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The 12 Dogs of Christmas: Uncle Samsung, Senior Shih Tzu-Pekingese

The bizarre friendship between a Shih-Tzu-Pekingese mix and a bird is still going strong!

Phillip Mlynar  |  Dec 16th 2014


With the holiday season upon us and the year winding down, we’re casting a look back at the most notable, newsworthy, and lovable dogs we wrote about on Dogster in 2014. It’s a little tribute we like to call the 12 Dogs of Christmas — and today we welcome a dynamic dog and bird duo.

7. Uncle Samsung

We like to think of Uncle Samsung as the Internet’s beloved crown prince pooch. He’s a 14-year-old Shih-TzuPekingese mix who sashayed his way to Instagram fame when he struck up a friendship with Geegee, an injured bird that was taken in and rehabilitated. Almost instantly, they became the Internet’s premier dog and bird double act.

We rounded-up a selection of our favorite Uncle Samsung pictures back in August. They included Uncle S. and Geegee play-fighting over a bed, eating sugar-apple snacks together, and indulging in spa sessions.

Since then, Uncle Samsung’s adventures have been expanded to cover the following: Wearing a fancy new hat fashioned out of a coconut, sticking his surprisingly elongated tongue out in a classic Miley Cyrus fashion, giving Geegee even longer hikes on his back around their neighborhood, riding shotgun in the car, wearing pretty pink flowers and oversize daisies in his hair, lounging against the trunk of a tree in a manner more befitting of a bear, and celebrating his 14th birthday in October.

In the middle of that hectic schedule of japes, Uncle Samsung also managed to get mightily confused when he donned a pair of pink sunglasses and thought that someone had literally turned all of the lights off.

Capping the lot, though, was the moment Uncle Samsung dressed up as a pumpkin for Halloween and, in quizzical fashion, captioned the above picture with the question, “Am I [a] handsome fox?” Classic Uncle Samsung!

Enjoy the rest of the 12 Dogs of Christmas here:

About Phillip Mlynar: The self-appointed world’s foremost expert on rappers’ cats. When not penning posts on rap music, he can be found building DIY cat towers for his adopted domestic shorthair, Mimosa, and collecting Le Creuset cookware (in red). He has also invented cat sushi, but it’s not quite what you think it is.