|My name is:
PA Female 2 yrs+/-
Weight: 55 lbs
Up to Date: Yes
Other dogs: No
Crate Trained: Yes
House Trained: Yes
Individual needs: Obedience Training
|3/29/11 - Meet Lexi.
She is an owner surrender from West Virginia and came to us because the owner felt she was unable to give Lexi the attention she needed and deserved. Lexi spent most of her days in her crate due to work schedules and had very little interaction with family and virtually no exercise. As a result, Lexi is still "toddler" like. She lacks some manners and is a bit rough around the edges. However, Lexi is so eager to please and craves human interaction (as well as treats!) so she responds pretty well to correction and basic skills training. She has a very sweet personality, loves to give kisses and is great with the children. When she had her first bath she stood perfectly still in the tub. Later that evening she sat quietly while I clipped her nails. Lexi is quite a good looking girl- very pretty- and she has her tail too.
Lexi has been with me and my family for just four days now and she has already made improvements. She is now playing outdoors, going for long walks and getting used to our home. She sleeps in her crate at night and settles in quietly without protest. Because she and my resident Boxer, Roxy, are not getting along, I do not allow them to be together in the house. We use baby gates to secure some rooms on the first floor. It was reported that she 'got along' with other dogs and she has no problems with our older Chocolate Lab. She's doing well in the home, learning the rules and is exceptional with house training- Not a single accident since she arrived.
We went to the veterinarian today for our first visit and are up to date on all shots and rabies vaccinated. I take Lexi back next week for her spay procedure. As I get to know Lexi better I will have more details to post. Keep an eye on this one. She's a real diamond in the rough.
4/8/11 - Sorry for the delay in getting an update out about our girl but we had a rather interesting experience with Lexi. It all started one evening when Lexi came into our living room with my toddler's Elmo doll. She proceeded to lick the little guy obsessively and was very protective of him. By morning, Lexi had collected three more stuffed animals belonging to my 15-month old son. She was displaying the classic signs of pseudocyesis, or false pregnancy, and was nesting. This was all new to me so I did lots of reading and sought out help from my NLBR foster coordinator. Lexi eventually accumulated 13 objects- stuffed animals, toys, even our tv remote control- and placed them in her crate believing that these inanimate objects were indeed very real. She was very attentive to the “puppies” for the first 5 or 6 days or so before gradually spending some time away from them. Not to worry, she will be back to her normal self within 2 or 3 weeks according to the vet and is already well on her way. Thank goodness she will never have to go through this again because now she has been spayed.
Lexi has come such a long way in the short time she has been here with me and my family. She has really settled in and is a sweet, affectionate Boxer girl. Still needing a firm hand on occasion to tell her “no”, she has learned that her initial behaviors were not going to be tolerated. She adapted rather quickly to the new rules. I have learned lots of things about her and now know that one of her favorite things is to go for a ride in the SUV. I also found that she absolutely loves peanut butter-so funny. I have never seen a Boxer’s tongue lap so fast as her does with this treat. She adores tummy rubs and is more than happy to roll onto her back to make it easy for you to reach her in all the right spots. She can catch a treat in her mouth if you toss one to her and she rarely misses. She loves to give kisses and bear hugs- when she is told its okay. She has improved greatly with all of her behaviors and is learning to walk on a leash like a little lady.
With all that being said and all of the progress Lexi has made there is still the issue of her and my Roxy sharing an intense, mutual dislike for one another. Perhaps her behavior has been exacerbated by the false pregnancy and the surge of hormones. We may never know for sure the true meaning of her aggression toward Roxy but because of these circumstances Lexi cannot be placed in any home where a dog is already residing. Nor will she be placed in a home where the owner is contemplating adding a second Boxer. Just wanted to add that Lexi has opened up and has engaged in lots of play. She loves this red soft Frisbee made by TuffTuff and will chase it wherever it is thrown. Like any Boxer, she never brings it back to me directly- fearing I will put it away and play will be over! I was able to take her to Petsmart with me last week and she impressed me with her good behavior. She visited with lots of curious shoppers and she was happy to let everyone pet her. Lexi thanked each of them by showering them with kisses and wagging her tail as fast as it could go. Needless to say, she was thrilled to have gone for a ride there and back as well- especially when I lower the window. She’s a super girl and I will really miss her when she goes to her forever home
|ADOPTED MAY 9, 2011|
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