All hide and seek games should include a dog for optimum enjoyment.

Dogs really enjoy playing hide and seek. Many humans also enjoy playing hide and seek. But humans are smart enough to know that being “It” sucks. Dogs think being “It” is exciting and they feel all smug and giddy about this important position that has been bestowed upon them. This sets up a perfect scenario. Plus dogs are just terrible at hiding. You’ll be covering your eyes all counting while everyone is hiding, and half the time your loyal canine buddy is right beside you panting in your ear waiting to see what happens next. Guess who’s it next, canine buddy?

So, we got a boat.

It’s just a jon boat. So nothing to get all worked up about. But it does enable us to enjoy some time on the James River. And it gives Lexi a chance to learn how to swim. The hard way. Over the side. With Matthew holding her.


We’ll stop at one of the little sandbars on the next trip and really let her swim. On her own. But Lexi is indeed a water dog. She loved it so much that when we got back to the dock, she jumped out to do her business and immediately jumped back in. And looked at us like what do you mean that’s it. Let’s go again. I’m all good now.

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Today was a great day to be Lexi Dog Scott.

Today we took Lexi to Panera with us and she scoured the sidewalk for foodstuffs while we ate our breakfast. Though she didn’t find any traditional breakfast items to enjoy, she helped herself to a discarded piece of gum and chewed that baby as if she’d been chewing gum for years. To say I was slightly disgusted is a bit of an understatement, but Matthew waded in and extracted it and, after Purelling his hands, returned to his breakfast with no signs of a gag reflex or even a hint of distaste. Curiously, Anna was very anxious to learn the flavor of the gum Lexi had chosen though none of the rest of us thought this was important. Thankfully, we were able to finish the rest of our breakfast without further incident. After breakfast, Matthew took Lexi to Deep Run Park while the kids had their tennis lessons. Apparently she was a little intimidated by all the dogs there as she kept her tail firmly planted between her legs during each encounter. She was so tired after the long session of exercise that she crawled into the backseat, turned her back on Matthew and fell into a nice, deep sleep on the way back to pick us up. She rested up during the midday hours as we had prepared her for our afternoon outing with some new canine friends who would introduce her to their local creek. She had a lot of fun with her new friends in and out of the creek.

In the creek:

Out of the creek (and Lexi jumps over her new friend at the end of this one):

To get rid of the tick hitchhikers that we knew had almost certainly grabbed a spot or two on their new host while Lexi played around this afternoon, we gave Lexi a bath when we got home. She didn’t like this water activity anywhere near as much as she liked the previous one.

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IMG_1038As you can see, she was NOT pleased! She made one nice escape attempt but we quickly shut her down. Now, she’s all tucked up in her dog bed sleeping very soundly, and I don’t expect to see her raise her head for hours. It was the perfect dog day.