Shih Tzu Dog Fight

Well, it’s a new year. 2017! We haven’t kept up with our blog, but we’re going to try again! This morn­ing wasn’t a great morn­ing for us. Candy was her typ­i­cal self. She turned up her nose at her food, but Nigel and Dot­tie gob­bled theirs down. We never know how Flower is going to react to her food, and this morn­ing, she sat and guarded it for quite a while. I hon­estly don’t know what hap­pened next. I thought Candy was still guard­ing her food in the din­ing room, but sud­denly, fur was fly­ing. The female shih tzus all seemed to be gath­ered around Flower’s half-eaten dog food. Candy and Dot­tie were clamped onto each other’s faces, and Flower barked, going back and forth between the two of them. I ran toward them, shout­ing to stop, but the harder I tried to pull them away from each other, the more they ter­ror­ized each other. I finally picked Candy up and dumped her a few feet away, but she was back in a flash, once again clamp­ing her teeth on Dottie’s face, while Dot­tie bit back, and Flower con­tin­ued her wild dance.

Candy after dog fight.

Candy after dog fight.

My biggest con­cern was that Dot­tie was just get­ting over an eye infec­tion, with her final vet appoint­ment com­ing up tomor­row, and that this would set her back. When I finally got Candy shut up in the bath­room, I checked Dottie’s face. I saw blood, but I couldn’t tell if it was her’s. As I dabbed around her eye, it didn’t seem like it was her blood, so I put her in a dog bed and went to get Candy. She, too, had blood on her face. A closer look revealed a not-so-pretty cut below her eye. I cleaned it with eye­wash sev­eral times and blot­ted the blood. Then, I went to look for Flower. She didn’t seem to have been harmed. Who knows where Nigel was dur­ing the melee!

It’s hours later, and every­thing is calm. I still don’t know what hap­pened. I do know that Candy seems to be a lit­tle aggres­sive lately, espe­cially when she is next to me on the couch and one of the other dogs approaches. I have a few ques­tions for any­way who has had this expe­ri­ence. How do you keep these dog fights from hap­pen­ing? Once they do, what’s the best way to sep­a­rate three female shih tzus that are eat­ing each other’s faces?

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Shih Tzu Week 120: Expanded Menagerie

Oct. 10 – Oct. 16, 2013 

Thurs­day, Oct. 10 

Out­side it’s dark, cold, and rainy, but inside, it’s warm and cozy. I am in my usual posi­tion on the couch, my com­puter in place, and all four of the dog­gies are with me: Candy in John’s spot at one end, Nigel on the left side of me, Dot­tie snor­ing on the other, and Flower on the other end of the couch. Such a pre­cious fam­ily.

It looks like things are going to get lively around here for a while. My mother called me on Tues­day night because of an emer­gency at her house. Due to the fact that she is 80 and it is get­ting dif­fi­cult to keep her 70-year-old house liv­able, we have to make other arrange­ments. The most log­i­cal solu­tion is for her to even­tu­ally move to Florida to live with my sis­ter, Sandy. It’s going to be a huge adjust­ment for everyone.

Mom comes with a menagerie. Over the decades, Mom has had a long list of cats as well as her faith­ful dogs. Right now, she has Buddy, res­cued from a shel­ter sev­eral years ago, as well as four cats. Emily and Mimi are prob­a­bly about 17 or 18 years old. Spot Collins and Panda, res­cued from a shel­ter a few years ago, are prob­a­bly about 3 years old. Nei­ther Sandy nor myself has the heart to tell mother she has to part with her pets, but Sandy has severe pet aller­gies, so it will be dif­fi­cult for her.

It’s not that liv­ing in Florida is a com­pletely new idea. Mom agreed to move there once before, years ago, but couldn’t bring her­self to leave her home. This time, fate seems to have taken the deci­sion from her hands. Sandy already has plans to go to New Jer­sey in early Novem­ber for her daughter-in-law’s baby shower, so I have sug­gested Mom stay here until she gets back. The plan after that is for Sandy’s ex-husband, Paul, to come through Den­ver after a work trip and fly back to Florida with Mom. He will arrange for some­one to come and taxi the pets all back to Florida.

It’s hard to imag­ine what this is going to look like. We have decided to put the cats’ lit­ter boxes down­stairs in the bath­room and to set Mom up in the spare bed­room across from it. Buddy will sleep with Mom, as he usu­ally does. I am going to try to keep the cats in the base­ment, since I don’t know how Flower par­tic­u­larly will respond to cats in her house. She has chased after any cat that has wan­dered into the house, and tries to bark away any squir­rel that comes near, so this should be fun.

I will be mak­ing a trip tomor­row morn­ing to get Mom and the pets. So, this might just be the last night my mom ever spends in the house she has lived in for six decades. I know that this is not what she wants, but we will try to at least make her and the pets comfortable.

Fri­day, Oct. 11

I man­aged to get all the pets over here and set­tled. I’m sure the shih tzu clan is won­der­ing what on earth is going on. Mom had a really rough day, which means I did too. She’s dis­ori­ented and con­fused, since this is so out of the norm for her. I finally got her to go to sleep for a while, with Buddy beside her.

Sat­ur­day, Oct. 12

Today was bet­ter for Mom. She is still con­fused, but that’s to be expected when you uproot an 80-year-old. I don’t think she cried once today and she slept well.

Tues­day, Oct. 15

I couldn’t sleep so I got up at 4:00 to do some work before Mom gets up. The shih tzus have been doing pretty well with the new liv­ing sit­u­a­tion. Nigel and Buddy do growl at each other because they are both food aggres­sive, so I have to watch them, espe­cially since Buddy is at least twice as big as Nigel. Today, Flower got a lit­tle wild-eyed when Spot Collins, who we think is a Maine Coon, escaped through the base­ment door and into the liv­ing room. I quickly grabbed him to avoid any issues. 

Wednes­day, Oct. 16

The shih tzus might be a lit­tle con­fused about their new house guests, but we are try­ing to make sure things are as com­fort­able and nor­mal for them as pos­si­ble. The girls all gath­ered around John on the couch this morn­ing to get love. Candy was sit­ting on his lap, and again, I am still get­ting used to that develop, since we never thought any of our puppy mill moms would be lap dogs.

After the love fest, they went out­side to eat. While she was on the deck, Flower spied Spot Collins in the win­dow. I had been try­ing to keep him down­stairs, but I decided to give him a break. Flower started bark­ing crazily. It will be very inter­est­ing to see if she adapts.

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Shih Tzu Day 210

I brought Candy up to sleep with us last night. She curled up on the bed and didn’t peep all through the night. How­ever, at 6 o’clock, we heard her retch­ing. She vom­ited bile on the bed and on the floor. I haven’t noticed the dogs doing that lately, since I read they some­times do that if they go to bed on an empty stom­ach and have been try­ing to give them a lit­tle food before bed­time. She seemed okay through­out the day, though.

Flower fol­lows me down to the base­ment when­ever I go to put any­thing in the wash. She sniffs around the exer­cise room and the spare room. I haven’t caught her pee­ing on the car­pet again, but I do try to keep an eye on her when she wan­ders into a dif­fer­ent room. I am glad that she is becom­ing more com­fort­able with the dif­fer­ent areas of the house and doesn’t seem as fear­ful as she did a few months ago.

Crazy shih tzus

The dogs have seemed a lit­tle lack­lus­ter lately, but today, all four of them were jump­ing each other. Flower was being a lit­tle too aggres­sive with Candy. She acted like she was mad at her. Candy was stand­ing up to her, but I finally said Flower’s name firmly and when she looked up, told her “No!” She came up to me shak­ing her head from side to side, and I shook my fin­ger at her. She came up fur­ther and put it in her mouth, backed away and then came back and put her mouth on my fin­ger again. It was more like gum­ming than bit­ing. They are way too cute.

Nigel decided it was her turn to be picked on, and tore after her, so she went run­ning. They are get­ting a lit­tle crazy these days. They ran too close to the TV tray stand hold­ing my water and knocked the water on the floor. Thank­fully, it was a plas­tic Star­bucks glass with a tight lid.

Later, Flower jumped up on the couch, pawed at me, and then cocked her head back towards the din­ing room, as if to say, “This way. We need a treat!”

I got my lap­top back after being with­out it for three weeks! Now that I won’t be using a loaner lap­top, I need to trans­fer pic­tures to it and start putting them up with my posts again. I know they have been very bare with­out any.

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Shih Tzu Day 208: The Shih Tzu Bone Thief is Back

Things never seem sta­tus quo when you have four shih tzus run­ning around. I have been say­ing how Nigel has been so good lately, and today I keep get­ting frus­trated. I bought them real bones from the local gro­cery store, and when I passed them around, he tried to round them all up for him. This after­noon, he keeps going over to Shih Tzu Cen­tral, for what I am not sure. Now he looks like he is try­ing to cor­ral Flower back to her cor­ner, but she escaped and jumped up on the couch, breath­ing heavily.

I think that the win­ter is mak­ing them bored. I leave the door open when­ever I can, in hopes that they will go out­side and play, but they rarely do, even though it hasn’t been very cold. They mainly seem to wait around to see when the next treat will be delivered.

Nigel was lick­ing his paw ear­lier, and I noticed it was bleed­ing. John was hav­ing trou­ble with the nail clip­pers, so I might have to invest in a new pair. I’m glad Lea at Gen­tle Groom­ing had put styp­tic pow­der on the “must have” list for grooming.

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Shih Tzu Day 151: Shih Tzus Lacking in Socialization Skills

pos­ses­sive shih tzus

a shih tzuDot­tie is either very pos­ses­sive of me or of her posi­tion on the couch. This morn­ing, she was sit­ting by me and Nigel and Flower came up to the couch. I reached my hand out to pet Flower at the exact time she went to snap at her, and she acci­den­tally bit me. It was a sur­prise more than any­thing. Her bite didn’t break the skin, but I could see lit­tle tooth marks. I think it sur­prised her too.

shih tzu alert

John and I left the shih tzus home alone this morn­ing. We had a nice break­fast and then went and picked out a beau­ti­ful, rus­tic com­forter for our bed. After that, I went gro­cery shop­ping and left John home alone with the shih tzus. We weren’t sure how that was going to work out. He mainly stayed in the garage. While he was out there he heard the shih tzus bark­ing, more so than nor­mal, and went in to see if there was a prob­lem. Noth­ing seemed wrong, except he had left the TV on and there wasn’t a pic­ture. He dis­cov­ered that the bulb had exploded, so that must have been why the dogs were bark­ing. The TV was a hand-me-down and we’ve already replaced the bulb once in the last six months, so it was time to go to Best Buy and upgrade! Very thank­ful for their no inter­est pay­ment plan!

unso­cia­ble shih tzus

A shih tzu between two dog beds. Heather, Her­man and the boys came back at 7. Candy stayed out­side and Flower didn’t move from Shih Tzu Cen­tral. Dot­tie was brave and sat by me for a while. How­ever, when Heather sat on her side of the couch to watch TV, she had to decide if she wanted to sit between me and John or between me and Heather. I put her between me and John, but she only stayed a few min­utes before jump­ing off and join­ing Flower at Central.

Jor­dan kept try­ing to befriend Flower, but she growled at him every time he looked at her. The shih tzus obvi­ously still need social­iza­tion training!

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