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12/21/15 THE GIFT

I have a very special reader who I have never meet. We simply share one awesome common interest, we love our Tzu!  This person has touched my heart in a way that they will never know. Last year, in the throws of losing hope, hope for my precious Bailley as she was so very sick, and hope for my Grandmother as she laid in a hospital possibly dying from cancer.  I came home late one evening from the hospital to find a small box sitting in the light by my front door.

I picked the box up and carried it in the house. Laid it on the counter. There were dogs to feed and potty, no time for a quick peek in the box.  My precious Bailley staggered over to greet me and the worry for my Grandmother took a back seat to a rush of pain and fear of the thought of my life without “B” as that very thing was a constant fear. Bailley had not eaten in a few days. Small licks of this or that but for the most part she was so sick she could not eat. I was shoving spoonful of baby food down her throat just to keep nutrition in her. After everyone went out to potty, I started the ritual of feeding. I feed everyone else and sat on the floor with a fresh offering of the very best canned food money could buy. I was prepared to pull out the jar of baby food as something wonderful happened. Bailley actually ate a few bits of food!! For the first time in a few weeks I felt  the veil of stress slightly fall away and took deep breaths so I could remember this small moment of joy I had with my baby as she ate!!

After such a joyous event I felt anxious to see what was in the box. I opened it up and a letter from someone I never meet was on top. The letter was very touching. It talked of their family and their lives, the darkness they were going thorough and the light that two little Shih Tzu brought. There was a BIG bag of pecans and an explanation that the state they lived in contained THE PECAN CAPITOL of the world!! WOW! I didn’t know that! There were photos in the box of their Tzu and family. Beautiful photos of their lives. They had been to my site and loved all my babies. They felt a connection with me and felt compelled to reach out in a most heart felt way. I was deeply moved by this box. So much that my spirit once again starting to feel a bit of hope. Hope for humanity, hope for the lives I was so burdened with, hope that I would be able to accept whatever was to be. Just a small gesture let in just enough light that things did not seem so grim.

The pecans are long since gone but the photos are still with me. I come across them every once in a while and it brings back memories of the box and letter that touched my heart.

This year a new box showed up. It was another gift from my special internet friends. Inside the box this year was a wonderful bag of pecans and a yummy bag of home made treats for the Tzu. There was a letter once again that gave me a small peak into their lives and a recipe for the treats enclosed. It just amazes me that someone I have never meet can take the time out of their lives to think of us here at Tian Mi Shih Tzu and not only send well wishes but this very special box with a heart felt connection. How can someone I have never meet know me so well? I love pecans, I think this was just a guess, doesn’t everyone love pecans? I simply adore my Shih Tzu. Photos of a life being lived and blessed with Shih Tzu, treats for my sweet little babies, a recipe with photos of the process! WOW! It doesn’t get any better! Doesn’t it make anyone feel good to know someone thought they were special enough to take time out of their lives to think of them in such a special way?

So here is the photo of the box contents after opening


The Tzu LOVED the snacks!!

Here is the recipe

1 1/4 lb fresh, no bone baked salmon – skinned (350 degrees)

2 medium / small sweet potatoes

1 head fresh broccoli steamed to fork mashable

1 c blueberries (Bailleys favorite!)

1 1/2 c unsweetened applesauce

3/4 c golden flaxseed meal

Mash everything into paste, will be like batter. Spread on dehydrator trays and score for break up.  Dehydrate for 4 hours at 160 – he uses a jerky gun (see photos below)

Photos of the process that were enclosed with the GIFT!


I cannot tell my not so new internet friends how much I have enjoyed their “gift” of friendship!!! Bailley will be making the treats as soon as our gift sample is gone!