Sunday, November 29, 2009

Shichons and all small dogs and babies

As with most abandoned blogs something happens in the life of the author which makes the blog a much lower priority and ultimately the blog gets abandoned. A big event in our lives has happened and as a result I haven't posted anything here for over six months. Our son was born earlier last year and as this is our first child, our free time has disappeared.

A couple of other annoying issues also came up, like the fact that youtube had terminated my account without warning erasing all the videos of our shichon that were a part of this blog.

However, I have resolved to pick this up again and write about our experiences with our shichon and our new baby - in particular focusing on how the dog and the baby interact with each other.

So stay tuned for more pictures of the dog and the baby.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Portie - or porty - is the new white house dog

Well, finally a story everyone has been panting after. It's "barking" news, and we "unleash the news" a Portuguese water dog has been chosen by the Obamas as the first dog.

The president has been "dogged" by reporters who have been "gnawing" at the story since he made the mention at grant part. As we are "sinking our teeth" into the story, here is our first impression.

Well, I can't say that I am not disappointed that its not a shichon in the white house, but the Obamas have chosen and there it is.

Now we can put it behind us and get back to shichons.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Obamas Make a Dog Breed Choice - a Portugese Water Dog

According to the LA Times stpory Obama Portugese "First Dog will be a rescued Portuguese water dog, says Michelle Obama". The Obamas have chosen a Portugese Water Dog as their top, or their official white house dog.

Well, at least we know what type of dog breed we will have in the white house. Too bad its not a shichon.

Photo by Hollow-Industries.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Dog paws, dog booties and melting salt on sidewalks

As you know I love to watch my shichon play in the snow. Especially when the snow is fresh and his fur is grown out I think he looks just like an ewok-dog when he struggles through the drifts.

Here is what I mean

However what I have noticed is NOT fun is when are walking around on the sidewalks and they start to limp because their little paws are hurting. I have observed this several times and I am starting to suspect that rock salt put on the sidewalks to melt the snow away may be hurting my shichon.

I concerned about this and have been thinking this over and one of the reasons that I have been having such a hard time about this is that I am also vehemently opposed to any type of dog clothing. I think that in general the dogs dont like it, they look stupid and it borders on animal abuse.

Here is however a site which may change my mind. Check out the dog booties site created by some folks from Minesotta - and they know what cold means. I love that their tag line is:

When it is 50 below, do you really think man's best friend cares if his boots are pretty?

What do you think?

Monday, February 2, 2009

Obama puppy

So what are the Obamas waiting for? They moved in, the girls are in school - what else is there to be done? Is Barrack too busy to shop for a puppy for his girls? Clearly he doesn't have his priorities straight. I would highly recommend a design breed - a mutt if you like, Mr. Obama - shichon.

We are waiting with anticipation for your next appointment, the appointment of the white house dog!

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year

I can't help but to re-use my post from last year... Here is our little teddy bear dog as Santa!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Top white house dog breeds for Obama

Unfortunately the shichon - the cutest teddy bear dog breed of the mix breeds will not appear in the results of the American Kennel Club poll to help recommend the next white house dog.

In August, more than 42,000 Americans cast their vote in the AKC®'s poll to determine the right breed of dog for the Obamas at The Poodle was chosen from a list of five hypoallergenic breeds, each with distinct characteristics that made them uniquely suited for Obama's daughter who suffers from allergies.

The top white house dogs in question were:

- bichone frise
- The Chinese Crested
- The Miniature Schnauzer
- The Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
- The poodle

Of course we feel deeply disapointed that no mixed breed dogs made it on the list so a shichon is a write in for us. All of the dogs on the list are hyperalergenic and so is our little teddy bear shichon.

Of course it would be fitting that Obama pick a mutt - after his own admission.