Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Happy Holidays From Chenille Shih Tzu

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Wishing all our new and old friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

We have shared many memories along the way this year. Am so grateful for our new Chenille Shih Tzu family members. We love to keep in touch with all of you, looking forward to a wonderful new year. We will be showing our new champion prospects this new year from our girl Sansha. Kola, Dew and Pepsi will be taking a turn in the show ring. Our mommy Karen is doing great with her new babies, she is being pampered with holiday goodies. Watch our nursery for updated photos of our new shih tzu puppies. Our waiting list is growing for Karen's babies, 1 female available and 2 males. contact us for more information

Friday, November 13, 2009

Chenille Tia Mia Amour, Showing at Dixon

Had a great time in Dixon, showing at the Sacramento Valley Dog Fanciers Dog Show. Showing under Judge Ms. Barbara Wood, awards Chenille Tia Mia Amour Winners Bitch. Oct 24, 2009, Tia's first points, we are very proud of our gal. Tia has a wonderful disposition, she shows herself. She is one of Sansha puppies now showing.

Monday, September 28, 2009

" Lily" Our Shih Tzu Social Trainer

Our puppy social trainner "Lily" is making sure our 9 week old shih tzu puppies get plenty of social time. Chenille's home raised shih tzu puppies enjoy running and playing with toys and our grandchildren. We make sure that all of our puppies get loads socializing, so important for them to grow into happy adults.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

California Dog Park Issuing Tickets To Leashless Dog Owners

This is outrageous to ticket these dog owners that have broken the leash law huge fines. The fine does not fit the crime, running a red light is cheaper than having your dog off leash. If under SB250 any intact dogs would be sterilized. And you can never own a intact dog again. This is one of the many dangers for responsible dog owners and how they will easily be caught up in the punishments of SB250.To keep up on the latest with SB250 and CDOC, be sure to check the Blog during the day. We will keep the latest information and suggestions on how you can have an impact on this during the next week.

You can get to the Concerned Dog Owners of California Blog at or or on the website at There is a place for comments so let us know what you are thinking and what other information you want.

Monday, August 24, 2009

National Dog Day August 26, 2009

A special day to honor and show deep appreciation is by giving them "a day". K9's giving their unconditional love and devotion to us. We encourage all breeders and pet owners to ensure dogs and puppies a safe, happy, healthy life. We appreciate all the breeds and what they bring to our many lives. Saving one dog at a time is our quest please take this day August 26th an make a difference. Paying it forward by donating to your local rescue. Contact Bay Area Shih Tzu Rescue, GGSTF member and rescue officer Loree Levy-Schwartz at Mail to: Schwartz Animal Family Rescue, 1555 S. Winchester Blvd. San Jose, CA 95128

Dogs put their lives on the line everyday working to protect us, save us, and guide us. They impact our lives in so many ways, give them their " National Dog Day" and sponsor your breed. Chenille Shih Tzu challenges all shih tzu owners to pay it forward by giving only $5 to Shih Tzu Rescue. Let's make miracles happen.

We are California Cotton Growers, the fabric of our lives. Cotton supporting National Dog Day. Our farm has been growing cotton in San Joaquin Valley for over 20 years. We encourage all cotton growers to pay it forward for National Dog Day, please give to: Animal Miracle Network455 Canyon Del Rey Blvd. #245Del Rey Oaks, CA 93940

Monday, August 17, 2009

Golden Gate Shih Tzu Fanciers Annual Sanctioned ‘B’ Match

Cheryll & Carmila
If your Shih Tzu puppy is a cutie, and you want to have some fun this is a great family event. The Golden Gate Shih Tzu Fanciers Sanctioned ‘B’ Match, September 19, 2009 at 10:oo am, Hillcrest Park, Concord, CA ( Grant & Olivera Street ) This family event for all shih tzu & toy breed lovers, open to enter or just have fun watching these shih tzu puppies in the ring. Here is the link for meet information, Match to be held in conjunction with the Nor-Cal Toy Dog Fanciers' Match - Afternoon Potluck.

Judge: Doris Boyd will be judging classes :

Conformation Classes: Puppy Classes: 3‐6 mo., 6‐9 mo., 9‐12 mo. (divided by sex)
Adult Classes: Bred by Exhibitor, Open (divided by sex) Cut‐down class.
Dogs with major points must be shown in Open Professional handlers may only show dogs that they own
All AKC Rules and Regulations pertaining to Matches will apply.

Last year we had a wonderful time, showing our 2008 Best Puppy Chenille Shih Tzu Tia Mia Amour, and Chenille Heritage Softail Classic. With our very good friend Chyerll Limso, Fantasia Shih Tzu from the Philippines. Cheryll and I spent the day having so much fun, with our shih tzu puppies. It was a perfect day and a great time with all the members of the GGSTF, and of course the great potluck after the meet. Now if we can get GGSTF President Bonnie Prato to make her to die for delicous coconut cake, I know we will be there!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Wild Alaska Fishing Cruise "Fish On"

We had a wonderful Wild Alaskan Fishing Cruise, I have to say this fishing trip was absolutely perfect. Fabulous scenic way to see the true wild Alaska. Fishing 350 miles of the inside passage from Juno down to the channels and fjords of Chat ham Strait. Our Captain Larry Larson and wife Susie, and their outstanding crew. I can't say enough about the Perseverance crew, our Fishing Guide Ricky Gonzales, to Chef Joshua Young and Niles Deck Hand also Captain Don. We did have the most adventurous time fishing the calm waters. Amazing wildlife through out the trip, huge pods of humpback whales, bald eagles, sea lions, bears and dolphins. Most amazing part was watching the whales breach and dive, and listening to the whale calls. I did have a hard time getting used to be waited on, bait my hook, take my fish off, clean them, and come back to cocktails and gourmet meal dinning in the most pristine Alaskan back drop. Ok, well maybe not that hard, but it was hard reeling in 42 lb halibut. Thanks to Sir Ricky I was able to land my huge halibut, not the biggest ever caught in Alaska but it was a nice one. Everyday we explored so many wonderful fjords, a true majestic wonderland. Our group of wonderful shipmates, we had a wonderful time getting to know each one. With loads of fresh coho and pink salmon, halibut and rock fish we made our way back to home. And each time I cook our Alaskan fish, I think about our wonderful fishing cruise with Wild Alaska Fishing Cruises, thank you Larry and the Perseverance crew. Check out our Alaskan fishing vacation photos at Chenille's Flicker Photo's

Monday, August 10, 2009

Pitter Patter of Puppy Feet

Sweet Puppy Dreams

Sansha's puppies are 2 weeks old, eyes are just now open. They are so delicate at this stage, with the tiny puppy paws and cute little noses. Scooting around with tiny legs, finding that perfect spot to sleep. They are at a wonderful stage of life, mommy keeping a close eye on each one. Knowing which one needs attending, she cleans and stimulates each puppy. Sansha has to be healthy and strong to produce enough milk for 6 beautiful shih tzu puppies. Small breeds have a greater energy requirement per pound of body weight, the size of the litter requires more nutrients for milk production. Increasing her calorie intake as the puppies require more nutrition. Feeding premium food for greater caloric and nutrient. Proper nutrition is essential for healthy growing shih tzu puppies.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Sansha & Alan Shih Tzu Puppies

Sansha and Alan Yingsu's Hav'n a Goodtime at Amitzu amazing new litter of shih tzu puppies June 26, 2009. We are so excited to see five males and one female, these shih tzu puppies with outstanding markings and gorgeous faces. Sansha produced beautiful shih tzu puppies again, her last litter with Centerfold Silhouette Encore "Cory" are in the show ring. Chenille Soft Tail Classic (Myles) also Chenille Coco Chanel (CeCe) have done extremely well. We are choosing our next show prospects out of this wonderful litter, so watch for us in the show ring. Video of "Alan" showing at Woofstock, San Mateo, CA Owned and Handled by Therese Foreman.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

We Feed Our Shih Tzu Eagle Pack Holistic Select

Here at Chenille we love to feed our Shih Tzu adults and puppies Eagle Pack Holistic Select Dog Food ( Chicken & Rice Formula ) I really like how this dog food makes our puppies so strong and healthy, and the coats are just gorgeous. We highly recommend that our new puppy owners keep feeding Eagle Pack Dog Food, for a healthy pet. I have noticed that in few weeks when the puppies are weaned off the mother and started on Eagle Pack Puppy Food around the fourth week of age. That is when we see our puppies thrive, full energy and building healthy structure. At eight weeks of age, we look at the conformation of the puppy. This is the best time to see what the puppy will grow into as an adult. Feeding quality dog food is a must, from our show prospects and whelping females to growing healthy Chenille shih tzu puppies. It does matter what you feed, I have seen so many other breeds suffering from skin problems and poor health. Most of the time these problems can be cleared just by changing to quality food. With Eagle Pack we always have had wonderful results and it shows.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Crate Training Your Puppy

One of the most dog friendly methods of training your pet is crate training. The process is very natural and uses the den instincts of the puppy or dog to help them understand where a safe place in the house is for them as well as giving them their own space and area. Since dogs naturally do not want to soil this area they are less likely to mess in the crate leading to faster and more efficient housebreaking.

Crate training works in conjunction with a puppies body functions. Establishing a routine with the puppy will help with the process and will avoid any unnecessary accidents. To use crate training techniques follow the steps outlined below:
• Feed and water your puppy at the same times (or as close to the same times as possible) each day. Most puppies are fed at least two to four times per day depending on their age.
• When the puppy has finished eating place them in their crate with some toys and soft bedding material. The crate should be where the puppy can still see people and feel part of the family, not where they feel that they are being isolated or punished for bad behavior.
• Approximately 15 minutes after placing the puppy in the crate take them outside or to the area that you wish them to use a bathroom. If you puppy has spoiled the crate prior to this 15 minute mark don’t punish them, simply clean the crate and plan the next time to take them out 5 minutes earlier. This is a process of trial and error but you will eventually find out just when the little puppy will go to the bathroom after eating.
• Have the puppy walk with you to the outside area or toilet area. Praise them when they go. If they are outside for more than 3-5 minutes and are showing no signs of relieving themselves simply place them back in the crate and try again in no more than 5 minutes. Don’t scold or pay undo attention to them until the go outside and eliminate. Immediately give lots of praise and attention and return them to the house for further attention and socialization.
• Puppies quickly learn that by going outside and relieving themselves they will get lots of positive attention and will come back into the house and play with or be around the family.
Cautions with Crate Training
To be sure that crate training is completed correctly make sure that the following occurs:
• Make the crate comfortable with toys, soft, washable bedding and lots of ventilation. It is to be a positive place that is the puppies “den”.
• Never use the crate as a punishment or isolation area. If your puppy begins to associate the crate with being ignored or punished they will quickly stop wanting to go to the crate.
• Keep the crate somewhere that is part of the activity centers of the house so that the puppy can still see people and be in a familiar area.
• Do not keep the puppy in the crate for prolonged periods of time. Confining your puppy to the crate is a form of punishment to the puppy and will make the crate a negative place to be.
There are many resources and books about crate training that provide additional information. Crate training your puppy makes it easy to travel with the dog as they are always at home in their crate no matter where you are or what type of transportation you use.

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Monday, July 6, 2009

"Allan" & " Sansha"

We are getting very excited about Sansha and Allan's Shih Tzu Puppies. Chenille's Sansha is our foundation female, she produces outstanding shih tzu puppies. This planned breeding with "Allan" Ch Yingsu's Hav'n A Good Time at Amitzu, owned and shown by Therese Forman. Allan's father CH Bar-Lar's Maybe It Could Be ROM "Coby" is the AKC Top Producing Stud Dog of 13 Champions for 2005, with 18 champions to date. Allan is truely a outstanding Shih Tzu, I fell in love with this boy when I first saw him. His first weekend out showing he took a 3 point major. Sansha first litter produced three outstanding show prospects. Chenille's "Myles" & "CeCe" & "Tia" all have done extraordinary in the ring.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Oppose SB 250

Bill Hemby
PetPAC Chairman

This bill supported by HSUS and PETA is irresponsible and inhumane legislation. We need your help to defeat it and protect our pets. Let me be very clear, SB 250 will result in more dogs and cats being killed and cost taxpayers millions.!

PetPAC is fighting for your rights, please help us win!

California Senate Bill 250, the mandatory sterilization bill, was assigned to the Assembly Business and Professions Committee yesterday and will be heard next Tuesday, June 30, 2009, at 9:00 a.m. in Room 447 of the State Capitol. Bill Hemby will be there to testify, but we need your help to stop this misguided and invasive measure.

California Pet Owners Please Sign the Petition at
PetPac Protecting the rights of pets and owners.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Golden Gate Shih Tzu Fanciers New Member

I want to THANK my sponsors Carol Brigance and Pat Keen-Fernandes also the members of the Golden Gate Shih Tzu Fanciers who voted me into the club. Becoming an active member to help support the club in all the events. The Golden Gate Shih Tzu Fanciers is a non-profit organization established in 1969. To encourage and promote the breeding of pure-bred Shih Tzu and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection. To apply for membership in the GGSTF, you must have first attended three (3) club meetings within a one-year period. You may then request an application for membership from the club secretary. Your membership application must be signed by two sponsors and returned with appropriate membership dues to the club secretary. This is a wonderful local Shih Tzu Club, am very honored to be a new GGSTF member. My future plans to become a member of the Parent Club, Amercian Shih Tzu Club

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Purina Pro Plan for Toy Breeds

Going to check out this new toy breed dog formula. Purina Pro Plan just introduced a new Toy Breed Formula. They have designed this new toy formula for puppies and adults. Pro Plan Puppy Formula contains 31 percent protein and 20 percent fat, and Pro Plan Adult contains 30 percent protein and 17 percent fat. The kibble size in Pro Plan Small is designed to better suit the toy breed. You can talk to a pet nutrition consultant, call (800) PRO-PLAN from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST Mon to Fri.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

We Need Your Vote NO on SB250

By the narrowest of margins, California Senate Bill 250, the mandatory spay and neuter bill, yesterday passed out of the Senate with a bare minimum majority of 21 votes. The bill now goes on the Assembly.

This statewide California mandatory spay and neuter bill supported by HSUS and PETA is irresponsible and inhumane legislation and we need your help to defeat this bill and protect our pets. Let me be very clear: SB 250 will result in more dogs and cats being killed and cost taxpayers millions.

Below is a link to a Los Angeles Times poll regarding the mandatory spay & neuter bill. Please click on the link below and vote NO to show our opposition to this bill.

Click on the link below and vote NO, Thanks for your support!

Please vote NO in the L.A.Times 6/3/09 poll about SB 250. Poll likely is only up

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Belly Up!, Shih Tzu Puppies

I just love this photo of our newest babies. All of those bellies puppy pink. They look so relaxed and content. I can watch these babies all day, they sure make me smile. They are growing so fast, soon they will be running all over. We love taking care of these precious puppies.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Karen's Shih Tzu Puppies Week old

We are so excited to announce our new litter of Shih Tzu puppies from our very special Karen. Karen is our logo model for Chenille Shih Tzu. We work hard to make sure that mother and babies have the best care and totally pampered. They are home raised, with great attention to keeping them safe and well socialized. They are now 4 weeks old and starting to show their cute personalities. We will be updating videos and photo's so you can watch these babies grow. Karen had one male and 3 females, the markings on these pups are outstanding. Male puppy is a beautiful gold and white, our females two of them are gorgeous black and white and one is gold and white with black tipping absolutely stunning. We strive for quality as we want to bring out the best traits possible in our shih tzu puppies. Puppies were born April 28, 2009. Take a look at them just a week old...... to cute for words!

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