ALL I want for Christmas is . . .
Monday, December 15, 2014 26 Comments
A Shih Tzu Puppy
I’ve been so lonely since my little Tabitha died
© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
I guess Santa got my letter
Some of you were aware that I finally decided that, apartment ready or not, sharing my life with another Shih Tzu was exactly what the doctor ordered to turn this miserable year around.
I’d love to be able to rescue but, like almost everything else, it’s a bit more complicated in my case. I am highly allergic to all cats and almost every other breed of dog, so if I am to remain breathing I must make sure the animal I live with is a purebred Shih Tzu.
The very idea of buying a dog activates my own black and white thinking – in spades!
After much investigation, I finally found a breeder I trusted, put a deposit down before making final payment on one of the most adorable little puppies I’ve ever seen. I was just about to hop on a plane to go get the little guy when everything blew up in my face.
Won’t anything ever go right again? was my reaction,
tears of disappointment streaming down my face.
If you’ve been following along since the gang mugging, resulting medical drama, forced move, FOUR repeats of iPhone failure, the auction where everything in my rented storage space was sold after they couldn’t reach me by phone, etc. – this year alone – you’ll understand that was not quite the over-reaction it might otherwise seem to be.
Getting back on the horse
On the recommendation of Lynn Fontaine, the wonderful and spiritually generous original breeder, I spoke with Twana of Pe-Kae Treasures – a breeder she had known for quite a while (and only a day trip away by car).
SO . . . while this article auto-posts, Peggy Ramundo and I are in her car and on our way to pick up my little Christmas puppy.
Oh yes, there really IS a Santa Claus!
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Wanna’ see his first baby picture?
My own little piece of [gluten-free] pumpkin pie heaven
The breeder’s name for him is Pumpkin (he was apparently a lot more “orange” than it appears from the photo above, taken when he was less than 7 weeks old – with a chocolate mask and ear tips, not black, as it appears in his i-net baby pictures). When I meet him – TODAY! – I’ll decide if that name stays or if he looks like some other name to me.**
If he were older, of course, I would NEVER rename him, but at the tender age of a little over two months he can’t really understand much language, so I doubt he answers to his name yet.
An added benefit
Since I only wake to touch and not to sound, each of the other Shih Tzus who have lived with me throughout my life have been a HUGE help toward chrono-regulation.
I can’t WAIT until this new baby has been trained to awaken me with a puppy kiss so that he can go outside!
As I said in response to a comment on ADD and Christmas Too (repeated here because I seriously have to stop blogging and GO!), I am SUDDENLY wondering if I’m going to be able to maintain my Deck-the-Halls sanity this year!
I have been frantically puppy-proofing like a mad thing, and seriously regretting my decision to dig out everything all at once (as I make repeated trips back down to my basement storage unit to remove a great many things I recently brought UP those same stairs – anything likely to pose a danger to a less than 10-week old TINY dog!)
Even if, for the entire month of December, I have to close off the living room (which currently looks like Macy’s Christmas storeroom after an earthquake) and hastily move a great many items of decor to the shelves in my office — not the prettiest presentation or conducive to the best of functioning — the joy of being a Shih Tzu mom once again will leave me radiantly happy this Christmas.
I hope you are radiantly happy this Christmas too.
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Puppy Update: The trip was uneventful, we are home, and he is adorable. He also seems to be unusually smart. It took once for him to learn where I wanted him to go to the bathroom, so potty training is practically done and over with until his final shots, when it will be safe for him to go outside.
Twana sent me home with a Santa Bag of puppy essentials, including a container of the Taste of Wild Bison Small Bite puppy food he was used to (and some Iams® ProActive Health™ Puppy Biscuits for a healthy treat). She told me he liked, of all things, bananas and broccoli!
A bit overwhelmed and shy at first, the NEW YORK MINUTE he figured out that I was the keeper of all things banana, he decided he’d stay (and began to look around the joint – to see if he could locate my stash, I guess). He is sleeping on my lap as I type – and I will be joining him in dreamland as soon as I hit update.
**Update TWO: I’ve been trying out a variety of names on this little tiny boy, and the one he seems to respond to best is TinkerToy (actually comes when I call) — so unless somebody quickly suggests another name that better strikes both our fancies, Tinkertoy it is.
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