Merry Christmas to All!

We are so sorry we haven’t kept up with our blog! Life has been good to us! This morn­ing, the four of us went for a Christ­mas walk. It was cold and windy, so our Humans wanted to go for a shorter walk, but we enjoyed it. When we got home, they gave us some ham from their Christ­mas lunch. Mom also made us treats: sweet pota­toes wrapped in chicken and apples wrapped in chicken.

We were very sorry to recently hear that Sadie Shih Tzu had to go over the Rain­bow Bridge. She was so pretty and her mom, Liz Hover, loved her so much.

We hope every­one enjoys Christ­mas! We’ll post pics soon!

 

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Shih Tzu Doings: Candy and Nigel Tribal Dance

Hi, all! We are get­ting excited because of the spring weather. Candy, Nigel, and Flower all have short hair­cuts now. Nigel and Candy have a lot of energy, as you can tell from this video:

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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 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 Week 118: Dahlias & Dogs

Sept. 26 – Oct. 2, 2013 

We have been spend­ing a lot of time work­ing on our gar­den. I espe­cially love the dahlias. I like to think the shih tzus enjoy them too. Candy spends the most time in the back­yard, usu­ally sun­ning her­self on the bridge John made for them.

Sun­day, Sept. 29: Spot­light on Nigel

Tues­day, Oct. 1 

Flower com­ing to visit us in bed each morn­ing. Actu­ally, I think she comes to visit John, with an ulte­rior motive of try­ing to steal Nigel’s pre-breakfast treat, if he hap­pens to bring the left­over bone back to bed with him. Some­times John lifts her up, but she does pretty good jump­ing up on her own usu­ally. 

Wednes­day, Oct. 2:

Morn­ing Dog Walk behind Wal-Mart

 

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