photos by : Gaye Johnson
Doggies Beauty Update …
Gaye Johnson is a dog lover. She emailed me two photos of her lovely pets Panda and Reggie. Both of them are Shih Tzu dogs, Panda is the one in black and white and Reggie is the lighter color. Gaye treats both of them like puppies though they are quite elderly. Panda is twelve years old and Reggie is going to six in November. Shih Tzu dogs has a life span of about 15 years.
Her husband Stan too loves Shih Tzu dogs. They both live in Florida and they always encourage friends and family members to get Shih Tzu dogs. Their son owns one and it is named Remy. The dog is pure black and is a beauty. All of their dogs come from a breeder in Traverse City, Michigan. Two years ago she lost one of the Shih Tzu dog TeeCee. He died when he was eleven. Gaye said she may add another one if everything is going fine with her husband.
Gaye mentioned that TeeCee’s father, Mowgli, was Panda’s grandfather. And Mowgli is also Reggie’s greatgrandfather. They are all of the same breeding line. In fact Panda’s father is TeeCee’s brother and Panda is TeeCee’s niece All of their dogs come from a breeder in Traverse City, Michigan.
With its long, floor-sweeping double coat and royal bearing, the Shih Tzu was another imperial court favourite. It was cross-bred from the Lhaso Apso (or Tibetan Mountain dog) and the Pekinese. In Chinese Shih Tzu means “lion”. Asiatic dogs for hundreds of years were bred to resemble miniature lions. These so-called “Lion dogs” were small and bearded, had encompassing heads, level faces, short noses, huge round eyes, square bodies, and short legs.
Due to the Shih Tzu’s size at only nine to ten inches (22.8 to 25.4 cm) high at the shoulder and weighing about nine to sixteen pounds (4 to 7.2 kg), these bundles of joy are just the right size for every home and lap. Though small, playful and mischievous, it is not afraid to stand up for itself and defend its master. The breed was bred to be loving They only want to love and be loved
Gaye loves the Shih Tzu dogs partly because of her family background. Gaye’s mother was born in China and lived there until she was married. Her father was a missionary for the YMCA and they lived there for 30 years. Gaye’s mother met her father in China and he brought her back to the USA.
Gaye and Stan are a lovely couple and they always find time to walk with their pets Panda and Reggie in their backyard. I am sorry that Stan was admitted hospital but now resting at home. With Gaye’s tender care and I hope he will return fast and full recovery.
Gaye love photography and she like to take pictures of birds, flowers and wildlife. Many of her good pictures can be found in her blog Gaye Johnson photography