Shih Tzu Day 179: First Christmas with the Shih Tzus

Christ­mas morn­ing groom­ing for the shih tzus

I got up at about 6 a.m. and fin­ished wrap­ping presents. I got the stock­ings together for Dot­tie, Flower, Candy and Nigel. I put a stuffed ani­mal and a lot of treats into each one. I added a light-up ball to Candy’s stock­ing. I don’t know which shih tzus might play with it, but I thought it was cute.

three <u/><u>shih tzus</u> with Christmas stockings.We had quiche and mimosas for our Christ­mas break­fast when John got up. Then, we got pre­pared to groom the shih tzus. We decided that Candy and Nigel didn’t need trim­ming, but we gave them baths. Candy was very still and we bathed her quickly, but Nigel squirmed con­stantly, so he took longer. He was a lit­tle bet­ter with the blow dryer. Flower and Dot­tie were very good, both dur­ing the groom­ing, their baths and drying.

After they were dry, we put Nigel in his Grinch out­fit and the female shih tzus in their dog dresses. I swapped the red and white dresses Flower and Dot­tie wore when Deb took their pic­tures, but left Candy in the one with candy canes and orna­ments. I thought we had a cou­ple of hours to take some pic­tures with their new col­lars and dog tags and stock­ings, and to just spend some time with the shih tzus, but my step­daugh­ter called to say they wanted to come over early. We ended up hur­ry­ing to get pic­tures done and the liv­ing room cleaned up. We did get some cute pic­tures of the dogs with their Christ­mas stockings.

To add to the chaos, Flower must have been ner­vous because at some point, she relieved her­self on the couch. She did it on a very furry throw, and it pud­dled on it. I was sur­prised but happy that it hadn’t reached the couch, but it did when I tried to move it. I threw the throw and the cush­ion cover in the laun­dry, so when com­pany started arriv­ing, I had to grab a dif­fer­ent throw and cover the foam cushion.

Christ­mas guests

a shih tzu and a rawhide candy cane. Candy always seems the most ner­vous around guests, so I took her upstairs and sat her near our closet before any­one arrived. When Can­dace and her fam­ily arrived, the other two female shih tzus ran to Shih Tzu Cen­tral. While we waited for the other fam­ily mem­bers to show up, we sat around the din­ing room table talk­ing. Dot­tie and Flower even­tu­ally made their way across the room to the din­ing room cor­ner where Candy’s dog bed is. They didn’t social­ize with the guests, but I think they wanted to be near me. They stayed there the whole time we sat there talking.

I brought Candy back down­stairs later and sat her in Shih Tzu Cen­tral. I am try­ing to get the shih tzus all used to peo­ple, so I picked up Flower, Candy and Dot­tie at dif­fer­ent times and held them for a while as I talked to dif­fer­ent peo­ple. Nigel is usu­ally Mr. Socia­ble Shih Tzu, but he wasn’t as peo­ple friendly as nor­mal. It could be that he is not feel­ing well. He was pant­ing on the bed last night. He could have just been hot.

The female shih tzus got back to nor­mal quickly after every­one left. I took some of the rawhide treats out of their stock­ings, like the lol­lipops and gin­ger­bread men, and spread them around. They were all chew­ing on them and on the rawhide candy canes, so I guess they liked them.



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Shih tzu Day Day 178: Christmas Eve

prepar­ing the shih tzus’ Christ­mas stockings

a female <strong srcset=shih tzu chewing on a steer stick. " width="300" height="225" />Flower or Candy woke us up at 3 a.m. bark­ing. John went down twice, but couldn’t tell what was going on. Candy was roam­ing around and scur­ried away. It might have been that she saw a mouse, a cat out­side or was just bark­ing at the falling snow. I finally gave up and got up at 4, fed them, and went back to sleep until 7, when Dot­tie started whining.

I came down­stairs, fed the shih tzus and wrapped a few presents. The female shih tzus sat at shih tzu Cen­tral and just watched me, won­der­ing what I was doing and why I wasn’t sit­ting on the couch. I also put the dogs’ names on their Christ­mas stock­ings with glit­ter. I had no idea how long it took the glit­ter to dry. The back of the pack­age said 30 min­utes, but it took a lot longer than that. I prob­a­bly put it on too thick. 

a <u srcset=shih tzu on a red and white dog bed." width="300" height="199" />I couldn’t fig­ure out what to do with their col­lars and tags, but John fig­ured out to put them around the mid­dle of the stock­ing instead of the top. I bought the shih tzus stuffed ani­mals from the Dol­lar Tree. I don’t like to spend too much money on their stuffed ani­mals, because I rarely see the shih tzus play­ing with them. I know they do play with them at times, because I will find them on the porch or on the couch. I also bought them some treats from the Dol­lar Tree and some from Petco. I bought a vari­ety of Christ­mas shaped rawhide treats from the rawhide treat bar. I also got them some bones from King Soop­ers’ meat department.

a female <strong srcset=shih tzu chewing on a steer stick. " width="300" height="225" />John, my mom and I nor­mally spend Christ­mas eve with my niece and her fam­ily, but since they moved to North Dakota this year, we cel­e­brated Christ­mas with my mother this after­noon at a Mex­i­can restau­rant near her house. When I started look­ing for Mon­ster High dolls for the grand­chil­dren, I started pick­ing extras up and sell­ing them on eBay and Craigslist, so I deliv­ered some of those before we came home.

a female <u srcset=shih tzu holding a steer stick. " width="300" height="225" />We spent a few hours with the shih tzus and then went out again. We did some last minute shop­ping, drove through some of the areas that are the most dec­o­rated for Christ­mas and stopped for a ham­burger before going home and spend­ing the rest of the evening with the shih tzus. I gave the shih tzus some steer sticks to keep them happy and busy while we watched TV.

I know they won’t be excited about their Christ­mas stock­ings, but I am. I love the fact that these four lit­tle shih tzus are part of our life and that we are spend­ing our first Christ­mas with them. I know that the girls prob­a­bly don’t have any mem­ory of their life at the puppy mill, or Nigel of his before he turned up at an ani­mal shel­ter, but I am glad we have been able to give them all a new life.

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Shih Tzu Day 176: The Snow and Flower “Shiver” Shih Tzu

another shih tzu snow day

a shih tzu in a jacket in the snow.It snowed A LOT last night. We wanted to go out­side, but Mom insisted we wear our jack­ets. We hate wear­ing them, but I didn’t get very much ice on my tummy this time, so that was good.

a female shih tzu in a jacket in the snow. Me, Candy and Dot­tie came back inside, but Nigel wanted to stay out­side and explore. Us female shih tzus had been inside for a while when we heard him bark­ing. The Treat Man went to see what was wrong. We didn’t think the snow was very high, and the man had made a path for us, but Nigel still couldn’t get back up the porch steps. He was sit­ting there with his paws up on the porch, whin­ing. He had a lot of snow on him. The man helped him up; he said the snow must have weighed him down.

I don’t know if it was because of the snow, but Mom stayed home with us almost all day. We were happy, because she has been gone a lot lately. Mom and the Treat Man have men­tioned some­thing called Christ­mas sev­eral times. We don’t know what that is, but if it has any­thing to do with how often Mom is gone, I don’t think we like it.

Flower “Shiver” Shih Tzu

two female shih tzus in jackets in the snowMom leaves some­times when the Treat Man does and doesn’t come home until hours later. Some­times she brings home lots of bags. We saw some toys that look really strange. They look like some­thing I would like to chew on, but I guess they aren’t for us. Mom keeps them on shelves where we can’t reach them. We think they are prob­a­bly for those lit­tle kids that come over sometimes.

a shih tzu in a jacket in the snowEver since she started bring­ing those dolls home, she has been call­ing us her Mon­ster High “dogs.” She said I am so fluffy lately that I look like Abbey Bominable’s pet wooly mam­moth, “Shiver.” I have no idea what a mon­ster is, who Abbey Bom­inable is or what a wooly mam­moth is, but I saw him, and Shiver did kind of look like me!

Although those toys must not be ours, we know that Mom has been look­ing for some­thing for us. We heard her tell the Treat Man that she was hav­ing a hard time find­ing us “stock­ings,” because some were too big and oth­ers were too small. We have no idea what stock­ings are. I hope it’s not some­thing else she is going to make us wear!

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Shih Tzu Day 172: Personalized Dog Tags for the Shih Tzus

which dog tags for the shih tzus 

dog tags and collars for Christmas.I have been say­ing for months that I wanted to get the shih tzus per­son­al­ized dog tags. When we adopted Candy, Flower and Dot­tie from BFF Res­cue, they came with a generic red col­lar and tags say­ing BFF Res­cue, with the ani­mal rescue’s num­ber. Nigel did too.

I didn’t think about it that often, but some­times when I saw a tag in a pic­ture, I would think that it looked like they were still res­cue dogs, and not dogs that had found their for­ever home.

Buy­ing tags — and col­lars to match — for four shih tzus is slightly more expen­sive than buy­ing them for one dog, so I kept putting it off. Today was our wed­ding anniver­sary, and after we cel­e­brated with a nice Ital­ian lunch, we did some Christ­mas shop­ping for our furry chil­dren. John and I looked at PetS­mart for tags, but I wasn’t that thrilled about any of them. We went into Petco and I liked their selec­tion bet­ter. It took us a while to decide what we wanted, but I even­tu­ally got Flower a peace tag, Candy a princess tag, Dot­tie one with a crown and Nigel one that said “stud.” We picked out a pur­ple col­lar dec­o­rated with flow­ers for Flower, a pink one with polka dots for Dot­tie, a black one with skulls for Nigel and a blue one with a pink, pais­ley design for Candy.

I know the dogs won’t under­stand the sig­nif­i­cance of per­son­al­ized dog tags, but I am happy that we finally accom­plished that task. Of course, I hope no one ever has to iden­tify the shih tzus by their tags, but just in case.

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