have some fun! This site, is a fun-filled way of dog caroling!

Anonymous said...

Dear lil' Miss Pippin,

You have no idea how much I love you! I am so very happy that you got to spend your very first Thanksgiving and Christmas with me and my pack. What a nice addition to the foster family of pit bulls and assorted teenage boys you have become in my home!

You are my little Christmas angel! I am so glad that you have had so many heroes lined up so far to help you overcome your less than stellar beginning in this world.

You deserve a good life. You deserve to be loved and adored. You deserve to be here. And most of all, you deserve to be happy! Seeing you happy, makes me very happy, you lil' Pip Dip Dot.

your foster mommy

judes said...

That kid deserves a medal.

suzanne.artist said...

She's a very sweet dog.

It is beyond comprehension why someone would beat an animal. . .But the athlete Vic who was arrested for doing so had influenced this behavior I'm sure.

Long live Pippin! and her hero!

I was born in San Fran and would like to think of it as a open hearted, peaceful city.

Suzanne in CT

fredsmilek said...

The kid definitely deserves a medal. It's so sad to think people can actually beat any animal...

Fred Smilek

Fred Smilek is the acting president of the Society to Save Endangered Species. Fred Smilek along with his dedicated team is making strides each and every day towards their ultimate goal which is the protection of endangered species.

corinne said...

more on the Pips to come!!!
;-))) . . . can i just say that pippin's foster mom has adopted her, is enrolling her in CGC class, and has tons of funny stories to share . . . file this under another Happy Pittie Ending and be on the lookout for pics of Miss Pip without the demodex.

Anonymous said...

All I can say is Pip Pip Hooray!!!

your new forever mom

Corinne said...

Guess who adopted Miss Pippin!!!!

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