December 27th 2010 9:05 pm
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My Aunt gave my Mom a book about Shih Tzu since I am 3/4 Tzu. By appearance I can pass for a pure breed.
Mom has learned so much already about me. Now since she has a book she constantly refers to it especially regarding grooming.
According to the book I should only have 1 bath a month. To me bathing is like a trip to a spa, the more baths the better.
The only part of grooming I don't like is getting my nails trimmed and teeth brushed.
I currently have a couple extra teeth on bottom. My second set of canines (baby teeth) recently fell out. For 6 months I had 2 sets on top.
No Patch I'm not bragging! I wish Santa would bring you teeth.
Until Mom read this book she was not aware that Tzu sometimes has early tooth loss. With good diet and vet care a Tzu can live 12-18 years. So how many years with no teeth?
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Hey, Rocky-with-more-teeth-than-you-need, I'll tell ya how I lost my teeth. Well, actually, I don't remember since it happened a long time ago, but somehow, before I got my Mom, my jaw was broken and all my front teeth were knocked out or broken off. I wasn't taken to the vet, so my jaw healed crooked - that's why I look like a tough guy. Mom says she should have changed my name to Butch. My Mom is making sure I live a long, long time - she feeds me all sorts of supplements for my teeth, joints and eyes. She makes sure I have the right food for my allergies. I've gotten a lot stronger after rehab.
Whoops! Something happened and my comment got posted before I was done - sorry about that! Anyhowl, I was just going to say that I'm doin' all right without all my teeth. I even can eat raw carrots and apples. So it's really more of a cosmetic thing, and I have a lot of inner beauty. I appreciate your concern, though, Rocky. (Mom says that before I got here, she had a Tzu named Rocky, who is now waiting at the Rainbow Bridge.)