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My name is Leslie LeFave and I live in Sunny Clermont, Florida with my husband and son. We live on an acre in a secluded area where our animals can run and play. Our love for animals does not stop with our Shih Tzu we have several cats and a pond full of koi. Everyone gets along at Tian Mi. Our cats love our fish, our dogs love our cats, and our cats love our dogs. Shih Tzu love everyone. I say at least once a week, "We are so lucky to live with a house full of sweet little souls." I feel that our pets enrich our lives. There is never a dull moment at Tian Mi!!!
At the time of this writing, I have been owned by Shih Tzu for twelve years, been involved in Shih Tzu rescue for eleven years and been showing Shih Tzu for eight years. The Shih Tzu at Tian Mi are pets first and Show dogs second. Showing and keeping Shih Tzu in coat is a lot of work. Sometimes I ask myself, "Why do I keep doing this?" And then there is another dog show. I am addicted, as all my fellow exhibitors are. I love seeing a Shih Tzu in the ring with their long flowing coat, head held high, with that mushy face constantly looking up at their handler for approval. In my eyes there is no competition; the Shih Tzu is by far the most beautiful of show dogs and the most endearing couch potatoes, who never miss a chance to give their humans a big wet kiss.
All Shih Tzu at Tian Mi receive exceptional care. Our vet is a fellow exhibitor. I believe she is better at her job because she is PART of the dog world. She does not just take care of client dogs she has many of her own, as well as her own breeding program. Her experience leads me to drive an hour from my home for all my veterinary needs.
At Tian Mi we do not breed for the purpose of making money on Shih Tzu. Breedings are always done with thoughtful planning for health and temperament first and foremost, while always keeping the show ring in mind.
My Shih Tzu bring out everything good in me. The simple feeling of sitting on the couch surrounded by all my precious little angels makes me feel at peace with the world. Giving them lots of snuggles and talking baby talk to them, makes me realize they really do put up with a lot from me. Showing is demanding, yet they continue to be happy just being with me.
I have days when someone gets an upset tummy, when show dogs coats are stuck to their rear end, and when wiping up one more accident someone had in the house feels somewhat overwhelming: When show dogs decide for what ever reason they are not going to take one more step in the ring or they want to do loop de loops, then the thought does enter my mind that I am totally out of my mind to have more Shih Tzu. Thank God these days are very few and far between. When peace is restored once again I fall under the spell of The Shih Tzu!!!
I, personally will not cut corners regarding the care or quality of my Shih Tzu. I will not compete with the lowest price in the paper or on the internet. I do however, promise every Tian Mi Shih Tzu will meet or exceed your greatest expectations.
"I guarantee, Owning a Shih Tzu will change your life forever"
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