Tuesday, October 30, 2007

It's Official!

Its best NOT to meet Ella's puppies unless your ready for a puppy of your own. All four have been taken, 3 of them are going to siblings of Kim. The other one is going to one of her roommates grandmothers. I'm excited because now she'll be able to keep tabs on all the pups instead of just one.

In other news Daisy is finally out of heat! So it looks like I will try to breed her in the spring when her next heat cycle begins. It will be interesting to see how that goes. Jake has never been around newborn puppies, but he's been good with them once they get older.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

New Names and Adoptions!!

As usual the names they started with at birth have been changed. Sadie AKA Sugar has been adopted by on of Kim's roommates for her grandmother. Smokey AKA Hershey has been adopted by Kim's nephews who spent the last several months saving up their money!

Eddie AKA Chocolate and Mac AKA Toffe AKA Carmel are doing great and getting bigger and stronger everyday! These two are super cuddly, and as we have found out all puppies will pee on you if you pick them up after a long nap for a cuddle. Best to let Momma do her thing first and then hold them. :)

Daisy is a little lady now....

On another note, Daisy have become a little lady. Yup her first heat has arrived and she's been wearing diapers all week. I'm guessing right now would be the time to breed her, as it was hard to keep Jake off her. Daisy wasn't sure what he wanted from her, but she was pretty sure she wasn't wanting any of it! LOL

I did find a possible boyfriend for her that lives in Tooele, and sent off an email to see if a possible romance might be in Daisy's future. It looks like I will breed her in the spring as her cycle should come again in the next 6-8 months. Here are some pics of the puppies and Daisy in her denim diaper

Eyes are open!

I went down Saturday to Kim's since I was having an open house trying to sell my house. The puppies have their eyes and ears open and are getting stronger, but still pretty wobbly getting around. Daisy wanted to get in there and see what these little things were... Jake could care less he just wanted to play!

Monday, October 1, 2007

What is a Shih-poo??

Many people have asked me what is a Shih Poo.. so here are some detail as well as some pics of older Shih Poo's I found on the internet.

A Shih-poo is a mixed breed dog that is produced by mating a Poodle and a Shih Tzu It is one of many Poodle hybrids that have been bred in an attempt to combine the characteristics of the Poodle, such as its intelligence and low-shed coat, with the desirable traits of another breed- in this case the Shih Tzu. Some owners prefer Shih-Poo's over Shih Tzus because the snout of the dog is less pushed in, therefore alleviating many breathing problems that shih-tzus can experience.

The Shih-poos' (as with most mixed-breed dogs) appearance varies significantly. It will take characteristics from both of its parents. One consistent trait of the breed is its size, normally weighing about 10 lb. It is long coated, though its coat texture can be straight, curly, or wavy. Normally the Shih-poo's general build will be somewhere between that of its parents. It can be any colour or colour combination. Partially because of its widely varying appearance it is not recognized by any major kennel club.They are very adorable and a kind dog.

The Shih-poos' parent breeds share many temperament traits, more so than appearance. Therefore it is easier to generalise their personality. They are normally intelligent, alert, friendly, and devoted to their owners though they can often be shy around strangers and like many small dogs they need to be properly socialized around young children. They are demonstrative and seem to enjoy being fawned on and being the centre of attention. The Shih-poo tend to be very sociable with other dogs and they also do well around other pets of all species.

Shih-poo's are usually very intelligent and eager to please their owners. These traits make them very trainable. They learn quickly and seems to enjoy showing off tricks.