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Rest in Peace, Our Dear Pixel

We lost our little Cairn Terrier last night after a long bout with kidney disease which may have been exacerbated by Lyme disease. We never saw a tick on her except many years ago, but we can only assume that the rare deer we saw in our yard before daybreak in late 2008 must have been the carrier.

Whether or not there was a direct correlation between the two doesn't negate the critical need for flea and tick preventive medication, and she wasn't on it regularly.

We had nearly 16 years with Pixel. She was always in Darwin's (RiP 12/2004) shadow, but they got along very well even though she could be a bit "bitchy" around other dogs, especially large females. That's pretty common for the breed. In the last few years of her life she mellowed greatly, and only showed aggression when another dog went after her food.
She was ALWAYS submissive towards humans, and so loving.

We have been treating her for kidney disease with special Hill's K/D diet and Epakitin (miracle worker!) for a year and noticed an amazing improvement.

She took a turn for the worse a few days before Labor Day. She was throwing up her K/D kibble. We were going out of town that weekend, and our vet graciously took her in, checked blood, gave IVs, switched her to K/D canned. Things were going well, but in a day or so Pixel started upchucking again. Vet switched her to baby food and rice and kept the IVs going. When it looked like we could bring her home, we took her in for a few Sub-Q treatments and switched her to a homemade concoction that Hill's recommended, and she did wonderfully. It wasn't until Thurs. late morning that she upchucked that, and later plain baby food.

She had no energy for the last 24-48 hrs, and doubtful she would have survived the night, and certainly would have been in severe discomfort. She was more than ready, and went very peacefully and quickly.

Pixel had a very full and loving life, and although we grieve right now and try to adjust to the strangeness of life without our furry beloved, our sorrow will soon be replaced with the countless memories of all of the joy and extra quality she brought to our lives, as all dogs do.

And now, she gets to reunite with and romp with her "brother" Darwin the Westie, somewhere around Rainbow Bridge. We'll look for you guys a little later.

This one's for you, our faithful Scottish Best Friends.
"Battlefield Band--Norland Wind (Magheracloone)"


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Sep. 18th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
Rudyard Kipling

There is sorrow enough in the natural way From men and women to fill our day; But when we are certain of sorrow in store, Why do we always arrange for more? Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Buy a pup and your money will buy Love unflinching that cannot lie-- Perfect passion and worship fed By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head. Nevertheless it is hardly fair To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

When the fourteen years which Nature permits Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits, And the vet's unspoken prescription runs To lethal chambers or loaded guns, Then you will find--it's your own affair But . . . you've given your heart to a dog to tear.

When the body that lived at your single will When the whimper of welcome is stilled (how still!) When the spirit that answered your every mood Is gone wherever it goes--for good, You will discover how much you care, And will give your heart to a dog to tear!

We've sorrow enough in the natural way, When it comes to burying Christian clay. Our loves are not given, but only lent, At compound interest of cent per cent. Though it is not always the case, I believe, That the longer we've kept 'em, the more do we grieve: For, when debts are payable, right or wrong, A short-time loan is as bad as a long So why in Heaven (before we are there!) Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?

I've found this to be something of a comfort to read - hope it helps y'all a bit.

Sep. 18th, 2010 03:29 am (UTC)
Re: Rudyard Kipling
We're familiar with that Kipling piece as well. We loved having faithful companions who brought us such immeasurable joy even knowing that we would likely lose him or her before our own lives.

Sep. 19th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
Re: Rudyard Kipling
And thank you, Jeffro. I appreciate your kind thoughts.
Sep. 21st, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
Remind me not to read this post or look at those pictures while I'm at work. :-( (Jay)
Oct. 30th, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
Now that is a cute dog. My cousin had a Scotts terrier named Charles K Doggums III, G-d knows why, but he had similar animation. Best wishes.
Oct. 31st, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
Re: Pixel
Thanks, Anon. She and Darwin were cute in so many ways.
We like Scotties, too. Love the old "Black & White" Scotch Whisky label.
Thanks for dropping by. :-)
Aug. 8th, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
When you experience the joy of bringing a new puppy home, you know this will be waiting for you some day, but just don't think about it. So sad. Hope you found a new companion to fill the hole in your heart.
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