Pets

I grew up with dogs, my daddy always made sure that I had a dog while I was growing up. If something happened to my dog it would not be long until he would come home with another one. I have always thought that is was because I was an only boy and have three wonderful sisters, they always had cats. I remember a lot about my dogs.

As a child I loved animals, many became friends, I had a red rooster, bull and pig. I named the bull Thomas. Thomas disappeared, one day we were eating Sunday dinner and I said: "Dad I can't find Thomas any place!", and he said: "Son, Thomas is in the deep freeze," I said: "Don't you think you had better get him out,he will tear it up!". Oh well, so is life.

Me at about age 4

Here is a picture of me when I was about 3 years old, sure looks like a happy boy to me! We lived in a big old Victorian house. It had 5 out-side doors, this picture was taken at one of the back-doors off my bed room. This room was painted yellow and blue, it had the narrow wooden paneling, I loved it!

Did you know during the 1800's they use to tax houses by how many out-side doors they had. This is the reason a lot of homes had windows that could be used as out-side doors.

The front of our house was nice, it had an oak door with a stained glass window. Us children were not allowed to go in the living room unless there was company, life was different back then. Of course when momma was away we would sneak in there and play the RCA Victrola and danced around the room, yes you had to wind the Victrola up with a crank.

Me today with my dog/friend Ben.

One dog I shall always remember was Puddles, he was a little black and white male rat terrier, I gave him his name because when he was a puppy he made puddles on the back porch floor, no he was not allowed inside, as a little kid I thought that was so funny, my mother did not agree. She told me not to let him inside the house. We had a large screened in back porch with one end closed off so rain would not plow in and Puddles could stay dry and comfortable.

I walked a little over half a mile to school and Puddles would follow me. One day for some reason he was out in the road and a dump truck ran over him. This nice young man stopped and asked: "Is this your dog?" and I said: "Yes." He said: "I am sorry, I will bury him for you," That was a sad day, I will always remember it, I was about 7 years old then.

To me animals and people just go together, if we will ever truly understand this I don't know, the reason for this may always be a mystery, we complement one another. They make a lot of sacrifices for humanity!

Right now I have a little 6 year old Shih Tzu, thank you Jill! I could write a book about Ben, but I wont, I brought his up to have 'Lots of Self Esteem' and that he has along with character plus!

My sister Carole with Cash.

Cash has quite the personality, he is an Old English Sheep Dog. Our great Aunt and Uncle had one they loved, his name was Jim, we kept jim one summer while they were in Maine on the island. Jims eyes were covered with hair, I use to be amazed at how well he got around. I use to pull the hair back and look at his blue eyes and the arear aroud them was very pink.

Ben after a hard day!

I like the Tibetan breed of dogs, but then I am fascinated by Tibet, always have been! A lot of people think the Shih Tzu is a Chinese breed, but no it is Tibetan, originally they were gifts to the Chinese royalty.

I love Tibetan Spaniels, if I had the room I would like to have a passel of them!

This is my friend Ben, he is a cool cat!

Ever thought how a Shih Tzu looks like an 'Ewok' ( Star Wars )? Some times they even act like them! Bens eyes are only green when he is thinking of what kind of mischief he can get into next!

Ewok

Tibetan Spaniels

 

Tibetan Spaniel Breed Description

Coat

The Tibetan Spaniel is a double coat breed. The outer coat is of medium length and is silky, soft, and flat. The under coat is dense and soft in texture and provides warmth as well as protection from the sun. They have feathering on the tail, ears, and backs of legs. There is a longer mane of hair at the neck. The coat comes in a wide variety of colors such as cream, fawn, white, red, gold, black, and black and tan. This breed is an average sheder that sheds their undercoat twice a year.

History

Tibetan Spaniels originated in the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet over 2000 years ago. They were owned and bred by Buddhist monks and were never sold. The Tibetan Spaniels only left the monasteries as treasured gifts to esteemed and honored friends or royal houses. Considered to be one of the oldest breeds, they were used as a watchdog as well as for keeping their owner warm in extreme cold.

Character

Commonly referred to as the "Tibbie", this breed is relatively rare and primitive. The Tibetan Spaniel is active, small, and alert. They are appropriately and affectionately called "little lion" due to being tender and also tough. This Oriental breed exudes an exotic charm and makes a lovely companion.

Temperament

The Tibetan Spaniel is a highly intelligent breed and is deeply devoted to their family and friends. They thrive on human companionship, are extremely sensitive, and will respond to their owner's moods, emotions, and feelings. They do best with older, considerate, well-behaved children. This breed is generally aloof with strangers but is never aggressive. They get along very well with other pets. The Tibetan Spaniel will vigorously alert their family to any unusual event, sound, or to visitors. They are excellent watchdogs that are neither nervous nor hyper. This breed is not only a lap dog but also likes to sleep in bed with their owners. The Tibetan Spaniel likes to be up high so they are able to survey their surroundings.

Robert & Carole Gray
dog, rip jr.

Care

Tibetan Spaniels require brushing once a week. It is important to pay careful attention to the hair behind the ears as it knots quite easily. When bathing the Tibetan Spaniel a mild shampoo is recommended. They must be rinsed thoroughly of all residues to prevent dry skin that may lead to itching and scratching. They are prone to a myriad of health issues such as PRA, weeping eye, cherry eye, allergies, low tolerance to anesthesia, and hip and elbow dysplasia.

 

The Shih Tzu description.

Coat

The Shih Tzu has a long, dense, and abundant double-coat. The luxurious and profuse outer-coat often sweeps the ground, and may be slightly wavy. The under-coat is woolly and soft in texture. The long hair on top of the head is typically placed into a topknot to prevent eye irritation. The Shih Tzu coat varies widely in color. They are minimal shedders and are considered hypoallergenic.

Overview

The Shih Tzu is often referred to as a "small lion". They originated in Tibet, but are most associated with China where they were highly revered as a palace pet and prized companion. The Shih Tzu is an active, happy, and affectionate breed.

Character

The Shih Tzu is small, sturdy, and intelligent. They carry themselves with a noble and proud posture befitting their aristocratic ancestry. One of their most valued characteristics is the eye, which exude warmth and a human-like quality. The Shih Tzu is the least delicate of the toy breeds.

Shih Tzu puppy

Temperament

The Shih Tzu is first and foremost a companion. They love nothing more than being indoors with their family. This breed gets along very well with older children and other pets. They are outgoing and self-assured, keen and alert. They make excellent watchdogs. They do not do well being separated from their owners and may become destructive if left alone for extended periods of time. They are docile and quiet, but they also love to play. The Shih Tzu is spunky and can be obstinate at times. They expect to be treated as royalty and are easily spoiled.

Care

The Shih Tzu requires extensive grooming. They need brushed daily to prevent knots, tangles, and mats. They need to be bathed monthly. They are not suited for humid climates. It is important to keep their eyes and ears cleaned. Their eyes are particularly sensitive. They are prone to kidney disease and slipping kneecaps. The Shih-Tzu's short muzzle makes it exceptionally prone to snoring and wheezing problems. Dental hygiene is crucial to prevent tooth loss. They tend to gain weight easily and must not be overfed.

Training

The Shih Tzu may be difficult to house train. The crate method works best. Although they are eager to please, and quick to learn, this breed's stubborn streak requires persistence and consistency. They do not respond to harshness or punishment. The Shih Tzu does very well in obedience training provided it is low-key and motivational.

Activity

The Shih-Tzu enjoys short daily walks or vigorous indoor play sessions and games. They are very well suited for apartment or condominium dwelling. However, they love to play outside, so a small fenced yard is ideal.

If you are looking for Shih Tzu puppies for sale from reputable Shih Tzu breeders or to adopt a Shih Tzu from a Shih Tzu rescue then make sure you understand as much about the dog breeds you are interested in as you can. Every puppy breed is different. Begin your research by reading the breed information about the Shih Tzu puppy above.

Siamese Cat

 

The Siamese.Cat

My favorite cat is the Siamese. I have had several. They love high places, I had one named Samethia who would wait for me to return home from work, she would wait in a tall oak tree and jump down behind me and walk up the drive to the house following like a dog, the first time she did this it was late evening and had gotten dark! This same cat use to love to harass my next door neighbors German Shepard. I did not know the dogs name, one day my neighbor, a nice elderly woman, said: "Your cat is eating Satan's food!", I must have looked at her like she was crazy, she said: "My dog Satan," The cat would sit on the edge of the front porch and Satan would come over and bark at Samethia who in return would just ignore him like he was not there.

Overview

The Siamese is one of the first distinctly recognized breeds of Oriental cat. The exact origins of the breed are unknown, but it is believed to be from Southeast Asia, and is said to be descended from the sacred temple cats of Siam (now Thailand). In Thailand, where they are one of several native breeds, they are called Wichien-maat, a name meaning "Diamond Gold". In the twentieth century the Siamese cat became one of the most popular breeds in Europe and North America.

Appearance

The most striking feature of a Siamese (next to their big blue eyes) is the point-restricted coat pattern, for which the breed is famous. This means that the body of the cat is always a light color while the face, tail, paws and ears (the points) are always a darker color.

The point-restricted pattern is caused by a gene that reduces the amount of pigment in the hair. The pattern is controlled by an enzyme that produces greater depth of color at the areas farthest away from the heart. The skin temperature of the body's extremities is a few degrees lower than the rest of the body, and therefore attracts more pigmentation. The body hair contains little pigment, but the "points" of the body - the face, tail, feet and ears - contain more.

The Cat Fanciers' Association (CFA) recognizes the Siamese in only four colors: seal point, blue point, chocolate point and lilac point. However, other cat associations accept additional colors including red point, cream point, cinnamon point, fawn point, tortie point, lynx point and torte lynx point. In the CFA, these colors of Siamese are considered a separate breed called the color point short hair. Most of the other cat associations, however, consider these cats to be simply color variations of the Siamese.

The Siamese is a short haired cat. The long haired version is considered a separate breed, called the Balinese. This breed is also pointed. In the CFA, the Balinese comes is seal point, blue point, chocolate point and lilac point. The long haired version of the Siamese with other color points is referred to as the Javanese, considered yet another separate breed by the CFA. Other cat organizations do not consider the Javanese to be a separate breed but merely an extension of the Balinese.

Two body types exist. The show Siamese is characterized by a long, elegant, svelte body, refined, tapering lines, and a long, tapering wedge-shaped head. The ears are strikingly large and pointed, the eyes slanted and almond-shaped, and the tail whip-long and tapered to a fine point. This variety enjoys championship competition status in most of the cat associations.

Tibetan Kittens

The traditional or old-style Siamese (also known as the Applehead) is a medium- to large-sized robust cat with a muscular build and substantial bone structure. The head is rounded rather than wedge-shaped, and the ears are medium-sized and rounded at the tips.

The Siamese are well known for their talent for communicating with their human friends. If you crave peace and quiet when you return home from earning the cat food, this breed may not be for you. The Siamese's loud raspy yowl can be a bit annoying to some, but Siamese fanciers value the breed's skill at communication. Siamese are masters at human manipulation with their attention-getting yowls and their belief that the world rotates around them.

Shoulder perchers and cat toy fetchers, Siamese are social and dependent upon their human companions. They are intelligent and loyal and crave attention, affection and active involvement in your life. If left alone too often, they pine. Once you develop a close relationship, however, you have a loving and devoted companion for life.

Grooming

Siamese need very little grooming. Their "painted on" coats are very short and close-lying with no noticeable undercoat. Their favorite grooming tool is your hand, applied gently down their backs.

 

Jan Bright uses Tibetan chants to tame domestic cats that have become homeless and returned to their wild state, or maybe they were never tamed at all. I found this interview very interesting!