It was a darkish and stormy evening … actually, it was. Throughout a Maryland thunderstorm in late September 2018, a 10- to 12-week-old kitten confirmed up at a entrance door in the hunt for a house. The household wasn’t there, however their grandmother was watching the home whereas they had been away. She started feeding the little man, who was tiny and soiled and seemed to be deaf.
The pleasant grandmother caring for him then moved throughout nation and the household who lived in the home couldn’t preserve him. That’s when Laura Meadows volunteered to soak up the kitten, who would ultimately be named Pip. There was only one downside: She hadn’t consulted her household.
“There have been 4 choices at hand,” says Emily Meadows, Laura’s sister and now Pip’s human. “Pip, who at this level had not even been named, may stick with Laura in North Ocean Pines, stick with our dad in South Ocean Pines, go to my home in Ocean Metropolis or be taken to the Humane Society.”
The Humane Society was full; Laura’s three different cats had been none too happy about Pip’s presence; the second choice introduced an issue in that Pip had a behavior of tripping individuals, which made it unsafe for Laura’s 85-year-old grandfather in the home. So Emily’s home it was!
Pip’s new life
First, Pip had a veterinary checkup. Because it seems, he wasn’t deaf — after his filthy ears had been cleaned, his listening to improved. Heat compresses additionally helped clear up his eyes.
From there, it was a matter of getting the two resident cats, Natty and Mowgli, used to a brand new little brother. That was an adjustment for everybody, as Pip turned out to have a mischievous streak and a ton of additional power.
“If Natty and Mowgli had been sleeping soundly, he would rapidly wake them up by leaping on their heads,” Emily says. “If a window was open, Pip was climbing the display screen. If a cup of water was left unattended, it was quickly knocked over. If Pip awakened earlier than us within the morning, he would bounce on the bedside desk and ensure we had been up, too. He didn’t like to make use of the litter field, and as a substitute went in our home vegetation. It was Pip’s world, we had been simply dwelling in it.”
To burn off a few of that power, and to present the opposite cats a break, Emily put Natty’s previous harness on Pip to take him for a stroll. It was the right answer. Pip beloved the nice open air a lot that quickly they ventured to the seaside, the place he beloved digging, hiding beneath lounge chairs and napping within the solar — he was proper at dwelling.
“Then at some point the tide was tremendous low, and the waves had been solely an inch or two tall, so we let Pip discover the water. He felt his first wave and it didn’t trouble him in any respect,” Emily says. “Then we put him on a boogie board for the primary time. He caught a little bit wave and stayed on the board! When the board hit the shore, he hopped off and simply walked alongside the seaside like every part was regular. That’s after we knew that Pip was a really particular cat.”
Quickly Emily found that Pip stopped tearing up the home after his adventures. He not solely adjusted to life on a leash, however he travels effectively in vehicles and even flew all the way in which to Poland, the place his human dad (Emily’s husband) hails from.
Everybody loves Pip
Since nothing appears to ruffle him, Pip has proved himself to be fairly the feline ambassador. His antics have attracted a big following. Emily and her husband have began fostering kittens, however Pip additionally makes use of his rising movie star standing to assist out people in want.
“Pre-COVID Pip would spend three to 5 days per week visiting native nursing houses, colleges or locations like EasterSeals or Worcester County Developmental Middle. If we had foster kittens that had been well-behaved we’d generally convey them, too.”
Pip additionally has plush toys made to appear to be him, and for each one bought one other will get donated. “Certainly one of Pip’s greatest initiatives is the Little Pip Undertaking, the place we go to locations like nursing houses or facilities for individuals with disabilities, and Pip will get to spend the day with them, and so they all get a Pip Plush!”
Pip’s affect continues to develop and encourage. He has a line of books out referred to as Pip’s Information to …, an energetic social media presence, a morning present and a line of Pip-themed merchandise on his web site. Pip additionally retains in contact along with his followers by way of the Pip Pen Pal Undertaking.
Though COVID has halted Pip’s private appearances, it’s by means of these different avenues that he continues to assist people and cats alike. When the pandemic is over, Emily expects him to return to high-fiving his followers.
“In a pre/publish pandemic world we had been/shall be going again to our meet and greet schedule the place Pip goes each evening of the summer season to the Ocean Gallery on the Ocean Metropolis Boardwalk,” Emily says. “He has a little bit spot he struts proper as much as, and youngsters of all ages come and ask him for a high-five. He offers out high-fives for so long as he needs.”