Oprahs new puppies

Posted by: Kathy  /  Category: How to care for your Shih-Tzu puppy

Oprah Gets Two New Dogs for Her Birthday!

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Oprah sure knows how to treat herself — she celebrated her 56th birthday on Jan. 29 with two new family members, 14-week-old springer spaniel siblings Sunny and Lauren!

Introducing them to her studio audience, the daytime doyenne said, “I did decide, though, to get myself a little birthday gift this year. Actually, I thought I’d get myself two,” she said. “I want you to meet my two new babies.”

And babies make five for Oprah, who has long been a loud and proud mom to her furry loved ones. She told her audience that Sunny and Lauren were the first springer spaniels in her brood.

The pups came from Chicago’s PAWS, a no-kill shelter where she also met Sadie, a blonde cocker spaniel she adopted last year. She asked the shelter for help finding the springer spaniels. “They just arrived in time for my birthday,” Oprah said. “They could have been euthanized if they weren’t adopted. Can you believe that? And now they’re gonna go home with me.”

The world’s luckiest dogs not only found a fabulous new home, but they also got special gifts to celebrate Oprah’s birthday and their homecoming — sparkly crystal pink collars!


Why a Shih-Tzu in OH?

Posted by: Kathy  /  Category: How to care for your Shih-Tzu puppy

If you want a dog who…

  • Is small, yet sturdy and strong
  • Carries himself with a proud, aristocratic bearing, yet is also happy and playful
  • Doesn’t need much outdoor exercise
  • Is less yappy than many other toy breeds
  • Is usually friendly (at least polite) with strangers
  • Is peaceful with other pets

A Shih Tzu may be right for you.


How to Teach a Puppy Basic Tricks

Posted by: Kathy  /  Category: How to care for your Shih-Tzu puppy

    How to Teach a Puppy Basic Tricks

  1. Step 1

    Teach your dog to sit by gently pushing on its lower back and butt area and repeating “sit, sit”. Do not force your puppy to do so. However, the moment it sits after you say the comment, even if the dog does so for only a moment, give it a treat, pet it, kiss it and show the dog affection and respond verbally very enthusiastically.

  2. Step 2

    Make your puppy lie down. When it is sitting, rub its side and then its belly and push on it gently until it lies down–all while repeating “lie down, lie down”. If the dog has done so, reward the puppy with a treat and an encouraging word and gesture. Repeat the process until the dog lies down on command.

  3. Step 3

    Teach your puppy to roll over by saying “roll over” while gently massaging his or her belly when the dog is lying down on its side and rolling his or her body gently until the animal is lying on its opposite side. Then reward them with a treat or an encouraging word and gesture. Repeat until the dog does so without you touching them.

  4. Step 4

    Teach your puppy to shake hands. Lift one of the dog’s paws when it is sitting and say “shake”. Then give the dog a treat and an encouraging word or gesture. Repeat until the dog raises a paw on command. You can also immediately repeat the trick using the other paw, and say “other hand”.

  5. Step 5

    Teach your puppy to “sing” by saying “sing” and then emitting the equivalent of a dog wail yourself. The dog will learn that this means “singing” and the high pitch will also encourage it to wail in solidarity. If and when the dog does, reward it and repeat this trick until it does it on its own. This is actually a very basic instinct dogs possess as part of their genetic makeup, as they decend from wolves, who howl in response to other wolf howls–to show solidarity.

Tips & Warnings
  • Do not lose your temper at your dog if it does not follow your commands–be patient.
  • If you sense your dog is getting tired or losing interest, it probably is. The attention span of puppies is short.
  • Do not overfeed your dog. An encouraging word can be just as beneficial as food.

Free samples for Shih-Tzus and catalogs

Posted by: Kathy  /  Category: How to care for your Shih-Tzu puppy
Free samples from the web!
company Number
Merrick Pet Deli Pet Treat Sample 1-800-936-3354
Dads Puppy Food Sample 1-800-600-DADS
Kibble Select Dog Food Sample 1-800-FREE-360
Nurture Dog Food Sample 1-800-705-2111
Pedigree Puppy Care Package 1-800-362-5700
Purina Dog or Puppy Chow Sample 1-800-551-3636 Ext. 321
Purina One Dog Food Sample 1-800-787-0078
Triumph Dog Food Sample 1-800-331-5144
Fit-n-Frisky Weight Management Guide 1-800-793-7546
Purina Pro Plan Dog Food Sample(seen on TV) 1-800-433-0500
Lipiderm Anti-itch Product Coupon 1-800-888-3858
Dr Ballards Dog Food (seen in Pet Life) 1-800-808-6060
Pet Products Plus Dog Food 1-800-592-6687
Sojourner Farms Cat and Dog Homemade Pet Food Mix Kit 1-888-867-6567
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Nurture Lamb & Rice Dog Food Sample 1 (800) 705-2111



Dog food recipes for your Shih-Tzu

Posted by: Kathy  /  Category: How to care for your Shih-Tzu puppy

Dog Food Recipes

As I promised you earlier on, here are some great and easy to prepare dog food recipes. Believe me they are tasty doggy meals/treats, and you can’t go wrong with them.

Refer below-

Dog Cook Ease Meal

  • · 6 chicken thighs
  • · 4 cups frozen vegetables (NO onions) 3 tsp. garlic minced
  • · 3 cups oatmeal
  • · 3 cups flour
  • · 3 eggs

Boil chicken pieces, de-bone, puree w/food processor, set aside (use broth from chicken as needed)

Puree vegetables add with chicken (use broth from chicken as needed)

Preheat oven 350

Add garlic, eggs, and hand mix well

Add oatmeal, flour hand mix well

Coat baking pan with non-stick oil (Pam) (first coating only, not needed for next batch) Drop by large heaping tablespoon on cookie sheet (Flatten the dough out a little with spoon)

Bake for 15 min. for chewy 20 min. for brown bottom (they are not made to be real hard)

Beef and Rice Moochies

  • · 1 jar baby-food, dinner, vegetables and beef, strained
  • · 2 1/2 cups flour, all-purpose
  • · 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • · 1 cup rice
  • · 1 package unflavored gelatin
  • · 1 whole egg
  • · 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • · 1 cup powdered milk
  • · 1 package yeast
  • · 1/4 cup warm water
  • · 1 beef bouillon cube

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Mix dry ingredients in large bowl. Add yeast, egg, oil, baby food and dissolved beef bouillon. Mix well. Mixture will be very dry, knead with hands until it forms a ball. Roll out on floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness, cut in 1 or 2 inch circles. Bake on un-greased cookie sheet 30 minutes at 300 degrees.

Store in refrigerator.

Divine Doggy Dinner

  • · 1/2 pound ground beef — or turkey, chicken, lamb
  • · 1/4 cup cooked rice
  • · 1 small potato
  • · 1/4 cup green beans — about 5-8 beans
  • · 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Brown the meat in a pan. When completely cooked, drain the fat. Add the cooked rice; mix well. Set aside. Cut the potato and beans into small bite-sized pieces. Place in a pot with water; bring to a boil. Simmer until veggies are tender (about 15-20 minutes). Drain. Add the vegetables to the meat mixture. Add garlic powder; toss thoroughly under low heat. Let the dinner cool thoroughly before serving to prevent burning.

Yield: about 2 dinners

These should get you started and your dog will just love them. You won’t find them hard to put together, even I can do it! All you need to do is shop for your loved dog, in the same way you would yourself. If you need an extra ingredient you buy it when you do your supermarket shopping- it’s that easy. The recipes I have given you can be thrown together with your eyes closed. Please let me know how you go with them as I am sure your dog will love them. And if you have any other great Dog Food Recipes feel free to share them with everyone by placing them in the comment section below, for all of us to improve our dog’s future diets.

If you are anything like me and you get frustrated almost to the point of wanting to pull your hair out coz you never know what to cook, then all you need are a lot of recipes to choose from. You will never be short of ideas and you can always pick out a new meal so your dog won’t be bored or lack excitement when you put the dog bowl down at meal time. Maybe you should do what I did and go download these Dog Food Recipes for your inspiration.

Just a thought to help make it easier to sort out your cooking menu for your doggy.

Take care.


Grooming tools for your Shih Tzu

Posted by: Kathy  /  Category: How to care for your Shih-Tzu puppy

Having the right tools for the job will make grooming your Shih Tzu much easier.A good brush seems particularly hard to find in most pet shops.Different dogs have different coat textures so it is unlikely one shampoo or brush will suit every Shih Tzu so be prepared to experiment a little.

A good quality pin brush is essential. Make sure the pins are blunt and the cushion is soft.Avoid the brushes with bobbles on the end of the pins,they will break the coat.
Pin Brush
Isinis, a good value bristle brush with a very soft cushion.
Lovely for blow drying the coat.
Isinis bristle brush
Tail comb for top knots and straight partings.This is a “bone” comb, available from branches of “Sally’s” (U.S.A.). tail comb
Untangler comb with rotating teeth. Very good for mats and won’t take out as much undercoat as a metal comb.
Available in most large pet shops.
Untangler combs
Metal comb with blunt teeth.Wide one end,narrow the other.This is a Spratts 80.Just use for feet faces and the final finish or you will remove too much undercoat.Groomex small metal comb,ideal for faces. Metal combs
Orthodontic bands for top knots and whiskers. Available from all of the breed clubs or try your dentist if you run out. bands.jpg (15827 bytes)

Dog People vs. Cat People

Posted by: Kathy  /  Category: How to care for your Shih-Tzu puppy
by Rose Martelli (Subscribe to Rose Martelli’s posts)
Jan 15th 2010 @ 4:00PM Filed Under: Dogs, Cats


Coke vs. Pepsi. Red states vs. blue states. Team Conan vs. Team Leno. Americans never tire of ways to categorize themselves. Recently, science has taken a closer look at one of the most classic of rivalries: Dog people vs. cat people.

In a recent online questionnaire titled the Gosling-Potter Internet Personality Project, a group of researchers, led by psychologist Sam Gosling at the University of Texas at Austin, asked thousands of volunteer participants to gauge their own personality traits in five areas: extroversion, neuroticism, agreeableness, conscientiousness and openness. Respondents also were asked whether they considered themselves to be cat people or dog people.

Those who identified themselves as “dog people” were likelier to score high in the extroversion, agreeableness and conscientiousness columns. “Cat people,” on the other hand, ranked higher in both neuroticism and openness, which in the context of the study meant being creative, quirky and contemplative.

Once you know the findings, it kind of falls into place,” Gosling recently told CNN. “Agreeableness and extroversion — dogs are companionable, they hang out, they like to be with you, they like your company, whereas cats like it for as long as they want it, and then they’re off.”

However, Gosling was also quick to note that opposite results could just as easily read true; a dog’s incessant sniffing might be considered neurotic, for example. In other words, the team’s findings, which will appear in the scientific journal “Anthrozoos” should not be read into too deeply. “It means that if you knew nothing else about them,” Gosling told CNN, “that would be your best guess.”

Gosling claims the information could be most useful in helping people decide which pet is best for them, and in helping develop pet therapies. But that probably won’t stop dog diehards or cat fanciers from using the research to support their own deeply-felt pro-dog or pro-cat preferences.

“Dog people tend to be people who feel the need for more comfort,” John Holcomb, a cat-owning computer technician from South Orange, N.J., told Paw Nation. “The large majority of dog people will say dogs are better because they like to come home and get unconditional love from a dog, which is something that a cat tends not to do. So I’d say that one big difference is that dog people are more needy.”

On the other side of the argument, dog people say they are the better adjusted ones. “Dog people tend to be a lot more social and cat people more loners,” says Jacqueline Broner, a graphic designer in New York City. “Nearly all my cat-people friends are homebodies who like to stay in and retreat. Dog people are out every day, enjoying the fresh air.”

A number of feline-favoring folks cite a cat’s low-maintenance lifestyle as a bonus. “I travel a lot, and cats can take care of themselves for two days,” says Leslie Deak, a patent examiner from Arlington, Va. “Plus, kitty kisses involve far less slobber than doggie kisses.”

Others — especially those who have owned both, or those whose pet ownership is determined by factors like allergies or children in the home — take a more judicious approach.

“I think I’m both cat and dog,” says Jennifer Ray, owner of Washington Avenue Post in St. Louis, Mo. Ray grew up with both types of pet, but has stuck to dogs since she developed cat allergies a few years ago. “I think that dog owners tend to be more outgoing because there are more social activities designed for dogs and their owners, like dog parks.”

The study did not seek to determine whether people are drawn to animals with which they share personality traits, or whether caring for a particular kind of pet can alter a person’s character.

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