Flower’s Flowers Introduction

Hi, all! First off, we have to apol­o­gize for stay­ing away for SO LONG. It’s been a busy year. Our humans, aka Mom and Dad, have been busy all sum­mer mak­ing us a beau­ti­ful back­yard. Since my name is Flower, Mom says I should talk about our flow­ers. So I am going to be doing that! Along with the flow­ers, I will be talk­ing about other beau­ti­ful things in our gar­den, such as butterflies!

When we first came to live here, I don’t think there were that many flow­ers, but that has changed! I’ll be back soon, but for now, I thought I would share a pic­ture of me, Flower, with some of my Flow­ers. Boy, I love my name, now that I know it means some­thing really pretty!

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Shih Tzu Week 119: Snow!

Oct. 3 – Oct. 9, 2013

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Fri­day, Oct. 4 

It snowed last night. Snow! On Oct. 3! I’m not ready to see my gar­den die! Also, I have been leav­ing the back­door open, since Candy and Dot­tie still don’t go through the doggy door. So today it is closed.

I have begun to think of myself as Flower’s “Daddy Bridge.” She climbs onto my lap, and with­out stop­ping, crosses me to get to Daddy. But I am in no way com­plain­ing. I am just happy that she is that com­fort­able with both of us now. When she isn’t with us, or at Shih Tzu Cen­ter, she likes to sit on the back of the loveseat where she can watch every­body from a com­fort­able dis­tance, and look out the win­dow when she chooses.

Candy also con­tin­ues to make “couch progress.” I never knew what she wanted before when she came up to the couch. Nowa­days it can mean she wants a snack or she wants up. Today, for exam­ple, I reached to get her and she stood still and let me pick her up. Dot­tie was already on one side and Nigel snug­gled close on the other. I sat her on the other side of Nigel, and she even­tu­ally curled up and set­tled down. When she was there, I rubbed her ear and real­ized it was soft inside, not rough as usual. That rough­ness, or “ele­phant ear,” is a sign of aller­gies, although I am not sure to what. I have been putting a lit­tle Aquaphor in her ear, think­ing if it works for my lips it might work for her ear. It seems to be work­ing. Also, a neigh­bor gave us a water cooler, so they mainly get puri­fied water to drink, and maybe that is helping.

Flower jumped up on the couch to join us a lit­tle later, so I had all four of the shih tzus for com­pany, although Flower def­i­nitely looked bored on her cor­ner perch. Candy can only take couch com­fort for so long, so she even­tu­ally jumped down to occupy the bed she and Nigel alter­nate in, by the enter­tain­ment cen­ter. Although he rarely does it, Nigel actu­ally took a bed at Shih Tzu Central.

I have the TV on today, like I often do when I’m work­ing, with the vol­ume down. I just saw an image of an abused dog on an com­mer­cial for an ani­mal shel­ter and it almost made me cry. I am so happy our four shih tzus have a lov­ing home and that there are so many ani­mal res­cues and shel­ters out there try­ing to make a difference.

Sun­day, Oct. 6 

It warmed up enough for us to take the dogs for a walk at Majes­tic View Nature Cen­ter. Since we have worked so hard on our gar­den this year, I have really enjoyed look­ing at their plants and flow­ers, which are usu­ally tagged with their names.

It gives me of ideas for the future. We don’t walk there nearly as much as the shih tzus would like to, since we nor­mally just walk behind Wal-Mart, so it is always a spe­cial treat. I tried to walk all four of them once there with­out John, but it was a fiasco, and I would never try it again.

Mon­day, Oct. 7

Nigel got a bath today. Hope­fully that will stop his scratch­ing. Each one of the dogs took their turns on the couch today again. Of course, Dot­tie is there most of the day. I was watch­ing Flower roll around on the couch for a while. Not sure why she does that, but it’s fun to watch. Maybe she is scratch­ing her back on the couch? Each time I pick up Candy and sit her down on the couch, I think about the past, when she either hid upstairs or in her cor­ner “apart­ment” in the din­ing room, instead of join­ing us. I con­tinue to be thank­ful for how far we have come.

Tues­day, Oct. 8 

John gave the shih tzus their pre-breakfast snack (chicken-wrapped rawhide bone) as usual this morn­ing and they were rar­ing to go. For some rea­son, Candy often doesn’t eat hers right away. She sits it in front of her and guards it. I think she keeps it just to enjoy the game. If any­one comes near it, she sounds her loud siren bark warn­ing. I need to record it, because it’s fierce. Some­times, like today, Flower sits on the other side of Candy’s bone and growls, try­ing to ter­ror­ize her sis­ter to giv­ing it up. How­ever, Candy instead decided it was time to enjoy it.

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Shih Tzu Week 118: Dahlias & Dogs

Sept. 26 – Oct. 2, 2013 

We have been spend­ing a lot of time work­ing on our gar­den. I espe­cially love the dahlias. I like to think the shih tzus enjoy them too. Candy spends the most time in the back­yard, usu­ally sun­ning her­self on the bridge John made for them.

Sun­day, Sept. 29: Spot­light on Nigel

Tues­day, Oct. 1 

Flower com­ing to visit us in bed each morn­ing. Actu­ally, I think she comes to visit John, with an ulte­rior motive of try­ing to steal Nigel’s pre-breakfast treat, if he hap­pens to bring the left­over bone back to bed with him. Some­times John lifts her up, but she does pretty good jump­ing up on her own usu­ally. 

Wednes­day, Oct. 2:

Morn­ing Dog Walk behind Wal-Mart

 

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Shih Tzu Review Board: Orijen Freeze-Dried Dog Food

Our Human, whom we call Mom, makes us “meat­loaf” every cou­ple of weeks, and we get it every morn­ing for break­fast with our kib­ble. We love it! She makes it with lean ground beef, lean ground turkey, sweet pota­toes, pump­kin, green peas, and she throws in other veg­eta­bles, like zuc­chini and squash from the gar­den. Some­times she adds fruit. It is soooo good!

How­ever, once in a while she gets things from Chewy.com and lets us try it. This time, she got Ori­jen Regional Red Freeze-Dried Dog Food. We weren’t sure what she meant when she told us it was “freeze-dried.” We thought it had some­thing to do with our last name, which, iron­i­cally, is “Freeze.” Well, it doesn’t. It’s the process they use. Why Mom wanted us to try it was, first, because it is a “whole prey diet” con­tain­ing really fun “wild” stuff: angus beef, wild boar, ranch-raised lamb, her­itage pork, and free-range bison, and even fruits and veg­eta­bles. The sec­ond rea­son was that she said that since it is “freeze-dried,” it is fresh and has no preservatives.

Before Mom gave it to us, she did some weird things. First, she took these “medal­lions” out of the pack­age, broke them into four pieces (one for each of us!) and then poured warm water on them. The hard part was that we had to wait about five min­utes while the medal­lions “un-dried.” Then, Mom divided it into four bowls as an “after­noon snack.”

Orijen Freeze Dried Food

Today we tried Ori­jen Freeze Dried Food.

What hap­pened next? Well, Mom set the bowls down. First, she set one down for Nigel, and then one for Flower, Candy, and me. How­ever, in the few sec­onds it took for Flower to get to her bowl, Nigel swal­lowed his piece and came and stole hers! Mom scolded him and then had to split up the last two pieces for me, Flower and Candy. Mom was sur­prised we liked it, because she didn’t think it smelled as yummy as her meat­loaf. The good news is that because of Nigel’s bad behav­ior, she fixed us another one to share!

You are not going to believe what hap­pened next! Mom had us girls go out­side, since we are bet­ter behaved than Nigel. She put his bowl down on the kitchen floor, quickly went out­side with our bowls, and shut the door so he couldn’t come out and steal our food. Then, she put down our bowls, and FLOWER ate hers and then ran and stole my piece before I could get to it! Some­times it just isn’t fun liv­ing with three other shih tzus! I hope Mom feeds that stuff to us again!

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Shih Tzu Gardens: Flowers Galore!

Shih Tzu Gardens

Our four shih tzus will tell you it’s been a busy sum­mer with lots of changes! One of the biggest ones has been their back­yard! When they arrived at our home in June 2011, they had a very big back­yard with noth­ing inter­est­ing to look at. Not anymore!

Over the last sev­eral months, we have added to our deck, invested in patio fur­ni­ture and an umbrella, planted a veg­etable gar­den and planted lots of flow­ers. I think we will all be sad when cold weather hits!

Candy and the Secret Garden

Candy Shih Tzu in the garden.

Candy rests near the “Secret Gar­den” of mainly cone­flower (Echi­nacea) varieties.

Flower and the Blan­ket Flower Garden

A shih tzu investigates blanket flowers (Gaillardia).

Flower inves­ti­gates the blan­ket flow­ers (Gaillardia).

 

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