I am a proud fur mom of a Shih Tzu princess type breed. I have had 2 other dogs before but are no longer with me as the first one died (due to loneliness) and the third one was dognapped. Only the 2nd one is with me now and I can say this one is for keeps!
My first fur baby was named Shampu. I named her that because of the pricey shampoo I have to buy just to maintain her fur. When we moved to a different house, we took her to the province and had to be away from us. Last thing I knew, she already died as she refused to eat.
I then adapted Kofi in 2015 as the original owner can only keep 2-3 dogs in their condo. I chose him among all the litter as he is the only one with a unique gray-mixed color. And pretty adorable too! Especially the eyes!
He was then pledged to my niece who is arriving to the Philippines from Qatar as she said she wanted to care for a dog. Unfortunately, Kofi and I were already smitten to each other that I couldn’t let him go anymore. And so he stayed.
In 2016, I once again adapted another Shih Tzu and I named him Xinamon. This one is also a unique litter because of her brownish red fur. Like a balayage one. Lol
Kofi and Xinamon are perfect match. They always go together wherever one is. They never fought nor bite each other. They don’t get angry over food. When we go to the mall, I seldom use leash on them as they really walk beside you like a trained dog. There are no formal trainings for my babies. Just signs on when to stop, where to eat and when it’s time to go.
Five months with us, Xinamon was dognapped from our house. We’ve searched but to no avail. And so we just have to let her go. We just hope that whoever got her, is taking care of her real good.
So, I am left with Kofi to care of. This fur baby has a real odd behavior which makes him an adorable love. He likes sleeping at our feet at night and snuggles behind your back. When he eats, he does not grab the food instantly. He will smell it first then bite it gently out of your hands. Runs away and eat alone. He does not like other people when I am around but hangs out with them when I am gone. He does not run when the door opens. While walking, he walks with us even without leash. If he leads the way, he make sure that we are following by checking us out. If he sees other dogs, we is just snobbish. He is allowed to hang out with us at Coffee Bean shops.
I am eager to adopt one more buddy soon!
To be a fur mom:
- Be patient when he starts to get messy. From poops/weewees, baths and fur drying, feeding, vaccines, costly shopping for maintenance. He is going to be your nth son/daughter so treat them well.
- Prepare to take him to walks so he gets exercise too.
- He needs cuddle and care. If he is playful, then be playful too.
- Teach him the basics. You don’t have to be a dog whisperer like Caesar Millan. Teach him things he can easily understand the first time.
- Take lots of pictures for memories!
- Adopt. Don’t shop. As they say at CARA Welfare Philippines.
Let me know if you want to adopt and be a fur mom too!