Best. Picture. Ever.

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Best. Picture. Ever.

Zev, mid-yawn and looking like a big ham!

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A Case of the Mondays!

11478_10151448602496431_1974333889_nOkay, so it was actually a pretty good Monday.  It was hot and humid here in RI, so the dogs didn’t do much until later in the evening, when John and I took them both to Black Point, a DEM fishing area in Narragansett (adjacent to Scarborough Beach, for those of you whom are familiar with the area!).  It’s a really nice, shady network of trails leading down to some large, flat rocks that are frequented by fishermen.  The trails can get pretty busy in the summer, but tonight was nice and quiet.  Lexi has been before, but it has been a few months.  She was very excited and had a lot of fun!  She is getting better and better on her walks with a lot of consistency and high value treats.  I am proud of the progress she is making!

Tonight is also Lexi’s first night on her “new” allergy regimen.  She has previously been taking a compounded form of cyclosporine, but tonight she starts on generic Atopica, 150 mg per day.  After talking with Lexi’s dermatologist we decided to try a month or so of the Atopica, and at a higher dose, in the hopes that we can really nip these allergies in the bud.  She has been scratching at her chest and under her chin a bit lately, and her feet are still problematic, but otherwise she looks and feels really good.  I am REALLY hoping that a month of two of this regimen will allow us to lower the dosage (and save some money!) in time for our move.  We shall see!

We have a lot of work to do still to get ready for our move.  The next steps are booking my car shipment, finding a place to live, and figuring out how we will get our stuff over there.  It’s a busy, busy time, but we are getting more and more excited!

 

Some Randoms

Hey everyone!  So I am sitting at work, bored, until 5:30 am and decided to clean out my camera.  Yippee!  I haven’t used it in a while – lately I’ve just been using the camera on my phone and uploading those pictures right onto Facebook (the lazy way, right?).  So, here are some random shots from the last few weeks:

Zev is the master of the Kong!

Zev is the master of the Kong!

Lexi posing by the new travel crate!

Lexi posing by the new travel crate!

Mom, I so sleepy.

Mom, I so sleepy.

Zev spent some time in the crate with a Kong, s he was pretty happy.

Zev spent some time in the crate with a Kong, so he was pretty happy.

But he was unsure of the crate at first and pretty suspicious...

But he was unsure of the crate at first and pretty suspicious…

his favorite spot in the house, looking out the living room window

his favorite spot in the house, looking out the living room window

And here's one from today:  Lexi's current arsenal of meds and sprays.

And here’s one from today: Lexi’s current arsenal of meds and sprays.

Here you will find our very own pharmacy.  We have cyclosporine in two forms:  compounded and generic Atopica, two bottles of prednisone, two different doses of cephalexin, ketoconozole, chlorhexidine paw wipes, wound spray, Rescue Remedy, paw lotion, and an essential oil flea and tick spray.  Along with some non-toxic, all-purpose cleaner to deal with some the side effects of prednisone.  And that’s not including some older stuff in Lexi’s “med box”, not pictured…

Wow, that’s a lot of stuff.

Learning the Ropes

Hey everyone!  I have a quick post for you tonight.  To preface: when Lexi was first taken into foster care with Handsome Dan’s, it quickly became evident that she had no clue what to do with toys.  With a lot of coaxing and reassurance (and a ton of toys graciously donated to her through HDR), she slowly learned how to play and took a particular interest in things she could chew on.  Almost a year later, she still does not know what to do with certain toys, but she is definitely more comfortable in trying new toys, and she loves the ones she is familiar with, like antlers and her Jack toy (see my post about it a few weeks ago!).  Today, Lexi decided to try out a new toy, a small tire!  Zev has a larger tire that he LOVES and always gives to people to play with, but that toy is exclusively his, and Lexi knows this.  Today, Lexi sniffed at the small tire, picked it up in her mouth, moved it a few feet, and then sat by it and eyed it suspiciously:

so what's the deal with this tire?

so what’s the deal with this tire?

It was pretty comical to watch her sitting there eyeing it.  After a few minutes, she decided that the tire was okay and had some fun chewing on it:

1006180_10151441992161431_821552142_nYay for Lexi, learning the wonder and excitement of toys, one at a time!

Furry Grandkids!

Hi everyone!  Happy Father’s Day to all of the human and dog fathers out there!  John and I spent some time with my mom and dad today, both amazing people whom I really look up to.  I make an effort to see them at least once a week – we only live about 25 minutes apart – and they both love spending time with the dogs as well.  My dad has even dubbed them “the furry grandkids”!

Lexi and grampa

Lexi and grampa

Lexi and gramma!

Lexi and gramma!

Zev has known my parents for over 2 years now, and now Lexi is really starting to get comfortable with them, as evidenced by her curling right up on them in these pictures!  The pups look forward to seeing them every week and getting treats from Gramma.  We will really miss them when we leave for Hawaii.  For now, we are enjoying our time together as much as possible, and Lexi and Zev are loving it!

Peaceful.

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Peaceful.

Here’s a shot from my walk tonight with Lexi. This is right around the corner from our house in Narragansett and I love this view. It was nice and quiet and peaceful out tonight. On our way home we saw our neighbors walking across the street with their poodle, so it presented a perfect opportunity to work on Lexi’s reactiveness. A man had stopped us to ask (and give many compliments) about Lexi, so she was already sitting patiently while I talked to the man and while he pet her. She perked up when she saw our neighbors, but I was able to keep her attention on me instead of the dog pretty easily, with the help of some great treats, of course. She did GREAT – didn’t pull towards the dog, whine, or get worked up at all. It’s a small step, and something we are constantly working on, but I was very happy with how polite she was, with both the man and seeing our poodle neighbor. It was a nice way to end a long day!