by E Loya
Shih Tzu, Precious from Arizona
A tribute to Precious, a Shih Tzu who has passed on but will always be remembered.
Our Precious was a legit family member ... she was beautiful ... white with brown spots .... a perfect round Shih Tzu face that would steal your heart....and she had her very own unique personality.... we were blessed to have her in our lives for a little over 12 years.
She lived with just me since 2011 once my kids moved out, and it was just me and her from then on.
In 2015, when I retired, she flew along with me to Washington state; we were up there for six months, then flew back to AZ. She loved going all over with me.
She loved to hear me say, “let’s go “...
She was always so friendly with anyone that she encountered.
She was my shadow, by my side all the time.
She loved chasing after rabbits in my yard, she never caught up to one, but she made it clear that this was HER yard ... lol.
I miss her terribly ... we lost her last year in August 2019..... she started having seizures just six weeks before she passed.
Before that, she had been so healthy all the time ... always had her yearly checkups...and it wasn’t until right before she passed that I discovered she had a slight heart murmur.
She was a very pampered pet. Anyone that knew her could vouch for that to be true ... I always gave her the best life that a dog can only dream of having.
I never imagined how painful losing her and life without her would be ... and I know that one day we will be together again.
Hi Janice, here from Miracle Shih Tzu
Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. The Shih Tzu breed has been developed from antiquity to be a companion dog and has enjoyed the status of a family member well into modern times.
We bond so closely with them that they seem to know what we are thinking and feeling, and we learn what they think and feel. These close bonds we establish throughout their lifetime make it even more challenging to let go when they pass
Time never erases our thoughts and feelings about them, but it does ease the pain and allow us to move on.
Would you like to hear my advice to puppy buyers who want to "replace" their beloved Shih Tzu?
1. Give yourself time to grieve before you go shopping for a new puppy or look to adopt an older dog.
2. Don't expect another Shih Tzu to replace the one you loved. Even though all Shih Tzu shares so much in common with one another, each has his unique mannerisms and temperament.
3. Refrain from naming the new puppy the same as the one you lost, such as Sam and Sam II.
4. A different color or gender may be the best choice for a new fur family member. Both your beloved baby, who is now waiting at the Rainbow Bridge, and your new puppy will have all the wonderful characteristics of the breed but will steal your heart in different ways.
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