Sunday, April 19, 2009

Reinventing one's self

Now I know that there are people out there that reinvent themselves to keep their images fresh because in their line of work, it's crucial. Say show business - think Madonna. But in the dog world when someone reinvents themselves, doesn't it make you wonder? I mean REALLY wonder?

A while back I wrote this post about a particular person that was hawking imperials on her website. Her website would have led someone to believe that she had been breeding and showing Shih Tzu all her life, when in actuality she had only just happened into the breed when her day job started going down hill - think real estate. What better way to make money than pump out puppies, right?

So it's bad enough that she's trying to pass herself off as knowing anything about the breed. But now, she's reinventing herself. Her website now points to a new "improved" website with a flashy new name. Many of the dogs are the same with a smattering of new canine flesh mixed in to make you wonder how many dogs can one go through in the course of a couple of years? Bred 'em, place 'em and forget 'em.

Sigh. I think I'll go hug my 16 year old that's costing me a fortune at the vet. While I'm at it, I think I'll also round up the krew and have a group hug.

While I'd like to place an adult or two, usually they end up staying unless the most absolute perfect home happens along. They're not advertised on my blog or a website with a price tag on them. Nor are my puppies. When you breed for yourself, you find the numbers manageable enough and you don't have to stoop to puppy mill tactics to sell your puppies or adults.

Ethics - make sure your breeder has 'em before you commit to YOUR next dog.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


It's been a while since we've heard the pitter-patter of little paws around here! Specifically, my last litter was a singleton puppy born in 2007 (that turned out to be something pretty spectacular). Tuxedo was Best Puppy In Show at the Greater Atlanta Shih Tzu Specialty that proceeded the Nationals last year! I thought then, and I still think, that was pretty AWESOME! Thank you again, Sally, for believing in me, my breeding program and that special little boy!

Well as luck would have it - I finally have an opportunity to repeat that breeding! Violet is cooperating and I'm sure Magic will when called upon! :) Now all it has to do is take!

So if all goes well, and I hope I'm not jinxing it, we should have cute little black & white puppies in June!

Now, as if that wasn't enough to be happy about, my little Holly is also in season! I've been able to work out the logistics and Holly will be bred as well.

I've been planning these two litters for well over a year now. It's been a rocky road to get to this point too. I won't go into details, but let's just say that I didn't think I'd be able to breed either girl! It figures both would come in at the same time! But I've been blessed to be able to work out the details. And I'm very excited!

Pictures of course will be posted here for bragging purposes!!

Pictured above is Violet (WoTeH'sin Booty-N-Charm) with her singleton son Tuxedo (CH WoTeH'sin S'Dandi Black Tie-N-Tails).

Speaking of dog shows . . .

Magic continues to creep on towards his championship title, in spite of me! He now has 11 points, and only needs one major to finish. This is the most frustrating part of showing dogs - searching out majors. And who knows - Magic may end up somewhere else in the country sometime this year. :) That's the beauty of owner handling - you can take your time, you can change things up, you can show 'em yourself or you can send them out.

Keeping my fingers crossed!

The kindness of strangers

A belated post, but none the less from my heart - thank you to those of you that helped me recently at the show in Tucson. You know who you are! If it weren't for your kindness and help, I'm not sure how my weekend would have ended.

Thank you!