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!

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An update!

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

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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!

Beach Day!

First of all, Merry Christmas!  We hope you all had a great holiday.  Ours was wonderful and the dogs got spoiled, of course.

Lexi with one of her presents, one of two new nylabones!

Lexi with one of her presents, one of two new nylabones!

1479162_10151783995206431_254288598_nToday we decided to take the dogs out for some adventuring, since John, Christian, and I all had off from work/school.  We debated on taking the dogs on a hike but ultimately decided to spend a few hours at the beach!  We picked a nice big beach on the North Shore in what is called the Kaena Point Nature Preserve.

beautiful day!

beautiful day!

When we first got there, John and I took the dogs for a walk down the beach to get some energy out.

Lex was so happy!

Lex was so happy!

Zev had a blast playing in the water!

Zev had a blast playing in the water!

Lexi and I ran around like lunatics

Lexi and I ran around like lunatics

Lexi isn’t a big fan of the water, but Zev will fearlessly waddle right in.  The waves have been big lately!

After our walk we set up camp to relax for a few hours.

 

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Lexi did some people watching

Lexi did some people watching

and then watched some more people

and then watched some more people

Daddy played with Zev

Daddy played with Zev

And then Zev waited for sunset!

And then Zev waited for sunset!

Goodnight everyone!

Goodnight everyone!

 

 

 

 

Hawaii Pictures!

Hey everyone!  So I was just thinking that I haven’t put up too many pictures of Hawaii yet.  Rest assured, I have taken plenty and will share some with you now!  This is where we live…sometimes I still can’t quite believe it!

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View from the Lanikai Pillboxes trail.  In the distance is the Kaneohe Marine Corps Base.  My brother is hoping to get stationed out here within the next few years!

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View of China Man’s Hat on the east side of the island.  This is close to where the Obamas will be staying!

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Our favorite North Shore beach.  This picture was taken on our first night out here on a walk with the dogs.

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Pali Falls

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View of the Diamond Head crater from John’s work site.

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View from a friend’s house in Nanakuli, on the west side of the island.

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View from the Wiliwilinui Ridge hiking trail

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Yellow leaves in Hawaii!!

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Pretty sunset from a friend’s house near Koko Head crater.

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Koko Marina

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View of Honolulu from the waterfront park near my work.

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View of Diamond Head from the park behind my work.

 

So, this is a taste of where we live and some of our favorite places.  I hope you enjoy them!