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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Shih Tzu Day 367: One Year Anniversary at Forever Home!

Dottie, Candy and Flower head off to Unleashed by Petco.This is Shih Tzu Day 367, the one-year anniver­sary of when Dot­tie, Candy, and Flower came to live with us (this year hap­pened to have 29 days in Feb­ru­ary), on June 30, 2011.

Candy gets fitted with a harness at Unleashed by Petco.

I know I have to catch up on the last month, but I don’t want to miss the oppor­tu­nity to write about today. Since we have got­ten all of the dogs at least semi used to walk­ing on a leash, I decided it would be fun to take them out in pub­lic, par­tic­u­larly since there was an event that sounded fun.

I acci­den­tally ran across an Unleashed by Petco a few weeks ago. If you don’t know what that is, it’s a “mini” Petco. I was fur­ther sur­prised to find out that one had opened up just a cou­ple of miles from our home. As it turned out, it was hav­ing a grand open­ing this weekend.

Dottie enjoys a celebration treat.Candy waits her turn as Flower licks ice cream off John's hand.Why I thought it would be fun to take the shih tzus to it was because I got an email (because I have a PALS card) talk­ing about the give­aways and dis­counts for the week­end, as well as an ice cream social, from 11 to 3 today. I had been try­ing to decide what to do for our anniver­sary, and I thought that sounded very cel­e­bra­tory. I didn’t know if they would be too ner­vous to eat ice cream there, but it sounded worth try­ing. Also, I like the har­ness I had fit­ted for Flower at Petco last week, so I wanted to get one for her shih tzu sisters.

It wasn’t too dif­fi­cult to get them all in the back seat of the car, espe­cially since we went through the same drill ear­lier in the week to take Flower, Candy and Dot­tie in for shots, with Nigel tag­ging along. Dot­tie was shak­ing, but the other shih tzus were pretty calm.

Candy and an anniversary treat.We got to Unleashed at 1, and I imme­di­ately asked some­one if they could help us fit Dot­tie and Candy with har­nesses. The woman I asked sent Patrice over to help us, and I told her that Flower had a medium, but she was a cou­ple pounds smaller and might need a small. Patrice was going to try both sizes on Candy, but she was puz­zled at how to get it on her. I have to admit that it took me a

Nigel investigates the doggy ice cream.

while to fig­ure it out too, and I had been putting one on Flower for days. I was hold­ing onto Flower and Nigel, so I couldn’t show her. With John’s help, we even­tu­ally decided she needed a medium too, and, even though Dot­tie is five pounds heav­ier, she took the same size.

That process was a lit­tle hec­tic. Dot­tie sat by Patrice through­out the fit­tings, but there were lots of peo­ple and dogs there, and Nigel kept try­ing to go make friends with other dogs. I had to keep pulling him back, until Ted, another Petco asso­ciate, came up and played with him.

I had intended on tak­ing pic­tures, but my plan went awry. I didn’t know my bat­tery was nearly dead on my Nikon and my iPhone bat­tery was nearly dead from lis­ten­ing to Pan­dora on a bike ride ear­lier with John. I still man­aged to get sev­eral pic­tures taken before the bat­ter­ies died.

Once we had accom­plished the har­ness fit­ting, I asked where the ice cream was. It was dis­ap­point­ing to learn that although we had arrived at 1, they had already run out of ice cream. My mind was set on it, so I ended up buy­ing some (SweetSpots peanut but­ter and honey) to take home.

I also talked to a Nat­ural Bal­ance rep­re­sen­ta­tive about try­ing yet another kib­ble type, since the shih tzus don’t seem too jazzed about any of the kinds I’ve been given them. I ended up buy­ing Alpha Dog, with lamb, chicken meal and rab­bit. They also gave me some other sam­ples to try.

Flower was the biggest prob­lem child. She was pretty good when we were work­ing on the har­nesses, but later, when I went by the front door, she tried to exit. She didn’t care if it was with or with­out me. I think she’s going into her rebel­lious shih tzu teen years!

Although there was no free ice cream, we did get two pounds of free dog treats from the treat bar on the way out (Nigel is our only shih tzu that really likes biscuit-type dog treats). We also got two $5 coupons to spend when we came in, and there were two more in the bags we got. I’ll use one to get Nigel a har­ness later.

Our out­ing was a lit­tle nerve-wracking, but we got through it. When we got home, I had John slice up some chicken for me so I could make them chicken and apple and chicken and sweet potato treats. Once I had every­thing in the dehy­dra­tor, we put a vari­ety of treats on a tray, includ­ing the dog­gie ice cream, and took them out­side for their own exclu­sive ice cream social. Flower and Nigel loved the ice cream, although Dot­tie didn’t seem to care for it, and Candy would only eat it if I put it on my fin­ger and had her lick it off. Candy pre­ferred the chicken jerky I put out and Dot­tie the rawhide that I wrap fresh chicken around and dehy­drate. It wasn’t the party I planned, but I don’t think they have any complaints.

I know Flower, Candy, and Dot­tie don’t under­stand what this anniver­sary means, but it has been a time for us to look back and reflect. We had some main goals this past year, includ­ing get­ting them used to me, get­ting them used to John, get­ting them used to guests, get­ting them to ride in a car with­out fear, get­ting them to walk on a leash, get­ting them to like going for walks, and get­ting them house trained.

We aren’t com­pletely there, but I think we have made leaps and bounds. Flower can’t wait to go on walks. Candy and Dot­tie will go, but they don’t love it yet. Dot­tie still shakes in the car, but Flower and Candy don’t. Flower, in fact, jumped in the front to ride with me the last two times she went for a car ride. She also got through a vet visit with­out poop­ing on me or the vet. They all wag their tails when I or John comes home, and they will take treats from guests, although vis­i­tors aren’t their favorite pastime.

Yes, we are very happy with the progress we’ve made, and we can’t wait to see what progress we make in the com­ing year. Happy anniver­sary, Dot­tie, Candy, and Flower! We love you!

Oh, and we want to thank every­one who is cheer­ing us on and shar­ing the jour­ney with us!

 

 

 

 

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Shih Tzu Week 43: April 19 (Day 295) – 25 (Day 301), 2012

Shih Tzu Day 295: April 19 (Thursday)

BIRTHDAY CLOTHES

Candy shih tzu in peace sign outfit.Candy’s birth­day is April 30, and I stum­bled across a very cute peace sign “out­fit” for her at Ross Dress For Less, my favorite place to find inex­pen­sive dog clothes. I think it was only about $5. It’s a lit­tle top and Vel­cro skirt. I couldn’t wait, so I tried it on her. She is so small, that the skirt kept falling off her. I think she is going to have to pass it on to Flower, who will be able to fill it out a lit­tle better!

Dog walk­ing

I made a step towards my goal of get­ting the female shih tzus walk­ing this sum­mer by tak­ing Nigel out today. I hope they will see how excited he gets and be inter­ested. He seemed a lit­tle tired when we came back. He stopped on the side­walk a few houses away and lay down for a lit­tle rest. I guess I took him a lit­tle too far, or his toe nails need clipping!

Shih Tzu Day 296: April 20 (Friday)

Candy’s rub down

Candy seems to be get­ting more and more com­fort­able with John. She sat on his lap for a while this evening while he gave her a rub down, which she seemed to enjoy. While that was going on, Dot­tie slept beside me, snor­ing peace­fully. I am so happy she and the oth­ers have a good home and humans who love them.

Shih Tzu Day 297: April 21 (Saturday)

Train­ing pad holder success

The shih tzus are getting used to the training pad holder. Some­one recently asked me if a train­ing pad holder would help with my prob­lem of the dogs mov­ing the train­ing pads all around. I men­tioned that I had unsuc­cess­fully tried one before, but the shih tzus wouldn’t step over the edge to use the pad. But, I decided to try again. I bought one at Wal­mart by Sim­ple Solu­tions. It cost $14.98 and holds pads that are 21”x 21”. It has worked much bet­ter this time.

Usu­ally, I put three pads down, since Candy and Nigel like to sit on the pads when they are clean, and that gives them a lit­tle cush­ion. There is at least one spot on it every morn­ing, so one of the dogs (prob­a­bly Candy) is using it reg­u­larly. Nigel can wait until we bring him down­stairs and he goes out, and I think Dot­tie waits too. Flower is a dif­fer­ent sub­ject. She doesn’t always wait, but I don’t think she reg­u­larly uses the pad either, either out of rebel­lion or for some other reason.

Shih Tzu Day 298: April 22 (Sunday)

ROYAL CANIN SWEEPSTAKES WINNER!

Penny with her gift bag goodies, courtesy Royal Canin.Our Royal Canin sweep­stakes con­test ended on April 21. The win­ner was Michelle and Penny! Michelle sent a pic­ture of Penny with her good­ies and told us a lit­tle bit about her. Penny is an Amer­i­can Lo-Sze pug. She is 6 years old and was diag­nosed with canine liver dis­ease in Sep­tem­ber 2009.  Michelle says, “Penny has come a long way and is doing great today!  She is my best friend and inspi­ra­tion.” Penny is the muse for Michelle’s pet prod­uct line, Sophis­ti­cated Pup.  She is the lead model and fea­tured in most of the pho­tos for the prod­ucts.  Michelle says, “She loves to get dressed up and knows when the spot­light is on her!”

We are so happy to have got­ten to know a lit­tle bit about the peo­ple who entered their dogs. We hope we can host more give­aways in the future. Con­grat­u­la­tions, Michelle and Penny!

Shih Tzu Day 299: April 23 (Monday)

Hard-boiled eggs

I treated the shih tzus to some small pieces of hard-boiled eggs today. They all like them.

kiss me, kate, um, flower

Flower con­tin­ues to sit on “her” couch more these days. It makes me said, because I love it when she sits with us. But she doesn’t like to share me with Dot­tie, and Dot­tie is pos­ses­sive too.  She did come over this after­noon and let me pet her for a while. For some rea­son, when I look at her with those long eye lashes, I think of the musi­cal, “Kiss Me, Kate,” so that’s what I always say to her.

Shih Tzu Day 300: April 24 (Tuesday)

Home­made chicken jerky and other treats not made in china!!

I men­tioned ear­lier that one of our read­ers, Jes­sica, brought up the prob­lem about treats made in China. Sadie Shih Tzu’s Human, Liz, wrote and sug­gested I make my own treats, and she sent me a recipe for dog bis­cuits. Although Nigel likes them and Flower will eat them when noth­ing else is around, Dot­tie and Candy don’t like dog bis­cuits. They absolutely love chicken jerky and next to that, they love sweet potato and chicken and sweet potato and apple treats. Since I exper­i­mented mak­ing chicken jerky in the oven, it got me think­ing about tak­ing it one step fur­ther and try a food dehydrator.

I ini­tially bought a typ­i­cal round dehy­dra­tor, but then I saw some good rat­ings for a square one by Nesco, and ordered it from Walmart.com. I looked at a cou­ple of jerky recipes, but set­tled with this one from Coco the Blog­ging Dog.

Basic Chicken Jerky

1 pound skin­less, bone­less chicken breasts, 1/4 cup olive oil, juice of 1 lemon (optional — add ingre­di­ents to the mari­nade, like Dogswell treats. Such as dried cane molasses, flaxseed, pep­per­mint, pars­ley, etc.)

First, you cut the chicken into strips, accord­ing to this recipe, 5 inches long, 1 inch wide, and 1/4 inch thick. I’m not sure how close I got, but I tried. Then, in a bag, com­bine the oil, lemon juice, and optional ingre­di­ents. I added dried mint and pars­ley. The recipe says to squeeze out the air in the plas­tic bag, mak­ing sure all the chicken sur­faces are cov­ered with mari­nade, seal the bag, and refrig­er­ate for 24 hours. How­ever, I have an old vac­uum sealer machine and a con­tainer that allows you to mari­nade for only an hour, so I did that.

You can do this in the oven, but I used the dehy­dra­tor. Sorry to say, I didn’t keep track of the time, but I think the jerky was done in about 8 hours. Basi­cally, they have to be leath­ery. I really love the fact that I can taste test their food. I didn’t think it was bad, and the shih tzus seemed to love it.

Sweet potato and chicken treats

The shih tzus loved the homemade chicken and sweet potato treats.I couldn’t find a recipe for home­made sweet potato and chicken treats, so I impro­vised. I took some of the chicken strips and cut them into very thin pieces. Then, I cut sweet pota­toes like I was going to make french fries. I wrapped the chicken strips around the sweet potato and dehy­drated until chicken was leath­ery. The sweet potato were slightly spongy.

I’m not sure how they com­pare to store bought, but the shih tzus liked them! I know they cost less then store bought, and best of all, they come from my kitchen and not from China! Next time, I plan to make chicken and apple treats.

By the way, the dehy­dra­tor also came with a sam­ple pack­age for Nesco Spice Works beef jerky, so I made some for John. He thought it was the best jerky he’d ever had, and so did I. I have a feel­ing that dehy­dra­tor is going to be a great investment!

Shih Tzu Day 301: April 25 (Wednesday)

Wel­come home

John and I have started rid­ing our bikes in the morn­ing before he leaves for work. The shih tzus aren’t quite sure what to think about me leav­ing the house that early. When we get back a half hour later, they are as excited as if I had been gone for hours. They were also excited later when I gave them a home­made sweet potato and chicken treat. I am so happy that they like them.

Now that I am mak­ing my own dog food treats and peo­ple treats, I am invest­ing in some food prepa­ra­tion items. I bought an OXO Good Grips V-Blade man­do­line from Bed, Bath and Beyond. One thing I am going to prob­a­bly use it for is slic­ing sweet pota­toes, if it will work, for the dog treats. I know sweet pota­toes are harder than pota­toes, so I am not sure if it will work.

FLEA AND TICK PREVENTION

PetArmor makes an inexpensive flea and tick treatment.As a fam­ily, we seem to be lucky in one area where a lot of dog own­ers have prob­lems. I don’t think any of our shih tzus have ever had fleas, ticks, or lice! I did some research and read that Col­orado is home to approx­i­mately 80 dif­fer­ent species of fleas. Col­orado dogs and their own­ers seem a lit­tle luck­ier than oth­ers because fleas need mois­ture to develop, and Col­orado mainly has a dry cli­mate. Still, there are some cases, as evi­denced by the med­ica­tions avail­able any­where that sells pet sup­plies in Col­orado. One rea­son is that pets that come to Col­orado from other states can carry these pests along with them! Wild ani­mals also can share prob­lems with your dogs. Both rea­sons are why I am not crazy about the occa­sional squir­rel or cat that enters the yard with­out permission.

Beyond that, I think our shih tzus are prob­a­bly rel­a­tively safe, mainly because they are presently “anti­so­cial.” They don’t go to dog parks and they don’t go to groomers. We still haven’t got­ten them to the point where they want to go on walks (but that is my biggest goal for this sum­mer). Still, one of the rea­sons for flea and tick treat­ments is pre­ven­tion, and since I do plan on tak­ing the dogs out of the yard more, I began inves­ti­gat­ing flea and tick treat­ments recently.

The first thing I did was a Google search. I saw some good infor­ma­tion on the PetAr­mor web­site other the head­ing of “Flea and Tick 101.” Fleas cause sev­eral prob­lems, includ­ing ane­mia, and they can trans­mit tape­worms and cause allergy der­mati­tis. The site also goes over the four major species of ticks, and health prob­lems caused by them, includ­ing trans­mis­sion of Rocky Moun­tain spot­ted fever, canine tick paral­y­sis, and the spread­ing of Lyme disease.

How can you tell if your dog (or cat) is scratch­ing if he has fleas or for some other rea­son? You will need a fine-toothed metal “flea comb” and a white towel or sheet. You will also need to pre­pare a bowl of soapy water. Run the comb along your pet’s back or under­belly, mak­ing sure the comb touches the skin. If the comb pulls out any fleas, drown them imme­di­ately in the soapy water. Then, have your pet stand on a white towel or sheet, and brush or rub its coat. If you see any small black specks, they might be fleas or flea dirt (which can look like sand).

If you see no evi­dence of fleas but your pet has symp­toms that could indi­cate other health prob­lems, see your vet. If you do find fleas, don’t worry. You can eas­ily treat your dog. I’m not going to go into how you check for ticks, but the site cov­ers that too.

You can find flea and tick treat­ments online or at local stores that carry pet sup­plies. PetArmor’s site said the main ingre­di­ent was an insec­ti­cide called Fipronil. That is also the main ingre­di­ent in Front Line Plus, with the same con­cen­tra­tion (9.7%). With that in mind, I checked into prices for PetAr­mor and Front­line Top Spot, first at Walmart.com. I usu­ally go there ini­tially because it will tell me if some­thing is car­ried at my local store, and, if not, if they will ship it to the store, elim­i­nat­ing a ship­ping charge, which is often the case. I also usu­ally check Ama­zon to com­pare prices. In this case, Wal­mart dis­ap­pointed me. A three-month sup­ply of PetAr­mor for dogs under 22 pounds was $25, but it was only $15.97 at Ama­zon (I’m not sure what the ship­ping charge would be). Front­line Top Spot was $36.50 at Ama­zon and Wal­mart didn’t carry it, from what I could tell. From the reviews I read, Front­line usu­ally gets a slightly higher rat­ing, but PetAr­mor wasn’t very far behind.  That made my deci­sion, after doing the math. Even going with Walmart’s higher price, for four dogs I would pay $100. That’s bad enough. Through Ama­zon, Top Spot was $146, with­out ship­ping. With that sav­ings, I could buy ingre­di­ents for a cou­ple of months of Sadie Shih Tzu home­made dog food!

I did decide to exper­i­ment at first with two dogs, and I chose Nigel and Dot­tie. John fol­lowed the instruc­tions to apply the prod­uct. You open the appli­ca­tor and apply it to the dog’s hair between the shoul­der blades. Then, you have to make sure you don’t touch it until it dries. I was a lit­tle ner­vous, because I don’t like the idea of putting insec­ti­cides on dogs. I had read that dogs can have reac­tions to these prod­ucts, but we did it a few days ago, and Nigel and Dot­tie haven’t shown any prob­lem­atic signs.

What I read was that if Nigel or Dot­tie had fleas, the lit­tle nui­sances would get active as they began to die and move to the top of the pet’s coat, where they would be more vis­i­ble. Good news! I haven’t seen any! How­ever, if we had, we would know the prod­uct was working.

By the way, if your dog does have fleas, you will also need to treat your house and pos­si­bly your yard. This includes thor­oughly vac­u­um­ing car­pets, espe­cially uphol­stery, if your pet goes on your fur­ni­ture. You will either need to throw away the vac­uum cleaner bag or clean the dust cup with soap and water. It is also rec­om­mended that you wash your pet’s bed­ding in hot water or replace it. You might also need to cut down tall brush and grasses near the house or pet runs.

I know I haven’t cov­ered how to check for ticks, but you can find that infor­ma­tion at the site men­tioned above.

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Shih Tzu Week 42: April 12 (Day 288) – 18 (Day 294)

Shih Tzu Day 288: April 12 (Thursday)

Release the Kraken!

Flower has been spend­ing more time on “her” couch again, instead of with us. So far so good; as long as she doesn’t pee on it, she can have her space. I assume she has been spend­ing more time there because Dot­tie growls and tries to hiss her away when she comes to our couch. When she does that, John says, “Release the Kraken!” Nobody seems very afraid of her, so I don’t think her act­ing fero­cious is working.

Come out and play

The shih tzus loved the homemade chicken jerky.Around 4 o’clock, Candy decided it was time for some­thing other than nap­ping and started pranc­ing around the liv­ing room. I think she’s a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed these days with her play­mate choices. Nigel used to go play with her instantly, but lately he’s been as lazy as Dot­tie, and lies on the couch next to Mom a lot of the time. Flower finally joined her for a tap dance across the floor. And Nigel even­tu­ally got up and romped around with both of them. When they took it out­side, he grabbed Candy’s tail in his mouth and wouldn’t let go, so she couldn’t get very far. He finally turned his atten­tion to Flower to play the bitey face game.

Shih Tzu Day 289: April 13 (Friday)

Happy Birth­day, Flower!

Flower shih tzu wearing a birthday crown. Today is Flower’s birth­day! She is now 3 years old. I made up a batch of chicken jerky for her treat. One of my friends sug­gested Frosty Paws and I couldn’t find any at the clos­est Wal-Mart, so I found a home­made Frosty Paws recipe:

Direc­tions:

  1. Blend all ingre­di­ents together and freeze in 3-ounce paper cupsShih tzus eating homemade Frosty Paws. .
  2. Microwave just a few sec­onds before serving.

The dogs loved the treats, once they found a way to get their tongues in the cups. When I make it again, I think I’ll use shorter con­tain­ers. One of the fun parts of mak­ing dog treats is you can try them with­out feel­ing you are eat­ing dog food! I actu­ally thought the Frosty Paws  treat was good! I had a few bites myself.

Candy shih tzu wears a birthday crown in Flower's honor.I dressed the girls up, with Flower in a new dress that says Girly Girls. And I bought them Happy Birth­day crows from the Dol­lar Tree. I gave her a stuffed ani­mal and rub­ber chicken from the Dol­lar Tree, too, but she ignored them. She was far more fas­ci­nated with the card­board insert I took out of the wine box. She car­ried it to Shih Tzu Cen­tral and spent prob­a­bly 20 min­utes see­ing how much of it she could tear apart.

The shih tzus investigate the homemade chicken jerky.Dot­tie didn’t care if it was Flower’s spe­cial day. She was sit­ting beside me, with Mom to her­self, when her shih tzu half-sister came up to the couch this morn­ing, Dot­tie didn’t want to give up her Mom time and did her growly fix­a­tion thing.  I think she par­tic­u­larly doesn’t like it because Flower wants to be pet­ted when she jumps up.

Indoor mess

This shih tzu loves cardboard!Some­one pooped on the floor near the train­ing pad and on the mat I have under the pad. It was the runny kind, and I hope it’s not from my home­made treats. They shouldn’t have any­thing in them that would cause that.

Shih Tzu Day 290 — 292: April 14 — 16 (Sat­ur­day — Monday)

I didn’t real­ize it, but I neglected to record any infor­ma­tion in my jour­nal for three days! I guess that means noth­ing excit­ing happened.

 Shih Tzu Day 293: April 17 (Tuesday)

Cel­ery treats

I passed out cel­ery today. Candy doesn’t nor­mally take it, but she did this time and chewed on it for a while. Dot­tie is the only one that wouldn’t take any.

Not so close

The shih tzus wait for the party to begin.Dot­tie was scratch­ing the sofa arm this after­noon, so to stop her, I reached over and picked her up and sat her on my chest fac­ing me. She wasn’t sure what to do, but she stayed there for sev­eral min­utes star­ing at me. She finally moved off, but stayed next to me instead of retreat­ing to her corner.

Shih Tzu Day 294: April 18 (Wednesday)

I was gone most of the day, so I didn’t have very much shih tzu time. Some­one seems to be hav­ing tummy prob­lems, because I found more poop on the floor.

Back it up

Dot­tie was peace­fully sit­ting in her cor­ner this after­noon when Flower jumped up, right next to her. Instead of sit­ting down, she started back­ing her butt up into Dot­tie. I’m not sure what the pur­pose was, but Dot­tie started mak­ing her Kraken sound. Flower seemed obliv­i­ous to it. I guess she knows Dottie’s growl is worse than her bite.

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Shih Tzu Day 114: Favorite Dog Treats: Whole Lotta Chewin’ Going On

two very cute shih tzus on a couch waiting for dog treats.

dog treats — yum

four shih tzus waiting for dog treats. Today was one of those days that revolved around dog treats. In the morn­ing, to keep the girls occu­pied, I gave out pig ears, one of the shih tzus’ favorite dog treats. In the early after­noon, they got a sweet potato and chicken treat and a small apple and chicken treat, other favorites. When John got home, they got a small piece of chicken jerky, prob­a­bly at the top of dog treats.

shih tzu gnawing on an apple and chicken treat.Pig ears just seem to be pig ears, but I’ve exper­i­mented with dif­fer­ent brands of sweet potato and chicken dog treats, apple and chicken treats and chicken jerky. I tried plain sweet potato treats, but they weren’t that pop­u­lar. After that, I bought Canyon Creek Ranch Chicken Yam Good sweet potato treats, and the girls liked them. How­ever, I dis­cov­ered Costco car­ried King­dom Pets sweet potato and chicken treats in a large value pack, so I have been buy­ing them. I per­son­ally think Canyon Creek Ranch smells bet­ter, but the girls don’t seem to notice.

shih tzu chewing on a chicken and apple treat. As for chicken jerky, there are a lot of brands on the mar­ket. I tend to buy Milo’s Kitchen for a few rea­sons. First, I guess it’s rel­a­tively new, and I find a lot of dol­lar and two-dollar coupons for it. I also think Milo’s Kitchen dog treats smell really good. When I can find the value pack at Wal-mart, that’s what I buy. I will buy Wag­gin’ Train chicken jerky though. What I won’t buy is what­ever chicken jerky Costco car­ries, although it comes in a value pack and is cheaper. The girls didn’t like it when I first bought it, and it looks dry to me.

a shih tzu with a sweet potato and chicken treat in his mouth.I buy Canyon Creek Ranch apple and chicken dog treats from PetS­mart because although Wal-Mart is always cheaper on most dog treats, they don’t have a value pack. PetSmart’s value pack has been on sale for a while too. Hav­ing four dogs is like hav­ing four chil­dren: you have to find the bargains!

 

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