|Hairy Interloper at Rancho de Chihuahua|
|Saturday, 28 April 2012 10:00 | Written by Joy Nicholson | Blog Entry|
We’ve got a hairy interloper here. With quite a few teeth.
Yes, damned if we haven’t added a wayward on-his-way-to-the-gallows Shih Tzu. When we looked up his breed, the name made me laugh in a juvenile way. A ‘shit-zoo?’ ‘Cause that’s what we need here? We don’t take enough shit in our zoo already?
Bad pun. But I adore bad puns!
So, sir Shih Tzu showed up with scrungy food in his beard, a bad case of worms, and a general ugliness problem. I think it’s his haircut. But he might just be hideous. And he had a bad attitude. He bit my face, threw a few tantrums, got all in the grill of my best Buddy, and so I knew he was right for us here. A true nightmare.
A Truly Weird Dude. But with a beard and mustache and lots of bodily hirsuteness, too. I generally like my dogs clean-shaven and with facial surfaces that self-clean quickly. Wet-Naps are not my thing.
Anyway, we’re doing the usual feral treatment—wormwood tincture, grapefruit seed extract, garlic, a bit of thyme. He hates it. But it’s working out well for his worms. Or actually not so well for them.
Worm-Killer, Face-Biter gets a loooong off-leash hike—five miles a day, as all our biters do to cure their ‘excessive energy.’ He loves every minute of it, and is getting more and more lovey-dovey. (Though my face is still healing, so I’m putting off lovey-doveyness for a bit. I’m vain enough to want half a profile.) The long hikes really work, though! Especially if you can give the recalcitrant ‘lovers’ an off-leash experience to let them smell and sniff as they want.
Wormy had been labeled as ‘impossible,” and he very well may be. But for now he’s my little shiht. And I’m hoping for the best. And any advice about ‘biters’ is welcome!
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