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Meet Lexie: The Terrier Chihuahua Mix

Updated on June 19, 2014

Chihuahua Terrier Mix; Rescued

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. ~Ben Williams

Question is: Was it Lexie who was rescued? Or was it me?

Greetings to you from Lexie, the Terrier Chihuahua mix-breed dog. She came to our family after, we adopted her from the Michigan Humane Society. She was six months old when we got her. Her sisters and brothers had all been adopted as pups, but Lexie was quite shy and needed some fostering to help socialize her. Her foster mom was sad to see this sweet pup go, but Lexie has flourished in our home.

Lexie is a different dog than the one I brought home 2 years ago. Yes, it's been 2 1/2 years since I first invited Lexie to join me in my life.

She is no longer shy, and she loves children! She'll bark when someone comes to the door, but will come to me and relax when I call to her. I call her my door bell. She knows my friends and family and for the most part is excited to see them come visit. When we visit others, it is a highlight of her day.

She loves to walk. That is her favorite thing. Better than treats!

Other than her shedding, she is the perfect dog. I have a iRobot to vacuum every day, so the dog hair problem keeps under control.

Note: Unless otherwise noted, photos in this lens are my own. The image shown here is an electronic drawing of her as she posed for me on the couch. I drew this with Sketchbook Express. This is a new, free, program I acquired for my pc so I could draw electronically. I love it!

Lexie At The Beach

This is a very good shot of Lexie. She had a great time going on vacation with me.

A POEM: Lexie's Walk

Lexie has become my muse.

Poem: Lexie's walk

Inspired by my favorite dog

Lexie's Walk 

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Lexie, my dog, likes to walk.

We go for one every day.

So I must not stop to talk,

We must proceed on our way.

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Other puppies we may meet.

We are ever so anxious.

We sniff not each others feet.

It's other parts that yank us.

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Little kids think she is sweet,

Because of her tiny size.

They wonder if they can meet,

I ask myself, is it wise?

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She is very insecure,

Though she is getting better.

Of temperament unsure

When strangers reach to pet her.

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Our daily walks keep her sane.

Without them she goes crazy.

And she will drive me insane

If I stay home and be lazy.

Lexie Wears Sweaters

Fashion Pet Bone Patch XX-Small Cable Dog Sweater, Pink
Fashion Pet Bone Patch XX-Small Cable Dog Sweater, Pink

When I take Lexie for her walk, I put a sweater on her.

Especially on cold days.

She gets a lot of complements!

 

Built-in Harness - Lexie uses a harness when we go on walks.

Small dogs often have sensitive throats. Lexie's Vet thinks it is a good idea to use a harness instead of attaching the leash to a collar around her neck.

Is Lexie part cat? She is playing with a yarn pom pom that was left over from my knitting project.

Is Lexie part cat?  She is playing with a yarn pom pom that was left over from my knitting project.
Is Lexie part cat? She is playing with a yarn pom pom that was left over from my knitting project.

The Great Debate: To Adopt Or Not to Adopt? - Rescue or buy new?

Where will your next dog come from?

Are you a proponent of rescuing dogs from possible death? Adopting a used dog can be very rewarding.

Are you in favor of Breeders? Pet stores? Those puppies look so cute in the store window. The breeders give insight into what the puppy will look like when he is grown. You may be able to meet both the parents.

Which would you choose? Please share your reasons and any comments you may have regarding this choice.

You may end up helping someone else with their decision.

Where will you get your next dog?

Lexie with favorite toys

Lexie with favorite toys
Lexie with favorite toys

Lexie travels to Tahquamenon Falls in Michigan's Upper Penninsula

Lexie travels to  Tahquamenon Falls in Michigan's Upper Penninsula
Lexie travels to Tahquamenon Falls in Michigan's Upper Penninsula

Lexie and my Granddaughter

Lexie and my Granddaughter
Lexie and my Granddaughter
Lexie accepting being held by kids
Lexie accepting being held by kids

Lexie gets over her Fear of Children

Rescue dog adjusts to a new environment

First I want to say that Lexie is a wonderful dog! We had a few challenges when we first brought her home though. One concern I had was about how she acted around children. My granddaughter was 4 years old when I brought Lexie home. When Lexie was around her, Lexie was terrified. Even more terrified than she was of strangers. I kept a close eye on them and taught Gwen how to be gentle with her. Eventually Lexie was able to tolerate Gwen, but I was still cautious. Well, Gwen's mom, my daughter, gave birth to a baby boy. To help my daughter out, Lexie and I took Gwen with us to my cottage for a week. By the time we got back, Gwen and Lexie were best of friends! Gwen was able to carry Lexie around and Lexie no longer minded. Now Lexie gets very excited and happy any time Gwen and her brother come to visit. I cannot take credit for Lexie's change in attitude towards children. I give that credit all to my granddaughter!

Don't Forget The Life Jacket

The dog I owned before Lexie fell overboard when we were out boating. Luckily he was a strong swimmer and we were able to get him back in the boat. I learned my lesson after that and make sure I have my pets jacketed up.

Dog Whisperer books. Very helpful! - A must read for any dog owner

It took a while for Lexie to adjust to her new home. We had some issues. I dug into the Dog Whisperer books and found that he knows his dogs!

I walk her daily. It is good for both of us!

On walks and at home, I assert myself as the Alpha female.

It works!

Cesar's Rules: Your Way to Train a Well-Behaved Dog
Cesar's Rules: Your Way to Train a Well-Behaved Dog

I highly recommend the books by Cesar Millan. I started off watching his show. They were good, but I wanted more. That is when I found his books. He doesn't teach you how to train your dog to do tricks. He teaches you how to be the one in control between you and your dog. This is a must read book for someone like me who needs advice. If your dog tugs at the leash and you have trouble on walks, read these books! If you have behavior problems, read his books. After reading these books, I feel in control. My walks are more enjoyable. Better yet, she no longer is having accidents in the house.

 

Name Poll

Cherrier or Terhuahua? You decide!

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We Adopted Lexie from The Michigan Humane Society - If you live in Michigan, consider getting your next pet from them.

I looked on line at the Humane Society's website for a small dog. When the local Petsmart pet supply store held their adoption event, I was pleasantly surprised to find the cute little Lexie still available.

Dog Poll

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Lexie loves her food. - Purina One

When selecting food for my dog I look for the meat to be the main ingredient. I wanted a food that was readily available in my local market as well as good for my Lexie.

I chose Purina One Chicken and Rice.

Newman's Own Organics Adult Dog Food Formula is another good brand, but I am not able to buy it in the market near my summer cottage.

Purina ONE SmartBlend Chicken & Rice Formula Dry Dog Food
Purina ONE SmartBlend Chicken & Rice Formula Dry Dog Food

With all the concern over dog food being contaminated and making pets sick, we decieded to choose a brand we have always trusted and loved for ourselves. Newman's Own has never let us down. And Lexie loves it too!

 

Maybe Something Easier To Reach

SM PNK/WHT HeartDogBowl
SM PNK/WHT HeartDogBowl

Show her you love her and buy your little dog this cute little heart shaped bowl.

 

Lexie's Favorite Treat - Fido Belly Bones

Little dogs will sometimes have digestive problems, just like us people do.

I buy Lexie these belly bones to aid her digestion.

She likes them because they are a great tasting treat!

Made in USA

Fido Belly Bone Yogurt Dog Bone - Small 13ct (Pack of 3)
Fido Belly Bone Yogurt Dog Bone - Small 13ct (Pack of 3)

We first got the four pack, but she loves them so much, that the value sized pack is used up quite fast! If your small dog is part terrier, they will be sure to love playing with their snack before devouring it.

 

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Say "Hi" to Lexie. - She can't read, but we will pass along the greeting!

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Lexie is beautiful! What a happy dog...you are taking good care of her. Thanks for sharing your story.

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      Bartukas 4 years ago

      She is very cute and beautiful !

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      June Nash 4 years ago

      @ChroniclesofaWa: Lexie loves visiters! Thanks for dropping by.

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      ChroniclesofaWa 4 years ago

      Nice meeting you Lexie.

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      EmeraldWillow LM 4 years ago

      such a good article!

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      Vikki 5 years ago from US

      She's a sweetie!

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      She's beautiful.

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      June Nash 5 years ago

      @Sunflower2423: Thank you! I am blessed because Lexie is such a great dog! Thanks for dropping by!

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      Sunflower2423 5 years ago

      Awwww.. This is a nice lens. I am so glad that you adopted Lexie and that she has a loving home. Bless you.

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      June Nash 5 years ago

      @Pam Irie: Hi! I turned out to be a very good dog. I got over my incredible shyness. My person says that if I didn't shed so much, I'd be the perfect dog! Thanks for dropping by!

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Hi Lexie! I'm so glad you found a very good home where you are loved and well taken care of. We have a rescue fur kid too and wouldn't give her up for anything.

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      Lexie: Harmony, the tabby, who usually doesn't like any other pet, thinks you're pretty cute! So do I!!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      And, of course, "Hi, Lexie!!!"

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      What a cute li'l fluff! Thanks for sharing! :)

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      elyria 5 years ago

      Lexie is so adorable! Big fluffy hugs to Lexie :)

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      Jackie Block 5 years ago from SE Michigan

      Happy Birthday Lexie!

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      LizRobertson 5 years ago

      Your Lexie is adorable! We too have a shelter pearl; he's a rat terrier or jack russell and the best dog we've ever had. Tomorrow is National Love Your Pet Day (see my lens) and I'm going to the shelter to donate some supplies in thanks for their rescuing my precious Bingo. Three cheers for shelter pets!

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      June Nash 5 years ago

      Lexie says hi to everyone! She says her favorite thing is taking walks!

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      Hi Lexie!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      We have a little guy just like Lexie. His name is Micky and I shudder to think of what we would have missed if we hadn't brought him home from the Humane Society. He's the sweetest - and fiercest! - little guy I've ever seen and he adores our Boxer, Edgar. I call him "seven pounds of hell" and he makes me laugh more than any being I've ever met. Congrats on Lexie...I know you're gonna love her!

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      ShellyTurner 6 years ago

      aww - give her a cuddle from me - and a woof from Poppy (my Jack Russell) mum of 5 Jackhuahuas who will soon be leaving home