How could you say no to this sweet face?!
Since I could speak, I have been asking Santa, my parents, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, every boyfriend I’ve ever had, the goddamn Christopher Columbus Day Fairy, even strangers, for a puppy. And this year, for my birthday, my main hang/live-in love Tony GOT ME ONE. I’m not being melodramatic when I say he made all my dreams come true.
Me, on the happiest day of my life
His original plan was to have my bestie show up at my birthday party with the surprise pupper, but she (smartly) informed him that was a terrible idea and I should probably pick out the new love of my life myself. So, he informed me of what my gift would be, I started to sob with joy, and then immediately got on Petfinder, where I spent more hours than I’m willing to admit looking at rescue dogs. Finally, this 8-week old lab mix lovie popped up at the SEAACA Downey animal shelter.
Car ride home
We drove two hours in traffic to adopt the baby. I may or may not have also tried to rescue the cocker spaniel mix, pit bull puppy, and one-eyed cat because there were SO MANY animals who needed homes. After rejecting names like Annie Jr., Tony and I finally settled on Tippi, because I love Hitchcock blondes and crazy women.
Tippi’s favorite activities include forcing her older sister Lucy, the other love of my life, to play:
Old Hollywood starlet
Treating her sister like her own personal sofa:
Take some inspiration from this, Ikea!
And generally being adorable:
Tippi also loves licking armpits, sucking on the metal railings in our house, wagging her tail in her sleep, and trying to steal any and all sodas, which I’m pretty sure she survived on, on the streets, before ending up at the pound. She and Lucy are my Happy Place. Best birthday ever!!!!
*Side note public service message: You can find ANY breed of dog, even puppies, at an animal shelter. You’re saving lives, not getting an inbred pet from a backyard breeder, saving money… a million reasons — look on Petfinder or at the dogs at LA’s animal shelters. The place where I got Tippi is a high kill shelter, where dogs have 7 days to find a home. Look to rescue before you buy! It will be the happiest decision of your life!