Word of Mouth

Evening friends! I have recovered from my traumatic trip to the V-E-T so here is my update as promised. As you may remember, at my annual exam, I didn't do so well in the teeth department on my report card. So, against my will, Shih Tzu Mom made an appointment for the V-E-T to invade my mouth and mess with my grill. I tried to tell her that everything was fine but she said something about a gum infection. I decided it was okay since I was sure I would get some good treats out of this visit too.

After my appointment, I was not so sure it was worth it. They stuck me in the arm and I fell asleep. Then, when I woke up, I was missing teeth! Shih Tzu Mom looked really worried when she came to get me. I ignored her as I was still kind of sleepy but I heard her talking to someone about that pesky gum infection. Apparently it was to blame for my teeth being missing; something about it loosening them and it being best that they come out so they could heal it before it did any other damage to my mouth. Well, at least it was just a couple little teeth in the front…I still kept my big scary ones. I have a reputation to uphold!

The V-E-T said I should heal just fine and I just have some medicine to take for a few days. Mom thinks she's sneaky when she puts it in my food but I know they are there. I just go ahead and eat it because I know that I'll get some extra good treats for being "such a good boy". Hehe.

My only beef now is this silly poodle hair cut I have on my arm. No offense to poodles but I don't think any Shih Tzu could pull this off well. I do get a little extra attention because of it though so I can work the "poor baby" angle for a little while longer and get a few more belly wubs!

Green is a Lucky Color

It's no secret that Shih Tzu Mom doesn't have a green thumb. She has tried to grow plants, even things that are supposed to be easy, but has been unsuccessful. I told her she should just stick to what she knows, like feeding me and rubbing my belly.

Shih Tzu Dad on the other hand, comes from a family of growers. So when he moved in, he went right to work. Above you can see me standing in Mom's handy work. She claims she has no idea how the yard got brown and patchy. I'll let her stick with that story since sometimes I have no idea where those twigs and things that I chew on come from. They just appear in the house, I swear.

I helped Dad pick out just the right grass to plant. It was very important that he know what I liked to lounge on during a summer evening. I had to stay inside while he worked on the yard, but I made sure to supervise him:

Had to make sure he did it just right.

After the yard, he planted some food on the deck out back. Things called peppers and tomatoes. Mom must like them because otherwise, what is the point of planting things that don't grow treats?

This doesn't make me like the deck any better.

I guess Dad had to do something for him and Mom since he was growing the yard for me. I like finding just the right spot, settling in, and pretending I don't hear when it's time to come inside. Usually, I just get carried back in the house. However, I found out that if I let Shih Tzu Mom point her camera at me a while, I can get just a little more time in my green sanctuary.

It's a Trap!

Today I was tricked. I saw Shih Tzu Mom get my leash out and put her bag in the car. That meant we were going somewhere! I happily trotted over and when she called out the usual "Up up!", I hopped right in, excited about the ride. But as we drove, I noticed we turned away from the park. Hmm…okay, maybe we were going to the store so I could pick out some new treats. Ever since Shih Tzu Dad moved in we go through them a little faster (shhh…don't tell Mom!). I sat quietly, enjoying the air conditioning, trying to figure out her plan.

Then it hit me. I saw that big orange and tan sign as the car began to slow. The V-E-T! How could she?! Had it been a year already? Poo. I made sure not to make it easy on her. I decided I just HAD to pee on every tree, bush and stick in the parking lot. Unfortunately, that only bought me a few minutes as she saw right through what I was doing. Well then, I figured I should just go ahead and get it over with.

I was very good for the V-E-T. A little jumpy but I didn't struggle (you'd be nervous too if you saw that handful of needles!). Honestly, the worst part was being up on that table. Those of you who follow my Scottie friends know how I feel about heights! Here is what the V-E-T had to say about me:

Hey! Who are you calling old? Maybe if I hadn't been burying my head in Mom's chest, the V-E-T would have seen this cute, young face. Anyway, bottom line friends, I made it out alive and got an extra special treat when we got home. So I guess it was worth it!

To the Rescue

Shih Tzu Mom recently had the opportunity to help some fur babies while doing her favorite hobby: scrapbooking! I myself am a rescue and was excited for the opportunity to help her give others like me a chance at a better life. Back when I was looking for a home, many potential forever families were weary of me because I had been involved in an accident. They were afraid I would have too many medical problems down the line and wouldn't be able to handle it. But not Shih Tzu Mom! The minute she saw me and found out I was looking for a home, she scooped me right up, potential problems and all. I am happy to report that I have been a very healthy pup and couldn't have found a better forever home!

So when we heard about this event, there was no question whether we would participate. It benefited the Georgia SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), which rescues pups and kitties who are in places that do not have good conditions or room for them. Lots of fur baby parents came to join the cause, and 100% of their events cost was donated to the organization. Shih Tzu Mom printed out lots of pictures of me to scrapbook, like the ones shown above. Don't I take a great headshot?

Shih Tzu Mom also has a lot of friends who are Chihuahua Moms and they came to the event, too. Here is one of the pages in progress:

Shh…don't the them, but Shih Tzu Mom still thinks I'm cuter!
In addition to the money that was raised, a lot of the fur moms and dads brought donations. We gave them some of my old stuff and I helped Shih Tzu Mom pick out some new things like collars and toys to donate, too. It was quite a collection at the end of the day!

The tennis balls were my idea.
The event was a great way to spend a Saturday and we were happy to have been able to help out my fellow rescues. Plus, Shih Tzu Mom was excited to have made some pages she could add to my scrapbook. Here are a couple of her favorites. I think they turned out well, how about you?

It's Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day, friends! We hope you enjoy your Fourth of July holiday. Just remember: mind those fireworks, keep us pups safely inside the house away from all that noise and be generous with the treats tonight! Oh, and if you want to show off your patriotic style like me, be sure to share your photos with us! Love, Lucky the Shih Tzu.

A Lucky Find

Shih Tzu Mom brought me a souvenir from Alaska!
Hello, friends! Lucky here. As many of you know, I've been spending lots of time at the Scottie House hanging out with my friends Heather and Mr. K. It was fun to share the spotlight with them for a while, showing them the ropes of how to use a cute face to get the most attention and the yummiest treats, but I was ready for my own stage! So, I'm pleased you found my new site and thank you for stopping by - I promise to keep you thoroughly entertained. 

I'm back home now with Shih Tzu Mom and Dad after their honeymoon. That's right, my humans got married! Now, they are both living with me and I can get double the attention, any time I want. They missed me lots while they were in Alaska. They would have brought me with them, if they could. It's okay though, as now they are behind on their belly wubs quota and I plan on cashing in, stat!

Shih Tzu Mom and Dad came back with a couple items to show they thought of me while they were away. I am pictured above trying on my new Alaska jersey shirt. I think I wear it well, no? Blue is definitely my color. But what are new threads without an accessory? Shih Tzu Mom thought I should have a little bit of bling to round out the outfit. Shih Tzu Dad picked this out because he knows who's really in charge at the Shih Tzu House.

My new bling.
Now, Shih Tzu Mom couldn't do all this shopping without picking out a little something for herself. She was very excited to find these in a small shop at the pier.

Shih Tzu Mom's new socks.
She can't wait until it starts to get cool again so she can sport these around the house. She said it is always hard to find items with Shih Tzus on them that aren't rocking the long hair style. I can't blame them though for not making a lot of things featuring us shorter-haired Shih Tzu pups. Honestly, how could you recreate this face and do it justice?