I don’t think I have made my little buddy the subject of a post yet. I don’t even include him in many pictures, though he is never far from where I am. Unless I am going international, flying somewhere, he goes with me. He’s my road-trip partner.
And what a partner! He never complains or whines, even about my driving. He always seems happy to go wherever I want to go, and never makes me feel guilty about buying snacks and spilling crumbs when I munch while driving. In fact, he LOVES when we get snacks.
He’s my little dog, named Charl, who I’ve had since he was a puppy. It wasn’t my idea to get a shih tsu. He belonged to my girlfriend at the time, and he latched on to me when I took him along on a trip to the Canadian Rockies with my other dog (a samoyed mix). He learned how to lift his leg when he pees on that trip.
I didn’t even know what a shih tsu was. To me, it was just one more poor excuse for a dog: a yapper, an ankle biter. I’ve always had big dogs, dogs that could go skiing & hiking with me. You know, real dogs. But when the girlfriend and I split he came with me.
Now I’m a big shih tsu fan. They are without doubt the best small dog in my opinion. Perhaps it is his personality, which is uniquely mellow and quiet. When he was young he barked some and ran around the house like an idiot with his sister.
But in general shih tsus do not bark as much as other small dogs. All they really want is to cuddle, so never be scared of a getting bitten by this dog. I really feel it is ideal to have two dogs; an inside lap dog and an outside bigger dog.
When Charl was young, he went on many hikes with me and my uncle. He even climbed a few mountains. He could do 15 mile, 3000-foot vertical hikes. And that’s impressive considering how short his legs are. He’s always loved snow but it clings to his fur and forms giant snowballs so he has trouble walking. Also, he’s always loved the beach.
On on this last trip I even got him to run down the beach. He rarely runs now. He’s old (14) and sleeps most of the time. He gets irritated when puppies try to play with him. In other words, he’s retired. I’ll be a sad man when my little buddy dies. He’s enriched the lives of everyone he’s met.