Lexi, the Sheltie
We’ve got Lexi, when she was a three months old puppy. Katelynn (now 11 years old) was 17 months old, and my husband and I wanted a companion for her. We went to the pet store and looked at some dogs. I have to admit, Lexi wasn’t our first choice, because I had an eye on that cute little Jack Russell Terrier puppy. As a matter of a fact, all our pets (except Joshua, one of my Mainecoon cats) were not my first choice. But I’m glad, I considered them as my pets. And I do love them all very much. A young couple was showing a lot of interest into the Jack Russell Terrier puppy, and so I kept looking until a tricolored Sheltie pup looked into my eyes, as she wanted to tell me: “Pick me! Pick me! Pick me!” We observed her in the pin, while we got more information about her from the pet store employee. Katelynn was fascinated with the puppy. She giggled and squeaked, when the pup untied my shoes. Yep, she was the dog I wanted.
At home, Lexi and Katelynn became friends quickly. Katelynn still didn’t want to walk as a 17-months old toddler. But Lexi fixed this in no time. Every time Katelynn sat on the floor, Lexi nipped her ears. Lexi didn’t hurt Katelynn, but it was uncomfortable enough to make Katelynn stand up. Katelynn realized very soon, if she stands up, the puppy couldn’t reach her ears. And Katelynn began to walk.
Over the last decade Lexi became “the sister with four paws” for Katelynn. They did almost everything together. Lexi sat at the door and waited until Katelynn came home from daycare. Katelynn and Lexi played together, they ate ham sandwiches together, took a bath together, and dropped to the floor falling asleep together.
Today, Lexi is over ten years old. Her hair around her nose became white over the years. She gets up and walks a little bit slower. But she is still in good spirit and makes sure, everything is under control. She waits for Katelynn to get her homework done, before they go outside and play together. And she still loves it, when Katelynn shares her ham sandwich with the ol’ girl.
NOTE: This blog was originally posted on my other blog page “A Garden Full of Memories” in March 2015.