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Pet Tales: When her owner's away, Chrissi will play

Heather Warlick: Chrissi is “very spoiled,” writes her owner, Sandra Masapust, of Oklahoma City.
by Heather Warlick Published: June 11, 2012

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Last week, I wrote about Sadie Jo, the shih tzu that stole the hearts of DeWayne and Vicky Hensley, of Moore. This week, we focus on Chrissi, another well-loved shih tzu. Chrissi is “very spoiled,” writes her owner, Sandra Masapust, of Oklahoma City. Chrissi was a gift from a friend who knew how much Masapust missed having a dog.

Chrissi never stays home alone. When Masapust goes anywhere, her dad doggy-sits. The two keep each other company.

“Every morning I go to work teaching kindergarten I drop Chrissi off at my dad's, whom she knows as Papaw,” Masapust wrote in her Pet Tale submission letter. “All I have to do is pull up to the house, open the car door and Chrissi jumps out and runs to her Papaw, who is awaiting her arrival.”

Upon arrival at her Papaw's house, Chrissi always expects a treat and Papaw always has one ready.

“When Chrissi is ready for dinner, at 4 p.m., she will jump on the couch and stare at her Papaw,” Masapust wrote. “He will let her stare for a minute or two, then ask her if she is hungry. The barking, dancing and carrying-on begins!”

Chrissi loves her Papaw. All Masapust has to do is ask Chrissi if she wants to go see Papaw and Chrissi will dance around, bark and run to the door until she gets to go.

To submit a pet story and photo, email your story and photo to or mail it to Heather Warlick, The Oklahoman, P.O. Box 25125, Oklahoma City, OK 73125. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. Photos cannot be returned.

by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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