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Shih Tzu Dog Costume Photos Including Merry Christmas Cards

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

The Shih Tzu's dressed up for Christmas.

The Shih Tzu's dressed up for Christmas.

Dog Christmas Cards

What does a Merry Christmas Greeting Card and pictures of Shih Tzu prize winners have to do with obedience training? Stay tuned...

What is the cutest Christmas card that you received this year? Readers of this hub are about to see one of our favorites!

If you are like us, the Christmas cards arrive a few at a time early in the month of December and steadily increase coming in bunches each day and then trail off later in the month with a few really late arrivals.

My husband and I happily read each card and notation or Christmas letter as it arrives and we stack them to be enjoyed at least one more time before discarding them.

A few special Christmas cards, especially those with photos, are worth keeping from year to year.

I thought that you might like seeing our most favorite Merry Christmas greeting card in the nature of cute Christmas cards that made their way from a Peoria, Illinois post office to ours in Houston, Texas this year.

Christmas card that we received this year.  Titled the "Shih Tzu Christmas Gang" this was the winning entry in the Holiday National You News Best Holiday Pet Contest!

Christmas card that we received this year. Titled the "Shih Tzu Christmas Gang" this was the winning entry in the Holiday National You News Best Holiday Pet Contest!

2011 Christmas Card

2011 Christmas Card

Personal Christmas Cards

Many people like to personalize their Christmas cards with photos of their families, vacation scenery or pets as well as other subjects. There is no limit beyond one's imagination as to what can be utilized to create a unique and pleasing greeting card for Christmas or any other seasonal greeting during the year.

For my cousin Tom and his wife, Judi, they have the perfect subject matter with their pet Shih Tzu doggies.

Not only are they darling little dogs, but Judi has more than a passing interest. In addition to having these friendly canines as companions and pets in their home...she also grooms their Shih Tzu and trains them and has won many ribbons and prizes in shows featuring the aspect of obedience.

Besides all of that, she is pretty handy with a camera...wouldn't you agree?

Cooling Off From the Summer Heat.

Shih Tzu dogs cooling off from the summer heat

Shih Tzu dogs cooling off from the summer heat

Photo Contest Winners

Judi likes to submit her Shih Tzu photos in competitions and last year won the grand prize from their local television station in Peoria for their Halloween contest.

Her Shih Tzu pets love being dressed and from what she says they love posing for pictures. In fact, it is difficult to get a solo shot of just one dog without the others wanting to be a part of the scene.

"Three Blind Mice" was their winning contest entry in the Halloween contest.

Dressed up as "Three Blind Mice"

Dressed up as "Three Blind Mice"

Judi's doggies have been dressed one year as a "Chain gang."

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Another time they were the "Baywatch Beach Crew" and three of them were the swimmers, one was a shark and one the lifeguard.

Obviously this is a fun pastime for my cousins and their Shih Tzu dogs also seem to enjoy the attention they get with the different pet wear that they sport.

Here is one of her Shih Tzu dogs posing as the lifeguard in the "Baywatch Beach Crew."

Here is one of her Shih Tzu dogs posing as the lifeguard in the "Baywatch Beach Crew."

Pet Clothing

Whether one is dressing one's pets for contest entries or merely trying to offer them some added warmth when the weather is cold outside, there are many dog outfits that can be purchased.

Dressed for Cold Weather

Dressed for Cold Weather

Everything from dog vests to dog coats, sweaters for dogs and dog jackets are available to keep your pets warm and fashionably attired.

Is it raining outside and your canine friend doesn't like getting his feet or fur wet? No problem! Just get him some rain gear and dog boots and he will be ready to go outside and play or do other necessary "business."


My mother once had a Lhasa Apso that loved wearing a sweater. In fact once he had it on his body he disliked having it removed and he fussed a bit each time we had to undress him whether it was to wash the item or because the weather was becoming too warm for him to still be wearing his sweater.

We have had similar experiences with dogs that have been groomed through the years. Often they were given a new scarf to wear. They always seemed happy to be wearing them and seemed to dislike having them taken from them.

If you bathe your dogs and they regularly wear a collar, they are always so happy to be given back their collars! I guess just as we humans like certain possessions, so do our canine friends.

Nap time!  It is hard posing for all of these photos!

Nap time! It is hard posing for all of these photos!

The Gullickson Shih Tzu dogs dressed for Winter.

The Gullickson Shih Tzu dogs dressed for Winter.

Shih Tzu Dogs

The Shih Tzu dogs have been in existence for centuries and were palace pets during the Ming Dynasty. Supposedly they are a cross between the Lhasa Apso dog and the Pekingese.

Discovered by soldiers during World War 2, they have increased in numbers becoming a most popular breed.

Shih Tzu dogs are small making them a perfect size for people living in apartments. Unlike larger breeds who need more space to run, play and exercise, these smaller dogs can do fine with more limited exercise.

They do need daily brushing and frequent grooming however.

With their sweet personalities Shih Tzu love the attention that this brings making it easy to form a life long bond with these little beauties and cuties.

Obedience Training

My cousin's wife Judi spends countless hours training her Shih Tzu dogs from the time that they are puppies and continuing as they grow older.

Obedience training has paid off not only in having well behaved dogs, but in a plethora of ribbons, titles and trophies for Judi and her pets.

One of her dogs, Sofie, won the rating of High in trial at the Shih Tzu National Dog Show last year. Her registered name is Trinket's I'll Go First and she is #2 in the top 10 of her breed in the American Kennel Club Obedience ranking!

This certainly attests to the dedication and effort in which she expends when working with her darling Shih Tsu babies.

We like our new loveseat!

We like our new loveseat!

Shih Tsu dogs ( just like the Lhasa Apso dogs ) have an almost baby shape when holding them. Looking into those widely spaced and rounded eyes, they are sure to charm almost any kind of dog lover.

Judi and Tom's Shih Tzu dogs would entertain and please them even if they did not have a growing assortment of ribbons and titles. But...nice to know that other people also enjoy and appreciate the work that has gone into making them the "stars" that they are!

Judi also teaches classes at the Peoria Obedience Training Club ( POTC ) in Pottstown, Illinois which is a part of the Peoria region.

So if you wish for your furry friends to be as well behaved as Tom and Judi Gullickson's, and you live near Peoria, you might wish to enroll your family (you and your dogs) into some of these classes.

Dog Grooming

Judi Gullickson not only raises and shows her champion sired Shih Tzu in various competitions, but she also grooms them.

Judi's dogs are "in coat" which means that they are the long haired confirmation showdogs. This takes a lot of effort to keep their coats flowing and silky. With a total of five Shih Tzu as a part of the Gullickson family, brushing sessions with each of them would be a part of a daily routine.

I wonder if they also get daily massages? If so...can I be adopted? (Smile)

Suffice it to say, these Shih Tzu Gullickson darlings are well pampered and loved!

Tender Touch Dog Grooming is the name of Judi's business in Peoria. If you live in Peoria, Illinois and wish for Judi to groom your special Shih Tzu friend, they will be well tended.

Most people who are not showing their dogs choose to have them trimmed in a shorter style which is easier to be kept matt free.

Her friend and the breeder of Judi's champion sired dogs, Julie Burns, also works with her. The location of Julie's breeding business is Metamora, Illinois.

By now you know why we really enjoyed our Merry Christmas Greeting Card from my cousins and have learned a bit more about their Shih Tzu prize winners, obedience training and dog grooming...all of which goes hand in hand with my cousin's great interest in showing and photographing their cute little (and no doubt well pampered) babies.

What can they possibly do to top this year's Christmas card? Guess we will have to wait and see next year's pictures!

Peoria, Illinois where these Gullickson Shih Tzu's and "their people" live.

The Gullickson gang

The Gullickson gang

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2011 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed!

Peggy Woods on December 11, 2017:

Hi Jackie,

I agree with you in that our pets are often more happy having another pal. We cannot always be at home with them.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 10, 2017:

Those are so adorable. I am without a dog right now but if I get one it would sure look a lot like those baby dolls! Well and I think I will get two whenever I get one. Older I get the more I think about these things and what poor doggy wants to be alone? Everything needs a playmate.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 03, 2017:

Hi Chitrangada Sharan,

It would be fun to see those markets in India at this time of year from what you wrote. Glad you enjoyed this article.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 02, 2017:

Lovely pictures and great ideas for Christmas cards and dog’s clothes.

The markets in India are flooded with Christmas gifts and decorations. It’s a beautiful sight all around.

Thanks for sharing this excellent article!

Peggy Woods on November 29, 2017:

No problem Sherry! Even though you meant to comment on someone else's post, it is nice to see you here.

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on November 28, 2017:

Sorry peggy, I accidentally commented on the wrong post

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on November 28, 2017:

If you go back to the comment section on the hub, I believe you have the option to unfollow that hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 28, 2017:

Hi Patricia,

Glad to know that the cute photos of these dogs bring a smile to your face. Sending good thoughts and prayers your way!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 28, 2017:

Now Christmas would just not be totally complete if I did not get to see the precious pups featured herein. They make me smile every time I see them.

Angels are once again on the way ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 25, 2016:

Hi Melanie,

I am glad that these cute pictures made you smile. We just had our Thanksgiving yesterday in the U.S. with Christmas dead ahead! Wishing you an early Merry Christmas.

Nell Rose from England on November 25, 2016:

LOL! now that made me smile! gorgeous photos! and great idea for the cards and doggy clothes!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 24, 2016:

Thanks Patricia. Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving as well.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 23, 2016:

just stopping to wish you and your family a blessed and lovely Thanksgiving love ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 21, 2016:

Hi aesta1,

So happy to know that this put you in the Christmas spirit. These photos taken by Judi surely do bring smiles to people's faces.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 20, 2016:

Really fun to see the pictures. Makes me feel like Christmas.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 07, 2016:

Hi Patricia,

I agree with you that these cute pictures of these darling dogs make for some smiles. We can all use more smiles! Thanks Patricia! :)

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 07, 2016:

Hi I read this when you first posted it...and I knew that any time I needed a smile, all I need to do is come here. These little guys and gals (no doubt) are adorable. Thanks for sharing.

Angels are on the way to you, dear Lady....shared and pinned ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 25, 2016:

Hi Susie,

That nap time photo is really cute. Enjoy your brother and sister-in-law's visit with their rescue dogs. Nice to hear where they get their "buddies." Dogs add so much to our lives! You will probably get one when you are ready.

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on October 24, 2016:

Nice to see these little sweeties again, they are too cute! The photo of "Nap Time" is my favorite with those big floppy ears all spread out like that. My brother and his wife are coming to visit tomorrow and will bring their two rescue dogs, they are so much fun to have around. I really should get a dog again.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 25, 2015:

Hi Audrey,

The cute Shih Tzu doggies certainly are cute. Wishing you a very happy holiday season and peaceful new year ahead.

Audrey Howitt from California on December 24, 2015:

Loved, loved this!! Happy holidays Peggy!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 20, 2015:

Hi Patricia,

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year to come filled with blessings and peace. Appreciate the greetings and happy that the cute pictures of these Shih Tzu kids made you smile.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 20, 2015:

Hi Peggy SInce you posted this the first time I try to stop and take a peek at the dolls!! How cute.

Thanks for taking the time to share them with us.

Angels are on the way to you and yours and wishing you a most lovely Christmas and a blessed New Year ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 08, 2015:

Hi moonlake,

Your Chihuahuas would certainly be cute together if you could get them to pose. Snap lots of pictures! Maybe one or more will turn out great. Hope you are enjoying this holiday season. Let's all pray for peace in this world!

moonlake from America on December 07, 2015:

How cute they are. I wish I could get my two little Chihuahuas to set for a good photo of them. Enjoyed your hub. Sharing and pin.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 21, 2015:

Hi Patricia,

I agree that these photos are exceptionally cute of the Shih Tzu Kids. Judi...their two legged amazing with her photography skills! Blessings and hugs to you also! Enjoy this weekend before Thanksgiving.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 21, 2015:

Peggy This is still one of the cutest puppy collections I have ever seen. Who cannot smile and get into the spirit of the season when looking at them.

Thanks for sharing them with us.

Angels are once again bringing blessings and hugs your way ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 02, 2013:

Hi Renai,

I will forward your request to Judi. So happy to know that you liked this hub. I'll bet that your Shih Tzu's are honeys! :))

Renai Warner from Sydney, Australia on January 01, 2013:

I love this page Peggy! I have two shih tzu's that I keep in full coat in Sydney, Australia even though I am certain that mine are probably not as well behaved as Judi's. I am hoping that you might be able to help put me in touch with Judi to ask her a few questions about the cute props she manages to find to fit her shih tzus. If you can just pass along my email address ( to her and ask her to contact me I would appreciate it so much!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 21, 2012:

Hi teaches,

It will be fun to see their Christmas card this year. It is always cute as are their Shih Tzu dogs. Glad that this brought a smile to your face.

Dianna Mendez on November 20, 2012:

Peggy, these are all so adorable. I would enjoy getting a card with these cuties on the front. What a nice post to end my day with!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 02, 2012:

Hi kashmir56,

That is a cute photo as are many of them. Just about every season of the year is represented by the outfits these Shih Tzu doggies are wearing. My cousin's wife obviously has fun with this! Thanks for your comment and the share.

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on October 02, 2012:

Thanks for sharing these very beautiful photos of these very beautiful and will trained dogs. My favorite photo is Shih Tzu's cooling off from the summer heat !

Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 01, 2012:

Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals,

We have never had Shih Tzu dogs, but my cousins certainly love them. My mother once had a Lhasa Apso and he was a honey of a dog. Somewhat similar in size...although I am no expert. All I know is that we love our pets no matter if they are full blooded or mixed breeds. These Shih Tzu "babies" certainly bring my cousins great pleasure! Thanks for your comment.

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on June 01, 2012:

I love the ppictures. A shih tzu is a great dog to have. They're sweet, adorable and cuddly. I hope to see more pictures of your sister brood. Up and across the board.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 23, 2012:

Hi katyzzz,

So glad that you liked this hub about my cousin's prize winning dogs. The costumes are just so cute!!! As to my followers...not yet in the millions. I wish! Ha! Nice seeing you here again in the comment section.

katyzzz from Sydney, Australia on May 22, 2012:

Delightful hub, delightful dogs, and delightful Peggy, but 1.?M followers, who's counting, obviously not YOU.

Unless you have a brain like a computer, and I'm not too sure that that would be a good idea. Nice to catch up with you Peggy

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 02, 2012:

Hi alocsin,

My cousins obviously have all kinds of cute costumes for their Shih Tzu dogs and have fun entering them in contests. That Halloween photo is cute, I agree. Thanks for your comment, votes and the share.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on May 01, 2012:

I guess if you like to dress up dogs, the Shih Tzu is the animal for you. Great pictures -- I like the pumpkin patch one the best. Looks like they're in Halloween costume. Voting this Up and Beautiful. SHARED.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 19, 2012:

Hello myawn,

I have to thank my cousin's wife for all of these Shih Tzu photos. I will admit, they are certainly cute. Hope that your wish comes true someday and that you get one or more of these cute dogs for your very own. Thanks for your comment.

myawn from Florida on February 19, 2012:

I would love to have a shih tzu. They are so precious and smart. I love all the photos especially the flowers.Nice hub!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 15, 2011:

Hi SanneL,

Thank you for the condolances on the loss of my mother. We were very close and I still miss her sweet and loving ways. From what you say, you have also felt the pain of losing a parent. Both of mine are now gone as are my brothers. Never thought that I would be the last one in my nuclear family since I was the oldest child.

Yes, Skippy has a loving home as do both of our rescued cats, Dusty and Peaches.

Thanks for the Christmas greetings.

SanneL from Sweden on December 15, 2011:

Oh, Peggy I,m so sorry to hear about your mother. . .It's never easy to lose a parent, I know. . .

However, it's wonderful to hear that Skippy has a wonderful home with loving and caring people like yourself and your husband.

Merry Christmas!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 15, 2011:

Hi SanneL,

We have not yet received our Christmas card this year from my cousins, so am looking forward to it. Am sure, given the history, that there will be another cute photo of their Shih Tzu dogs on it.

As to my mother, she died last year and we now have Skippy...but yes...she was a remarkable and loving person who quite regularly rescued stray or abused animals. My husband and I have done likewise through the years as several of my pet hubs indicate.

Thanks for your comment and votes. Merry Christmas!

SanneL from Sweden on December 14, 2011:

What a delightful hub and what an adorable group Shih Tzu dogs!

Just to bad I'm not on your cousin's mailing list. I would love to see this year's Christmas card! Hehe!

Peggy, I just loved this fun and very sweet hub!

Thank you for sharing this with us.

Please give my regards to your mom and Skippy. I'm always so happy to hear about remarkable and loving people like your mom, that will rescue abused or/and neglected animals. Bless her loving heart!

Voted up and awesome.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 24, 2011:

Hi DonnaCosmato,

So glad that you liked this hub about last year's Merry Christmas greeting card regarding my cousin's Shih Tzu dogs. Can't wait to see this year's card! Thanks for your comment, vote and sharing of this hub.

Donna Cosmato from USA on November 24, 2011:

These babies are absolutely gorgeous! My favorite is the "love' photo but really, they are all so cute it is hard to say that one or another is better. You obviously spent a lot of time and effort on this hub and it is fabulous. I voted it up and shared it on my social network.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 25, 2011:

Hi Mary,

Obviously my cousin and his wife would agree with you that Shih Tzu dogs are the greatest. They surely are pretty! Thanks for your comment. :))