Schatzi (German for, "little darling" or "sweetheart") was given to Kitty by Red in an effort to help her get through the mood swings of menopause. Red tells Kitty that Schatzi needs someone to take care of him because his mother was hit by a car.
He was introduced in Season 5, but disappeared before Season 6. It is revealed in the Season 7 episode, It's Only Rock and Roll (also Schatzi's last appearance), that he had been hiding under the house and, according to Red, he is "afraid of the garden hose". Later on in the episode, Kitty starts taking Schatzi to her Tai Chi sessions with Midge and Donna. He barks repeatedly, and after asking politely twice, Kitty screams at him saying "Shut your freakin' trap!," making him stop barking. When Eric is disappointed by the disapproval of his artwork, he leans on a Buddha statue on the top of a short wall, which Schatzi is behind, and falls on his head, causing Kitty to react in shock, only gasping Schatzi's name and staring at Eric. Eric tries to give comic relief by saying "That statue was supposed to bring you peace, and in a way it did," referring to Schatzi's infernal barking.
He is seen in the end credits of the episode with a bandage on his head in the circle, howling. However he is never seen or mentioned again in the series.
Schatzi appears in Seasons 5 through 7, and is never seen again in the series after Eric accidentally hurt him with a statue. He is mainly seen with Kitty, but appeared in the Circle twice, his first and last episode.
As previously stated above, Schatzi has been in The Circle twice in his first and last episode. Both times in the circle he would sit where Fez would normally sit. Like other circles Schatzi has felt the effects of The Circle; the first time he went through three cans of food.
- "Schatzi", means, "darling", or, "sweetheart", in German.
- After his final appearance "It's Only Rock and Roll" many viewers initially believed that Eric killed the dog, as he was never seen again after that episode, as sometimes broadcast doesn't air the end credits scenes.
- Although there is no canonical reason given for Shatzi's absence besides him hiding underneath the house, it's speculated that it was just too difficult to have an animal on a set that's filmed in front of a live studio audience for a long period of time. As having animals on set have much more paperwork and protocols that the producers had to follow, and perhaps they thought it wasn't worth it for a long run.
- Despite Schatzi's limited time on screen, his appearance in You Shook Me, became a minor meme, specifically the scene where Red asks why the dog is on the counter, to which Kitty matter-of-factly replies, "He likes to be tall".