Letters To Glory Ridge
Date:Thu, 30 Dec 1999 12:12:32 -0600 From: "Dembski, Johnna"
Hi Karen, The girls get along so well, they play all the time, Shelby is very co-dependent on Ceesha, whereas Ceesha is still very independent, but of course she is 8 years old now and sometimes she acts like a little old lady. Sometimes the girls have issues, but for the most part they get along better than I had hoped for. It is striking to me that Shelby, the pup, is definitely "THE BOSS", when they are mischievous I am pretty sure that it was Shelby's doings. Shelby had a fascination for the longest time with dumping over the trash can in the bathroom where the girls stay during the day. Of course, every night she would get into trouble and scolded for it.After a few days, when I began to notice that Shelby was taking some of the trash from the knocked over trash can and placing them in Ceesha's bed. I think she was trying to "frame" Ceesha for the crime. But what gave her away was the fact that she always had little remnants of trash of some sort stuck to her beard or her paws. Needless to say mommy didn't fall for that trick after the second time. But wasn't that creative of her? Rather than scold her every night, I just don't leave the trash can on the floor while we are gone. Kinda like having kids, if you don't want something broke, then you can't leave it within their reach. I have written enough for now just want to let you know that I still check out your web page and admire all of your hard work! I hope you are reaping the benefits of all your work in creating beautiful Shih-tzu's. I wish you and your family well. Take care and write back when you can. Thanks. Jonna Dembski
Note from Karen: Shelby is Italian Stallion's
Sister and can be seen:
Date: Tue, 28 Dec 1999 14:27:05 -0500 To:<firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Karen - ... I have a nearly two year old Shih-Tzu that came from Glory Ridge. Her name is Molly... I should let you know that she just passed the test for Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog International. I was so proud of her! We still have to send in the registration for the Therapy Dog. She needs to see the vet next week for a couple things she hasn't had in the last year - like hepatitis and influenza vaccines (I never heard of these for dogs!). I took the Therapy Dog class because there was a break between our obedience school sessions. She just finished pre-novice and will move on to novice in January. You should see her heeling and recall work! ...In addition to doing obedience work and getting her Therapy Dog certification, I also took two agility classes with her. She seemed to like it - especially the jumps! Fortunately, we get to do jumps in obedience as well. I don't know if I will pursue the agility with her or not. Once Molly starts doing some "therapy" I will send you a picture.
Date Mon, 27 Dec 1999 14:34:16 EST From: "Cheryl
Thank you Karen! I LOVE my puppy...she is such a joy! I canít wait to get home to her every day and I try to take her with me whenever I can. Thanks so much for all of your help! I will probably be interested in another puppy in the early summer of 2000, not to be used for breeding, but just for a companion for Baylee. I've heard that same sexes don't get along well...is this true? I'll be in touch probably in the spring. Again, THANK YOU!!!
Date:Fri, 3 Dec 1999 00:32:32 EST From:
Hi Karen. Since my last e mail months ago I never heard from you. You may recall that I was interested at that time in getting another girl from you. Chandler & Phoebe are doing great. Their coats are down to the ground. I bathe them every weekend & comb them out at least once a week. I keep them in light oil to keep their coats protected 7 minimize matting. They have wonderful personalities. Chandler is about 12 pounds & Phoebe is about 8. It seems like they never tire of playing with each other.
Subject:Piper >From Redd Butla and Calamity Jane
Date:Mon, 22 Nov 1999 09:49:03 -0500 From:"Basilico, Carina"
I am in awe of this pup. I cannot believe how social and friendly she is! She's not afraid of anything and she's smart as a whip. Yesterday was only day two and she already uses the bathroom on the potty pads consistently. I couldn't believe it when she walked out of the living room by herself and into her playpen pen in the kitchen and did her business (on Saturday, day one) I almost died! She potties outside too. What a smart girl. Bull loves her. I took them to the vet together on Saturday. Bull was scared, Piper didn't care. On Sunday I brought her over to my friend's Mom's house, I had to give their dogs haircuts and they wanted to meet Piper. She ran their dogs ragged. Upon arriving home, Bull greeted her before me (I'll get over it). They were so happy to see each other, that was the best. I love her a lot. She sleeps with me at night (spoiled already). She sleeps six hours straight every night! What a bladder! I thought I'd be getting up fifty times a night, but no, only once in the early morning. She didn't care when I groomed her. No struggle, no crying no nothing. I still can't believe it. She is so darn cute, I can't wait for her hair to grow out. We are already practicing brushing, although it doesn't seem to phase her either especially when the TV is on. She loves to watch TV, it's the funniest thing... this dog is everything I wanted in temperament plus more and is absolutely beautiful. I wouldn't trade her for the world. I think she may end up as a therapy dog instead of an agility champ... Maybe both, time will tell. I can't let her intelligence and sweet nature go unnoticed though, I know that for a fact. Thanks Karen. From the heart. She is one awesome puppy! I never imagined I would have a puppy even better then Bull was when he was little, but I think she's got him beat. Everyone would tell me how lucky I was when I got him because he was so smart and well behaved. Wait till they get a load of her!
Happy, Happy, Happy. What else can I say? I can't wait to get another one. :-) Have a great holiday! You deserve it!
Karen, I've been meaning to send you a picture of Shae-Lin for some time. Finally here it is! Shae-Lin, actually we call her Shae-Shae because the ending sound of her name and Peipin's were so similar. Anyway, Shae- Shae is doing great! She weights about 10 lbs. She is full of personality and is very jealous of any attention paid to Peipin and not her. She loves to play and will bring her toys to you when she wants some fun. As are all Shih Tzu, she is very affectionate and will lick when ever and where ever she can. She loves her bath and will try to jump into the bath tub with you, if you will let her. We have enjoyed her so much and are just delighted with her. I will give you a call in a few days regarding breeding her. She did not come into heat at six months. We think she may be coming into heat now because Peipin is sniffing her all the time. I have a lot of questions so I will talk with you soon. Take care and God bless you and your family! Julie
Subject: RE: New Angel Date: Thu, 7 Oct 1999
From: Sherri.Haines" <Sherri.Haines
Karen, everything is going just great!! She is potty training well and is just a doll. I'm taking her tomorrow for her next series of shots. I wanted to ask you about the microchipping, can we still have it done and how do we do it? If approved she will be named Glory Ridge Jags's Redd Mercedes, we are calling her Sadie. JAG stands for the first initials of each my kids, Josh, Ginger and Austin. Thanks for such a precious little girl!! God Bless!! Sherri Haines-Brown
Subject: Joy Date: Thu, 4 Nov 1999 07:45:46 -0000 From: Tony and Jeanie Bland" Karen: Just a note to let you know that "Angel" has molded herself into our family and around our hearts!! She is so much fun and is adjusting well. Jeanie Bland
Subject: your puppies are the best ever Date:
Wed, 3 Nov 1999 16:49:54 EST
Karen, your puppies are the cutest on the planet, and I have the best in the whole solar system, she is the most beautiful shih tzu I have ever seen, everyone says so, not just me. Leslie Fine
Subject: Boxer Pup Date: Tue, 19 Oct 1999
08:09:28 -0400 From: "Linda Annibale" To:
Karen, Just wanted to tell you that the puppy is doing great and Mike and I are so happy that we did this. Clay is wonderful. Mike is taking him to the vet today for a check up and to get him heartworm pills. I have a whole roll of film being developed, so as soon as I get the pictures back I will send you a few. When I spoke to your mother-in-law, she told me that it is your older son who is breeding the boxers. Does he have a web site? He really should. I really just wanted to tell you that if Mike and I had a house already we would definitely get another, but until then Clay is perfect. Thank you for the update on the website and email address. I'll keep looking for your son to create a Boxer website, if he is planning on it, let me know so I can send a letter that he can add to the site and a whole bunch of pictures. Love, Linda
Date: Tue, 12 Oct 1999 07:58:22 -0400 From:
Subject: Joseph's Boxer Pup
Karen, I just wanted to thank you. He is wonderful. I couldn't have asked for a better puppy. He is very, very mellow. Loves to sleep and loves to play with other dogs. We named him Clay. He is very, very friendly and mushy and that is just what I wanted. You can use us as a reference whenever you want to and we are definitely keeping your number around this way when we get a house if we want another we are coming straight to you. Just to let you know he was fine when he got here.,. Thank you so much again, we love him very, very much. You have made us very happy. Sincerely, Linda
Date: Tue, 21 Sep 1999 10:29:27 Ė0400 From:
Christopher Diilon To: email@example.com
Hi Karen: I just wanted to update you on Scout's progress. He learns quickly.... this guy actually uses the litter box. At first we thought he was just jumping in to play in there and we kept taking him out. One day my oldest daughter, Ashley, told me that he was actually using the litter box. I guess that he must have watched the cat and just learned from him. Well, anyway, he is doing great. Thanks so much for your help. Anne
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 22:52:10 EDT From: Leholloway To: GLORYRDG@sound.net hi karen, Got him (kc) and he is gorgeous! He's very sweet, sleeping on my lap as Iím typing this. Just wanted to thank you and let you know he arrived safely and is everything you promised. He's also just what i needed, our 13 years old Persian had to be put to sleep on Friday. I miss him so much i can hardly stand it. The lord's timing is perfect as usual. Thank you again. God bless you and your family, Linda
Date: Mon, 13 Sep 1999 From: "Basilico, Carina"
Dear Karen, You (recently) made a comment on your nursery page about your prices being too high...Most of the breeders I contacted before I found you wanted $800.00 dollars or more (not including shipping, crate, etc.) and had little or no guarantee as well as being reluctant to answer questions, not being able to give pedigree or even a remote possibility of registration. I think that your price is beyond fair and all the extras that you make available are wonderful! Whoever is complaining or commenting has obviously not been doing their homework! Carina Basilico
Dillon puppy from Tessa & Redd Date: 19 Aug 1999
21:08:21 -0700 From: Turley
Dear Karen: Just a quick update on Scout. I took him for his check-up and he had his second series of shots.. The vet is so impressed with him. She said that she was amazed at his bite. His teeth are coming in perfectly. She said that usually a Shih Tzu has problems with their bite or their teeth are not aligned properly. She says he has a GORGEOUS COAT that she couldn't get over. She told me to keep him on the Eukanuba because of the fatty acids to make sure that coat stays beautiful. Also, she gave him a perfect 10 for health. Scout weighed in at 4 3/4 pounds. At home Scout has decided that he owns the place. I think he's right. Everything he does is followed by squeals of delight from the children and admiration from my husband because of how brilliant this puppy is. Of course, he is my precious baby doll. I can't tell you how much we love him. He has a new game that I actually had to clear with the vet because I didn't think it was good for him. He grabs the end of a terrycloth robe belt and one of the kids have the other end. He lays down and the kids pull him through the kitchen on the linoleum floor. At first I thought it was the kids' idea but as I watched, Scout gets up and jogs to the beginning point to be pulled like a mop again. The vet says that it's a Shih Tzu thing. I told the kids that they can only play that game with my supervision and when they get tired of it, I take away the robe belt. He is also the toilet paper kid. If anyone leaves any out, he makes sure to parade it through the living room as pleased with himself as he can get. Every time he goes outside I am surrounded by neighbors to say Hi to the puppy. When I walk him around the block, everyone that sees him has to know where I got him. A couple of people have even asked how to contact you. They all say the same thing. "He looks just like Gizmo". I can't thank you enough for such a beautiful addition to our family. I could have a dozen more just like him. Anne
Dear Karen, 8/3/99 Wanted you to know about Holly's progress toward becoming a therapy dog. Several months ago I joined a Training Obedience Club. This club has a group of people (and dogs) that visit a local hospital for pet therapy. Holly began beginners obedience classes and graduated with flying colors. We then began advanced training. Last night she passed her test in front of the instructor who is head of pet therapy. She was letter perfect, seems as if she knew she was on trial. She did all this while working with 25 other dogs in the room. I sure was proud of her. This Thursday we make our first visit in the hospital. In watching your web site I believe you have mentioned only males have become therapy dogs. Well now you have your first Glory Ridge girl !!! Thanks again for my beautiful Holly. She is a credit to Glory Ridge. God bless and enjoy your trip to Alaska. Sharon
Subject: Trevor Date: Wed, 28 Jul 1999 20:01:35
EDT From: PScott
Karen, Just wanted to give you a 6 months update on Trevor (AKC name "Scott's Paid for Eight" which equates to some military jargon). HE'S GREAT!!! Really impressed by his intelligence and temperament. Any time he starts heading for trouble (as only adolescent males can), all I have to do is say the word "No" and he immediately stops. He has traveled with me to many weekend softball tournaments and is a hit everywhere he goes. A first class traveler, no whining, barking or messes. I recently had to board my three Shih tzu at a kennel for a week. The kennel owner (who by the way is a handler for both Shih tzu and Yorkies at dog shows) was also very impressed with him. Of course that always makes me feel good when someone from the circuit comments on my dog (which compliments your breeding program)! You are welcome to use me as a reference as well. I followed your WEB site for two years before finally deciding to trust in someone over the net and someone from Missouri (sorry, but that state has a bad rep for puppy mills). You were very up front with answers to my questions, the arrival of the pup went off without a hitch, and the dog is exceptional. One of many things I asked for was a lot of color...I got a lot of color (he's beautiful and markings are perfect). I stated a certain size and you were up front by telling me that the pup you had available would be 3-4 pounds bigger than what I was looking for. I took him anyways and do not regret my decision. I will back you 100% on your ideas of owning a male any day! I have owned both male and female shih tzu. Although my females are sweethearts, the males are more devoted to you and want to be at your side every second...Trevor is no exception. He definitely is a gem. Again, because of his adolescent stage (and still teething on the bottom jaw, top teeth came in picture perfect) he drives my two females crazy with his horse play. Always wanting to romp with them. But even as I sit and type this...he is at my side wanting up on my lap. He's 100% shih-tzu and I'm 100% happy! Thanks again...and I will continue to view your WEB site and keep you posted on Trevor (with pics eventually) as I'm sure one day I'll be back for another pup. Take care. Pam Scott
Subject: Re: Little rascal Date: Fri, 23 Jul
1999 17:59:50 -0700 From: sheilat
Karen: We went to the airport and picked up our puppy this morning. When the guy behind the counter brought him out, everyone behind the counter stopped what they were doing to say hi to this pup. He is breathtakingly gorgeous! The pictures do not do him justice. He has such a beautiful full coat and the color is so rich and perfectly patterned that you would think he was a stuffed animal. I took him out of his crate and he started hugging and kissing me instantly. I brought him home to my four children and thought that he would be too tired to greet them. Boy was I wrong. The children sat in a circle on the floor with the pup in the middle. He went around the circle loving up to each of the kids like he had known them all his life. Needless to say, he is an immediate and welcome part of the family already and it isn't even the end of the first day. I want to thank you for all the patience you have shown me and answering all of my questions the way you did. And I want to thank you for this bundle of joy that you have brought into our lives. It is love at first sight. He is perfect for us. Anne Dillon
Sharon Cazzell wrote
: I of course realize that a dog can't replace a loved one, but they sure can ease the pain, & lighten the load and bring comfort & companionship, and make it much more pleasant to return to an empty house at night. I wish you could hear the groomer that I take Holly to talk about her. She was telling a new helper that Holly was an absolutely perfect example of all the good qualities in a Shih Tzu, short & square back, short legs, flat face, slight turned up nose, perfect eyes, beautiful coat, wonderful disposition. She says she knows of no one in this area who comes close to breeding this beautiful of a dog. Holly is always cheerful, she meets and greets all people with love. She doesn't ever appear to be startled by anything, she loves to sit on my porch with me and watch and listen to thunder storms. I believe you could drive to the moon with her in a car, pick up the car keys and she is standing at the door waiting to go. If I had room I would probably get another pup in a heart beat. ...are you still interested in the Therapy Line? I have a real desire to get into this field. I don't have much money so I can't give much to charities, I kind of hoped that using Holly as a therapy dog could be a form of charity for me. Thanks again Karen for your devotion to a wonderful breeding program. I am the grateful beneficiary. Sharon
"Kenneth C. Sims" wrote: We are very happy with the puppy we purchased from you recently. We named him "Taco" and he amazes us by how smart he is already. He is growing like a weed and is "the boss" around the house