It has been a year…

Yep, it has been a whole 365 days, give or take 9 or so days.

This time last year we were up to our eyeballs in the finer details of puppy training, which included toilet training! Oh my, i never felt so conflicted about training of any sorts; the need to be firm yet not so firm that the puppy starts to fear you which leads to an inability to understand the commands BUT you have to be firm enough that the puppy knows who the alpha is. However, we did find our way.

We have also been through much with our little doggy in the last year, she came down with a serious ear infection, followed by an eye infection, both of which led to us having to restart her vaccination schedule. A few months after, we were into her first heat. Then that unfortunate accident which led to weeks in the cone, many vet visits and much meds, leaving her with a shortened tail; but she’s still the cutest. Then it was testing pet hotels and leaving her for 3 weeks in the summer.

Now a year on, Lexi is firmly a big part of our family. We love her and she loves us. She is getting better at following commands and is toilet-trained (fingers crossed). We take her with us wherever we can and, clique as it might sound, can’t imagine life without her.

She is our furry little sunshine.

Here are 12 photos to summarise our first year together:

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Lexi’s First Birthday…

Yesterday was Lexi’s first birthday and we held a little celebration a couple of days before we left for our holidays.

She is now 1 year old and has been with us for 10 months now. We enjoy having her around a lot! Such a little joy but sometimes, just sometimes, she can be stubborn and not obey instructions such as “come here”, “stop”, “heel” etc… just because she was distracted or wanted to chase something or was just being a teenage dog. Yep, she has hit doggy teen years – sigh!

You can look back on when she first joined our family and at 5 months old posts. You will see how she has changed in her looks and size.

Here are a few photos from her first birthday celebrations:

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The End of the Tail Saga…

6.5 weeks, 3 surgeries and lots of antibiotics, cream, bandages, and diapers later, we finally got the all-clear from the vet. Lexi’s tail is healed, at last!

In case you didn’t hear about it, Lexi’s tail got caught in the door to the garden the Sunday before Easter (14 April) and because of an infection which would not go away, the vet had to do 3 operations (14 April, 25 April, 8 May) before we found out the exact bacteria and got targeted antibiotics. i wrote about this at the end of April; read here.

After the second op, when things didn’t go well yet again, i became slightly obsessed with her wound and started taking photos of it twice a day to make sure it was healing properly after the third op. You can see some of the many photos i have taken here.

lexitailsaga20190612Our last appointment with the vet on 28 May was quite funny. Our vet had been on leave for a week so we saw her colleague for a follow-up on 21 May. At that time, Lexi’s wound still was not looking great, which is why when i gave her the thumbs up sign on the 28th, she only half believed me because we have had just the worst luck with the infection before. Then we had Lexi on the examination table and the vet could get a good look, she looked, smiled and said, “Hallelujah!” It was really a laugh-out-loud moment.

Of course, there was just one more goodbye present this stupid bacteria gave Lexi. Because she had to be on antibiotics for so long, it wiped out the flora in her digestive system and so it was diarrhea for a couple of days after we stopped the antibiotics. Good thing it was an easy fix with tablets to rebuild her flora.

The vet bills, needless to say, are HIGH! But i think we can manage it. Now i just hope that Lexi stays strong and healthy. We have her on an immunity booster at the moment, which should help.

However, dealing with her doggy teenage antics is a whole different matter 😛

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