Shih Tzu Week 122: The Dog Who Says Meow

Oct. 24 — Oct. 30

Thurs­day, Oct. 24

The incredible disappearing Spot Collins.

The incred­i­ble dis­ap­pear­ing Spot Collins.

Spot Collins con­tin­ues try­ing to get out to see the big world. This morn­ing, when John went to go get the mail, Spot waited patiently by the door. John blocked him from going out, but then he fig­ured out he could just push the screen door and it would open (the latch doesn’t work on it). Luck­ily, I saw him in stealth mode and warned John, so he quickly pulled him back and closed it. We also ended up tak­ing the doggy door out because of Spot. Yes­ter­day he tried to saunter out when the shih tzus went out, think­ing he could blend in. My nick­name for him is “the dog who says meow.”

My nick­name for Panda is “Panda-monium.” That’s because he makes Flower crazy by just being here, so she likes to chase him in around and cor­ner him.

Sat­ur­day, Oct. 26

Heather, Her­man, and Jor­dan came over for din­ner. They brought chicken for chicken and gua­camole bur­ri­tos. I made the gua­camole. They really liked Panda and Spot Collins. Some­body got out a laser light and started shin­ing it on things. Buddy and Spot thought that was a lot of fun. Candy warmed up to Heather and let her hold her for a while.

 Mon­day, Oct. 28

Mom hasn’t yet been able to get used to her new sur­round­ings. She con­tin­ues to want to go down­stairs to bed. She also can’t remem­ber if the cats are allowed to go down­stairs, when that is where their lit­ter boxes are. I hope it’s eas­ier for her when she gets to Florida.

Tues­day, Oct. 29 

I had a bas­ket set up in Mom’s room that I though Panda or Spot Collins might want to sleep in. How­ever, they didn’t seem inter­ested, so I put it up on top of a very tall desk hutch. When I went in the room this morn­ing, Panda was sit­ting in the bas­ket, with prob­a­bly an inch between him and the roof.

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Shih Tzu Week 119: Snow!

Oct. 3 – Oct. 9, 2013

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Fri­day, Oct. 4 

It snowed last night. Snow! On Oct. 3! I’m not ready to see my gar­den die! Also, I have been leav­ing the back­door open, since Candy and Dot­tie still don’t go through the doggy door. So today it is closed.

I have begun to think of myself as Flower’s “Daddy Bridge.” She climbs onto my lap, and with­out stop­ping, crosses me to get to Daddy. But I am in no way com­plain­ing. I am just happy that she is that com­fort­able with both of us now. When she isn’t with us, or at Shih Tzu Cen­ter, she likes to sit on the back of the loveseat where she can watch every­body from a com­fort­able dis­tance, and look out the win­dow when she chooses.

Candy also con­tin­ues to make “couch progress.” I never knew what she wanted before when she came up to the couch. Nowa­days it can mean she wants a snack or she wants up. Today, for exam­ple, I reached to get her and she stood still and let me pick her up. Dot­tie was already on one side and Nigel snug­gled close on the other. I sat her on the other side of Nigel, and she even­tu­ally curled up and set­tled down. When she was there, I rubbed her ear and real­ized it was soft inside, not rough as usual. That rough­ness, or “ele­phant ear,” is a sign of aller­gies, although I am not sure to what. I have been putting a lit­tle Aquaphor in her ear, think­ing if it works for my lips it might work for her ear. It seems to be work­ing. Also, a neigh­bor gave us a water cooler, so they mainly get puri­fied water to drink, and maybe that is helping.

Flower jumped up on the couch to join us a lit­tle later, so I had all four of the shih tzus for com­pany, although Flower def­i­nitely looked bored on her cor­ner perch. Candy can only take couch com­fort for so long, so she even­tu­ally jumped down to occupy the bed she and Nigel alter­nate in, by the enter­tain­ment cen­ter. Although he rarely does it, Nigel actu­ally took a bed at Shih Tzu Central.

I have the TV on today, like I often do when I’m work­ing, with the vol­ume down. I just saw an image of an abused dog on an com­mer­cial for an ani­mal shel­ter and it almost made me cry. I am so happy our four shih tzus have a lov­ing home and that there are so many ani­mal res­cues and shel­ters out there try­ing to make a difference.

Sun­day, Oct. 6 

It warmed up enough for us to take the dogs for a walk at Majes­tic View Nature Cen­ter. Since we have worked so hard on our gar­den this year, I have really enjoyed look­ing at their plants and flow­ers, which are usu­ally tagged with their names.

It gives me of ideas for the future. We don’t walk there nearly as much as the shih tzus would like to, since we nor­mally just walk behind Wal-Mart, so it is always a spe­cial treat. I tried to walk all four of them once there with­out John, but it was a fiasco, and I would never try it again.

Mon­day, Oct. 7

Nigel got a bath today. Hope­fully that will stop his scratch­ing. Each one of the dogs took their turns on the couch today again. Of course, Dot­tie is there most of the day. I was watch­ing Flower roll around on the couch for a while. Not sure why she does that, but it’s fun to watch. Maybe she is scratch­ing her back on the couch? Each time I pick up Candy and sit her down on the couch, I think about the past, when she either hid upstairs or in her cor­ner “apart­ment” in the din­ing room, instead of join­ing us. I con­tinue to be thank­ful for how far we have come.

Tues­day, Oct. 8 

John gave the shih tzus their pre-breakfast snack (chicken-wrapped rawhide bone) as usual this morn­ing and they were rar­ing to go. For some rea­son, Candy often doesn’t eat hers right away. She sits it in front of her and guards it. I think she keeps it just to enjoy the game. If any­one comes near it, she sounds her loud siren bark warn­ing. I need to record it, because it’s fierce. Some­times, like today, Flower sits on the other side of Candy’s bone and growls, try­ing to ter­ror­ize her sis­ter to giv­ing it up. How­ever, Candy instead decided it was time to enjoy it.

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Shih Tzu Day 309: May 3, 2012


Flower is paw­ing the air and giv­ing me her come hither look. She def­i­nitely loves atten­tion. She went back over to her couch, so she could stare at me from there.

Shih Tzu Day 310: May 4, 2012


The dogs seem so bored. I need to prac­tice walk­ing them, because I know they need that exer­cise. At least Nigel and Candy and Flower play together sometimes.

Shih Tzu Day 311: May 5, 2012


Nigel and Candy in werewolf mode.It doesn’t seem like I got much done today. Keep­ing up with the dogs groom­ing some­times seems over­whelm­ing. We really need to make sure their paws are groomed, trim­ming their nails and get­ting the fur out from between the pads, and get them walking!

Shih Tzu Day 312: May 6, 2012


I have been hav­ing trou­ble keep­ing Flower’s atten­tion when it’s break­fast time. She keeps leav­ing her food bowl in the morn­ings, to fend off cats or squir­rels from the back of the yard. This morn­ing, instead of guard­ing her bowl, I went ahead and let Candy eat the rest of it. She needs more food any­way, and maybe Flower will learn not to run away so often.

Shih Tzu Day 313: May 7


Bath time for Flower before my sister arrived.I am very happy with the chicken jerky I have been mak­ing them. It makes me feel good to know exactly what they are get­ting. On my lat­est batch of jerky, I mar­i­nated them in lemon/lime juice and olive oil, and then sprin­kled them with fresh sage, paprika, and rose­mary. I read that dogs don’t really like cit­rus, but they were a bit hit. I also made more apple and chicken treats and chicken and sweet potato treats. They like all of them. Buy­ing the dehy­dra­tor is one of the best pur­chases I’ve ever made.

Shih Tzu Day 314: May 8


My sis­ter Sandy arrives today from Florida for a week­long visit. We have been con­cerned because she has severe pet aller­gies. She’s like me, too, in that she can’t han­dle a lot of smells. I washed doggy beds and blan­kets this morn­ing. I used to clean them more reg­u­larly, since they tended to have messes on them from acci­dents, but these days, that doesn’t hap­pen, so I for­get. Hur­ray for that!

John is on vaca­tion. We have been steam clean­ing the car­pets with pet/allergen for­mula. We even tack­led the car­pet down­stairs in the exer­cise room, which hasn’t been steam cleaned for years, since we hired some­one to come in and do it. Flower fol­lowed me down­stairs. I kept one eye on her, wait­ing to pounce if she tried to squat to pee. She sniffed a lit­tle, but then ran back up the stairs.

Shih Tzu Day 315: May 9


Flower and Dottie after bath.We went to break­fast this morn­ing with Mom and Sandy. Mom treated us for my birth­day at Gun­ther Toody’s. Sandy is try­ing very hard to make friends with the shih tzus. The female shih tzus growled at her and barked when she came down­stairs this morning.

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Shih Tzu Day 149: The Shih Tzus Get a Break from Company

they’re gone, at last!

two shih tzus in a dog bed.Sleep­ing on my sofa sleeper for the first time was quite an expe­ri­ence. I didn’t think it was com­fort­able at all, although John said he didn’t mind it. Once com­pany had all gone upstairs, the shih tzus came out of the “tent” I had made them to see why we were invad­ing their liv­ing room.

a female shih tzu in a pink dog bed.Later, once they went back to Shih tzu Cen­tral, Flower kept mak­ing lit­tle barks. It took a while to get to sleep, but I finally did and slept fit­fully until the shih tzus started stir­ring at 5:30. I jumped up to feed them, hop­ing they wouldn’t dis­turb John and that I could get a lit­tle more sleep after they set­tled back down. When I lay back down, all the shih tzus came up to visit my side of the sleeper.

I couldn’t get Dot­tie to come up, but Flower jumped up and lay beside me for a while. I finally fell back to sleep and didn’t get up until after 8:30. Flower was back on the floor when I got up. Candy kept going up to John for him to pet her.

a shih tzu getting into another shih tzu's dog bed.a female shih tzu in a black faux leather dog bed.The female shih tzus were back to their pre-company nor­malcy, until Heather came down the stairs and sur­prised them. Flower imme­di­ately started growl­ing. Even­tu­ally, though, they just went back to hud­dling in their cor­ner. I spent a lit­tle time with them while Heather went to pick up my mother and Her­man and the boys went to see his fam­ily. Heather and Mom came back and got me and we went to lunch and to find Heather a coat. It wasn’t a typ­i­cal Black Fri­day for me, because I didn’t spend a penny. Heather and her fam­ily left at 4 to go visit other rel­a­tives, so the dogs had the house to them­selves again!

Candy has decided that she likes the faux leather dog bed I bought Nigel from TJ Maxx. While he was pre­oc­cu­pied, she went over and inves­ti­gated, looked around to see if any­one was going to stop her, and then crawled in for an after­noon nap.


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Shih Tzu Day 130: Daylight Saving Shih Tzus

two shih tzus on a bed. an extra shih tzu in our bed

I decided to see if Candy would sleep with us. I told Flower and Dot­tie good­night and Nigel, John, Candy and I went upstairs. Candy’s shih tzu sis­ters must have been curi­ous, because they came upstairs a lit­tle later. I had set Nigel and Candy on the bed, and Flower and Dot­tie came to the edge of it. Candy became  queen of the moun­tain. She leaned over the bed and growled at her sisters.

a shih tzu being bathed.

Candy didn’t attempt to jump down, like Dot­tie does, so I turned off the light to see what she would do. She stayed on the side of me, where I had set her. Nigel was lay­ing between John and I, which is where he tends to lay, unless I move him. I fell asleep right away, but I woke up in the mid­dle of the night. I’m a tosser, but when I went to turn over, there was no where to turn. Candy and Nigel were as close as book­ends, and since they were on the bed­spread, that made it even harder to turn. I woke up sev­eral times dur­ing the night, but tried to stay on one side as long as possible.

no Day­light Sav­ings for the shih tzus

a shih tzu after a bath.

I awoke to Dottie’s moan­ing out­side the door. The prob­lem was that they were an hour early. We s

et the clocks last night for Day­light Sav­ings. The furry alarm clocks didn’t rec­og­nize the hour change, so they came upstairs at their reg­u­lar time.

Since I hadn’t slept well, John vol­un­teered to get up and see if the shih tzus would let him feed them. It went well, except Dot­tie resisted going outside.

a wet shih tzu after a bath.

I asked John if Flower and Dot­tie tried to steal Candy’s food. He said they came over to check her bowl out, but Candy has fig­ured out how to keep the other female shih tzus away from her food. She keeps her face in her bowl until she fin­ishes eating!

All the shih tzus ran to greet  me when I got up. We decided three of the shih tzus needed groom­ing: Nigel, Dot­tie and Flower. Flower was the best when it came to

bathing and trim­ming. Dot­tie wasn’t too bad, but Nigel fought us again. We need a very deep sink for him, because he fights so hard to crawl out of ours.



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