We took a vacation!

John and I just returned home from a week away in North Carolina.  My big brother got married on the 17th and John and I were both part of the wedding party.  It was an awesome trip and so great to see family and friends.  The dogs stayed home with our roommate.  This was my first time leaving Lexi for more than a night, so I was very nervous and anxious, but they were in good hands with our roommate.  Lexi actually did surprisingly well without us!  She’s very easy-going and low energy, but she’s pretty attached to us.  I was worried that she might stop eating and be very anxious, but apparently she did just fine and took advantage of the extra room on the bed:


I was so relieved everything went well.  Our roommate also sent us this while we were gone, which totally made me smile:


We got back last night and today we took the dogs to the beach for a swim:


Back to normal!

It’s been a while!

Hi everyone!! It’s been a hot minute since our last update…eek!  I started as a Graduate Assistant this semester so I have been trying to balance teaching with my own classes and general life happenings.  It’s been busy!  John and I are also leaving in a little over two weeks for a trip to the mainland – my brother is getting married in North Carolina on May 17th!

The dogs are both doing well…when I last updated we had just moved, so we are now all settled into our little beach house on the North Shore.  It’s small but we have a fully fenced-in yard, a big screened-in porch, and we’re a block away from the beach!  There is also a bike path nearby that we like to walk the dogs on and ride our bikes down.

Lexi’s ear issues finally cleared up after quite the battle, and she has been doing pretty well since.  She loves to go for her walks but she’s also quite content holding down the couch or sunning herself on the deck.

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know we are all still alive and kicking, and share a few newer pictures as well!






Lexi and Daddy.  Look how filled out she is!  She weighed in at 70 pounds at the vet's office!

Lexi and Daddy. Look how filled out she is! She weighed in at 70 pounds at the vet’s office!

Back to the Vet

So, Lexi went back to the vet for the third time (this was her second re-check).  There is good news and bad news:

Good news:  

Her skin and paws are looking really good!  We have always had issues with her paws because of her allergies, but we do get a few months at a time where they look more-or-less “normal” and barely crack, bleed, swell, etc.  So, anytime we have good-looking paws is awesome!  Also, her weight is back up!  He’s just shy of 65 pounds now and looking SO good and filled out.  She just looks very healthy and happy.

Also, she did somewhat better at this past vet appointment than the last two.  I did give her a dose of Ace again, and she was still very anxious about the whole experience.  BUT, the staff at the office is great about working with us to help reduce her anxiety.  We check in from the parking lot, they let us in a side door, we go right to the scale and then right into the exam room with the tech.  The techs are great and love on her, give her treats I bring, etc.  I am also really happy with her vet.  Dr. Dean is so patient and compassionate, and I never feel rushed out the room or into a decision.  Anyways, while Lex was still very anxious, she finally started to interact with the staff and looked to them for lovin’s and petting!  She stood still like a lady while Dr. Dean did another ear smear and even snuck a kiss to her!  She also did well when Dr. Dean took her to the back to administer her vaccines.  She was reluctant to leave me at first, but I walked her to the door and off she went through it with Dr. Dean.  It was nice to see her start to open up, and the staff respond with lots of praise and lovin’s.  We’ve still got work to do with our vet visits, but baby steps like these are great!

We also got all of Lexi’s yearly check-up stuff out of the way since she improved from the last visit. 

Bad news:

Poor girl’s ears are STILL very infected, after more than 3 weeks of treatment.  It visibly looked like they were much better, but the smear showed yeast still in the left ear and yeast, bacteria, and now rods in the right.  Dr. Dean is concerned that the rods in the right ear are indicative of an antibiotic-resistant bacteria, so we did a culture of the right ear.  Within a week we should know exactly what is in there and what will actually work to treat it.  It doesn’t seem to bother her much (except when I have to clean it and put the drops in, of course), but I would love to finally get rid of this bacteria!

We will probably need to do one more re-check after we figure out exactly what this bacteria is, but hopefully after that we will get a break from the vet!  Zev also has an appointment there next month for his yearly check-up and vaccines.  He has been doing really well, although we have noticed that his back end seems to get stiff on chillier days, and he does have arthritic knees and hip displasia that is common to his breed.  About 98% of the time he feels great and gets around with no issues, but we will talk with Dr. Dean about the possibility of putting him on a joint supplement to help keep him comfortable.

Aside from vet visits, the semester has started up again and I started a position as a Graduate Teaching Assistant with the Sociology department.  That means lots of grading!  I am really enjoying it though.

We are also moving, yet again!  But this time it’s about 20 miles instead of 6,000.  We found a nice little house with a fully fenced yard on the North Shore of Oahu, famous for it’s big waves during the winter (we got 50-60 foot waves this week, the biggest in a decade)!  We will be a block away from the beach and also near a nice bike path.  The house is small, and we will be living with our good friend Shawn, who I think Lexi has a crush on!  It does have a big screened in porch, though, which is really neat, and after acclimating the dogs to having other dog neighbors through the fence I’m sure they will love having a yard.  

So, busy busy again!

One Year!!

Today marks Lexi’s one year anni-dopta-versary!  I’ll do some reflecting later, but for now I just want to share the little photo shoot we had this morning.  Lexi is looking SO good!












An update!

First, here is another picture of the dogs at the beach a few weeks ago, happy as can be!



This picture cracks me up!

In other news, there has been a LOT going on lately!  I started my Spring semester today, we are moving in about three weeks from Waipahu to Waialua, and Lexi is battling yet another ear and paw infection (at the same time, no less).  Phew.  So we are breaking the lease on our apartment early and moving to a small house in Waialua, on the North Shore of Oahu about 20 minutes away from where we live now.  It’s small but in good condition and has a large screened-in porch that we plan to put a table, chairs, and our futon in to make a nice cool hang-out spot.  I know the dogs will love hanging out on the porch to get some air!  Also, the whole yard is fenced, which is awesome!  We do share the property with the owner, a nice older lady, but she has met both the dogs and really likes us (Us=John and I plus our good friend Shawn).  

We will have some work to do with Lexi, though, because the neighbors on each side of the fence have multiple dogs that bark through said fence.  We have been working a lot on our leash walking and she has improved incredibly, but seeing other dogs through the fence is something she isn’t quite accustomed to dealing with calmly.  We will work on whatever we need to, though, and I think with a little time and consistent work she will come to really enjoy having a safe yard to run around in!  Perhaps the best part of this new place, though, is that it is across the street from a nice bike path that I’m sure Lexi and I will enjoy.  Also, it is a block away from the beach!  I kid you not, it will take us 2 minutes to walk to the beach access path.  We are really excited and can’t wait to take the dogs to the beach more and just be so close to it!

Anyway, Lexi is also battling a paw and ear infection at the same time.  She is on the mend and both should clear up in no time.  She is prone to developing both because of her weakened immune system, and it’s far from the first time we’ve seen these issues.  We found a vet about 5 minutes away that I really like and who really works with us to help reduce Lexi’s vet-related anxiety and stress, which seems to have gotten worse as she gets more and more attached to us.  All of the staff are great, though, and help make the experience as positive as possible…although a dose of ace is probably the best stress reliever for her in these situations!  Lexi goes back in another two weeks for a re-check to see if the antibiotics and anti-inflammatory meds are doing their jobs.  Otherwise all is well with both her and Zev.  On a positive note, she is back up to 64 pounds!  Remember when I struggled for months to put weight back on her?  Before our move I struggled to keep her around 60.  Now she looks SO good and filled out.  She eats a high quality dry food with an herbal allergy supplement, intermittent Benadryl, coconut oil, and sometimes some pumpkin too.  She is doing really well on this diet and I can finally maintain her weight.  

Well, that’s it for now.  Gotta get ready for classes tomorrow!