Dog Tails – The Three Amigos

January 23, 2015 at 10:36 am

Welcome to the next instalment of Dog Tails. When clients visit us for studio pet portraits, they often recount the stories of their dogs lives. With each dog being different, so is each story. Some are happy tales, some inspiring, some sad, but each one ends with love as their dog subjects find a place and person to call their own.

In January 2015 we had a visit from Darran and Angela and their three pooches Ripper (5 year old Pom x), Pipper (5 year old Shihtzu x) and Nipper (3 year old Chihuahua.)

Angela shares their stories with us. “Ripper is our anchor dog. He came to live with us shortly after Darran and I started dating. We both moved in with Darran to give Ripper a yard to play in.


Fast forward to a few years later and we were married. We wanted to find a companion dog for Rip and were keen on a rescue dog. Darran came across Pip online. I thought she was beautiful, so we made an appointment to visit her and drove madly through the rain to beat other comers to her.


Then we found out she was the world’s most expensive rescue pup, as she had already had one operation for her cherry eye. After seeing her for the first time, I bonded with her right away and wouldn’t let them put her back in the crate as she looked so unhappy. We stumped up the big bucks and she became ours. Three operations later, she still has her cherry eye (it gets taken out, and then comes back), but it doesn’t bother her at all and she is happy.

Nip came to me as a wedding gift from Darran. She was the cutest little scrap of white fur ever and was quite appropriate for a wedding dog. She’s my baby.


Of the three, Ripper is by far the cleverest, Pip is the cuddliest and Nip is the most mischievous and funniest.

Pip once ate some rat bait Darran had left in the shed. We totally panicked. We took her to the vet hospital and after eating some charcoal, she was fine.

Rips favourite toy as a pup was a round fluffy ball with holes on the side and a squeaker in the middle. When he was little he could fit his head in the hole. He would then just lie there with this huge ball over his face – we called it his astronaut pose.


Nip loves to beat up the other dogs, despite the fact she’s the smallest. When she wants to play she makes this funny little growly sound that’s just adorable.”