About The Shih Tzu Clan

My name is Di, and I am a writer and an editor. My husband and I had a precious little Yorkshire terrier named Joey for 14 years, until she died in 2010. Recently, we decided that we needed another dog in the house. Certain events led me to choose a shih tzu as my dog of choice. I never dreamed I would end up with three shih tzu sisters instead of one shih tzu. Wait! Scratch that! Four shih tzus!

In June 2011, I saw a picture of three shih tzu sisters online. I was interested in one of them and contacted the animal rescue organization caring for them. After meeting these three shih tzus, my husband and I decided to foster these half-sisters: Dottie, 2; Candy, 2; and Flower, 5. Up until our foster dogs were rescued and turned over to BFF Rescue, in early 2011, these three shih tzu sisters spent their life as puppy mill mothers. They came to us as fearful dogs with many issues, but they are learning to enjoy life, inch by inch.


Top to bottom: Flower, Candy and Dottie

We adopted Dottie, Candy and Flower on July 20, 2011. We want to encourage other people to adopt puppy mill dogs, even when they seem “un-adoptable.” We were afraid to take on this challenge at first, but now, I can’t imagine what life would be like without them. Our shih tzu sisters didn’t come to us as cuddly, fluffy puppies. But they have learned to trust us, and we have learned to love them.

A few months later, we were asked to foster a male shih tzu that was an owner surrender. Nigel captured our hearts as well and we couldn’t “surrender” him, so he is now part of the family.

One thing is for sure. Life is never dull at our house, and we see wonderful changes every day! Please join us in our journey! Also, please join the girls on Twitter and please Like them at their Facebook page.

Candy Shih Tzu 2012

Flower Shih Tzu 2012

Dottie Flower and Nigel Shih Tzu Thanksgiving