Shih Tzu Week 122: The Dog Who Says Meow

Oct. 24 — Oct. 30

Thurs­day, Oct. 24

The incredible disappearing Spot Collins.

The incred­i­ble dis­ap­pear­ing Spot Collins.

Spot Collins con­tin­ues try­ing to get out to see the big world. This morn­ing, when John went to go get the mail, Spot waited patiently by the door. John blocked him from going out, but then he fig­ured out he could just push the screen door and it would open (the latch doesn’t work on it). Luck­ily, I saw him in stealth mode and warned John, so he quickly pulled him back and closed it. We also ended up tak­ing the doggy door out because of Spot. Yes­ter­day he tried to saunter out when the shih tzus went out, think­ing he could blend in. My nick­name for him is “the dog who says meow.”

My nick­name for Panda is “Panda-monium.” That’s because he makes Flower crazy by just being here, so she likes to chase him in around and cor­ner him.

Sat­ur­day, Oct. 26

Heather, Her­man, and Jor­dan came over for din­ner. They brought chicken for chicken and gua­camole bur­ri­tos. I made the gua­camole. They really liked Panda and Spot Collins. Some­body got out a laser light and started shin­ing it on things. Buddy and Spot thought that was a lot of fun. Candy warmed up to Heather and let her hold her for a while.

 Mon­day, Oct. 28

Mom hasn’t yet been able to get used to her new sur­round­ings. She con­tin­ues to want to go down­stairs to bed. She also can’t remem­ber if the cats are allowed to go down­stairs, when that is where their lit­ter boxes are. I hope it’s eas­ier for her when she gets to Florida.

Tues­day, Oct. 29 

I had a bas­ket set up in Mom’s room that I though Panda or Spot Collins might want to sleep in. How­ever, they didn’t seem inter­ested, so I put it up on top of a very tall desk hutch. When I went in the room this morn­ing, Panda was sit­ting in the bas­ket, with prob­a­bly an inch between him and the roof.

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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 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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Thanksgiving #2 with the Shih Tzus (What a difference)

When I started to put together my post about this Thanks­giv­ing, I went back to see how our first Thanks­giv­ing with Candy, Dot­tie, Flower and Nigel was. I was amazed. We have def­i­nitely seen a lot of progress with our puppy mill shih tzus, although Nigel was as friendly to every­one as usual.

Dottie Flower Nigel Shih Tzu Thanksgiving 2012

I had to leave to pick up Mom at about 9:45. Before I did, I put a green sweater on Nigel, a pink and white dress on Candy, an ani­mal print sweater on Flower, and Dottie’s birth­day dress on her. When I started get­ting my boots on, Flower, Dot­tie and Nigel thought we were going for a walk, so they rushed me. (That wouldn’t have hap­pened last year, since I couldn’t get them to go on walks.) I didn’t put their har­nesses on them. I just opened the door and they all scram­bled out behind me. I’m sure they were a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed to find out they were only pick­ing up Grandma and com­ing right back.

Flower Shih Tzu eating Thanksgiving dinner.

Leti­cia and the kids arrived about 30 min­utes later. The female shih tzus went to their cor­ner. Once the din­ner was ready, I fixed them plates of turkey, sweet pota­toes and a lit­tle bit of mashed pota­toes and cran­berry sauce, and then I set all four bowls out­side. None of them hes­i­tated from rush­ing out­side and dig­ging in. The girls went back to their cor­ner but then couldn’t resist the smells and one by one, wan­dered up to the table, look­ing for scraps.

When it was time to take Mom back home, I asked Cea and Evita if they wanted to come along for the ride. It didn’t pre­vent Nigel, Flower and Dot­tie from once again trot­ting out to the car and get­ting in. Nigel sat on my mom’s lap until we dropped her off. I put one of the seats down, so Cea and Evita sat together and Flower and Dot­tie went between the other seat and the back of the car. Once I dropped off Mom, the girls came up front and Nigel sat with them. Flower got com­fort­able enough to sit on the con­sole, some­times fac­ing front­ward, and some­times turn­ing around.

Dottie Shih Tzu eating Thanksgiving dinner.

They were a lit­tle put off when Gabe, Crys­tal, Avi and Samuel showed up. Samuel is nearly one year old, and he wanted to play in the dog area. They didn’t seem to mind it very much, and they even­tu­ally did come out and start wan­der­ing around.

Candy Shih Tzu Thanksgiving 2012

On Sat­ur­day night, Aunt Betty and a friend came over. The females once again retired to their cor­ner, but about two hours later, they came out, with Candy even doing her “I want some­thing but can’t tell you what” dance. John reached down to pick up Flower, and she let him! He held her on his lap at the table for about 15 min­utes. They have come such a long way with him that I think he is now Dad and not the Man.

 

Be sure to check out last year’s Thanks­giv­ing blog to see what a dra­matic dif­fer­ence one year makes!

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