11) Sally-Ann was found running the streets of Boise. A good Samaritan picked her up and, with all good intention, brought her to a shelter - not realizing that it was a "kill shelter". A review of Sally-Ann convinced this shelter that she was not adoptable, but someone from the Idaho Animal Welfare group noticed her. After repeated efforts, they were able to get Sally-Ann released to them and then turned her over to Sheltie Rescue of Utah. Sally-Ann was morbidly obese but lost weight at a reasonable rate.
Sally-Ann was diagnosed with a neurological problem that is leading to more severe seizures, with an enlarged heart, with failing liver and kidneys, with extremely severe arthritis, etc.. In early February, 2006, we were told that she probably had less than a month left. Very happily, Sally-Ann lived with us until mid-April, giving us an additional two months to revel in her love. On 12 April, Sally-Ann let us know that it was her time, so we took her into our vets' office, where she went to sleep one last time, being held in our loving arms as we whispered to her how much we love her. She will be greatly missed.