I Believe… {Dog Edition}

I’m linking up with Amanda at The Lady Okie and Megan at Semi-Charmed Kind of Life for the I Believe prompt today! (Megan is the host for The Winter Reading Challenge – and Summer Reading Challenge – that I had so much fun completing. It’s not too late to participate!)

Here’s just a sampling of my beliefs. You’ll probably think I’m weird when this is over and that I only wrote this to justify a lot of dog pictures. (Guilty!)

I believe:

+ In always owning a Shih Tzu. The more of them that I can have, the better.


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+ You can’t take too many pictures of films of your dogs.

+ My dogs are superior to every other dog in the world. They are funny, cute, and sweet. I am sure your’s are, too. Mine are just funnier, cuter, and sweeter.





+ In telling my dogs that I love them more times a day than I can count.

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+ In coercing my family to Facetime with my dogs because they are cuter when they are moving than in still pictures. They are also cuter than me.


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+ Owning a dog is therapeutic. Nothing helps you through a hard time like a dog who will do anything to get in your face and sit on your lap when you cry.

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+ In Celebrating my dogs’ birthdays and anniversaries that they joined our family!

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+ In making the dogs sleep in the kitchen. It pains me to put them out there every night, but they disturb my sleep. They seem like they sleep 20 hours a day, but they really do move around, make noises when they dream, and snore.

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+ Laughter is the best medicine, sometimes. If you meet my dogs, you’d know why I am always laughing at them.

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+ That I need to count my dogs before any extended family member leaves my house. We number off, one-two style, because I think someone might stick a Shih Tzu in their purse on the way out. My mom talks about how easy it would be to do all of the time.


+ Giving my dogs home haircuts has brought us closer together. Josie used to go to the groomer, but she hated it. And since they were on the expensive side, I would go longer between cuts. Since we got little Rylie, we use Scardy Scissors. They’re scissors that have changeable guards, like razors. It’s a little more time consuming than using an electric razor, but they don’t get freaked out by the sound. While they get super wiggly, I love laughing at them and grooming them.


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Shih Tzu Crazy: A Tribute to My Childhood Dog

It’s been awhile since I’ve featured my favorite Shih Tzus on the blog. Josie and Rylie mean the world to me. However, my love affair all started when I was in the 7th grade. My family rescued Molly, aka Miss Lala. If it wasn’t for her, I would not have rushed into having my first dog, Josie. Then, if Josie wasn’t so awesome, my husband wouldn’t have insisted on getting Shih Tzu number 2, Rylie.

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These first two photos are of Molly from 2007, back in her glory days. She was 14 when she passed away last week. She had eye surgeries recently, along with going almost blind and deaf. She spent the majority of her last weeks at the vet with an IV because she was very dehydrated. Even then, she was still ruling my parents’ house. Molly ate when she wants to eat, went outside when she wants to go outside, and sat wherever she damn well pleased. And she managed to sleep 23 hours a day. Or so it seems.

This is my favorite recent photo, though, because it shows both generations of Shih Tzus, all sitting on my dad’s lap. My family rescued Buddy when I was a junior in high school. He doesn’t have many teeth left, but at 11, he’s going strong!


My heart aches when I think about the pain that Molly was in, and I miss her terribly. I know she had such a great life and has left a wonderful legacy. She reminds me that God blesses us with very good things, like pets. Any time that I’m upset, Josie, who normally is a little distant, gets right in my face and snuggles with me. She won’t leave until I stop crying. Maybe she doesn’t like loud noises, but I prefer to think that she’s comforting me.

And now, here are some of my favorite recent photos of Josie and Rylie, the two funniest little girls that I know.

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How have your pets affected your life? You can leave a favorite picture of your pets in the comments! I would love to see them!

If you really like pictures of cute dogs, make sure to follow my instagram, where Josie and Rylie are featured quite prominently.

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Is My Human Pet Really a Shih Tzu?

Hey everyone! Josie and Rylie here! You may have seen our super cute pictures on the blog before. We love living with our mom and dad, but recently we have begin to suspect that our dad might really be a Shih Tzu, like us.





Josie: See, I come from a long line of awesome Shih Tzus. My mom loved Molly and Buddy, the original Maley Family Shih Tzus so much, that she bought me two years ago. We’ve been best friends ever since. Exactly one year to the day after she got me, my (now) dad asked her to be his girlfriend. I didn’t like him very much at first, because I liked being the love of my mom’s life. But, as time went on, I realized that this Brian guy might be the real deal.

Rylie: I didn’t get to join the fun until this January. I was born just a few days after my parents got married. I sure hope they give me my own birthday party and don’t combine it with their yucky anniversary party.

Anyway, we decided to do some research to see if this dad guy might be a Shih Tzu like us. We only know Molly and Buddy, but he seems to fit in with them pretty well.



Per the AKC, this is how a Shih Tzu should be:

As the sole purpose of the Shih Tzu is companion and house pet, he should be lively, alert, friendly and trusting towards all. He requires minimal exercise, but his long, luxurious coat needs daily brushing and maintenance.

That pretty much sums up our dad. He is lively, but sometimes not alert. My mom has to repeat things to get his attentions sometimes, but she has to do that with us even more. But that might be because we’re in charge (shh… she thinks she is). Our dad trusts everyone, except for us. He always makes us stay in the kitchen because he thinks we’ll go potty in the house. We’re not saying that his reasoning is unfounded, just that he doesn’t trust us. He definitely requires minimal exercise. Ever since he moved in with us and started eating healthy, he wasted away. He just started exercising, but he hates it as much as we hate walks.

Most importantly, our dad has a luxurious coat that needs daily brushing and maintenance. Our mom spends so much time putting dry shampoo and mousse in her hair, but it’s still yucky and flat. Our dad just uses conditioner and it looks beautiful. Even we’re jealous of that hair.

Rylie: My conclusion is that our dad is Shih Tzu. He says he wants to be one, but I think that’s his cover because he already is one.

Josie: Our dad is definitely a Shih Tzu. However, I’m the alpha dog and he’s part of my pack. He doesn’t like it, but he knows that it’s true.


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Happy 2nd Anniversary, Josie!

Today I have had my beautiful Josie for two years ago. It’s been two years since I picked up a tiny little puppy and took her back to DC, kept her there for a week, moved her to Birmingham for 6 weeks, and finally settled here in the suburb of Charlotte.




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It has been two years of hilarious laughs, snuggles, and fun games!

Josie has been my best friend for two years now! I could certainly fill pages and pages of funny pictures of her. She’s cute and funny. Now she likes to sleep a lot more, but she is certainly more energetic that we have a puppy in a house!

On a side note, baby Josie is staying with my parents while Rylie recovers from “getting fixed.” It’s hard to be away from her, especially because I legit threw her a party last year. I wanted to do the same again this year!

What’s the craziest thing that you’ve done for your pets?

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First Haircut: Shih Tzu Grooming

So, my husband and I decided that we would our puppy her very first haircut–ourselves. We thought grooming a puppy that hasn’t been traumatized by grooming yet would be a better start than on the other dog, Josie. Once, Josie was so wiggly that the poor groomer couldn’t cut her front legs and she looked like a Clydesdale for 2 months.


As you can see, she was overjoyed at the thought:



Twenty minutes later, however, she was not as overjoyed. I used Scardy Scissors. We weren’t sure which size guard to use, so we used a bigger one first, then really went for the kill with a shorter one.




The results:



Oh, but seriously, she ended up pretty cute!

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Another Snow Day

Puppy Fun

I couldn’t not share this adorable video of my new puppy playing in the most snow she’s ever seen–and the most that I’ve seen in at least 10 years!



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Shih Tzu Loving


My husband and I have two Shih Tzus. I grew up with them, so as soon as I broke free of my one bedroom condo in Washington DC, moved to the South, and got a yard, I go my precious Josie!


A few weeks ago, my husband and I added this little rascal, Rylie, to the mix:


Well, the point of this post is to talk about the first picture! I bought the custom Shih Tzu sign, which reads “It’s not a home without Fur-Kids (heart) Josie & Rylie.” I had the sign made and then framed it as a Valentine’s Day gift to my husband, from the whole family! The wonderful creation was made by the Etsy shop Sincerely, ally. I found her shop through Groopdealz (a favorite place of mine to get jewelry and accessories).

I knew that I wanted the sign because it was so cute and customizable, but when I read that 10% of the profits from that sale would go to local animal shelters, I was even more happy to buy it!

If you are looking for a deal, her Facebook page shows when she is participating with websites like Groopdealz, Bellechic, etc!


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