Last Saturday Morgan and I adopted a new dog! Her name is Lexi and shes a two year old Toy Fox Terrier.
Morgan and I decided to start looking for another dog a couple of weeks ago. For a long time I was very against having two dogs, but as the end of school gets closer the more open I became to the idea. So over the last couple weeks we have been casually looking at the Animal Humane Society's website for another little dog. We found a couple we liked and actually went and looked at one before we found Lexi. But, we didn't connect with that dog, so our search continued.
Finally, last Friday I noticed a little dog named Lucky on the website and Morgan and I agreed to go look at her. We went on Saturday morning to meet Lucky, and she was great. We took her for a walk, and she was wild but affectionate. She loved to be held and cuddled. She had been given up by her previous people then transferred from a high-kill shelter in Oklahoma to the shelter in St. Paul. We knew right away that we needed to take her home!
However, we decided we should probably think about it for a little while and put a deposit for her. It was very difficult to put her back in the kennel. We spent the next two hours thinking about it (and buying a new leash, harness, bed, bowls, etc.). By later that afternoon we had picked her up.
We knew we wanted to change the name Lucky. Lexi never really answered to Lucky so it was probably the name the shelter gave her. We had been throwing around different names all afternoon but nothing seemed to be right. Finally, on the way home from the Humane Society, Morgan suggested "Lexi" as we turned on Lexington Ave. in St. Paul. The name was perfect and totally suits her, so it stuck, and now shes Lexi!
The first thing we did with Lexi was introduce her to Nettie in the park near our house. We knew that we would know right away if Nettie was going to like Lexi or not. Thankfully, Nettie greeted Lexi happily and wanted to play right away.
Over the last couple of days we have learned all about Lexi. She is housebroken, and has not had any accidents. She can also come, sit, stay (she needs work on this one), and shake. She is learning how to "kennel up" and to "move along" like Nettie. Lexi loves to play especially with soft toys, but will also chase a ball. She is very attached to Morgan, but will cuddle with me, if Nettie will let her. She hates baths and the blowdryer. She seems to do really well with other dogs. Morgan and I think that she probably has only lived with men because she seems to love them (she spend tons of time cuddling with some guy friends we had over) yet she really doesn't care about women (she didn't care about Kara when she came over and is fairly uninterested in me). She is also very quiet and hardly ever barks, even when Nettie is barking like crazy. Lexi also loves to run around the house as fast as she can chasing everything and just being wild. But the best part about her is that she seems to have an internal off switch. One minute she is running around wild and then the next minute she is sleeping in her bed.
Nettie has made it clear that she is the Alpha of the group. As Morgan said "Nettie will always accept new subjects into her kingdom." She is tolerating Lexi and will play with her, but she has also become even more clingy to me. She doesn't like it when I try to cuddle Lexi, and will always try to butt in. Nettie also makes sure that she is the first to get treats, the first outside, the first inside, and the leader of the pack on walks. All in all, Nettie is doing really well and in a couple of weeks I think things will be back to normal around here.