Meet Archie. He’s an adorable Zuchon (Bichon Frise and Shih Tzu cross also known as a Teddy Bear dog). One thing I’m really enjoying about the featured dog interviews is learning about different breeds.
Another is seeing how dogs inspire their human parents. Archie inspired his human mom to write books to help first-time puppy owners. They are great books with lots of useful tips and information. See more about them below.
Check out these fun facts about him as told by his human mom, Helen. Scroll down to see more photos of him.
Your Dog’s Name
Why did you get your dog?
When my husband and I worked full-time we didn’t think it would be fair to get a dog, but when I went part-time at work we decided to go for it. We researched breeds. We wanted a small dog – one who didn’t shed much hair – and we liked the look of Zuchons (also called Shichons). We chanced upon an advert for a litter of Zuchon puppies not too far away from us – it was serendipity. As soon as we saw Archie we were smitten.
Your Dog’s Breed or Mixed
Zuchon (Bichon Frise and Shih Tzu cross)
How did you decide on your dog’s name?
Ah well, my husband and I are big fans of the old BBC series Monarch of the Glen (it’s off the air now but we have the box set). The main character in it, the Laird, is called Archie. If ever Archie (as in our Archie) does something we don’t like, e.g. rolling around in fox poo, we tend to call him Archibald!
What is your dog’s favorite toy?
Anything fluffy – at the moment a blue monkey, but it could easily be one of my slippers if he’s being mischievous.
What is your dog’s favorite treat?
Archie loves a bit of cheese – chicken too. He also loves frozen peas for some reason. Comment from Archie: I do love a bit of bird poo!
How do you spoil your dog?
Archie gets picked up far more than he probably should, but I just melt when he looks at me. He sleeps in our bedroom (and very often on our bed). He never used to when he was a puppy, but when we moved house sleeping with us helped to settle him, and it’s a habit which has stuck. He gets new toys every time I go anywhere which sells them. I just got a water bowl personalized with his name on it. My husband carries him when he’s too tired to walk. Oh yes, very spoilt indeed.
What’s a funny story about your dog or how does your dog make you laugh?
When he’s zooming around the garden, or when he’s rolling around on the sofa and tossing cushions around.
How do you have fun and play with your dog?
The three of us play hide and seek – Archie loves coming to find us – he gets a treat too.
Comment from Archie: I run away when I see my harness coming out. It’s not that I don’t want to go out – I do, but Mum and Dad have to try and catch me first. It’s a great game!
Is there anything special or unique about your dog? If so, what is it?
Well, Archie is unique to us – he’s our first dog. He has got the most gorgeous eyes – such long eyelashes – and yes, I am biased. 🙂
What else would you like to share about your dog?
Archie is now two. We got him when he was eight-weeks-old. I think it’s fair to say he was a shock to the system. We thought we’d done our research, but nothing prepared me for the anxiety I felt during those early days. I took it a day at a time and my confidence grew, and now I can’t imagine life without him. I decided to write a book about my experience of bringing up Archie, in the hope that it will help other first-time puppy parents who are finding the experience tougher than they thought.
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Archie as a puppy. What cuteness!
Archie on a chair looking up with those sweet eyes.
Archie going for a ride in the car:
Archie on a beach:
A black and white photo of Archie on a blanket:
Many thanks to Helen for sharing the fun of your adorable dog, Archie!
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