Our thoughts go out to Cory & Debra Cross and Trevor Brandt on the death of Houston, their beloved almost 15 year old Shih Tzu. Adopted from Cin-Cin Kennels, PA when Debra received a Christmas bonus, they knew the timing was perfect and Houston was just a tiny ball of fun and personality. He came to his furever home and quickly gained many nicknames; H, Housty, Daddy's Little Big Boy and many many others. Houston was a very sweet and kind dog but he was very particular. He knew he was the ruler of the house and was quite the boss for a little guy (but he didn't know he was little). Houston had a few dislikes, one being the woodpecker outside who would scare him and the other being bath towels. He didn't mind a bath but boy as soon as you went to dry him off, he turned into a little terror! He would growl and tug at the towel, so they learned Houston much preferred to air dry. He was never naughty, never chewed anything...with one exception (because there has to be at least one) he did chew up Debra's brand new glasses. All was forgiven as he was so well behaved and cuddly. Houston had his special spot on the couch and if Cory were to come downstairs he would run up into it so nobody would take it! He also adored giving kisses and was giving them until his last minutes..you couldn't pick him up without being kissed! They had games they played, one of the favorites being 'hallway' which he knew if you said 'let's go play hallway' to run down the long hall and run back and forth as fast as he could between Cory and Debra. Houston has many toys but a few that were very special; his squeaky burger and his Guy (a Zebra beanie baby) who he loved to rest and cuddle with. He spent his days right by the sides of Cory and Debra and often watched Days Of Our Lives and enjoyed car rides too. They found out he also loved George Jones as they were jamming out on the way to WV one day. They enjoyed walks at Caledonia and lounging outdoors, especially on the deck. He was Debra's best friend and soulmate. Houston had his strict eating schedule where he would get his roast beef at 4pm, burger at 6pm and bowl of ice cream at 7pm and then also sometimes he would get up at midnight with Cory and have some more roast beef for midnight snack! He never gained a pound! He also absolutely loved grill food. Any time Cory lit up the grill, Houston could immediately smell it and would whine to get outside. He would enjoy his delicacies right off the grill no matter how hot. Having had Houston since Trevor, their son, was in 6th grade...the time flies and he was the best Christmas present they could have ever dreamed of. Houston's love and companionship will be greatly missed, but his family will forever cherish his love and memories. Rest in peace sweet Houston.
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