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New Year's Eve Celebrations ~ Shih Tzu Costumes for the Holiday

I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Judi's Shih Tzu dogs are dressed up for the New Year.

Judi's Shih Tzu dogs are dressed up for the New Year.

New Year's Eve

Ring out the old and bring in the new!!! Every year all around the world New Year's Eve celebrations are held. No matter how the previous year has gone, I believe that with every new year comes the hope and promise of better things that lie ahead of us.

Within each of us is the ability to make changes. At the end of each year is a time for reflection.

Many people send out Christmas letters with a recap of the highlights of the year tucked into their Christmas cards. The letters might include important family events such as new births, anniversaries, graduations, family pets, fun vacation trips and other things of note. Occasionally the news is sad regarding the passing of people or pets.

While everyone's news might vary, most all of us share a common bond during this end point of the year in hoping that the brand new year ahead will bring peace and happiness to those we know as well as others with whom we share this small planet.

A Midnight toast with Champagne

A Midnight toast with Champagne

Fireworks

Everyone may differ in how they choose to bring in the new year, but there are some commonalities shared worldwide. One such feature is the setting off of fireworks displays.

Did you know that fireworks dated back to the 7th century and originated in China? To this day, most of the fireworks sold and distributed worldwide are manufactured in China.

Cities all around the world typically spend much time and money to choreograph the pyrotechnic event with music timed carefully to the amazing bombastic fireworks displays.

In Houston, Texas, the downtown buildings serve as the dramatic backdrop for those aerial wonders of bright colors in all shapes and configurations that light up the darkened skies. Of course, there are also other fireworks shows put on at different locations around the city.

In the neighborhoods outside of the city limits, firecrackers and rockets are also set off much to the delight of participants who like the sights, sounds and smells of the exploding devices.

Unfortunately, pets do not share in that delight and are often scared. We keep our cats and dog inside and try to reassure them that the world is not ending as they scurry about wide-eyed looking for a haven.

On television, one can view the fireworks displays from all around the world. Each year they try to make each event a bit different from past years. Of course, the settings are the same.

We have often viewed dazzling fireworks performances showing backdrops of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, beautiful Sydney Harbor in Australia and the iconic ball drop in Times Square in New York City among many other beautiful locations.

Celebrating New Year's Eve

Many people make an event of New Year's Eve and wish to stay up until midnight to toast one another and the new year with a sip of champagne or some other libation.

The last seconds of the clock is typically counted off..."Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one...HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!" is heard in unison by the assembled group of people...be it a few or many.

The song Auld Lang Syne which dates back to 1788 and written by the poet Robert Burns is often sung.

Hugs and kisses are given, and people often wear silly hats and blow horns and use other noisemakers. Of course, the fireworks commence, and the air is filled with happy thoughts and actions.

The first few seconds of the New Year have begun!

My husband and I have gone out for the New Year festivities on some occasions, and have stayed home to celebrate at times with friends.

I'll never forget the time when we lived in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, my parents called us shortly after midnight from McAllen, Texas, one year and woke us up. We had decided to go to bed early that night. They were amazed that we were not up to celebrating the birth of the new year! Ah but then my parents always loved a good party!

Several years at the invitation of a good friend, we brought in the New Year at the downtown Petroleum Club in Houston. The photos below show my mother, hubby, and me and the ice sculpture representing the date of 1999.

Another Year is About to Begin!

I wish everyone a wonderful year ahead filled to the brim with all good things possible.

If you celebrate New Year's Eve by drinking alcoholic beverages, please remember to drink responsibly or better yet have a designated driver who does not imbibe. You don't want to end up looking like this last photo!

I am thanking Judi Gullickson for the use of her Shih Tzu photos to illustrate some of my posts. How she ever gets them to pose like this is fantastic!

A bit too much celebrating?

A bit too much celebrating?

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.

© 2012 Peggy Woods

How do you celebrate New Year's Eve? Please leave comments below. Thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 27, 2019:

Hi C E Clark,

By leaving a comment, I got to see that sweet photo of my mother once again. So thanks! She had a good time on that New Year's Eve with us. She went to meet my dad, brothers, her parents, and many friends and relatives in heaven almost 10 years ago.

Wishing you all good things in the year ahead!

C E Clark from North Texas on December 26, 2019:

Hard to believe it's almost another New Year! Was looking at some of my old comments here and could hardly believe some are 6 years old! Have we both been on HubPages that long? I guess we have, and even longer. Time sure flies when you're having a good time -- and even if you're not. :)

Lots of good photos here, and good ideas, etc. Posted this on AH & FB.

Hope you will have a wonderful 2020, including excellent health, prosperity, and peace and joy beyond measure.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2019:

Hi Aurelio,

Apparently, Shi Tzu dogs have very good temperments. My cousin's wife loves working with them and they behave beautifully for her.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on May 10, 2019:

Aren't Shi Tzus normally squirrelly? I'm surprised they would sit still and be dressed like that. Anyway, they look cute.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 16, 2018:

Hi Ethel,

Not every dog would tolerate being dressed like that. In the past when some of ours were professionally groomed, they would sport a cute scarf for a time.

You are correct. Christmas and New Years seems to more rapidly approach each and every year. Am I showing my age? Haha! The answer is "yes."

It is only mid-September and I am already seeing Christmas trees and Christmas items for sale in the stores right along with Halloween items.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on September 15, 2018:

Wont be that long before another Christmas and New Year rolls around Peggy. Love that doggy image. My dog would not stand for dressing up other than a scarf. Thanks for the memories

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 07, 2017:

Hi Patricia,

Wishing you a Happy New Year also. We are also having a real cold snap into the 20s overnight but will be mid 70s as a high later this week. Stay warm over there!

Your family is always in my thoughts and prayers. Bless you!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on January 07, 2017:

Good morning Peggy...first I hope you all are staying warm...my sister in Austin said they had sleet yesterday...we are getting a cold wave tonite, upper 20s which is cold for us.

I just want to wish you and your family a most Happy New Year and wonderful blessings for this coming year.

Additionally I wish to say thank you so very much for your kind words, the 'pennies' you send, and your concern for my Heston Wayne and his Momma and his brother (who is having new issues) You cannot imagine how much your concern means to each of us ....it is truly uplifting and reminds us how we are all connected. Love and many Angels are bringing blessings your way this morning ps

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

Hi schoolgirlforreal,

Wishing you a very Happy New Year and a Happy Birthday! I agree with you in that every new days brings for possibilities for learning. So glad you enjoyed these fun photos.

schoolgirlforreal on January 02, 2017:

Oh my gosh Peggy that last photo of the dogs was hilarious! They look passed out and drunk! HA!!!!!

I love New Year's eve and New Year's day as it's a new beginning AND my birthday at the same time.

I like the idea of a new beginning, it's really cool. And when I turn a year older I try to be wiser and more mature and I kinda feel that way too! Life is about learning new things all the time. :)

I hope your New Year is full of fun, and happiness.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 29, 2014:

Hi Au fait,

We will probably stay home with our four legged babies and try and keep them calm from any fireworks outside. It might be raining according to the forecast so that should help. Wishing you a very Happy New Year to come. Thanks for the share.

C E Clark from North Texas on December 27, 2014:

Only 4 days until another New Year begins! I don't usually do anything special, although I used to turn on the tube and watch Uncle Dick drop the ball in New York. Now I don't have a TV, but the New Year begins anyway.

Voted this article up and sharing with followers. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that 2015 brings you prosperity, excellent health, and most of all, peace and joy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 24, 2014:

Hi peachpurple,

They get dressed up very often and also compete in obedience and agility competitions. They undoubtedly like the attention shown to them and are used to it.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on December 24, 2014:

cute little doggies, but don't these dogs feel irritated wearing costumes?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 22, 2014:

Hello Relationshipc,

That is a shame that they do that risking their dog's life. So very foolish!

Kari on August 18, 2014:

You are much smarter than my neighbors, who take their dog to the fireworks every year, and every year he pulls free from their grasp and runs across busy roads to get home. They just have no common sense, and my husband and I are always so worried that he's going to get killed for such a silly thing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 01, 2014:

Hi Patricia,

Glad that you liked these cute Shih Tzu photos. Happy New Year to you also and may angels always surround you!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 29, 2013:

Hi Au fait,

Thanks! Hope the new year ahead brings peace and prosperity to everyone. Thanks for the share.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 28, 2013:

Cute, cute...such adorable little dolls they are. Who could have anything but a Happy New Year with them around. :D

Angels are bringing you many wonderful new year's wishes ps

C E Clark from North Texas on December 28, 2013:

Don't think I've read this article before. How did I miss it? Great photos of you and your husband and your mother. The dogs are cute too.

Another New Year's Eve is nearly here. I hope 2014 will usher in a better economy and fewer wars around the world. Hope you and your family will have a great 2014!

Sharing this in case, like me, a lot of other people haven't read this yet. Also voting up and interesting.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 10, 2013:

Hi Suzanne,

We tend to stay in these days also on New Year's Eve. The firecrackers scare our animals so I think that our presence offers them some comfort...at least I would like to think so. Ha! It is rather fun watching the different concerts and fireworks displays around the world on television. Thanks for your visit and up votes.

justmesuzanne from Texas on May 10, 2013:

I haven't celebrated New Year's eve in many years! This year, I completely forgot about it! LOL! Interesting that it is so important to so many people and that all cultures have their own version, timing and celebrations. Voted up and interesting!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 26, 2013:

Hi Audrey,

Thanks to my cousin's wife who has graciously allowed me to use these cute photos, I have them sprinkled in many different hubs. To see the most costumes go to the hub titled Shih Tzu Dog Costume Photos including Merry Christmas Cards. She has them dressed in every conceivable type of costume! Amazing how she gets them to hold still for those photos! Glad that this started your day off with a chuckle. :)

Audrey Howitt from California on April 26, 2013:

I had to see the pups in costume---so darned cute! Thank you for this chuckle this morning!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 13, 2013:

Hi Vinaya,

Well let me wish you a very Happy New Year tomorrow in Nepal. Thanks for your comment on this hub. Those of us who live over here only get to celebrate one New Year on January 1st each year. Is that one of your New Years also?

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on April 12, 2013:

Peggy,

we celebrate nine new years in Nepal. The most important of all is begin tomorrow. I enjoyed reading this hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 13, 2013:

Hi Brett,

These pictures of the Shih Tzu dogs dressed up for New Year Celebrations are cute. Glad that you liked them. Amazing how my cousin's wife can get them to pose like that! Thanks for sharing this with others. :)

Brett C from Asia on February 12, 2013:

I came back to this, as it made me smile to see the photo, so thought it deserved a second read.

Sharing with followers and twitter to brighten up their day ;-).

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 11, 2013:

Hi Aurelio,

My cousin's wife definitely has the knack of doing this with her Shih Tzu dogs...getting them to not only stay "dressed" but also hold still for those photo shoots. Not something everyone could accomplish...that is for sure! Thanks for your votes and comment. :))

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on February 11, 2013:

I think dressing up Shih Tzus is a non-traditional but fun way of celebrating the New Year. But how do I find so many Shih Tzus and how do I get them to sit still long enough that I can put costumes on them at the same time. Voting this Up and Interesting.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 09, 2013:

Hi Stacy,

We do that now also. Would much rather entertain with friends at our home than go out...or we just spend a quiet night at home by ourselves with our animals. Wishing you a great New Year ahead filled with everything good for you and your family. Thanks for your comment.

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on January 09, 2013:

We had a great New Year. We celebrated with friends. And actually, now that I think about it, I am almost positive that we always stay in and celebrate. It is just easier that way since we have children.

Here's to a great New Year full of many possibilities!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 06, 2013:

Hi Mary,

I guess you can put us in the "fuddy duddy" stage also. Ha! We now prefer staying home on New Year's Eve also. The restaurants are crowded and too many people are drinking and driving. Our pets prefer us staying at home also although we can't do much about the local fireworks. At least we can assure them that all will be well once again. I'm so glad that I have those photos of my mother. Happy New Year to you also Mary...and your entire family. Thanks for your comment and the share.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on January 06, 2013:

I guess I'm getting to be an old fuddy-duddy about New Year's Eve! I never go out. I prefer the safety and quiet of my house. Baby, my schnauzer is just beside herself at the sounds, and I waited too long to put her Thundershirt on her this year, so she was a mess. When Doc was alive, we would have a party at our house and invite friends and clients.

I always love seeing the adorable Shih Tzus, and the photo of your Mother was so pretty.

I voted this UP, etc and will share.

I hope you and yours have a wonderful 2013, Peggy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 05, 2013:

Hello shiningirisheyes,

We have gone out on New Year's Eve probably a total of perhaps 8 or 10 times but truth be told...we prefer staying at home these days. We can toast the new year if we wish to stay up that late...or go to bed early and welcome the new year a bit later in the day. Thanks for your comment...and since we are only 5 days into the new year...wishing for you a great year of 2013!

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on January 05, 2013:

You all look so happy in the photos! I also find the little costumes adorable.

We did go out one New Years Eve and I prefer spending it inside, at home!

Happy New Year

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 04, 2013:

Hello Mama Kim,

Today is only Jan. 4th...so you are not too late in reading this New Year's Eve hub. A few days this direction or that...doesn't matter that much. Yes the doggies are really cute and I also like that Auld Lang Syne song. So nostalgic! Wishing you the best new year ever! Thanks for your comment and votes.

Sasha Kim on January 03, 2013:

I'm a bit late in reading this hub but still love it. Those doggies crack me up ^_^ My favorite part of new years is when they play Auld Lang Syne, so beautiful. Voting up and beautiful.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 03, 2013:

Hi vespawoolf,

That is interesting information. The color yellow is bright and sunny...perhaps that is the idea of it being a good luck color. I had no idea that elephants and owls were also good luck symbols in Peru. Owls have extremely good vision and elephants have long memories. Perhaps that is part of it? Best wishes for all of the year 2013 for you!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 03, 2013:

Hi Sunnie,

Sounds like you had a great time with your family on New Year's Eve. That video dance game sounds like good exercise! Fun way to get or stay in shape for the new year. :) May 2013 be all that you hope for and more!

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

Hi Eddy,

Glad that you liked this. Happy New Year to you and yours! :)

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on January 02, 2013:

Like most New Year's customs, it has to do with good luck and the belief that the color yellow brings good luck for the new year. Elephants and owls also are kept for good luck in Peru. Have a great day!

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

Hi teaches,

We stayed home also this year. Had a good meal, sipped some wine in our living room with our fireplace crackling and watched some of the New Year festivities on television. Our pets also enjoyed it right up until they started hearing some neighborhood firecrackers. My mother was one of the sweetest people I knew. She is now up in heaven with my dad, brothers and many other relatives and friends. Thanks for your comment. May 2013 bring all good things your way!

Sunnie Day on January 02, 2013:

Happy New Year Peg! Your mother is lovely! I also loved the little pups costumes..haha We spent the night celebrating with our children playing monopoly and dancing with this new video dance game..I am so sore...what was I thinking? lol

Love and hugs,

Sunnie

Eiddwen from Wales on January 02, 2013:

What a wonderful hub to see the old out and bring the new in.

I vote up,across and share all around.

Lots of love

Eddy.

Dianna Mendez on January 01, 2013:

Love those adorable pooch photos. Your mother is a very sweet looking person. We also have gone out some New Year's and stayed home others. This year, due to holiday travel, we decided to stay home and enjoy watching old movies. Thanks for the enjoyable read.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 31, 2012:

Hi vespawoolf,

That is an interesting custom...the wearing of yellow clothes and eating green grapes on New Year's Eve. Do you know the significance or how it came about? Yes...the pets will be distraught tonight when all the fireworks take place. Will be fun to see the elaborate displays from around the world on television. Happy New Year to you!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 31, 2012:

Hello ellaamelia,

Since you like Christmas and New Years so much, I know that you are enjoying what will happen tonight. Happy New Year's Eve! Wishing for you a wonderful year to come. Thanks for your comment.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 31, 2012:

Oh my goodness!! This photo really caught my eye. I just love dogs in costume. : ) Thank you for sharing customs from around the world. Here in Peru, the new year is brought in by wearing something yellow (often under garments) and eating green grapes. The fireworks displays will be fabulous tonight--I can hardly wait! I do feel sorry for the dogs, though. : (

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 30, 2012:

Hi Rebecca,

That Sydney fireworks display is spectacular with such a great backdrop as a natural stage setting. I am glad that I found that video. Glad you liked the photos and wishing you a very Happy New Year ahead. Thanks for your comment.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 29, 2012:

An enjoyable Hub! I watched the whole Sydney fireworks display. I love the adorable photos at the end. Happy New Year, thanks for sharing this!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 29, 2012:

Hi Brett,

Glad to hear that you liked these Shih Tzu photos. :)) Wishing you a Happy New Year also and thanks for your comment, share and tweet.

Brett C from Asia on December 28, 2012:

Up, funny and awesome!!!! Loved the photos. I really wanted to pin them, but I see you have disabled that ... oh well, my followers will like them.

It is certainly the time to celebrate and I'm looking forward to this one.

Happy New Year, hope you have a good one.

Tweeted and shared for all to enjoy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 27, 2012:

Hi Cheryl,

I also love that photo of my mother. We had a good time that night. Yes...Judi is definitely talented when it comes to dog training and when taking these photos. Glad that you liked this. Happy New Year to you and your family.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 27, 2012:

Hi pstraubie48,

That must have been quite an experience celebrating New Year's Eve in Japan for 4 years. Have you written about it? Was it different from the way we normally bring in the new year? Am sure you missed your parents. Hopefully you got to spend many more years with them. Happy New Years to you and yours.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 27, 2012:

Hello BlossomSB,

Cute...your wishes of a "Yappy New Year." The same to you! Ha! Glad that you liked these photos.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 27, 2012:

Hello Maren Morgan M-T,

Since I do not yet know you, I will have to take your word for it. Ha! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 27, 2012:

Hi Minnetonka Twin,

May your new year bring you much joy, happiness and contentment. As to the photos...they are cute, aren't they! The older I get, the more I enjoy staying home on nights like New Year's Eve. I also feel safer...and if I don't feel like staying up until midnight...I don't have to do it. Nice! Ha!

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on December 27, 2012:

A beautiful hub. Love the photos of you, Bruce and Mrs. Carol. Great videos. The dogs are beautiful and well-trained. Judi Gullickson is truly amazing and has a special gift for dog training. Another beautiful hub. Happy New Year to All.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 27, 2012:

The pups are the cutest...some very loved little pups indeed. New Years calls to mind many different experiences for each of us. The four New Years that I celebrated while living in Japan have a bittersweet edge as I was missing my parents each year. But I was blessed to have that experience. Thanks for sharing your insight and experiences with us.

Happy New Year to you and to yours too...

Sending Angels to you and yours :) ps

Maren Elizabeth Morgan from Pennsylvania on December 27, 2012:

TOO cute!!!! I love it. You are as crazy as I am!

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on December 27, 2012:

Hi Peggy-those dogs are incredible little actors/actresses posing like this. What a riot that picture is...

The last several years my sister and I stay home for New Years. We make traditional finger foods and set it out buffet style in the kitchen and graze throughout the night. We do have cocktails and watch the "Dick Clark's Rockin Eve." It's a tradition I love and I feel safer than being out somewhere. Happy New Year-(almost) Peggy. May your new year bring you joy, happiness and hope.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 27, 2012:

Hi Alicia,

I agree. Judi must have the patience of a saint to get 5 dogs to pose correctly for these types of photos. She does it well! Happy New Year!

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on December 27, 2012:

Yappy New Year to you, too. Love the photos, what darling dogs!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 27, 2012:

This is an enjoyable hub, as always, Peggy. I love the dog photos! They are so clever. The photographer must have had a lot of patience as she tried to get them to pose correctly!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 27, 2012:

Hi kashmir56,

Cheers to Judi's talents on getting her 5 Shih Tzu doggies to pose for such cute photos. Thanks for your comment and wishing you a very Happy New Year!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 27, 2012:

Hi Glimmer Twin Fan,

I am continually amazed at how Judi gets her Shih Tzu's to pose like that. Thanks for the comment about my mother. That night is a fond memory for me. Hope you have a Happy New Year...the entire year...not just the one night of New Year's Eve. We plan to stay home this year and watch the fireworks on television.

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on December 27, 2012:

Hi Peggy Wishing you a great New Year ! Enjoyed reading your hub and loved the Shih Tzu dogs photos they are so beautiful !

Vote up and more !!!

Claudia Mitchell on December 27, 2012:

Great hub with neat info! I have no idea how the photographer got all of those dogs to pose in costumes. Alos, what a lovely picture of your mother. New Years is always hit or miss for me. I either really enjoy it or dread it.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 27, 2012:

Hi Genna,

I thought those "before and after" photos of the Shih Tzu dogs were also cute. Amazing how Judi gets them to pose like that! Wishing you a very Happy New Year ahead also. Thanks for your comment and well wishes.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 27, 2012:

Hello Vellur,

Happy New Year to you also from halfway around the world. So nice to know that you enjoyed the photos in this hub. Am sure that you will have a spectacular fireworks display in Dubai on New Year's Eve. Thanks for your comment.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on December 27, 2012:

The Shih Tzu photos (before and after) are adorable, and I like the lovely picture of your mother. :-) Thank for this festive and informative hub, and good wishes for the new year. Best wishes for all good things in the New Year, Peggy.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on December 27, 2012:

Happy New Year!! Great pictures enjoyed reading.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 26, 2012:

Hi Mhatter99,

You are most welcome. So glad that you enjoyed this hub. Happy New Year to you also. :))

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on December 26, 2012:

Thank you for sharing this entertaining hub, Happy New Year.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 26, 2012:

Hi Bill,

I can easily understand why these dressed up Shih Tzu dogs would have caught your eye since you have a Shih Tzu of your own. The photos are good, aren't they! Happy New Year to you and yours! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 26, 2012:

Hello Monis Mas,

They are cute. I agree. Happy New Year to you also! :)

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on December 26, 2012:

Hi Peggy. We have a Shih Tzu so this one hit home. The photos are a riot. Happy a happy New year.

Agnes on December 26, 2012:

Those Shih Tzus look absolutely adorable! Happy New Year!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 26, 2012:

Hello Frank,

I agree...the Shih Tzu dogs are amazing and my cousin's wife Judi is also amazing in how she works with them to achieve such photos. One of their photos is now on a Hallmark card. I bet that there will be many more in the future. They are just so cute!!! Appreciate your comment. Happy New Year!

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on December 26, 2012:

peggy what a delightul share.. and the dogs are simply amazing in their costumes.. :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 26, 2012:

Hello alwaysamber,

These Shih Tzu dog costumes are surely that...cute! Thanks for your comment.

alwaysamber on December 26, 2012:

Too Cute!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 26, 2012:

Hello btrbell,

Happy New Year to you also! So glad to know that you enjoyed this hub.

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on December 26, 2012:

What a great hub, filled with so many interesting facts, ideas and pictures! Thank you for sharing, Peggy! Happy New Year!