The Beast and Xena

There have been lots of fun new things here in Manila that we did not have in DC.  The biggest two have been the addition of an air conditioned car and a puppy: The Beast and Xena.

  
The Beast, while not the nicest car on the road, gets the job done.  The high clearance gets through floods and over the bumps in the road, plus it has air conditioning.  It was also pretty much my dream car in high school…in the same make, model, and year.

Then there’s Xena.

  

At 10.5lbs, she’s a goofy little ball of energy.  In the four days we have had her, she has already learned sit and usually knows down.  Her sweet skillz allowed her to skip puppy school and go straight to the family dog program for 4 month old puppies at BetterDog.  We are just so proud of our little baby, what good genes she has.

She has been an excellent puppy so far.  She doesn’t mouth on hands (yet?), she rarely wines in her crate, and she has only had one three accidents in the house (update to 3, a few hours after this was originally posted).  She can’t quite figure out how to lay on her bed and her floppy ears and mouth are always entertaining when she runs.

Cutest moment so far was when we were at the dog school evaluation.  There was a large stuffed animal dog she thought was real.  She licked it and tried to get it to play with her.  Can’t wait to start puppy school so she can play with some (vaccinated) dogs!

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