This page contains links to some of the things we use for our Shih Tzu puppy Ralphie. He was born on June 11, 2019 and we brought him home on August 25, 2019.


Age Weight
3 months 5.24 pounds
5 months 9.5 pounds
6 months 12 pounds
9 months 13-14 pounds
1+ years 15 pounds


Ralphie loves sweet potatoes, steak, salmon, broccoli (I only give him three florets a day as a treat), green beans and baby carrots. As with all human food I would err on the side of giving a tiny piece to sample. You should always consult with the proper resources to ensure that they’re safe food options to consume for your breed. We also give him Greenies (Teenie size) as his adult teeth came in and he always gobbles it up. However, Greenies are not a substitute for regularly brushing your dog’s teeth.

We cut chicken from Ralphie’s diet since it would cause him to have ear infections and he used to bite at his paws a lot.


When Ralphie was little he had a very bad habit of eating his own poop which he outgrew by offering him a treat in exchange for every time he pooped. Fortunately this tip (from a trainer) worked and now he wants nothing to do with his own poop and he no longer requires a treat in exchange for doing his business. We were told that poop eating is a phase that they grow out of and we were glad that was the case with Ralphie.

Ralphie used to only do his business on pee pads inside but now he is trained to do his business both inside and outside. He’s had less accidents indoors once he was trained to go outside because he prefers to save his pee for the outdoors. He enjoys marking every tree and pole on his walks. If the weather is really bad then doing his business indoors is a nice option to have because he has a difficult time going or wanting to walk outside when it’s pouring outside.

These dog pads fit this silicone pad holder perfectly. I place it inside the small size of this waterproof play pen which is his designated potty area at home and it helps in case his pee leaks to the sides. I prefer to wipe his paws after he goes but he also has a mat to dry his feet in case he goes on his own.


We tried taking him to the groomers but he is afraid of the blow dryer. He hates regular clippers so I use a nail grinder. I now groom him at home and I usually groom him once a month using these Scaredy Cut clippers which takes at least 2 hours.


BuddyTastic Pet Sling with Adjustable StrapBuddyTastic Pet Sling with Adjustable Strap | Click here to view a clip from my try-on

I originally ordered the Tomkas pet sling but the material is very stretchy and the strap isn’t adjustable so that sling is a better fit for my husband who is 5’11”. I ended up ordering this BuddyTastic sling for myself. The material doesn’t sag where Ralphie sits/snuggles and the strap is adjustable making it a more comfortable drop length for me. Ralphie is about 5.5 pounds right now. Update 12/10/19: Now that Ralphie is 12 pounds at 6 months he feels really heavy in the sling and since I’m petite my shoulders ache if I have to carry him in the sling for too long.

Puppia Authentic Junior Harness B, size SPuppia Authentic Junior Harness B, size S | Click here and here to see it on Ralphie while he moves around

I’ve been struggling to find a harness that fits Ralphie comfortably (so far I’ve ordered 9 through Amazon). The harness that fits him the best is a very simple one by Lupine that’s no frills but he hates it and he struggles and nips at us when we try to put it on. I just received this plaid harness by Puppia and I had originally ordered size M based on the online reviews which was too loose around his body. I then reordered size S which is the perfect fit across his chest right now. Ralphie got his first haircut yesterday (the groomer shaved him instead of doing a trim) so he doesn’t have extra fur which would have filled in the arm holes and neck opening better. Size M is 17.5″ end to end (15″ circumference when the velcro is secured). Size S is 14.5″ end to end (fits a 12″ chest when the velcro is secured). For size reference, Ralphie is a Shih Tzu puppy and he’s currently 5.5 pounds with a 8″ neck and 12.5″ chest (based on the length of his current Lupine collar and harness). He has a small neck and short torso in his puppy stage so many of the other harnesses I’ve tried are too long.

Update 11/2/19: At 5.5 months Ralphie is about 8.5 pounds and he has outgrown this harness and it’s a very tight fit on him so if your puppy hasn’t finished growing I would be mindful of investing in too many clothing related items. He also no longer fits into the cute buffalo plaid pajama we got him as seen here since he also grew a lot longer.

Update 8/21/20: At over 1 years old Ralphie is 15 pounds and he fits this Puppia RiteFit harness with adjustable neck in size M (as seen on him in this post). He has a 10.5″ neck and 16.5″ chest. He also fits this Puppia Junior Harness B in size S (as seen on him in this photo, review and measurements above) but the material is thicker so we plan to use it in the cooler/colder months.

Gen7Pets Regal Plus Pet Stroller in Starry Night GrayGen7Pets Regal Plus Pet Stroller in Starry Night Gray (also available at T.J. Maxx, Amazon and Chewy.com)

Ralphie can’t walk for very long without getting tired and wheezy especially once the temperatures are above 60 degrees Fahrenheit. I got this compact stroller so that we could take him out and about. The stroller is lightweight and it folds down for easy storage. Click here for a video clip review of the stroller and to see what he looks like inside it. The handles are not adjustable but they’re a comfortable height for me (I’m 5′ 2.5″) but less so for my husband who is 5’11”. Update 11/3/19: I spotted this stroller at T.J. Maxx for $79.99.


Other Items:

This dog crate attaches to this exercise pen. We no longer use his crate or exercise pen now that he’s older.

Stay put bowl & mat set – To slow down how fast he eats I pour his food along the sides of the mat.

Thanks for your support!