I was attracted to the Shih Tzu breed because of their intelligence as well as their calm sweet nature. After living with them for a while, I decided to begin breeding and started researching the breed while looking for unusual breeding adults. I was delighted to find several of the “rare” colors for the breed… a liver /white, a silver and also the more common gold/cream and black/white.
With this bevy of beauties, I started my breeding program. Learning more about the breed as time went along as I became immersed in their lives. Every day was (and is) full of surprises as my lovable family grew. By the way, I’m not a gambler and don’t play Poker! Ya know that picture where the pups are sitting at a roundtable playing Poker and passing the ace underneath the table…well, the name Ace of Pups was born from that.
My angels (dogs) all run free in a shaded, clean yard and roam in my home where I section off different areas for them. I only crate them when I have to leave the house and at bedtimes.
They socialize with other Shih Tzu, older and younger than themselves. Food and clean water are always available and shelter is available through their “puppy doors” whenever they want it.
While my angels roam the house they are picked up and cuddled & shown affection throughout the day and evening. I wouldn’t know what to do without being able to watch the antics of these comical angels and being able to play with them. I love feeling like the pied piper…whichever room I go into they seem to be at my ankles within moments. I’m obviously doing what I love!
All my pups are Veterinarian inspected and receive their shots as prescribed. Feel free to call or email if you have any questions regarding the breed and take a look at my “Shih Tzu 4 Sale” pages to see what I have available from time to time.
I have recently married and my husband joins me 100% in raising these precious angels with me. His name is Henri Gibson. You can see our pictures together with some of our wonderful Shih Tzu puppies.
How Ace of Pups Came About
With the real estate market closing a door of my life, I had to choose another career. We’ve all heard “do what you love”, well, I had contemplated becoming a Shih Tzu breeder for a few years. Another door was about to open in my life!
Luckily, I had sold my former home before the market fell completely. With that, I relocated to Beverly Hills, Florida. My hesitation didn’t last long as I decided to invest in my newest career decision. DOING WHAT I LOVE.
With the spirit of Luck on my side, I started thinking of a theme for my breeding business. Feeling Lucky I adopted the Poker game as my theme. Now my breeders and their litters are named after Casinos and Poker games.
As I started acquiring my angels I wanted to first raise them as 8-week old babies while watching and enjoying them as they grew. This way I would “learn by doing”! And that I did! Each of my babies were named with my theme in mind.
When a new litter comes I rampage thru the poker dictionaries & lists of Poker terms & Casinos. In the Veterinarian’s office, I spotted the photos of dogs playing poker. I got online and found the artist and bought all his prints on different settings of dogs playing poker.
The Shih Tzu, being known as the calmest and sweetest dog, became, in my mind, the “ACE of PUPS”!!! Thus, my breeders and their babies get dubbed a poker term! Sometimes I vary, if a baby just looks like something or is being funny, I’ll dub it a nickname like Socks for the white paws, etc.
So with Gambler, Reno, River, Queen, Bluff, Texas, Rainbow, Kitty, Lady, Glory, Star, Casino, Winner, Coffee Cup, Muppet, Ace, Poker, Gypsy, Chips and Dealer, I’ve become quite a dictionary on terms. Adding some of my kept girls to my breeder list is a well thought out process. Looking for conformity true to the Shih Tzu stature and temperament I have selected another bevy of beauties to offer the sweetest Shih Tzu puppies for you to love.
Take a look at my breeder’s to see how wonderful they are!
Truly, I “Raise” Hearts & Diamonds, Kings & Queens, some are Jokers & some are a little Wild, but they all steal Hearts!!
How the Baby names are chosen
When the puppies are born, we have to call them Something!
Since their personalities are apparent almost right away, we give them their temporary name, until their new owners find the correct choice.
These Ace of Pups names are a starting point and we use whichever one seems to fit the pup.
Ace – an Ace card
Aliante – (pronounced Al-e-on-tay) Aliante Resort & Casino in North LasVegas
Amber – Amber Casino-Barbados
Ante – Players have to put money up before betting can begin
Aruba – Aruba Casino – Aruba
Bear – a tight player
Bella – Bellagio Casino
Brandy – The Brandy Casino is located in Barbados_She is the color of Brandy. This is my 1st Star keeper.
Bullet – an ace, a chip
Bump – a raise
Bunny – the Bunnywalk Casino in Atlantic City New Jersey (a term used for Hugh Heffners owned Casino’s.)
Button – the disc next to the dealer of turn
Callie – Excalibur Casino
Carlo – Monte Carlo Casino
Cesar – Cesar’s Palace Casino
Check – You pass on betting this round
Cherry – Cherry On Line Casino
Crystal – Crystal Casino – Las Vegas
Dame – a queen
Deuce – you have a 2 card
Dice – items with dots to play cards
Dolly – a ten and a 2 in your hand is known as a Texas Dolly
Drummer – a tight player
Duck – a deuce
Duke – a hand of cards
Five – a 5 card
Flash – to expose your cards
Flop – the fourth card in Texas Holdem
Four – a four card
Heinz – you have a 5 and a 7 in your hand
Hilton – Paris Hilton Casino
Holly – Hollywood Casino
Hook – a jack
Jinx – bad luck
King – best face card
King Kong – a pair of Kings in your hand
Kojak – a King and a Jack
Lady – a queen
Lola – show girl at the Casino
Lucky – when you win
Major – a straight or better
Mandy – Mandolay Casino
Maverick – you have a Queen & a Jack in your hand
Minnie – a low hand
Monte – Monte Carlo Casino
Pair – 2 of a kind
Paris – Paris Hilton Casino
Pepper – the Peppermill Casino in Reno Nevada
Pips – the marks on the cards
Pixie – a low hand
Player – one who plays cards
Primadonna – Primadonna Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas
Razz – Seven card stud poker
Rio – Rio Grand Casino
Sahara – Sahara Casino in Las Vegas
Scoop – to win both high &low half of the pot
Sierra – Grand Sierra Casino
Silver Nugget – Silver Nugget Casino in Las Vegas
Sky – no limit on raises &bets
Spike – an ace or raise the bet
Ten – a 10 card
Tiger – a low hand
Trinket – The charm next to the player’s chips
Trio – 3 sets of 3 of a kind
Trip – 3 of a kind
Trump – Trump card or Trump Casino
Vegas – Where the Casino’s are