Pippin is a Shih Tzu,
just like Wicket!
He was a stray
and we adopted him
from the animal shelter at Camarillo
in Southern California
on Saturday, March 18, 2000.
We were given a free
checkup by any of the local vets,
and were told that
Pippin is around 3-4 years old.
When we brought him
home he was underweight and a
but within less than a week of being
fed good nutritious
meals he put on some weight and
his coat began to
He is the tallest of
the Shih Tzu breed, standing 10½"
at the withers.
Taller than Wicket. He's of similar
colouring to Wicket,
though his tan is a little lighter.
His colour classification
may be "Blue and White", rather
than Wicket's "Gold
and White". His previous owners
had cut his coat very
short, apparently with scissors,
and it will take a
while for his coat to grow out again.
Pippin is bouncy and
happy, playful and very loving.
He appears to have
been kept as an outdoors dog by
his previous owners
and had to be taught how to behave
inside, which is where
he lives with us. He also had to be
shown how to play
with the squeaky toys we bought him.
He understood basic
commands, such as "sit", but has
learned more very
quickly. He learned his new name in
less than a day, and
as much as Grey likes to call him
a "dumb mutt" Pippin
is relatively smart. He still has
a lot of puppy silliness
in him but is learning better
manners all the time.
Pippin could have a
Ph.D. and he'd still be a dumb mutt
to Grey! :)
At the shelter, when
we first looked at him, Grey was
a little put off by
the fact that Pippin was a bit aloof.
But that's a trait
of the breed. They are family-oriented,
and while friendly
with strangers they can seem a little
Anyway, who wouldn't be distracted by being
in one of those shelters!
But now that Pippin has become
integrated into our
family he's as adoring and attentive as
anyone could want
a dog to be.
I would love Pippin
and Wicket to meet some day, but
I don't believe that's
possible. Still it's a lovely
I hope you think Pippin
is as gorgeous as we do!