Sure, we all love our Shih Tzus, and most of us love them a lot, but when does that love turn into obsession? And by the way, I’m not saying there is anything wrong with being obsessed with your dog. Heck, how could you not be when Shih Tzus are so cute and cuddly? Anyway, with that in mind, here are 11 signs your Shih Tzu comes first in your life.
Signs You’re Obsessed With Your Shih Tzu
Have you ever wondered if you go a bit far with your love of your Shih Tzu?
Or maybe there is no such thing as too far.
Either way, here are some signs, in good fun, that you might, possibly be obsessed with your dog.
1. You Never Go Anywhere Without Them
Most of us leave our dogs at home most of the time.
This is especially true if you work a regular job.
Even so, do you make sure your Shih Tzu is with you the rest of the time no matter where you go?
Or maybe you dream about being able to take yours to work with you.
Wouldn’t that be great?
You’d never have to leave their side.
If this sounds like you, you might be obsessed with your Shih Tzu.
2. You Wish More Than Anything Your Dog Could Talk
I have to admit I’m guilty of this one.
I would love it if my dog could talk to me.
It wouldn’t even have to be really deep, intelligent conversation, although that would be nice too.
It could just be about regular daily things.
They could talk about why they like to chase bunnies.
I really wouldn’t care what they talked about.
It would just be really cool to be able to have an actual conversation with them.
3. You Let Your Shih Tzu Decide Where to Sit or Sleep
Do you give your dog first choice when it comes to where they sit on the sofa?
Or maybe they get to decide which side of the bed to sleep on?
I know that my Shih Tzu, Truman pretty much rules the bed.
By the time I get up, I’m on the very edge and he is right behind me stretched out and quite comfortable.
And it is true that both of my dogs have their favorite place on the sofa or on top of me.
So, in this regard I suppose you could say they rule the roost.
I knew this woman who would say that her house belonged to her dog. Her dog just let her live there.
4. You Don’t Feel The Need for Friends
If you find that your Shih Tzu is a great stand in for the friends you used to spend time with, you might be a little obsessed with your furry friend.
It’s important to socialize.
It is good for you, so even if you’re the one with separation anxiety instead of your dog, get out there and have a little social life.
Because even if your fur baby fulfills your needs, human friends will add a new layer of enjoyment and satisfaction to your life.
5. You Treat Your Dog Like a Person
The truth is, no matter how wonderful your Shih Tzu is, they are a dog and not a human.
I know that is a shocking statement, but it’s true.
Love them, spoil them, and make them an important part of your life.
But if you treat them as if they are a true human being, then this is one of the common signs that you might be obsessed with them.
6. You Include Them in Family Portraits
It seems like family portraits are part of a bygone era, but some people still have them taken.
If you do, do you include your dog?
I think I would if I had one taken.
I mean, your Shih Tzu is part of the family after all.
Now, if you have a professional portrait taken just of your dog, that might be another matter.
7. You Throw Them a Birthday Party Each Year
When’s the last time someone threw you a birthday party?
I think for me it was when I turned nine.
Sure, my sister, as I write this, is planning a birthday party for her husband, which is nice of her.
And I threw her one on a special birthday year, but human birthday parties tend to be rare after you’re no longer a child.
So, if you are planning a birthday party each year for your Shih Tzu, that could be a sign that you’re just a tiny bit obsessed with them.
8. You Spend More on Clothing for Them Than You Do Yourself
I buy my Shih Tzus sweaters and coats as it is cold here in Illinois in the winter but that is about it.
The truth is, dogs weren’t meant to be dressed all the time.
Personally, I would think it would be uncomfortable for them.
But then, since they can’t talk, I can’t know that for sure.
I’ve seen pictures and videos online of folks that have their dogs dressed all the time.
So, if you’re spending huge amounts of money on dog clothes, you might want to take a look in your closet and see if you’re going without to ensure you have enough money to spend on your dog.
9. You Break Your Budget on Dog Toys, Beds, and More
Just how many toys and beds do your Shih Tzu needs?
I suppose the answer is up to you.
I know that mine have a pretty big basket of toys and the two dogs have a total of 4 beds.
Two beds are in my office and two are in the living room.
I don’t think that’s too much, but if your house is run over with dog beds and toys, you might want to stop for a moment and give some thought to how many are too many.
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10. You Have a Lot of Pictures of Them and You Show Them Off
I take pictures of my dogs and I bet you do as well.
There’s nothing wrong with that.
However, if you go around showing them off to strangers or whip them out the second you meet someone new, you might be a tad bit obsessed with your dog.
11. Your Life Revolves Around Their Schedule
Do you plan your day, week, or month around your dog’s schedule?
Do you not go out with friends because of your dog?
Do you decide to cancel a vacation or not take one because your Shih Tzu would miss out on going to their favorite dog park?
If you’re planning your life around your dog, then you might want to decide if that truly makes the most sense.
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To Sum it All Up:
There’s nothing actually wrong with being obsessed with your Shih Tzu. Many Shih Tzu owners are and it makes complete sense. Just be sure to save some time, and money to spend on yourself every once in a while. Everyone needs a little balance in their life.