October 24, 2016

Lexi the Dog: Happy 4th Birthday!

We celebrated our Chow-mix Lexi's 4th birthday yesterday.  What a wonderful and loving Faithful Canine Companion she is to me, husband Jim, and her fur brother Husky-mix Sid.  Oh, and an excellent alert watch dog, too.

It is hard to believe Lexi is the same dog we adopted from the Antioch Animal Services Shelter 2 years ago in late October 2014.  Lexi was 1 of 7 dogs seized by Antioch police that August for severe abuse and neglect in a backyard puppy mill, and sadly the only dog to survive.  She had a litter of puppies at the shelter; all died.  We adopted Lexi as soon as she became available.

Although she had several months of recuperation in the shelter during legal proceedings related to her abuse and neglect, Lexi was still very skinny and thin-furred when we adopted her.  Lexi's 2 lower canine teeth were fractured from trying to chew out of the puppy mill cage; we had them surgically removed.

When we adopted Lexi she was, as my husband Jim put it, scared of everything including her shadow.  Lexi clearly had never experienced a loving home and life, every experience was new to her.  Terrified of men, garden hoses, streams of water, towels, anything with a stick-like appearance.  Would only climb 2 steps, didn't know how to get into a car.

Lexi:  A loving, confident, and wonderful Canine Companion

With patience, love, understanding, yummy nutritious food, vet care, and exercise, Lexi has blossomed into the most wonderful, confident dog.  The skinny, thin furred, shaking, tail-between-her-legs dog is no more.  Also, our Husky-mix Sid was essential in teaching Lexi how to be a real dog, providing her with companionship in only the way another dog could do.  Sid and Lexi bonded as if litter mates within 5 days of Lexi's arrival.

Here is Lexi when we adopted her in late October 2014.


Fast forward ... here is Lexi today, 2 years after her adoption, enjoying a lovely autumn day outside while waiting for rain showers to start.


Would you ever think the dogs in the pictures above are the same dogs?!  Lexi's transformation has truly been amazing.

Here is Lexi yesterday on her 4th birthday,  enjoying a lounge in the freshly rototilled soil in a backyard garden spot.


And here is Lexi enjoying her backyard earlier this month.  Yes, she really enjoys spending time in her backyard!


And the very bonded canine pair Sid and Lexi, hanging out in the backyard 2 days ago, listening for squirrels.


Thank you Sid and Lexi for adding so my joy, love, and companionship to my life.

And Happy 4th Birthday, my Princess Lexi.
 
Mary Rae Fouts

20 comments:

  1. Gorgeous dogs! LExi's story almost made me cry. She is one lucky doggy.

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  2. I would not guess they are the same dogs. Amazing.

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    1. Thank you. I wouldn't guess they were the same dogs, either.

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  3. What happened to Lexi's abusers?

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    1. Don't know. But do know one thing, they will rot in Hell. There is a special place in Hell for animal abusers.

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  4. All that fur in the garden dirt! Lexi is beautiful.

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    1. Thank you! Lexi actually didn't get muddy, even though the rototilled soil was damp. Sure it was cool and comfortable for her.

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  5. I hate animal abusers. Penalties are not strong enough.

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    1. Agree. Don't get me started ... I would like to do to them (the abusers) what they did to the animals, at the very least.

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  6. Good Lord thats a lot of fur.

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    1. Yes. Don't come to my house if you have a dog hair phobia. :)

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  7. Lexi is beautiful. What do you use to keep her coat so clean, so much fur!

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    1. I use Miracle Coat Spray On Waterless Shampoo. Just spray where needed and towel off. Dirt will come off on the towel. All natural, tea tree oil based. Works great and very good for fur and skin.

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  8. Happy Birthday Lexi!

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  9. They both must be a handful, Sid and Lexi. Sid looks up to no good.

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    1. They certainly do feed off of one another. Their roughhouse and chase sessions in the backyard can be very entertaining!

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