1. Good thing Mommy is a good groomer, otherwise Winnie wouldn’t be able to achieve such a transformation on a daily basis!
*PL75~#2 Sugar Plum I Puppy Dog Bows Purple Satin/Gingham from Doggie Bow Ties*
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    Good thing Mommy is a good groomer, otherwise Winnie wouldn’t be able to achieve such a transformation on a daily basis!

    *PL75~#2 Sugar Plum I Puppy Dog Bows Purple Satin/Gingham from Doggie Bow Ties*

  2. Although it’s still pretty gosh darn cold, we’ve had some really sunny days which has started to melt the mountains of snow.  Snow melt means one wet pup after our daily walks.  Cute and scraggly!

    Although it’s still pretty gosh darn cold, we’ve had some really sunny days which has started to melt the mountains of snow.  Snow melt means one wet pup after our daily walks.  Cute and scraggly!

  3. Here’s a little Monday Munch Face for you :)
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    Here’s a little Monday Munch Face for you :)

  4. Just hanging out at her Grandma & Grandpa’s house.  Anytime there’s a blanket on the end of a chair or edge of a sofa, Winnie believes it has been laid out especially for her.  
And yes, to Winnie, my parents are Grandma & Grandpa.  
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    Just hanging out at her Grandma & Grandpa’s house.  Anytime there’s a blanket on the end of a chair or edge of a sofa, Winnie believes it has been laid out especially for her.  

    And yes, to Winnie, my parents are Grandma & Grandpa.  

  5. Winnie does not like to be removed from the bed in the morning.  It’s her least favorite time of day.  See how she’s giving me the ol’ hairy eyeball here?  
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    Winnie does not like to be removed from the bed in the morning.  It’s her least favorite time of day.  See how she’s giving me the ol’ hairy eyeball here?  

  6. I get a lot of comments on my YouTube videos and Instagram pics on how I am being “cruel” by not cutting Winnie’s hair.  I tend to ignore these ignorant comments for the most part, but every once in awhile I think it is a good thing to share my reasons for keeping Winnie long.
No, Winnie is not a show dog (I get asked this all of the time).  In fact, the only reason I have her and not one of her brothers or sister is particularly because she is not a show dog.  I am under contract not to show her and she is fixed anyway, which means she cannot be shown (showed?).  I never had any intentions of owning a show dog, nor would I want to show Winnie.  
I choose to keep her hair long like a show dog, however, for a few reasons (in no particular order):
1) It is beautiful.  Shih Tzus were bred to be long-haired dogs.  You can do research on their history like I did before acquiring Winnie if you’d like.  Her hair naturally grows long and so I keep it that way.  I have nothing against people who clip their ‘tzus, but I prefer my dog this way.  
2) She is a beauty and she knows it.  I swear a lot of her personality is in her hair.  If I clipped her it would impact her deeply.  You have to know her personally to understand this.  Her hair is part of who she is.
3) I enjoy grooming Winnie and maintaining her coat.  Every day I spend around 20 minutes grooming her.  This has become a daily ritual and bonding time for me and Winnie.  If I were to suddenly take away this ritual, we would both deeply miss it.  It’s our time together, just me and her, every single day.
4) Most importantly, Winnie is a happy and healthy dog.  Every time we go to the vet (and we go at least 4x a year for health checks due to travel) I receive so many compliments on her and comments on how she’s the most well-cared for dog they see.  I take pride in my care for Winnie and she is wholly devoted to me because of this attachment.
Please do not worry for the health and well-being of my pup.  I understand how people who do not spend time with Winnie in person might fear that she can overheat in the summer or not be able to see or be bothered by hair in her mouth.  Rest assured that I am taking the best care of my dog, and since I know her better than anyone, I know what that entails.  I would not hesitate to clip Winnie’s hair if it was in her best interest or for her health.  In that same vein, I am not risking her health right now by keeping her long.  She is a happy, healthy girl, because I understand and attend to her needs. I hope this clears up any questions you might have.
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    I get a lot of comments on my YouTube videos and Instagram pics on how I am being “cruel” by not cutting Winnie’s hair.  I tend to ignore these ignorant comments for the most part, but every once in awhile I think it is a good thing to share my reasons for keeping Winnie long.

    No, Winnie is not a show dog (I get asked this all of the time).  In fact, the only reason I have her and not one of her brothers or sister is particularly because she is not a show dog.  I am under contract not to show her and she is fixed anyway, which means she cannot be shown (showed?).  I never had any intentions of owning a show dog, nor would I want to show Winnie.  

    I choose to keep her hair long like a show dog, however, for a few reasons (in no particular order):

    1) It is beautiful.  Shih Tzus were bred to be long-haired dogs.  You can do research on their history like I did before acquiring Winnie if you’d like.  Her hair naturally grows long and so I keep it that way.  I have nothing against people who clip their ‘tzus, but I prefer my dog this way.  

    2) She is a beauty and she knows it.  I swear a lot of her personality is in her hair.  If I clipped her it would impact her deeply.  You have to know her personally to understand this.  Her hair is part of who she is.

    3) I enjoy grooming Winnie and maintaining her coat.  Every day I spend around 20 minutes grooming her.  This has become a daily ritual and bonding time for me and Winnie.  If I were to suddenly take away this ritual, we would both deeply miss it.  It’s our time together, just me and her, every single day.

    4) Most importantly, Winnie is a happy and healthy dog.  Every time we go to the vet (and we go at least 4x a year for health checks due to travel) I receive so many compliments on her and comments on how she’s the most well-cared for dog they see.  I take pride in my care for Winnie and she is wholly devoted to me because of this attachment.

    Please do not worry for the health and well-being of my pup.  I understand how people who do not spend time with Winnie in person might fear that she can overheat in the summer or not be able to see or be bothered by hair in her mouth.  Rest assured that I am taking the best care of my dog, and since I know her better than anyone, I know what that entails.  I would not hesitate to clip Winnie’s hair if it was in her best interest or for her health.  In that same vein, I am not risking her health right now by keeping her long.  She is a happy, healthy girl, because I understand and attend to her needs. I hope this clears up any questions you might have.

  7. Winnie has several too-cute-to-boot Valentine’s themed bows, so I like to extend the holiday of love a bit and keep her in hearts for the entire week following V-Day.  She’s my funny - err, furry - Valentine <3
*Tiny Ties Holiday Dog Bows Heavenly Hearts Red from Doggie Bow Ties*
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    Winnie has several too-cute-to-boot Valentine’s themed bows, so I like to extend the holiday of love a bit and keep her in hearts for the entire week following V-Day.  She’s my funny - err, furry - Valentine <3

    *Tiny Ties Holiday Dog Bows Heavenly Hearts Red from Doggie Bow Ties*

  8. Well, hello there!  Long time no blog, I know.  I apologize.  
Guess what, though?  We&#8217;re back.  3x a week (testing that out for now).  You can see Winnie every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday right here.  How about that!
We missed you! :)
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    Well, hello there!  Long time no blog, I know.  I apologize.  

    Guess what, though?  We’re back.  3x a week (testing that out for now).  You can see Winnie every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday right here.  How about that!

    We missed you! :)

  9. Merry Christmas, friends!
Thanks so much for your patience during our long hiatus.  Winnie&#8217;s blog will be back up &amp; running in the new year.
Happy Holidays!
Love, Jen &amp; Winnie
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    Merry Christmas, friends!

    Thanks so much for your patience during our long hiatus.  Winnie’s blog will be back up & running in the new year.

    Happy Holidays!

    Love, Jen & Winnie

  10. Snuggle bunny on my lap :)
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    Snuggle bunny on my lap :)