Our Weekend Foster Shih Tzu

We had a guest shih tzu this week­end. Delores from BFF Res­cue called April 10 and asked if we could watch a one-year-old fos­ter shih tzu for the week­end. His fos­ter fam­ily was going to be out of town. I was hes­i­tant, espe­cially since it was a boy, and Nigel doesn’t seem to like other males step­ping into his Shih Tzu King­dom. Also, since I am now a con­firmed shih tzu lover, I imag­ined I would fall in love with him and hate to see him go. But I said yes.

Zeus the foster shih tzu

Zeus arrived Fri­day, April 12, early in the after­noon. When she dropped him off, she said that she would be pick­ing him up Sat­ur­day after­noon to take him to meet a cou­ple con­sid­er­ing adopt­ing him.
Zeus is black and white and looked like a cross between Nigel and Dot­tie. Like most dogs I’ve met that go through the “dog­gie fos­ter sys­tem,” Zeus is slim. Delores said he prob­a­bly weighs about ten pounds. I think Nigel weighed nine pounds when we got him, but Zeus looked even thin­ner because he has longer legs. Nigel looks quite a bit heftier, prob­a­bly because he has prob­a­bly gained five pounds since com­ing to live here, and because he hasn’t been groomed for a while, so his long fur makes him look even bigger.
Zeus made me real­ize that I seri­ously have to rethink what I feed our shih tzus, or, more exactly, how much.  I don’t tink Candy is over­weight, but Dot­tie is less active and def­i­nitely is, and Flower and Nigel could stand to lose a pound or two.
Delores warned me not to pick Zeus up right away, because she said he has a ten­dancy to nip at peo­ple. He seemed right at home from the minute he arrived. It didn’t take long for him to jump up onto the couch and claim the arm on the John and Nigel side of the couch. Later, I had book­ends when Flower jumped up and took her place on the other end, where she likes to sit.
Zeus fol­lowed me around all after­noon. When I went into the bath­room, he jumped into the tub, pos­si­bly look­ing for water, and then jumped back out. When I went into the bed­room, he swiftly jumped up on the bed. I was sur­prised, since I don’t think even Flower, our jumper, can do that. At least she hasn’t attempted it.
When Can­dace came home from work, she quickly took a lik­ing to Zeus, and he began fol­low­ing her around. Zeus sat between us that evening while we were watch­ing TV. I saw what Delores meant when I made a quick move­ment with my hand too close to his face and he nipped at my fin­ger. I was more care­ful the rest of the evening.
I fig­ured he was the kind of shih tzu that would want to sleep with his humans, so I asked Can­dace if she wanted to take him to bed with her. He stayed with her through­out the night.
The next morn­ing, she com­mented that she was con­cerned that he wouldn’t go to a good home. I know that she would have con­sid­ered adopt­ing him if she had her own place.
Delores arrived at about 1:30 to pick up Zeus. She called a few hours later to let me know that the cou­ple had decided to adopt Zeus and to thank us for tak­ing care of him.
I was very happy that BFF Res­cue had once again found a home for an adorable lit­tle shih tzu. I hope he brings his new fam­ily as much joy as our four lit­tle ones have brought us!

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