Tenzin Shih Tzu

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The Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....  


Waiting At the Bridge


Precious Cartier, NZ Champion Denem Diamonds are Forever, left us to wait at the bridge on the 19th of May, 2015.  The first show dog and foundation of the Tenzin Kennel, Cartier was a much loved part of the family as well as an astounding performer in the ring.  Chosen by Liam at four weeks old and taken to her new home with Liam and Alistair at eight weeks, Cartier loved every second of her life with her human dads.  She loved to be groomed, she loved to be fussed over at shows, she loved to snuggle on the bed, and she loved to play fetch with her favourite tennis ball.  From her achievements in the ring as a puppy, throughout her show career, to her retirement as a beloved family pet, Cartier lived an energetic, happy, loved, and loving life.  Cut short at only six years, we no longer have the opportunity to have little Cartie puppies, to see her bloodline continue and the joy she brought to Liam and Alistair shared with others.  Instead, we will remember how beautiful she was, how chasing a tennis ball across the lawn made her so happy, how she would curl up on the pillow next to Liam's head at night, how she had a special bond with Alistair and loved him to groom her the best.  To say with mere words all that she was, the wonderful life she had, and the way she made everyone love her, is impossible. Cartier was one of a kind, a precious diamond of a dog whose memory will indeed last forever.

Goodby Cartier, we'll see you in the meadow by the bridge, and we'll cross it behind you as you chase your tennis ball over the rainbow.



On June 2nd, 2018, our one-of-a-kind Shih Tzu matriarch Starr, NZ CH Denem a Bit of a Drama Queen, passed away in the arms of Liam and Alistair. Starr was the mother of the first litter of Tenzin puppies, and left behind her a beautiful legacy in Eden and now Tiffany.  Starr was a character, and definitely lived up to her name. She came to us as an adult, and the transition to the Tenzin house turned her into Liam's shadow. It wasn't long, however, before Starr decided she owned the place and began to act like it too.  Starr could be grumpy, dramatic, annoying, and needy. Despite this, her big brown eyes made everyone love her and want to cuddle her. Starr had plenty of visitors just come to pet her and have her sit on their lap, always leaving them feeling better for the experience. There was something unique about Starr cuddles that made you feel special.  Starr enjoyed walks, especially on the beach, and some of our happiest memories are of her running around in the sand. She also loved to sleep on, or even in, the human bed. In her old age, she enjoyed walking in the front yard and being the centre of attention for the neighbourhood children to pat. She still loved cuddles and sleeping on the bed, often sticking her tongue out and making the cutest face possible.

We know that one day we'll see Starr again, bounding towards us with her tongue poked out, looking up at us with love in her big brown eyes.