I have the PSPCA to thank for, in 1997, at nine months of age, Tipper came into my life and the next 16 years and 4 months were pure joy. She was playful, energetic and always loving. Throughout her life, she had a way of getting her message across, whether it was having me climb trees or fences to retrieve a toy she had tossed, or getting into some type of perceived trouble. At those times she would send herself off to her cave crate and remain there for a sufficient amount of time only she deemed appropriate. While I was upset that she felt she had to do this, I would also wonder just what had she done...on one occasion it was finding that she had eaten every button off my jacket without damaging the jacket!
From Maine to Key West, Tipper was a great travel companion and gave each trip her all whether walking a trail, riding in an elevator, playing on the beach, she led the way. Her self-taught manners were impeccable and people responded to this sweet dog with the deer ears. But what she enjoyed most was being with us, laying by our side and the reverse was quite true.
Her later years were plagued with medical issues that caused numerous trips for emergency diagnosis and treatment, most recently under the gentle hands of Dr. Hutchinson for acupuncture treatments. Through all the ups and downs, it was then she taught us of her inner strength and the love she felt for us by her determination to heal.
Her paw prints are all over our hearts and on August 22, 2013 our hearts cracked. I know that time will ease the pain but the healing will not take place until we see her again. We can only hope. Bernice & Jack Chandler