Shih Tzu Day 154: Dumbo Lion

a shih tzu with a treat. Nigel!

I was sur­prised this morn­ing to look over and see Flower sit­ting on the Nigel/John side of the couch, behind Nigel. I thought it was so cute, but then he turned around and tried to bite her head off. I had one of my freak out moments and yelled, “Nigel!” I started Flower, and between me and Nigel, she jumped off the couch.

Nigel and Flower have very pos­ses­sive atti­tudes lately, and it is frus­trat­ing. In fact, Candy is the only one that doesn’t act pos­ses­sive over any­thing or any­one. She is def­i­nitely not the pack leader.

Dumbo Lion

John has started call­ing Flower “Dumbo Lion,” because of the way she moves her head and body from side to side when she walks some­times. He was tick­led when she came up a few feet from him this morn­ing, sat down on the floor and watched him eat. I am happy that she is get­ting more and more com­fort­able with him.

On most days now, while I work, Nigel sits on one side of me and Dot­tie and Flower on the other. Candy loves Nigel’s dog bed. For some rea­son, he doesn’t seem to mind shar­ing his bed, although he minds shar­ing his treats and bones.

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Shih Tzu Day 153: Energetic Shih Tzus

shih tzus in waiting

Dot­tie started moan­ing early today. I couldn’t see the alarm clock, so I didn’t know it was 5:30 until I got out of bed. After the shih tzus had break­fast, Flower sat in the kitchen with me while I cleaned up a lit­tle. When I moved into the din­ing room, she fol­lowed me and sat by the table near me. Dot­tie walked back and forth until I finally sat down. Then, they both took their places beside me on the couch. They def­i­nitely don’t like it when their rou­tine is interrupted.

play­time

two <u srcset=shih tzus sitting together on porch. " width="300" height="225" />My shih tzus are mix­ing things up a lit­tle. This after­noon, Flower came up to the couch with a bone in her mouth, like Nigel does. Nigel was in hot pur­suit, so I imag­ine she stole it from him. I reached down to try to help her up, like I do Nigel, but she ran away. I don’t know why she will never let me help her up. Nigel usu­ally makes me help him up, even if the stairs are right beside him. Since that’s the case, I put the dog stairs on the Dottie/Flower side today, to see if either of them would use them. Flower did use them hes­i­tantly a cou­ple of times.

Although Candy and Nigel palled around out­side, she also played out­side by her­self a lot today. I looked out­side once and she was jump­ing up and down and around, throw­ing a toy up into the air and look­ing like she was chas­ing her tail. After she came in, she wan­dered around for a while and then came up to the couch, some­thing she rarely does.  Maybe she was just curi­ous to see what Dot­tie and Flower were chew­ing, since they were mak­ing a lot of noise.

Candy and Flower came up to Nigel’s side of the couch later and put their paws up together, wig­gling their heads around. A short while after they walked away, Nigel jumped down and ran over to his dog bed, to make sure they hadn’t stolen anything.

When he came back up to the couch, he attempted to use the stairs I had moved, but Dot­tie glared at him from the couch. He must have been afraid of what the elder shih tzu would do, because he backed back down and came over to have me let him up.

a shih tzu with paws on a couch.The three youngest shih tzus had a lot of energy this after­noon. I heard loud breath­ing and scuf­fling often while I was work­ing. Candy and Flower took turns doing their rodeo act, with each one try­ing to ride the other. As usual, Dot­tie was con­tent to lay on the couch beside me.

Candy approaches

Candy came up to the couch and put her paws up on it sev­eral times. I thought she might want to come up, and I picked her up and sat her near me. She only stayed a few min­utes before she jumped back down.

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Shih Tzu Day 152: No More Company! Yeah!

happy shih tzus: we have our house back!

We don’t know what’s going on, but Mom and the Treat Man spent the night on the couch (I guess they call it a sofa sleeper) again last night. Us shih tzus were won­der­ing if they are going to sleep there all the time?

a <u/>shih tzu's eye at a kneeWe waited until 5:30 and then went to Mom’s side of the sofa and scratched to wake her up. She got up and fed us. She asked us shih tzus to come in right after we ate and did “our busi­ness.” We didn’t know why, but it was because she wanted to go back to sleep! We didn’t let her though. Nigel kept scratch­ing at the door, and she kept get­ting back up to let me, Nigel and Dot­tie go in and out. It was fun!

a <strong/><strong>shih tzu</strong> in a dog bedAll four of us shih tzus are really happy that there is no more com­pany! Let’s see. What else. We were rest­less today, but didn’t know what we wanted to do. We kept going up to Mom’s feet to get her atten­tion. I scratched her ankle, because she wasn’t pay­ing atten­tion. Oops. I guess I scratched it harder than I thought, because she said, “Ow!”

She finally got up and gave us some string cheese. Yum! Shih tzus — at least us shih tzus — love string cheese.

We were play­ing a lot and Mom said we were being “ram­bunc­tious.” Even Dot­tie played with me and Nigel for a while. Candy didn’t feel like play­ing, I guess. She was just roam­ing around. Oh, and when Nigel was busy, she went and lay in his bed. She really likes it. He doesn’t seem to mind that she lays in it some­times. I’m not sure why she likes it so much though. It doesn’t seem that spe­cial to me.

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Shih Tzu Day 151: Shih Tzus Lacking in Socialization Skills

pos­ses­sive shih tzus

a shih tzuDot­tie is either very pos­ses­sive of me or of her posi­tion on the couch. This morn­ing, she was sit­ting by me and Nigel and Flower came up to the couch. I reached my hand out to pet Flower at the exact time she went to snap at her, and she acci­den­tally bit me. It was a sur­prise more than any­thing. Her bite didn’t break the skin, but I could see lit­tle tooth marks. I think it sur­prised her too.

shih tzu alert

John and I left the shih tzus home alone this morn­ing. We had a nice break­fast and then went and picked out a beau­ti­ful, rus­tic com­forter for our bed. After that, I went gro­cery shop­ping and left John home alone with the shih tzus. We weren’t sure how that was going to work out. He mainly stayed in the garage. While he was out there he heard the shih tzus bark­ing, more so than nor­mal, and went in to see if there was a prob­lem. Noth­ing seemed wrong, except he had left the TV on and there wasn’t a pic­ture. He dis­cov­ered that the bulb had exploded, so that must have been why the dogs were bark­ing. The TV was a hand-me-down and we’ve already replaced the bulb once in the last six months, so it was time to go to Best Buy and upgrade! Very thank­ful for their no inter­est pay­ment plan!

unso­cia­ble shih tzus

A shih tzu between two dog beds. Heather, Her­man and the boys came back at 7. Candy stayed out­side and Flower didn’t move from Shih Tzu Cen­tral. Dot­tie was brave and sat by me for a while. How­ever, when Heather sat on her side of the couch to watch TV, she had to decide if she wanted to sit between me and John or between me and Heather. I put her between me and John, but she only stayed a few min­utes before jump­ing off and join­ing Flower at Central.

Jor­dan kept try­ing to befriend Flower, but she growled at him every time he looked at her. The shih tzus obvi­ously still need social­iza­tion training!

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Shih Tzu Day 150: Nov. 26

I was so tired last night that I went to bed at 8. I still could not force myself to get up very early. I got out of bed a lit­tle after 6:30 and fed the shih tzus. Flower didn’t fin­ish the food right away, because she kept run­ning to the end of the back yard to bark at either the neighbor’s dog, a cat or a squir­rel. She was also bark­ing at the shed, so maybe there was a snake under it.

Later, Flower jumped up by Dot­tie and me and sat with us for a while. She had been spend­ing more time than usual at shih tzu Cen­tral, but I think she is less stressed now. Candy kept dive bomb­ing John’s legs today and rub­bing against them. I am really glad that she is tak­ing to him.

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