Age: 10 Years Sex: Female Weight: 11-25 lbs
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March 3rd 2003
To eat! Play with my doggie sister, Roxy!
She is not a big toy dog, but if you shake a toy low on the ground, she does like to come and kill it.
No contest: chicken!
Around the neighborhood to bark at all the dogs who live on the block!
Taking pictures. When she sees the camera, she assumes there is chicken, and does sit, down, up, and then repeats them.
I was looking for what was going to be my first dog ever. I had been rejected for a dog because I was a working person. I saw Chloe (then named Ta Ta) appear on a website on a Sunday evening. I asked if they'd accept an application from a first-time owner and a full-time worker. They said yes. Within the hour, I had my application in, and I was in love. The next morning, I had an e-mail, she was adopted. A couple of days later, I got a call that her adoption had fallen through, and she was available. My fence had been checked and I could have her. I was thrilled. When I went to get her, she was sick from kennel cough that she had picked up and her history was unknown. Two other dogs were being picked up and their prospective owners rejected them for being "too large" and "too small". I brought my doggie home. She didn't have anything to do with me for days.
I thought she might die, and she had several days of breathing treatments, and eventually came to trust the one who fed her and felt sorry for her when she gasped for air.
Her rescue organization, LL Dog Rescue in Kansas City, Missouri along with her vet, walked me through the entire illness because I was such a new pet owner.
Now she is a normal arrogant, independent, typical Shih-tzu! She runs the house!
3/5/06 - Chloe changed dramatically every month for the first seven months after I adopted her. I didn't know what the "final" dog was going to end up being. When she arrived, she hid behind the couch and growled each time I tried to touch her for the first couple of days. She had come from an animal shelter to a rescue, been spayed, caught a horrible case of kennel cough and left her foster home and ended up with me. She was sick and not very trusting. She has turned into a very sweet, somewhat playful -- though obstinate -- companion.
She doesn't bark (except when she encounters a dog), but she talks to let me know she wants my attention. She leads me to her play area, the refrigerator, the doors or whatever to let me know exactly what she wants. She loves children. And I love that she loves them!
She was rejected by whoever first agreed to adopt her --probably because of her many issues. I just want to tell that person...THANK YOU!
12/13/06 - Roxy has brought Chloe out of her shell. Chloe is still afraid of dogs, and she is protected a lot by her little sister, but she is so much more confident these days. A family has done wonders for this little sweetheart!
3/3/07 It's been two years since Chloe & I adopted each other. She is hardly the same dog. She is so happy to play. She loves her doggie sister, Roxy. Children are her absolute enjoyment. She likes nothing better than food though!
At this point I've had Chloe about as long as she was in her previous life. But there are still remnants of what she has gone through. She scares easily by noise. She is afraid of dogs. She needs time to trust new people and new places. She learned some independence and it still shows through even in her dependency.
She is such a sweetie. My favorite nickname for her is Sweet-Sweet, and I simply cannot imagine who allowed her to be treated any way less than decent before. Getting Chloe added a dimension to my life that I would never had expected, and whatever I can do to make her life wonderful, she can consider it done!
3/3/08 - Today is Chloe and my 3rd adoption anniversary. She is a wonderful dog. Chloe had a hard year as she endured some pain from a bulging disc. As soon as she was better, she appeared more puppyish than she has ever been. I love to see Chloe jump up and put her front paws down in a "come play" mode when she is excited, or to hear her feet move in a quick dance when it is time to eat. Having foster dogs have helped her tremendously. She barks as dogs during walks, and she is still extremely shy, but she is not afraid like she use to be. On her 5th birthday, I'd say Chloe is happier than she has ever been, and sweeet as she has always been.
3/3/09 - It's been 4 years! It surprises me that Chloe is still changing. Her back has been bothering her. She started to sleep in the bed with me an Roxy a few months ago. She has to be carried upstairs most of the time. It has made her a more cuddly dog. She will now nudge my hand to pet her. She is actually becoming a lot more dependent than she use to be. She is not doing better around other dogs though. Chloe is a bit overweight because she LOVES to eat! She rushes to eat Roxy's food and then her own. She's a happy girl! She knows she is at home for good.
What? Did you say treat?
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~Shih Tzus and Friends United~, "Just One Litter" Is Still Too Many, Champ's Champions, LL Dog Rescue Alumni
Birthday: March 3, 2003; Adoption Date: March 3, 2005
When you adopt, you save TWO lives. The pet you adopt, and the one who gets the space at the shelter or rescue!
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July 30th 2012 6:03 pm
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So, I'm not keeping my diary up very well. Life had sort of taken a turn when the human girl entered. It took all three of us to take care of her. But I wanted to come and update my diary with news of my last dogtor visit.
I have always had a stress reaction to the groomer. It seemed to be getting worse, so Gale videotaped me after one visit. Here's the link to the You Tube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NI5sMTaS2U0. Dr. Silvius said that it seemed to be a stressed out dog.
A few weeks later, I started "old lady coughing." I'd dry cough, and then wheeze. On Friday, Gale picked me up after an episode, and took me straight to the vet.
The dogtor heard fluid in my chest. So he did an x-ray. Enlarged heart. And the horrid diagnosis: Congestive Heart Failure. My Gale is super sad. My Roxy is concerned. Even our girl, Destinee is a little concerned.
Me...I'm on four pills. I HATE pills. Gale has to schedule an extra hour to get them down my throat. The vet told her she has to get them in me each and every time.
The dogtor doesn't know how fast it will get worse. Could be years, could be months. It depends on how I respond to the meds.
We are a Christian family. So, despite what the doctor says, we will trust in God.
May 3rd 2011 5:58 pm
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I had a DNA test done because our Gale thought that Roxy might have a mix in her. Since I was a stray found on the street, she ran my DNA too. We both came back Shih Tzu, and only Shih Tzu! Our vet told her he already knew!
October 5th 2010 2:03 am
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I cannot believe my typist has not updated my page for more than six months! It might be becaus I've had so much trouble with my back, and our new little girl is having so much trouble adjusting to being in a new home.
One day while I was sick, the vet said it was time to put me down. My Gale said no. So he offered her a treatment that he said may or not may not work. It's a human anti-seizure drug called Gabapentin. After a while, I wa feeling much better. I stll feel good. I'm so much happier.
Our little girl we adopted tantrums a lot. She stresses me out! She is jealous of both of us, but I think she is more jealous of me. So, I am very vigilant for my own sake.
My first groomer ran into Gale at the store. She asked about me. I didn't like going to her, but I did feel liked she really liked me.
I'm enjoying walks in this cool weather. I try to get us to go on a path I want. For a long time, I had to ride in the stroller, but I can walk more now. I did like being pushed and carried, so sometimes, I insist that I still get that kind of treatment.
I'm sure there is more to tell, but besides being more healthy and hiding from the little girl, I think I covered the big things.
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