Sunday, October 20, 2013

For our special pal Mr. Pip and a Sunday Update

We couldn't miss the opportunity to salute our sweet pal Mr. Pip who crossed the Rainbow Bridge yesterday.  Who doesn't know and love Mr. Pip?!!!!

We are sure that Pip is hosting a grand party with all our pals who are with him in the land of eternal joy and painfree fun!  Cheeseburgers for all - Dakota and Thunder will so enjoy that!  To your loving family, Pip, we send our deepest sympathy for their loss but our hearfelt thanks for the love-filled wonderful care you received from them.  We know from our own experience how tough this must be.  Know that we all mourn with you but also celebrate the joy of Pip's wonderful life with you.

Now for a brief update on the status of things at home:

Is this the face of a happy camper?  While Ciara and Lightning headed off to Camp Kennel on Wednesday, Phantom tried to stay home with Mom and Dad and keep them company.  But having to stay on the second floor or in the basement was totally stressing him out.  Mom decided she would try him at the kennel  on Thursday since it would only be until Friday afternoon.  We all stay with our vets and staff - they are so very good to us.  We get the royal treatment.  Everyone wants to take us home with them:)  Phantom actually did pretty well with his eating, Mom's biggest worry.  He had a nice soft bed to help him with his bad back hips - a new development with him.   But all in all, he did well.  As it turned out, we had to stay until Saturday morning because it rained hard Friday afternoon and early evening and we weren't going to be able to come inside until the painters left at 6:30.  Mom thought it was better not to have us out in the rain, especially Phantom.

Here is a bit of a sneak peek - the countertops have been installed, except for one piece that wasn't cut correctly.

 New bar sink and faucet.  Kitchen sink and faucet match this one too.  Backsplash won't be done until next week or later.

Our dining room - only the china closet remains in the room, all wrapped in plastic.  All the rest of the furniture from the whole first floor is either in the garage or basement.  Well, there is a sofa and table in the family room for Mom and Dad to use at night.  But those will be removed tomorrow when the actual painting begins.

The sunroom area of the family room - BARE!!!  So what have those guys been doing for four days???  Everything from walls to windows has been covered in either paper or plastic.  The bathroom sink and toilet are covered.  The hardwood floors are covered with pink paper.  Even the pretty wallpaper in the living room and dining room is covered with plastic.  The painting starts at 7:00 tomorrow morning.  We have to be out of the house by then, so we have a very early start tomorrow.  This time even Mom and Dad have to go stay at a human kennel.

Phantom tests out the pink paper.

Even if there isn't any carpeting, he thinks this quilt is a bit more comfy.

But he is such a good guy - he even shares it with the rest of us.

Yes, we are home from camp, just for the weekend.  We all slept most of Saturday because we were so busy at camp.  But now Lightning tells Ciara she can rest - he has her back.

 What do you mean we have to go back again tomorrow?????  This time don't just pack our kibble, put some extra treats in too.  The vet staff gives us some, but they aren't as good as the ones from home.  Heck, nothing is quite like home sweet home.

I wonder if life will be back to normal by November 2oth - I have a big day coming up - Birthday #15!!!

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning


scotsmad said...

Totally upsetting....someone broke your house. Good thing you're at Camp Kennel. We couldn't stand it--watching strangers break up our comfortable house.

Hopefully, everything will be sorted out VERY soon, so you can get back home and get your smell on everything.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

SHE loves your counter tops.

Taffy said...

It's so exciting! Phantom does have the sad eyes though. I'm sure things will be back to normal enough to celebrate his 15th birthday! That is also exciting!

Jan's Funny Farm said...

We are so sad about Pip and know his family is hurting from missing him.

What a mess! How do your folks get by if everything is in plastic? What a mess. But it will soon be over and your house will be home again.

Brian said...

We sure loved that Mr. Pip and he will live in our hearts forever, sad, sad, sad.

Y'all are looking mighty fine though.

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello phantom its dennis the vizsla dog hay happy impending fifteenth birthday!!! yoo and tucker shud git together and hav a party and yel at all us yungsters to git off yore lawn!!! ok bye

Lovable Lily said...

Such a beautiful tribute to our furend Pip. He will truly be missed.

We can't wait to see the house complete. We always thought your white carpeting was so beautiful and clean.

Mommy said it's a good thing she doesn't know where you live. She REALLY wants your countertops!

Lily Belle & Muffin

sagechronicles said...

We were so sorry to hear about Mr. Pip too. It's so hard to lose your best furiend--our hearts go out to his peeps.

That is some re-do you are doing, but it'll be so nice when it's all done. And I know a bunch of woos will be glad to finally get home for good!!

What Remains Now said...

I didn't know Phantom was 14! Wow, Phantom, you are one great-looking 14 year old. Tell all the workers no ifs-ands-or-buts about must be complete by November 20. There's celebrating to be done.

Mr. Pip said...

Thank you for this lovely tribute to Pip! Seeing Phantom's face makes me feel so much better. Although Pip had brown eyes and Phantom has blue eyes, there is something in both of their eyes that is so similar! Kindred spirits!

I will be here to celebrate the big 15 on November 20th! I know Pip will be celebrating and cheering on his dear friend Phantom from the bridge.

Lots of love, Kristin

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

This was a REALLY ROUGH Week in Blogville. Furst Gracie Lynn Slimmer and then Pip both going to the bridge... and YOUR Big Exciting ..remodel.

BeadedTail said...

We're sorry to hear about Mr. Pip. Our purrayers are with his family.

Boy, there's sure a lot going on at your house! It's good some things are done already but there's a lot left to do so we hope all goes well while you're at the vet or kennel! Phantom, you're being a trooper!

Tweedles -- that's me said...

It must be so very hard to keep track of everything- and what is going on in your house! Home sweet home is the best.

We are sad about Mr Pip and Gracie Lynn too

harrispen said...

Home renovations are no fun for pups or peeps. Glad to see you are all surviving pretty well.

Millie & Walter

Maggie Mae and Max said...

Hello dear furiends!

What is goin' on wif your house?? So happy your peeples have all of you to snoopervise! We sure have missed all of you and we is happy to be back fur a visit!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae and Max

PeeS Sweet Pip, we miss him so much...

rottrover said...

Hey Phantom - ask your vet dogtor about adequan for your sore hippers. It helps mine a lot.


KB Bear said...

I hope that everything is together for your big bday extravaganza, Phantom! I love that last photo of you...

I second rottrover's suggestion. Adequan helps R's elbow so much!

Your new house is going to be incredible. I can't wait to see it!

Last, but not least, we are very sad about Pip, too.

Prancer Pie said...

You woofies are doing great. Phantom even looks wonderful! We are sending tons of purrs for a smooth renovation. (and quick, too)

GOOSE said...

WOWZERS that's that's some major redoing. You know I will be back for Phantoms big day. And hey mom make sure you pack LOTS of extra treats for them. And maybe add some bacon.

sprinkles said...

I thought your house was beautiful before! I bet it'll be even more so now though.

I feel for Phantom, as my hips are bad too.

Wow, I didn't realize that Phantom was almost 15!

The Furries of Whisppy said...

We sure hope everything will be done before November 20th so you can have a grand 15th Birthday pawty at home, Phantom! :)

Molly The Wally said...

We too are so sad about dear Pip. Gosh we hope they speed along with all the remodelling and you are back to normal soon. Have a marvellous Monday.
Best wishes Molly

Mitch and Molly said...

What a huge project! We are hoping that it gets back to normal before too much longer. We can't wait to share your 15th birthday with you, Phantom!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

Those are some big changes going blue eyes looks like he a bit lost by it all. You will all be glad when it's finished

Ginger Jasper said...

That is a lot of change going on and no wonder you are having to stay out at kennels. I hope its sorted soon and know it will be fabulous when it is. I was sorry to hear about Mr Pip too and know his folks will be so sad. I didn't realise our birthdays were so close as mine is the day before. Hugs GJ xx

Anonymous said...

I was sad too as I hear about Pip... I hope you will have the most woo-nderful crib soon. I love your counter top... and the big window in your living room :o)

Anonymous said...

I also wanted to invite you over to twobarkingdogs to see the new addition .. Auggie!

Anonymous said...

There's nothing as upsetting as having your whole world turned upside down....BUT it sure will be NICE when everything is finished!! YAY! Meanwhile, you sound like you're dealing with it all quite well. I hope things are back to normal in time for THE BIG FIFTEEN BIRTHDAY PAWTY - how lovely. By the way, we didn't know Mr. Pip but he obviously had a ton of friends - we wish him well over the many of our friends are there.

Kitty Hugs, Sammy

Janice Webb said...

I love the counter tops. Everything looks bare now, but I bet it will be beautiful at the end. So sorry to hear about Pip. May he rest in peace.

Janice, Snuggles, Sassy and Dixie

Anonymous said...

Precious can come stay here and be treated like a King! Woo are bows, Savvy

Mollie said...

Beautiful tribute to a wonderful Buddy. My dog you are having some work done, can't wait to see it finished :) xxooxx

Mollie and Alfie

Marg said...

We are so sad about Pip. But he is running free up there and having all kinds of cheeseburgers.
Glad to see you are doing all right Phantom. The work looks like it is coming along but slowly. But it will be great when it is done.

Mrs. JP said...

Wow,,,nothing like living like gypsies! It will be worth it, I'm sure of it. Love and prayers from all of us in the holler..

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

Phantom we hope your house is put back together before your birthday, we thinks the house is going to look lovely and everyone will enjoy it.

We are very sad about Mr. Pip, your tribute to him was wonderful.

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

So sad about little Pip.
Wow, that is a lot of renovations, hope everything is put back together soon.
Dip Bridge and Elliot x

Sue said...

We will miss Pip. He was such a sweet little guy.

Wow, your house is a mess! We see why you and your peeps are staying at a kennel for a while. Mom says it'll be beautiful soon though.
Morgan, Sebastian, the Porties, Syd and Mac

Ruby said...

Oh, I miss Mr. Pip terribly already!! Such a lovely tribute guys!!
Ma is all kinds of jealous abouts your remodel!! She can see the possibilities and it is really gonna be FAbulous!!!!
You guys take it easy, and don't gets in too much troubles!!! BOL
Ruby ♥

Piappies World said...

Hi Phantom, Ciara and Lightning,

Welcome back from Camp Kennel! We are excited to see how the home improvements will be done. For sure it will be in time to celebrate Phantom's 15th barkday!

We sweet of you to have that beautiful tribute for our dear Pip. We will always remember his fun posts and adventures and cherish his friendship furever just like Thunder.

Just a few more days and your place will be sparkling new. We can hardly wait.

Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Max, Wai-Pai & Forgie

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette said...

Just for the weekend? Back again on Monday? Why don't those people HURRY UP!!!!


Cocoa and Melon said...

We didn't know Pip personally but know from you that he was a sweet little guy who loved cheeseburgers. Our thoughts are with his family.

And wow, lots of things happening at your house! Don't worry, Melon is sure you'll feel better when it's got to the stage where new things are being put IN, rather than stuff being taken out. It'll be exciting then.
Until then we hope you do well at the kennels - 'specially Mr Phantom - and you will be extra happy to be home after that, I know.

Katz Tales said...

We are sad about Pip too. And you dogs are sure in the middle of a mess! We hope your beans don't have a meltdown... Sending you our purrs.

Misaki @ misadventuresofMisaki said...

It'll all be worth it when its finished, and think of the fabulous party you can have for your 15th birthday Phantom!

Frank The Tank said...

Hi Phantom, Ciara and Lightning! Well it looks like your Pawrents are still ling in chaos but I'm glad that you all had a good time in Camp Kennel! What sort of things do you get up to at the Kennel? Do you have a large place to run and play and have activities or is it just relaxing in your own special place?
I really love all the photos of you Woos, the photos of you snuggling on the floor and of Phantom, I cant believe he will be 15 years old, that is really good going, that must mean a big birthday celebration for him! Love, Licks and Hugs from your Want to be Woo Frank xxxxxxx

The Florida Furkids said...

Things are shaping up at your house! We're glad you get to stay someplace where you are treated like royalty!!!

We're very sad about Mr Pip. We had such a good time with him when he visited us on the Bucket Tour.

The Florida Furkids

Madi and Mom said...


Anonymous said...

We sure do hope everything will be back to normal by November 20th!! I'm sure that's a whole lot of fun (insert sarcasm) to have your house torn up and have to go stay at the kennel! :(

Here's hoping that everything will be finished ahead of schedule!

Elyse and Riley

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Wow! The Woo house looks naked!!! I know you will all be happy when this is over.

I'm so upset over Pip!!! What a great guy he was!

jen said...

How exciting but I bet stressful too!

I can't believe that Phantom is going to be 15! amazing! Glad to hear that he is eating well for you.

I was so sad to hear about Mr. Pip. He will be so missed.

Mayzie said...

Gosh, there suuuure is a lotta activities going on at your house. My mom can't wait to see the final product but I just hope you guys end up with something comfier to sleep on than pink paper.

Wiggles & Wags,

Bobby said...

We do hope it is all done for your birthday Phantom. You might get booked in to the Hilton if it is not. We were sorry to see Mr Pip has gone over the bridge but he was a good age, and had a great twelve years with his adopted family.
I am sure we all feel the same we get to know so many dogs with blogs.
That is the worst thing about fostering for years I get e-mails back from people who tell me our beloved Gyp or Patch or whatever has died. I remember every dog & it hurts every time.
Licks Bobby & Pip

Bobby said...

Just read my comment sorry abut that, you have enough going on.
John & Bobby

Wyatt said...

Wow, the house of Woo is gonna be WooHoo Wonderful. We are sure you will be anxious to get back to a finished home and relax.

Wyatt and Stanzie

Andrea Kuska said...

We will miss you pip. Wow to 15! Will try to stop by for the celebrations. :)

Gracie=^o.o^= said...

So sorry that Pip had to run off to the bridge. So many dear friends have left. Makes the heart heavy. Hope all is well at your place. You all must be tired with all the construction stuff going on. I would say you are all doing a great job snoopervising.

Oskar said...

It sounds like you guys did a great job. My mom person wants her kitchen redone so badly.

It's a very sad time in Blogville with the loss of so many friends.

Nubbin wiggles,

Little Reufus said...

So berry sad about Sweet Mister Pip...

butt what a HUGE remodel yeu habbs in the works! Looks great!

I deu hobes that once life is back in order that yeu will stop by my blog and see me! I miss yeu!!!

wif lubbs from Little Reufus

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Wow! Your house is crazy. I hope everything gets finished ahead of schedule. The new countertops are very pretty though. I don't really know much about countertops, but Mom says they are and I believe her.