Friday, March 22, 2013

LEXI UPDATE: 16 WEEKS OLD!


So much has happened in the last two months.  Our Lexi  continues to thrive and weighs well over 12Kgs now.  She has completed all her vaccinations and booster injections and is now taking on the larger world.   She is progressing well with her Puppy classes at McKaynine Training centre and has also achieved her/our goal of meeting over 200 people before the age of 16 weeks.


At the moment, she is all long legs and pouncing energy, and looks almost like a cross between a spaniel and a giraffe – the cutest little Golden bundle ever! She has settled into her new home perfectly and happily. We love her dearly.



Her little personality is really beautiful.  I could not ask for better:  a soft, gentle soul who LOVES people.  She’s pretty and intelligent and has more than enough energy to challenge our ‘Sweet Hooligan’ Toby.  Lexi is athletic and especially loves the agility part of her puppy classes – romping through the various tunnels without a care in the world.  She is a natural in the swimming pool – a strong swimmer who loves retrieving.  She’ll even swim behind Toby, grabbing onto his tail to propel herself at his speed. Most importantly, she knows where to get out of the swimming pool! She also loves the water-feature and can often be found playing lazily there. We have a whole pile of dog towels which are constantly drying out in the sunshine, and ready to dry her off.  Muddy pawprints are par-for-the-course. And chewing and digging too.  (This, by the way, is just to offer us a hint that her ‘Kong’ treat is overdue)



Lexi’s basic obedience training and puppy classes are going well.  She responds well to : “Come”, “Sit”, “Down”, “Stand”, “Fetch” and “Tummy” (Rolling on to her back for a tummy rub).  We are working on “Stay”, “Heel” and “Paw”.



Lexi is still very scared around dogs that she doesn’t know and I have to ensure that she is on lead at all times, while walking in public in case she doesn’t bolt in fright.  Once she is familiar with a dog, however,  her confidence soars and it’s “all play”, but I’m having to concentrate on developing her confidence amongst dogs.  She is very tentative, cowers and far prefers the company of people.

Our school visit to Randpark Primary School went extremely well.  The children loved having Lexi in their midst.  She is totally comfortable with children and is happy to be petted endlessly.  She dispenses licks exuberantly, but is also focussed on me in these situations and listens to my commands.  I am most impressed with this little pup.

Her visit to “Headstart” nursery school this week was also a roaring success.  Lexi is gifted with a gentle nature – especially amongst miniature human beings. As one four-year-old little girl put it:
 “I love Lexi!  Please, please bring her back again!” 


She certainly wins hearts over.

I have developed a very soft spot for my little Lexi too.  She is a cuddle-bunny of note, trusts me implicitly and sleeps next to my bed.  In the morning, I merely have to hang my hand over the side of the bed and click my fingers.  Very soon there will be a soft snout, nuzzling at my palm.  My hand will work its way downwards to her soft, downy fur around her neck and ears and I’ll spent five minutes absorbing all the warmth that she offers.  She’s a willing puppy who loves to be fondled.


Her courser, new hair is starting to emerge along the ridge of her back as she slowly grows into her frame.  She has beautiful, dark and expressive eyes.

Feeding times are somewhat a barking frenzy – as Lexi must wait her turn for her bowl of food.  (She is still fed 3xdaily).  But Tammy and Toby are always fed first while Lexi has to wait – a difficult, educational task when her tummy is grumbling.  However, once they are fed, Lexi quietens down to receive her own bowl of food politely.  I only put her bowl down when she sits and offers a paw.  Thereafter the contents of the bowl disappear in a flash.  Lexi loves her food!




It’s been a wonderful, enriching two months with my little pup.  Toby, Tammy, me and the rest of the family couldn’t ask for better.  Lexi , like her kennel name, the "Princess Aurora", has showered her sunbeams into our lives and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

We love you, Lexi!

Sending lotsaluv to all our friends across the world.

17 comments:

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Good Morning Caryl! It has been a hectic week for me, and catching up on your news has been such a treat! I cannot believe how quickly Lexi is growing up, and how much she has learned in such a short period of time--What a lovely young lady she has become and what potential she has too!!

Bouncing Bertie said...

Oh she is such a dear. Just perfect!
Cheers,
Gail.
PS from Bertie: Hey Lexi, don't be too perfect. You're showing us all up! Plus, remember your role in providing blog material for Caryl - we all just love reading about puppy naughtiness....

Sam said...

She is so adorable!

Sam

rottrover said...

Hi Lexi! I'm sending you some of my interest in other doggies...When I see them I get SOOOO excited and bark and jump and act loony. So here comes some curiosity abut them and some big doggie self confidence.

-Otto

MySpecialDoggies said...

Hi Lexi - we can't believe how quickly you're growing up and how pretty you are! Elle would love to steal that Kong from you - and have you chase her!!!

Woofs
Nadine & goldens Neeli & Elle

harrispen said...

Lexi I wish we live near each other so we could be play mates. You are such a sweet girl. I love little people too and wish I had some around here to pet me. Thanks for the update you are doing so well.

Millie

Mitch and Molly said...

You are so beautiful and so loveable, Lexi!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

Two French Bulldogs said...

Lexi you are doing such a good job! Keep up the good work sweetie
Benny & Lily

Ginger Jasper said...

Lovely post and so nice to catch up with all the happenings. The first and last pictures are stunning.. Hugs GJ xx

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Howdy Lexi, we agree with Bertie. We want to hear the cheeky naughty stuffs just to make our mum feel better hehehe. Sending you smoochie kisses cause you are so darn cute! No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

kks said...

what a lucky dog she is to be part of your pack!!
xoxo

Curt Rogers said...

I'm so jealous, Caryl! I've wanted a puppy for a long time but we simply don't have the space. Besides, I'm not sure I want to share my time with Duncan. I'm in awe of how special this experience has been for you. She's adorable!

(I apologize for not blogging as much. I'm going to make a concerted effort to get better at it. Winter is always a challenge for me so as Spring approaches and the world begins to light up, I hope my writing will as well. Most of my winter walks with Duncan have been in the dark so it's difficult to get good pictures and tell interesting stories. But now the sun is up longer and we can actually see each other. I hope to get back in the swing of things. Thanks for your patience and encouragement!)

Give her scritches on the ears from me!

Kirby andLea said...

Awwww carey lexie really looks like he is enjoying his life so far, and bringing so many happy smiles to kids!!!! So great!

Mrs. JP said...

She is such a love. I was so surprised by the size difference in the picture of she and Toby. Somehow, I'd pictured her a little taller. He's such a big, big brother.
I am in love with her eyes, as you know. I have a feeling that should you desire she could really be that working "people dog." But I remember how strict and competitive that can be.

Lovable Lily said...

We haven't been around in forever (sorry about that.)

Lexi is BEAUTIFUL! We can't wait to see more of her personality emerge as she grows older.

Hugs,
Lily Belle & Muffin

Deborah said...

Lexi is beautiful! Toby is so big! You sound so happy! My Buffy sleeps next to me in my room too and I love that!
Have a great day!
xxoo
Deborah

Mrs. JP said...

I came back to look at her today because I love her "black olive" eyes. Don't you think she has a very nice, expressive, eye area? I do!