Love your DOG!!:):)

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

Love Your Dog

February 20, 2011 · Print This Article

In addition to being opening day of the NASCAR season with the Daytona 500, today is also National Love Your Pet Day.

I couldn’t find out the origins of this holiday or even who sponsors it, but I think we can all agree our dogs deserve a little extra love every once in awhile.  (Except when they’re chewing on our Jimmy Choos.)

So, spend a little more time on that belly rub, find a special treat for your dog, or take an extra-long walk this afternoon.  Make sure your dog knows how much you love him or her.

“We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare. And in return, dogs give us their all. It’s the best deal man has ever made.” ~M. Facklam

Until next time,

Good day, and good dog!

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Scottish Deerhound Hickory Wins the 2011 Westminster Dog Show

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

Scottish Deerhound Hickory Wins the 2011 Westminster Dog Show

by Joe Jackson (Subscribe to Joe Jackson’s posts)
Feb 15th 2011 @ 10:45PM Filed Under: Dogs, Pets News

scottish deerhound dog pictureTimothy A. Clary, AFP / Getty Images

Hickory is lapping up the limelight after winning Best in Show at the 2011 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show tonight in New York City.

The 5-year-old female Scottish deerhound — full name Gch. Foxcliffe Hickory Wind — has been the number one Scottish deerhound for the last three years. But this was her first Best in Show appearance at Westminster.

After entering the ring at Madison Square Garden under a spotlight to rapturous applause, handler Angela Lloyd – a junior handler winner at Westminster in 1998 – led her to a swift and popular victory.

Judge Paolo Dondina, who paid tribute to all the seven finalists as “the best he could remember,” did not take long to select Hickory as his choice for Best in Show. He watched their initial entrance lap and took a closer look at each dog before quickly deciding on Hickory.

“I think she was beautiful,” he told reporters after the award. “This one feels perfect – very well balanced and beautiful. She did a marvelous job.”

The victorious dog and handler drew the adulation of a large crowd as she basked in the victory. Some attendees paid as much as $155 to attend Best in Show, which was also broadcast live on the USA Network.

Lloyd, who has been living with Hickory at her home in Virginia, heaped praise on the deerhound. “She went in there tonight and showed like she’s never shown before,” said the 31-year-old handler. “She was solid and steady despite all the flashbulbs and cameras. She came right through it.”

The Competition
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is considered the most prestigious in the nation, with more than 2,500 dogs each year vying for the top title of Best in Show. It is the second-oldest continuous sporting event in the country, trailing the Kentucky Derby by a year.

Tuesday night’s seven finalists had all emerged victorious from several tough rounds, which began Monday at 8 a.m. ET. They had each advanced from their Best of Breed heats and then each went on to win their respective group categories — Terrier, Herding, Sporting, Non-sporting, Toy, Hound and Working.

The contest was a little tougher this year because Westminster introduced six new breeds that had been officially recognized by the American Kennel Club. In total, 2,597 dogs representing 179 breeds from 49 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada competed in this year’s show.

scottish deerhound westminster dog pictureFrank Franklin II, AP

The Big Win
Best in Show judge Paolo Dondina, of Monterchi, Italy — the first Italian ever and the first person from outside North America to preside over Westminster’s Best in Show since 1930 — admitted he is a “hound person.”.

“So this is my dream,” he added. “Like Walter Scott said, this dog should be in heaven with him, and I feel the same.”

In 2010 the hot favorite, Sadie, a Scottish terrier whose full name is Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot, walked away with the prized crown. Sadie was a Best of Breed winner in 2009 at Crufts in England — the largest dog show in the world. She is now pregnant and expecting four puppies, according to the Scottish terrier website.

A terrier has won Best in Show at Westminster 45 times — more than any other group. Ahead of this year’s competition pundits were expecting more of the same. Bookmaker Johnny Avello — who has correctly picked the winning breed for the past five years — predicted a smooth fox terrier would take the top title, according to NBC Sports.

But the night belonged to Hickory. Lloyd said the champion will now retire and return to the 50-acre farm in Virginia she grew up on.

“She’s a wonderful dog to live with – I’ll miss those nose-nudges in the middle of the night,” added Lloyd.

scottish deerhound dog pictureMary Altaffer, AP

Earlier in the evening the three remaining groups were decided. Black cocker spaniel Beckham, age 2, claimed the Sporting ribbon. Ladybug, a Portuguese water dog — the breed owned by the Obama family — won the Working group. Terrier Best of Group went to Adam, a smooth fox terrier. Monday night four groups were judged, with Pekingese Malachy winning the Toy group, Chinese shar-pei Jayne taking the Non-sporting group, and the bearded collie Mr. Baggins winning the Herding group title. Hickory, the Scottish deerhound won the Hound group, the final step leading to her big win tonight.

The Best in Show competition drew its usual mix of seasoned dog show watchers and those attending for the first time. Lauren Clark, 27, of Brooklyn, N.Y., bought dog-loving boyfriend Tim Cooper, 26, the Best in Show tickets as a Valentine’s Day present.

“I loved it,” he said. “The best part of it is you can actually go down and meet the stars of the show. At what other sporting event can you do that?”

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Westminster Dog Show

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

The Winners So Far at the Westminster Dog Show

by Joe Jackson (Subscribe to Joe Jackson’s posts)
Feb 14th 2011 @ 11:45PM Filed Under: Dogs, Pets News

chinese shar-peiJayne, a Chinese shar-pei, won the non-sporting group. Credit: Mary Altaffer, AP

The 2011 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is underway at Madison Square Garden in New York City — and plenty of doggie drama has already unfolded on the green carpet.

After the first day of heated competition, four of the seven competitors in Tuesday night’s Best in Show final are decided. A Scottish deerhound, Pekingese, Chinese shar-pei and bearded collie have been selected in their respective groups to compete for Best in Show.

The Westminster Dog Show is considered the most prestigious dog show in the nation. This year saw 2,626 champion entries, in 179 breeds and varieties, from 49 states and more than a dozen countries.

And though last year’s winner, Sadie — a Scottish terrier whose full name is Ch. Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot — was the clear favorite going into the 2010 event, this year, the field is wide open for a new Westminster champion.

The key action occurred this evening in the Best of Group rounds — with the first hour broadcast live on the USA Network and the remaining two hours appearing on CNBC. (The rest of the Westminster telecast will appear Tuesday on the USA Network beginning at 8 p.m. ET.)

Monday’s Big Winners
Here are the dogs that took the honors in the group competitions tonight:

The Hounds – There was little surprise when judge Robert Indeglia gave the prized Hound Group ribbon, fought over by the 28 breeds represented, to the Scottish deerhound, Hickory — full name Gch. Foxcliffe Hickory Wind — who lives on a farm in Virginia.

Earlier today, last year’s group winner, the whippet Ch. Starline’s Chanel, suffered a surprise loss of her Best of Breed title to Ch. Snowcap’s Patent Leather — failing to receive even an Award of Merit.

Pekingese dog pictureThe handler for Pekingese Palacegarden Malachy shows his excitement after the dog won the toy group. Credit: Mary Altaffer, AP

The Toy Group – Two hotly tipped toy breeds went tail to tail in their Best of Group competition. Pekingese Malachy — full name Gch. Palacegarden Malachy — fancied as a Best in Show favorite by Las Vegas bookmaking pro Johnny Avello at 7-1, repaid Avello’s faith by beating last year’s group victor and crowd favorite, toy poodle Smash.

The Non-Sporting Group – The Best of Group ribbon went to the Chinese shar-pei Jayne — full name Gch. Vaje’s Miss Jayne Hathaway — one of 20 breeds to compete.

The Herding Group – The bearded collie Mr. Baggins — full name Gch. Tolkien Raintree Mister Baggins — claimed the competitive Herding Group title after going up against champion shepherds, collies, corgis and a variety of other herding breeds.

The Rest of Day One
It was a day for new blood, with six breeds appearing at Westminster for the first time.

Rufus, a 14-month-old Redbone coonhound from Kentucky, won Best in Breed. Meanwhile, Ch. Black Knights Balu Power became the first bluetick coonhound to claim that Best in Breed title.

bearded collie pictureMister Baggins, a bearded collie, won the herding dog group. Credit: Mary Altaffer, AP

Madison Square Garden was around half full with enthusiastic fans by the climax of the opening day. The seven-time Tour de France-winning cyclist Lance Armstrong and TV personality Rachel Ray were among the high-profile guests in attendance.

What’s Up for Tuesday
Dozens of breeds in the remaining groups — Terrier, Sporting and Working — compete to take the last three places at tomorrow night’s Best in Show competition, when Madison Square Garden will be packed with competitors and fans alike.

This second day of action will include the much-anticipated battle of the smooth fox terriers at 12:15 p.m. ET.

A terrier has won Best in Show at Westminster 45 times, and ahead of this year’s competition pundits were expecting more of the same.

Two smooth fox terriers in particular are leading the pack. Adam, whose full name is Gch. J’Cobe Kemosabe Vigilante Justice, will dual with fellow favorite Dodger, called Gch. Slyfox Sneaks a Peek, for Best in Breed. The winner will then be the favorite to take the Terrier Group ribbon later in the evening.

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Shih Tzu Breeders

Posted by: Kathy  /  Category: How to care for your Shih-Tzu puppy
Shih Tzu Puppies For Sale – A Must Read Guide
Shih Tzu Puppies For Sale at Pet Stores

When you walk into a pet store, it is very hard to resist falling in love with the puppies.  Behind this wonderful scene of happy, bouncing puppies…is a dark and disturbing truth.

Have you wondered where pet stores obtain their puppies for sale?  With very rare exception, pet stores receive a supply of dogs from Puppy Mills.

The Shih Tzu puppies for sale at pet stores are unhealthy to say the least.  Will you walk away with an adorable looking puppy? Yes.  Will you walk away with a healthy, well socialized, carefully bred Shih Tzu? No.

Let’s take a look at the facilities in which Shih Tzu puppies for sale at pet stores (and other dogs) actually come from:

These are the normal conditions of a Puppy Mill…the dog factories which supply dogs to pet stores.   A Shih Tzu puppy for sale will most likely have come from a Mill such as this.
Unethical Shih Tzu Breeders

Without the proper research, you may purchase a Shih Tzu puppy for sale from a “backyard’ , severly unethical breeder.  They will tell you about how wonderful they are and the amazing puppies they have for sale….but this is what you will not see, the conditions not seen by potential owners:

Without knowing who to go to…you will not see these hidden elements of an unethical breeder!  As you can see, a dog who did not survive is left inside a feeding basin and at another “backyard” unethical breeder who sells puppies keeps them outside and locked inside cramped cages.
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