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Picture of Tifanny, a female Shih Tzu

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"Flower Bandit Tifanny 6/25/98-7/28/06 We will ALWAYS love you. *photo at the end of Firehouse Dog credits"

Home:Southern California, CA  [I have a diary!]  
Sex: Female   Weight: 11-25 lbs

Cancer is a beach! ~ Watch for this picture in the movie Firehouse Dog montage

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"Cancer is a beach! ~ Watch for this picture in the movie Firehouse Dog montage"

Pucky, my new angel friend (crossed over on 3/10/08)

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"Pucky, my new angel friend (crossed over on 3/10/08)"

Still smiling in June '06-One month before crossing the bridge but living life to the FULLEST!

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"Still smiling in June '06-One month before crossing the bridge but living life to the FULLEST!"

T loves her Daddy

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"T loves her Daddy"

Dune buggying in Pismo

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"Dune buggying in Pismo"

Thunder freaks me out! (I ran out in the rain & tried to hide). Where's that Quicker-Slicker?!

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"Thunder freaks me out! (I ran out in the rain & tried to hide). Where's that Quicker-Slicker?!"

Guardian Angel Tifanny~lived with Lymphoma for nine months and as an Angel, continues the fight for ALL cancer survivors!

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"Guardian Angel Tifanny~lived with Lymphoma for nine months and as an Angel, continues the fight for ALL cancer survivors!"

2-years old and in daddy

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"2-years old and in daddy's van~always a happy girl when going to the beach"

Speak no evil of the butterfly! If you see a butterfly, know I am sending you a kiss~

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"Speak no evil of the butterfly! If you see a butterfly, know I am sending you a kiss~"

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Tdog, Monkey, T, Tif

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:

June 25th 1998

I love children! Now that I am an Angel, I am EVERYONE's Guardian Angel & send kisses to everyone. My mama raises butterflies & now I send them to EVERYONE! :)

I cannot STAND fireworks, skilsaws, or any type of loud mechanical noises. Thank doG there are none of those noises here in Heaven!

Favorite Toy:
My favourite toy is my latex chicken in an egg that my doggy friend Rexx from RexxO'Linda gave me. I also love the 'Red Dot' laser pen that daddy played with me. Daddy, I still do the Vulture!

Favorite Food:
On Earth my favourite restaurant was the Park Bench Cafe. I have now sent my little sis, Baby C, there and she's eating my fave Turkey Patties! :)

Favorite Walk:
I have lots of favourite places to walk: the woods in Oregon, along the beach, the park, Catalina...now I fly with the Butt-flies!

Best Tricks:
What?! I am a Shih Tzu, you know. Why should I have to perform any tricks?!

Arrival Story:
I came into the family when my big sister Shih Tzu (Britanny)was dying of renal failure. Brit and I were together for six weeks which was long enough for Britanny to teach me all the 'important' things like how to use the doggy door, where the food and water dishes were, where to find all the doggy beds, etc. Mom had to have two 1.5-hour long phone interviews BEFORE even being allowed to even drive the two hours to the breeder's house to interview in person! Thankfully, she was able to bring me home (and she didn't even tell Dad about me until I was in my arms in the car). Sadly, Tif crossed the Rainbow Bridge on Friday, July 28th, after an 8-month battle with Lymphoma. She lived a grand life during those eight months and no one would have known she had Cancer. She passed on HER terms and her sweetness and loving nature, not to mention her bravery is missed by all...We love you Tifanny, and know you are watching over us.

I went to three years of Doggy School (no, I didn't flunk-I had lots of fun there!). I met one of my best friends there, a Yorkie named Scarlett. My boyfriend is a big black dog named Congo, who lives down the street. His daddy & my daddy surf together. I don't care for German Shephard Dogs (GSDs) because three separate times-at Doggy School no less-GSDs tried to eat me! Yep, thank goodness for my long hair cuz all they managed was to grab a bunch of my hair. OUCH! I think they thought I was a stuffed animal. I was diagnosed with Lymphoma (cancer) on November 29, 2005 and started chemotherapy right away. It was a bummer to get poked all the time (blood tests, chemotherapy) but, hey, a girl had to do what a girl had to do, right? Mama had me eating a high protein, no carb diet and was forever researching things to keep me going. I smiled and kept on giving kisses during the eight months of living with this disease...went into remission, but then, the cancer came back with a vengeance one week in late July '06. I didn't want my mama to see me but FELT her presence when I willed my heart to stop on July 28th at 6:14 p.m. Now, I am a Guardian Angel to all my beloved friends. On Sunday, July 30th, I sent two eTifannies to mama & daddy and told them that they are to expect Chelsea, a little bundle of fluff. She met mama on July 31st, when my Earthly body was lowered...Now? I watch over Baby C and all of my Dogster friends and send everyone Butterfly Kisses! Don't cry for me...I WILL be annoyed! I am happy and cancer-free! :)

Forums Motto:
Choppity! (means, 'Hurry up! Let's go!')

The Groups I'm In:
★PLANET PAWLLYWOOD★, ♥Pray for Tifanny♥, **Environmentally Friendly Cats & Dogs (EFCD)**, *~BrIdGe DoGgIeS~*, ♥ Love that Pet ♥, ♥All Fur Fun♥, ***The Pet's Fun Forum***, ~Shih Tzus and Friends United~, Santa's Paws North Pole, Angel Doggies, CALIFORNIA PET'S, HAVE A HEART, light a candle...., Pawsome Pages, Shih Tzu Embassy, The K-9 Cafe, ~*♥!^Lovely Ladies!~*♥!^, ~~~*♥Dog Park USA♥*~~~

The Last Forum I Posted In:
Let's Talk About Matts!!

Did you know...:
that Lymphoma is one of the most common cancers? It is also the most treatable! Untreated you can die within five or so weeks. EEK!

Easy way to support...:
canine cancer research! Use GoodSearch as your search engine. Type in Canine Cancer Awareness as your charity, click Verify, and that's it! Each time you use it, $$ goes towards the charity. The search engine is powered by Yahoo. Thanks!

Canine Cancer Research:
Did you know that one in four dogs will die of cancer? Help with the fight against canine cancer. For more information and to donate $ visit CureCanineCancer

Sad, but true...:
In Hope: An Animal Shelter Story


Thanks, Bambi!:

Learn about Monarchs from:
mama's blog. ClickMonarchs

I've Been On Dogster Since:
July 15th 2005 More than 10 years!

I Was In The:
Dogster's 2006 Holiday Picture Party!

2006 Valentine's Day Party!
See me in Dogster's 2005 Holiday Picture Party!
Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

Dogster Id:

for 3900 days

Meet my family
Beach Angel
Chelsea, CGC
Mona Boney

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Live each day to its fullest and SMILE often

Happy Halloween!

October 31st 2009 5:24 pm
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Hey! I'm famous! Well, sorta...I was standing guard during the annual Blackie's Classic Halloween Surf thingie today while mama was busy taking pictures and daddy was doing his daddy thingy (he didn't surf but took pictures too). This guy came by and kept putting HIS camera in my face and next thing you know, I'm in the newspaper! Check it out!
http://www.ocregister.com/photos/waves-sand-people-263 1837-surfers-beach/pid2631858


OH NO! Chicken Treat WaRnInG!

December 20th 2008 12:43 pm
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Okay, now there's a warning out about chicken treats that come out of China. The FDA just posted a bulletin, TODAY. What's interesting about this is that over two years ago, when I was dx with Lymphoma, mama bought me these chicken medallion thingies (dehydrated chicken breasts). I got sick from eating them. She spoke with Dr. N about it. Dr. N said, "Don't let T eat ANY meat from China. You don't know what they're feeding the animals there. Because of that, the treats are not safe."

NOW, there's this interesting tidbit about the various chicken treats, like jerky, making dogs sick or even dogs that are DYING! OmDOG! This is a travesty!

If you want to read more about it, then go to

http://www.fda.gov/cvm/CVM_Updates/ComplaintsChicJerky .htm

What's really interesting, too, is that mama got really paranoid back then about all kinds of things that came out of China. She removed all doggy bowls and toys, too, if they were made in China. If she couldn't find the manufacturer's label, it was tossed. She figured it was better to be safe than sorry.

Remember the food scare? All that melamine that was found in food? Then there was the lead in the paint? See? Mama was ahead of things even then.

So, be safe. Stop eating the meat stuff manufactured there. It's probably better for your health. Be sure to read ALL labels.

Who knows how I really ended up with Lymphoma. Was it being over-vaccinated? Was it fertilizers and pesticides on the yards in the neighborhood? Was it the spraying for West Nile? Just be aware. That's all.



D and the month of December

December 14th 2008 12:46 pm
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The holiday season can be difficult time for many people. This is the time of year my gramma often gets very sad, not because of people who have gone but because of Britanny, mama's Shih Tzu before me, who crossed the bridge many years ago. All of those Christmas carols just get gramma crying...

Other people get sad during this time because it is a time for family. Maybe their families are not living close by. Perhaps they don't have any family members and are all alone. Divorce, death, and distance can cause lots of people to become depressed. It's all of those 'D' words that come with the month of December.

This would be a good month to go out and do volunteer work. Help out at an animal shelter. Visit an elderly persons' care facility or Alzheimer's facility. Check out the local soup kitchen and help out there. Instead of staying home and feeling sad, get out and do something.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is truly a disease. It often does come in the month of December, when the sun goes down early, if it comes out at all (in some locales) for people. Dogs can also get SAD because maybe the weather causes humans to not want to take them out like they used to.

When December comes rolling around, get out more. Don't like the cooler/cold weather and all the forced holiday cheer get you down. Instead, do something. It will make you feel better. Gramma has learned that instead of feeling sad when she hears those songs (Britanny used to 'sing' with gramma which is why the songs make her feel sad), now gramma is learning to 'hear' Brit sing with her again.

Smile more. Others will smile at you. December doesn't have to be a depressing month. It can be a happy one, too.


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