Merry Shih Tzu Christmas 2012!

Nigel Dottie Flower & Candy Shih Tzu

We’ll be back later to tell you all about won­der­ful life and our plans for the New Year, but for now, Merry Christ­mas, Everyone!

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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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Shih Tzus: Off Leash at the Park (Don’t Tell!)

We had a very spe­cial day play­ing at the park on Sun­day! Mom and the Man often let Dot­tie and Candy walk them­selves, because they are so good about not run­ning off. Nigel and I get jeal­ous. By the way, dogs aren’t really sup­posed to walk them­selves because the signs say they can’t be off leash, but Mom says they aren’t really “off leash.” They are on a leash, but it’s just drag­ging on the ground sometime!

Well, this time, there were no other dogs and very few peo­ple, so first the Man dropped Nigel’s leash. Wouldn’t you know it!! He spot­ted a man and woman walk­ing far away and decided to run to greet them. Mom had to chase after him.

Later, though, the Man was run­ning with me and Candy and Dot­tie were chas­ing after me, and the Man dropped my leash! Wow! I got to run fast with­out any­one hold­ing my leash! The Man was in front of us and Mom was in back, so in case we tried to pull any funny business.

Here we are running!

Dottie Shih Tzu running at park

Candy Shih Tzu running at the park.

Flower Shih Tzu running at the park.

Nigel Shih Tzu running at the park.


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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:


  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 208: The Shih Tzu Bone Thief is Back

Things never seem sta­tus quo when you have four shih tzus run­ning around. I have been say­ing how Nigel has been so good lately, and today I keep get­ting frus­trated. I bought them real bones from the local gro­cery store, and when I passed them around, he tried to round them all up for him. This after­noon, he keeps going over to Shih Tzu Cen­tral, for what I am not sure. Now he looks like he is try­ing to cor­ral Flower back to her cor­ner, but she escaped and jumped up on the couch, breath­ing heavily.

I think that the win­ter is mak­ing them bored. I leave the door open when­ever I can, in hopes that they will go out­side and play, but they rarely do, even though it hasn’t been very cold. They mainly seem to wait around to see when the next treat will be delivered.

Nigel was lick­ing his paw ear­lier, and I noticed it was bleed­ing. John was hav­ing trou­ble with the nail clip­pers, so I might have to invest in a new pair. I’m glad Lea at Gen­tle Groom­ing had put styp­tic pow­der on the “must have” list for grooming.

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