The Adorable Shih Tzu - Care Facts And Health Issues

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Some Interesting Facts About The Shih Tzu

  • According to the UK Kennel Club the life span of a Shih Tzu is 13 years. Most live between 10 to 16 years.
  • This breed originated in China. (Some experts state that Tibet is where the breed is from.)
  • The first dogs were brought to the United States after World War II. The military, upon returning home from Europe, brought these dogs along in the mid 1950s.
  • In 1930 Shih Tzus were nicknamed the Chrysanthmum Dog in England.
  • The Chinese named the Shih Tzu which means "lion dog." This kind of dog was bred specifically to resemble the lion.
  • This dog is more closely related to the wolf than any other dog.
  • The correct pronunciation for Shih Tzu is "Sheet Zoo."
  • When fully grown their weight is between 9 and 16 pounds.
  • Because a collapsed trachea can affect this breed never use a collar and a leash. Use a harness and leash.

China - Shih Tzu Origination

Rescuing A Fur Angel From A Puppy Mill

A puppy mill is no place for a dog. Rescuing an adorable baby Shih Tzu is my story of how I came face-to-face with the deplorable conditions these puppies live in.

Shih Tzu Health Issues

If you want a dog that stops traffic, is cuddly and cute and doesn't shed, a Shih Tzu is for you. This lovable "lion dog" will entertain you until he wears himself out. A Shih Tzu is friendly to a fault which is a good thing because people are quite taken with their built-in charm.

Most Shih Tzus have several health issues such as:

  • Respiratory problems due to to the shape of their face and head.
  • Hip Displaysia in standard sizes.
  • Epileptic seizures. My Clancey had these. I kept prescribed vials of medicine on hand. When they became more frequent I carried a vial with me when I took him for his walks.
  • Ear infections. The ears must be cleaned often.
  • Intervertebral Disk Disease causes back pain, loss of coordination, and the inability to feel deep pain. This disease is also found in other breeds such as the French Bulldog, Welsh Corgi, Lhasa Apso, American Cocker Spanie, Dachshund, Bassett Hound and the Pekingese.
  • Hypothyroidism. This occurs when the thyroid gland stops producing a hormone which is responsible for proper metabolism. It affects middle age dogs and there is medicine available at your local vet.

Meet Clancey...he's gone now but forever remains in my heart.
Meet Clancey...he's gone now but forever remains in my heart. | Source
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With The Big Fire Hydrant In The Sky

Celebrating Clancey's birthday with a look-a-like cake.
Celebrating Clancey's birthday with a look-a-like cake. | Source

A Poem of Love and Humor - To My Dog


Will you be my valentine and never let me go?


Keep your body next to mine


You know I love you so.


We will catch a falling star, and play upon the moon,


Hearts uniting into one


Please come to me and soon


See my eyes so filled with need that only you can fill?


Hear the voice that speaks so small


“I love you and always will?”


Rainbows intertwining as misty notes surround


A melody of purest form


To you, my love I’m bound

Shih Tzu Having a Bath

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Please - let me out of here!
Please - let me out of here! | Source
 "Snow is cold on my paws "
"Snow is cold on my paws " | Source
...midst the sun's warmth
...midst the sun's warmth | Source
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Got my own palm tree
Got my own palm tree | Source


I see you in the glistening of snowflakes making snow,


I feel you midst the sun’s warmth and by the fires glow


How long I’ve waited valentine, I long to have you near

I’ll fill your life with music of songs you long to hear


The smell of you doth linger to bring me oh such bliss

I shed a tear of loves release a wet and wild kiss


Oh valentine there are no words, I'm rambling and I'm ranting

And what is with your breath tonight?

And what's with all that panting?

Thank you for the memories and joy you've given me

I'll always love you Clancey, through all eternity.

Resources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shih_Tzu

http://www.facts-about-dogs.info/Shih_Tzu_facts.html

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© 2011 Audrey Hunt

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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

Great poem vocalcoach. I like the photo of Clancey above the video :)


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firman afandi 5 years ago

Audrey, what a beautiful hub.. I marked it as well

looking forward for a new one.


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Fiddleman 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

This is a masterpiece. Great photos


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

Lovely poem and beautiful photos. Up and beautiful!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Beautiful Poem! Cute pup too!


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Your truest of love for Clancy is breathtaking,vocalcoach.;)


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ReggieD06 5 years ago

Vocalcoach,

I really enjoyed your poetic words. The photo of the tree was intriguing. Thank you for sharing.

Reggie D.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

ReggieD - How wonderful to share this with you! The tree photo is one of my favorite. Love to you on V-Day and always.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Hi vocalcoach,

Thank you so much for sharing these beautiful words, pictures and music.

You always weave such warmth into your hubs in all ways.

I always look forward to reading your work.

All the buttons to be pressed here.

Take care,

Eiddwen.


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creativeone59 5 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you,so beautiful, I couldn't have done any better, thanks for sharing it. Godspeed. creativeone59


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Oh, creativeone59 - your very lovely words have made my day. I hope your day is filled with joy and love! Thankyou.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear Eiddwen - I always look forward to your inspiring and supportive words which you so generously take time to write. What would I do without you? Well, I never want to find out. :) Have a glorious day, filled with joy and love, my friend!


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for such a wonderful read.


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

Beautiful. The photos are awesome, as well as the prose. Thank you.


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

My favorite picture is the heart/music score. My favorite line is: I see you in the glistening of snowflakes making snow


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Hi, Audrey. That Clancy is precious - no wonder he is your Valentine. I love "Funny Valentine," too. Thank you.


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sergs_pogi 5 years ago

Nice poem. I don't have a knack for writing poems. I am also a frustrated songwriter, not knowing where to start the process of composing songs.


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H P Roychoudhury 5 years ago from Guwahati, India

Beautifull poem.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

H P - Thank you, my friend. Have a wonderful day!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Carrie - Clancey is my baby, my friend, my joy and my love. For 10 years, he has been by my side. Thank you dear Carrie and keep well.


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

Awesome and love the art with the musical notes. WOW beautiful. May you be blessed with a radical abundance of love and adoration this Valentine's Day! Love :) Katie


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

katie - you sweet, talented, kind, supportive and beautiful friend! ...well, I have been blessed with an abundance of love since finding you. YOU are a valentine - all 365 days of the year. I thank you for finding my poem and art work beautiful. (takes one, to know one:) May continued success be yours and may you flourish! Love - Audrey


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hello, Hello - You are a dear! Very happy that you liked my poem. May your life be filled with goodness!


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QudsiaP1 5 years ago

Very romantic, touching and beautiful.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

sergs - Thank you. Composing songs, begins with "feeling an emotion", writing about the feeling, using rhythm, and rhyme. I am presently creating a hub on this topic. Look for it soon. Thanks, my friend.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

drbj - I am delighted that you approve of my "clancey".

He truly is my valentine...all year long! Thank you, my friend.


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meteoboy 5 years ago from GREECE

Excellent , awesome , beautiful, all that we need for Valentine's day !!!! Thank you for this piece of art . It inspire us...


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

Our dogs love is so very unconditional. Love the poem. Great job.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

You are my lady Valentine. This was so beautiful. I liked it. Thanks for share your love with others. That make you special, my friend. God will repay your kindness. Vote up.

Love and peace,


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

prasetio - Good morning, my very precious friend. You have lifted my spirits by making me your lady valentine. You are my male valentine as well. You have the biggest heart of all. You share your love with all of us and we all love you! Thank you for your very lovely comments and for voting up on my hub. Much love, to you, Prasetio!


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epigramman 5 years ago

.....with words like that now I know why Beethoven composed his ninth symphony - and that's exactly how I feel anytime you and I meet in these pages (and beyond) a true 'ode to joy' .....and as Iggy Pop once sang - 'a lust for life' because you have such an enthusiam and warm embrace when it comes to expressing yourself and speaking your mind - and it's certainly a very beautiful one too!!!!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

epi - The ninth! OMG - Beethovens Ninth is my Favorite!

To be mentioned in any way to this great work is something I would only dream of. But you, dear, sweet and precious friend seem to have a way of fulfilling my dreams with your always inspiring words...words which surpass even Michaelangelo's master pieces. My eyes are filled with tears...tears holding a joy brimming over from every part of me. I am so filled with love - I feel as 'tho I may burst! You, are a sweet gift to me. Mahalo...my funny valentine!


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AskAshlie3433 5 years ago from WEST VIRGINIA

Wow, you are a talent. Great hub. Voted up and beautiful. Touching words.


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada

you have talent, awesome as always and keep these ones coming.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Oh...thank you Rebecca. Coming from you, this means so much. Blessings to you, my friend.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Healing Touch - Humans can certainly learn a few tips on "unconditional love" from our doggies. I am always glad to see you, dear friend. Woof!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

meteoboy - I can't thank you enough for your beautiful words. You have made my day! You are so sweet to read my poem and I appreciate you. I can feel that you are a rare and unique person. My best to you...


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Beautiful and touching poem, Audrey. I rated it up and 'beautiful'. Thanks for sharing. I love that song BTW Hugs sent to you.


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duffsmom 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

Oh you got me with this one! Loved it--and my Valentine's Alex, Tully, Duffy and Tessa (all four-legged and large) enjoyed it too.


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Oh my love! I thought you were writing this to me. Then I saw that I was competing with a puppy. I just can't go up against that kind of competition. But perhaps some day, I can sleep at the foot of your bed. God bless you dear.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

firman - I'm so pleased to see you. Love is what life is all about. Let's have more love and less "it's all about me"...right? On to checking out your latest hub. Thanks


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

fiddleman - I enjoyed putting this poem together...glad you liked it so much. Thank you!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Qudsia - Love your comments. Thank you. Blessings to you!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

truckstop sally - I was drawn to the heart image when I found it. So...we share good taste! :) Appreciate your nice comments and love it when you visit me. Thank you!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Lilly - Gee, I am delighted to see you. I just love the comments you leave for me. Your support is motivating and you are wonderful!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Mentalist acer...Hahahahaha! Breath taking. It took me a second...hahahahaha!!! You are so funny. I am laughing myself to bed. Thanks.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Susan - I kinda think he is a cutie too. He has been my valentine for 10 years! So nice of you to visit and comment. C'you soon.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Pop - Thank you...what's next at the table? I'm hungry for your recipes and serious chatter.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

I know I am a bit late, but nice hub commemorating true and authentic love for Valentine's Day.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Well done coach.

(Lucky dog!)

Up and awesome.


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Green Lotus 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

A belated Happy Val's Day VC! I love the rhythm to your poem..so lyrical,, and the first photo is so perfectly cast. Thanks.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Micky - well...Clancey agrees to share the foot of the bed with you as long as you agree to 1. Remember that he is the boss, and 2. Limit sharing his treats!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Green Lotus - How special am I, to have the support of someone like you? I am just so grateful for you. I thought of you today as I started Dr. Deepak Chopras book "Reinventing the body, resurrecting the soul". I am on a journey to accomplish both! Love'ya GL.


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writinginalaska 5 years ago from southeast Alaska

this one swept me away, lol i have a very similar poem on my hub http://hubpages.com/literature/Till-Next-Time kinda ends the same way. you know what they say? GMTA ;)

great poem!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

WillStar - You have given me such a laugh! Anyone who is not reading your wonderful hubs is sure missing out! I am tickled pink, that I ran into you. Me and "the dog".


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

duffsmom - Wow...you have four! How precious is that. You totally understand how I feel then. We are very lucky and blessed mommys.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Sweetie pie - No need to concern with being late, as Valentines Day should be practiced all year long! :) You are very kind and I thank you so much for your comments. On my way to see what Sweetie pie is offering on her hubs. :)


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Denise - I really love your kind comments. (Gives me an awesome feeling). Let's live Valentines Day everyday! Thank you my talented friend.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

AskAshlie - I am thrilled that you liked my poem. Thanks so much for reading it and taking the time to leave a comment. :)


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epigramman 5 years ago

...well I don't need Valentine's day - per se , to show my affection and devotion to you my friend - this is an all year round affair between you and me - lol - and I discovered Beethoven's Ninth for the very first time in a most peculiar place - a film by Stanley Kubrick - called A Clockwork Orange!!!!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

OMG - writinginalaska - we've done it again! Our minds and passions connecting onece again. :) I love it!!! We just have to talk!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

epigramman - I remember that film...yes I do. And now, like so many other things, I will be thinking of my epi-man when I hear the 9th or review the film.


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ahorseback 5 years ago

You made us feel just a little like that puppy, Happy hearts to you too, I remember as a kid we all made our litle box for everyone in class to make share the heart cards all self made, wouldn't it be nice if we still had to share, all of us! Voted up and awesome.....


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

ahorseback - Yes, sharing a valentine with everyone! So much easier than fighting and much more fun! Thanks, my new friend for your support!


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Love your hub. It brought a smile to me. Each of your hubs are well written. Rated up.


lbidd54 5 years ago

Beautiful Poem! thank you


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Ibidd54 - You are welcome...so glad to see you here. Take care.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

toknowinfo - Awwwwwwwwwwwe - it makes me feel so good to know my poem brought a smile to you. Thanks so much!


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epigramman 5 years ago

..well I don't need February 14th to think about it - I will be your Valentine all through the year .....


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

...and, my Valentine, I need you all through the year! you have a heart which encompasses the entire universe. Heck - you ARE love!!!


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

How sweet. I'm so sorry you lost your beloved Clancey. We lost a Shih Tzu after she delivered 5 puppies. I wrote a Hub about her. It's always a heart breaker when we lose a pet.

Voted UP, etc.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Oh Mary - I remember reading your hub about your sweet Shih Tzu. I cried all the way through it. And it's especially tragic when her death occurred after the delivery of her babies.

I absolutely adore our doggies. They give unconditional love! Thank you Mary and hugs.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

Your dog is so adorable. I love the poses and sweet look of each photo. Your poem says what many pet owners would love to say to their doggie on this special day. Your ending is cute. Sharing!


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

teaches12345 - You are so kind and your comments mean so very much to me. Thank you for being here and for sharing this. ~ Audrey


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suzettenaples 22 months ago from Taos, NM

How cute and clever! I love this poem. What a great Valentine tribute to your lovely dog.


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vocalcoach 22 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi Suzette. Thanks so much for being here. Very happy that you liked my little poem about my Clancey. You can imagine how much I miss this little guy. His unconditional love will stay with me forever.

Hugs,

Audrey


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Victoria Lynn 10 months ago from Arkansas, USA

Aw, I know you still miss your Clancey. I miss my Gizmo. He was only part Shih Tzu, but he looked like Clancey as a pup. Then his dark hair grew out to make him all white! I love your hub. The pictures are adorable.


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vocalcoach 9 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hello Victoria

Gizmo and Clancey are playing and smiling together. I'm sure they are counting the days and waiting patiently at Heavens Gate for their mommies. Thanks dear friend for being here and sharing the same feelings of longing for our little fur angels.


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ChitrangadaSharan 9 months ago from New Delhi, India

Beautiful and touching poem!

What a great Valentine tribute to your lovely dog! You have a lovely and compassionate Heart.

Thank you for sharing those lovely pictures and a beautifully written hub!


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vocalcoach 8 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author

ChitrangadaSharan

I'm so happy to see you here. Your appreciation for my hub and poem makes my heart sing. I miss this little guy.

Much thanks to you.

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