All my life I wanted to own a dog...finally, after raising two human sons, I decided I was ready for two dogs. I did quite a bit of research on small breeds.. and decided on the Shih Tzu. They are perfect for me, since they are lap dogs, don't require a lot of exercize, just a lot of love and lots of GROOMING!! After having Lina and Giotto in my life, since they were 10 weeks old, now almost 8 months, I have come to appreciate the commitment it takes to be a good owner. They are truly my "babies"