Monday, February 4, 2013

LEXI grows and grows...

Hello there to all our cyber-friends!
LEXI: Aged NINE WEEKS.

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A week has flown by and our pup is growing at an alarming rate. Since her arrival on the 25th January 2013, our 'Sunbeam' has put on nearly a kilogram in weight.  The scale is tipping at a whopping 5.9 Kilograms!  
She is thriving on her diet; 4 x meals a day of

HILLS SCIENCE PLAN: PUPPY

In Lexi's little life, only three things matter:

1. FOOD!

 2. PLAY!

3. PASS OUT!
My plan, however is a little more extensive, with the addition of:

4. Some basic obedience training: "Come!", "Sit" and "Down" (to which she has responded very nicely indeed).  She sits and waits for her food now which is extremely endearing.

5. Exposure to new things that will aid the nurturing of her personality.  For example, the introduction to different types of people and objects. 

 As her immunity develops, Lexi will also be exposed to different kinds of dogs/animals and environments. Once she has had her second set of vaccinations,  her puppy socialisation will begin in earnest.

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This weekend, we introduced Lexi to our swimming pool. 
In my opinion, it is critical that she is taught where the pool 'steps' are and how to get out safely. We have a bit of work to do on this one because she is still too small to climb out on her own. However, we started off this exercise by allowing her to swim a few short distances towards the step, where we helped her exit.  Lexi's response to the whole episode was calm and confident.  Take a look at the short video clip:


(Below: Lexi sunbathing after her 'swimming' lesson)
We also invited a number of friends and family around on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon for tea. Lexi had MANY people to meet. Here are some photographs taken from those two events:
 Above: Lexi with Darryl Humphris.

Above: Toby, Tammy and Lexi with Liz Humphris


 
Above: Lexi with Katie-Meg Weinerlein

 Above: Lexi with Katie-Meg and Amy Weinerlein.

Meeting people is hard work...in between, Lexi elected to have a puppy pass-out-parade...





Soon, it was back to spending time with the visitors.
 Anthea, Katie-Meg and Amy
Anthea Weinerlein

Margie Schneider and Lexi

Yesterday our 'Sweet Hooligan' TOBY felt it was time to showcase his pool moves too:

Presenting: THE FLYING DOG TOBY:



 (Above:  Ummm...not all moves are graceful)
Over the weekend, Lexi and Aunt Tam shared some bonding time too:

And I also had the opportunity to spend time with the dogs:




Lexi's bond with various members of our household is also cementing.  

Above: Lexi with Robz

One of the strongest forming bonds is with her canine role-model, the 'Sweet Hooligan' Toby.



 These two have already formed a happy, companionable bond. Toby is never far from Lexi's side and the two play continuously.  Aunt Tam, has also thawed and is allowing Lexi into her personal space.

I have prepared a short video of Toby and Lexi playing together:


As for me?


Nothing more said!

QUILLQUEST: "Princess Aurora" a.k.a. "Lexi"

is HUGELY loved!

Sending lotsaluv

11 comments:

Dexter said...

Pool safety is very important. Dexter absolutely refuses to use anything other than the stairs at our neighbor's pool (no dock diving for him).

The little gal is relentless with Toby. I saw Miss Tammy keeping her distance in the video.

Mango Momma

harrispen said...

Squee!!! Please keep the cuteness coming. Lexi is so adorable I can't stand it. I can only imagine how much more fun it is in real life.

Cindy

Sam said...

She is so adorable! You have such a beautiful trio of Goldens.

Sam

Two French Bulldogs said...

Oh boy do we love these pictures! How cute!
Snorts,
Benny & Lily

Ginger Jasper said...

Another wonderful post and wow fabulous pictures. I loved seeing that gorgeous cutie and looking what he is getting up to.. Keep the pictures coming.. Hugs GJ xx

Mitch and Molly said...

We smiled the whole way through your post and we loved the videos! Mom's favorite picture is the last one!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

KT and Easton said...

What a wonderful post. We were grinning from ear to ear watching Lexi discover her world and the other Goldens begin to accept her. Toby is terrific with her. Thanks for sharing.

Kirby andLea said...

I love lexi's video! She is soo soo cute and looks like she has a amazing family around her!!! p.s- I am doing a ancient dog event over on my blog where you just enter your dogs name and breed and he can be entered to have a history review all about his breed and how he came to be!

Scout and Freyja said...

She sure is growing into a lovely little girl. I think the photos that I ♥ the most are of the bottoms of her feet. I love those tootsies!

Maggie Mae and Max said...

Lexi is loved, that is fur sure! :)

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae and Max

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Lexi you are going to someday be as good a jumper in the water as big brother is! Your sure a cutie.
love
tweedles