Here are the pictures of my three dogs for your GOTCHA day celebration (cute name, btw). Here is a little bit about them:
Tilly Tot (on the left)
She is our rescue dog. She is about 6-7 years old, but we took her birthday as the date of the vet, Dr. Kent Weir, who saved her life. A neighbour found her in his front yard and brought her to us because he knew we had Shih Tzus. There was no collar and she was in obvious distress. We took her to the vet who later operated on her and took out a handful of bladder stones, some the size of candy jawbreakers, all packed into her poor little bladder. If left there, she would have died in excruciating pain. I can only imagine what pain she had already been in. Today, she is happy, healthy, spoiled, and pain-free.
Oreo Blizzard (in the middle)
Oreo came to us at 6 months of age (he is now two and a half) and was frightened and very traumatized over the plane trip he had to take to get from where he lived to where we lived. We bought him from a breeder and had spent a lot of his life in a cage. He still has some fears but has overcome most of them and is now the protector of “da wimmins” and a sweetheart of a little guy. He is quite sensitive, both emotionally and physically, but he too is happy, healthy, a little overweight (Mommy’s fault), and beloved.
Ling Ling (on the right)
Ling Ling is a pedigreed princess whom we also bought from a breeder. Fortunately, the breeder lived right in the same city as we did at the time, so we avoided the plane trip trauma that Oreo lived through. Ling Ling is our first Shih Tzu together (my father-in-law raised Shih Tzus for many years and that is what my husband wanted) and our baby. My husband held her in his hand at one day old. We picked her up when she was seven weeks old, and she looked at us as if to say, “What took you so long?” She is an aristocrat through and through, but she is also fun-loving, beginning to be cuddly, toy-loving, Oreo-loving (not so much Tilly, whom she regards as a blond interloper, but tolerates), and Mommy and Daddy loving. She also loves her yard. She is four and a half.
Maybe that is all more than you wanted to know, but you also probably know how much a pet parent loves his/her pets and loves talking about them.
Happy GOTCHA day to you and Jenny!