Monday, December 17, 2012

Shih-tzus; the free computer keyboard warmers!

There is no doubt that Mr. Furball is a mama's boy - as seen in this photo.  Whether mama's listening to meditations or affirmations, Furbee just likes to touch and connect any way the space around him will allow. He really doesn't mind mama being on the computer as long as she can still reach him to give him physical, loving affection - she just can't expect to be comfortable enough to continue being on the computer uninterrupted and in-peace.
What is so important about a shot like this is that it teaches us that living being are more important than technological advances. A computer may entertain your attention for hours on-end, but no computer will ever genuinely create emotions built on the foundation of a loving and trusting relationship that these lap dogs do. Computers and chips don't come to you when you call them, they don't lick you with love salivating from their mouths, and computers won't feel nearly as soft as furry shih-tzus do when they're resting their little bodies on your body.
Of course, it's not healthy to use laptops directly on your lap and your pets should not rest their bodies so closely to the radiation-emitting devices; it's at this point that you're morally required to make a decision; continue on your sickness and headache-inducing computer under poor lighting, or shut it all off and give your babies (the shih-tzus) lots of love until they fall asleep; which would you prefer be done to you if you were them?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Shih-tzu Wishlist

It isn't fair to Sophie that her Papa can shoot pictures of her and edit to entertain himself and the rest of the world by creating animations of Sophie mid-lick and yawn while nervously waiting for Mama's affirmation, but the genuine expressions were the ones caught while capturing daughter in her moment with Mr. Frisbee - and the catalyst for the idea that the shih-tzus need to have their own Wishlist (seen here: Furbee and Sophie's Shih-tzu Wishlist).
Other than Love Bear, a full-sized Care Bear with hearts on its chest is Furbee's Wishlist item, but since they're a rare fine, he's willing to try cuddling with an 8" version titled Care Bear Love a Lot Bear 8" Plush Stuffed Toy for as little as $7.
Sophie helps occupy the personal gap filled by a quality partnership. Furbee is one of Sophie's consistent life partners when her attention isn't occupied by Mr. Frisbee (a vinyl-type of plastic, pink-colored miniature frisbee disc that once had two eyes and a smile illustrating a traditional happy face. The disc was probably a gift traded in lieu of paper tokens won in fixed-to-lose game-houses) - pictured in this article, and "Ball-ie" - a small-sized tennis ball (not around at this time) torn into shreds, and the eyeballs of any menacing plush toy that doesn't blink at her.
If you're a fan, you feel your life has been enhanced by the existence of our companion creatures, in particular those shown here - feel free to let them know by sending them an Wishlist item. The first item on Sophie's list is a replacement for Mr. Frisbee, but since a pink frisbee with the traditional happy face is going to be a hard find - the next best thing was any frisbee that hasn't been chewed to chunks she may swallow; shih-tzus are as smart as you make them, but you still have to beware of what you allow them to ingest. One lone frisbee seems impossible to find, but Sophie's Mini Flying Saucer Assortment (6 dz) is $10.94 (shipping included), or for half the price - a 3-Pack of Squeaker Tennis Balls (Small Dog Toy) sells for $4.45.
Of course, as long as the shih-tzus have their Mama and Papa - that which matters more than anything money can buy - they are truly happy. With Sophie eyeballing squirrels in the yard, and Furbee playing Officer Herbert - using his sharp senses to detect danger or unexpected visitors - artificial entertainment only goes so far. There is no entertainment so precious as real love and that's what all living things want and need to experience - shih-tzu blogs aside. Non-shih-tzu parents can give back to the world by spreading their love to the next two living creatures that have the capacity to return your genuine affection.

Monday, December 10, 2012

They Won't Take Any Shih-Tzu

Seven Psychopaths (Movie) Shih-Tzu
It's a wonderful day when movies are made featuring our favorite furry friends and family members can receive the credit they deserve by having movies made about them - highlighting their best qualities - modeling shots. The "Lion" dog is known primarily for its long, illustrious mane of hair that requires daily combing as a maintenance ritual, oral dental cleaning for proper hygiene,  eyecare and more. In this film; however, the shih-tzu's job is the same as it was in royal Tibetan palaces when they weren't busy chasing rodents out; looking as cute as a princess and nothing more. The shih-tzus are so-loved by kings, queens, and a few, select Hollywood Union cardholders - that whether the Director calls "action" or "cut", the shih-tzu stays in character.
The shih-tzu pictured in this blog was found in a movie entertainment magazine ad on the free shelf/rack at the local public library. The DVD was reserved online and watched to the horror of too much violence in this reviewer's opinion. Save your time and rescue an animal from a pet shelter instead; it's a much greater contribution if you have enough love to share.
75% of 105,043 online movie reviewers at rated the film highly and it was considered by public library researchers/purchasers as good enough to buy and share with the public. "Seven Psychopaths" has a plot involving the kidnapping of a shih-tzu for ransom. Spoiler Alert: "The bad guy loves the shih-tzu!"
One thing that can be said on behalf of shih-tzus is that "it's about time" someone made a shih-tzu the main prop of a movie plot. 
Seven Psychopaths movie featuring Olga Kurylenko, Christopher Walken, Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, Tom Waits, Woody Harrelson and one really cute shih-tzu