Pixel by the Bay

Pixel by the Bay, Pt. 2

Pixel got to take another trip to Myrtle Edwards Park on Elliott Bay, one of his favorite places to play! This time, the weather wasn’t so nice–it’s fall in Seattle, and the rain and clouds have set in.

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Elliott Bay; almost as wet as the rest of Seattle in fall.

The weather might have been a little unpleasant for us, but Pixel loves the rain! Despite the cold weather and freezing water, he was ready to go as soon as we hit the gravelly beach. He eased in slowly, getting just the bottoms of his little paws wet.



We didn’t even have to throw a stick or a ball this time to get Pixel in the water. The crashing of the waves was enough to get him excited, and before we knew it, he was in the frigid water!


Who’s cold?


The big shake.

Although he enjoys playing in the water, Pixel hates getting his face wet! It only took a few small waves before he was soaked and wanting to come back to shore.


Pixel thinks he deserves a treat simply for playing in the water.

After spending a few minutes begging for treats on the beach, Pixel gave up, reflected on his play time in the Bay, and decided it was time to go home. 🙂


Little did he know what was in store for him upon return…the dreaded bath!



Canine Siren, Pixel's World

The Canine Siren, Pt. 1

Living with Pixel certainly comes with benefits. Other than getting to spend our days with a cute, (sometimes too) energetic, lovable puppy, we also get the added value of a living alarm system.

Whether it’s a police cruiser racing down the street to a crime scene, a fire truck on its way to a four-alarm blaze, or an ambulance en route to the hospital, we can count on Pixel to do one thing: howl along with the siren.

Pixel has many different flavors of howl. Today we’re going to take a look at three of them.

The Deluxe Wolf Howl

Pixel goes all out, throwing his head back, and letting it all out in full primal mode:

The “I’m Busy” Howl

Pixel is busy begging, but he knows the world might end if he doesn’t sound the alarm, so he provides us with a half-hearted offering:

The Obligatory Howl

Pixel is sleeping, but his instincts won’t allow him to take a pass on the howl. No head or bodily movement is involved:

This is just a primer on the colorful and varied ways in which Pixel likes to “sound the alarm,” so check back later for more in this series!

Does your dog ever sing along to the sounds of the places you live? Let us know in the comments!

Pixel's World

Pixel Goes to Kubota Garden!

The weather is getting colder here in Seattle, but the rain has held off long enough to give us a uniquely beautiful fall. Normally, the rain would have washed all the colorful leaves off the trees by now, but not this year!

We decided that Pixel might like to take a trip to the beautiful Kubota Japanese Garden in South Seattle. We went early on a brisk Monday morning, so not only was the day still new, but we were the only group there. How fortunate!

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Pixel decided to take it easy by the pond at first so he could get used to the sights and smells.

One thing that seemed to really interest Pixel was the pond. Although there weren’t any Koi swimming around this time of year, Pixel was still excited to be around the water. Strange for a canine who usually tries his best to avoid swimming!

Pixel carefully inspects a narrow, stone bridge.

When Pixel came across a narrow, stone bridge crossing over the pond, he was clearly hesitant. His balance is quite good, but sometimes he gets nervous about falling in! (Not that he’s ever fallen in the water before. 😉 )

After some careful doggy deliberation, he mustered up the courage to take on the bridge full speed ahead! It was quite cold out–maybe he thought he could sniff out some of his beloved ice cream?

Pixel channels his inner beast and conquers the narrow pond bridges.  🐶

When Pixel was satisfied that he had properly shown-off on the little stone bridges, he was ready to move on to something bigger (safer?). He led us to a beautiful, red, Japanese-style bridge right next to some of the prettiest trees in the garden.

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All in all, Pixel had a ton of fun at Kubota Garden. Something tells us he can’t wait to go back!

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Pixel’s Bone Encounter

I ate at the excellent Heartwood restaurant in downtown Seattle last night, just south of Pike Place Market. Although the menu is full of delicious offerings, I’ve been spending a lot of time interacting with Pixel, so naturally, that drew my eye to the Tartare and Bone Marrow.

Man, Pixel would just go nuts if he saw this!” I thought to myself. I was sold, and placed my order. I didn’t think much again about Pixel over the course of the next 2 hours, but, let me tell you, that dog has some great taste!

Pixel at home, waiting for my return from Heartwood.

The tartare/marrow combo arrived, and I was delighted to see that it was served inside of the original bone!

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Now, I have yet to meet a dog who doesn’t jump up and down for beef bones, so when the waiter finally arrived when I was finished, I was really hoping he’d let me take that bone back to Pixel’s World!

This being Seattle, the most dog-friendly city I’ve every known, it was no problem to get that bone into a doggy bag (pun intended!) and start the journey back home, where Pixel, likely already having smelled the bone from two miles away, would be waiting with bated breath. 🙂

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It turns out Pixel really was at home waiting. 😉

I walked north on 1st Ave, through the busy sidewalks full of revelers entertaining under the cloak of night, with one question in mind: “how is Pixel going to like his first real bone?!”

When I got home, Pixel was waiting like a good boy, as usual! I couldn’t wait to get the bone, bits of marrow still intact, and show it to him for the first time. I was certain that he’d go crazy and quickly devour it, but was surprised to see how hesitant he was about approaching his new treat!

Pixel delicately approaches his new bone!

As I’m sure any of Pixel’s followers will know, it only took a few minutes for him to realize that this wonderful beefy offering was his to keep! He promptly got to work, and fell into a trance-like state of doggy bliss as he indulged in his first bone.

Bone bliss.

From the moment he got the bone, Pixel engaged in the longest continuous activity I’ve seen since birth! He attacked his bone from every angle, relishing in the marrowy goodness leftover from my meal for the night. It was so much fun watching Pixel have so much fun!

He finally managed to take a break for a few hours to sleep, but when I awoke in the morning, he was at it again!

Pixel in the morning, exhausted, but still dedicated to his beloved bone. 🙂

Before we go, take a look at this short video of Pixel trying out his bone for the first time. How many of Pixel’s followers have had a similar experience?! 🙂 Leave comments letting us know how your doggy likes natural beef bones!

Puppy Days

Pixel as a Puppy, Pt. 1

Pixel was a little scared the first time he saw his new cage, but not too scared to use it as a potty! Does he look a little embarrassed? 🙂 ♥🐕

He was very curious as a puppy, so he did a lot of exploring. He really seemed to like the kitchen! It’s such a small room for us humans, but when you’re as small as Pixel was, even the tiniest spaces offer such big opportunities!

The only thing stronger than Pixel’s curiosity was his desire to relax and sleep. He needed so much rest as a puppy! With all the growing he was doing at the time, who could blame him?! 🙂


Puppy Days

Pixel’s First Friend

Pixel’s first, and favorite, friend is named Shadow! Shadow is a Border Collie mix, and although he’s much older than Pixel, he’s so kind and gentle that Pixel has adopted him as a role model! We think that Pixel made a good choice. 🙂

The first time they met, Pixel was a little hesitant. After all, he had never been around another dog outside of his doggy family!

But thanks to Shadow’s gentle nature, it didn’t take much time for Pixel to build the confidence to introduce himself with a couple of kisses on Shadow’s nose!

The puppy love proved to be just enough to get Shadow to open up and offer his toy raccoon for some play time. What a generous canine!

The two were so comfortable with each other by the end of their first play session, that they were able to get some post-play rest and relaxation in as well. 🐕

We even got a little bit of the playtime on video! Shadow sure is patient as Pixel jumps for attention! 🙂

Pixel by the Bay

Pixel by the Bay, Pt. 1

Pixel loves visiting Myrtle Edwards Park, next to Elliott Bay!


He was a really good boy, and let us take some portraits of him next to the water…

He even found a stick this time! He took a few minutes to make sure the coast was clear…

And then got busy chewing!

Pixel always has such a great time during his trips to Elliott Bay, that when it’s time to go home, he always begs to stay!


Puppy Days

Pixel’s First Day

Pixel came to live with us when he was only two months old! The very first time we saw him, he was resting with his little baby brother.


He was very nervous when he came home for the first time. His little legs were so tiny that he could hardly walk!


But it didn’t take long for him to get comfortable!


And even more comfortable…


It wasn’t hard for us to identify Pixel’s favorite activity! Even today, he sleeps almost as much as he did as a puppy.

Here he’s using his toy as a pillow. How clever for a little puppy!



Pixel's World

Pixel Goes to the Beach

Pixel took a trip to Ocean Shores, WA!


He really enjoyed playing on the beach…



Maybe a little too much for a dog that hates baths!


He even got to see a wild deer.


Pixel had a ton of fun on his trip, but it really wore him out!


Pixel's World

Say Hello to Pixel!

This is Pixel…


He’s a two year old Mini Australian Shepherd with a lot of energy! To be exact, he’s a Mini American Shepherd, but we like to use the Aussie terminology, since that’s what most people seem to recognize.

When Pixel was a puppy, like all dogs, he loved to play!


He still likes to play, but he also sleeps a lot…


When he isn’t hanging out by the window deep in thought, that is!


Pixel is going to be right here waiting for you, so check back often to see what’s going on in his world!