January 10, 2012
You always hear about what dogs cannot eat – like chocolate, grapes, avocadoes, onions – but sometimes finding information on what dogs can eat is more difficult. Since dogs are so irresistibly cute, it’s easy for humans to fall prey to their pup’s sweet stare as he or she looks at you with those adorable eyes.
“Give me a bite, Mama?”
Since you’re only human (unless you’re a dog reading this), you’ve probably succumbed and given your dog a table scrap, or two. Most pet owners have a habit of feeding their dogs little bits of human food occasionally – maybe for a special occasion, like the holidays, or when your dog is sick.
But, what exactly can dogs eat? What human foods are safe for dogs?
Helpful Tip: Because not all dogs are alike, you may want to only give your dog a tiny nibble of your food. Your dog may be allergic, or have a negative reaction to it. He or she can have an upset tummy, diarrhea, or even throw up. So always start slow when introducing your human food to your dog.
May 9, 2011
It’s official. Gracie Lu Nguyen-Lee is no longer a puppy. She is now officially a dog, and must only eat adult dog food. *Sniffs* It is a very bitter sweet time for her mama. On this day, May 8 in the year 2010, my sweet baby entered into the world. Her doggie mama was a yellow/tan shih tzu, and her doggie father was all black. Very strange that Gracie ended up being a Black and White Shih Tzu. But she’s adorable nevertheless.Gracie got a new dress, thanks to Mama, and a lovely assortment of bows for her fuzzy hair. (Of course, she also got lots of new toys, too.) Happy Birthday, Gracie Lu.
Mommy loves you very much!
May 6, 2011
It has been a crazy last few weeks. Gracie, the Shih Tzu will soon no longer be a shih tzu puppy but a dog. That’s right – her birthday is this Sunday, May 8. She will be one years old.
Here’s Gracie in her new little outfit. She’s my cheerleader. Isn’t she cute?
Unless you have lived underneath a rock, you probably heard about the tornadoes that ravished the Southern states – Mississippi and Alabama getting the brunt of it.
Daddy’s house is in northern Alabama, and we were without power for roughly five days. No damage, minus a tomato plant that was uprooted. But my little Gracie was one scared Shih Tzu puppy. All that thunder, and not knowing where her Mama was scared her.
I didn’t leave work in time, so I actually drove through the area where the tornado had hit. (Not realizing it.) At one point when driving, I looked up at the sky and thought, “Geez… How can people tell the difference between funnel clouds and storm clouds?” The clouds did look like big, fat funnel clouds in the distance. Which now I am pretty sure it was a tornado!
The rain was pelting my car like crazy, and every single road I drove through had overturned trees. So I had to turn around. Another road was flooded. After awhile, I got annoyed and started driving through flooded roads. Most of them were shallow…. Then, I hit ONE hugely flooded road, and at one point, I looked down and the water was almost up to my car handle… VERY scary. It took me almost three hours to get home.
Gracie was SO excited to see her Mama. And after that, she did not want to leave Mama’s side. We were without electricity, but Gracie cuddled up to Mama and gave me lots of love.
(I apologize for my horrid appearance in the below photo. There was no electricity and we were both exhausted.)
The next day, it was time for Mama, Daddy, and Gracie to go on a trip. We ended up going to Chattanooga to see Lookout Mountain. I will post those photos soon.
My little Shih Tzu puppy had become so upset that she had to be constantly held. We were out of our element, and she didn’t know what was happening. Where we were going. But she knew Mama was there, so I basically carried her in a baby sling for the next few days. Wherever we went, she was carried.
And when I left the car, she was very worried….
But the electricity finally came back on, and all was good in the end. Gracie, the Shih Tzu puppy is back to being happy. And Not anxious. She can’t wait for her birthday.
February 19, 2011
Some dogs HATE snow, and others love them. I am fortunate that Gracie absolutely LOVES playing in the snow. It’s her newest past time.With all of the snow that we’ve been getting this winter, she’s had ample time to roam around. She actually loves eating the snow.
Do you see how her precious face is just caked in snow? Oh, it’s fun for her. She loves licking and eating the cold stuff. And she never seems to get too cold. She could run and frolic in it all day if I allowed her to.
December 27, 2010
Christmas may be over, but the memories of it still make me smile. It was a wonderful occasion for my entire family. For my immediate family – my mom, dad, younger sister – as well as my extended “family.” The furbabies had a blast as well.
This was Gracie and Canh (my parents’ new puppy)’s first Christmas. It wasn’t Mr. Pumpkin’s first Christmas, so he was just bored. He enjoyed spending time in the new cat bed that Santa brought. (Sorry I couldn’t get a better photo. He was just so squirmy. And cats never do what you want them to.)
Gracie enjoyed spending time with her Santa and wondering what Mama was doing with all that wrapping paper. And she had to try to eat a few corners off presents. But alas, it was fun anyway.
Gracie loves her Santa Claus.. and her reindeer too. I imagine she’ll continue playing with him until he gets too ratty for her.
This has to be my favorite photo of Gracie. Isn’t she so adorable with her Santa?
You see all the bows on the ground? That’s what happens when Gracie gets around presents.
Here’s Santa when he gets a much needed break from Gracie!
“I’m all tuckered out and waiting for Santa to arrive”
When Christmas Eve came around, Gracie and I traveled to Nashville to see my parents and her “brother” Canh. He’s getting pretty big, and the two look so alike that my family had a hard time telling them apart. But I definitely can. I am her mama, after all. Here’s Canh with my sister…
The pair are opening their presents with my mom. You see their toy shoes on the ground?
Can you tell them apart?
(Hint: Gracie is sitting up with her ears flopped over)
Canh got a new sweater. He’s looking so handsome!
(There he is with my American grandmother. She’s 96 years old young.)
It wouldn’t be Christmas without one family photo with all the babies together. As you can imagine, it was quite a challenge getting everyone together!
I hope that you had a Merry Christmas! Enjoy the Holidays!
November 4, 2010
Do you remember that in September, I wrote about Gracie’s baby teeth falling out? She was indeed my little monster then, and she still is. But now her adult teeth are all in ( as you can see in the photo). She’s got huge chompers now, she has not stopped chewing and biting . . . but fortunately, she’s more interested in biting and playing with her toys than she is with the carpet.
When Gracie tries to close her mouth, she has the cutest little overbite. She can’t close her mouth without her bottom teeth showing. I read that it’s a defect and means she’s not “show quality,” but she is definitely my show dog. Adorable and cute 24/7 . . . and her agility is amazing. I can throw her favorite stuffed frog toy, and she’ll fetch and bring it back before I can blink an eye.
I’m loving her. She’s plenty of fun . . . but super hyper.