Pip the Beach is a character in the film Pip the Beach When Cat came up on a doorstep in Berlin, Maryland, in September 2018, he was a small, ailing kitten ready to leave his wild family for the luxuries of a human home. He showed up right after a thunderstorm, which may have foreshadowed his fearlessness with water, which cats are notorious for hating.
Pip had located a grandma in Berlin who was house-sitting for her family and had started feeding the kitten. Unfortunately, her family was unable to accommodate him when they returned, and the old woman was relocating, so Laura Meadows, a high school student and family friend, volunteered to adopt him despite not having discussed it with her family. Laura’s elder sister Emily Meadows and her husband volunteered to take Pip for a time when Meadows’ family refused to let her keep him.
Emily Meadows told The Dodo, “My sister urged me to take him, and we were just watching him, expecting we’d take him to the humane society.”
Meadows quickly saw how unusual and wonderful Pip was, but her first priority was to make him well. He was described as “very, extremely filthy” with his eyes practically swollen shut. Because he never glanced at Meadows or her husband when they made noises or called his name, he was assumed to be deaf. According to Meadows, a good ear cleaning at the vet showed it to be incorrect, and now he hears everything.
Pip became quite the active little rascal after he was feeling better. He spent his days climbing window screens, knocking over water glasses and everything else that wasn’t fastened down, strewing food over the floor, and torturing his new feline brothers Natty and Mowgli. He really loved bouncing on their heads to wake them up.
Meadows explained, “It was Pip’s universe.” “All we did was live in it.”
Meadows and her husband were at a loss as to what to do about Pip’s propensity for using houseplants as his litter box, so they decided to try something different. Meadows explained, “The home needs a break.” “Natty and Mowgli were in desperate need of a rest. That’s when it occurred to us: “Why don’t we take Pip outdoors for a walk?”
Pip immediately shown a fondness for digging in the sand, racing about, chasing seagull feathers, playing with toys and shells, hiding under beach chairs, and resting in the sun with his parents after he was weary. He looked to be in his element, and he began going to the beach with Meadows and her husband on a regular basis.
Meadows let Pip explore the sea one day when the tide was low and the waves were quiet. Meadows stated, “It didn’t affect him at all.”
Meadows attempted placing Pip on a boogie board since he was captivated by the ocean. Meadows stated, “He got a small wave and stayed on the board.” “When the board struck the sand, he jumped off and continued walking along the beach as if nothing had happened. That’s when we realized Pip was a one-of-a-kind cat.”
He was also a strong swimmer who loved splashing around in the shallows.
Pip’s antics drew the attention of an ever-increasing number of fans. “Pip was being videoed and photographed by [tourists] and residents after numerous excursions to the beach,” Meadows added. Meadows was approached about a story on Pip when someone sent a video to the local TV station.
Unfortunately, all of the attention brought notice to the fact that dogs are not permitted on the beach during peak seasons in Ocean City, so Pip had to stay under the radar of the beach patrol. He was, however, usually a good sport about hiding in the sand as they walked by.
Fortunately, the beach wasn’t Pip’s only option for exploring his area. The boardwalk was there…
… and then there’s the arcade…
… restaurants and pubs that welcome pets…
… local attractions …
… and special events.