I wanted to do a little Autumn photo session with Lexi, today. It’s her 14th birthday. But instead of being a well behaved Sheltie, Lexi decided it is more fun to run in circles and roll around in the Autumn foliage. She seems to get more stuck in her ways, at her old age. And that girl can run, when she sees the camera. Where is she still getting all this energy? I guess, competing with Luis, who gets the bigger milk bone and drinking plenty of water (which makes her pee in the house every so often), keeps this 98 doggy-year old lady alive. 😀
This morning Kevin mowed the lawn, before the girls could play in the sprinklers. Katelynn got bored with it a little bit. She rather sat next to me and talked about her transition from Middle School to High School. Sara couldn’t get enough of jumping back and forth in the sprinkling water. While Sara played in the cool wet, Kevin and I were discussing what we have for dinner tonight. We decided on grilled chicken with potato salad.
Kevin got the grill ready and heated up; Katelynn went inside to play her computer game for a little bit; Sara tried off with her towels; and I watched the dogs rolling around in the grass. Lexi and Luis were staying close to Kevin, when he was tending the grill. Man, that chicken meat smelled so good. Of course, the dogs noticed it as well. Lexi looked at Kevin: “Daddy, are you dropping something for us, soon? My mouth is watering from this good smell!” They got a better and more healthier treat, once we all went back inside. Hmmm! The chicken and salad taste so good on this beautiful, sunny Spring Sunday.
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.