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My Shih Tzu-Bijon Puppy is a Bully!
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).
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 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!