It was 2014. Godzilla had been a wonderful addition to the family. Godzilla is a very easy dog with so much love to give. However, she is a somewhat delicate dog, she cannot for example catch a Frisbee or keep up with my adrenaline junkie, boisterous middle child. This middle child found a Boston Terrier mix when we went to visit Godzilla at the breeder. Since that day he had been begging for us to get him a Boston Terrier. He would print pictures of Boston Terriers and leave them around the house for me to find. Email me links to cute Boston Terriers online (thanks google!). He never asks for anything, every year at his birthday he would say “I only want a Boston Terrier or if I can’t have that a German Sheppard”. German Sheppard?! Seriously?!
The prior year this son had knee surgery and confined to a couch for 3 months. Parental guilt ran high and he played on our weakness. So we started looking around and we found a girl we liked that would be ready to come home a week after his birthday. Dad took our little guy out to meet his new friend and I have never seen the boy so excited. He was 100% in love. He spent every waking hour talking about how we need to pick a name for her that has something to do with the dot on her head and how fabulous her Mom and Dad were.
Pixel was the name he settled on. What a wonderful dog! So very smart! At just two weeks old we told her to sit and gave her a treat. From that moment on she would go to the kitchen and sit and wait patiently for her treat. She loves her boy very much. Snuggles up close to him under the covers in his bed – she is a burrower like a rabbit. Pixel is truly the type of dog that will run and play and keep up with a crazy kid.
Pixel was a little hard to potty train. She doesn’t like to be wet or cold so when Winter came along she would just pee in the house so that she didn’t have to go out in the cold! Pixel would also just go to the front door and wait patiently for you to let her out, which was lovely but had one problem, when I wasn’t close to the front door I had no idea she needed to go out. So we purchased “Doggie Door Bells“. What a wonderful invention! Pixel figured that one out in a single day. One slight issue, Pixel can be a bit of a liar. She will go to the door and ring the bell and look desperate. When you ask her “Pixel, do you need to go pee? Really? You JUST went out!” She will look even more desperate so you open the door and she runs out TO PLAY. When you remind her “Pixel, did you need to go pee?” she will squat down and fake a pee! This is especially apparent in the Winter when the snow does not turn yellow!
Pixel LOVES cuddles. When Dad is home she will get up with the kids and send them off to school then remember Dad is still upstairs. This causes such excitement that she runs at full speed and this girl is FAST, all the way upstairs and takes a flying leap on to the bed typically landing right on Dads stomach then having so much speed she continues until she head butts him then slobbers all over him to let him know just how much she truly loves him. Who needs an alarm clock with Pixel in the house?!
- Name: Pixel – for the dot on her head.
- Born: June 22nd 2014
- Breed: Boston Terrier. This was the first true American Breed. Breed from the English Bull Dog and the English White Terrier. For more information on this wonderful breed check out the American Kennel Club page for Boston Terriers.
- Size: Small but very strong and muscular. Although not much bigger in size than Godzilla she weighs twice as much.
- Color: Black and white tuxedo markings.
- Distinguishing Features: Pixel has the Haggerty Spot which means she is descendant from the original line of Boston Terriers. What it really means is it just makes her cuter! Pixel’s left ear, wait right ear if you are looking at her from behind, left if you are looking at her cute face, well one of her ears did not fully stand up (they are not clipped neither are their tails). It curls over just a little and totally adds to her cuteness factor. We consider her a beautiful dog.
- Nicknames: “Pickle”, “PickleMomma”, “PickleMi”,
- Theme Song: My son loves to sing Eminem’s “Mockingbird” to her, for that matter any Eminem song
- Personality: Pixel consistently surprises us with just how much of the English language she seems to grasp. When going to bed after her late night “puppy pee time” she will go up the stairs and try to head to the parents room after all the parents are still awake and might want to play. If you say “No Pixel, your bed” she will give you a sad look then slowly turn around and head back to her boy’s bed. Pixel has a little of a stubborn streak. She loves to be outside and when called in she will turn and head your way but make sure you are aware she is coming on her own time and ONLY because she was thinking about coming in anyway. Pixel is BOSS! “See that toy, that’s mine. Wait you like that one? No, that one is mine too. In fact they all are, let me just make a pile so you can’t have them”. She loves to please and is thrilled with herself when she gets praised.