Patricia Skeriotis Presents : Vacation! – Part 1(Aspen)

Aspen, Colorado!

Patricia Skeriotis and her faithful companion Myko the dog are trying to plan the perfect vacation. . . their first option in Aspen, Colorado.

Vacation Time!

After looking through tons & tons of countries with spectacular beaches, majestic mountains, and city hotspots to find the best place for them . . .

They’ve decided to stay right here in the United States.






Together, they have put together a list of 20 places in the US they’d like to see based on the U.S. News 20 Best Places to Visit in the US.

They’re going to depend on YOU to decide for them after going through all the options.

The first option and number 20 on the list is Aspen, Colorado.

Aspen, CO







Powdery Snow on the Mountains






This winter wonderland looks like a scene you might see in a snow globe with flakes of snow lazily drifting to the warm light of a city nestled into the blue-grey Rocky Mountains.

While this is primarily a vacation for skiers and those who love snow sports of all kinds, Aspen is no less beautiful in all seasons.
Aspen in Summer






Go  during the summer and enjoy the beautiful views offered by the untamable western United States. Enjoy a famous luxury shopping experience and stay in an award-winning resort. This city has it all from the bustle of the town to the quiet of the mountains.

 This concludes our first submission to the Patricia and Myko vacation countdown . . .

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Patricia Skeriotis Presents : Exercise

Dog Exercise is Important!

(Not That Myko Seems to Think So. . .


Myko can be quite the lazy pup when it comes to getting his exercise.

Laziness is pretty typical of the Shih Tzu breed and is part of what makes them such great lap dogs.

Shih Tzu are glamorous . . .

Like this one . . .

So Chic










But that doesn’t mean they don’t need to get their daily exercise in! 

Make sure your Shih Tzu is happy and healthy by taking him/her to the park or for a long walk each day. This can lengthen your dog’s life expectancy and also keep you fit as well!

In the video, Myko may be being a lazy guy, but he’s at least socializing and soaking in the sights and smells, which is a form of exercise for dogs.


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Patricia Skeriotis Presents : Doggy Daycare in LA

A New Dog Daycare Has Opened in the Arts District

Do you ever wonder what your dog does all day while you’re at work? 

Some May Be Developing Addictions






Some Will Never Tell Their Dog Secrets







 But we know now what they COULD be doing. . .

Hanging out at Uptown Pup with all the other cool dogs!


At this new dog boarding/daycare facility founded by Jason Bornstein and his cousin Trevor Kershaw, your dog will enjoy hours of playtime and socialization with other dogs. Dog daycare will fill your dog’s day with excitement.

If you need a place for your dog to stay while you’re away on business, Uptown Pup offers boarding, too!

Uptown Pup has a 3, 000 square foot play area where your dog will be free to romp or rest, whichever suits him/her.

Not Enough?

You’re a dog stuff connoisseur. This daycare/boarding biz isn’t enough to impress the likes of you.

What if I told you that they ALSO offer training, grooming, and walking?

Keeping Up With His Dog Training Homework







Let’s Go For a Walk, Uptown Pup!













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Patricia Skeriotis Presents : An L.A. Dog Cafe

Inspired by her time in South Korea, 21 year old dog lover Sarah Wolfgang plans to intruduce the Dog Cafe to the City of Angels

At the Bau House in Seoul, South Korea, guests can come visit with the twelve dogs there, or bring their own dog in for some playtime (provided he/she meets a few qualifications).

Dog Cafe
The Bau House

With the purchase of a drink (and maybe some doggy treats) you can stick around for a game of fetch or a round of tug o’ war or maybe just a laid back snuggle session with one of the dogs. 

Dog Cafe
Inside the Bau House (Seoul, South Korea)
Dog Cafe
Dogs Enjoying the Bau House








Wolgang hopes to being this same doggy ambiance to a cafe in the L.A. area she will be opening.

In addition to creating a haven for dog lovers in the city, this cafe will also provide a valuable resource to the dogs. 

She plans to bring in 12 dogs a day to the cafe after a screening process with trainers assigned to three dogs on staff on any given day to make are the dogs are on their best behavior.

Dog Cafe
Help Dogs Like Me Get Adopted!







This will give these dogs the chance to win over the hearts of their future forever home family in a relaxed environment, where they can really shine. She plans to work in partnership with Los Angeles Animal Services to find dogs in need to “staff” her cafe.

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Patricia Skeriotis and Myko : Thailand’s New Anti Animal Cruelty Law

Patricia and Myko are very excited . . . Thailand has recently passed their first ever Anti Animal Cruelty law.

On November 12, 2014, legislation passed to protect animals in Thailand from abuse. though the law needs some refining, this is a big step in the right direction.

This is perhaps the first of many laws in South East Asia that will give animals basic rights.

Many animal rights activists claim that the law is too vague. Regardless, this is a step in the right direction. There is now an up to THB(Thai currency) 40,000 fine or up to two years jail time penalty for reported animal abuse or neglect.

The law leaves a lot open to the interpretation of the investigating officer. It does not specify exactly what constitutes abuse or neglect.

Anti Animal Cruelty
Beautiful Elephants









Parts of the law make  a point to differentiate food and non-food animals, but list only cats and dogs under animals that should not be eaten.

Anti Animal Cruelty
Cows in Thailand








An animal rights group in Thailand represented by  Chollada “Kae’  Mekratkri have proposed 20 additions to the bill. Amongst the proposed additions are one which would make cat and dog fur trade illegal and one that would make eating live animals illegal.

Anti Animal Cruelty
Performing Monkey


 Thailand has a long way to go on the road to justice for animals, but this is a strong first step.

Patricia Skeriotis and Myko : Soldiers and their Rescues

These soldiers adopt puppies while on deployment in Afghanistan

It’s hard to imagine what it must be like for people and dogs in war torn countries.

This uplifting story tells the tale of a litter of puppies adopted by a unit of soldiers in Afghanistan. They fell in love with a stray dog who would follow them out on missions and soon find out she was pregnant.

The soldiers take the puppies in as their own during the tour; feeding them their MREs and whatever food they could find to keep the pups growing.

Sgt Caba and the Pups in Afghanistan








After returning from deployment, they wondered if they would ever see the dogs who came to mean so much to them again.


Nowzad for dogs and Guardians of Rescue made it possible for them to bring all 8 home.

After a three month long holding period and vaccinations and micro chipping, the pups were ready to come home.

Nowzad Dogs is a non profit founded by a Royal Marine who similarly fell in love with a dog in Afghanistan. He worked hard to bring him his stray and founded this organization to help other soldiers do the same. The non profit also helps animal welfare of dogs still in Afghanistan.

soldiers and their dogs
Sgt Caba and his Dog Cadence









soldiers and the pups - back home





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Patricia Skeriotis Presents : Myko’s Family History Final Part

Myko traces back the history of Shih Tzu. 

His family history.







After the death of the Dowager Empress Cixi in 1908, the Imperial Kennels were dispersed.

Some private breeding was still practiced, but the breed became very difficult to acquire and very rare.

After the Communist revolution, the breed went extinct in China.

The gene pool of the Shih Tzu today is made up of the DNA of seven male and seven female Shih Tzu.

Three of these were a part of Lady Brownrigg’s Taishan kennel in England.

history of shih tzu
Lady Brownrigg and her Shih Tzu

The only Shih Tzu of the Imperial kennel to reach western soil belonged to Mrs. Henrick Kauffman. She imported this female Shih Tzu from China to Norway in 1932.

The breed was brought to the US after WWII with returning military personnel.

It quickly became popular for its unique look and excellent temperament. history of shih tzu

On September 1, 1969, the breed received AKC (American Kennel Club) recognition at last!

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Patricia Skeriotis Presents : Myko’s Family History Part 3

Myko traces his history back with the rest of the Shih Tzu breed.

Dowager Empress Cixi  had a kennel of Pugs, Pekingnese, and Shih Tzu that was celebrated worldwide.

Chinese History







It is thanks to her vigilance that we have the breed as it exists now. 

The palace eunuchs who were in charge of the actual breeding process mixed the breeds in the kennels some in order to reduce defects caused by excessive inbreeding. This also helps to keep the size down and make desirably unique markings on the puppies.

If it weren’t for Empress Cixi, the Shih Tzu as we know it would not exist today.

Myko and his mommy Patricia Skeriotis are very grateful!

Or maybe they’re grown in pots of dog food like this little guy.  😉

Myko's History






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Patricia Skeriotis Presents : Myko’s Family History Part 2

Myko traces his history back with the rest of the Shih Tzu breed.

Where we left off, these “lion dogs” were in China. Fan with Shih Tzu Being Pet On It





But how did they get there?

Around 600 AD, small dogs from Malta, Turkey, Greece and Persia were being exported to China as gifts to the ruling emperors.  It is thought that the Grand Lamas of Tibet made gifts of small dogs to the Chinese Imperial Court as well. Breeding small dogs was an important hobby of many Chinese emperors and empresses over the centuries. They would breed the Western imports with their Tibetan gift dogs and with Pugs and Pekingese.

What resulted is the oldest ancestor of the Shih Tzu.

History of the "Lion Dog"







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Patricia Skeriotis Presents : Myko’s Family History Part 1

Myko traces his history back with the rest of the Shih Tzu breed.

The Shih Tzu is a proud and ancient breed.







It is widely believed that the Shih Tzu originated in Tibet around 1000 BC. This breed’s history is linked to running themes in Buddhist theology through the image of the lion.

Given that no lions exist in China, some posit that the Shih Tzu was bred to look like a lion and thus fill in for one.






“Shih Tzu” actual means “Lion Dog” in Chinese.








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