Shih Tzu Day 67: Scaredy Dog, Cats & Grooming

scaredy shih tzu dog

I got up with the shih tzus this morn­ing to let them out and feed them so John could sleep. For the next few hours, I worked on some ad copy for a client, with Dot­tie beside me and Candy and Flower at shih tzu Central.

When John got up, we took the shih tzus back out­side. Flower was sit­ting on the porch when a motor­cy­cle started up. Our scaredy shih tzu jumped up and ran for the door, push­ing it open to get inside as fast as she could, with Dot­tie not far behind. As usual, Candy had the oppo­site reac­tion. She stood where she was, look­ing towards the fence, an inquis­i­tive look on her face.

Flower gets an “A” on the groom­ing table

shih tzu after partial grooming. We put Flower up on the groom­ing table, because I’ve been notic­ing how wild she’s been look­ing lately, par­tic­u­larly her face. We went through the rou­tine with the hot dog, let­ting her smell it to asso­ciate it with groom­ing. She didn’t take a piece, but when John started clip­ping her, she stayed com­pletely still. We don’t have a groom­ing arm yet, so I held her in one place, but she didn’t fight me or John dur­ing the groom­ing process. We clipped a lot of her body and tidied up her face. The next time we groom her, we’ll work on her paws again and clip her nails. I was very proud of her. It was quite dif­fer­ent from when she got kicked out of groom­ing school or our ear­lier attempts to groom her.

Back­yard Intruder

shih tzu looking at cat in backyard.John and I went out to lunch and to run some errands, includ­ing look­ing for a new car­pet to replace our beau­ti­ful, west­ern car­pet, from which we can’t seem to extract the urine odor. We decided to look for some­thing cheap and small that we could stick in the wash­ing machine. We found one we both liked at Kohl’s. I wasn’t sure about the size, and when we got it home, I thought it was way too small. We talked some more, and we decided to cover ever inch of our west­ern car­pet front and back with pet clean­ing solu­tion and then rinse it with the hose as well as we could.

three shih tzus chase a cat away.While we were out­side, Flower spot­ted an intruder in the back­yard. A stray cat was sit­ting on the land­scap­ing tim­bers, putting her out of Flower’s reach. We put up a fence to pre­vent the dogs from climb­ing up into the land­scaped area and pos­si­bly escap­ing out of the fence between us and our back­yard neighbor.

Flower got as close as she could and barked like crazy. The grey cat just sat there aloofly, star­ing at Flower. Her barks finally pulled Dot­tie and Candy away from what they were doing, and they came run­ning. That moved the cat to cross into the neighbor’s yard and the girls finally calmed down.

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