42 In Articles

We Call Him Kipper


We turned our renovation efforts outdoors this weekend. It resulted in trees going down, Mule rides, stump grinding and a furry new friend, we call Kipper*.


He belongs to someone, not us, someone who put a red collar on him with no tags. We are temporarily caring for him until his rightful owners come get him. We’ve also explained to the girls that Kipper’s owners are going to come get him and that he’ll only be here until then. He’s a playful, oafy pup and appears to be under 1 year. He’s also a MALE, very MUCH a MALE, I told Justin this morning I’d like to take him to be neutered. Justin said he didn’t think his owners would appreciate me taking care of that for them. I’m going to give them a few more days to claim him and then Kipper and I are off to the vet’s office for a little PROCEDURE.


He’s very lean and fits through the pickets on our fence which can be quite a problem. He’s about as sweet as any dog can be and would make a great companion for anyone. He will follow you around the yard and then lay at your feet when you stop moving. He was still in the yard this morning when we woke up. I was half hoping he snuck out and found his way home and half hoping he was still there. Eufaby tolerates him fine. She immediately told him it was her house and she was in charge around here… dogs do that you know. But now she just looks at him and rolls her eyes, as if to say, “you’re invading my territory”.

Non-Kipper news…. Justin’s been thankful for the help of another male this weekend.


And John Martin was elated to be included in the help, even if his help only involved being a co-pilot for a quick jaunt around the yard.

Happy Monday, folks! I hope you all had wonderful weekends too!

*Kipper- we named him after a video we have called Kipper the Dog. Do any of you know what I’m talking about? It’s a little British dog named Kipper and it is so cute! The girls love it. I picked it up at TJMaxx or Ross for a few dollars and it’s one of their favorites.

You Might Also Like

  • kathy
    August 17, 2009 at 6:53 am

    There are Kipper books too – even cuter in my opinion.

  • Lori Kirkland
    August 17, 2009 at 6:54 am

    My son (now 12) LOVED Kipper the Dog when it was on TV. Oh, I miss those sweet shows so much! I love your blog and following your precious family, thanks so much!

  • Amanda Wells
    August 17, 2009 at 7:02 am

    The Sprout channel had Kipper the Dog shows and my oldest daughter was obsessed!

  • Anonymous
    August 17, 2009 at 7:34 am

    My Sarah-Margaret (now 16 yrs.old) LOVED, LOVED Kipper!!! There was such a calming effect to the story teller. How I miss those days! Your Kipper looks like (I am sorry to say….) a KEEPER! Thanks for all your posts, how I look forward to them! Susie in Texas

  • kristy
    August 17, 2009 at 7:35 am

    We once had a dog name Kipper, she was a beautiful English Spring Spaniel. What a great name!

  • Carolyn
    August 17, 2009 at 7:39 am

    Is there any way you can transport Kipper over to Austria? ha. I'm dying for a dog, but my husby says not quite yet.

  • erika
    August 17, 2009 at 7:58 am

    That brown dog is the cutest thing I've ever seen! I hope his owners don't come for him and you can keep him!!!

  • Staley Mc
    August 17, 2009 at 9:03 am

    I loved Kipper it came on tv when I was younger. I think it is the cutest name for a dog too!!

  • Anonymous
    August 17, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Can you please tell me where you get the girls haircut. We have just recently cut my little girls long locks to her shoulders but I would love to have it the length of your two girls.

  • Surrounded By Boys
    August 17, 2009 at 10:03 am

    YES! My boys love Kipper! So glad we don't have a dog though. I don't know how you keep up with the one you already have AND the three kids. You're a STUD!

  • life with my little ladies
    August 17, 2009 at 10:39 am

    I have the Kipper theme song in my head 🙂 It really is a sweet show. Hope your kiddos will do ok when he is reclaimed.

  • melissa richie
    August 17, 2009 at 10:48 am

    my mom would only let us have girl dogs when we were kids 🙂

    i love how dirty John Martin is in the third picture. it looks like he rolled around in a plate of bbq!

    i also love that my child isn't the only one who gets that dirty. i think they would have fun together!

  • Jack
    August 17, 2009 at 10:49 am

    The dog with the slipper …. that's Kipper .. Kipper the doooooog …

    I shall be singing that in my head all day long. ALL DAY LONG! 🙂


  • Jessica Ranjbari
    August 17, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Adriana watches Kipper the dog on comcast's "on demand" – she loves it! We also get the books from the library… we could use some help in the yard over here – can we borrow your husband for a few days?? 🙂

  • blessdtwice
    August 17, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Yes, I remember Kipper the dog from when my girls were younger! 🙂

    Speaking of Eufaby, how is she? Recovered yet?

  • Elaine
    August 17, 2009 at 11:11 am

    yes, we love kipper! he used to be on PBS/APT and we also had a VHS tape. He is darling!
    Thanks for the sewing email, i see it on your side bar!

  • Lillian
    August 17, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Another vote for the Comcast "On Demand" version – he's in the kids' section and so cute. I love the books so much, too – I think we need to add them to our library list again now:)

  • Erin
    August 17, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Kipper is precious!! I hope you can keep him:) Faub probably disagrees! Miss you!

  • The Howe Family
    August 17, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Can we have Kipper?!? 😉 He looks so sweet! Hope you find his home soon.

  • Amanda @ Serenity Now
    August 17, 2009 at 11:22 am

    It looks like Rover and Kipper are destined to be best buddies. Hope you get to keep him and "fix" him too….I totally would. 🙂

  • Susannah
    August 17, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Hey Darby! Actually that's Jack! He lives on Derbyshire, in Brentwood(my parents live on Rampart which runs into Derbyshire) his family doesn't take too good care of him. My in laws actually tried to keep him this weekend, but he jumped their fence. We wondered where he went. Email me at susivey@yahoo.com

  • Susannah
    August 17, 2009 at 11:47 am

    And he stole $6 dollars from our garage sale out of our money box 🙂 See if he has it on him!

  • J
    August 17, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Oh – Netflix has tons of Kipper movies you can watch instantly (on the computer)…we're Kipper fans, too!

    As always, great pics!

  • Melissa
    August 17, 2009 at 11:49 am

    I have been a reader of your blog for over a year now. I lOVE every bit of it. As I have said before, I have TONS of friends who are loyal readers as well. Anyway, I wanted to know if you could do me a quick favor, please ;)?
    I want to know EXACTLY which camera you have and which lens you use to take your everyday pictures? Your pictures are amazing. My father-in-law just bought the canon rebel 15megpix. and it takes awful pictures compared to yours. He uses the general lens the camera came with from Costco. Thank you!!!!
    Melissa Wagner

  • Becky
    August 17, 2009 at 11:53 am

    susannah, that is hilarious!! sounds like his mom and dad don't miss jack/kipper. so sad. and i'm gonna go on record as saying that i think all males need to have a little procedure at some point in their lives. i'm just saying…LOL!! better them than us, right?

  • choochoo
    August 17, 2009 at 11:54 am

    If you have DIRECTV at all, Kipper comes on several times a day on the PBS Sprout channel, which pretty much comprises the majority of TV viewing at our house.

  • sashyjane
    August 17, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Kipper is adorable!! If his owners don't claim him, you can send him to my house! 🙂 I love JM's dirty knees.

  • KayleneLanae
    August 17, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    personally, I'm all for carting him to the vet and taking care of fixing him.. We don't need little baby kippers ending up in the shelter without homes! But I would be scared of the legal problems you may open yourself up to if you do 🙁

  • annek
    August 17, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Kipper is very popular at our library… the books and videos.

  • Ashley
    August 17, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    my boys love kipper! it is a cute little show. your kids seem like they really like "kipper"…..maybe you need another dog!!!

  • Melissa
    August 17, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    We received a Kipper video as a gift when Matthew was younger, and he loved it! It's too early to tell about Luke yet, but it really is a cute video.

  • The 5 Bickies
    August 17, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    We love Kipper! And the Kipper who is visiting you is a gorgeous pup. I sure hope his family finds him!

  • Anonymous
    August 17, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    I love Kipper, and my kids are 15, 12 and 10 so they are too old for him now. I still love him though!

  • meaghan
    August 17, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    we totally rent kipper from the library…just got a new one today!

  • Em
    August 18, 2009 at 6:40 am

    i loooove your blog and i was going to try and make your roman shade this weekend but i cant find your tutorial anymore. it looks like it has been linked to the clothing tags maybe? can you help!? i loved it and wanted to make it! have a great day!

  • Mommy Harris
    August 18, 2009 at 7:33 am

    I love that one of the daddy and his girls! So sweet!

  • Em
    August 18, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Thanks friend! cant wait to make the shade!

  • Anonymous
    August 18, 2009 at 9:08 am

    If you bring him to the vet, they can see if he's got a microchip. We found a dog once who traveled 15miles away from home. He owners were very excited to get him back!

  • Got Dog Kennels
    August 18, 2009 at 9:41 am

    It was really good of you to take him in and care for him

  • The Cascio Whirlwind
    August 18, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Kipper, Kipper the Dog….love the calmness of that show. Mallory used to watch it when she was little and loved it! She has mastered not sucking the thumb!!! Woohooo. Thanks for the tips on that. I need to try to get Marybeth the wildcat to watch Kipper to see if it will make her chill out a bit. She's my Hornet! PBS kids used to have Kipper on all the time. We don't get PBS Kids anymore, so not sure if it's still airing.

  • Gail
    August 18, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    I've been watching "Kipper" and his friend, Pig…for years! LOL. Don't ya just love the voices? So calm I relax watching, too! LOL.. LOVE that —Kipper Kipper The Dog! Hope he stays with you! Great home for him. I love Animal Pets, too! Can ya tell? I am a Granny! LOL…

  • Hillary
    August 18, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    You are so sweet to house Kipper. We are about to be done with the dogs that we have, so it's oh so very kind of you to take in an extra one!