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The Shih-Tzu "Racetrack"

Anyone that has a Shih-Tzu knows about the racetrack. Even when our oldest was small, he would often get that little gleam in his eye, jump up and start running as fast as he could around the coffee table until he dropped from exhaustion. As time went on, the circles around the table widened to encompass the kitchen island and any other area he could use to create a little "track" where he ran like a wild dog. All you saw was a flash of white...if you blinked, you missed him.

When we got his brother, the racetrack continued, except there were two of them running their little hearts out. It's something that's in the breed...they get it into their head that they're going to run and all hell breaks loose! If you start opening doors, all of a sudden the staircase, the living room, the kitchen and the family room become part of the track where they run as fast as they can in wide, sweeping circles until they finally collapse and succumb to a little nap.


klowee said…

my first time to post a comment,, just want to share that my shih tzu also does that, her name is chloe, she is 8 months old. at first i didnt understand why she run like that in our house, i thought she was just too happy or too excited to see us... but upon reading your journal, i do understand it now.... so it is their racetrack. It make's me happy while watching her do that... sometimes i join her running, chasing her wherever she went.... its really fun!
Anonymous said…
The racetrack doesn't exist in my house... at least, it doesn't exist until you bring out the laser pointer. My Shih-Tzu chases after the laser pointer like it is the best thing ever invented and goes crazy if we dare put it down (usually when the battery dies...she has a '1 laser pointer per month' "habit"). Our other dog looks at her like she is flippin' nuts as she runs until she collapses, snorting violently to catch her breath... but jumping on our laps/digging at our hands/yipping excrutiatingly loudly at us if we dare put it down, even if she's collapsed in exhaustion.

Whenever we have visitors...she (and her laser pointer) is the entertainment.

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