Wednesday, August 03, 2011
LEXI...SHE WAS EVERYTHING WE EXPECTED.....AND MORE:))
AND THIS IS LEXI
I could have sworn the little Cardinal was somewhere right in our living room this morning as it startled me out of a semi-sleepy state. The clock said 5:35 a.m. so figured the little fella just outside our window must have slept in. A gentle rain for most of the night left us with cloudy skies & a calm warm morning.
This may end up being a short post because we have to leave mid afternoon for St. Thomas Ontario, meet Lexi & then drive back home arriving sometime early evening. Might not feel much like starting a post at that time but we'll see.
When we set out on our doggy search we knew enough not to try replacing Checkers with Checkers or Max with Max. Online, we looked at & considered a wide variety of dogs. One Australian Shepherd looked interesting but had a habit of killing chickens so we thought better of that. If we end up at the Arizona ranch this winter....they have chickens. A Lab we emailed about was already gone as well as a several other dogs. We found that we began leaning back towards Border Collie's again for several reasons.
Between Max & Checkers we have over 13 years of experience with that particular type of dog. Checkers was a purebred & Max was a mix. We are familiar with their temperaments & habits. They are a gentle breed & highly intelligent. They are easy to train because they are eager to please. Max won 1rst prize when him & I took a dog obedience class together back in 98. We have his certificate & red ribbon hanging on the wall.
Most Border Collies happen to be black & white so yes, most of them are going to look like Checkers. So let me just emphasize once again that no, we know better than to think we are wanting to replace Checkers with Checkers!! Just like people, every dog has it's very own special personality & all animal lovers know & understand that.
Several people have recently asked why I call our little Cora.....Motormouse. I wrote a post about that back in December of 2010. I have a habit of giving animals nicknames so had lots of nicknames for our guys. That post is here at NICKNAMES.
The segment of that post which in part pertains to Cora is this....."I never much cared for the name of Cora which she brought with her when she came to stay with us. After watching her energized playful personality years ago, she became the ‘Motormouse.’ She was like a little high energy Mouse with a high powered Motor flying around all over the place. A Mouse with a Motor.......Motormouse:))
My current name for her now is, ‘Beans.’ That comes from the fact she wakes up some mornings raring to rip & just ‘full of beans.’ She is also commonly referred to by me as, ‘Weiner Dog,’ ‘Weiner,’ ‘Weinerly Beans', ‘Buffalo Beans,’ ‘Muffin Face,’ ‘Schnootz,’ ‘Mouse,’ ‘Beansy Bum,’ ‘Motor,’ ‘Frog’ ‘Baby Beans,’ ‘Bat Face,’ ‘Beaner,’ & ‘Beanzy."
OK, it's off to St. Thomas we go..........................1:35 p.m.
OK, we're back...............6:45 p.m.
Well, let me just start this right off by saying.....WE LOVED HER:))))) She was way more than we expected. I may not know much about plumbing or how to hook up an electrical outlet. I may not know how to do a brake job on a car or change the spark plugs but I do know which end of a camera to look through & I do know about dogs!! I knew within seconds of meeting Lexi that she had 'that something special' about her & that feeling never left me for the entire half hour we were there.
We were able to gather more info about Lexi from her Foster Mom, Kathy. Border Collies have a herding instinct like no other & the people who too her home last Sunday said she kept trying to herd their other dog all over the place. It proved too much for the people & they brought Lexi back. We're glad they did:)) We found out about Lexi's background & where she came from. Everything checked out fine with us. Her easy going nature & obvious intelligence were very noticeable. Little Cora wasn't too sure but Lexi was gentle with her & I saw Lexi slip her a couple of smooches. I know they would end up being best Buddies. She would be just the perfect match for the Bayfield Bunch & be right at home with us.
So, now the tough part begins. With the other couple coming all the way from Toronto on Saturday we have no choice but to wait it out until early next week some time to find out if Lexi will be ours. Kelly & I couldn't help but wonder later why someone would come all the way from Toronto to London to see a dog when there must be literally thousands of dogs needing homes in the Toronto area. Well, not for us to speculate. We just have to be patient & wait it out now...........
THE LAST PARAGRAPH: Remember how when you were a little boy or girl & you really wanted something bad. Remember those expectations, the excitement, the worry, the doubting, the dreaming & the crying. Remember those days......I do.
WE SURE HAD OURSELVES A TIRED LITTLE MOTORMOUSE ON THE WAY HOME
GROANER'S CORNER:(( A three-year-old boy went with his dad to see a new litter of Labrador puppies. On returning home, he breathlessly informed his mother, "There were three boy Labrador puppies and four girl Labrador puppies."
"How did you know that?" his mother asked.
"Daddy picked them up and looked underneath," he replied. "I think it is printed on their bottoms.
EMAIL THE BAYFIELD BUNCH:))
OUR PHOTO ALBUMS http://picasaweb.google.com/stargeezerguy/
The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right