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    • January 13, 2018 1:00 PM CST
    • Thanks, Barb and aekopcha. 

      I'll be back one day with pictures of a new dog, probably another Shih Tzu, once my grieving for Jasper has subsided. It would be unfair to a new dog to come to be mine with how I feel right now.  The right dog and time will come at some point. In the meantime, I will still visit the board, and see how everyone else is doing.

      Best wishes to all,


    • January 4, 2018 5:40 PM CST
    • Oh I'm so sorry Zoomom!



    • January 4, 2018 3:12 PM CST
    • So sorry, Zoomom, to hear of your loss.  Jasper was a lucky dog to have such a loving and caring owner.



    • January 4, 2018 11:29 AM CST
    • Jasper. RIP little dog.

    • January 4, 2018 11:28 AM CST
    • Sadly we had to make a tough decision on Dec. 9, we had to say goodbye to our little dog Jasper in the middle of the night. He suddenly developed aspiration pneumonia and congestive heart failure and when the treatments weren’t helping, Martin and I had to stop his suffering. For all his health issues (liver, heart, bronchitis, seizures) he did well to make it past his 11th birthday. He was happy, sweet, funny and too smart for his own good up until the last day. We will miss Jasper immensely. 

    • November 15, 2017 8:09 AM CST
    • It's been ages since I checked in...naughty me.

      Wondering how Jasper is and his medical problems

    • September 5, 2017 5:29 AM CDT
    • Chicken hearts are my favorite for pills :)



    • September 4, 2017 3:21 PM CDT
    • By the way, we are now using chicken hearts or his pills. He just doesn't get them at regular meals any more.

    • November 10, 2016 8:02 AM CST
    • Thanks for the great ideas, aekopcha. :)

      Lisa and Jasper

    • November 9, 2016 8:54 PM CST
    • Hello Lisa,

      With regard to getting a pill down Jasper without the pill pocket, try to crush the pill into a fine powder and then mix it in something wet.  My Maxie does not take pills and I don't get the Pill Pockets because he can still sniff it out.  I saw a video of a woman crushing the pill and putting it in cream cheese for her big dog.  Maxie is small and I don't want to give him cream cheese.  I just finished giving him antibiotics for a procedure he had and I put the crushed antibiotic in canned tuna.  He gobbled it down.  It was so less stressful for me.  When mixing it with food choose a food that has a strong smell.  I've also used Braunschweiger to give a pill and that worked well.  Good Luck!  Keep up the good work grooming Jasper.

    • November 1, 2016 6:51 PM CDT
    • For sure, it does grow fast! It took me a while to be brave enough to cut a lot of length off Jasper, but now I do it every summer. Although the snow balls can get bad, too, so sometimes it's just easier to shorten it up a bit.
      Best wishes!
      Lisa and Jasper

    • October 12, 2016 4:20 PM CDT
    • You weren't kidding Zoomom...Already she looks like I never touched her...gezzzz

    • September 14, 2016 7:09 PM CDT
    • Oh, and it grows back really quickly. Before you know it, the length will be back and you won't even realize it was cut off a few months ago.
      I also find its cleaner on the side where Jasper lifts his leg. ;)

    • September 14, 2016 7:05 PM CDT
    • Wow, they look great, Crystal!

    • September 14, 2016 3:25 PM CDT
    • You gave me a idea and did it yesterday. Trimmed the long skirt off both of mine to stop the split ends and make them cooler. Thanks for the idea


    • September 13, 2016 6:45 PM CDT
    • Thanks, Barb and Crystal.

    • September 13, 2016 3:57 PM CDT
    • So often my own dogs don't get picture perfect grooms. I too touch up and neaten as I see it. :)



    • September 12, 2016 6:56 PM CDT
    • I know his hind feet need a little more work...I've been snipping away as I see sticky-outies. ;)

    • January 4, 2018 11:36 AM CST
    • Hi Crystal,

      I am so sorry to hear about your son. Sorry I was out of touch for so long, I meant to reply ealier.

      I'm sure Pip and Abby's hair will grow back quickly. I agree the haircut was a good decision at the time. I'm sure they were comfortable that way. Much better than being full of mats.

      Take care,



    • November 15, 2017 8:24 AM CST
    • Can't believe its been another year. 

      Shock horror... I cut both down to a inch the first of September so I could return home for awhile when my son had a autobobile accident and he sadly didn't make it.

      My brother in law did just fine with them and the cut down was the right decision in the circumstances since he didn't comb them out very much or bathe them

      Luckily I am still using he Secreat Weapon shampoo additive and hypknotic spray on them...not a mat set in while I was alway. I mss their long drop coat...but hair grows back quickly


    • November 2, 2016 9:26 PM CDT
    • Those are great pictures!


      Thanks for sharing!



    • November 1, 2016 6:48 PM CDT
    • Happy birthday Pip and Abby!

    • November 1, 2016 6:09 PM CDT
    • Three year birthday photo's for Pip (October31) and Abby (September 10).



    • January 4, 2018 11:32 AM CST
    • Sorry to hear about your loss. I recently lost my Shih Tzu, so much sympathy to your family.

      This forum has tons of great information to help with grooming a Maltese. Also lots of cute haircuts to browse for inspiration.

      Best wishes, Lisa

    • January 4, 2018 11:03 AM CST
    • Hi Everyone,

      I just wanted to thank you all for sharing tips, tricks, and thoughts on

      drop coat dogs, I really appreciate it.


      My wife and I recently got another Maltese to soothe our hearts after having to say good bye to our last dog.

      I am reading through the forums in an attempt to better care for our little guy. 


      anyhow, thanks again in advance for the knowledge transfer and pointing folks in the right directions!