Pet-Peeves: Not getting attention. Not jumping at her command.
Favorite Toy: Bear - The use-to-be white teddy bear Gale got for her bday a couple of years ago.
Favorite Food: Cheese! She has decided to fall in love with Kraft singles. She knows the sound of grabbing a piece from the package. She LOVES the sound of unwrapping a single.
Favorite Walk: Wherever there are people to pet her. She loves the neighborhood kids and the nearby park!
Best Tricks: She kisses on command EVERY TIME! She also talks on the phone.
Arrival Story: I was thinking about getting a sibling for Chloe. Since Chloe was a resuce dog with a lot of issues, I asked the agency she came from what they thought. They offered me some advice -- including maybe fostering a dog to see how Chloe would adapt. Then Kathy at LL Dog Rescue in Missouri/Kansas, set out to help me match the right dog.
Roxy's owner had been transferred to China. She is a sweet, well-behaved dog, and Kathy thought she and Chloe would do well. Roxy had been adopted out by a family with two children, but did not bond well with their other dog.
I took Roxy and decided to make the commitment to adopt her, and work with Chloe to accept her. I chose not to foster her. And happy day...we are a family of 3!!!
Bio: Roxy's file from the rescue showed that at one time she had been registered with the name Roxy Foxy Tail. We're more down to earth than that, so we decided to keep Roxy and add "Hope" as her middle name. It goes with her sister's middle name Chloe Grace.
Roxy is outgoing and friendly. She licks a lot and her tails NEVER stops wagging! I once read that the song "Love the One You're With" was describing a Shih Tzu, and Roxy shows that. She had just decided to love me as if I were always there!
Roxy has become comfortable in our home after a couple of months and is trying to communicate more. She still has nervous habits and is a dog that requires a lot of reassuring.
Roxy has been a part of our family for more than a year. She has changed tremendously. She was 19 months old when adopted and a year later she seems to be completely out of the puppy stage. She is not quite as hyperactive as she once was. It's sort of sad that she is not trying to break down windows to get to squirrels, but she seems to understand that she cannot get to them now.
On a better note, she no longer has the emotional urination that she came with. She must have been stressed at having been in three homes in less than a month. She knows she is home now.
She is a great little sister. Chloe is afraid of dogs, but has calmed down considerably because she knows that Roxy will not let a dog come near her. She has great protective instincts.
Roxy somehow understands she is baby of the family. She ALWAYS wants her way. Her pet peeve is you are not looking at her. If she wakes up and you are not awake, then you are not looking at her. She whines. Are you reading? Can't be looking at her, whine! Don't talk on the telephone, she wants attention! I think it's still part of her insecurity.
She is adored by children in the neighborhood. To say she is an extrovert is a big understatement. But a bigger understatement is to say she is a joy...she is so much more!
What have I been doing for the past two years? It's true I've turned out to be a rather mopey girl. I like hanging out in the window and watching. But I can assure you that I have done things for the past two years. My typist is FIRED!
Let's see. We don't do contests or outings much anymore. My sister, Chloe, is pretty sick, so we stick around. I'm still a favorite in the neighborhood. And even though I'm trained to not run out of open doors, I've tried the escape thing a couple of times.
Once, we had a foster named Collier with us. The wind had blown our gate open a little. I talked Collier into exploring. Soon, we heard our Gale and our girl calling us. Silly Collier went back, but not me...I've been trying to get across the big street for a while, so I made a run for it. My Gale drove to the big street, and just as she thought she didn't hear any screeching...suddenly, she heard it. There I was in my pink dress, and ribbons causing all kind of traffic commotion in the middle of the street. Then Gale started running ou with her hands up to get me. I was going to to try to run again, but I don't think she was playing. So I went back home. That was a fun day.
I also made a run for it when we did our Easter Egg hunt this year. I'm sorry, but I have wanderlust!
Except for ear infections...which I constantly have....and allergies, I've been rather healthy.
We've had lots of foster dogs these past two years. I have enjoyed a few, but most I could have done without.
I'm sure I have more exciting things to talk about...but I can't think of them at this moment.
My Gale thinks I don't always act like Shih Tzu. She said I chase little things and herd like Shih Tzu's DON'T do. So,she bought a DNA kit to find out what other mixes were in me. It came back a couple of days ago...NO OTHER MIXES! I'm a full Shih Tzu as we always thought...I just have my own sweet personality!!!
It's been more than six months since I've written in my diary. Since then, I've turned six years old! My birthday was OK, but not anything spectacular. As much as I thrive on attention, it's sort of hard to upstage our new girl.
I still enjoy watching our neighborhood out of the window. More and more Gale has been putting me in charge when she goes to work.
I use to carry my weight better than Chloe, but it's beginning to show on me too.
I love when we go to grooming. But I really like when I get walked by myself early in the morning. We walk further without Chloe and I get to go to the places I love!
Around other people, I seem sort of hyper. But then I come home and rest up for the next few weeks!
It's going to take me a while to make our new little girl feel at home. She does like to call me. She thinks I'll only come when she said "treat." It just makes me disappointed when she never has a treat. She is much harder to train than Gale and Chloe were.
It's almost time for my annual visit to Dr. Silvius. Chloe has seen him a lot, but finally, it'll be my turn! I know I'm his favorite...so I can't wait.
I guess that's my update. I'll have to do better about coming here.