My Shih Tzu-Bijon Puppy is a Bully!

Xena biting Pebbles
Xena biting Pebbles
Xena meets Molly
Xena meets Molly

Xena Meets Molly

Wednesday, July 7, 2010, was a big day for Xena. We went to work with my mother. Xena was... pretty good. She was entertained for the day, I guess. In the morning, Xena stole the heart of my mother's boss--which isn't a surprise since Xena steals the heart of anyone who sees her.

Xena's name suits her because she's fearless! Sometimes I wish the littler critter had just a little more sense of danger than she does. Yesterday, Xena met Molly, a huge golden retriever. Molly fell in love with Xena. From the time I walked through the door, holding Xena in my arms, Molly was trying to jump on me to get to the puppy.

Molly is as tall as me when she stands on her hind feet. Talk about scary!

While Xena was in her crate, every little sound she made, Molly ran to her rescue. I guess Xena activated Molly's maternal instinct. Xena actually loved Molly. When Molly bent to sniff Xena, Xena licked her. It was so cute!

I was more afraid than Xena was but Molly was surprisingly gentle. Thank God!

Xena Finalizes a Sale

As I mentioned in my last Hub, she's my business partner, a puppy sales agent. People see her and want to buy a puppy ASAP. What better way to thank my friend, Ms. T, who gave Xena to me, than to get the rest of her puppies sold?

My next door neighbours saw Xena as my mum and I were walking her on Tuesday and they came to play with her. Three boys ages 5 to 12 (I believe). Their mother came to us and began asking questions about Xena. She wanted a puppy too and asked if my friend has more. We told her yes and showed her the pictures of the puppies.

The family couldn't agree on which puppy they wanted. Half of them wanted a boy but the boy looked nothing like Xena. The problem is, they liked XENA. The mother wanted a puppy just like Xena so I told her there was one, Pebbles, who was Xena's look-alike. The family agreed on purchasing Pebbles (who they renamed Honey once they had her).

Teething or Just Plain Mean?

I appears that Xena is teething. When we went to the house my mother works in, Xena and I hung out in the backyard. I don't know if it was the wide open space that made her wild or what. Xena started running and prancing and pouncing... on ME. Then she started biting. Not play biting but biting so hard that she actually pierced the skin of my forearm.

Now, don't panic. She has tiny teeth, though sharp, so it's not a noticeable puncture mark but it hurt! I yelled "NO!" and she didn't stop. She kept biting me until I pulled her up by the harness she was wearing. She screeched at me and I continued to tell her how bad she was for biting me. She didn't care.

For the rest of the day, Xena had a biting issue. I kept giving her the chew toys to play with but she was more interested in biting anyone that wanted to play with her. I think she's teething but I guess in all the excitement of being able to run free, she forgot to exercise caution in her play. Now I'm worried about her meeting my Godsisters (ages 4 and 6).

Pebbles(renamed "Honey" by her family)
Pebbles(renamed "Honey" by her family)
Twins! Xena and Pebbles/Honey
Twins! Xena and Pebbles/Honey

Bringing Sister Home

After work my mum drove to Ms. T's house to pick up Pebbles, Xena's older sister. Apparently, Xena fulled out (got "fatter" and fluffier) so now she looks bigger than Pebbles. Pebbles also looks more Shih tzu now while Xena looks more Bijon. It's interesting when you have a littler of mixed breed dogs because every dog basically looks different.

Remembering how close in appearance Xena and Pebbles were, I was sure to keep Xena's harness on so I could tell them apart (even though Xena's personality is totally different). However, the sisters now are easy to tell apart. 

Pebbles has the straight hair while Xena's hair is very curly. The straight hairs growing around Pebbles' eyes are actually getting INTO her eyes so when we brought her home to my neighbours I advised them that they groomed her or took her to a professional.

Xena: "You smell a little different, sis."
Xena: "You smell a little different, sis."
Pebbles/Honey: "You smell my back I smell yours."
Pebbles/Honey: "You smell my back I smell yours."

Xena is a Bully

Now, I know that puppies play rough with each other. They wrestle and bite each other. But the keyword is each other. Before taking the puppies inside, I put Xena into the box with Pebbles. I observed as Xena began sniffing Pebbles, as though checking to see how much had changed in a week of being away from her.

Then she began climbing all over Pebbles, which was annoying her. I turned away for a split second and I heard loud crying coming from the box on the grass. I turned to see that Xena pinned Pebbles on her back and was biting her all over. Poor Pebbles wasn't even fighting back. No matter how many times I pulled Xena away from Pebbles, Xena kept trying to bite her.

Poor Pebbles! Finally, we went inside and I held Pebbles while Xena ran around her domain as usual. For a moment, Xena was nice to Pebbles, then she began attacking her again. I don't know why Pebbles refused to fight back. Maybe because she was in a new environment. 

It seems the two puppies have switched personalities. Once upon a time, Xena was calm and Pebbles was a menace. Now it's the opposite. It's kind of funny actually. I guess the warrior pup is just living up to her name. 

Now I have to retrain Xena not to bite so much. She has a teething toy but she gets bored with it once the coldness (from being in the freezer) wears off. Does anyone have any advice for me. If so, feel free to leave it in the comments box. Thank you to all who are keeping updated with my puppy journey! 

Xena saying "Hi sis!"
Xena saying "Hi sis!"

I hope that Honey, previously know as Pebbles, likes her new family. Good luck to you, Honey! I'll be keeping an eye on your from next door.

A Hub by another shih tzu owner, gramarye

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Comments 16 comments

 6 years ago

Oh, she is just adorable! I hope for your sake that she has settled in now!(I am remebering your hub about the first night....grinning...)


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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California

I could fall in love with this little darling! She is a bundle of exotic energy. I hope you are able to gt some rest. Very cool hub!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Commenter #1, I don't know who you are! You didn't write your name but thanks for commenting. I'm glad you came back for the update. Xena has settled very well... now she just needs to stop biting.

K9keystrokes, Xena is easy to fall in love with. She lures people in with her cuteness but no one knows what a rascal she is :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

I'm loving Xena's continuing saga, and by the way, Clifford has been renamed, too. Now his name is Dingo! He seems to respond to the name better.

Looking forward to the next installment!


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marvalousnj 6 years ago from Central Jersey USA

Glad to know that Xena has a sibling next door. I enjoyed this article. Xena is surely a survivor, that picture with Molly is truly priceless. Thanks for the update.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Lorlie, I like the name Dingo! Maybe Clifford was too serious for her. I'm glad you're enjoying Xena's continuing saga and that you're looking forward to the next installment.

Marvalous, I'm glad Xena has a sibling next door too. A playdate is just a few steps away! Xena surely IS a survivor... I'm going to have to keep my eyes on her.

Thank you both for commenting!


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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Dog gone it! Great hub. I too share my life with a Shih Tzu-Bijon. Great dogs! Enjoyed your hub.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Cool. It's nice to hear from another Shih Tzu-Bijon owner! Those dogs ARE great! They're fun. I'm glad you enjoyed my Hub. Thanks for commenting!


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gramarye 6 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

Hi, enjoyed your latest update. My puppies pin each other down, but each gets as good as they give. Guess the only thing is to gently reinforce the teething toys. Good luck and I look forward to the next installment!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Thanks, gramarye! I think Xena needs to socialize daily or at least a few times a week with her sister next door. Maybe Honey will fight back once she's comfortable with her new home. Thanks for commenting!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Maybe Zena has learned what her name really means and is trying to live up to it. :)


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Haha, maybe drbj. Fearless warrior pup! Thanks for commenting.


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LizzyBoo 6 years ago from Czech Republic

Kim, keep writing about Xena!!! She is soo adorable and the way you play with words just make every hub you make special. I like the way of your writing. Keep it up!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Lizzy! You're here again! Yay! I haven't written about Xena in such a long time. I know I'm due for an update. I'll just have to think about something to write about Xena.

Thanks for coming and commenting again!


judith wagner 4 years ago

it sounds to me like you need the help of an animal communicator, who can help you by phone. if i hadn't used carol i would have had to give up a lhasa apso that was given to me. it had come to the point where gizmo was controling me, and i'm in a wheelchair. you can find a good communicator by talking to several vets. your pup has learned she has power by what she is doing and sheis going to have to learn her behavior doesn't work. you need help.


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kaltopsyd 4 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

hello, Judith. Xena was just being a puppy. Just the way human infants test their boundaries. She's almost 2 now and she's so lovable. Thanks for your concern, but she's perfectly fine, healthy and happy!

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