how many LOTR fans here? i was, enough to name the new member to our home peregrin took, or pippin. cute, huh? oh, no doubt about that. but i sometimes think a more mature character would have been better to make his name idol, as my pip - is pippin to the core. and i just can't shake the feeling that it's because of the name. he's almost a year on and he acts like he's a week old. he still pees in the house sometimes, driving my dad to such insanity that my mum and i fear for pip's continuance in our house sometimes! he's the most enthusiastic thing that i imagine exists. you mock slap him and he jumps back at you with a huge tongue-out-his-mouth grin - "yeah! let's play!"! ...you can yell as much as you like and the most you get out of him is a wondering expression with that slight tilt to the head that is so human, asking what all the commotion is about, which just makes you feel silly and nothing else. (!!) then again, that stupid grin is what keeps him tight with us, 'cos of course we know that things would be dull indeed without it, and him. so pip goes on pip-ping, and i go back to nodding my head at my selection of his name!