This is Murphy, our Tibetan Terrier. She was such a sweet little pain-in-the-ass. I will miss her kisses with her little soft tongue. She would get scared if someone cooked something that got a little smoky, like burgers or bacon, and she would track me down specifically and hide under my feet ... no one else's. She was stand-offish and would ignore you until she wanted something. When she wanted something she would let you know it. She truly embodied the typification of the breed in that she thought she was a person.
She was born January 1, 1991 in California at one of the very few Tibetan Terrier breeders in the US. She was put to sleep on July 28, 2009, because of a solid mass tumor in her chest. As the tumor grew, it would begin to cut off her airway and we could not in good conscience let her suffer in that manner.
Needless to say, we are all in a rather sad state at the moment. She was a mommy's girl, and mother is quite distraught at this moment. She will be missed very much.
You can read more about Tibetan Terriers in the following Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tibetan_terrier