Friday, January 4, 2013


It got down into the 30s last night and there will be more of this cold through the next week.  We are really enjoying our fireplace and cuddles on the sofa to watch TV. 

Cha Bu's first fireplace.

Our newest member of the family is adjusting well.  Little Cha Bu Khan does get upset during the night and growls and barks at the door to the bedroom which I keep closed so the cats don't disturb our sleep.  She may hear something but I'm not sure what she is barking at.  Sometimes she barks at the closet which I keep open so she doesn't see herself in the mirror and think it's another dog.  She continues to scratch her ears which I am treating with meds daily.  So this behavior of barking and scratching keeps her up most of the night.  She catches up on her sleep during the day.

She is progressing in her ability to walk while harnessed and on a leash.  She follows her big sister wherever she goes.  She's happy to see other people in the street and is friendly towards them.  She is a little frightened when our friend Prince the American Eskimo dog walks with us.  She trembles so I pick her up and carry her for awhile until she gets used to seeing him.  Prince is Xi Shi's best friend and he is gentle with little dogs.

She is eating well and loves the food I fix for her.  I started mixing a tablespoon of wet food with some kibble and she eats it all up.  I also give her treats that are good for teeth and gums.  The vet said that her breath smells bad due to the kinds of food she had been eating.  Xi Shi had the same problem when I first got her but after a few months on this treat her breath improved.  I also give her treats for bone and joints.

I haven't started training her yet for commands but she picks up things quickly.  She continues to play fetch at night when we are upstairs and away from the cats.  She uses her puppy pads as well.  This is a big relief for me as I was afraid that she would use the carpet in the bedroom.

She learned right off how to jump onto the bed as well as off.  Xi Shi can not do what she does.  She uses the chest in front of the bed as a jumping on point then onto the bed which is very high.  Sometimes she slips but she tries again.  In a way I wish she wouldn't do this because I'm afraid she'll hurt herself.  She's got more spark than Xi Shi and seems more daring.

She's being exposed to so many new things that I can't imagine what she's thinking about all of this.  The next thing coming up for her is her surgery on the 14th.  She'll no longer be a puppy maker.

As soon as the weather gets just a bit warmer we are going to take a trip to the beach at Grand Isle.  Not sure how she'll act in the RV but we'll soon find out.  Ordered a new motor for my Sleep Number bed in the Rv.  It is only 4 years old and has died.  The replacement will be a wireless remote controlled motor at a cost of $77.31.  They are allowing me 70% of my 20 year warranty.  It should be here in 5 to 7 days.  I'm going to try to install it myself.

I spend a lot of time on the computer and she's learning how to have her own space while I work in the office.

All refreshed from her nap.

She is a joy to have in my life.


  1. Aaaaaw what a sweetie! Just love furbabies...

    1. Hi Turquoisemoon... Yes, she is a sweetie and has stolen my heart. Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. Hi Grammy... I really got lucky with my choice of dog. The Shih Tzu fits my personality and even though they are all different in their own way, these two are a perfect fit for me.

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    1. Hi Luci and Loree... It amazes me how different her face is to my other Shih Tzu. She looks more Tibetan. Xi Shi's face looks more human to me... if that makes any sense. She does have a sweet look about her and not like Xi Shi who seems sometimes to have a hard look.

  4. Your new baby is just darling. She seems to be really smart, too. It's always nice when the new dog and the resident dog get along right away. They are very cute together. :)

    Happy New Year to you all!

    1. Hi Barbara... I'm so pleased that they are getting along. It would break my heart if there was any discord in their little lives.

      Cha Bu looks to her big sister for guidance and follows her everywhere. She's still unsure of her surroundings and it's nice to see that she trusts Xi Shi.

      I love them both bunches.

  5. Well, we stayed longer at Palmetto Island SP long than anticipated, hoping to ride out the rainy weather and get some nicer weather over at Grand Isle. We have had some wonderful days exploring and you should be so proud to call LA your home. So much history and people proud to show us about. So going to pick your brain again, which I hope you don't mind. What are some unexpected highlights to check out in Houma. Your picks would be greatly appreciated. By the way, did you get the bed fixed? Thanks and take care, Melissa

    1. Hi Melissa... Sorry you could not enjoy more pleasant weather at the beach. This weekend will be nice.

      Visiting Houma for the first time would include a tour of Southdown Plantation, a swamp tour, a visit to the Waterlife Museum, attending a Cajun dance at the Jolly Inn and of course eating our Cajun food especially our crawfish.

      In just a couple of weeks we will be entering our Mardi Gras Season with the first of many parades on February 1st. Our Mardi Gras is the second largest after New Orleans so it is a fun time to be here.

      Hope you enjoy your stay.

    2. Thanks again. You should think about doing a book about interesting places to see through your eyes. Glad you got your bed fixed and puppy is doing better. Take care and look forward to following your blog. We are heading to Grand Isle tomorrow. Can't wait.

    3. I had planned on going to Grand Isle next week if the weather stays sunny. You should be enjoying the next few days of sunshine at the beach.