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 Week 120: Expanded Menagerie

Oct. 10 – Oct. 16, 2013 

Thurs­day, Oct. 10 

Out­side it’s dark, cold, and rainy, but inside, it’s warm and cozy. I am in my usual posi­tion on the couch, my com­puter in place, and all four of the dog­gies are with me: Candy in John’s spot at one end, Nigel on the left side of me, Dot­tie snor­ing on the other, and Flower on the other end of the couch. Such a pre­cious fam­ily.

It looks like things are going to get lively around here for a while. My mother called me on Tues­day night because of an emer­gency at her house. Due to the fact that she is 80 and it is get­ting dif­fi­cult to keep her 70-year-old house liv­able, we have to make other arrange­ments. The most log­i­cal solu­tion is for her to even­tu­ally move to Florida to live with my sis­ter, Sandy. It’s going to be a huge adjust­ment for everyone.

Mom comes with a menagerie. Over the decades, Mom has had a long list of cats as well as her faith­ful dogs. Right now, she has Buddy, res­cued from a shel­ter sev­eral years ago, as well as four cats. Emily and Mimi are prob­a­bly about 17 or 18 years old. Spot Collins and Panda, res­cued from a shel­ter a few years ago, are prob­a­bly about 3 years old. Nei­ther Sandy nor myself has the heart to tell mother she has to part with her pets, but Sandy has severe pet aller­gies, so it will be dif­fi­cult for her.

It’s not that liv­ing in Florida is a com­pletely new idea. Mom agreed to move there once before, years ago, but couldn’t bring her­self to leave her home. This time, fate seems to have taken the deci­sion from her hands. Sandy already has plans to go to New Jer­sey in early Novem­ber for her daughter-in-law’s baby shower, so I have sug­gested Mom stay here until she gets back. The plan after that is for Sandy’s ex-husband, Paul, to come through Den­ver after a work trip and fly back to Florida with Mom. He will arrange for some­one to come and taxi the pets all back to Florida.

It’s hard to imag­ine what this is going to look like. We have decided to put the cats’ lit­ter boxes down­stairs in the bath­room and to set Mom up in the spare bed­room across from it. Buddy will sleep with Mom, as he usu­ally does. I am going to try to keep the cats in the base­ment, since I don’t know how Flower par­tic­u­larly will respond to cats in her house. She has chased after any cat that has wan­dered into the house, and tries to bark away any squir­rel that comes near, so this should be fun.

I will be mak­ing a trip tomor­row morn­ing to get Mom and the pets. So, this might just be the last night my mom ever spends in the house she has lived in for six decades. I know that this is not what she wants, but we will try to at least make her and the pets comfortable.

Fri­day, Oct. 11

I man­aged to get all the pets over here and set­tled. I’m sure the shih tzu clan is won­der­ing what on earth is going on. Mom had a really rough day, which means I did too. She’s dis­ori­ented and con­fused, since this is so out of the norm for her. I finally got her to go to sleep for a while, with Buddy beside her.

Sat­ur­day, Oct. 12

Today was bet­ter for Mom. She is still con­fused, but that’s to be expected when you uproot an 80-year-old. I don’t think she cried once today and she slept well.

Tues­day, Oct. 15

I couldn’t sleep so I got up at 4:00 to do some work before Mom gets up. The shih tzus have been doing pretty well with the new liv­ing sit­u­a­tion. Nigel and Buddy do growl at each other because they are both food aggres­sive, so I have to watch them, espe­cially since Buddy is at least twice as big as Nigel. Today, Flower got a lit­tle wild-eyed when Spot Collins, who we think is a Maine Coon, escaped through the base­ment door and into the liv­ing room. I quickly grabbed him to avoid any issues. 

Wednes­day, Oct. 16

The shih tzus might be a lit­tle con­fused about their new house guests, but we are try­ing to make sure things are as com­fort­able and nor­mal for them as pos­si­ble. The girls all gath­ered around John on the couch this morn­ing to get love. Candy was sit­ting on his lap, and again, I am still get­ting used to that develop, since we never thought any of our puppy mill moms would be lap dogs.

After the love fest, they went out­side to eat. While she was on the deck, Flower spied Spot Collins in the win­dow. I had been try­ing to keep him down­stairs, but I decided to give him a break. Flower started bark­ing crazily. It will be very inter­est­ing to see if she adapts.

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Shih Tzu Day 210

I brought Candy up to sleep with us last night. She curled up on the bed and didn’t peep all through the night. How­ever, at 6 o’clock, we heard her retch­ing. She vom­ited bile on the bed and on the floor. I haven’t noticed the dogs doing that lately, since I read they some­times do that if they go to bed on an empty stom­ach and have been try­ing to give them a lit­tle food before bed­time. She seemed okay through­out the day, though.

Flower fol­lows me down to the base­ment when­ever I go to put any­thing in the wash. She sniffs around the exer­cise room and the spare room. I haven’t caught her pee­ing on the car­pet again, but I do try to keep an eye on her when she wan­ders into a dif­fer­ent room. I am glad that she is becom­ing more com­fort­able with the dif­fer­ent areas of the house and doesn’t seem as fear­ful as she did a few months ago.

Crazy shih tzus

The dogs have seemed a lit­tle lack­lus­ter lately, but today, all four of them were jump­ing each other. Flower was being a lit­tle too aggres­sive with Candy. She acted like she was mad at her. Candy was stand­ing up to her, but I finally said Flower’s name firmly and when she looked up, told her “No!” She came up to me shak­ing her head from side to side, and I shook my fin­ger at her. She came up fur­ther and put it in her mouth, backed away and then came back and put her mouth on my fin­ger again. It was more like gum­ming than bit­ing. They are way too cute.

Nigel decided it was her turn to be picked on, and tore after her, so she went run­ning. They are get­ting a lit­tle crazy these days. They ran too close to the TV tray stand hold­ing my water and knocked the water on the floor. Thank­fully, it was a plas­tic Star­bucks glass with a tight lid.

Later, Flower jumped up on the couch, pawed at me, and then cocked her head back towards the din­ing room, as if to say, “This way. We need a treat!”

I got my lap­top back after being with­out it for three weeks! Now that I won’t be using a loaner lap­top, I need to trans­fer pic­tures to it and start putting them up with my posts again. I know they have been very bare with­out any.

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Shih Tzu Day 130: Daylight Saving Shih Tzus

two shih tzus on a bed. an extra shih tzu in our bed

I decided to see if Candy would sleep with us. I told Flower and Dot­tie good­night and Nigel, John, Candy and I went upstairs. Candy’s shih tzu sis­ters must have been curi­ous, because they came upstairs a lit­tle later. I had set Nigel and Candy on the bed, and Flower and Dot­tie came to the edge of it. Candy became  queen of the moun­tain. She leaned over the bed and growled at her sisters.

a shih tzu being bathed.

Candy didn’t attempt to jump down, like Dot­tie does, so I turned off the light to see what she would do. She stayed on the side of me, where I had set her. Nigel was lay­ing between John and I, which is where he tends to lay, unless I move him. I fell asleep right away, but I woke up in the mid­dle of the night. I’m a tosser, but when I went to turn over, there was no where to turn. Candy and Nigel were as close as book­ends, and since they were on the bed­spread, that made it even harder to turn. I woke up sev­eral times dur­ing the night, but tried to stay on one side as long as possible.

no Day­light Sav­ings for the shih tzus

a shih tzu after a bath.

I awoke to Dottie’s moan­ing out­side the door. The prob­lem was that they were an hour early. We s

et the clocks last night for Day­light Sav­ings. The furry alarm clocks didn’t rec­og­nize the hour change, so they came upstairs at their reg­u­lar time.

Since I hadn’t slept well, John vol­un­teered to get up and see if the shih tzus would let him feed them. It went well, except Dot­tie resisted going outside.

a wet shih tzu after a bath.

I asked John if Flower and Dot­tie tried to steal Candy’s food. He said they came over to check her bowl out, but Candy has fig­ured out how to keep the other female shih tzus away from her food. She keeps her face in her bowl until she fin­ishes eating!

All the shih tzus ran to greet  me when I got up. We decided three of the shih tzus needed groom­ing: Nigel, Dot­tie and Flower. Flower was the best when it came to

bathing and trim­ming. Dot­tie wasn’t too bad, but Nigel fought us again. We need a very deep sink for him, because he fights so hard to crawl out of ours.



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Shih Tzu Day 106: Nigel’s Night in His Dog Bed

Peo­ple Bed vs. dog bed

black and white shih tzu in black and white dog bed.Nigel has slept with us every night since he got here. Most likely, he slept with his last humans and he is just used to it. Last night, how­ever, I think he slept in his dog bed. Usu­ally, he hears us get­ting ready to go upstairs and jumps up from wher­ever he is and fol­lows us. How­ever, he was lying in his dog bed when we went upstairs and didn’t budge.

shih tzu asleep in dog bedHe must have slept in his dog bed all evening. When I went in the bath­room at 5:30, I heard a sound out­side the door and opened it to find him there.

I should put a dog bed in the hall, since Dot­tie sits out­side the door for a while wait­ing for me to wake up each morn­ing. I don’t know if she’d use it though. I have some blan­kets folded up there that Candy used to use when she escaped upstairs all the time. I have a feel­ing Dot­tie just stands guard in front of the door until I open it, so lying down in a dog bed while she waits prob­a­bly wouldn’t suit her.

shih tzu in blue and white dog bed.Our York­shire ter­rier, Joey, never would sleep in a dog bed. She slept with us, and when we were home, if John was sit­ting down, she sat on his lap. She also liked to lie on the car­pet. Our girls don’t get that priv­i­lege, since they still pee on any car­pet they come in con­tact with. They get plenty of use out of their dog bed king­dom in the corner.

Shih Tzu Cen­tral is empty a lot more now than it used to be, though. Dot­tie sleeps in her dog bed every night, but I think Candy and Flower go between their dog beds and the couch. Dur­ing the day, Candy spends a lot of time going between the var­i­ous dog beds, but she also still likes to go in her cor­ner in the din­ing room.

Flower spend a lot of time in their var­i­ous dog beds, but she is get­ting more and more com­fort­able with sit­ting on my couch. Today, sev­eral times when Dot­tie jumped down, she jumped up next to me. Dot­tie only vis­its her dog bed occa­sion­ally dur­ing the day. She prob­a­bly spends a lot of time in it when I am gone, but when I am here, she mainly sits with me.

The girls’ day

I didn’t hear any bark­ing until 7 a.m. The shih tzus must have had some party last night.

a shih tzu rests on couch arm. The munchkins have started to play Nigel’s game. Today one of them stole a treat out of his bed and he was agi­tated. When Flower steals some­thing, she jumps up on her couch with it, since no one else can jump that high.  Today she stole Nigel’s green dog, and he snorted his dis­ap­proval. It will wind up back on the floor tomor­row, and every­one will have lost inter­est in it.

Nigel would be able to reach Flower’s couch if I put dog steps there, like I have at our couch, but I think it’s best if he can’t get up there. That is Flower’s per­sonal king­dom, includ­ing her refuge when she doesn’t want to play with him. But since she smug­gles treats that don’t belong to her up there, when she has gath­ered enough, I redis­trib­ute them.

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