My mother-in-law really taught me everything I needed to know about breeding. She taught me how to groom a Shih-Tzu, both for show and for casual appearance ( the puppy cut or teddy bear cut ). She taught me everything about Shih-Tzu's from their history all the way to some tricks in training. Her and her late husband were one of the first breeders of Shih-Tzu's in Alabama back in the 60's and early 70's. After Mr. Travens passed away "mom" still groomed out of her home, but got out of the breeding business. When I decided to start breeding, I felt comfortable knowing that no matter what she was always there with advise. Her contributions to Lil Cowboy Kennel will always be what made this a success. I know that I could not have done it without her and will miss her loving guidance!