Shih Tzu Week 117

Back to the Past: Sept. 19 – Sept. 25, 2013

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Fri­day, Sept. 20

This morn­ing when I went to grab the leashes out of the bas­ket, Nigel wan­dered back to his bed and Candy wan­dered under the table. They prob­a­bly need walk­ing the least, so I decided to just take Dot­tie and Flower. It’s always eas­ier with less than four any­way. When we got back, I opened the back door so the shih tzus could wan­der in and out. I so wish we could get Dot­tie and Candy to use the doggy door, because I am con­stantly try­ing to get flies and bees out of the house. I swat­ted a fly near Candy and she didn’t even run. Some­times she still star­tles eas­ily, but she is get­ting better.

Sun­day, Sept. 22

We took the dogs for a walk this morn­ing at Majes­tic View. I always get a kick out of Flower’s excite­ment dur­ing the car ride. Nigel gets pretty excited too, but Flower is more ver­bal. If I say, “Are you excited we’re going for a walk?” Flower squeals.

Mon­day, Sept. 23

We have done well with many areas with the shih tzus, includ­ing their rela­tion­ship with us. I have also noticed that most of their tear stains are gone, although Dot­tie still has a lit­tle brown on her face. How­ever, partly because of the fact that Candy and Dot­tie won’t use the doggy door, we still have house­break­ing issues. It’s not unusual for me to try to fig­ure out where the urine smell is com­ing from. I real­ized today that Flower had peed on her couch, so the cush­ion cover went into the wash. Also, it looked like some­one peed on Dottie’s thick blan­ket that I some­times sit on. Ick. Candy had been reliev­ing her­self on the car­pet in our bed­room so I started shut­ting the door. Then she started pee­ing on the rug in the bath­room. At least I can wash that, but I also started shut­ting that door.

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Shih Tzu Review Board: Orijen Freeze-Dried Dog Food

Our Human, whom we call Mom, makes us “meat­loaf” every cou­ple of weeks, and we get it every morn­ing for break­fast with our kib­ble. We love it! She makes it with lean ground beef, lean ground turkey, sweet pota­toes, pump­kin, green peas, and she throws in other veg­eta­bles, like zuc­chini and squash from the gar­den. Some­times she adds fruit. It is soooo good!

How­ever, once in a while she gets things from and lets us try it. This time, she got Ori­jen Regional Red Freeze-Dried Dog Food. We weren’t sure what she meant when she told us it was “freeze-dried.” We thought it had some­thing to do with our last name, which, iron­i­cally, is “Freeze.” Well, it doesn’t. It’s the process they use. Why Mom wanted us to try it was, first, because it is a “whole prey diet” con­tain­ing really fun “wild” stuff: angus beef, wild boar, ranch-raised lamb, her­itage pork, and free-range bison, and even fruits and veg­eta­bles. The sec­ond rea­son was that she said that since it is “freeze-dried,” it is fresh and has no preservatives.

Before Mom gave it to us, she did some weird things. First, she took these “medal­lions” out of the pack­age, broke them into four pieces (one for each of us!) and then poured warm water on them. The hard part was that we had to wait about five min­utes while the medal­lions “un-dried.” Then, Mom divided it into four bowls as an “after­noon snack.”

Orijen Freeze Dried Food

Today we tried Ori­jen Freeze Dried Food.

What hap­pened next? Well, Mom set the bowls down. First, she set one down for Nigel, and then one for Flower, Candy, and me. How­ever, in the few sec­onds it took for Flower to get to her bowl, Nigel swal­lowed his piece and came and stole hers! Mom scolded him and then had to split up the last two pieces for me, Flower and Candy. Mom was sur­prised we liked it, because she didn’t think it smelled as yummy as her meat­loaf. The good news is that because of Nigel’s bad behav­ior, she fixed us another one to share!

You are not going to believe what hap­pened next! Mom had us girls go out­side, since we are bet­ter behaved than Nigel. She put his bowl down on the kitchen floor, quickly went out­side with our bowls, and shut the door so he couldn’t come out and steal our food. Then, she put down our bowls, and FLOWER ate hers and then ran and stole my piece before I could get to it! Some­times it just isn’t fun liv­ing with three other shih tzus! I hope Mom feeds that stuff to us again!

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