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A Shih-Tzu Christmas

Gracie Hopper and Ava-Roo cordially invited this Shih-Tzu friends for our first annual Shih-Tzu Christmas.  A great time was had by all: liver treats, free play, and eight laps to sleep on made for a great evening.  We even took a group shot.  Gracie was (mostly) a good girl, Ava interacted with people and other doggies, Ranger and Teddy really enjoyed themselves.  And Junior, Junior seemed to be in Shih-tzu heaven.  Miss Lisa also had the opportunity to do some training in.  (Gracie did a little growl with  Ranger got something she wanted, but Lisa handled it well.)

Enjoy the video.  It really was a fun evening.

I’m Not Sure, But I Think This is “Play”

At the very least, it’s the beginning of both doggies playing.  (Together.)  What do you think?

A few minutes later, Gracie tried to initiate play, and Ava-roo walked away from her.  It is a start.

You Never Forget a Face

We adopted Ava-roo from the very good-hearted people at the New Beginnings Shih Tzu Rescue.  The rescue holds an annual fundraiser call the Shih Tzu Shuffle, a picnic where alumni and their humans come visit and maybe adopt another doggie.    Ava-roo and Gracie were so excited about seeing so many like-minded doggies.  Ranger and Teddy were there.  The 3 and 1/4 Club lives again!

But the highlight of the Shuffle was when Miss Bernadette and Ava-roo reunited.  Miss Bernadette was Ava’s foster mom.  The following video was very spontaneous.  I was asking Bernadette if we could get a picture with her and Ava before we left.  As we were talking, Ava went over and greeted Bernadette.  It was very sweet.

Love and charity is never forgotten.  I’m just sorry the video is so short.

Ava and Her Toy

At yesterday’s Shih-Tzu Shuffle we got a care package. Inside the care package was an Ava sized toy.  Gracie has many many toys. Mostly of the hard plastic kind that can’t be terrorized  and destroyed in three minutes (we timed it once).  But this cute little pink plush doggie was just the size for Ava-roo.  I showed it to her … she took it from me and sort of cuddled it.

There was some tussle, Gracie really (really) wanted pink doggie but Ava held her territory.  Here I’m giving it back to Ava.

Gracie moaned and groaned to get her paws on it.  When I finally put it up to live to play another day, Ava was sort of nesting it, keeping it safe.

I’ve never seen Ava try and play with a dog toy.  Not once.  I find this video very sweet and hope you do to.  She’s just coming into her doggie-ness a little bit everyday.  It really makes me happy.

Miracles do Happen

… in which two doggies lie together in peace.  In the first half, Ava-roo came to me (another miracle) and Gracie joined us (yet another one — are you keeping track?).

It happened again today.  It’s really all too, too much!

A few things:

  1. Ava was completely comfortable where she was… she normally spends a good 10 seconds in my lap.  Instead she was there 5 minutes. My hand was on her back to act as a shield from Gracie in case she went postal on me.
  2. I think Ava-roo feels very safe in the doggie bed.  I think it might be another shield against Gracie (see the MasterClass video with Lisa. She didn’t do anything for Lisa until she was in the doggie bed).

All in all, things are looking up.

Gracie tries to Play with Ava

Ava still doesn’t have the play thing going… this was taken in June.

Ava gets a Lesson

I must confess I thought Ava incapable of learning doggie tricks.  It took my friend Lisa B. to show me differently.  Off-camera Lisa and Ava did some tricks with Gracie and me watching nearby.  When Dave got home, Lisa wanted to show Ava off.

What I find most interesting is the last portion of the video… Lisa distracted Gracie while working with Ava, she worked with them both.  And Ava found her safe place — in the dog bed — and was still willing to work with Lisa.  Isn’t she good?

Ava on the Stairs

When Ava first came to our house (she finished her third week here last Friday), she couldn’t do stairs.  She was in a hurry and stammered and skidded her way to nowhere.  She’s a quick learn.  Gracie got in the way in this video, but I was behind her to help if needed.  As you watch it, you can see how skinny she still is.  We’re working on it, she certainly eats plenty.  By the way, she was so fast on the way down, I missed her descent.  Next time, perhaps.

Day 2

Here are some updates on Gracie and Ava.  They sort of speak for themselves.

Mmmm, rawhide.  Every night at 7 p.m., just about when we’re eating dinner, Gracie gets a dingo rawhide.  I think eating them has helped keep her teeth healthy.  Would Ava like one?  Would Gracie let Ava eat her Dingo?  One of Ava’s issues is that her first family would take food out of her mouth as she was eating.   At first Gracie wanted the Dingo Ava was getting (Ava actually didn’t get the Dingo at this point, I didn’t give it to her until Gracie was enjoying her Dingo.)

Once Ava got her Dingo, her back was to Gracie and she gave great attention to that bone.  She isn’t as quick as Gracie, but she did a good job on it.    Gracie girl is enjoying a big girl rawhide in this movie.

These pictures sort of explain how most of our day went.  Peaceful truce.

New Friends

We had our home visit with the good people at New Beginnings Shih Tzu Rescue.  Asia came as did little Lafayette.  Lafayette is a 9 month old toy poodle who is painfully shy/nervous.  Gracie really tried to play with him — really tried — but it didn’t work.

Asia — who will be named Ava if I have anything to say about it — and Gracie had a tentative start.  I got the treats out and Ava was hoping for some. To the point that Gracie got a little snarky with our houseguest.  I didn’t think that was very polite and Gracie girl had to give up her treat until our guest had one.  By the end of the visit the two girls took turns getting yummies.

What are we going to do?  I don’t know. If I could read my doggie’s mind it would be a lot easier.  In my heart I think that Gracie is lonely and would enjoy being a sister.  I just don’t know what dog is the right dog.  Is it Asia/Ava?  I say her name and Gracie seems to look around.

So here is a montage of the two girls, Asia/Ava and Gracie girl.  They seem content, huh?

Some Hints
I think it takes a while for the videos to load... they're HD format and are pretty big files. If you click on the arrow and then immediately click the pause button. This allows the video to load. Once there is more grey line than black line, you should be able to press the play button. Enjoy.