When it Rains, it Pours

I’m not trying to be depressing, just stating a fact about rainy season here.  When it rains, it pours.  It’s madness.  When I first arrived, it would rain for about 20 minutes and I thought to myself, “wow, rainy season isn’t that bad.”  I was questioning if rainy season had actually started.  Now I know, it hadn’t.  I also know that rainy season has officially started.  I wish I could video the extend to which it rains, but I don’t want to go outside.

I have learned to be very grateful for two things: my high clearance vehicle and a somewhat covered deck off my room.  There was about 1 foot of water on the road when I left work earlier this week. As all the low clearance cars were stopped and debating if they should go or turn around, my jeep plunged right in.  Then I got home and had to take Xena out.  She hates rain.  So, we decided to let her out onto the patio to pee.  Okay, maybe a little gross, but the ground gets wet and washes it away, I don’t have to get drenched (which takes only 5 seconds of standing in the rain), and I don’t have to deal with a drenched dog.

Rainy season does bring about cooler weather though.  The gym felt cool, going outside in the morning means not carrying Xena from one grassy patch to another so her paws don’t get burned, and I’m not sweating after 1 minute of being outside.

All this talk of Xena (follow her on instagram at xenawarriorboxer) and I haven’t posted any new photos of her.  She’s grown a LOT!  When we got her she was about 10lbs, now I think she’s about 20.  She’s fully vaccinated and can explore the world. We go to puppy school once a week on Fridays and she has gotten better, but there’s still a long way to go.

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She gets VERY excited to see dogs, and plays the way boxers do. Unfortunately, most dogs don’t appreciate her play style.  Poor girl, she will calm down eventually (right? In like 4 years…) Until then, I guess it’s soccer balls and big dogs for her.

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We are all looking forward to some beach time in dryer weather and family visits at the end of rainy season.  In the meantime, we’ll be outside as much as possible between rain showers.

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!