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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: