Likes: My favorite thing to do is ride in the truck, I love to hang my head out the window and let the wind blow in my face. It does not matter if it is raining or snowing or freezing cold outside, I still love to do it.
Pet-Peeves: HATES thunderstorms, will follow you all over the house panting like crazy!
Favorite Toy: Any squeaky toy, I always meet everyone at the door with a "baby" in my mouth.
Favorite Food: Whatever Mommy is eating, but especially grilled steak, brats, fish & shrimp.
Favorite Walk: I like to go to mom's grooming shop and hang out all day!
Best Tricks: I am great at looking cute, cocking my head to the side and sticking my butt up in the air to wag my tail.
Arrival Story: Hello, My name is Crackers. In July of 1997 mommy decided that she needed a friend. She works days and my daddy used to work nights, so she was home alone a lot. I have two older sisters, but they are big and have to stay outside. Mommy decided that she wanted a little buddy to be in the house with her to keep her company. She had called the local animal shelter and told them that she was looking for a small dog. A couple of days later, they called
her and told her that they had just gotten a Shihtzu in and asked if she would be interested in coming to see me. She said yes and even left work early that day to come see me! When she got to the animal shelter, they told her my sad story. You see, I had lived with an older lady who passed away. Her daughter had taken me in for a while, but she had two other dogs and children and decided she could not keep me, so she took me to the pound. When mommy arrived, I was so excited to see her! I had been in the shelter only a couple of days, but I was so lonely! Mommy was not sure about me at first, she had never had a small dog and thought I was awfully hyper. But after looking into my eyes, she could not resist. She found out later that I am not hyper at all, I was just excited! After mommy signed all the papers to adopt me, she asked the lady at the shelter if I had ever ridden in a vehicle before. They said they did not know. But when we walked out to mommy's truck I surprised her. She opened the door and I jumped right in. It was hot that day and she turned the air conditioner on. I immediately stuck my face up toward the vent. She should have known then that I love the wind in my face. Mommy says that getting me from the shelter was one of the smartest things she has ever done. Not only did she rescue an animal and give me a new home, she gained a best friend who was already housebroken and has turned out to be the smartest little dog you have ever seen (according to mommy). My favorite thing to do is ride in the truck, I love to hang my head out the window and let the wind blow in my face. It does not matter if it is raining or snowing or freezing cold outside, I still love to do it. Second only to that, I love playing with my sisters, and spending time with mommy and daddy. Thank you mommy for adopting me from the shelter. I wish more people would consider that when they want a new pet. You never know, you might find your new best friend there - Mommy did - me!
Bio: WHOA! I'M A SHIH TZU! Mom had a DNA test done on me and I came back as mostly Shih Tzu with some Standard Schnauzer. ???
Crackers went to the Rainbow bridge today at 2:20 PM. He had not been eating for about 2 weeks, went to the vet week before last and tried some antibiotics, did an ultrasound and found a mass on his spleen. His bloodwork came back bad too - numbers were way too high! Took him in for exploratory surgery this past Monday and they removed his spleen and did a biopsy on his liver. He stayed in the vet hospital until Wednesday on fluids. Mom took him home Wednesday in an effort to get him to eat. He refused to eat and had to be force fed, was on a potassium supplement we had to force down his throat too. This morning his gums were white and his skin had turned yellow. When we weighed him today he was down to 11.2 pounds - he dropped over 3 pounds in two weeks. Mom made the most difficult decision of her life and had him put to sleep today. She held him in her arms as his little life left his body. We then drove to Ossian and had him cremated so we can keep his ashes with his sister Cookie's. I hope he and Cookie have found each other at the Rainbow Bridge and are happy. Mom has a big hole in her heart now that will never be filled.