Shih Tzu Day 128: Flower Kardashian

a shih tzu in a Christmas dress striking a sexy pose

shih tzu malady

I’m a lit­tle con­cerned. I found throw up on the floor down­stairs for the sec­ond day in a row, and I found some upstairs. I thought it was Flower, because of her breath, but John said he was pet­ting Candy and she threw up. I don’t think it was a reac­tion to him, so I have to think it is some­thing else! Candy does not act like she feels well. She bit my toes and fin­gers yes­ter­day in our morn­ing rit­ual, but she came to greet me today and didn’t do that.

The shih tzus eat a lot of rawhide bones, so is it that? I also gave them pieces of chicken last night. I had breaded it for a meal, but I tried to remove it all before I gave it to the shih tzu clan. Also, I gave them Alpo today, because I hadn’t made up any food. Candy acted like she wasn’t going to eat it at first, but I think that was because she is just finicky. All the shih tzus did end up eat­ing it.

nudge, nudge

Flower was sit­ting with me this morn­ing, but she jumped down from the couch. Pretty soon, I looked down and two cute lit­tle shih tzus, Candy and Flower, nudg­ing my feet. Good! Candy must feel bet­ter. Nigel was next to me, so I sent Mr. Male Shih Tzu down to play, to see if Candy was up for it. I couldn’t decide if she came to visit me or him. She just stood there while he tried to play, but then started bit­ing his face. My ail­ing shih tzu must have revived.

When Nigel tired of get­ting his face bit­ten, the ram­bunc­tious shih tzu wan­dered over to me and took my socks off, and then started bit­ing my toes. Flower fol­lowed his cue and came up and started bit­ing my fin­gers. What a bunch of lit­tle vampires!

Mar­cel, the shell, with shoes on

OK, this has noth­ing to do with shih tzus, but John called me today and told me he had been lis­ten­ing to Den­nis Miller on the radio and he was talk­ing about a super cute YouTube video about “Mar­cel the shell with shoes on.” He said there would soon be a book on Mar­cel. John knows I want to write a book about my expe­ri­ence with our for­mer puppy mill shih tzus, so he wanted to tell me about it. Mar­cel is almost as cute as my shih tzus, but not quite, so check it out!

shih tzus track­ing mud and shih tzus track­ing squirrels

The shih tzus tracked mud all over the floor today. Then, Nigel decided to get on the couch, so guess where the mud went. Groan. You’ll have that with a house full of shih tzus!

Part of the rea­son that the shih tzus kept going in and out was that Candy kept sniff­ing out a squir­rel. Squir­rel patrol requires a lot of in and out activ­ity. Out to check the where­abouts, and in — at least par­tially in the back door — to get shih tzu backup.

shih tzu turn­about is fair play

Flower spends so much time on the couch now that when Dot­tie asks to be let up some­times, Flower growls at her. Mean­while, in the kitchen, I wish I could teach Candy to scratch to come in like Nigel does. I get con­cerned about the amount of time our out­ward bound shih tzu spends out­side. I get up many times to check. She might be on the porch, but when I reach to open the door, she sprints out into the yard. Today, how­ever, she was sit­ting right by the door, and when I opened it, she came right in.

loud, quiet breathing!

There is some­thing very cute about the way Candy and Nigel tus­sle. I will be work­ing, and all of a sud­den, I will hear breath­ing. It’s actu­ally a kind of “quiet breath­ing.” But it is a hec­tic breath­ing. That heavy breath­ing will go on for many min­utes, as the shih tzu pup­pies play near the din­ing room table. It is always a lit­tle frus­trat­ing, because when I reach for my cam­era, they go on alert and the lit­tle bug­gers move on, so I have no proof of how incred­i­bly cute they are.

Flower Kar­dashian

Nigel is a very busy boy. Lately, he goes back and forth between both shih tzu “girl­friends.” Or are they sis­ters? I don’t know. But I wish I could get into the minds of these dogs. One of his girl friends looked par­tic­u­larly adorable today. I found the cutest lit­tle Christ­mas dress at Ross Dress For Less. It’s red, fur-trimmed, and has candy canes and orna­ments all over it. I tried it on Flower, although it is a lit­tle too early for Christ­mas doggy clothes. I was tak­ing pic­tures, and noticed that her dress was up, but I knew they would stop play­ing if I butted in and fixed it, so I just let it go. I was tak­ing pic­tures of her on the couch, and she was fac­ing towards Shih Tzu Cen­tral. She had a very cute butt beneath the cute dress and I thought of the Kar­dashi­ans. Yes, she is my adorable lit­tle Flower Kardashian.

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