SparkPeople Shih Tzu Club Team Messageboard For Shih Tzu lovers to come together to share the joy that they give us, and to offer each other support. SparkPeople Shih Tzu Club Team Messageboard Tell us about your Shih Tzu My name is Robin and I have two Shih Tzus. My oldest was a Christmas Present in 2010 for me from my husband. His name is Ninja. He Will Three October 26. He is gold and white with some black on his face, ears and tail. He is very smart and a mama's boy. Our Girl is Karma and was a Christmas present for our daughter in 2012. She will be 1 on October 6. She is a silver brindle. She is goofy and fun loving, she loves everyone, such a sweet little girl. They both bring me a lot of joy. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 04:07:55 EST Back on the horse, looking for friends! Hi Everyone! <BR> I am giving this "living healthy" business another shot. Problem is, I don't stay with it very long. I tend to become bored easily with exercise and eating healthy. I need your motivational tips! Please add me!! Fri, 19 Jul 2013 13:12:18 EST Picky eaters How do you get your shih tzu to eat their dog food? The on,y way I can is to mix in a little egg and sprinkle cheese on top. I don't do that every day so it can be days where she won't eat. I know she's not starving but still it wold be nice to have her eat...! Fri, 12 Jul 2013 19:10:37 EST Does anyone make their own dog food? My Shih Tzu is going to be 18 in October. Currently I feed here Purina One Lamb and Rice, but I can't help but wonder if I could make something better suited to meet her senior needs myself. She is the pickiest, and stubborn about food. I have been thinking about trying homemade recipes for sometime now. I have always free fed, and she gets people food here and there, but just wondering if there is any recipe that some of you have had great success with. Sun, 24 Jun 2012 13:25:54 EST Hello all!!! My name is Stephanie and I am new to spark people. I LOVE my shih tzu Bryndle Sophia, she loves me no matter what. she sure knows how to make a bad day seem unimportant. There is nothing like her love. Sun, 10 Jun 2012 23:09:01 EST Shih Tzu Diet I am curious as what others feed their Shih-Tzu's, My Cami has severe allergies, and tired of the shots and steroids not helping. Trying a new diet of home-cooking with no wheat and gluten products. Has only been 3 days, and have to wean off commercial food. It has been a challenge with food anyway she is so picky, will not eat dry food whatsoever. Vet told me I could feed her this way just watch forbidden foods and the amounts so I can help her lose weight. Any helpful ideas? Tue, 7 Feb 2012 16:10:26 EST I'm getting a puppy! Hello, my name is Kathy and I'm from PA. <BR> <BR> I'm so excited! Now that I'm well enough to be a good owner, I'm getting a puppy! <BR> <BR> I had a black and white girl shih tzu years ago that was a wonderful dog and went in search of another. I found a good breeder about 100 miles away with the little girl I wanted but she was already sold. She had an adorable little brother that I also fell in love with so I went to see him when they were 6 weeks old. When I got there, I found out the... Tue, 10 Jan 2012 22:28:51 EST Shih Tzu Potty Issues Does anyone else have issues with their Shih Tzu and pottying? My boy is 5 now and so frustrating! I've had a LOT of dogs over the years and he is the worst as far as housebreaking. We can take him outside, he'll pee and then we can find that he's peed somewhere in the house within the next 20 minutes. I don't know if he's "marking" or just feels every vertical surface is "fair game". We'll find puddles on/near our recliner, refrigerator, doors, walls, etc. It is TOO frustratrating! Of... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 08:48:40 EST Sophie is her name and I love her so..... I love my Shih tzu Sophie. I didnt know I could love a dog so much. This is my second Shih tzu first one Molly was wonderful but we didnt get her till she was about 6 months old and that made a huge difference to how she bonded with us. Sophie we got at 8 weeks and she is the light of my heart. She is so much nicer than even my kids. She loves me unconditionally and is always there for me. She is spoiled rotten because we didnt finish the grieving over Molly before we got her. I just r... Thu, 5 Jan 2012 16:47:24 EST Birthday & Sparkaversary Let's all post our name and Birthday (not year unless you want) and Sparkaversary (most current date you started). If you want to also post your little Tzu name under yours and birthday then do so! <BR> Mon, 22 Aug 2011 19:44:37 EST "Spice of Life"-September Chall.- Intro & Sign-up They say that Variety is the Spice of Life so we are going to add some variety to our health journey!! This will be a 3 week challenge! <BR> We will begin this new challenge on Monday, August 29th. and go through Saturday, September 17th. Then, we will take a break before our Tricks or Treats Challenge begins in October!! <BR> Here is what the "Spice of Life" September Challenge is all about. <BR> Variety is The Spice Of Life Challenge <BR> August 29th-September 17th <BR> <BR> <BR> This cha... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 10:03:22 EST Fling the Flab-n-Be Fit & Fab Chit Chat Here is where will post anything that may be on our minds, give support to others, or questions during this challenge. LET'S DO IT!!!! Thu, 28 Jul 2011 14:00:01 EST Fling the Flab-n-Be Fit & Fab Challenge ** Weigh-ins will be every Sunday!!! <BR> <BR> Date: 7/31/11 <BR> Name:Francie <BR> Current Weight: 293 <BR> Days for my Strength Exercise: Tues., Thurs., Sat. <BR> <BR> Date: 8/1/11 <BR> Type of Cardio: treadmill-30 mins., calisthenics-10mins-WATP-10mins <BR> Minutes: 50 <BR> Strength: NA <BR> Minutes: <BR> Cardio Calories Burned: 395 WOO HOO!!! <BR> <BR> <BR> Date: 8/2/11 <BR> Type of Cardio:Treadmill <BR> Minutes:30 <BR> Strength:all the ones I listed in Core except not the Airplane po... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 13:53:17 EST Fling the-n-Be Fit & Fab Challenge ** Weigh-ins will be every Sunday!!! <BR> <BR> Date: 7/31/11 <BR> Name: <BR> Current Weight: <BR> Days for my Strength Exercise: <BR> <BR> Date: 8/1/11 <BR> Type of Cardio: <BR> Minutes: <BR> Strength: <BR> Minutes: <BR> <BR> Date: 8/2/11 <BR> Type of Cardio: <BR> Minutes: <BR> Strength: <BR> Minutes: <BR> <BR> Date: 8/3/11 <BR> Type of Cardio: <BR> Minutes: <BR> Strength: <BR> Minutes: <BR> <BR> Date: 8/4/11 <BR> Type of Cardio: <BR> Minutes: <BR> Strength: <BR> Minutes: <BR> <BR> Dat... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 13:46:35 EST Fling the Flab-n-Be Fit & Fab Chall. Introduction I know I need this so I thought maybe there might be others who would like to do this with me. <BR> We will begin next Monday, August 1st. It will be an exercise challenge. <BR> It will require you to do a minimum of 15 minutes cardio exercise in the form of treadmill, bike, elliptical, or other type of calorie burning cardio such as Walk Away the Pounds (WATP), Richard Simmons(STO-Sweatin' to Oldies), etc.. We will not count mall walking or other walking but you can wear a pedometer and re... Thu, 28 Jul 2011 13:39:06 EST Dr. Mike Moreno 17 Day Diet Plan This is a very healthy plan for losing weight. It is very good for diabetics.It is very good for anyone It is easy to follow. <BR> Meal plans are all laid out but you can do your own as long as you follow what you are supposed to eat. There are also recipes in the back. It is set up in 17 day cycles. Each cycle is 17 days long. If you want to get the book and read it, you can get used copies on I think Walmart may have it also. <BR> <BR> Amy and I are going to start this on Sun... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 14:11:51 EST Hi Im a Brandy I wanted to introduce myself to all of you..... <BR> <BR> I'm Brandy, Im 29 years old and I have a shih Tzu/ Daushaund Mix. Her name is Bella Picolloni....Shes 12 lbs, and the most precious lil being in my life. <BR> <BR> If you like you can go to my page and see some pics of her. She is a so cute....She has the shih Tzu hair and face with the Daushaund Body. Sometimes we call our "Hot Sh*t", "Picky", "Bella" and "Pickles".... <BR> <BR> She already is part of my goals by taking a walk w... Tue, 8 Mar 2011 17:25:30 EST Shih Tzu short hair in Winter okay??? Hi, My Mommy LOVES to cut me nails and brush me, but I TOTALLY give her a HARD TIME. She does her best, but I'm getting matted and it's really bothering her. Is it okay for Mommy to get me a short hair cut for winter time as long as I wear sweaters outside??? My family takes WONDERFUL care of me I have me OWN FENCED in yard out the back door within a big fenced in yard. This way I can go out and play, but they know my area is FREE of things for me to get into. I only go out for the bathr... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 18:52:29 EST Summerville, SC Area??? Are any of you in Summerville, Ladson, N. Charleston, Goose Creek, SC area??? WOULD LOVE to have play dates. Sun, 6 Feb 2011 18:37:02 EST Size? We chose to get a Shih Tzu really because I wanted a cat and husband wanted a dog... small dog was the compromise. Anyway... I ended up with this ginormous Shih Tzu, 16-17 lbs!!!! <BR> <BR> How big are yours? Mon, 6 Dec 2010 18:46:35 EST Christmas Card Exchange Anyone who wants to exchange Christmas cards with other team members, please sign here and Sparkmail your snail mail address to me NO LATER THAN FRIDAY THIS WEEK. I'll compile the list and SPARK MAIL the list to each of you BY SATURDAY. PLEASE DO INCLUDE YOUR E-MAIL ADDY SO THOSE WHO SEND E-CARDS MAY DO SO. <BR> Thanks <BR> <BR> So far is: <BR> Francie Workman <BR> Amy Ricker Sun, 5 Dec 2010 21:39:31 EST What Kind of Weight Loss Plan??? This is for anyone to share what they have found to work the best with losing weight, whether it be some type of plan or a combination of things. Let's hear from you. This might help those of us who are struggling to find something to work well. Sun, 5 Dec 2010 13:59:54 EST Shih Tzu "quirks" They all have them right? <BR> <BR> My Chandler can't (won't) climb up or down stairs he also has to sleep with a human every night and if you put clothes on him he stands still like he can't move until you take them off. <BR> <BR> How about some of yours? Thu, 2 Dec 2010 12:52:09 EST Smartie Tzu's Yes..... I said it....... Don't you find that this breed of dogs are so smart. They really know how to work you. I have 2 and I love them to pieces. They make me wlk them for at least 20 minutes 2 x per day. If I don't follow their program they will stare me down and sigh with big exageration or tiny whimpers ( not enough to irritate but just enough to feel guilty about) Sun, 28 Nov 2010 10:29:39 EST Eating off the floor Does anyone else's Shih Tzu insist on eating off the floor???? Why does he DO that??? <BR> <BR> It doesn't matter if I put the food on a small, flat plate, he still won't eat it until I dump it on the floor. I've seen him skip meals because of this!! <BR> <BR> What gives?? Wed, 10 Nov 2010 20:59:54 EST Summervill le/Ladson, SC Small breed play group Hi, <BR> We recently added a Shih Tzu to our family. He's a neutered 8 month old named Kosmo and I'm trying SO HARD to find local play date groups for him or create one. I haven't heard from anybody yet, but I'm still hopeful. Are any of you in our area and interested??? If you're in the N.Charleston/Summerville/Ladson, SC area get in touch with me, so we can make plans. <BR> <BR> Have a GREAT WEEKEND. Fri, 8 Oct 2010 20:16:04 EST HCG PROGRAM RECIPES While these recipes are specifically for those of us who are doing HCG, anyone can use them if they wish. Mon, 4 Oct 2010 09:04:20 EST FUNNY The math teacher saw that Larry wasn't paying attention in class. She called on him and said, 'Larry! What are 2 and 4 and 28 and 44?' Larry quickly replied, 'NBC, FOX, ESPN and the Cartoon Network!'? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Larry's kindergarten class was on a field trip to their local police station where they saw pictures tacked to a bulletin board of the 10 most wanted criminals. One of the youngsters pointed to a picture and asked if it really was the photo of a wanted person. 'Yes,' said... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 12:28:15 EST For Those of Us Who Are Doing HCG Program I thought since Amy is going to start and Connie and I are already doing it, I would just start a thread where we can come and talk about it and pose questions, answers, experiences, recipes, etc. with the program. Sat, 18 Sep 2010 21:45:05 EST Rosie and Gizmo Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> I didn't realize there was a Shih Tzu group on Spark until I saw AmyTzu's post on Francie-n-Bella's posting, so here I am! <BR> <BR> Rosie and Gizmo are my two furbabies. Rosie is Gizmo's mama, but I got him first. She will be 12 in December and he is 9. They are gold/white, I got them from a reputable breeder in Washington state when we lived there, now we are in Boise, ID. <BR> <BR> Lots of stories, as you all have, so it's hard to know where to start. Looki... Sat, 18 Sep 2010 21:04:23 EST Odie and toilet paper Odie is my 1 year old Maltzu. He's 3/4 Shih Tzu, 1/4 Maltese. The other day, Odie managed to unravel a roll of toilet paper (which was still attached to its dispenser) by pulling the first sheet with his front teeth and taking off with it. He ran out of the bathroom and down the hall... all the way into the living room! Now you could imagine my surprise as I walked out of my bedroom and into the hallway to see a toilet paper streamer still "floating" mid air! That's my Odie-Kins! Never ... Sun, 22 Aug 2010 13:33:04 EST shih-tzu quiz questions <BR> 1 in chinese shih-tzu means <BR> a fluffy <BR> b)lion <BR> c) trusting <BR> <BR> 2) a shih-tzu must wear a topknot in the show ring <BR> a) true <BR> b) false <BR> <BR> 3 which event often used shih-tzu as its informal symbol in 1994 <BR> a) the world cup <BR> b) the Westerners kennel club dog show <BR> c) the chinese year of the dog <BR> <BR> 4 which word do not appear in the american kennel club breed standard describing the shih-tzu <BR> a)solid <BR> b) arrogant <BR> c)cu... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 11:47:25 EST 13 thing you should never feed your dog hate to say this one i love them but not for your dog it is avocado cause gastinal irritation, <BR> with vomiting and diarrhea <BR> baby food it may contain onion powder and can cause digestion upset it is also not balanced nutrition for them <BR> Chocolate: it contains methylxanthunes and theobromine,caffeine-like compounds that can cause vomiting diarrhea, heart abnormalities, tremors <BR> seizures and even death dark choc contain higher levels of the toxic compounds.. <BR> Bones; yes bones... Wed, 11 Aug 2010 11:20:18 EST Happy to see a Shih Tzu team! My spoiled one is eight years old, black, and has a princess attitude. She has had to lose a couple of pounds but is looking good now. She loves her daily walk so she is a motivator too. Fri, 6 Aug 2010 10:55:02 EST Hello Hello, my name is Teresa and my boy name is Ming. He is the light of my and my husband life. Ming's diet works good. He is only 2.3lb. over weight. Which puts him at 18.3 lb. Me on the other hand am a bit more over weight. <em>313</em> Sat, 31 Jul 2010 23:05:16 EST Coconut Oil- Healthy For You Here is some info I found: <BR> <BR> People have a really hard time believing that coconut oil is not "fattening" or "dangerous". We have all been falsely led to believe that fat, especially saturated fat, is the cause of our weight gain and health problems. This is only true half true. Some fats like hydrogenated oils and vegetable oils do contribute to heart disease and weight gain, but good fats like coconut oil, butter and olive oil are actually great fats for our bodies. Think about how... Fri, 2 Jul 2010 11:29:54 EST 12 Natural Sunburn Cures- Part 2 6. Know good ingredients <BR> Filter all the choices at the drugstore by looking for these key healers. <BR> • Relieve with hydrocortisone: Soothe skin irritation and inflammation with a topical lotion, spray, or ointment containing 1 percent hydrocortisone, such as Cortaid or Cortizone-10, says Dr. Basler. <BR> • Soothe with aloe: "We're starting to see evidence in medical literature that aloe vera may really help wound healing," says Dr. Basler. Simply break off a leaf and apply the j... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 10:38:43 EST 12 Natural Cures for Sunburn- Part 1 This is good info from Prevention: <BR> <BR> 12 Natural Sunburn Cures <BR> 1. Use compresses <BR> Following a burn, skin is inflamed. Cool it down with compresses dipped in any of the following substances. <BR> • Cold water. Use either plain water from the faucet or add a few ice cubes, says Michael Schreiber, M.D. Dip a cloth into the liquid and lay it over the burn. Repeat every few minutes as the cloth warms. Apply several times a day for a total of 10 to 15 minutes each. <BR> • Alu... Thu, 17 Jun 2010 10:29:07 EST Conversion Charts Here are some really good conversion charts on this web site <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/Documents/16630EWLWchart2.pdf </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Here is more: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>fo.jsp?catld=countingSteps&pg=0204Conv<BR>ersions.html </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>versionchart10.pdf </link> Thu, 3 Jun 2010 09:28:01 EST Online shopping Hi folks, <BR> <BR> I was just wondering where everyone one orders their dog supplies. More specifically I'm looking for personalized elevated feeders. I've checked but wasn't impressed with their selection. I love the elevated feeders from Frontgate but they're not personalized. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have any suggestions? If not, I'm still interested in where everyone buys their other supplies <em>29</em> Tue, 25 May 2010 13:53:18 EST Natural Health Tidbits Here is something I found from Prevention. It is quite lengthy but worth the read! <BR> <BR> Home Remedies That May Surprise You (Part 1) <BR> 1. Antacid tablet <BR> It’s for: Heartburn <BR> The effervescent type with sodium bicarbonate helps neutralize the acid that causes painful heartburn symptoms. <BR> <BR> But try: Soothing insect bites <BR> <BR> "Antacid formulations such as Alka-Seltzer contain aspirin, an anesthetic that can help ease the sting and itch of insect bites," says Howar... Wed, 12 May 2010 10:34:51 EST Great Natural Supplement for Arthritic Pain!! Don't know how many know that I have lupus which affects my joints and skin. I don't have systemic which affects internal organs. My skin is very sensitive to lots of things. My joints hurt most of the time. I can't take anti-inflammatory meds due to either being allergic or causes digestive problems. I research a lot of natural supplements, herbs, etc. I have finally found something that WORKS with the pain!!! Black Cherry Juice concentrate!!!! I put 5 Tblsp. in a 20 oz bottle of water and d... Sun, 11 Apr 2010 08:41:09 EST Xadyr and I Hello all, im back again. <BR> <BR> I tend to fall off sparkpeople when i fall off the weightloss wagon. But im back with a vengence now! <BR> <BR> I have a 3 year old Shih Tzu named Xadyr (Zay-Der) He is white and grey. <BR> <BR> We go for walks every so often, and he is such a little ham. SO nice to meet you all!! Sun, 11 Apr 2010 00:15:49 EST Anyone know anything about Neem Oil? I posted this on the dog lovers team page but I thought I'd post it here too. I'd like to find a natural alternative to the pesticide's you put on your pet such as Frontline. I've heard Neem Oil is all natural and will not harm your pet. My only concern is that because it is an oil that it will leave a film on their hair and make them dirtier quicker. Has anyone ever used this stuff or heard of it before?? Thu, 1 Apr 2010 17:58:45 EST Epileptic Seizures in Shih Tzus Just curious if anyone here has experienced seizures in their shih tzus. My poor Riley had a seizure Monday night. It started with him staggering around and seeming disoriented, then not being able to walk, and eventually shaking uncontrollably and drooling. He had this happen a year ago, too, almost to the day. The vet says he is the typical age for juvenile onset epilepsy (he's 4 now). With a year between episodes, she feels treatment at this time is unnecessary. Anyone else ever had ... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 10:31:07 EST Do You Have Any Streaks Going? I'm starting over so I decided that I wanted to post my Daily Streak just to help keep me accountable. <BR> <BR> Monday, March 22 Day 1 <BR> 8-10 cups water(daily)-DONE <BR> 40 minutes cardio(5-6 days)-DONE <BR> 15-20 min.strength (Mon., Wed. Fri)-DONE-upper body and core <BR> Track food and stay in calorie range(1500-1700)-1473 WOO HOO <BR> 8 hrs. sleep(daily)- Will do <BR> Lose a min. of 1 lb weekly(weigh in on Mon.)- <BR> Mon, 22 Mar 2010 12:39:32 EST Have you noticed a change? I'm just starting my 10th week on spark and Oh My Goodness! You know, I knew all of the stuff, or so I thought, to lose weight but not the healthy way. My plan is to lose a lb a week and so far I am on schedule. I feel thinner, even though I have another 43 lbs to lose, but the best part is I also feel cleaner! Don't know any other way to say it, just healthier and cleaner! Well, I just noticed both of my refrigerators also look cleaner and emptier as they have lost weight also. It is s... Sun, 14 Mar 2010 22:16:40 EST And your age is? This Sunday I will be 61 and your age is? Sat, 13 Mar 2010 00:46:28 EST My pup Sparty is my fitness companion I use to have 2 Shih Tzues Sparty and Buckeye. Sparty is the only one I have left. (Bucky died of a heart attack on the way home from the vet last year.) <BR> <BR> Sparty though is the love of my life and since I am just getting over a cold. Sparty wanted to go for a walk and so that what we did. <BR> <BR> Sparty and I are officially Spark People. Fri, 12 Mar 2010 09:55:45 EST My Cricket is sick and it worries me My fur baby woke me up this morning screaming in pain. She was OK when we went to bed. I put her down so I could get dressed and she fell over as if she had had a stroke. I called the vet and he said bring her in but when I went to start the car, my battery wass dead. I called AAA but they said it would be an hour.Well, I couldn't wait that long. My daughter was at work as were my neighbors. I called the vet back and bless the man, he sent his receptionist to come get me. He couldn't find an... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 21:36:00 EST Help! (Skunked!) Okay, so Riley the shih tzu and his big brother Samson (Rottweiler) were completely skunked at 4:30 this morning. Nice way to start the day! Of course it had to be the HUGE dog and the dog with all the HAIR! After an emergency trip to Jewel, I feel like the dogs have been sufficiently de-skunked. We used a combo of Peroxide, Baking Soda, and dish detergent, with a apple cider vinegar rinse, followed by regular shampooing. They are all well and good, but my house completely reeks. I'd sc... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 13:59:19 EST Cocoa and I say Hi!! Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Brenda and I'm 57 years old. My husband and I have been married for almost 34 years and have five grown children, 13 grandkids, and our furbaby Cocoa (who is about 9 years old). <BR> <BR> We had one other Shih Tzu, Bandit, who died in 1991. We had gotten him from our friend's father, who was dying of cancer and couldn't take care of him any longer. He took to my husband right away, and we just loved him like crazy. He moped around for quite a while a... Tue, 2 Mar 2010 01:18:16 EST 27 Ways Pets Improve Your Health When I first saw this online my first thoughts would 27 Shih Tzus! But I guess not everyone knows the secret behind keeping Shih Tzus LOL! There are 2 slideshows on the page of this link below, one large one providing cute pictures and a smaller one that explains the 27 ways pets improve our health. Enjoy!! <em>334</em> <BR> <link><BR>e-your-health </link> Mon, 1 Mar 2010 19:51:16 EST Hi from Oklahoma Hello, I'm a retired English teacher who moved to OK. after my husband died. We had been married over 40 years and it was hard to adjust. I also lost my 17 year old terrier and my 15 year old cat within six months after he died. I moved to Broken Arrow and adopted a 4 year old Shih Tzu named Cricket. She gave me so much love that she saved me from despair. She is now 12 and is the joy of my life. Everyone loves her as she is so friendly - even loves her vet. she has had lots of medical proble... Sat, 20 Feb 2010 14:14:24 EST HAPPY VALENTINE I hope all my team members have a great Valentine Day! <em>129</em> Sun, 14 Feb 2010 09:29:14 EST Shih Tzu "Maintenance" Hello, Shih Tzu Club! I'm new to this team, so hope I am posting in the right place. I would love to get some input from everyone on how they care for their Shih Tzu's hair. Do you keep your dog's hair short or long? How often do you bathe them? I love my little guy Riley's hair long and try to keep it up in a "top knot", but does anyone have suggestions for easier care for their faces? Even with frequent bathing, it's hard to keep that sweet little face clean. Thanks! --Julie Thu, 11 Feb 2010 11:28:13 EST Avid shih tzu lover. Hello everyone, my name is Cathy and thanks to Ruth's blog the other day I found out about this team. <em>334</em> I had four of the babies at one time, the mom, dad, and 2 of the babies they had in their last litter. We lost the mom (Sarah) about 6 years ago, then we lost the dad (Thor) about 2 1/2 years ago, and then last August we lost (had to put to sleep) my sweet little baby Pebbles. She was the exact same age as her mom when we had to put her down - almost 14 years old. Now, we ju... Tue, 2 Feb 2010 22:42:09 EST We Love Shih Tzu dogs! I've been at SP since June 2007, but just today found this team!! <BR> <BR> We have 3 Shih Tzu dogs, it all started back in 2004. We had a Siberian Husky whom we absolutely adored. He died of cancer in July of that year. It broke our hearts. We had thought about getting another one, but we knew we could never replace Kaleb. <BR> <BR> For Christmas that year, our daughter gave us Moe (gray brindle) who was 4 months old at the time. I wasn't really sure about it, since I had never been a fan ... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 11:24:27 EST lap dog video Someone posted this on the dog team and I wanted you to see this video as well. Can't believe the shih tzu didn't top the list. I don't agree with the first one on the list but then I am a shih tzu fanatic! There is NOTHING more cuddly then the Shih Tzu in my books!! <BR> <link><BR>est-lap-dogs/ </link> Fri, 8 Jan 2010 09:00:38 EST New Gal with New "Baby Girl" Hi all. My name is Francie. I live in Jonesboro, AR I am a retired teacher after 34 years in the classroom. I still sub when needed. I have been married for 35 1/2 yrs to Bill, the love of my life. We have 1 son and 1 daughter. We also have 3 wonderful grandsons. I have been on SP (2nd time around)since July 20th. I had lost 25 lbs but the cursed Holidays hit and I let my guard down. Now, I;m trying to get revved up and going again. <BR> <BR> We had a Shih/Lhasa mix who passed away 3 weeks ... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 18:14:22 EST My Introduction Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Sue and I live in Ohio. I have two adorable Shih Tzu babies. One is 11 years old and the other is 3. We had one who was 13, but in July he lost his battle with muscles deteriorating. All of our babies are rescue dogs. <BR> <BR> I am excited to have found Spark and I look forward to be living a healthier lifestyle. Sun, 3 Jan 2010 12:54:00 EST Hi All I'm new and just dropping in to wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR <em>249</em> Sun, 3 Jan 2010 11:40:56 EST Cute Doggie Christmas Video <link> </link> <BR> <em>445</em> <em>446</em> Tue, 15 Dec 2009 21:07:32 EST New to the Group! Hi, my name is Melissa and I am new to the group. I have a 1 1/2 year old shih tzu, named LuLu. We have an 9 year old boxer who is a sweet girl, but I have always wanted a lap dog. She was a great addition to our family. <BR> <BR> Tue, 27 Oct 2009 21:44:05 EST Make a list to help motivate you... One thing that helped me get motivated was a list of things I would do different or just plain be able to do if I were at my goal weight. <BR> For instance: hiking,swimming,wear more stylish clothes, be able to bend over easier to tie my shoes, go to more social events and my list went on and on. Take a moment and make your own list of all the things that your weight has kept you from doing. You will be amazed...then keep that list somewhere you can look at it everyday to remind you that the... Sun, 18 Oct 2009 18:13:14 EST Simba is sick again I don't know if you all remember me. I wrote back in May about him having a stroke and what I thought was a heat stroke. Well in August he had a another really bad stoke. I took him to the emergency clinic and to the vet and spent $1300 that we didn’t have. I was told it wasn’t heat stroke. If he is in the air, then he can’t have heat stroke. He had a stroke, an infection and I found out he had heart disease and a heart murmur. He was in and out of the emergency clinic and the vet. I question... Fri, 9 Oct 2009 23:25:07 EST new team member I already love ya all...anyone who loves Shih Tzus has to be <BR> number one in my books. I am so glad I found this team. I have a blog on my spark page about one of my first Shih Tzus, please feel free to stop by and read it. It is called Ode to a special friend. <BR> <em>252</em> Thu, 24 Sep 2009 13:34:19 EST Hello Everyone I am new to SP and also a new Shih Tzu owner. I have had dogs all my life but this is the first small dog.He is black and white and only 6 months old. Although his name is "Oliver"..he has many nicknames, today's name is "Sweet Tater" cause hes being so sweet. He is currently having a play date with my bosses white and black Pomeranian. Tue, 21 Jul 2009 13:46:52 EST My mom's shih tzu has cancer :( We just found out today that my childhood Shih Tzu who lives with my mom has cancer :*( It started under his tongue and has spread to his lungs and is effecting his ability to eat. The only thing they could do would be to perform surgery, but they'd have to take half of his jaw and there is no guarantee that Chili would even survive the surgery given his age (16). Also, since the cancer has already spread, they probably wouldn't be able to get it all anyway. He still acts okay, and is at ... Tue, 30 Jun 2009 16:46:49 EST Cats and Dogs skinned alive in China.sign petition <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Please visit this link to get informed and sign the petition to put an end to this horrible practice occurring today in China. 500 dogs and cats are tortured in this fashion every day in China. I hope many of you will join me in putting a stop to this atrocity. <BR> Sun, 28 Jun 2009 00:54:23 EST Goggles - has anyone tried them? Hello <BR> My Lola frequently rubs her head and because her eyes are "buggy" she tends to irratate or this last week she poked a hole in her eye. <BR> She's ok we go through this about 3-4 times a year and a regimine of drops and doctor visits cures it 'till the next time. <BR> My question for the group is if you ever tried the dog goggles they have for dogs? I was thinking about getting a pair for Lola at least for when she goes outside since she likes to rub her head on the cement. <BR> A... Fri, 26 Jun 2009 05:17:04 EST Update on the Dogpark Death. Hello all, i finally have some news about this awful tragedy that happened at my towns dogpark. <BR> <BR> The dog that was killed was a Young Shih Tzu, named Casey that weighed 7lbs. she has been rescued from an abusive home by her owner. <BR> <BR> They went to the dogpark to walk, and another owner was there with his dog. This horrible excuse for a human told they police that the little dog was attacking his dog (a black lab), so he beat it with a stick repeatedly to make it stop then ra... Tue, 16 Jun 2009 18:59:23 EST I gotta vent (super sad story warning) Ok, i just gotta get this out. I have been in this team a while, but i am awful about posting. I have been super busy with work and everything. <BR> <BR> I have a 2 1/2year old Shis Tzu named Xadyr (He is fine) . Well in my town we have this new dog park. The first time i took Xadyr there he found a nest of thistle burrs and was COVERED in about 300 of them. I had to cut them out of his hair, he looked like he got into a fight with a weed whacker... and lost. And he is just a little scrawny... Sun, 14 Jun 2009 00:30:19 EST Fur baby crossed the Rainbow Bridge yesterday My beloved Shih Tzu, Oliver, had to be put to sleep yesterday. He had numerous kidney stones and Thursday evening he tried to piddle and couldn't get anything to come out. After we went to bed he jumped off the bed and started pacing around the house trying to pee, but he couldn't. In the morning I called the vet. Oliver paced all over the house, going under the bed, laying on my son's book bag, and on my craft tote. He sat next to my chair at the kitchen table looking up at me to help hi... Sat, 23 May 2009 11:08:09 EST Hello All Hiya <BR> <BR> My name is Bonnie and I have 2. I have to say I have a favorite I can not tell a lie. Its Logan and BubbKiss!! Logan is Thee Lil Man. I spoil him to pieces and if it wasn't for him I would not have started to walk. Bottom line is I am not eating enough calories because I am just not that hungry and I try to watch the high calorie cake etc. So now that I have my food under control I have not lost a single pound so I figured let me start walking and that's when my bo... Mon, 18 May 2009 18:51:36 EST Shih Tzu Question Hi All, I don't know if this is the right place for this question but... Milo, my Shih Tzu is turning 6 months old today. He still has no teeth on the bottom. He is my first Shih Tzu, so I don't know if this is normal for the breed? Last time he was at the vet's they said he was fine and just give it time. When should I be looking for his teeth to come in? Am I just paranoid? Thanks Sat, 9 May 2009 08:49:17 EST Poor Shih Tzu in need of help I hope that this isn't against the rules - I'm in a hurry this morning and don't have time to check, so sorry if I'm breaking the rules. A Shih Tzu named Curtis is desperately in need of surgery for a back problem. If he doesn't get it, he'll have to be euthanized and he's only 2 or 3 years old. I'm posting the link to donate if anyone can - any amount no matter how small is appreciated. He needs $1500.00 and they're more than halfway there, so please help if you can. <BR> <BR> <BR> <... Sat, 9 May 2009 08:19:02 EST Hi :) Hi everyone! I'm new to SP and another Shih Tzu lover. I grew up with two of them and as soon as got a house of my own knew that I couldn't live without a shih tzu. Right now I have a six year old Shih Tzu named Zoe. She's the love of my life, and always helps me exercise by giving me kisses for support. I look forward to meeting everyone and your wonderful Tzus. <BR> <BR> whitney Tue, 5 May 2009 21:35:41 EST Learning to Love Again Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> As you know, I am still healing from the loss of my beloved Madison. I have him displayed in a portrait urn with a lovely little plaque. So while his spirit is soaring with the other doggie angels, I still have a little piece of him close by. I am finding closure and accepting he is in a better place now. <BR> <BR> We knew that we have more love in our hearts for another, but wanted to give ourselves time to heal. Though we have been looking at some of the shi... Tue, 28 Apr 2009 11:44:46 EST Heat Stroke I'm a little tired. We had a rough night. My little guy had another stroke last night. the first one was 3 years ago when he was 8. That was a bad one. He was at the vet for 3 days and hooked up to iv. The vet told me that it was the heat here in California (it was in August). The vet told me that it is rare in dogs. We are having a heat wave now and it's to cool down today. This time wasn't so bad. I gave him medicine to help his legs (he has hip dypslasia. He was born with it). He wasn't ab... Wed, 22 Apr 2009 18:44:14 EST My Fur Babe Sadly Found the Rainbow Bridge Today It is not easily understood how my Maddy went from an optimistic, yet guarded check-up on Thursday to finding the rainbow bridge today. But, he is now at peace. <BR> <BR> He had been doing so great the past four weeks. After the visit on Thursday, he was a bit calmer than usual, Friday too, which he normally did after the vet visit, since they had to take x-rays again to see if the pneumonia was healing. But, on Saturday he still didn't perk up. Then early Sunday morning, he start wheezi... Mon, 13 Apr 2009 14:19:56 EST Top Knot Troubles.... A few months ago Morgan's groomer noticed she was having a lot of breakage in her topknot hair. She suggested we go to cloth covered bands to hold her topknot or pigtails in place. We've done that and her hair is growing out beautifully, BUT the bands slip all of the time. I must be redoing her hair 5-6 times a day and it's always in her face. It's really bugging me. So, I'm thinking of cutting her short on top and doing away with her pigtails and topknot. I love them and she's so cute ... Sun, 5 Apr 2009 16:14:23 EST Hello My name is Angela and I live in Mo. I'm just now starting to use Sparkpeople. I have two shihtzu's, Belle and Taz, who are both 3. They are the light of my life! Tue, 24 Mar 2009 05:07:27 EST Clothing Hi All! <BR> <BR> I was just curious - how many of you dress up your fur babies? <BR> <BR> Cletus LOVES to wear clothes. In fact, he refuses to go outside with his jacket on (and in the summer, his tank tops). It's like he feels naked if he's not dressed up! He has costumes for Halloween, Christmas, his birthday, Fourth of July. I just got him a bunny costume for easter! He is going to look so cute in it! He also just has every day regular clothes. <BR> <BR> Of course, there are ... Thu, 5 Mar 2009 13:49:07 EST Need Special Thoughts for my "Furry Babe" Went to the specialized vet today for Madison "Maddy's" check-up. He is 14 1/2 years old and was diagnosed last year with collapsing bronci/trachea, that causes a lot of coughing and such. He has been doing great since being diagnosed and treated with medication. Though a few weekends ago he developed a sneeze, similar to when he has had bronchitis, in the past. Took him in for review and sure enough, it was bronchitis. He did not cough because of the medication he was on to prevent him ... Fri, 20 Feb 2009 00:33:21 EST Princess Clare We adopted Clare 5 years ago today! I can hardly believe it's been that long! She's getting lots of hugs and pets and treats today. <BR> <BR> She's such a sweetie--although very selfish. Just wants Daddy and Mommy to herself. Doesn't appreciate that we adopted a rescue dog as a sister about 3 years ago. She still doesn't like poor Lizzie. <BR> <BR> They are both very special to Tom and me. <BR> <BR> Thu, 12 Feb 2009 20:12:45 EST New to Spark and Shih Tzu's Hi! I'm Renee and have owned Chihuahua's for 5 years and just got my little Zoe in December. She will be 3 months on the 28th and I adore her! She loves it when I work out on my Wii Fit and tries to do it with me. <BR> <BR> Check out my Spark page for a pic of Zoe after a workout! Sun, 25 Jan 2009 16:17:43 EST So glad me and Lucy LuLu found this team <em>268</em> Hello to all on this team. I am from East Tennessee, have two grown daughers out on their own, single, so it is just me and my beautiful Lucy Lulu. I work in the health care field (coding/billing) and so it is just me and Lucy at home. She, of course, is my constant companion. My youngest daughter rescued her from her 1st mom that was seriously neglecting her. When I got her she was anemic (from fleas), 4 lbs underweight. Vet said she was two days away from death. I have... Thu, 22 Jan 2009 13:04:27 EST Hi from VA! Hello everyone, I'm Patti and I live in VA. I learned about this site and this team from GILLIGALUE. I just joined yesterday. We have a 4 yo shih tzu who we adopted almost a year ago (I can't believe it's been that long already). She has just blessed our family so much. I look forward to chatting with all you here. Fri, 16 Jan 2009 14:41:11 EST Hi from a Northeast Indiana Shih Tzu Owner! Hi, my name is Alicia and I'm a 35 year old stay at home mom. Until my friend told me about the Shih Tzu Club here on SP, I had no idea one existed! How awesome to find more people who love this awesome breed! <BR> <BR> My ST is almost 3 years old and his name is Scooby. He loves to go on walks with me and jump on top when I'm trying to use the Ab Lounger. He doesn't stay on top long when I just keep crunching away. lol <BR> <BR> Thu, 15 Jan 2009 09:08:35 EST Hi!! Question ..please advise! When posting on your Nutrition you put drinks on there such as coffee, or diet soda? I have only been drinking decaf coffee and water, but I wondered if we are to document the "other than water" drinks?? Wed, 14 Jan 2009 10:25:35 EST Week 1 Challenge Every week I want to create a new challenge for us. I want us to start out small and then keep moving forward to harder more difficult things. I also want your ideas. Please feel free to tell us what challenges you would like to see for the new week. <BR> <BR> This week I was thinking that maybe we should try to do one blog post. Think about why you are overweight what is holding you back and if you have problems keeping the weight off why. Why do you want to lose weight. These aren't ... Sat, 10 Jan 2009 08:35:44 EST Giving up Co-Leadership of the team! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I saddens me to advise you that I have stepped down as co-leader for this team. I had alot of hope & inspiration for the team but at this point I have decided to step back. I have sent Foxychic a message advising her and I am hopeful that she will either take on full leadership or appoint someone of her choice. <BR> <BR> I have every intention of remaining an active member here. I have enjoyed my time with you and have gotten to know some of you and you are all suc... Fri, 2 Jan 2009 13:36:21 EST Your Weight Loss Progress Hi team.. <BR> <BR> On another note, I wanted to share with you my pics of my weight loss. Do check my gallery. I have received many comments from my relatives and friends making me feel really good about myself. My confidence has risen and I'm dressing up again. No more L size clothes! <BR> <BR> Team if I can do it, then definitely You can!! Stay true to yourself and your goals!! <BR> <BR> So share about your weight loss or having any problems still. Share your secrets and your woes:) Tue, 30 Dec 2008 02:47:07 EST Passing of Leadership Hi Team, <BR> <BR> When I first searched for Shih Tzu Clubs, I was surprised that no such team existed which prompted me to start off this team. I remember in the first few weeks, I only had so few members. Being selected as a featured team attracted more attention. I"m very thankful to the first few members who were there offering support and aiding the team as it is today. A great thanks to all of you as well for keeping this team alive. This team is a good exemplary that all members are "... Tue, 30 Dec 2008 02:13:47 EST Sasha and Samson Hi All! <BR> <BR> I recently joined the Shih Tzu Club and I'm very excited at finding others who share my love for our little furry owners! Sasha and Samson are both 4 mos. old now and are full of bounce and attitude. Lord, but I didn't know that puppies could be so rambunctious! It's like having toddlers all over again! But I love the little ones anyway, in spite of their annoying habit of eating paper constantly. Potty training is ongoing, and if anyone has ANY suggestions on how to ac... Sun, 28 Dec 2008 00:01:03 EST Thank you team! Thank you so much to all of you who have expressed their confidence in me on becoming co-leader. Your sparkmails showing your vote of confidence and support is overwhelming and heart warming! <BR> <BR> We are going to kick it up a few notches starting January and I aim to get us all working together with the goal of dropping a few and shaping up for summer! <BR> <BR> 2009 will be a challenging year, to say the least and it will in all of our best interest to work on being & staying health... Fri, 26 Dec 2008 11:28:32 EST Pug Meet Pics 12-14-08 (with one Shih Tzu!) We signed up for and attended two doggy play dates this weekend. So much fun! Here are pics of the pug meet, including some of our Shih Tzu, Murphy. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 14 Dec 2008 22:10:41 EST My Shih Tzu just "shih tzu-ed" on the floor! I am so frustrated! My Shih Tzu just had ANOTHER accident in the house! She is over a year old now and is still (apparently) not fully housebroken. She had an accident at my parents house over Thanksgiving and now this. That makes two accidents in a week! SO FRUSTRATING. I love her to death but I am seriously at my wits end! <em>28</em> <BR> <BR> I know Shih Tzus are notoriously hard to housebreak, so I'm wondering - HOW did you do it? I have seriously tried everything with my litt... Wed, 3 Dec 2008 17:43:58 EST Hello I Love My Shih Tzu Kiki, She is such a sweet heart. She will be turning 1 Dec 12. She is part of the family. <BR> This was her first Thanksgiving! <BR> <BR> We are glad to be part of the team here at Spark! Fri, 28 Nov 2008 01:10:07 EST Xadyr's Windy Day Poor XAdyr. He is just a little guy (about 10lbs) <BR> <BR> A couple days ago we were having extremely high winds (40-60mph) well Little Xadyr runs outside sniffs around, and lifts his leg to pee on a particularly sweet spot. <BR> <BR> At the same time he lifts his leg a massive gust of wind blows through. The wind knocks Xadyr over, and he rolls about 3 times. He stands up, looks in the direction of the wind, as if he was looking for the culprit, then tucks his butt down and runs as fast... Wed, 19 Nov 2008 23:41:26 EST Midwest ShihTzu Owner Hello all, Im Loca. I live in Nerbaska and i have a 21month old Shih Tzu named Xadyr (Zay-Der) <BR> <BR> Ive only been on Sparkpeople for a week or so, but i have been losing wieght on my own for 3 months now, using the Weight Watchers plan. <BR> <BR> Its nice ot meet you all!! Sat, 15 Nov 2008 10:38:34 EST Harley's halloween photo for a good chuckle check out my little Harley's halloween photo on my Spark page...I had about three more I wanted to post but I just cannot get the site to upload them <BR> some of you may recall that this past summer my Harley had three surgeries in two months to remove small bumps on his abdomen and left leg that were mast cell you can see from the photo he is alive, well, and cute as ever Wed, 5 Nov 2008 11:09:27 EST Hi I am new to sparks !!! Hi My name is Amy I live in the sunny state of Washington LOL any way I love Shih-tzus ... I have 7 <BR> there such a big part of are family.. There always happy to see us and come up to us first thing in the <BR> morning for there loving ... Or it may just be that they want there breakfast!! I got a beautiful red with a black mask for my b-day she is the love of everyone she is such a sweet little girl..her name is <BR> Ginger.. She joined are family just fine.. we had a puppy for one of a... Wed, 22 Oct 2008 11:54:58 EST Does your Shih Tzu like to exercise? Got a big blast out of my clown, Bruiser today. He got down on the floor with me while I was strength training. I've been having a hard time getting into a routine doing regular strength training. It's my weak area. He was a crack up. Every time my head went down on the floor he thought it was play time and rolled and rolled and pawed playfully at me. He was funny. Just love the puppy playfulness of this breed. Anyone else exercise with their Shih Tzus? <BR> DebbB Tue, 7 Oct 2008 17:24:12 EST Two Little Angels Hi, my name is BJ and I live in the Atlanta area. I have two Shih Tzus, a little 6 year old black and white boy named Frodo and a little two year old tan and white girl named Rosie. They are absolutely my best friends. Will post pics on my Spark Page as soon as I figure out this new camera I just bought. Thu, 25 Sep 2008 12:47:01 EST ME & MAGGIE MAE My name is Nancy and I just joined this team a few days ago. My husband and I adopted little Maggie Mae last spring and she is the sweetest little dog we've ever owned! She was born on Valentine's Day, 2008 and is truly the love of our lives!! <BR> <BR> Hope you have a wonderful week and if things don't turn out the way you hoped they would, well don't worry, your little Shih-tzu will still love you!! Sun, 7 Sep 2008 23:27:57 EST Halloween puppy pictures!! I go crazy every Halloween buying costumes or decorative collars for my two dogs (shih tzu, Harley and lhasa apso, Sophie) <BR> I thought it would be fun if others on this site want to post pictures of their puppies dressed up.. <BR> I'll post my puppie's pictures on my spark page in October..anyone want to do the same? Thu, 4 Sep 2008 23:41:03 EST Roxie - "woof" Me (interpreter) - "Hi" I just joined Sparks the other day. Just figured I'd say hi. I of couse had to join this team considering all the time I sepnd loving, grooming, walking, grooming, training, grooming, going to shows, grooming and, o did I mention, grooming these guys that I should obviously join the Shih Tzu team! <BR> <BR> I have one Shih Tzu 5 1/2 year old Roxie. She's amazing. There are 13 of these wonderful dogs in my family, all in the same city (11 or which are less than 5 blocks apart! lol!) So it get... Thu, 4 Sep 2008 13:00:09 EST Mutt Strut Hi everyone! I hope I'm not breaking any rules but I just signed up to do the Mutt Strut. It is a fund raiser to help raise money for PAWS here in Philadelphia, PA. My daughter and I are going strut our doggies around for 1.5 miles around a park in an effort to raise money for PAWS and help save some lives so some adorable puppies and kitties can find a forever home. My mom might even join us and rent a mutt for a day to help raise some money (her puppy is to old to do this walk). <BR> <BR>... Tue, 26 Aug 2008 00:08:29 EST Harley...round 2 Last month I had made several posts about my 2 and a half year old shih tzu and the fact that he had to have two surgeries for a small growth on his abdomen that was a mast cell cancer <BR> Well, last Wednesday he had his third surgery in 33 days to remove a very small bump on his left hind leg and it was another mast cell tumor <BR> My vet has placed a call to an animal oncologist he knows to get suggestions... <BR> I'm handling this latest round a little better...and slowly trying to resign... Mon, 25 Aug 2008 22:10:38 EST Saved my Dog Thurday! My dog started choking on his food Thurs. night. I tried to get him to stop chocking and fortunately it worked but I didn't do it right and it injured him. Fortunately he just has bad bruises and has to have some pain meds. As the vet says they can fix "broken ribs" (which he thankfully doesn't have) but they can't fix a dead dog. He suggested a book by the Red Cross call "Dog First Aid". I got it and it is a very good book and comes with a DVD. I would highly recommend learning Dog Fir... Sun, 24 Aug 2008 22:02:36 EST Let Me Introduce Myself Hello fellow Shih Tzu lovers. My name is Noelle and I have a year old Shih Tzu / Pekingnese (Shinese) named Kingston. He is literally my 4th child and we couldn't have asked for a better puppy. I look forward to getting to know you all. Sun, 24 Aug 2008 09:46:45 EST i'm back i'm not running any marathons yet, and i spent 2 weeks in the hospital because of the surgery but i am back home and ready to get back in to the swing of things. i actually lost a few pounds during this time away. yea!! <BR> i will be laid up for awhile and can only walk distances with a walker for awhile, and i still have alot of pain going on. it has been decided though that the fall i took over the 4th of july did not help my situation any, and i had to have 3 pints of blood after the sur... Tue, 19 Aug 2008 23:40:13 EST Nail grinders? Hi, does anyone out there use a nail grinder to cut their dog's nails? If so, how do you like it? I fully groom my dog myself and I swear he tries to kill me when I cut his nails. I've thought about ordering a nail grinder from (I love that site, it's a groomer wholesaler) but I don't know how effective they are with little dogs like Shih Tzu's? They market them for all sizes of dogs, they have different size grinding stones. Fortunately my dog has white claws so that current... Fri, 15 Aug 2008 13:53:05 EST My scared Holly Hi everyone. I'm starting to have some little problems with my Shih Tzu Holly now when I walk her. She is starting to get really skittish when I walk her. It's pretty bad in the park. It's when there are kids around, riding bikes, skateboards, roller skates or just running. She gets very skittish and tries to run the opposite direction of them or in between my legs. She's never had a bad experience with any of the above so I'm not understanding where it's coming from. She's also always ... Wed, 13 Aug 2008 10:17:47 EST MAY NOT BE ABLE TO CHECK IN THANK YOU FOR ALL THE SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGING WORDS. <BR> <BR> IM SWITCHING PHONE SERVICE AND INTERNET PROVIDERS SO I MAY NOT BE ABLE TO LOG IN FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS. ILL SURE HAVE ENOUGH TO SHARE BY THEN. <BR> I HOPE THAT EVERYONE HAS A GREAT TWO WEEKS WHILE IM GONE. <BR> <BR> IM GOING TO KEEP UP WITH THE EXERCISES AND DIET WHILE NOT LOGGING IN. <BR> Wed, 13 Aug 2008 07:27:27 EST FINALLY LOST WEIGHT I FINALLY SAW SOME GOOD WEIGHT LOSS. I LOST 12 LBS. IM VERY HAPPY TO BE SEEING RESULTS. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE ENCOURAGEMENT. <em>248</em> <em>9</em> Sun, 10 Aug 2008 08:23:17 EST HUMILIATING ACCIDENT WASNT SURE WHERE TO STICK THIS STORY. SO I MADE A NEW TOPIC. HERE GOES. THE OTHER DAY SOMEONE DROPPED OFF A VERY LARGE DOG IN MY FENCED IN YARD. TRIED TO KEEP HIM BUT WAS AFRAID FOR THE LITTLE DOGS. LAST NIGHT I TOOK THE DOG TO THE ASPCA. THERE ARE CAGES THAT OPEN UP ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE BUILDING. ONCE THE DOOR IS SHUT THE ANIMAL IS INSIDE THE SHELTER. WHEN PLACING AN ANIMAL THERE YOUR SUPPOSE TO LEAVE A NOTE TELLING THE NAME AND AGE, ETC.. I PUT THE DOG IN THE EXTRA LARGE CAGE AT THE BOTTOM... Fri, 1 Aug 2008 15:45:00 EST Love my Shih Tzu Hi everyone, <BR> I was excited to learn of a Shih Tzu Team. I have an angel with a tail named Jack. We adopted Jack from a shelter March 13. They have estimated his birthday as Sept. 1. So he is just a little over 10 months. He is the first dog I have had since I was a child. I cannot imagine life without him. Look at my spark page to see a picture of Jack. :) <BR> Kate Thu, 31 Jul 2008 02:16:07 EST Awesome music web site..check it out Do you go to the gym a you listen to your Ipod while walking your dogs? If you are like me you are probably always looking for new music. <BR> My son told me about an incredible web have to register to use it but it is safe and you won't get spam or other is totally legit. <BR> It is a free internet radio site that uses the music genome "create a station" using a song or an artist that you like and the site comes up with suggestions for other music yo... Wed, 30 Jul 2008 08:59:26 EST NEW TO THE GROUP HI, IM FROM ELKHART, INDIANA. I HAVE LOVED SHI-TZU'S <BR> FOR QUITE A FEW YEARS. I HAVE A SHI-TZU THAT IS 15 YEARS OLD. SHES MY BABY. HER NAME IS TIFFANY. I NAMED HER THAT BECAUSE SHE ACTS LIKE SHE SPOILED. SHE REMINDS ME OF THE STORE TIFFANY'S. SPOILED ROTTEN. IVE BEEN FIGHTING A VERY HARD DECISION, WHEN IS IT TIME TO PUT A PET DOWN? I JUST HAD TO PUT DOWN MY OTHER DOG ABOUT 4 MONTHS AGO AND THATS NOT SOMETHING I WANT TO GO THROUGH AGAIN VERY SOON. TIFFANY HAS LOST MOST OF HER HEARING. IF YO... Sun, 27 Jul 2008 10:18:37 EST Hey Guys! I have a 14 month old shit-zu His name is Xabi - He is named after one of fave football (um, soccer) players from Liverpool FC. <BR> <BR> He is the chillest dog who ever was made. Total lap-dog, could care less about exercise though my daughter gives him short walks. <BR> <BR> I have a single 8-year old daughter and Xabi has completely changed her life. He is there whenever she wants to cuddle (all the time) and he sleeps with her. <BR> <BR> I am sooo thankful to have him in our lives. <BR> <BR> Gabby Sun, 27 Jul 2008 08:43:59 EST Harley's pathology report Today we got the patho report back from my little Harley's second surgery <BR> the mast cell tumor has now been completely removed... <BR> I feel like I just had a fifty pound weight taken off me.... <BR> he has an area of swelling at the lower end of the incision which is probably a seroma or maybe a hernia...we are going to re-evaluate the area in a few weeks.. <BR> thanks to each and everyone of you who helped me get through this stressful is amazing how the support of people yo... Tue, 22 Jul 2008 17:11:19 EST I need help with Harley!!!! Some of you may have read my post regarding my 2 and a half year old shih tzu Harley...he has mast cell cancer....a small tumor was excised from his right ventral abdomen about two weeks ago...this past Thursday he had another surgery to try to remove more cancerous tissue...the incision is about 4 inches long and this time they removed some muscle too....he has no external stitches but does have internal is my problem and I'm wondering if any of you have any suggestions base... Sat, 19 Jul 2008 12:43:54 EST Hi everyone! I'm so happy I found this group! I am Linda, and my roomie is a 14 month old comic/lunatic/snuggler named Betty Boop. She is my first dog and I have been completely in love with her since I got her a year ago. She's currently sleeping against the side of my leg, oh what a tough life she has... Sat, 12 Jul 2008 18:11:21 EST Just found out my shih tzu has cancer On Monday my 2yr. 8 mo. old shih tzu Harley had a small growth removed from his abdomen....I felt sure, because he is so young and healthy acting, that it would be benign. <BR> This morning the vet called to tell me otherwise. He has mast cell cancer and the patho. report states that the tumor cells extended to the edges of the he has to have another surgery next Thursday to excise a larger amount and hopefully get all of the cancer out....from what I have read so far it sounds ... Thu, 10 Jul 2008 17:42:49 EST for owners of multiples! Hello to all my shih-tzu lovers. I have two questions. #1 -- My Bonny was our first, queen of the house, went everywhere with us, etc. When we bought Clyde, she got mad and pouted. She seemed to "bully" him and he is very submissive to her. Now they have children. Bonny seems to "pick" on at least one of them per day. She doesn't hurt them nor go after them seriously aggressively or anything, but it is annoying to watch her pick on them. We plan to sell 2 of them, but plan to keep 1. Clyde ha... Wed, 2 Jul 2008 11:32:38 EST new to group Hi, <BR> <BR> New to this group. I have 1 Shih Tzu. She is about to turn 2 and is very spoiled. I, also, live with 2 other dogs ( 1 is a puppy 7 1/2 weeks old her former owner almost starved her to death), 3 ferrets, & 2 sugar gliders. 2 young boys, my daughter, son-in-law, & my son. Sugar , my Shih Tzu thinks she is the queen of the house she even growls at the "pit" <BR> Need the extra support to loose some extra weight gained after kids and a lot of other emotional problems <em>213</em>... Wed, 2 Jul 2008 01:07:15 EST [new member] Grieving my shih tzu... Hello, everyone! I love shih tzus. I've had three very special pups in my life. Seventeen years ago, my family bought Princess. She was the first puppy I ever had and was the sweetest thing ever. Years later, we bought a male shih tzu whose birthday happened to be on Halloween, so we fittingly named him Spirit. Soon, Princess had her first litter of puppies! They went on to have a second litter, and my parents let me keep one puppy for my own - Lucky! Three shih tzus sure were a handful. But ... Sun, 29 Jun 2008 12:21:42 EST Hi - I'M New Hi, <BR> <BR> My name is Cindy. I just found this group after having seen it listed on another member's sparkpage. <BR> <BR> I have a handsome 14 year old little Shih-Tzu, just turned 14 last month. He is my "other" little son and a big part of my life. He has the most beautiful blue eyes, though hard to tell in pictures. But, he is full of love and my life is a little more enriched because of my real son, my hubby and my four-legged little son. <BR> <BR> I have had my Shih-Tzu since... Wed, 25 Jun 2008 23:06:45 EST Happy Birthday Judy! <em>236</em> <em>144</em> <em>146</em> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> <em>177</em> <em>191</em> <em>247</em> <BR> HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET JUDY! HOPE YOU ARE HAVING A FANTASTIC DAY! <em>236</em> <em>144</em> <em>146</em> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> <em>177</em> <em>191</em> <em>247</em> <BR> HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET JUDY! HOPE YOU ARE HAVING A FANTASTIC DAY! <em>236</em> <em>144</em> <em>146</em> <em>107</em> <em>179</em> <em>177</em> <em>191</em> <em>247</em> <BR> HAPPY BIRTHDAY SW... Tue, 17 Jun 2008 13:29:01 EST New to this group Hi everyone! I'm new to this group but not the site. I'm also on the dog lovers group. <BR> <BR> I have one shih tzu and I love her to death! She is about to turn 8 months. I also have 3 other dogs but shhhh....don't tell the others that my Holly (the shih tzu) is my <BR> <BR> Sat, 14 Jun 2008 09:23:37 EST Hi I am new I am excited to find a Shih Tzu team. I got Charlie my Shih Tzu when he was 9 weeks old. He is 14 months old now and I love him so much. He has such character and is so full of life and energy. We have started jogging together and he has such a smile on his face while we are out. It is tough for me to jog but am getting better at it. Hope it will help in the weight loss. I also have a cat which Charlie loves. It is so much fun to watch them rolling around on the ground playing together... Tue, 10 Jun 2008 08:45:46 EST i finally found you! Yay! i finally found you! i have been on spark for almost a month. i work full time so not much time for the internet. i finally had some free time today and was searching some of the teams and found you. <BR> <BR> to introduce us. my name is melissa and i am 44 and you can read my spark page to learn all about me. <BR> <BR> i bought my first shih-tzu about 10 years ago. her name was shelby and we lost her about 5 years ago. boohoo! <BR> <BR> our current brood. <BR> bonny 2 1/2 years <BR... Tue, 3 Jun 2008 19:00:42 EST Back on the wagon Well good morning all...I have been floundering for awhile now but am back and ready to go again..Had a couple of weeks there that life got in the way and wasn't able to focus on me.. Tue, 3 Jun 2008 07:38:54 EST Costly Wellness Check Up for my Shih Tzu Hi everyone! <BR> I just spent almost $300 at my Vet's office for a wellness check up for one of my 2 Shih Tzu. It was time for his vaccinations. Well, I have heard so much about vaccinations that I was concerned about even getting them. So, I talked to the Vet and we decided to do Titers for distemper and parvo, before we decide whether to give him the vaccination boosters. He had the 3 year rabies vaccine and the one to protect against lyme disease. I asked that they do their thorough ... Thu, 29 May 2008 18:50:16 EST Joining your team! Hey Everyone! My name is Connie, I'm not knew to sparks but new to shih tzu's and this team! Had been spending time over at the Dog Lovers team but decided to look into breed specific teams. I have a yorkie, 2 yr old Gracie Mae and she just got a sister 6 weeks ago. We added a shih tzu that we named Sissie Mae. Gracie fell in love with her and Sissie has grown to love her back. The first couple of weeks, I think Sissie just didn't know what to think about all the changes in her life. But now,... Sat, 24 May 2008 17:07:09 EST Team Goals Hi Team, <BR> <BR> I was thinking that we should set team goals to keep ourselves motivated and to have something more to work towards.. <BR> <BR> Since it is a Shih Tzu club and a weight loss team, maybe something to do with that?? <BR> <BR> Do post back telling me what you think our team goals should be?? I hajve a few in my mind but I want it to be a team thingy:) Mon, 19 May 2008 10:15:50 EST Mothers Day Hope you all have a great day. Enjoy the day with your Tzu babies.. Sun, 11 May 2008 15:48:21 EST Gotten Lazy!!! Good morning everyone!!! This has been a tough week for me..Husband had a birthday and I think I must have thought it was a time for me to just go all out myself..I have gotten lazy and had no motivation...Help me get it back!!!!!! <em>15</em> Mon, 5 May 2008 07:58:39 EST my runt My little female doggy is a runt. And I would say she is about 6 to 7lbs or smaller. She is like a puppy forever. <BR> I feel her hip bones and her spine sticking out. She its well. So I am wondering if this is normal for her or how or what can I do to make her fatten up. She is the best eater out of my four. <BR> Her father you can feel the spine in his back too and same for her grandfather. <BR> My female the mother you cant and either with her brother who is heavier and bigger then them al... Sun, 4 May 2008 13:41:35 EST Going to the Vet today Isabel has a pink bump on her eyelid so we are going to the vet. It could be an infection or a sty or who knows. She HATES the vet and she's just a little girl and I hate watching her struggle. Poor baby. <BR> <BR> Any tricks for making the trip easier for everyone? Thu, 1 May 2008 09:53:42 EST CHECK IT OUT! I hope you'll check out the new team I started today called, "THE BIRTHDAY CLUB". I thought it'd be a fun way to wish someone a happy birthday on their special day! <BR> <BR> HUGS, <BR> NANCY MC <BR> <em>236</em> Mon, 21 Apr 2008 11:03:51 EST I'm A "NEWBIE" Hi Shih-tzu Lovers!! I'm so happy I found a site that is devoted to Shih-tzu lovers!! I'm the proud owner of a little 10# Brindle Shih-tzu named "Maggie". She was born on Valentine's Day last year and is the love one of the love's of my life! My husband would get jealous if I told you she IS the love of my life!! HA!! Anyway, I just wanted to say "HI" <em>213</em> and to also let you know a little bit about myself. I'm the Team Adm. for the team called, "CROCHET SWAP" which I started... Sat, 19 Apr 2008 15:57:45 EST I'm A "NEWBIE" Hi Shih-tzu Lovers!! I'm so happy I found a site that is devoted to Shih-tzu lovers!! I'm the proud owner of a little 10# Brindle Shih-tzu named "Maggie". She was born on Valentine's Day last year and is the love one of the love's of my life! My husband would get jealous if I told you she IS the love of my life!! HA!! Anyway, I just wanted to say "HI" <em>213</em> and to also let you know a little bit about myself. I'm the Team Adm. for the team called, "CROCHET SWAP" which I started... Sat, 19 Apr 2008 15:56:51 EST Polly doesn't look like a shih tzu. Help! Eight months ago I bought Polly from who I thought was a reputable breeder. When I first went to see Polly she lived in the most immaculate conditions and you could really tell that she (and her brothers and sisters) were very well cared for. I have been to other breeders where the living quarters were not so desirable. In any case, my question is this. I have had Polly for 8 months and she looks nothing like any shih tzu I've had or seen. I love my Polly. I don't want another dog, but I paid... Tue, 15 Apr 2008 20:44:36 EST Newbie here Hi! Another shih tzu lover here! I have a shih tzu. She is 8 months old and her name is Polly. Tue, 15 Apr 2008 20:31:12 EST Dogster anyone? Are any of you members of dogster? If you are not it is a great sight for dog lovers. I am on there with my pup Jonas. Just wondering if any of my pals on there are on here. Sat, 5 Apr 2008 16:22:02 EST Hello there I have four shih tzu's. The mom named Misty, Snuggles the dad, Minnie the daughter and then the son Boi. <BR> They are my babies like I am sure are all of yours. They have some personalities that make you smile. <BR> Most of the time they just sleep all day long. They are not much of an outside dog. <BR> We should do a calender up for I know my four are so adorable or maybe I am just saying that for I am their mom...LOL <BR> Nice to be here and hope to get to know you all. <BR> Sat, 5 Apr 2008 14:54:32 EST "Asthma" attacks Sometimes when I first walk in the door to great Isabel she gets SO excited that she goes into a breathing fit and does that reverse breathing, snorting thing. I call it having an asthma attack. It can happen whenever she gets really excited about something. Does this happen to your babies? Wed, 2 Apr 2008 20:56:25 EST New Food I would like to challenge us all to try a new healthy food this week.Let's see what we can come up with!!!! Fri, 21 Mar 2008 21:23:09 EST Pickles anyone? I was eating a dill pickle last night and our puppy Bella wanted a bite sooooooo bad. I gave her a tiny bite, thinking for sure she would spit it right out. But I should have known better - she crunched it up and swallowed and whined for more! What a silly dog! Anyone else's dog like pickles? Fri, 21 Mar 2008 15:21:29 EST Something to Share.. Have a recipe that you can try out for your dogs:) <BR> <BR> Ingredients: <BR> Sweet Potato (about 120g) <BR> Egg White - 1 <BR> Flour - 130g <BR> Honey - 1 tsp <BR> <BR> Preheat the oven to 180 cel <BR> Cook sweet potao in water until soft. Peel and mash them up <BR> Stir in the egg white and mix well <BR> Mix the honey is some water <BR> Fold in the sifted flour slowly and knead in the dough. Add a little of the honey water to help the dough form <BR> Roll the dough into pencil size thick... Fri, 21 Mar 2008 11:24:16 EST She's not a dog, she's an Ellie or that's what she thinks anyway. And I'm Robin. I'm fairly new to the site but loving it so far. So glad I found this group - I've been reading through some of the posts and they sound sooo familiar. Aren't shih tzus great - I love Ellie's personality. It's just me and her so needless to say she is my baby. Tue, 18 Mar 2008 19:59:01 EST Cool Group!! Hi everyone! My name is Kimberly and I was just searching for groups for dog lovers and I seen this group and had to join immediately! I have a 7 year old shih tzu and I absolutely love him! I got him for my 19th birthday after about a year of begging for a dog. By far the best present I have ever received! I look forward to reading everyone's stories about their shih tzus! Mon, 17 Mar 2008 18:18:32 EST Hello to all you Shih Tzu lovers! So glad to have found you. My friend gilligalue told me about this team and I just had to join you. I have a 9 month old black and white Shih Tzu named Charly. He's my very first one and I just love this little guy so much! He's such a joy to be around and makes me laugh and tugs at my heartstrings everyday. Aren't they wonderful little dogs?? I hope to post messages often and learn about all of you and your little furbabies. Hugs! Sun, 16 Mar 2008 21:42:37 EST Hair cuts Our puppy Bella got her first grooming last week, and , boy were we shocked! She went from a long haired black puppy with grey color in her undercoat to a blaxk and gray spotted puppy! She looks like someone had two paintbrushes, one black and one gray, and they just painted spots all over her body. The two other dogs didn't recognize her when she came back, and barked at her. it took almost a full day before they would play with her again..poor Bella! But she is still cute! Fri, 14 Mar 2008 15:10:35 EST Shih Tzu races Every morning around 10 and again in the evening around 7, our three Shih Tzus partake in their daily ritual races. The puppy usually takes the lead and then the others race after her. The run down the hall around the kitchen island, sliding around all the corners, back down the hallway, around the couch and then back to the kitchen for the next lap. They probably do 5-6 laps and then they have to stop and drink some water and then flop down on the doggie bed and take a nap. Does anyone el... Thu, 6 Mar 2008 16:41:39 EST How is your doggie keeping up? We are not only the ones that need the exercise. Our doggies do as well.. <BR> <BR> So clock in the time that your doggie walks for that day with you. Hey its a win-win situation:) <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Mar 2008 10:24:00 EST Icky day... What a day this started out to be..Was awake from 2am with back hurting..Up with heating pad getting a cold my chest hurts..Husband went to work.. The only one who loves me is Frankie!!!!!Poor pitiful me where is the chocolate!!!!!!! <em>255</em> Tue, 4 Mar 2008 11:56:37 EST Another Shih Tzu lover! Proud mom of two! Charlie 7.5 yrs old and Abby 3 yrs old! I will have to put a pic of them on my page. So great having a Shih Tzu team here! Mon, 3 Mar 2008 13:07:42 EST Shih Tzu Fan! Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> Shih Tzu fan here. Growing up we had a black and white shih tzu named Alex, sadly a month after I graduated from high school we had to put him to sleep. He was very old, it was horrible. We'd had him since I was about 3 or 4 years old. <BR> <BR> About a year later my parents bought another shih tzu, we've named him Oden...Odie for short. Then when my sister went off to college another year later my parents bought another shih tzu...we named him Marty. <BR> <BR... Wed, 27 Feb 2008 18:46:50 EST Low cost vaccinations & micro chipping at Petco... I just wanted to give some info that I found helpful... <BR> My Peaches just got a 3 year rabies shot at Petco for $5 + the cost of county tag fee/registration. They also had micro chipping for $29 + registration and vaccine packages. If you want info check out Luv my pet <link> </link> For vaccines and your local Petco for times and dates of events. Mon, 25 Feb 2008 10:11:24 EST Hello! Hi everyone! Happily surprised to see a team of Shih Tzu lovers on SparkPeople! <BR> I am a 'mom' to two male Shih Tzu, named Obi (age 2 yr) and Merlin (will be 3 yr old March 4). They are my pride and joy. And a lot of work! But a labor of love. That's baby Merlin that I am holding in my arms in the picture. As you can see in the pic, mommy needs to lose a lot of weight. One of my BIG goals is to be healthy enough to be able to take them for a walk in our neighborhood, which is impossi... Sun, 24 Feb 2008 18:04:54 EST wine & seafood We came to the beach again this weekend to our fav.RV park for their annual Wine & Seafood's always a great time..Get to see old friends that always come and meet new ones ..Neither of us drinks wine but love the food..It's a big potluck everybody brings seafood dish and wine and have fun..Weather was great little cool but no rain had a bonfire. Of course you mingle all weekend too and one couple have a 9 week old Tzu that is the same coloring as Frankie and now I got a glimpse of ... Sun, 24 Feb 2008 09:43:04 EST I am OWNED by my dog Hi everyone..I was thrilled to find this can visit my Spark Page to see px. of Harley my 2 year old bundle of Shih Tzu love....Honestly, it is kind of sickening how much I love this little guy <BR> He has a vested interest in my attempts at weight loss as he has accompanied me on many a walk (we are well suited for walking together as his short legs are a good match for mine) <BR> Success and healthy dogs to us all Wed, 20 Feb 2008 23:02:54 EST Hello Hi There, <BR> I joined Spark People Jan 29th, making slow and steady progress! I really think that this is an awesome web site and I am so grateful to Chris for keeping it up and free! <BR> Now a tad about me. I am 47, retired from the work force and I have the cutest little Black and white Shih Tzu puppy! His name is Noda! He is 6 years old. He is such a joy to have around. Just follows me every where I go! So I thought I have to join this group soon as I saw it! So Hi to every... Sat, 9 Feb 2008 14:08:26 EST Little Kenadie Anyone seen this adorable little girl?! <BR> <BR><BR>Eg <BR> <BR> I had to rewatch in the middle when they show her next to a shi tzu, amazing. Thu, 7 Feb 2008 09:17:55 EST Gotta Love That Pup! Hey ladies! <BR> <BR> I joined SP about a week ago and love it! I gained 50 lbs from being pregnant and need to lose it! <BR> <BR> My shih-tzu's name is Bennie. He's a year and half old and awesome! I couldn't ask for a better dog. Wed, 6 Feb 2008 12:02:22 EST New to this, appreciate help Hi to all you Shih Tzu lovers. I'm not sure how to use this,so I'd appreciate pointers. I'm trying to lose 150#. I love dogs especially the shih tzu and have 3. Annie, Abigail and Moi. Love to hear from you! Have a great day!. J in Coos Bay Wed, 6 Feb 2008 09:47:40 EST ABC's Lost Anyone watch? I just created a sparkteam called "Lost - the television series" come and join if you are interested in discussing with other losties such as myslef. Mon, 4 Feb 2008 14:36:07 EST Hi everyone I joined about a week ago, but this is my first post. I have two Shih Tzus...who are very spoiled..imagine that! I am very excited to have found this website, and would like to lose about 40 pounds. Mon, 4 Feb 2008 14:05:09 EST It's Monday!!!! Well it's back to work today which ia almost a good much sitting over the weekend!!!! But I did not overdo on the food esp. during the game yesterday!!!! Frankie does not like football at all he disappeared to the bedroom till it was over. Hr'd lay on the bed and look at us but thats where he stayed...He doesn't like yelling so think thats what it is... to much cheering...... Mon, 4 Feb 2008 07:52:42 EST Happy Friday Happy Friday to you all and all your furry friends!!! Hope you all had a good week and even better weekend..If you watch the big game on Sunday do lots of jumping and hopping around to get in extra exercise!!!!! Fri, 1 Feb 2008 09:05:31 EST Hi--New Shih Tzu Club Member from Colorado! Hi All, I just joined this team. <BR> <BR> We have a very special Shih Tzu-Poodle mix named Princess Clare. And yes, she expects to be treated like a Princess! Clare is 4 years old and very spoiled! <BR> <BR> In fact, she's so spoiled that when we adopted our little Terrier mix from Animal Welfare because we thought Clare needed a sister, we found out--even over 2 years later--that Clare should have been an only child. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> We love them both and Lizzie, the Terrier, is ... Thu, 31 Jan 2008 21:55:42 EST hello everyone I am new here. And I am not proficient on message boards. But we do have something in common: We love our Shih Tzu's and we want to lose weight. Good luck to all of you on your weight loss journey. Wed, 30 Jan 2008 11:03:12 EST This is sooo cute Wed, 30 Jan 2008 10:50:43 EST We are a Featured Team :) Just wanted to inform you all.. <em>244</em> Wed, 30 Jan 2008 04:37:36 EST Cary, NC new member What a fun idea for a team! My shih tzu is a two year old named Oliver. He enjoys walking with me, I often warm up with a 20 minute Ollie walk before I move on to jogging. His kisses make doing any on the floor exercises hard, but he is getting better at going into a down stay when I tell him to while I do my crunches (or whatever). Tue, 29 Jan 2008 18:22:36 EST New from Oregon Hello everyone and all your canine friends too! My name is Hannah, I have a 9 yr old son, a 71 yr old mom, 6 cats and 3 Shih Tzus in my house. Life is quite busy, but I wouldn't change a thing. <em>224</em> Tue, 29 Jan 2008 15:31:11 EST new from MD Hi all, I saw this group and had to join. I too have a shih-tzu and his name is Bandit- he is the love of my life...other than my husband. I am from MD, and looking for support in my weight loss struggles ;-P <BR> <BR> Thanks! Tue, 29 Jan 2008 14:58:29 EST Hi All What a great club to be a part of. <BR> I am looking for some people of like intersts who I can also join in our weightloss efforts. <BR> Aslan has been a part of our family for a little over 2 years now and has brought mountains of joy. I would however appreciate tips from those who have been doing this for a long time. I think that a Shih Tzu with a full coat is a beautiful thing. I have tried to do a top knot a few times and he does not like it. I hate for his hair to hang in his fac... Tue, 29 Jan 2008 12:13:07 EST Hello everyone! Hello all Shih Tzu lovers. I'm glad we have two things in common already. I started Sparkpeople early '07 and since Oct of '06 i've lost 25 lbs. I'm still going for 5-10 more. It is so nice to meet you all. <BR> Diana Tue, 29 Jan 2008 08:34:48 EST Hello Everyone! I am a new member, and I also own two shihtzu's and a Yorkie-pom. Kaylie is 6 years old and Max is 5 years old,My yorkie-pom Ella is 6 months old.I am so happy to have found this group,Can't wait to hear form you all. <em>213</em> Tue, 29 Jan 2008 08:30:27 EST Hi from the Kentish 5! Well where do I start I'm Beck and I have 5 lil furbabies. <BR> <BR> They belong to dogster if anyone is interested. <BR> <BR> Is Quinns. And you can find the links to the others from his. <BR> <BR> I havent got any biological children but these lil furbabies ARE my children and the best thing about them is they dont ansa back in words you can understand! Has anyone else notice the tzus do like to whinge a lot if they dont get they're own way or am I just the un... Tue, 29 Jan 2008 04:07:07 EST Good Sunday morning!!! Well one week has passed since going back to work and not bad..Last night was our winter dinner and I did pretty well if I do say so..I planned for it and only ate small bits..It was a Hawaiian buffet..Husband & I shared a piece of cheesecake would have loved to have the whole thing but didn't!! <BR> Frankie got a haircut yesterday and he looks so's amazing will not let it go that long again..Have a great day everyone...Denise Sun, 27 Jan 2008 11:46:51 EST hello everyone hi.i have an 8 mo. old shih tzu. her name is sophie. we call suger alot of times though. she understands that she has 2 is so smart,sweet,and such a little clown. she loves to make me laugh.she is the first shih tzu i have ever really known.i also have 2 beautiful sweet yorkies. 1 year old and a 2 year old. i love them all so much! Sun, 27 Jan 2008 10:00:26 EST Hi to everyone at the Shih Tzu Club! Hi, I just joined the Spark community a couple of days ago and it couldn't have come at a better time. It is tough, but the family is going to get it together so we can Be together a long time, good Lord willing. Anyway, we are blessed to have a 14 year old yorkie named Precious and a crazy 4 year old shih tzu named Cookie. I do love Cookies, so the name is very fitting. She has been such a joy for our family. What a lump of love! Glad this forum is here! Thu, 24 Jan 2008 00:54:18 EST Congrats KTLASERS!! The Shih Tzu team and I would like to congratulate you on your new baby girl, Ellen <em>30</em> <BR> <BR> Glad everything went smoothly:) Take a good rest and hope to see you around soon! <BR> <BR> Much love, <BR> ALL Tue, 22 Jan 2008 23:40:21 EST General Chit Chat Good Morning Everyone. I created this topic for all of us just to chat. It can be about anything or nothing. <BR> <BR> I hope everyone is having a great day. I am feeling a bit under the weather but I did make a doctor's appointment for Thursday. I have been doing much better with my eating and exercise this last week or so. I am really happy about that. Tue, 22 Jan 2008 10:18:30 EST Newbie Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm so glad to find this community. I have an adorable 9 year old Shih Tzu named Oreo (she was black and white when she was a puppy but isn't anymore so I always have to explain her name, lol). <BR> <BR> I live alone (grad student) so I adore having Oreo with me. It's great to have that adorable fuzzy little face looking at me and that fluffy tail wagging when I wake up and when I come home. Oreo is my second shih tzu and I could definitely see having another one some d... Mon, 21 Jan 2008 11:33:02 EST Happy Sunday!!! Good morning all and hope you all have a great week..I am going back to work tomorrow after 2 months off due to surgery so may not be here as much .Will keep up the good work as I am determined....Today is football day but will keep busy in between..Go Chargers!!!!!! Sun, 20 Jan 2008 10:48:50 EST Hello all I'm the proud mom of a 3 year old male Shih Tzu/Maltese mix dog. His name is Colby and slightly spoiled, most days he thinks he's human. <BR> <BR> I've been on SP since July and have lost 43 lbs since joining. I've been on my weight loss journey since April of 2005 and have lost a total of 135 lbs with 18 more to go until I reach my goal. Check out my SP page to see my before pictures and Colby. <BR> <BR> I hope to get to know you all, take care. <BR> <BR> Tabby Wed, 16 Jan 2008 19:38:52 EST New team member! Hello fellow shih tzu lovers! Just introducing myself as I'm new to this team. I'm 23. My SO and I have 2 sons. We also breed shih tzu's. We have 5 of them that we love like our children. We also have 1 smooshy-faced bulldog that couldn't be cuter. Wed, 16 Jan 2008 17:20:16 EST Hi! Hi everyone! I am 22 years old, and a Navy wife! We adopted our shih tzu in Japan! She has quite the personality! Her name is Lucy and she is a little over 2years old! I will put pics of her up once I try and resize them! Good Luck to everyone on reaching their goals!! Tue, 15 Jan 2008 12:22:28 EST Scale dying!!!!! Discovered this morning my battery in scale is dying . Put on a pair of pants that weren't as tight as before so goes to show you can't depend on scales. Tue, 15 Jan 2008 10:31:37 EST Mesage to Team Hi Team, <BR> <BR> The number of members is growing. I'm glad to see Shih Tzu owners from all over coming together to share their pride as well as helping each other. On that note, I would like to thank all of you. From the message boards, i see everyone offering their advices. Some visit just to say a simple hi or to encourage a team member. i frankly think that's great!! <BR> <BR> As the minute challenge board gets bigger, I'm realizing that I'm getting this sense of encouragement which i... Tue, 15 Jan 2008 02:14:53 EST New week Good morning all..a new week is here and I am ready..last week I did passed my goals for exercise and drank my water and recorded my foods and lost 2# then got up this morning and gained one!!!I know that even i# is good but guess I had myself setup for more as this was the first week..I gues I need to up the minutes and tweak the food a bit and get on with it..have a good day everyone Mon, 14 Jan 2008 12:07:06 EST The naughty lil things they do Yesterday was ma bday (10/01) and I ahd a big shock first thing in the morning. Jester had broken my brand new spectacles!! I just bought them less than a week ago and cost me S$200!! But I couldn't be angry with him at all..the thing is I could only find few pieces tht is about 1 plastic lens. I cant find the other one and i'm really worried that he might have swallowed it. Right now, I'm just monitoring him. Thu, 10 Jan 2008 22:04:10 EST Hey Everyone! I just adopted a Lhasa Apso (thought it was a shih tzu/cocker mix) from a shelter and he is an angel. His name is Teddy and he is wonderful. I had a shih tzu for 16 years growing up. She died unexpectedly this past fall and it was positively tragic. But anyways, I just wanted to introduce myself :-) Gotta love the little dogs. Wed, 9 Jan 2008 20:31:52 EST HELP!!!! we took Frankie to vet today as he has not been feeling well for last 2 days..he has diareaha(sp)but has appetite and drinking water..we were given antibiotics as he thinks it maybe colitis but our biggest concern is he acts like he is terrified of something..he really likes to go in the car but going to vet today I thought he was going to hyperventilate he was so thinks that he may be in pain and scared ...any thoughts???? Wed, 9 Jan 2008 18:44:01 EST Showing my pup How would I start the process of competing in dog shows? Wed, 9 Jan 2008 17:13:20 EST hello all!!! I am new here and so glad to find you!!! We have a Shih Tzu that is just a love..Has been alittle under the weather for last several days..What a joy they are tho..this is our first one after having labs always but what a personality he has.. Wed, 9 Jan 2008 11:46:50 EST Hello Team!! I am Krystal!! You can click on my page to see pictures of my 6 month old pup Caesar! he is my baby!! he also keeps me on my toes running after him! <em>198</em> Wed, 9 Jan 2008 11:24:25 EST Just to share yesterday i created my own visual motivator. I cut out snippets form SPARK that motivates me and pasted them in my organiser/diary as i use it yesterday. When i went to write in my appts for today, I saw these snippets and actually felt more motivated. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to share with you.. Mon, 7 Jan 2008 01:29:58 EST Hello from AZ Hi! Annie, Max & I are in Gilbert AZ. We're all three AZ natives, though I'm not sure that's as significant for them since they're dogs. ;o) They are 12 (just turned 1/3) going on three...even without exercise! I really need to get them out there and moving, though! Sun, 6 Jan 2008 00:01:00 EST Hi Hi, hope I'm doint this correctly. I was so excited to see a Shih Tzu Bernie is my very best buddy. I actually have four dogs - all rescues except Bernie, he was a Christmas gift from my sister and niece 5 years ago. My others are a Golden Retriever, Cocker Spaniel and Shih Tzu mix. But Bernie rules the roost and lets everyone know who is in charge. He is a kisser and likes attention. And boy does he get it. <BR> <BR> Anyway, looking forward to getting to know you all. I h... Mon, 31 Dec 2007 19:33:12 EST Issues the real reason everyone joined SP is either to lose the weight or maintain a healthy lifestyle.. <BR> <BR> so this section is for members who want to share their problems, be it weight or motivational, and wish to get more support... Wed, 12 Dec 2007 01:15:06 EST Ask away the questions! have an issue with your puppy that you are not sure on how to handle?? Or have something that you learnt about shih tzu's and want to share with the team?? this is the section for you then.. <BR> <BR> P.s: If you have another puppy besides having a shih tzu, you are also more than welcome to post Tue, 11 Dec 2007 09:34:15 EST Introduction pls:) I started this team so that all the shih tzu owners can share and discuss any topic regarding shih tzus <BR> <BR> I personally have only one doggie named Jester. He's only 5 months old and is my first pet. I can descibe the joy he gives me.He does all these lil naughty things that angers me and yet amuses me.. <BR> <BR> Wed, 5 Dec 2007 04:07:20 EST