Bichon Frise & Shih Tzu returned to happy owners

by Darren Jamieson on January 18, 2012

An unfortunate incident regarding the dognapping of a Bichon Frise and a Shih Tzu in Brighton has come to a happy ending, as the dogs were returned to their owners. Emma, a mother of four, has said now how she will be extra careful to not let the dogs out of her sight.

The Shih Tzu, named Rollo, and Lula the Bichon Frise, were both taken from their own home on Monday, January 9th. With the dogs normally roaming (more…)

Charity sees abandoned ‘handbag’ pets triple

by Mark James on October 10, 2011

An animal rescue organisation has been overwhelmed by the number of small dogs it has taken in over the past 12 months.

The Blue Cross animal welfare charity has said that the levels of abandoned shih tzus, chihuahuas and bichon frises have tripled, and thinks that the trend for the dogs popularised by the likes of Paris Hilton may be to blame.

Many dog owners look to emulate the heiress and her chihuahua Tinkerbelle, or Coleen Rooney and bichon frise Daisy, by carrying the pint sized pet around in a designer handbag.

However, many underestimate the care and attention needed to be given to their pets to ensure that they are healthy and well adjusted, and find that they are hopelessly ill equipped to look after them. As such, the charity (more…)

Hero pup saves heart attack Gran

by Darren Jamieson on September 13, 2011

A grandmother has credited her pup with saving her life after she was struck by a heart attack.

Gwen Risby, 76, of Norwich, collapsed at home after a massive cardiac arrest. Sensing that something was wrong, her 16 week old pup Candy, a Shih Tzu / Jack Russell cross, managed to revive her.

Mrs Risby came to as her pet pawed and scratched at her, and somehow found the strength to make a phone call to her daughter. She said:

“I definitely owe my life to Candy.”

“She was absolutely brilliant. She was so young but she had the sense to bring me round just enough to make a phone call.”

“I was scratched and bleeding but I didn’t really care. Candy just sensed that there was something wrong. Without her I would not be here because no one would have known.”

Critically ill, she was rushed to Norwich University Hospital and was hooked up to life support. thankfully, she recovered fully and was reunited with Candy.

It has long been thought by some that dogs have an spooky sixth sense when it comes to their owners being in danger.

Jenny Smedley, author of several animal books, thinks that dogs are ‘in tune’ with humans, and know when things go awry. She said:

“In the case of the heart attack victim, the dog did not understand what her owner was experiencing but she did sense that her energy had become dangerously low and this would have given the puppy the urge to try to revive her.”

What is the difference between a Shih Tzu and a Lhasa Apso?

by Mark James on October 5, 2010

There’s no doubt about it – smaller dogs seem to be more popular as pets than ever before nowadays. Apart from the fact that they are seen in some circles as a fashion accessory – actresses, WAGs and socialites seem to carry a trembling Chihuahua in their Chanel handbags wherever they go – lots of people realise that looking after a smaller dog has several advantages.

For a start, there’s the cost. Smaller breeds such as Lhasas or Miniature Schnauzers don’t have the appetite of larger ones, and this translates to a lower weekly food bill. Grooming can be much less of a chore and, again, money can be saved in grooming fees. There’s also the question of space: with a modestly-sized pet, you don’t need a huge house or garden for it to feel comfortable. Smaller dogs usually require less exercise than larger breeds, and a lot of this can be met by playing in the house or garden.

Jeff GoldblumThere are other practical advantages too, such as when your dog goes to the toilet; a Chihuahua is less likely to leave you to clear up something that would not look out of place in Jurassic Park – a Great Dane on the other hand could easily leave you with ‘one great big pile of (more…)

Which dog breeds are best for allergy suffers?

by Mark James on August 12, 2010

A person can be afflicted with an allergy at any stage of their lives. Whereas someone may avoid a particular detergent or soap, dairy products or shellfish if they are allergic to them, a dog owner will often choose to live with their symptoms rather than give up their four-legged friend.

If you find that you start to suffer from sneezing, a runny or itchy nose, watery eyes, a sore throat or skin rashes when you’re around your dog, there’s a good chance that you have developed an intolerance to him. This can be confirmed by a visit to your GP, who can arrange for you to undergo test to determine the source of your allergy.

It’s unlikely that an owner will swap their pet for a breed that is allergy friendly, but there are several measures that you can take to minimise the onset of your symptoms.

First and foremost is cleanliness. Dog allergens will be found on furniture, walls, curtains and clothing, and can remain airborne for some time. Don’t allow your pet to sleep or play on any furniture that you will be using. Dander can gather here, and can cause a severe reaction. It’s essential to ensure that your house is cleaned regularly. Shampoo or steam clean your carpet every (more…)

Buster dies leaving Paul O’Grady devastated

by Darren Jamieson on November 20, 2009

OGradyBusterYesterday, Paul O’Grady’s beloved dog Buster died of cancer.

The 14 year old shih tzu-bishon frise cross was a regular on Paul O’Grady’s chat show on Channel 4 and popular with viewers.  Lately, Buster hasn’t been appearing on the current TV series because of his age.

After being diagnosed with cancer, Buster (more…)

Youth gang attack Britain’s Ugliest Dog

by Darren Jamieson on August 20, 2009

The dog crowned Britain’s Ugliest Dog in 2005 was subjected to a cruel attack by a gang of vicious young thugs.

Mugly is a shih tzu-Chinese crested cross breed and escaped from his owner’s home.  He did have just the one tuft of hair on his neck,  but the mindless youths tore it from his neck, hit and punched him and even ripped (more…)

Three pedigree dogs found wandering streets in North Wales

by Darren Jamieson on November 17, 2008

Three Shih Tzu dogs were found wondering the streets in North Wales this month, with badly matted coats and in need of care. Two of the Shih Tzus, one female and one male, were found in a derelict building in the North Wales town of Conwy. A third Shih Tzu, another female, was found on the street the same week.

According to Inspector Kevin Paton the dogs were in such a bad state that they had to be shaved. Their hair was so matted that they were in discomfort.

I am hoping the public will be able to tell me where these dogs came from.

They were not friendly when we first brought them into the centre but this was simply because they were in pain from (more…)

Shih Tzu Breed Profile

by Leanne Thompson on August 8, 2008

At the time of writing, the Shih Tzu (pronounced shi-zoo), is one of the most popular family dogs in the UK. It is also referred to as the chrysanthemum dog, because of the shape formed around the nose and mouth when the fur first starts to grow, which resembles the flower. The plural of ‘shih tzu’ is also ‘shih tzu’.

General Shih Tzu Information:
This dog breed is generally good natured, non aggressive and just loves being with its owners. They are very cuddly and fluffy, and they are known as non-shedding, so are often suitable for those who suffer from pet allergies. Actually, the shih tzu is not completely non-shedding – see the below Grooming section for more detail.

Typical Shih Tzu

Height: 9 – 11 inches
Weight: 7 – 8 lbs
Average Litter Size: Around 3 – 5 puppies
Life Expectancy: 12 – 14 years, although known to live up to 18 years
Good with Children: Yes
Kennel Club Classification: Utility Group (more…)