About Flower

My nicknames include Flower Girl, Flower Pedal, Flower Power, Flower Fu, Lion Queen, Lion Baby, Control Freak, Psycho Baby, Poophead Princess, Shih Tzu Head Princess and Maybelline Lashes. My Mom sometimes calls me Marilyn but lately calls me Flower Kardashian. I am not sure why. I think it has something to do with the way my butt looks in some of my pictures.

Shih Tzu Vet Update: Four Star Visit

I wanted to talk about flow­ers today, but Mom said I should talk about our annual vet exam we had yes­ter­day at Clear Creek Ani­mal Hos­pi­tal. First, Mom tricked us. She knows that when­ever we get in the car we think we’re going to the nice park for a walk, but we were wrong. It was too late to escape once we saw where she was really tak­ing us.

She was happy I didn’t get fright­ened and pee on the floor like I used to. How­ever, Nigel “marked” his visit and they had to rush to get a paper towel to clean it up. That’s prob­a­bly why he got to be exam­ined first. Before Dr. Lind­sey did that, though, we all got weighed. Candy weighs the least, at 13.40 pounds. When we came to live at the Freeze Hacienda after liv­ing at the puppy mill, she weighed 11 pounds. The doc­tor says she is a nice weight. Dot­tie is a lit­tle more “plump.” She weighs 18.40 pounds! The doc­tor wasn’t that con­cerned, though, since her weight has hardly changed over the last few years. Mom says she is a “big girl.” When Nigel came to live with us he had been very sick, and he only weighed 10.80 pounds. Now, how­ever, he weighs 14.40 pounds. Well, now I have to say what I weigh. I weighed 13.60 pounds in 2011. Now I weigh, gulp, 16.60 pounds. The assis­tant put me back on the scale because she didn’t think that was right, but it was. The vet says I should lose at least a pound so Mom says I am going to get less treats. Bummer!

We all got a Lep­tospiro­sis vac­ci­na­tion — what­ever that is. Mom and the vet talked about Nigel’s eye scare ear­lier this year. He had a corneal per­fo­ra­tion. We aren’t sure how well he sees out of it. I guess Mom needs to take him in for a checkup at the spe­cial­ist for that. Beyond that, she thought Nigel was pretty healthy.

Candy might have a food allergy and Dot­tie might too, because of some prob­lems with their ears. Candy’s ears are a lit­tle “thick” and Dot­tie has a lot of wax in hers. The vet asked if they itch them a lot. Mom said they used to but that she was clean­ing them (with Vet’s Best Ear Relief) and Candy and Dot­tie didn’t seem to be hav­ing a prob­lem lately. Dr. Lind­sey said that if it gets worse, Mom might have to do some food tests to see what food might be caus­ing the prob­lem. Dot­tie is 8 years old and her vision might not be as well as mine, but oth­er­wise, the vet said she was in good health. I don’t know why she didn’t say she needed to lose weight!

Besides the vet say­ing I need to lose a pound, she also said I have to go in to get my teeth cleaned. Ugh. I guess I have too much tar­tar on my teeth. Mom was dis­ap­pointed since the vet always told her how good our teeth looked. Mom thought our teeth were good because of the chew sticks she gives us, but they must not be help­ing my teeth. I hope that doesn’t hurt!

The good news was that the vet told Mom if she had gold stars, she would give them to us! So I guess we did pretty good!

 

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Flower’s Flowers Introduction

Hi, all! First off, we have to apol­o­gize for stay­ing away for SO LONG. It’s been a busy year. Our humans, aka Mom and Dad, have been busy all sum­mer mak­ing us a beau­ti­ful back­yard. Since my name is Flower, Mom says I should talk about our flow­ers. So I am going to be doing that! Along with the flow­ers, I will be talk­ing about other beau­ti­ful things in our gar­den, such as butterflies!

When we first came to live here, I don’t think there were that many flow­ers, but that has changed! I’ll be back soon, but for now, I thought I would share a pic­ture of me, Flower, with some of my Flow­ers. Boy, I love my name, now that I know it means some­thing really pretty!

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Shih Tzu Review Board: True Chews Dog Jerky

Shih Tzu Review Board

We have recently made a deci­sion that we want to be famous dog food/treat review­ers, and we are going to call our­selves the Shih Tzu Review Board (unless we think of some­thing more clever)! We want to do that because we think we know a lot about dog food/treats! Also, we like to get pack­ages in the mail with our names on them. What are we review­ing today?

True Chews Pre­mium Jerky Cuts

We have a very good friend at Chewy.com. He writes us when­ever he needs expert review­ers to hon­estly judge dog food and treats that Chewy car­ries. I have to admit, though, that our Human doesn’t let us review just any food. First off, she says we can only review dog food and treats that say Made in U.S.A. or Made in Amer­ica on the pack­age. As for us shih tzus, we really, really like to try dif­fer­ent types of jerky the most. Our Human says as long as we don’t find some we like as well as her home­made dog jerky she’ll let us keep test­ing others!

We got a pack­age in the mail the other day that con­tained a bag of True Chews Pre­mium Jerky Cuts. They are made with real chicken, and, of course, made in the U.S.A. We were really anx­ious to try them, but our Human thought she would be clever. She put the bag up in the Baby Russ­ian Sage Gar­den and sat us up there one at a time. Each time one of us got up there, she pulled a piece of jerky halfway out of the bag to see what we would do. Well, I can tell you that not one of us walked away from that bag! We all loved True Chews chicken jerky! Our Humans say that these pic­tures should prove it!

A shih tzu taking dog jerky from a True Chews bag.

I won­der if I could take the whole bag of chicken jerky and run!

Flower shih tzu with a True Chews dog jerky bag

Hey, Dot­tie, Nigel, Candy! This chicken jerky is really great!

Dottie shih tzu eating chicken jerky from True Chews bag.

I am so glad that Nigel and Flower left me some chicken jerky!”

 

a shih tzu taking dog jerky from a True Chews bag.

Finally my turn!

 

 

 

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Shih Tzu Valentine’s Day 2013

Hi Y’all! Flower here! We are try­ing to help Mom keep our blog up to date, so I am tak­ing my turn to update it.

Today was Valentine’s Day. We got a Valentine’s Day gift, but it wasn’t any­thing with hearts or any­thing. Mom told us what she could have got us. She could have got us Valentine’s Day dog bis­cuits, but she said that Dot­tie and Candy would turn up their lit­tle black noses (even more than they are already turned up!). She said she could have bought us stuffed ani­mals, but we already have a ton, and only Nigel usu­ally plays with them. She reminded me that I only play with them when I have pent-up energy, and I just shake them around for a few sec­onds and then drop them. So, what Mom did do was make us an extra big batch of home­made dog treats: chicken wrapped apples, which we love! We could smell them in the dehy­dra­tor all day, and we couldn’t wait to have some!

Mom said to make sure to talk about Aunt Can­dace. Aunt Can­dace is stay­ing with us for a while. At one time, we wouldn’t have known what to do about that, but now, we’re get­ting used to peo­ple. I even came up to her while she sat on the couch today and let her pet me. She laughed and told Mom that I was play­ing with her for the first time. I guess I was.

We went for a Valentine’s Day walk with Aunt Can­dace and Mom. As usual, Mom held the flex leash for Nigel and Can­dace held mine for a while. Dot­tie and Candy’s leashes trailed on the ground. When we got behind Wal-Mart, Candy tried to race me again. She ran fast and I could have beat her, but Mom can’t run as fast as Candy, so she won again! She always wins! Mom keeps say­ing she is going to get me a longer leash, so I can race Candy bet­ter. I think that’s what she should have given me for Valentine’s Day!

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Shih Tzus: Off Leash at the Park (Don’t Tell!)

We had a very spe­cial day play­ing at the park on Sun­day! Mom and the Man often let Dot­tie and Candy walk them­selves, because they are so good about not run­ning off. Nigel and I get jeal­ous. By the way, dogs aren’t really sup­posed to walk them­selves because the signs say they can’t be off leash, but Mom says they aren’t really “off leash.” They are on a leash, but it’s just drag­ging on the ground sometime!

Well, this time, there were no other dogs and very few peo­ple, so first the Man dropped Nigel’s leash. Wouldn’t you know it!! He spot­ted a man and woman walk­ing far away and decided to run to greet them. Mom had to chase after him.

Later, though, the Man was run­ning with me and Candy and Dot­tie were chas­ing after me, and the Man dropped my leash! Wow! I got to run fast with­out any­one hold­ing my leash! The Man was in front of us and Mom was in back, so in case we tried to pull any funny business.

Here we are running!

Dottie Shih Tzu running at park

Candy Shih Tzu running at the park.

Flower Shih Tzu running at the park.

Nigel Shih Tzu running at the park.

 

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