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Animal House: Older dogs can also provide close relationships

It's not necessary to get a dog as a pup to form a close bond. Lexxie was more than a year old when Kyna Porteous added her to her family and they've formed an extremely close bond.
It's not necessary to get a dog as a pup to form a close bond. Lexxie was more than a year old when Kyna Porteous added her to her family and they've formed an extremely close bond. - Contributed
TRURO, N.S. —

A few years ago, my daughter, Kyna, met one of the loves of her life.
She was working at a doggie daycare when a one-year-old Labrador retriever-pitbull mix called Lexxie came in for boarding. Lexxie was in a kennel most of the time and, feeling the dog was lonely, Kyna spent a lot of time with her. When she heard Lexxie’s person wanted to find her a new home she quickly agreed to take her.
The pair quickly formed an extremely close bond and did many things together. They went for walks, drives, out on the lake in a boat and visited people. When they moved to Alberta, they hiked in Jasper.
As new family members arrived, Lexxie welcomed them all. Lyla, a pitbull pup, rescued from a dogfighting facility in Ontario, became her canine sister. Two kittens, born to feral mothers, also joined them. Lexxie washed the kittens and guarded them from the rambunctious antics of Lyla. If they began to cry, she was quickly at their side to provide comfort. She was even ready to play mum to young orphaned raccoons who spent the night at her home (before going to Hope for Wildlife).
When children visit she’s often at their side, ensuring they’re safe.
Getting to know Lexxie showed Kyna’s grandmother what loving dogs pitbulls can be.
Although Lexxie is good with everyone she meets, no one can replace Kyna – even for short periods of time. If Kyna is outside, Lexxie watches the door for her return. Lyla’s attitude is, “Well, she’s not here at the moment but you are; you can pet me.”
Lexxie is now nine years old. She’s slowed down a little but she still wants to be with Kyna every moment possible and she brightens the day for everyone she meets.
Puppies are adorable and are a lot of fun, but strong bonds can also be formed with adult dogs. If you’re thinking about adopting, don’t dismiss the adults. When given the chance, they can make wonderful, loving, loyal companions.
 

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