1) We found Fafi as she was being turned in to an animal shelter. She had quite obviously been terribly abused—her front teeth had very recently been kicked in and were loose and bleeding. She was already elderly (between 9 and 10 years of age). We couldn't then, and still cannot, understand how people can be so cruel to those who depend on them.
When we took her to our vet to treat her injuries, we learned that she had Cushing's Disease, which was caused by cancer! We placed Fafi on chemotherapy, which kept the Cushing's at bay for several years.
Dogs with such serious health problems, as well as older dogs, are often unadoptable, so we adopted Fafi into our hearts and our family, and she lived in hospice care with us for several years, until her death from the Cushing's Disease. Like all of our Shelties, Fafi was held in loving arms as she crossed the Rainbow Bridge.