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Sex: Male   Weight: 11-25 lbs

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Tai, Superman

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

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Quick Bio:

December 5th 1989

His mommy, food and squeaky toys

He hated to see anyone fight

Favorite Toy:
"Twinkie" his stuffed cat, squeaky duck, anything that squeaked

Favorite Food:
Cheese, tomatoes and snow

Favorite Walk:

Best Tricks:
Standing to beg, sit, down, sneeze

Arrival Story:
When I was about 10 I wanted my own dog. Not just Sheba, the family dog Collie. I wanted something smaller that I could cuddle with and sleep with. I was allowed 2 guinea pigs instead. Pookie and Odie. They were cute. They didn’t cuddle though or sleep with me. They didn’t live very long, 2 years maybe. I turned 14 and was animal-less. I still had Sheba the collie, Tajah the black smoke Persian, Frogger the frog, Snuggles the floppy-eared rabbit and 9 lizards. (The frog, rabbit and lizards were my brother’s.) I did a report for school about animal cruelty or spaying or adopting strays. I don’t really remember. I just remember going to a shelter to learn some stuff for my report. There I found a Pekingese girl that was hit by a car and only had 3 legs. I wanted to take her home with me. Mom wouldn’t let me, she had biting problems and wasn’t good with kids. (I have a younger brother.) I was devastated and begged for her. My mom decided I was old enough for my own puppy. I did nothing, Mom did all the searching. I was too young I guess. She found some peek-a-poo puppies for sale. I picked one out and Mom was writing the check when she stopped and tore it up and left. I cried my eyes out going “why?” She said that God told her no. She felt a force beyond her to just not do it. I didn’t care, I wanted a puppy. A week later Mom saw an ad for 2 Pekes for sale. Apparently, their Mom was pregnant for the first time and died giving birth. The breeder tried taking care of the 2 brothers but their Daddy tried to eat them. (That’s what I heard, but am skeptic to believe. Maybe kill, but “eat?) Anyway, so the breeder gave the two pups to a breeder friend who raised boxers. So this lady was trying to sell them. Because they had no mother, they were very good with people, being "raised" by humans. So Mom wanted me to check them out. We went to visit them right away. Mom and I went to the kitchen and there was a plastic kid pool on the middle of the floor holding two puppies. One was distinctly more handsome than his brother; he had a better looking coat. (The price even reflected it.) Well, the handsome one was peeing on his foot when I went to compare the two. So for quick reference sake we called them “Wet Paw” and “Dry Paw”. Wet Paw was a rascal. He wanted everything he couldn’t have. He ran to the stove and barked at the dishtowel hanging there, because he wanted it. He loved to play tug of war. He had tons of energy and would run over his brother. Dry Paw was shy and sweet. And I felt sorry for him. And he was cheaper of the 2. So I told my Mom I wanted him. My Mom said, “Don’t worry about price. Get the dog that will be your fit. When they get older they will calm down more, so Dry Paw may become even more reserved. Wet Paw should calm some, but still be active. So do you want a calm dog or lively dog?” I was worried about price, so I did what my Mom said and didn’t think of that. I was also afraid that the shy dog would become boring when it grew up. So I had Mom buy the handsome dog, “Wet Paw” whom I named Tai-Pan. I never regretted it for a moment. We were bonded from day one! Tai was raised by our collie Sheba. (Lassie size, not a sheltie). So I think Tai-Pan thought he was a large dog too. He carried himself as such.

I celebrated his birthday with a doggy hat and dog bone every year. He protected me from my brother. Tai-Pan would bark if he was pushing me around, then he’d mock bite him then lick him to death. He slept on my bed with me. He’d sell his soul for cheese or tomatoes. He'd get so excited about his food, when we told him to "speak" he sneezed instead. So he learned "sneeze" instead. He just got too excited when food was around to learn to "speak". But sneeze he had down pat. There wasn’t a food he didn’t like, except for popcorn. He had the longest tongue I ever knew! He could touch the top of his forehead! Up to his dying day, he begged for food mercilessly. I catered to his food whims since I got him when I was young. Now I know better, but he got away with it all his life. He even had a donut as his last meal. I tear up any time I think about his death. He was diagnosed with degenerative mylopathy. His spine was atrophying. He was in a wheelchair the last 3 years of his life. His spine couldn’t support his back legs. Tai-Pan was an amazing dog and I tried explaining the situation of his condition and wheels in casual conversation. I always felt like I had to defend him. It spooked some people; they didn't understand. But as long as he had quality of life, I didn’t care he had the wheels. His wheels got stuck around corners often. Tai didn't like his wheels much, but he tolerated them. He preferred me to carry him around or to pull himself around like a seal. I was told by a vet specialist that Tai-Pan was the first small breed ever diagnosed with this before. I don't know if that's true. By being on Dogster I found another Pekingese, Millie, in Minnosota that has the same thing Tai did. We're routing for you, Millie!! :) Anyhow, I did everything I could for that boy. He was my heart, and the reason behind my character. He died October 27, 2002 at 12:37 PM; I know because for some reason my watch stopped that moment he died. I never put a battery in that watch again. He’s buried with his favorite toy, under a willow tree in my mother’s yard. I feel as he lives on in that tree. His favorite toy was a stuffed white cat made by Russ called Twinkie. He knew it by name... in fact all his toys were "twinkies". We'd say where's your twinkie, and if he couldn't find his white cat he'd bring a squeaky toy. Usually the squeeky duck. That was his second favorite. He loved his squeeky toys. We would play tug all the time with them. Whenever you’d ask him where I was he’d scour the house looking for me, though he rarely left me alone. He was my shadow, my constant companion. My teddy bear and confidant. I see him now as the angel that watches over my babies now. He loved Sheba (the family Collie) and Tajah (the family Black Smoked Persian cat) and my brother’s rabbit, Snuggles (all animals have passed now). So, it’s no stretch to see him now as my current dog's and cat's protector. I never knew a more devoted dog. No animal adored me as much as Tai-Pan. We were unseparatable. I see him with Sheba, Taj, Snuggles and my Grandpa, running again and happy as he always was. He always seemed to be smiling. Though he’s gone, I feel as he hasn’t left me. I feel him with me all the time.

Forums Motto:
Food = Happiness

The Groups I'm In:
★ ALL FUR SPORTS ★, ★PLANET PAWLLYWOOD★, ♥All Fur Fun♥, *¨¨*DOGGIE CONNECTION*¨¨*, FANCYPANTS CAFE, All Dogs Go To Heaven, Dogster's Angels, Dyson Dogster/Catster, Greatest American Dog Fan Club!, Indianapolis Dog Bark, light a candle...., Pawsome Pages, Pekes who love to play!, Pekingese Pups, Pekingnese Passion, PURRS N WOOFS VILLAGE, Rainbow Bridge Angel Babies, Team Pugsly!, ~ Friends Of Emma ~, ~~~*♥Dog Park USA♥*~~~

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Decmeber 5, 1989


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Looking Down From Heaven

I'm a pin-up pup!!!

November 22nd 2006 12:43 pm
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Kathy Weller who painted us pups back in March, has made us pin-up pups in her new 2007 calendar!!! We're so excited. We are August pin-up pups! Check it out here!!

Tai-Pan, Dawson, Skylar, Kiara and Arwen


My Tail of Devotion for Tai-Pan

June 26th 2006 6:34 pm
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Tai-Pan was my baby! I miss him very much. He gave me 14 wonderful years! He was happy-go lucky, loved food and was my constant companion. I loved how he loved squeaky toys and cuddled with me all the time. He was very smart and loyal. I know no dog that had a will to live like he did. he lived everyday to it fullest and loved everyone! I know he was a soulmate of mine in a time I needed him. There is no dog like him. I think of him as a guardian angel watching over the dogs I have now! Tai is never forgotten! I see little bits of him in my doggies everyday! I can't wait to reunite with him one day! He was my little Superman.

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Pirate Dog Store

May 7th 2006 9:22 am
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Hi everyone! Most of you know about our dog portrait done we had done by Kathy Weller . (See under finished portrait gallery... we're the 2nd one). Well now we have a Pirate Doggies store! There's a doggie t-shirt you can wear with our portriat! And a calendar, mug, pillow, etc... We hope to add a few more choices later. Until then, everyone enjoy!! We're so excited!!

Woof, Bark, Bow Wow, and Arf!

Tai-Pan, Dawson, Skylar, Kiara and Arwen

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