Saturday, 30 November 2013

Shih-Tzu - Down memory lane!

We have had two Shih-Tzu dogs at different times in our married life.
When they ran or entertained you their long coat which was just to the ground would 'float'', such a delight to see and watch. When the play was over the back legs would go straight out behind them, and that is where they stayed to rest before heading to the basket, the bed.

They are what I call a high maintenance little dog, however, I loved every minute of the grooming. Plucking the hair out of the ears, clipping the nails, washing the eyes & face daily and brushing/combing the hair, cutting hair away from the pads of it's feet. Could have taken the dog to a dog groomer, or had one call at home but preferred to do it myself, putting a ribbon in it's hair when it was long. The weekly bath or twice weekly was always a good time, a perfect well behaved dog.
One great thing about the Shih-Tzu's, they have hair so therefore don't leave hair all over the house.

We purchased dog clippers which were good ones so that when the dog became older I could shear him, and when I did I believe he felt naked and would go and hide till his hair grew a bit, then sit on my knee when ever possible. Mum was the word!

When we traveled within Tasmania we would take him with us, he was easily hidden :) being so small and he knew not to bark. When we traveled other states of Australia our eldest son lived at home so he took care of him, doing his best.
Unfortunately he had to be put down a few ago, but we are over that now, and remember our sweet little dog without tears in our eyes - yes it takes time.


Sasha in our backyard.

10 comments:

  1. Sorry for your loss. Pets become members of the family and more so when the nest is empty. She sure is cute but as you say high maintenance. How can you tell one end from the other? hee hee

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    1. Thanks Diane.
      Just like children are our pets.
      Telling one end from another - lol, you can :)

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  2. I am sorry you had to lose such a sweet friend. He was adorable!!

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  3. we had to put our last dog to sleep about ten years ago, it was hard.

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    1. It was hard here too Adam, but the only thing to do mostly.

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  4. hi M, i commented yesterday but my comment is not here. i probably forgot to press publish or something similar. :) little Sasha is a beautiful little doggie. they are such a part of our families that when they pass it's devastating isn't it? they bring such love and happiness to our lives. you are good to have done the grooming yourself and enjoyed it. lots of work there. i used to groom mum's poodle and was never very good at it.

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    1. Gee don't you just hate that, after typing and the comment is not there :) Thanks for redoing it :) Sure was a sad time, but it's well over now. My husband won't have another dog as he feels the loss too deeply.

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  5. I can understand your husband's response (in your reply to yevisha above) - having a pet can be a wonderful experience, but the loss can be devastating. I'm kind of glad we don't have a pet as it would mean less native wildlife, but sometimes I miss having one around.

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    1. I miss having a dog, but then it would be a problem with the life I lead at the moment, and most of my married life we have had pets :) bless their souls...understand about wild life with dogs and cats..

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