Zippy first said hello to the world in this issue of Sports Illustrated. A survivor of Michael Vick's notorious dog fighting operation, she was a curiosity to millions. But surrounded by the children in her home including pre-teens Eliana, Vanessa and new baby Francisco, she looked completely at ease. After this photo, the family grew yet again when baby number four - Tatiana - arrived on the scene.
Now a senior dog, she still thrives on the commotion and fun that the kids bring to the home. Zippy also earned fame by peeing on the shoes of 'Lost Dogs' author Jim Gorant when he want to the house to meet the energetic girl for his book, The Lost Dogs. And later, when she entertained Washington Post editor Carol Guzy during a now famous series of at-home photos.
That's been the life of Zippy. Never boring, always full of some kind of excitement including the many voices of the friends and family who come by to celebrate life. We believe that she wouldn't have it any other way.