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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.

from Ava to Zoe

Gracie has never gotten along with our neighbor’s boxer, Zoe.  Ava doesn’t have the problems with Zoe that Gracie does and today Ava had some interesting interactions with Zoe. We aren’t sure, but I think they’re playing… What do you think?

Isn’t it amazing the transformation Ava’s had in just 12 weeks!


Today, Ava-roo went up to a complete stranger — a little boy — without any fear! As I understand it, she led the charge to greet him.

This week both Dave and I have noticed that Gracie and Ava have really bonded. I think it started last week when they went to the groomers together. So stressful. Or, did it start with Lisa B. and her Master Class? It’s hard to say. The only agression I’ve seen this week is when Gracie got too close to Ava and Ava didn’t like it. (In fairness to Gracie, she was being very gentle… it was Ava’s naughty — this time.)

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?

The Many Faces of Ava-roo


It’s been a while since we posted. Mostly Gracie and Ava exist together side by side. Ava still doesn’t know how to play with Gracie — and Gracie still tries. I think I’ve resisted posting more updates because I wanted to say something positivie.

Last night around 1 am, some noise woke me up. At first I thought it was Dave coming in our bedroom. No, he was next to me. It was Gracie rattling the door to wake me up. She wanted out. Then it was Ava right next to her–as if it were a conspiracy. They both rattled the door. “Both of you?” I questioned. I opened the door and they zoomed out.

Gracie and Ave went right to the door to the vestibule. Both of them! I hooked up their leashes and went outside — oh no it was pouring rain. So with newly found umbrella in hand, we ventured out. Ava, who is perfectly potty trained, didn’t go. Gracie, whose one imperfection is her lack of immediate potty-going, didn’t. We stayed that way for 3 minutes. When no one moved, we came back in. I towel tried the doggies and played a few rounds of bejeweled. Doggies stayed downstairs (too wet for the bed, sorry girls) and I slept the sleep of angels.

This morning, Gracie didn’t go but went right for the water bowl. Makes me think that was what she needed the whole time. Sorry about that puppy.

Ava Meets People

Sunday, May 30th we went to Lake Koshkonong in Wisconsin to visit some friends.  I’d never even heard of this place until I met my husband’s friends.  They have summer places up and have been going there for 20 years.

We finally went and brought the doggies.   On the way up I noticed that Ava (in her car harness), was trying to get out of the sun as much as possible.  When we stopped, I moved her to a new spot out of the sun.  Little princess likes her sun filtered.  We weren’t sure how Ava would do, being stranger-shy.  At first, she was pretty unsure but Gracie showed her the way. Someone brought up the fact that she didn’t know what was happening.  Maybe this was another place she would be left and go to a different house.  Who’s to know?  We cut her come slack.

One of our friend’s 84 year old mom was there.  Her daughter told us she loves dogs and misses hers and Miss Betty was really drawn to Ava’s calm nature.  I put Ava on her lap and together Miss Betty and I were petting her.  When we got on their pontoon boat, Gracie (who I thought for sure would flip out on the boat but didn’t), wanted to be with me.  And Ava couldn’t be in the sun.  So, we gave Ava to Miss Betty and I held Gracie.  Ava snuggled up to Miss Betty but the sun was in her eyes, so I put my sun visor on Ava… it was cute and it shielded her.

By the time the ride ended (2 hours), Ava and Miss Betty had bonded.  Ava-roo our own little therapy dog.

Gracie had her own adventure.  After trying to avoid the water that splashed on board, her “grandpa” Chuck came on-board. Gracie could not have been happier to see him.  Chuck walked her over to their boat where she road around and then home to their house to see Jake and Katie and their doggie friend Titus.  Later, we walked over with Ava-roo to pick up Gracie and see their cozy home.

On the drive home, the doggies were out like a light.  Exhausted.   A good day.

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.

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.