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. At 3 months he weighed 5.24 pounds. At 5 months he weighs 9.5 pounds.
Ralphie loves water, steamed broccoli (I only give him three small florets as a treat), blueberries, raw baby carrots, Sam’s Yams (cut into thin french fry strips which helps keep the hair on his front paws cleaner), oranges and apples. He will also eat bananas, kiwi (he will only eat a few small pieces at most), green beans, bean sprouts, peas, chicken (cooked with no oil and no seasonings), Greek yogurt (blueberry flavor) and creamy peanut butter. We also just started to give him Greenies (Teenie size) as his teeth come in. As with all human food I would err on the side of giving a tiny piece to sample and first consult with the proper resources to ensure that they’re safe foods to consume for your breed.
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.
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 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.
Ralphie can’t take walks for very long without getting tired and wheezy (he’s brachycephalic). 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″) and my husband who is 5’11”. Update 11/3: I spotted this stroller at Homegoods for $79.99.
Stay put bowl & mat set – To slow down how fast he eats I pour his food along the sides of the mat.
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