My story, faithful friend, happy companion – a dog.

With Grateful Thanks


Because Beloved was a little busy and her head wasn’t very clear (she admits it so I’m not being nasty), she has left it a little long to thank Angelswhisper for the lovely award that she nominated ME for.

Thank you so much I love your blog and I am so honoured that any of you follow this humble little Tibbie and his ramblings.

Then today I find I have been nominated for another beautiful award by my pal EasyΒ  The Grazie Award.

Thanks Easy and I appreciate the support and encouragement.

Forgive me if I include the two in one post.


Hmmmm. Something which you don’t already know about me could be hard because I am a very honest and open Tibbie who has shared much about himself with you but I thought you might be interested in learning a little more about the Tibetan Terrier as a breed as we are not too common.

1. Although my breed is called Tibetan Terriers we are not Terriers. We were called terriers by Europeans who travelled to Tibet and for some reason we reminded them of their terriers back in Europe and voila – we were mis-named!

2. As you can see I am learning some french phrases in order to impress a couple of the ladies down at the dog park. I am already fluent in Dog and Beloved-speak.

3. The Tibetan Terrier is able to guard, herd and be a suitable companion dog. I have decided to do one thing really well so I have dropped the guarding and herding part of the job and focussed on being a companion which I am really good at. I know this because Beloved is never alone. She calls me her velcro-dog.

4. In Tibet we are called ‘Tsang Apso’ which means roughly ‘shaggy dog’. This does describe me well and if you see some of the dogs in Tibet it is obvious that they do not have to suffer baths, brushes and clipping.

5. In Tibet we were considered very valuable and the people who owned us did not give us away very often and would not sell us so all of us current Tibetan’s can trace our lines back to the same few foundation dogs in Europe.

6. Recent DNA testing has shown that the Tibetan Terrier is descended from the most ancient dog breeds. But I am a humble Tibbie and I do not let this go to my head.

7. The Tibetan Terrier evolved over hundreds of years of harsh conditions. We were called ‘little people’ and valued by the monks and the families we belonged too, pretty much like today. Beloved highly values me and often tells me that I am a big baby.

8. Selling a Tibetan Terrier was considered to be selling your good luck so we were not sold only ever given as gifts. The first Tibetan Terrier to go to Europe was given to a doctor for saving the life of a Tibetan person. This has changed today which I think is rather sad, but on the other hand if we don’t get some more Tibetan Terriers out of Tibet the in-breeding cycle will continue and get worse.

9. We were treated like children in the family and would assist in taking care of the property, the flocks and the herds. Sometimes we would be sent to accompany a traveller home because we were known to be sure-footed and reliable. Sadly this is a trait I have not inherited and as Beloved tells anyone I am unlikely to find my way home from next door!

10. We had read that there are no Tibetan Terriers left in Tibet but have recently found that this is not true. So anyone who wants to see us Tibbies in our original habitat can take a trip to Tibet and find us there. There are also quite a few in the Tibetan refugee camps in Nepal.

I hope you enjoyed finding out a little about my ancestors but of course I am a product of many years of breeding and quite a few years of Beloved’s pampering!!

I would like to nominate:

Madam Inside Out

This Sydney Life

A detailed House

Lisa McKay Writing

Between Fear and Love


Long Life Cats and Dogs

Texas a Cat in New York


Via the Grazie Award I send a big sloppy kiss/lick to:

The Misadventures of Misaki

The Love of a Dog

Jaspers Doggy World

Clowie’s Corner

Lexi and Jasper the Great Danes

Texas a Cat in New York

Rumpy Dog

Doggy’s Style

Hutch a Good Life

Beloved shares your blogs with me and we both enjoy them so much. Now after all that hard work I will go back to my nap.

Thanks guys and meet you again on the blogosphere soon πŸ™‚

Yo! I’m Cool!



23 responses

  1. Well done Zac – and thanks for the history of your ancient breed. It is time to bring some more originals out of Tibet.

    August 14, 2012 at 4:51 pm

  2. Congratulations Zac! Thank you for thinking of me.
    It was good to learn some more about your breed. I knew a little because I know a Tibbie in real life, but there were some new things for me.

    August 14, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    • πŸ™‚ Glad you know a Tibbie in real life. Beloved’s first Tibetan Terrier was a golden Tibbie from France. If your pal is European he/she might be a little larger than I am. Naturally I am about 12kilos which is on the small side for a male Tibetan Terrier, I blame my breeding again. Otherwise of course I am a very handsome fellow, if a little scruffy πŸ™‚

      August 15, 2012 at 10:29 am

      • The Tibbie I know is quite small – she can’t be much more than 10 kilos. We’ve met one or two others when we’ve been walking together and they’ve been bigger than her.

        August 15, 2012 at 8:17 pm

        • She sounds like she is just a little smaller than The Princess. I think Beloved’s last Tibbie was a giant.

          August 17, 2012 at 8:58 am

  3. we love learning more about our friends, congratulations on both of your awards!

    August 15, 2012 at 11:12 am

  4. Congrats! πŸ™‚

    August 15, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    • Thank you. It is always amazing to me that there are people who are interested in a little Tibbie from Melbourne πŸ™‚

      August 15, 2012 at 2:27 pm

  5. Congrats and thanks for the mention.
    I hope you are feeling better and your energy is back.

    August 15, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    • Thank you I do seem to be doing a little better and my favourite vet has given me some anti-inflammatories for the arthritis which are helping.

      August 16, 2012 at 9:26 am

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  7. Za,
    Concats and thank you so much!
    I have also nominated you for an award:

    August 16, 2012 at 1:32 pm

  8. Congratulations also on your Lipstick award, Zac. It was nice reading about you ancestors πŸ™‚

    August 16, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    • Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed reading about the ancestors. It’s quite a popular study nowadays. We don’t meet many other Tibetan’s so it was interesting for me to see pictures of TT’s in Tibet today. I should have included a picture – my – do they need a bath and this is me, the Tibbie who hates baths and water speaking!

      August 16, 2012 at 6:51 pm

  9. Firstly, Congratulations! Secondly, how very interesting to read all those facts about your breed – many of which I had not known. Thirdly – my word – THANK YOU! See how much trouble playing catch up gets you into. I am desperately trying to catch up on reading everyone’s recent post and here I find you’ve given me an award I didn’t even know about. Sorry it’s taken so long for me to do the catch up and again, I truly appreciate the award – you are a star!!!!

    August 18, 2012 at 4:06 am

    • Thank you, yes, catching up can be hard! You are very welcome and deserving of the award, Beloved and I enjoy following you and occasionally I let The Princess know what is happening. Actually, most of the time because otherwise she pesters me!

      August 18, 2012 at 8:55 am

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