As I mentioned yesterday, this week has felt like it happened twice and it was still only Thursday. But alas, we’ve made it to Friday and we’re all in good spirits. I got the chance to visit Chicago Animal Care & Control yesterday and I’m so excited to bring that to you next week. But it’s Friday, we know what that means! Rescue Confessions time!
Meet Lexi, one of the most supportive Instagram dogs out there. Lexi (and her mama) are always quick to leave the kindest comments on my latest posts. She’s constantly encouraging me and letting me know how much she enjoys my work. Her account has always been fun and eye-catching so I was excited when she agreed to be this week’s Rescue Confessions pup!
Tell us about your rescue! Name, age, breed, species??
Lexi is an 8.5-year-old mixed breed “pup”. She’s our first and only dog. We call her “pup”, “puppers” or “puparoo” the most often. We’ve done a couple DNA tests and the breeds they all agree on are German Shepherd, Chow Chow, Boxer, and Rottweiler, plus a few other breeds thrown into the mix. We like to say she’s just a cute mutt.
Where did you two first meet?
We first met Lexi when she was about 6.5 weeks old at her foster family’s home. We also got to meet her mom and her 6 siblings, so we were in puppy heaven!
Why did you decide to pursue adoption?
We decided to pursue adoption because there were so many puppies out there without a home. The thought of a puppy being put down when we could have given it a home was heartbreaking.
How did you know they were “the one” (or two, or three!)?
Ironically, we had scheduled the foster family visit to meet her sister, not her. But when we arrived, we found out her sister had been adopted the day before. The only other female puppy available was Lexi. Things didn’t go exactly as we had planned, but we feel it was meant to be! Lexi is the perfect pup for us. She fits so many things we knew we wanted and things we didn’t even know we wanted. She’s such a happy go lucky, lovable, goofy, smart, playful, obedient dog, who makes us laugh every single day. She’s given us a greater appreciation for life. She motivates us to go out and explore more often. We can honestly say our life is richer due to her.
What advice do you have for someone who is deciding whether or not to adopt?
There is a whole wide world of available adoptable dogs and puppies. Purebreds and mixes alike end up at the shelter. There are also purebred rescues if you’re set on a certain breed. Adopting a dog or rescuing a dog doesn’t mean you’re getting a “damaged” dog or one that is less than.
Anything else you’d like to share (favorite dates/stories/lessons learned)?
Think about how much time and energy you have on a daily basis to devote to a dog. Figure out what works best for you and your household. Be realistic. You might have to make lifestyle adjustments or change your normal schedule. Also, patience is key to training and bonding with your dog. Owning a dog is a full-time responsibility, but so worth it! The amount of joy and laughter they bring into your life can’t be measured. We are so thankful for Lexi!
Does food count? Nothing catches my attention like food.
Most impressive trick:
My parents make me “wave” a lot, so I’d say that or sitting in random places so my parents can take a picture.
Least impressive trick:
I’m a pawsitive pup. I like to think they’re all good!
I will do anything for:
Tennis balls or squirrels:
Squirrels for sure! I love to chase them!
Laser Pointer or Catnip:
Laser pointer. Helps keep my reflexes sharp.
My favorite place:
Inside our house, it would be a chair in our family room, since I nap in-between the chair legs. Otherwise, it would be the beach or the park! So many things to explore!
It drives my mother the craziest when…
It drives my mom crazy (and my dad proud) when I chase and catch things. Dad says I’m a good hunter, but mom gets all squeaky and upset.
Likes to dress up? (Prove it!)
I don’t wear clothes a lot, but I do have a lot of bandanas. My mom says I’m extra cute in bandanas, so I’m okay with them.
I love a good mutt and Lexi is definitely a good one. Thank you Lexi and Esther for taking the time to share your story with us! Be sure to follow along with Lexi’s adventures over on Instagram and tune in next week for another Rescue Confessions spotlight!