The first time I wanted to have a dog, I told myself that I wanted a small dog so I can easily carry it and walk him around. Then I also wanted it to be low maintenance in grooming. But then, I ended up getting a Shih Tzu.\n \n \n[IMG]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CDRnA7wCKd4/UB-g__2o7vI/AAAAAAAABzo/8770iSq9S9c/s1600/chooey-dog-shihtzu-wishing.jpg[/IMG]\n[URL='http://www.mydogslove.me/2012/08/mischief-monday-marikina-veterinary.html']This is Chooey, my second Shih- Tzu[/URL]. She's a girl.\n \nAs puppies, they're so cute and fluffy. But then reality hits me, I need to comb his hair everyday so it doesn't matte.\n \nI have to wipe his snout area so that eye discharges don't harden up.\n \nI also had to learn how to groom him, clip his fur and toe nails if I decide not to bring him to the groomers.\n \nBack then, I realized that being a dog lover doesn't necessarily mean you knew and had the willpower to choose what's best for you.\n \nIt's been a couple of years since then and I've realized that taking care of a Shih Tzu is no walk in the dog park- especially after having left him with my sister's because of my niece's request. Now that I've reunited with him, I'm back to square one.