As many may know, I spent Christmas 2009 partaking in a very interesting activity: I delivered my neighbor’s (surprise) puppies. It was a really wonderful holiday surprise.
After much debate, we have decided to take in one of the babies! Mom is a Shih Tzu (purebred, it appears.) The puppy that we’re adopting is mostly white, with a bit of black on the head and an adorable pink nose with black speckles (a Shih Tzu that complies with breed standard should have an all-black nose – no show rings for this little guy!) He will be ready to come home in February.
Skip to the end of this post to vote in our Puppy Name Poll – we need help picking a name for baby Shih Tzu!
Momma Dog Lacey and our soon-to-be Shih Tzu puppy! Take our poll to help us pick a name! (Better photo coming soon!)
The Story Behind Our New Shih Tzu Puppy
This is a particularly exciting event because, for the first time ever, I will own a completely healthy puppy! We’ve taken in dozens of puppies in the past as fosters, but I’ve never kept a healthy baby (we always keep the sick, the disabled, the deformed, the behaviorally-challenged – the puppies that nobody wants.)
And while we will continue to take in any dog who needs help, I look forward to the experience of owning a puppy without the constant worry that’s associated with a special needs puppy.
This little dog is special. He was the third born in his litter of five and he simply did not want to breathe. He kept giving up. I worked on this little guy for nearly an hour before he decided to breathe properly.
This experience will also be wonderful because I have an opportunity to work with this puppy – the best breeders work with the puppies from day one, handling them, socializing them and preparing them for life. So many dogs’ behavioral problems could be avoided if they had someone to work with them from day one. For instance, if you perform an exercise where you flip a young puppy on his back, the dog will learn a submissive role and this can ultimately prevent dominance and even aggression as an adult. So while I’ve worked with many puppies (born to foster dogs in my care and ultimately adopted into loving homes) this will be the first time that I can reap the rewards of my work!
Pick a Male Dog Name for Our Puppy!
That said, we need help to decide on a name! So take our Puppy Name Poll to help us pick a name!
Or, you have a suggestion for a good Shih Tzu puppy name, please add a comment to this post!! For the most part, we like names that sound like last names and names that end with “well,” “ton,” or “tin.” There should also be good nickname potential – we’re big on nicknames! I’d also enjoy an Asian name. I had a friend with a Shih Tzu named Ming Li and I thought that was so cute and fitting for the breed. We do not like non-human names – Snowball, Fluffy, Fido, etc.
Our current animal’s names include: Cooper, Kota, Colby, Sasha-Simone, Gus, J.J., Baxter, Madigan, Tobin, Benjamin, Tilly, Bixby, Alvin, Templeton and Henri (French pronunciation of Henry).
If it helps to have a visual, as an adult, he’ll wear his hair long and flowy (like a Shih Tzu show dog) and we’ll put his bangs into a topknot. I’ve never owned a dog with long hair, so I’m looking forward to doggy hairstyling! (Here’s hoping he got the long hair gene, since he may very well be a mix!)
Here is The Sick Dog Blog’s poll; you can vote for multiple names.
Help us pick a Shih Tzu puppy name for a male (born 12/25/09). He’s mostly white with a little black.
- Arthur (17%, 1 Votes)
- Oliver (17%, 1 Votes)
- Nifkin (17%, 1 Votes)
- Lex (17%, 1 Votes)
- Bruno (17%, 1 Votes)
- Elroy (17%, 1 Votes)
- Wellington (0%, 0 Votes)
- Calloway (0%, 0 Votes)
- Cadbury (0%, 0 Votes)
- Leroy (0%, 0 Votes)
- Kermit (0%, 0 Votes)
- Chutney (0%, 0 Votes)
- Bertrand (0%, 0 Votes)
- Bernard (0%, 0 Votes)
- Otis (0%, 0 Votes)
- Cordwell (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 6