Friday, January 25, 2008

White and Nerdy

When I shared this blog about my dog (started when he was a puppy) with my colleagues, the next day this video was shown to me.

I think the lines "even made a home page for my dog" hit a little bit too close to home. Peace.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Dogs in the Workplace

I have decided to take the dog to work today. We work in a small office and most everyone there loves to have the little puppy there.

I had an important call with a potential new customer this morning. Right as we were in the middle of discussing our strategy, the dog started barking. WHAT A DISASTER!!

I can only image that our customer thinks we are a bunch of yahoos. Is it really appropriate to bring a dog to work? It certainly was distracting when he was barking.

I really wanted to punt him, but then on of my colleagues emailed me this picture to remind me how cute this little shichon/zuchon is.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Shichon or Zuchon taking over the blog world?

Check out the number of blogs about a shichon in the past 30 days:

Posts that contain Shichon per day for the last 30 days.
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And here they are for Zuchon:

Posts that contain Zuchon per day for the last 30 days.
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And just for kicks lets compare that to Bichon:

Posts that contain Bichon per day for the last 30 days.
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We found out where Monkey (our Shichon or Zuchon puppy) came from!

Well, we know where he came from, but here is the breeder site. - LOVEOURDOGS.COM It looks like they breed Shichons as well as other designer breeds.

Here is what the site says about Shichons:

Shichon (Shih Tzu/Bichon)

Shichon is a Shih Tzu/ Bichon mix. The breed also referred to as Teddy Bears or Zuchon. They are playful and lively, but also very gentle and calm. The temperament is that of a very gentle, self-assured and well mannered dog. The Shichon is friendly with everyone and love to just sit near you. The Shichon is Hypoallergenic, making them great for allergy suffers. They enjoy baths and are easy to groom. They are the ultimate lap dog!

Its so true!

They also have Puggles and Shorkes (Shih Tzu/Yorkie) - very very cute, check out the site and the pictures! They serve the Chicago Area.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Winter Potty

This was the coldest weekend in January so far this year. As January is Chicago's coldest month, and it gets pretty cold here, it was a COLD one. We had temperatures drop to -18F (feels like) and -5 Fahrenheit its pretty cold. And the dog walking gets pretty short.

I have observed a peculiar thing in our puppy. When taken out first day of the cold spell, after a few minutes he started lifting his paws and holding them up. He actually looked like his paws were freezing! Of course this is unconfirmed but its strange.

Now I have heard or read somewhere that Huskies and big sled dogs don't have feeling in the tips of their paws and they can survive the deep freeze without feeling it. Unfortunately our dog is a shichon (also called a Zuchon) a descendant of the ShiTzu and a Bichon. I doubt that his ancestors had developed this survival component.

So until it warms up to at least to 15 F degrees we will have to make our potty outings breef. Interestingly he has started picking up the speed in which he decides to get his business done. There is a bright side to taking the dog out in blistery and bitter cold of the winter.