November 28, 2014

A Shih Tzu Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! Did everyone have a good day with their families? I sure did!

It was a busy day in the kitchen, with me looking cute and Mama occasionally giving me a nibble or two of potato, and even a piece of chicken. How can you resist this adorable face?

Pretty Gracie Lu Shih Tzu Face

My friend, Chanh the Shih Tzu came over to play. We are always together on all the holidays. He’s black and white like me. Isn’t she the sweetest?

I think I have a more gentle “girlie” face, and he has a more square, robust and muscular face. He’s the sweetest, though. He doesn’t care about the humans — well, maybe he does a little bit, when it comes to food – but he loves to just follow me around. And I do show him who is boss!

Male Black and White Shih Tzu

By the end of the evening, Mama was exhausted – she had cooked all day, so Chanh and me just snuggled together on the couch. Can you tell which is me, and which is my Chanh?

Black and White Shih Tzu

Have a great Thanksgiving weekend, everyone!

November 15, 2014

Underwear Eater

I have a secret.

Well, not too secret. I’ve written about this secret a lot on this blog.

But the cat’s out of the bag … I am an underwear eater and hoarder.

When Mama’s not looking, I will jump into the hamper (or knock it down) and grab her underwear, carry it into living room and eat it. It is a dirty, dirty secret, and Mama always takes it away from me.  (But she secretly thinks it’s adorable.)

Shih Tzu Underwear Eater

I am not sure why I do it. But it’s a habit I’ve had since I was a puppy.

Anyone have a naughty secret like mine?

(In other news, Mama snapped this photo with her new Canon 5D Mark III, and she has started a photography business called Zoe Life Photography. We should be very excited because there will be plenty of photos of me with this new camera!)

October 31, 2014

The Bumble Bee is Back for Halloween

Happy Halloween! Mama and I hope each and every one of you has a fun time!

I’m a Bumble Bee again this year. I haven’t been dressed up in this bumble bee costume for like three years! (See the post here, from 2011 when Mama dressed me up as a Bumble Bee on my first Halloween as a grown-up Shih Tzu. I was about one years old.) I do wear the costume well, though!

(Sorry about the crummy photos. They were taken with our iPhone.)

Mama dressed up with me (kinda) in match yellow.

Gracie Lu Shih Tzu Bumble BeeBumble Bee Dog Costume

And what do I have underneath the bumble bee costume? The French maid outfit from last year!

It’s too cold outside, and Mama didn’t feel like going through the hassle of taking the outfit off me. Since I got groomed, my hair is really short, and it’s getting too cold here for me to be naked. So we just layered with the other costume. How adorable and fluffy am I?

French Maid Dog Costume Shih Tzu

Gracie Lu Shih Tzu French Maid Dog Costume

Have Howl-o-ween, everyone!

October 25, 2014

Happy Autumn!

Autumn is officially here, with leaves in burnt oranges and yellows falling from the sky. I love the fall leaves, and I especially love peeing on them. They are just begging to be tinkled on! (Of course,  I love fire hydrants too!)

Look at this adorable autumn/orange bow that my groomer gave me. I just got groomed today. AND THEY BRUSHED MY TEETH!

The groomer said that I did very well, and I was so sweet. I let them do EVERYTHING to me without fussing or any problem. Mama thinks it’s because I am a princess and like to get dotted on.

How do you like my look?

Shih Tzu Puppy looking at Camera

Here I am in mid-bark … or in my growl mood, because I spy my next-door-neighbor dogs, and I don’t like them. They are big and very aggressive since their owners never walk them. It’s really sad. They are just cooped up in the backyard and never get nice long walks like I do.

Do you see my new Chewbacca toy in the background?

Gracie Lu, the most adorable shih tzu

You can see the pretty bow from the side of my head. There used to be two bows, one for each ear, but I shook the other one off.

And don’t worry – by the end of the day, both bows had fallen off. They didn’t stick around for too long. I hate having things in my hair!

Super Cute Shih Tzu with Bow in Her Hair

By the end of the session, I was tired. Here I am lying down on the chair, because Mama would not let me bark at the neighbor dogs. And you can see my Chewbacca and my Ewok toy in the background. Aren’t they super cute? She was going to buy Yoda too but then she thought it would be too much, and I already have way too many toys!


Gracie Lu Shih Tzu lying down with Star wars Dog Toys

What has everyone else been up to?

September 24, 2014

My Newest Habit: Drinking Out of Mommy’s Glass

I have developed this strange habit of drinking out of Momma’s water glass. I like to poke my head into the glass and lick the water. I don’t know why, but Mama’s water is always so much tastier and more delicious than my own water bowl.

Gracie Lu Shih Tzu Drinking Out of Mommy's Water Glass

Thirsty Gracie Lu Shih Tzu Drinking Out of Glass


Do any of you like to drink out of your momma’s glass?

Also, this is me before my hair cut. I was super fluffy this summer. I am NOT so fluffy now, since I got a hair cut, but I was sure adorable then.

Fluffy Gracie Lu Shih Tzu

September 13, 2014

Our Sweet Clementine the Calico

Mama and I would like for you to all know that we do still love our Clementine, my calico cat sister. Even though she doesn’t get as much face time as me – since this is my blog, after all. So Mama has been feeling guilty that she doesn’t take as many photos of Clementine as she does me. Tonight, we fixed this problem. Mom snapped lots of lovely shots of my sister doing what she does best – lounging around.

Isn’t she so pretty?

We especially love her cat-stache, just next to her nose. A baby freckle!

Beautiful Calico Cat

I don’t remember if I told you the story of Clementine’s Gotcha Day, but we adopted her two years ago, in December of 2012. My Auntie found her on the streets, so underweight that we thought she was a kitten at first. But when we took her to the vet, he said that she was over a year old (possibly, because it’s hard to tell with cats) and that she was a full grown adult.

Auntie thought she would adopt her, and Mama was so against the idea of having another cat – since she had me, and that was enough, but then when Auntie decided that she couldn’t keep her and would take her to the pound, Mom said NO. Because the likelihood of an adult cat getting adopted at the pound is slim to none. Mom couldn’t bear the thought of this sweet kitty – who is very cuddly and requires so much attention – getting euthanized. So we decided to make her part of our family.

We love our Clementine and couldn’t live without her.

Sweet Clementine the Calico Cat

Clementine, Calico Cat Photo


Clementine is the sweetest kitty sister a girl could have. We love wrestling with each other (I think she’s a dog in a cat’s body), and we do occasionally enjoy snuggling. We are both attention hogs, so we sometimes fight. I always win though, and Clementine just runs away.

Clemmie is always trying to hog Mama’s lap. She is a huge snuggler and loves purring and purring. She needs attention all the time. She is one of the neediest cats Mom has ever had. She’s like a dog but in a cat’s body. She is also funny in that she loves to wait for us by the front door when I go out for my walks. She’s wonderful.

As much as I love Clemmie, I still like my attention. But I am too tired tonight. Good night! Until next time. Love, Gracie xoxo

Gracie Lu Shih Tzu Relaxing



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