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After much thought, my mum has decided to permanently move my blog to Tumblr.

I’ve been blogging there since 2009 but for about the last year, the content there and the content here has been pretty much the same (with the exception of my 12 Days of Cuteness.)

So what’s the point in having two blogs with the same content?

Kinda silly, huh?

If you’re a regular reader, you probably won’t notice much difference cos my website address will still be the same. Right now I’m using a Tumblr address but it will switch to sadieshihtzu.com eventually.

If you subscribe to my blog using email / WordPress / Feedburner then we might have to get you to subscribe another way. I promise to let you know.

We still have some blog posts to move over to Tumblr. It takes a long time to do that cos my mum is doing it manually and she works during the day so doesn’t have a lot of time to do that stuff until the weekends.

If you’re on Tumblr already, you can just follow me there right now.

If you’re not, then just sit tight while I figure out how you can subscribe to my blog posts.

Thanks for sticking with me on this WordPress blog. I’ve been writing here since 2008 – that’s a whole SIX YEARS. I started young ;)

Why am I moving to Tumblr?

We love WordPress but it’s such a big blogging platform. I generally only post photos and don’t need all the bells and whistles that WordPress provides. Plus we have to pay for hosting on WordPress. Tumblr is free.

The way I post stuff to the interwebs has changed over the past year.

I’m using Instagram every day now.

I used to post all my best photos to Flickr and this blog but everything goes on Instagram and Tumblr now cos it’s so easy from an iPhone.

I hope you’ll follow me to my new blogging home on Tumblr. If not, I really appreciate your support this far. We’re all inundated with information and our lives can get very busy so if you took time to read this blog, I know it was an effort and that makes my fluffy heart sing.

I’ll post one more update just before the switch happens.

Face licks all round :)

DAY 12: THE 12 DAYS OF CUTENESS 2013

It’s day 12 of my 12 Days of Cuteness. Our holiday celebration of pet cuteness comes to an end today.

As always, my favourite photo is first but the rest are in no particular order.

If you want to be sure you see all the posts for the 12 Days of Cuteness, use this link.

• • •

As I mentioned in a previous post, this is the last year of the 12 Days of Cuteness.

It takes a lot of time to put all this stuff together. With apps such as Instagram, you can enjoy 365 days of cuteness and it doesn’t take a lot of time to post a photo there.

Thank you to EVERYONE who sent us photos over the past four years. I know it’s a bit of a cliche to say it but (it’s true) we couldn’t have done it without you.

And for those of you who just enjoyed looking at cute pics, thank you for stopping by. I hope we brought a smile to your face and brightened your day a little.

Minnie & Toby (dogs of the day)

Trisha-Toby-and-Minnie

I wanted to end my 12 Days of Cuteness with this photo of Toby and Minnie – my Instagram friends.

They recently had four puppies – their second litter – and documented their new babies on Instagram (ahem, not the actual birthing part, just to be clear). It was pure joy.

Their first litter wasn’t quite so joyful because only one puppy survived.

To me, this photo reminds me of new life. I thought it was fitting to end my 12 Days of Cuteness with it.

Their mum says, “Minnie, a Shih Tzu, is one and a half and Toby, a Pug, is four and a half.

They can never be apart. They need to eat together, sleep together, walk together, go do their business together. Everywhere one goes the other is right there too. [They're the] best of friends.”

Mercy

Mercy

Mercy’s mum says, “This is my little six year old Shih Tzu. We named her Mercy. We rescued her in February 2013. She has brought so much joy and happiness to our home. She loves to play with her squeaky toys and goes absolutely crazy for car rides.”

Bailey

Bailey

This is 11 year old Shih Tzu Bailey. Her mum says she is “… full of attitude.”

Daisy

Daisy

Daisy is a two year old Shichon. Her mum says, “She is a very sweet, intelligent, loving little girl. When she knows we are near home or my daughter’s house, she does a little whine to let me know she is getting excited.

She loves wearing her bows. When she sees me going through them, Daisy is right there in front of me ready for the bow to put into her hair.”

Crystu

crystu

This is three year old Shih Tzu Crystu. His mum says, “He loves hugs, kisses, chasing cats and doesn’t like being left alone even for a second. And God knows why he becomes really curious when people fart!

He is my best friend and I share all my secrets with him and love him more than anything.”

Sadie

Sadie

Five month old Shih Tzu Sadie “… absolutely loves ice and frozen grapes. I can have an ice cube in one hand and a treat in the other and she will choose the ice every time,” says her mum.

(Warning to Sadie’s mum: grapes are toxic to dogs.)

Oscar

Oscar

This is Oscar. His mum says, “He’s a German Pinscher (not a GSD/Doberman mix). He’ll be five in February. He looks stoned when he’s happy, but it’s just his relaxed face.”

The Shih Tzu sisters & Nigel

Shih-Tzu-sisters-and-Nigel

Meet the Shih Tzu sisters and Nigel. I’ve told you about them before and they’ve even written a guest post telling their life story on my blog.

Their mum says, “In June 2011, I saw a pic­ture of three Shih Tzu sis­ters online. I was inter­ested in one of them and con­tacted the ani­mal res­cue orga­ni­za­tion car­ing for them.

After meeting [them] my hus­band and I decided to fos­ter [them all]: Dot­tie, 2; Candy, 2; and Flower, 5. These three Shih Tzu sis­ters spent their life as puppy mill moth­ers. They came to us as fear­ful dogs with many issues, but they are learn­ing to enjoy life, inch by inch.

We adopted Dottie, Candy and Flower on July 20, 2011. We want to encour­age other peo­ple to adopt puppy mill dogs, even when they seem ‘unadoptable.’ We were afraid to take on this chal­lenge at first but now I can’t imag­ine what life would be like with­out them. Our Shih Tzu sis­ters didn’t come to us as cud­dly, fluffy pup­pies. But they have learned to trust us, and we have learned to love them.

A few months later, we were asked to fos­ter a male Shih Tzu that was an owner sur­ren­der. Nigel cap­tured our hearts as well and we couldn’t ‘sur­ren­der’ him, so he is now part of the family.”

And that, my friends, ends my 12 Days of Cuteness.

Wishing you all a wonderful 2014 filled with cuteness.

DAY 11: THE 12 DAYS OF CUTENESS 2013

It’s day 11 of my 12 Days of Cuteness. Our holiday celebration of pet cuteness ends tomorrow.

As always, I’ve picked my favourite photo to begin the lineup but the rest are in no particular order.

If you want to be sure you see all the posts for the 12 Days of Cuteness, use this link.

Mia (dog of the day)

Mia

We featured Mia on day three. We didn’t realise that this Mia was the same as that Mia. So, you get a second hit of cuteness with this photo.

“This little girl knows when she is in trouble for doing something wrong and as soon I ask she runs and hides inside her toy box among the toys,” says Mia‘s dad.

Chloe Belle

Chloe Belle

Chloe Belle recently turned five. Her mum says, “She is a female rescue Shih Tzu and the love of my life! She loves her hair bows and will even bring them to me. She is a princess.”

Unknown Shih Tzu

Steffanie

We don’t know this little cutie’s name because her mum didn’t include it when she submitted the photo. But we do know she’s a super cute three year old Shih Tzu. Her mum says, “She grunts, turns her head as if she’s trying to understand you, and she snarks at me when she wants to eat, go outside, or play.”

And by the looks of things cutie pie here is a big sock fan. Ahhhh! A doggie after my own heart. Except I prefer dirty ones. In fact, the dirtier, the better.

Chisai-Tomodachi

Chisai-Tomodachi

Chisai-Tomodachi is a five year old Shih Tzu. Her mum says, “She is my fufu tomboy.”

Soda

Serena-Faber-Nelson-Soda

This beautiful Border Collie is 12 year old Soda. Her mum says, “Of a night time Soda chooses to sleep on our bed instead of her own. Turns out a neighbour cat loves this situation and has taken to sleeping on Soda’s bed on the porch. Soda got a big shock when she discovered her there one morning, but she comes back all the time – we’ve nicknamed her Gingersnaps.”

KC

KC

We think this little three year old Yorkie is called KC but that could just as well stand for Kennel Club.

His mum says, “He’s deaf and is the best little dog around. He lives with two pitbulls who he rules.”

DAY 10: THE 12 DAYS OF CUTENESS 2013

It’s day 10 of my 12 Days of Cuteness – a celebration of pet cuteness over the 12 days of Christmas.

It was super hard to pick a favourite photo for today’s lineup. But I’ve decided to go with my best Instagram friend, Maizy Moo cos she’s super funny and super cute.

If you want to be sure you see all the posts for the 12 Days of Cuteness, use this link.

Maizy Moo (dog of the day)

Maizy Moo

Maizy Moo Shih Tzu is only eight months old. Her mum says “She’s super stubborn.” Hmmm. Sounds like me.

Maizy and I first met on Instagram late last year. She totally endeared herself to us by going to the groomer and asking for ‘the Sadie Shih Tzu cut.’ Check out her Instagram for pics of her with long hair. She looks like another dog. In fact, her family joked that they’d taken the wrong dog home cos Maizy looked so different.

Not only is Maizy super cute but she’s also really funny. We love reading her cheeky Instagram captions.

Princess Brin

Princess Brin

“My name is Princess Brin, I am six months old. I am Prapso Shih Tzu puppy and the Ambassador of Prapso Everywhere – so many breeders think they should be ashamed of these types of puppies. They used to throw me away and even kill me to keep the secret. I am here to educate and to stomp out the shame.

I am not saying you should breed to get them but, if these little miracles happen, you should be thankful. We are completely healthy, smart and considered a non-grooming Shih Tzu.

We are wonderful, loving pets with the personality of a Shih Tzu but without the expense of grooming. We are not for show or breeding. We are perfect for just being part of your family. My mommy loves me and I love her!”

We’d never heard of Prapso puppies before so we did a bit of digging on the interwebs and discovered that, “… a small number of Lhasa Apso (and Shih Tzu, apparently) are missing the gene for profuse face and body hair, ending up looking more like Tibetan Spaniels or Pekingnese (they still have long hair, but it’s more like fur, not human hair, and they have clean faces.) The genetic basis for this anomaly is still not clear.” (Source: Dogster)

Her Royal Majesty Bree Bree Elizabeth

Her Royal Majesty Bree Bree Elizabeth

Gah! We can’t get over this cute face.

Her Royal Majesty Bree Bree Elizabeth is a three year old Imperial Shih Tzu. Her mum says, “She loves to model and is a big mommy’s girl but has a tom boy side.”

Kaito

Kelf

Kaito’s mum writes, “Kaito is a five year old mixed breed domestic short hair with half a tail – he was born that way, he is part Manx and part Siamese, and we look forward to his singing every Christmas!”

Noelle

Noelle

Noelle is a 10 month old Maltese. Her mum says, “Noelle is a little soccer star! The balls from the pet store were too heavy for her so we got her pink (of course!) ping pong balls. She chases them around like crazy in the house and tries to pick up more than one ball at a time.”

Molly

Molly

This little Shih Tzu is Molly shown at three months here. She’s two now, says her mum. “This was her first outfit. Thought she looked cute sporting the animal print.”

Nutty

Nutty

This is five month old Shih Tzu Nutty. His mum says, “Nutty tires himself out while chasing his own tail. And when he can’t reach it he barks at it.”

Ah, yes. Also one of my favourite pastimes.

DAY 9: THE 12 DAYS OF CUTENESS 2013

It’s day nine of my 12 Days of Cuteness – a celebration of pet cuteness over the 12 days of Christmas.

I’ve picked my favourite photo to begin the lineup each day but the rest are in no particular order.

If you want to be sure you see all the posts for the 12 Days of Cuteness, use this link.

Houdini (dog of the day)

Houdini

This is Houdini, a two year old Shih Tzu. His mum says, “He LOVES belly rubs, walks and laying on mommy’s lap. When he wants me to sit down he’ll bark at me until I do. He’s such a sweet and happy dog. We love him so much.”

Sam

Sam

Meet SamTu a 10 year old Shih Tzu / Chihuahua mix (his dad guesses).

His dad says, “Sam is cute and funny, a puppy mill rescue who was used as a breeder for designer puppies. He is totally daddy’s boy. In today’s pic he is helping daddy, who works from home.”

Rusty

Rusty

This handsome boy is Rusty, a two year old Shih Tzu. His mum says, “Rusty loves his duckie and froggie toys and likes to walk on the windowsill above my bed.”

Cody

Cody

And this is Cody (brother of Rusty above), a three year old Shih Tzu who likes to steal his mum’s slippers and run around with them.

Cody and Rusty

Cody-and-Rusty

Cody and Rusty are very active on Facebook. They’re often pictured together. Their mum says, “They love bacon and sweet potatoes.” Perhaps that’s a hint. Care package anyone?

Unknown dog on a motorbike

Dog on a motorbike

We have no idea who this cute pooch is enjoying a motorbike ride with his dad.

The photo was submitted by my mum’s work colleague. It was taken on a highway in Canada.

Vroom, vroom!

DAY 8: THE 12 DAYS OF CUTENESS 2013

Happy 2014!

It’s day eight of my 12 Days of Cuteness.

Of all the submissions we received, I’ve chosen my absolute favourite to begin today’s selection.

When we saw this Shih Tzu we couldn’t stop looking at the photo. Cuteness at its finest.

If you want to be sure you see all the posts for the 12 Days of Cuteness, use this link.

Lady Bleu Bleu Hopper (dog of the day)

Lady-Bleu-Bleu-Hopper

This beautiful Shih Tzu is two and a half year old Lady Bleu Bleu Hopper. Her mum says, “She loves to hop when she wants something. She is my true angel.”

We can see why. This was our favourite submission of all the photos this year.

Mollie and Alfie

mollie-and-alfie

Mollie and Alfie have a very funny blog which makes us laugh every time we read it. They’re always having parties and behave like a bickering brother and sister.

“This is me Mollie aged two. [I'm a] Welsh Blond Border Collie. That’s Alfie AKA Gaylord. He’s a seven year old Colorpoint. We like to be really naughty and tease each other.”

Teddy

Teddy

This adorable two year old Pomeranian is Teddy. His mum says, “He loves to howl when I sing The Teddy Bear song to him.”

Aw! Bless.

Mardy Bum

Mardy-Bum

Meet Mardy Bum – a three year old Shih Tzu / Papillon mix.

Her mum says, “Mardy Bum doesn’t know how to bark! But she knows how to say a bunch of different things [using] a variety of different noises. She even knows how to scream (like one of those screaming goats) and she even knows how to sing and almost sounds like an opera singer.

Once Mardy Bum tried to bark and it was a noise that even voice actors for Star Wars aliens couldn’t have thought of!”

Dolly

Dolly

Dolly’s mum writes, “My dog Dolly put her face in a rabbit hole after a fresh snowfall and this was the outcome.

Dolly is a Yorkie and a rescue dog so I am not certain about her age. The vet said she’s probably five or six years old. She’s adorable and I got her around Christmas three years ago.

She’s really come out of her shell since I got her and is [improving] more and more every day. She went from hiding in a corner all day to loving being petted and playing with my other dog.

Dolly loves chasing rabbits and knows the word ‘rabbit.’ She gets all riled up anytime someone says ‘bunny’ or ‘rabbit.’ I love her soooo much!!”

Charlie

Charlie

This is two year old Shih Tzu Charlie. His mum says, “He makes sounds like Chewbacca.”

Maggie Mae

Maggie-Mae

This beautiful one year old Lab / Aussie mix is Maggie Mae. Her mum says, “Maggie’s favorite ‘toy’ is her stainless food dish – and the dishes of her fursibs as well. After meals, she collects and takes them to her house or bed.”

Sounds like a smart move to me. You never know when there might be leftovers.