|Lexi and Wally|
Lexi is no stranger to training dogs; she grew up with three English bulldogs and has a deep, true love and understanding for the breed. Unlike Ron, Lexi doesn't skateboard, snowboard or surf (though she’s tried all three to no avail) but, so far she’s been successful training bulldogs to skateboard, so maybe this whole “talking to the animals thing” really does work! She is an inspirational and patient coach to her four-legged friends, and has a knack for teaching them how to board!
I'm always interested in knowing where people grow up, as I've always felt we are partly a product of our upbringing. Turns out we're both from "back East" as we Californians like to say. Lexi was born and raised in New York City, NY. She graduated from Davidson College with a BA in Fine Arts. Her parents were both successful entrepreneurs, so it was no surprise when Lexi founded her own jewelry company, Neckisses by Lexi www.neckisses.com in 2002. She managed and operated all aspects of the business and was able to combine her business acumen with her inner artist, and today uses that blend of skills in her work with the dogs. I asked Lexi how she does it, managing it all (dogs and business) so well. “It’s always interesting to look back on your experiences and see how they all come together to bring you to your present career”. Similar to fellow cast members Dick Van Patten and Jimmy Van Patten, Lexi is an avid tennis player and athlete; in fact she once won a bronze medal in the NY State Junior Olympics. It’s apparent in her current position as trainer for the Natural Balance Bulldog team, that she combines her accomplishments in sports, business and art to make a fun, learning environment for Wally to thrive in. Work hard, play hard is what she likes to say!
Click here to hear my radio interview with Lexi Beermann on BlogTalkRadio.