Lexi at 5 Months…

So we brought Lexi home when she was 9 weeks old, it has been almost 3 months and she is 5 months old now. It has been a steep learning curve but it had it’s funny, lovely moments too.

We have had quite a journey with her, medically. She has had a very serious bacterial ear infection, which took 3 weeks of treatment to clear up, immediately following that she had an eye irritation/infection, which saw her in the cone for a week. All that set her back on her vaccination schedule which means we start all over again with the vaccinations. Now it seems she has caught a cold 😦

But on the upside, we finished puppy school and are now in young dog school and it’s going good. She does not do as she is supposed to at class, but at home, it works fine and that’s the important part.

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Left to Right: Lexi August 2018, Lexi September 2018, Lexi October 2018, Lexi November 2018

Other than that, we have found out that she is definitely NOT a food-motivated dog. She does not even come when you put down her food, except when she was on the cortisone for 3 weeks and the meds made her hungry.

She is teething now and with a slight cold, i suppose going off food for a bit is usual. i just wished it was not such a struggle to get her to eat regularly. It’s a question we will have to ask the vet when we go for the next jab in a couple of weeks.

Another positive is that i think (fingers-crossed) we got the pee situation down, she only goes outside now. And she is doing better with being left for a couple hours at home, when needed.

Despite the various worries, the joys of having her around is wonderful! She is a sweet-pea and we love her!

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Goodbye Jules…

Yesterday evening, we said goodbye to our beloved gerbil, Jules, our longest-lived gerbil to date, 3 years and 2 plus months.

goodbyeJules20181114.pngShe was our little fighter to the end. She had a tumor growing in her belly, just like her sister Claudia (we said goodbye in June to Claudia). BUT she was still running around and trying to get on with life as normal. However, we knew it was time, she could no longer climb up to get water or even into her sand bath.

We took her to our lovely vet, who tried her best to give us maybe a few more months but in the end, we decided it was better to let her go while she was not suffering too much. The vet had said that she was already in distress from the huge size of her stomach and the ultrasound showed both water and tumor inside so…

Goodbye, dearest Jules! You gave us lots of fun and laughter. We hope you are having fun with your sisters in gerbil heaven now.

You can read about when we first brought them all home here.

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Goodbye, Claudia…

Last Friday, 15th June 2018, we had to say goodbye to our little Claudia, our little grey one, one of our pet gerbils. It is very sad but it had to be done.

She had some sort of growth or tumor in her belly and was not getting better after a week of meds from the vet. She was simply sleeping all day, waking only to eat a little and drink a little. Even though her belly was big, you could feel her bones through her fur, and she laid absolutely still when you held her, which is most unusual for rodents. Given that she was a good 2 years and 10 months old, the vet suggested it was time to let her go and we agreed. (Gerbils have a lifespan of 3 to 4 years only.)

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Left: Claudia, having fun in a tissue box, with her sister, Belle, behind her, October 2015. Top Right: All three of them, Claudia, Jules and Belle, June 2016. Bottom Right: Claudia sharing dried bread with Jules,  May 2018.

Goodbye, Claudia. Hope you are having fun in gerbil heaven.

Your sister, Jules, the only one left of the original three, is still going strong and we hope she will be with us for a bit longer.

Click here to see all three of them when we first got them.

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