Introducing the new addition to our family: Hudson “Pip” Moraras [Click on the images to view larger!]
I adopted him Tuesday December 1, 2009 from the Fairfax County Animal Shelter after having read about him on their website. He is a Yorkshire Terrier mix that was surrendered to the shelter by his previous owners who had found him as a stray 3 years ago. We believe him to be just around 4 years old. He was in pretty poor condition when he was first dropped off; he had a flea infestation that had gotten so bad it caused a skin infection. To give you an idea of how bad it was, his previous owners surrendered another dog with him, a female pitbull, and she had mange! I am so thankful he didn’t catch it. His skin infection has been treated and he no longer has any scabs or crusts; his fur, however, still needs to grow back fully. I intend to plump and primp him up in no time.
Although his previous owners had named him Hudson, I decided to rename him Pip for the following reasons:
- Pip is a common Thai nickname, and now that he has joined our Thai family, I found it quite fitting.
- Pip is the protagonist from Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations; he was an orphan who grew up attempting to become a gentleman. Since I adopted my Pip from a shelter and he was once a stray, I like to think of him as my little orphan too.
- Pip is also the South Park character Philip “Pip” Pirrup, whose character was based on Pip from Great Expectations. The best description I found for him is the following: “He is generally portrayed as a cheerful, laid-back character, who may be constantly knocked down, but always got right back up again.” My Pip is definitely laid-back and although he’s had a rough history, I think he’ll do just fine!
Now isn’t that just Pip perfect?