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 Nearly St. Patrick’s Day

Again, nearly a month has gone by since we last posted! We posted right before Valentine’s Day and now it is nearly St. Patrick’s Day! We have had a house guest, my step­daugh­ter Can­dace, for nearly a month. At first, the shih tzus weren’t sure what to think and barked as if she were an intruder, every time she came through the door or down the stairs, much like they did with John when they got here. Now, how­ever, they have three peo­ple that they trust. She is another dog walker and she pro­vides them with food, so she must be okay. They will even allow her to pet them on occasion.

Flower in bathtubI decided to con­tinue try­ing to bathe the shih tzus in the tub, par­tic­u­larly since Nigel gets so scared in the sink. I have only exper­i­mented on Flower lately, how­ever. I was amazed at how calmly she sat there, for a good ten min­utes, until she decided she’d had enough. It was a far cry from the day in groom­ing school where she looked pos­sessed by a demon.

Red Excalibur DehydratorI broke down and finally bought an Excal­ibur dehy­dra­tor. Since I was splurg­ing, I splurged more and bought a red one! I made the first treats in it yes­ter­day. I decided to try chicken-wrapped apples because they always end up squishy in my last dehy­dra­tor  I was very happy with them! They looked store bought to me.

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Shih Tzu Day 131: Nov. 7, 2011

a female and male shih tzu.

Christ­mas is behind us, but I am going back in time to  try to fill in some blanks and add some pic­tures. I con­vinced Flower and Dot­tie to eat some apple pieces by putting peanut but­ter on them. Flower is look­ing very fluffy after her bath. The excite­ment for the day included a squir­rel sit­ing and romps between Candy and Nigel, Nigel and Flower, and all three of them.



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Shih Tzu Day 26: Shih Tzu Sisters Baby Steps

More Baby Steps for the shih tzu sisters

There's something soothing about this new toy.I don't know why Candy is sucking on her toy. Everyone knows you bite it!!I guess hav­ing guests all week­end tired me out. I couldn’t get up until 7. The shih tzu sis­ters came up to get me about 6, but I didn’t budge. They kept run­ning up and down the stairs, then into the bed­room, play­ing with my hand when­ever I dan­gled it down to them. (I had a warped thought as they gen­tly bit at my hand. A famous avi­a­trix named Pan­cho Barnes had sev­eral dogs. When she died, the story goes, they began nib­bling on her arm. I imag­ine she might have played the same game with her dogs before her demise! I said it was warped!)

No Bark­ing Outside

Sorry to say, one of the shih tzu sis­ters has dis­cov­ered that they like poop­ing in the spare bed­room. It might even be Shiloh. We really need What will you give me if I give you back your mail?a sur­veil­lance cam­era in every room so we can catch the cul­prits in action. And now for pos­i­tive news:  John pre­pared the dog food bowls for me, so the dogs could learn to eat from him. They fol­lowed him out­side, ate, and then went and played in the gar­den, with­out bark­ing at all!

Flower Sits With Dot­tie and Me

Dot­tie spent a lot of time on the couch with me today. Flower has tThis floor feels cool on my tummy! I like it. aken to jump­ing up into the rock­ing chair that John used to sit in when he smoked his pipe. (It was actu­ally a nice smell, but he has been tobacco-free for a year!) I hur­ried to get my cam­era (I need it near me at all times!), but she jumped down as soon as I moved. Sur­pris­ingly, instead of going back to the play area, she jumped up on the couch, to sit with Dot­tie and me.

Candy Warms Up to John

John is mak­ing great head­way with Candy. While he pre­pared his lunch this morn­ing, she wan­dered in, look­ing for food, I’m sure. He gave her a lit­tle cheese, which she fear­lessly took from him. That brought Shiloh and the shih tzu sis­ters in to gather around him. Another victory!

Dot­tie Vis­its PetSmart

Do we really have to leave the house?I thought I would be dar­ing and take Dot­tie to PetS­mart with me. I con­sid­ered the trip suc­cess­ful. I put her in the As Seen on TV Com­fy­Con­trol Har­ness to get her used to it, although I didn’t plan to have her walk. She seemed a lit­tle ner­vous in the car, but she did well at PetS­mart. I car­ried her around the store while we looked at Kongs. Mom says dogs are sup­posed to be crazy about them. I bought one for each of the dogs, although I didn’t know how I was going to get them to use their own and not steal every­one else’s.

In the car, I tried to give her a Wag­gin Train’ chicken and apple treat, but she wouldn’t take it. I think she was a lit­tle too ner­vous from the out­ing. She did eat two when we got home, though.

If I just stick my tongue in this hole a little bit farther...Of course, Flower was the shih tzu sis­ter who fig­ured out how to “use” the Kong. She took Shiloh’s too, and ran off with it. Candy and Dot­tie didn’t show much inter­est, or didn’t know how to get the peanut but­ter out. Instead, I put some peanut but­ter on Candy’s paci­fier and she licked it off. I did try to feed the dogs car­rots and apples again, but only Shiloh gob­bled them down. He is at least proof that some dogs will eat raw fruits and veggies.

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