3) That adorable bi-color ("bi-black") Sheltie to the left is Pixel (her AKC registered name was "Daryl's Black N White Pixel"). Shortly after Pixel's 11th birthday (in 2002), she was turned over to an animal shelter by owners who said that they were unable to keep her after they moved. This was at least the second time in Pixel's life that she had been turned over to an animal shelter!
We rescued Pixel and began a program to restore her spirits and tend to her badly sun-damaged coat. Pixel's right foreleg appeared to have been damaged, possibly even broken, as she stood somewhat bowlegged and exhibited a slight sensitivity in that leg.
Pixel was incredibly loving and affectionate and had a fabulous personality—in fact, we frequently told her that she was "pixel perfect"! One snuggle and kiss, and everyone agreed that she was as "pixelicious" as we thought she was.
Unfortunately, we learned that Pixel had Cushing's Disease (or some other disease that seemed likely to cause her increasing deterioration). Because of this, we concluded that Pixel was not adoptable and we placed her into hospice care. She lived the life of luxury in our home that such a wonderful Sheltie deserves.
Sadly, Pixel's health problems, including (definitely) Cushings Disease, finally overwhelmed her powerful spirit. We released this lovely and loving little 12Â½-year-old girl from her suffering at the end of January, 2004, holding her in our arms and whispering how much we loved her. Our home will not be the same without Pixel to remind us when it's time to get up, to go outside, and (most importantly, of course) to eat!