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 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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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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Nigel Shih Tzu’s Review on Orijen Freeze Dried Lamb Treats

Nigel Shih Tzu and Orijen dog treat bag

Nigel gets ready to review Ori­jen freeze dried lamb dog treats

Every once in a while, Chewy.com asks me if Dot­tie, Flower, Candy and Nigel would like to review any prod­ucts. This time, our choices included some grain free dog bis­cuits and Ori­jen freeze dried dog treats. Nigel is the only one who will eat dog bis­cuits so I decided we would try the freeze dried dog treats.
 
First, let me say that I tend not to give the shih tzus treats made in China, so I was happy to see that Orijen’s ranch raised lamb freeze dried dog treats were made in Canada, the home of our dear friend Sadie Shih Tzu. Sec­ond, I don’t like long lists of ingre­di­ents, and the ingre­di­ents on this pack­age include only bone­less lamb, lamb liver and lamb tripe.
 
As for the review, I brought the opened bag over to the com­puter to get the infor­ma­tion off of it. As usual, Nigel was sit­ting beside me on the couch. While I was typ­ing, I real­ized that Nigel was intently sniff­ing at some­thing. When I looked over, he was get­ting closer and closer to the bag. I thought his actions spoke for them­selves, so here is Nigel’s review:

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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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