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Shodu the Shih Tzu

Updated on April 19, 2016

Meet Shodu!

This is my baby girl.

Shodu was born April 15, 2000 in Detroit, Michigan. Her original given name was "Alice in Wonderland". Her mother's name was Emme, and her dad was Steven Tyler. No, I'm not making this up.

It was June 30, 2000 and I was at work (in Massachusetts) and I don't even remember how I found her, but I ended up on the website of her breeder. The moment I saw her tiny little face I fell in love. I didn't care that she was 800 miles away. I had to have her!

She turned 12 this year, but she will always be my baby.


Little 'Alice'

This is a scanned image from the page I printed out the day I found her. She sort of looks like a little puppy pirate in that larger pic, with only one eye showing, but she really does have both eyes. And they aren't glowing blue, but beautiful baby browns. She was so tiny! You can see a penny in the far right next to her. I had never seen a black Shih Tzu before. I loved that she didn't look anything like my first or second dog. Look at her little nose! Wasn't it adorable? Yes, I do realize I'm rambling, she's just too cute to focus my thoughts. LOL

Emails were exchanged, money was sent, and she was flown out to me. A day early. Eek!

I went to Chicago for the 4th of July and was flying home on the 6th. (I think it was the 6th, let's go with that.) She was supposed to fly to Boston the next day. But she actually arrived at Logan airport hours before me. *panic*

Luckily, she was tiny, and adorable, and sweet, and the folks at Logan who ended up taking care of her fell in love with her too. She was happy as can be when I showed up. Tail wagging at hyper speed, running around, little kisses. She was perfect! My new little girl. :)

My now mother-in-law picked us up (I was away with my now husband) and I held my little one in my hands the whole way home. She fit in them, that's how small she was.

We were told she was an Imperial Shih Tzu and would grow to be no more than 3 pounds. They were a bit off with that estimate. She's a whopping 8 pounds now. Not an Imperial, but a Tiny. That's ok with us. We were afraid we'd break her in the beginning. Now she has some substance to her.

Shodu as a Puppy

How She Became 'Shodu'

So, the name Shodu... anyone know where that name came from?

Personally, I think that Shih Tzus look like Ewoks. You know, from Star Wars. I wanted a female Ewok name for this little munchkin. Before I got my pup I researched Ewok names and found Shodu (SHOW-do). One of the most well known Ewoks was Wicket Warrick. Shodu was his mother.


See the resemblance? Haha

Shodu's Bed

Her bedroom is a corner in the kitchen. She sleeps on a Leopard print pillow just like this.


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Shodu's Favorite Toy

Her favorite toy is a large stuffed Dalmation. We like to call it her boyfriend. Her's is quite old, so it isn't the one below, but this one looks pretty cool too.


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    • greg2biz2 profile image

      greg2biz2 5 years ago

      great lens! Say "Hi" to Shodu from me (ha-ha)

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      OrlandoTipster 5 years ago

      I can imagine the suspense of when you first decided to get Shodu and finally did!

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      Richard 5 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      What a cute one! You're lucky to have found one another :)

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      AngryBaker 5 years ago

      what a sweet little dog...

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      Cute little Ewok. It takes a lot of devotion to order a dog on-line. I'm embarrassed, even with peeking, I still got one wrong. Tricky quiz.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I really likie how you decided on her name; she is a pretty baby.

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      Shodu is an adorable Shih Tzu! My Tidbit turns 12 this year and she, too, will always be my baby.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Love this lens and your doggy. Shodu is a beautiful little dog and you're both very fortunate! Blessed.

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Your little doggy is adorable and her color is so unique!

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      Di Annesley 6 years ago from New Zealand

      She is gorgeous! Would love a couple of these but I dont think my two persian cats would like it much. Great lens.

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      AWildDog 7 years ago

      She's really cute. 60% on the quiz!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Shodu the Shih Tzu is so adorable. I loved the video and the pictures. Such fun!

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      Delia 7 years ago

      What a cutie pie!!! I have a Shih Tzu grandog named Annie (not in wonderland though) darling photos and story of Shodu.

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      Nathalie Roy 7 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Oops I missed a question. I agree tho she does look like an Ewok!Cute dog, hope she will be with you many years more.