Every since I was a little girl, I have wanted a puppy. There was just something cuddly and cute about puppies. Since I was a “Full House” (90s sitcom) fanatic as a child, I wanted a golden retriever at a young age. (For those of you who don’t watch that fabulous show, the family owned a golden retriever named Comet). Eventually, one of my friends adopted a golden retriever and I realized how big they get. So that breed was not for me. (Though if I had a family and a huge yard, I would consider getting one!)
Eventually, when I became a teenager, I became obsessed with wanting a shih tzu. I think I heard a rumor that Hanson (my favorite band of all time) had owned a shih tzu in the past, but that particular dog accidently ate rat poison and died. Being the Hanson fan that I am, I just simply wanted the same kind of dog that they had. Plus, it turns out shih tzus are simply too adorable! How could I resist? For many, many years, my profile picture was a little brown and white shih tzu puppy. I wanted that breed from that time forward.
I was always the one in the family who wanted to go to the rescue shelters to look at the puppies. In fact, in Nashville, there was an adoption center near my home called Love at First Sight. You have no idea how many times I asked my babysitter to take me to Love at First Sight. Of course, I always wanted to adopt a dog whenever I was there, and I always got a “We have to ask your parents first” in response.
Dogs were a no-no in my family. My dad loves animals, but my mother was a different story. She is OCD and cleans constantly. A shedding furr-ball, no matter how cute, is simply a big fat NO. So, I lived my life without a dog, or any animals for that fact, for many, many years.
When I was in college, I was in a long-term relationship with a man who was allergic to animals. So again, dogs were a big fat NO. However, we did end up adopting a cat together. A little black kitten named Luka Lu Nguyen-Cornelius. Read about how I ended up adopting her HERE.
So after so many NOs, it seemed that my life was doomed to be dog-less. Pretty soon, my dream was squashed and I decided to get over this silly notion of dog ownership.
After my relationship ended, I moved from Nashville to Pulaski, TN for a new job. I did not think of owning a dog. I ended up adopting another cat. (Luka ended up living at my parents’ house. They simply fell in love with her and refused to let her go live with me at my new home.)
The flame-point Siamese cat that currently lives with me — Mr. Pumpkin.
As much as I love Mr. Pumpkin, who does love affection and being petted, he is still not a dog. I still craved the dog companionship. Playing fetch, a lovable pouch who follows you room to room, who enjoys going on walks in the afternoon with you …
One spring morning, my current boyfriend, Jarold, surprised me by taking me to a roadside stand where a backyard breeder was selling shih tzu puppies. It reignited something inside me, and I simply had to have a puppy. It had been too long. This lifelong dream of mine simply had to come true!
This is the shih-tzu puppy I seriously considered adopting that day. But since it was a backyard breeder on the side of the road, I decided I need to do more research into purchasing a shih tzu.
Since that day in April, I have been doing research and just been plain obsessed with finding the perfect shih tzu puppy. It seemed that every day that I was online, looking at shih tzu puppy videos, looking at the classified for ads, googling about the shih tzu breed, and more. Even when I spoke to Jarold on the phone, he ended up getting frustrated and yelling “All we talk about is puppies!”
Finally, last Thursday, June 17th at 7:00 p.m. I met the little girl of my dreams and I ended up buying her. (I know I should’ve helped the shelters by adopting but I wanted a puppy so badly that I simply could not wait. Patience is not a personality trait of mine!)
This is my new little girl….
This blog is dedicated to her, and it will chronicle my adventures as a first time dog owner, raising a shih-tzu puppy.
Learn more about what I went through to find her, and my puppy experience …. including taking in a foster puppy for a few days.