Shih Tzu Week 43: April 19 (Day 295) – 25 (Day 301), 2012

Shih Tzu Day 295: April 19 (Thursday)

BIRTHDAY CLOTHES

Candy shih tzu in peace sign outfit.Candy’s birth­day is April 30, and I stum­bled across a very cute peace sign “out­fit” for her at Ross Dress For Less, my favorite place to find inex­pen­sive dog clothes. I think it was only about $5. It’s a lit­tle top and Vel­cro skirt. I couldn’t wait, so I tried it on her. She is so small, that the skirt kept falling off her. I think she is going to have to pass it on to Flower, who will be able to fill it out a lit­tle better!

Dog walk­ing

I made a step towards my goal of get­ting the female shih tzus walk­ing this sum­mer by tak­ing Nigel out today. I hope they will see how excited he gets and be inter­ested. He seemed a lit­tle tired when we came back. He stopped on the side­walk a few houses away and lay down for a lit­tle rest. I guess I took him a lit­tle too far, or his toe nails need clipping!

Shih Tzu Day 296: April 20 (Friday)

Candy’s rub down

Candy seems to be get­ting more and more com­fort­able with John. She sat on his lap for a while this evening while he gave her a rub down, which she seemed to enjoy. While that was going on, Dot­tie slept beside me, snor­ing peace­fully. I am so happy she and the oth­ers have a good home and humans who love them.

Shih Tzu Day 297: April 21 (Saturday)

Train­ing pad holder success

The shih tzus are getting used to the training pad holder. Some­one recently asked me if a train­ing pad holder would help with my prob­lem of the dogs mov­ing the train­ing pads all around. I men­tioned that I had unsuc­cess­fully tried one before, but the shih tzus wouldn’t step over the edge to use the pad. But, I decided to try again. I bought one at Wal­mart by Sim­ple Solu­tions. It cost $14.98 and holds pads that are 21”x 21”. It has worked much bet­ter this time.

Usu­ally, I put three pads down, since Candy and Nigel like to sit on the pads when they are clean, and that gives them a lit­tle cush­ion. There is at least one spot on it every morn­ing, so one of the dogs (prob­a­bly Candy) is using it reg­u­larly. Nigel can wait until we bring him down­stairs and he goes out, and I think Dot­tie waits too. Flower is a dif­fer­ent sub­ject. She doesn’t always wait, but I don’t think she reg­u­larly uses the pad either, either out of rebel­lion or for some other reason.

Shih Tzu Day 298: April 22 (Sunday)

ROYAL CANIN SWEEPSTAKES WINNER!

Penny with her gift bag goodies, courtesy Royal Canin.Our Royal Canin sweep­stakes con­test ended on April 21. The win­ner was Michelle and Penny! Michelle sent a pic­ture of Penny with her good­ies and told us a lit­tle bit about her. Penny is an Amer­i­can Lo-Sze pug. She is 6 years old and was diag­nosed with canine liver dis­ease in Sep­tem­ber 2009.  Michelle says, “Penny has come a long way and is doing great today!  She is my best friend and inspi­ra­tion.” Penny is the muse for Michelle’s pet prod­uct line, Sophis­ti­cated Pup.  She is the lead model and fea­tured in most of the pho­tos for the prod­ucts.  Michelle says, “She loves to get dressed up and knows when the spot­light is on her!”

We are so happy to have got­ten to know a lit­tle bit about the peo­ple who entered their dogs. We hope we can host more give­aways in the future. Con­grat­u­la­tions, Michelle and Penny!

Shih Tzu Day 299: April 23 (Monday)

Hard-boiled eggs

I treated the shih tzus to some small pieces of hard-boiled eggs today. They all like them.

kiss me, kate, um, flower

Flower con­tin­ues to sit on “her” couch more these days. It makes me said, because I love it when she sits with us. But she doesn’t like to share me with Dot­tie, and Dot­tie is pos­ses­sive too.  She did come over this after­noon and let me pet her for a while. For some rea­son, when I look at her with those long eye lashes, I think of the musi­cal, “Kiss Me, Kate,” so that’s what I always say to her.

Shih Tzu Day 300: April 24 (Tuesday)

Home­made chicken jerky and other treats not made in china!!

I men­tioned ear­lier that one of our read­ers, Jes­sica, brought up the prob­lem about treats made in China. Sadie Shih Tzu’s Human, Liz, wrote and sug­gested I make my own treats, and she sent me a recipe for dog bis­cuits. Although Nigel likes them and Flower will eat them when noth­ing else is around, Dot­tie and Candy don’t like dog bis­cuits. They absolutely love chicken jerky and next to that, they love sweet potato and chicken and sweet potato and apple treats. Since I exper­i­mented mak­ing chicken jerky in the oven, it got me think­ing about tak­ing it one step fur­ther and try a food dehydrator.

I ini­tially bought a typ­i­cal round dehy­dra­tor, but then I saw some good rat­ings for a square one by Nesco, and ordered it from Walmart.com. I looked at a cou­ple of jerky recipes, but set­tled with this one from Coco the Blog­ging Dog.

Basic Chicken Jerky

1 pound skin­less, bone­less chicken breasts, 1/4 cup olive oil, juice of 1 lemon (optional — add ingre­di­ents to the mari­nade, like Dogswell treats. Such as dried cane molasses, flaxseed, pep­per­mint, pars­ley, etc.)

First, you cut the chicken into strips, accord­ing to this recipe, 5 inches long, 1 inch wide, and 1/4 inch thick. I’m not sure how close I got, but I tried. Then, in a bag, com­bine the oil, lemon juice, and optional ingre­di­ents. I added dried mint and pars­ley. The recipe says to squeeze out the air in the plas­tic bag, mak­ing sure all the chicken sur­faces are cov­ered with mari­nade, seal the bag, and refrig­er­ate for 24 hours. How­ever, I have an old vac­uum sealer machine and a con­tainer that allows you to mari­nade for only an hour, so I did that.

You can do this in the oven, but I used the dehy­dra­tor. Sorry to say, I didn’t keep track of the time, but I think the jerky was done in about 8 hours. Basi­cally, they have to be leath­ery. I really love the fact that I can taste test their food. I didn’t think it was bad, and the shih tzus seemed to love it.

Sweet potato and chicken treats

The shih tzus loved the homemade chicken and sweet potato treats.I couldn’t find a recipe for home­made sweet potato and chicken treats, so I impro­vised. I took some of the chicken strips and cut them into very thin pieces. Then, I cut sweet pota­toes like I was going to make french fries. I wrapped the chicken strips around the sweet potato and dehy­drated until chicken was leath­ery. The sweet potato were slightly spongy.

I’m not sure how they com­pare to store bought, but the shih tzus liked them! I know they cost less then store bought, and best of all, they come from my kitchen and not from China! Next time, I plan to make chicken and apple treats.

By the way, the dehy­dra­tor also came with a sam­ple pack­age for Nesco Spice Works beef jerky, so I made some for John. He thought it was the best jerky he’d ever had, and so did I. I have a feel­ing that dehy­dra­tor is going to be a great investment!

Shih Tzu Day 301: April 25 (Wednesday)

Wel­come home

John and I have started rid­ing our bikes in the morn­ing before he leaves for work. The shih tzus aren’t quite sure what to think about me leav­ing the house that early. When we get back a half hour later, they are as excited as if I had been gone for hours. They were also excited later when I gave them a home­made sweet potato and chicken treat. I am so happy that they like them.

Now that I am mak­ing my own dog food treats and peo­ple treats, I am invest­ing in some food prepa­ra­tion items. I bought an OXO Good Grips V-Blade man­do­line from Bed, Bath and Beyond. One thing I am going to prob­a­bly use it for is slic­ing sweet pota­toes, if it will work, for the dog treats. I know sweet pota­toes are harder than pota­toes, so I am not sure if it will work.

FLEA AND TICK PREVENTION

PetArmor makes an inexpensive flea and tick treatment.As a fam­ily, we seem to be lucky in one area where a lot of dog own­ers have prob­lems. I don’t think any of our shih tzus have ever had fleas, ticks, or lice! I did some research and read that Col­orado is home to approx­i­mately 80 dif­fer­ent species of fleas. Col­orado dogs and their own­ers seem a lit­tle luck­ier than oth­ers because fleas need mois­ture to develop, and Col­orado mainly has a dry cli­mate. Still, there are some cases, as evi­denced by the med­ica­tions avail­able any­where that sells pet sup­plies in Col­orado. One rea­son is that pets that come to Col­orado from other states can carry these pests along with them! Wild ani­mals also can share prob­lems with your dogs. Both rea­sons are why I am not crazy about the occa­sional squir­rel or cat that enters the yard with­out permission.

Beyond that, I think our shih tzus are prob­a­bly rel­a­tively safe, mainly because they are presently “anti­so­cial.” They don’t go to dog parks and they don’t go to groomers. We still haven’t got­ten them to the point where they want to go on walks (but that is my biggest goal for this sum­mer). Still, one of the rea­sons for flea and tick treat­ments is pre­ven­tion, and since I do plan on tak­ing the dogs out of the yard more, I began inves­ti­gat­ing flea and tick treat­ments recently.

The first thing I did was a Google search. I saw some good infor­ma­tion on the PetAr­mor web­site other the head­ing of “Flea and Tick 101.” Fleas cause sev­eral prob­lems, includ­ing ane­mia, and they can trans­mit tape­worms and cause allergy der­mati­tis. The site also goes over the four major species of ticks, and health prob­lems caused by them, includ­ing trans­mis­sion of Rocky Moun­tain spot­ted fever, canine tick paral­y­sis, and the spread­ing of Lyme disease.

How can you tell if your dog (or cat) is scratch­ing if he has fleas or for some other rea­son? You will need a fine-toothed metal “flea comb” and a white towel or sheet. You will also need to pre­pare a bowl of soapy water. Run the comb along your pet’s back or under­belly, mak­ing sure the comb touches the skin. If the comb pulls out any fleas, drown them imme­di­ately in the soapy water. Then, have your pet stand on a white towel or sheet, and brush or rub its coat. If you see any small black specks, they might be fleas or flea dirt (which can look like sand).

If you see no evi­dence of fleas but your pet has symp­toms that could indi­cate other health prob­lems, see your vet. If you do find fleas, don’t worry. You can eas­ily treat your dog. I’m not going to go into how you check for ticks, but the site cov­ers that too.

You can find flea and tick treat­ments online or at local stores that carry pet sup­plies. PetArmor’s site said the main ingre­di­ent was an insec­ti­cide called Fipronil. That is also the main ingre­di­ent in Front Line Plus, with the same con­cen­tra­tion (9.7%). With that in mind, I checked into prices for PetAr­mor and Front­line Top Spot, first at Walmart.com. I usu­ally go there ini­tially because it will tell me if some­thing is car­ried at my local store, and, if not, if they will ship it to the store, elim­i­nat­ing a ship­ping charge, which is often the case. I also usu­ally check Ama­zon to com­pare prices. In this case, Wal­mart dis­ap­pointed me. A three-month sup­ply of PetAr­mor for dogs under 22 pounds was $25, but it was only $15.97 at Ama­zon (I’m not sure what the ship­ping charge would be). Front­line Top Spot was $36.50 at Ama­zon and Wal­mart didn’t carry it, from what I could tell. From the reviews I read, Front­line usu­ally gets a slightly higher rat­ing, but PetAr­mor wasn’t very far behind.  That made my deci­sion, after doing the math. Even going with Walmart’s higher price, for four dogs I would pay $100. That’s bad enough. Through Ama­zon, Top Spot was $146, with­out ship­ping. With that sav­ings, I could buy ingre­di­ents for a cou­ple of months of Sadie Shih Tzu home­made dog food!

I did decide to exper­i­ment at first with two dogs, and I chose Nigel and Dot­tie. John fol­lowed the instruc­tions to apply the prod­uct. You open the appli­ca­tor and apply it to the dog’s hair between the shoul­der blades. Then, you have to make sure you don’t touch it until it dries. I was a lit­tle ner­vous, because I don’t like the idea of putting insec­ti­cides on dogs. I had read that dogs can have reac­tions to these prod­ucts, but we did it a few days ago, and Nigel and Dot­tie haven’t shown any prob­lem­atic signs.

What I read was that if Nigel or Dot­tie had fleas, the lit­tle nui­sances would get active as they began to die and move to the top of the pet’s coat, where they would be more vis­i­ble. Good news! I haven’t seen any! How­ever, if we had, we would know the prod­uct was working.

By the way, if your dog does have fleas, you will also need to treat your house and pos­si­bly your yard. This includes thor­oughly vac­u­um­ing car­pets, espe­cially uphol­stery, if your pet goes on your fur­ni­ture. You will either need to throw away the vac­uum cleaner bag or clean the dust cup with soap and water. It is also rec­om­mended that you wash your pet’s bed­ding in hot water or replace it. You might also need to cut down tall brush and grasses near the house or pet runs.

I know I haven’t cov­ered how to check for ticks, but you can find that infor­ma­tion at the site men­tioned above.

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Shih Tzu Week 42: April 12 (Day 288) – 18 (Day 294)

Shih Tzu Day 288: April 12 (Thursday)

Release the Kraken!

Flower has been spend­ing more time on “her” couch again, instead of with us. So far so good; as long as she doesn’t pee on it, she can have her space. I assume she has been spend­ing more time there because Dot­tie growls and tries to hiss her away when she comes to our couch. When she does that, John says, “Release the Kraken!” Nobody seems very afraid of her, so I don’t think her act­ing fero­cious is working.

Come out and play

The shih tzus loved the homemade chicken jerky.Around 4 o’clock, Candy decided it was time for some­thing other than nap­ping and started pranc­ing around the liv­ing room. I think she’s a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed these days with her play­mate choices. Nigel used to go play with her instantly, but lately he’s been as lazy as Dot­tie, and lies on the couch next to Mom a lot of the time. Flower finally joined her for a tap dance across the floor. And Nigel even­tu­ally got up and romped around with both of them. When they took it out­side, he grabbed Candy’s tail in his mouth and wouldn’t let go, so she couldn’t get very far. He finally turned his atten­tion to Flower to play the bitey face game.

Shih Tzu Day 289: April 13 (Friday)

Happy Birth­day, Flower!

Flower shih tzu wearing a birthday crown. Today is Flower’s birth­day! She is now 3 years old. I made up a batch of chicken jerky for her treat. One of my friends sug­gested Frosty Paws and I couldn’t find any at the clos­est Wal-Mart, so I found a home­made Frosty Paws recipe:

Direc­tions:

  1. Blend all ingre­di­ents together and freeze in 3-ounce paper cupsShih tzus eating homemade Frosty Paws. .
  2. Microwave just a few sec­onds before serving.

The dogs loved the treats, once they found a way to get their tongues in the cups. When I make it again, I think I’ll use shorter con­tain­ers. One of the fun parts of mak­ing dog treats is you can try them with­out feel­ing you are eat­ing dog food! I actu­ally thought the Frosty Paws  treat was good! I had a few bites myself.

Candy shih tzu wears a birthday crown in Flower's honor.I dressed the girls up, with Flower in a new dress that says Girly Girls. And I bought them Happy Birth­day crows from the Dol­lar Tree. I gave her a stuffed ani­mal and rub­ber chicken from the Dol­lar Tree, too, but she ignored them. She was far more fas­ci­nated with the card­board insert I took out of the wine box. She car­ried it to Shih Tzu Cen­tral and spent prob­a­bly 20 min­utes see­ing how much of it she could tear apart.

The shih tzus investigate the homemade chicken jerky.Dot­tie didn’t care if it was Flower’s spe­cial day. She was sit­ting beside me, with Mom to her­self, when her shih tzu half-sister came up to the couch this morn­ing, Dot­tie didn’t want to give up her Mom time and did her growly fix­a­tion thing.  I think she par­tic­u­larly doesn’t like it because Flower wants to be pet­ted when she jumps up.

Indoor mess

This shih tzu loves cardboard!Some­one pooped on the floor near the train­ing pad and on the mat I have under the pad. It was the runny kind, and I hope it’s not from my home­made treats. They shouldn’t have any­thing in them that would cause that.

Shih Tzu Day 290 — 292: April 14 — 16 (Sat­ur­day — Monday)

I didn’t real­ize it, but I neglected to record any infor­ma­tion in my jour­nal for three days! I guess that means noth­ing excit­ing happened.

 Shih Tzu Day 293: April 17 (Tuesday)

Cel­ery treats

I passed out cel­ery today. Candy doesn’t nor­mally take it, but she did this time and chewed on it for a while. Dot­tie is the only one that wouldn’t take any.

Not so close

The shih tzus wait for the party to begin.Dot­tie was scratch­ing the sofa arm this after­noon, so to stop her, I reached over and picked her up and sat her on my chest fac­ing me. She wasn’t sure what to do, but she stayed there for sev­eral min­utes star­ing at me. She finally moved off, but stayed next to me instead of retreat­ing to her corner.

Shih Tzu Day 294: April 18 (Wednesday)

I was gone most of the day, so I didn’t have very much shih tzu time. Some­one seems to be hav­ing tummy prob­lems, because I found more poop on the floor.

Back it up

Dot­tie was peace­fully sit­ting in her cor­ner this after­noon when Flower jumped up, right next to her. Instead of sit­ting down, she started back­ing her butt up into Dot­tie. I’m not sure what the pur­pose was, but Dot­tie started mak­ing her Kraken sound. Flower seemed obliv­i­ous to it. I guess she knows Dottie’s growl is worse than her bite.

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Happy Birthday to Flower (Day 289) April 13

Happy Birth­day to you, Happy Birth­day to you, Happy Birth­day, Dear Flower! Happy Birth­day to You!
Flower is now 3 years old! This is Flower’s first birth­day at her for­ever home. She spent her first birth­day at a puppy mill and her sec­ond at a fos­ter home.
So glad that Flower, Candy and I have a For­ever Home together! Nigel too, although he didn’t come with us from the puppy mill!

Mom says she will have pic­tures later of our birth­day party, includ­ing the home­made chicken jerky!!

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Shih Tzu Day 281: April 5 (Thursday)

Noth­ing much to report. It’s been a lazy day.

Shih Tzu Day 282: April 6 (Friday)

Con­tem­plat­ing Flower’s birthday

This shih tzu needs a trim!Flower’s birth­day is a week away. I feel a lit­tle sad that she will be 3 years old! Her and Candy are so cute at 2 years old. There is such a big dif­fer­ence between Candy and Flower, who can be so play­ful, and Dot­tie, who, at 6 years old, is so “sta­tion­ary,” with just brief moments of playfulness.

Candy looks like a baby shih tzu after her trim.And to think that Candy will be 3 years old soon too, on April 30. I guess Nigel will remain for­ever young, since we have no idea when he was born!

The stick game continues

Nigel chewed con­tently on a rawhide and chicken stick for some time this morn­ing. I imag­ine he stole some­one else’s, because no one else still had one. Flower kept one eye on him, and when he went to get water, she jumped down from her side of the couch, walked over to where he was sit­ting, walked up the milk box step, took his chew stick, walked back down and saun­tered over to Shih Tzu Cen­tral to enjoy it. To be fair, it could have been hers to begin with, since Nigel always seems to have an extra.

When Nigel came back, he looked care­fully at the blan­ket where he had been lying, try­ing to fig­ure out where the stick went. When he real­ized it was miss, he snorted his dis­ap­proval, and then finally gave up.

And speak­ing of treats, it’s amaz­ing how long the Christ­mas bone-shaped rawhide has lasted. Flower trot­ted by with it in her mouth this after­noon. It will van­ish for a while, and then it will resur­face again.

Flower’s couch

Flower sat on her couch for a while today. Since she seems to have given up on pee­ing on it, I don’t put the cush­ions up any­more. How­ever, I am not used to her sit­ting there, and I care­lessly left a pic­ture lying on the arm; she got it and started chew­ing on the cor­ner. I res­cued it just in time.

She sat there for a while until some­thing Candy did caught her atten­tion, and she dived off to join in the action.

Shih Tzu Day 283: April 7 (Saturday)

Much bet­ter

We couldn’t put it off any longer, and gave Candy a trim today. She looks so much bet­ter. We are paint­ing our kitchen cab­i­nets and worked on them all day after that, so the shih tzus got lit­tle attention.

Shih Tzu Day 284: April 8 (Sunday)

Easter lunch

The shih tzus' Easter lunch.My mom came over to have Easter lunch with us. I fixed the shih tzus each their own small bowl of ham, sweet pota­toes, green beans, and part of a hard-boiled egg. They loved it.

They weren’t so happy later on when the chil­dren and grand­chil­dren arrived. They went back to Shih Tzu Cen­tral and didn’t come out until the coast was clear.

Shih Tzu Day 285: April 9 (Monday)

The shih tzus enjoy their Easter lunch.Flower is quite a char­ac­ter. She was sit­ting next to me, and I bent over to pet Candy. She started paw­ing my head with her paws. I guess she wanted me to give her atten­tion, and not Candy. A lit­tle later, the two of them tap danced across the floor, play­fully bit­ing each other’s faces.

Shih Tzu Day 286: April 10 (Tuesday)

your stick’s bet­ter than mine

I never tire of the chew stick game the shih tzus play. This morn­ing, Nigel was sit­ting on the couch chew­ing on his, and then jumped down, leav­ing it there. This time, Flower was sit­ting on the floor below where he had been, watch­ing. As soon as his back was turned, she jumped up on the couch, grabbed the stick, and ran to Shih Tzu Cen­tral to chew on it. In the mean­time, Nigel came back to the couch, with the exact same type of stick he had left behind. He had gone to Candy’s “apart­ment” and stolen hers, prob­a­bly because he fig­ured his would be gone when he got back.

Squir­rel!

Drats! The squir­rels are back in town! When I let the shih tzus out­side this morn­ing, and sat down their food, Flower tore off towards the back fence and started bark­ing like crazy. And then I saw the attrac­tion. I couldn’t get her atten­tion back, so I finally picked up her bowl and saved it for her. That always makes things dif­fi­cult, because the other shih tzus want to help the late eater with their food.

Shih Tzu Day 287: April 11 (Wednesday)

Flower’s birth­day is two days away. As a spe­cial treat, and to avoid treats made in China, I decided to try to make chicken jerky for the shih tzus. I found a recipe at Raise a Green Dog that I mod­i­fied a lit­tle. I had John cut some chicken very thin. Then, I lighted coated the chicken with oil and sprin­kled pars­ley on it. I put it on a bak­ing sheet and put it in an oven heated to 200° F. Although the recipe said to bake for about two hours, it didn’t seem done, so I left it in longer. I ended up bak­ing for at least 6 hours.

Truth­fully, I don’t think it looked much like the jerky I buy them. It more looked like very thin, slightly dried out chicken ten­ders. I gave the shih tzus a sam­ple, and they liked it. I taste tested it, and it was okay, but I can prob­a­bly do bet­ter. Since the exper­i­ment was sort of suc­cess­ful, I am now going to go a step fur­ther and buy a dehy­dra­tor to exper­i­ment more!

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Shih Tzu Day 274: March 29 (Thursday)

 Tug-of-war with Nigel

Nigel and Flower rest between bitey-face sessions. I decided to per­form a test today. I put one of the fuzzy hol­i­day blan­kets on the floor. The dogs can lie down on it, unless some­one uses it as a train­ing pad. While I was putting it down, Nigel grabbed it with his teeth and stared pulling on it, think­ing it was a tug-of-war game.

 Atten­tion, please!

Dot­tie and Flower have been very demand­ing today, want­ing atten­tion. They love pet­ting time. I think it’s so sweet when I put my hand against Dottie’s face, and she presses against it, not want­ing me to move it.  When I pet Flower, if I move my hand, she bats her paw at me, until I pet her again.

I guess I am lucky Nigel and Candy don’t demand pet­ting. It’s dif­fi­cult pet­ting two dogs at once, and pet­ting four at once would be impos­si­ble. Candy does wan­der up to get atten­tion now and then, but that’s easy to do. And I am glad John picks her up and gives her atten­tion when he is here. She doesn’t stay long, but I can tell she enjoys it. I am so happy to see how far they have come in this area.

Shih Tzu Day 275: March 30 (Friday)

 At my feet

The vampire shih tzus are at it again.After John left, Candy came over and sat at my feet, near Nigel. That was unusual, so I inves­ti­gated. I for­got to put a train­ing pad down for her, which is one of her favorite rest­ing places. I am glad that she only chooses to sit on clean pads!

 Vam­pire shih tzus

Nigel was in a very play­ful mood today. Flower was sit­ting next to him and he started bit­ing her neck. She seems to like it.

Shih Tzu Day 276: March 31 (Saturday)

 Tidy puddles

I don’t know why I have been for­get­ting to put down train­ing pads. I did it again last night. Some­one needed to pee before I got up, but they made a neat lit­tle pud­dle on the mat I sit the pad on. That’s quite an improve­ment from even a few months ago.

Since I no longer put the cush­ions up on Flower’s for­mer couch, she has jumped up on it a few times over the last cou­ple of days. Thank good­ness, she seems to have lost inter­est in pee­ing on the couches!

Shih Tzu Day 277: April 1 (Sunday)

 Dot­tie can fly

Candy is still waiting for her hair cut! I didn’t feel like get­ting up early this morn­ing. I got up, fed the dogs, gave them their morn­ing chew sticks, and then went back to bed for two more hours! It felt so good. The shih tzus didn’t try to come and get me.

After I came back down and sat on the couch, Dot­tie came up to it. I was just get­ting ready to help her up, when she “flew” up onto it on her own. It was amaz­ing; one sec­ond she was on the ground, and the next, she was beside me. It was like watch­ing a cat jump up. She didn’t even get a run­ning start like Flower does. Has she been fak­ing all this time that she can’t get up on her own?

Baby Nigel

We decided it was time for Nigel’s groom­ing ses­sion. He got a close hair cut, like his sis­ters. Three down! He looks like such a lit­tle baby now. He acts like one too. When John was trim­ming his fur, he kept walk­ing over to me and putting his paws on my shoul­ders for comfort.

 Shih Tzu Day 278: April 2 (Monday)

 Feisty Flower

Flower sat with me for a while this morn­ing, but left when Nigel came up. She was in a feisty mood. She snuck my rub­ber fin­ger I had been using to go through papers off of my lap­top stand and wouldn’t give it back. I had to pry it from her mouth. Later, her and Nigel had one of their bitey-face ses­sions. It sure looks like that should hurt!

Shih Tzu Day 279: April 3 (Tuesday)

Me or peanut butter?

I’m not sure what Flower was doing ear­lier. She was on the couch and was stretch­ing with her paws up on the top, and leaned over and licked my nose. I think she wanted to know why I smelled like peanut but­ter and why she didn’t get any. Then, she started growl­ing — again, either for peanut but­ter, or for atten­tion. I had already put the peanut but­ter away, or else I would have given her a lit­tle. Instead, I gave her a lit­tle atten­tion. She seemed sat­is­fied with that.

Nigel and Flower had another long bitey-face ses­sion this morn­ing. After­wards, Flower hauled out the Christ­mas rawhide bone, started fight­ing with it, and then trot­ted off to Shih Tzu Cen­tral with it. Nigel suc­ceeded in crawl­ing into my lap. I let him sit there for a while, before I moved him to my side so I could use the laptop.

jicama

I gave the dogs some of the jicama I was eat­ing. They all took it except Candy. Nigel and Flower seemed to inhale theirs, but Dot­tie chewed on hers dain­tily for a while.

Shih Tzu Day 280: April 4 (Wednesday)

Lonely shih tzus

The shih tzus didn’t get much atten­tion today. I was gone most of the day and then did a lot of orga­niz­ing when I got home. Dot­tie was so lonely for atten­tion that even she ran up to greet John at the door when he got home!

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