Question for you all!

Hey everyone!  All is well here, but I would love some input on a strange issue.  So Lexi has a bit of separation anxiety, as I’ve probably mentioned.  She is crated anytime we leave the house and she is completely comfortable and happy in her crate.  John’s brother, Christian, moved out here with us a few weeks ago and works as a waiter, so he is usually home most weekdays.  When he’s home the dogs are both out in the apartment with him and he takes them outside for us throughout the day, which is awesome (especially since John and I are gone for 10+ hours some days).  Christian has known Zev his whole life and is awesome with both of them.  Lexi has come to trust him rather quickly and by his reports she is a complete gem for him.  She is not angsty at all while we are gone and is really easy and laid back for him.

We have noticed, though, that she will not drink while she is alone with just Christian.  At all.  The minute John or I get home, she greets us at the door happily and then goes straight to the water bowl in the kitchen to drink, sometimes a LOT.  I’m not exaggerating, either – without fail every weekday for several weeks now this has been a pattern.  As soon as she says hi and gives some kisses she makes a beeline straight for the water bowl.  I’m curious if anyone else has ever dealt with this before.  It isn’t necessarily a problem so long as she’s drinking a good amount overall and not dehydrated…but I have never heard of a dog having a reaction like this before!  I’m sure it has something to do with her separation issues, and maybe it will eventually go away like many of the quirks she used to have.  Anyone ever dealt with this before?

Brag Time!

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Hey everyone! I definitely have some bragging to do. Lexi has turned into SUCH a lady on leash! Over the past few weeks she has been so good on our walks and really been impressing me. We have been working so hard on our walks since we adopted her and that work is definitely paying off. We just took a quick walk around the neighborhood and she was spectacular-loose leash for every second of it, walking right by my side (I did give her a few opportunities to sniff around a bit, but afterwards she came right back to my side), no pulling at all, and totally focused on me and the treats I had. She was absolutely perfect!

Christian also told me that he took her on a short walk earlier today and they passed by a guy with a bulldog. Apparently the other dog was going on and on, barking at her and pulling toward her, but Lexi barely gave him a glance and went about her way. What a dramatic difference a few months of hard, consistent work can make!  I know our walks might not always be so perfect, but I am so incredibly proud of all the progress she has made since she was first rescued. Passing or even going near other dogs on our walks used to turn into an ugly battle. Now, Lexi has so much confidence in us and herself. Yay, Lexi!!

Another Throwback!

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Another Throwback!

Cuteness! This is Lexi (and Love’s bum) on our road trip from RI to California. John made a snuggly pillow fort in the back seat of my car for the two hams and they loved it. They were both rock stars throughout the whole trip and slept most of the way, often cuddled up on each other! AWWW

Monday Throwback

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Monday Throwback

Apparently this was a chilly spring night back in RI before our big move. Please excuse me while I burrito myself in cozy comforters… Lexi looks too cute in her sock monkey jammies! We won’t miss the cold, but we will miss those cute jammies (I donated them back to Handsome Dan’s Rescue before we left so another foster dog can get cozy in them)! Zev, on the other hand, does not look amused…apparently jammies aren’t his thing.