"The great pleasure of a dog
is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not
scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too."
Samuel Butler (1835-1902)
I cannot imagine our lives
without these 2 gentle creatures that share it. Benjamin and Zackary are
Chow Chows. Pure
breed but not show quality..they are "friend and family quality"! Even
better in my eyes.
We have no interest in breeding
or showing them..we believe in preserving the best qualities of Chow Chows.
Zack and Ben will never be bred and are neutered.
I have heard the "bad chow
stories"...they always sadden me..We should make sure that the "good
chow" stories are heard too...Chows are not for everyone..they are
a breed apart..literally the cats of the canine world..delightful, intelligent
pets that own us..Perhaps some would prefer less independent, less free
For our family they are the
only choice for us. Our first Chow came to us over 15 years ago. Our sweet
Kuma that shared our life for 14 years..Boomer came 6 months after Kuma-he
lived 13 years..both lived long healthy lives-well into their senior years
before we lost them.
Zackary and Ben are 2 years
and 4 1/2 months old. Our Chows are "forever friends"...we do not take
this responsibility lightly. They bond with us as we do with them. Our
home is shared with 5 cats too. Poor Ben (the black pup) has a challenge
of living with the cats until he figures out what they are. ! He seems
to think they're toys. Fred-a very large one, 24 pounds!, allows him to
groom him and pull him around by the tail. Both seem to understand that
the other will not harm him. The other "old lady" cats do not feel the
same tho! At least once a day Ben runs thru the house-full blast-running
for his life! A irritated cat chasing right behind him! Quite a sight-especially
when Ben is much bigger!
Zackary is our "good will
ambassador"..he loves people, our friends and neighbors enjoy seeing him.
He is gentle and sweet natured. Ben is also but Ben is more passive then
Zack. Zack is a very big chow and he knows that he has to sit down when
people come in..then he can say hello. This is good because my parents
live close by and are in poor health and elderly. He knows he cannot get
to close - we were afraid they may trip over him. He is allowed to say
hello and give "hugs and kisses" after they sit down. Ben approaches quietly-says
hello and walks away..still aloof until he gets to know them.
Chows are such fun..occasionally
they both just start running for the joy of it-tail straight out, showing
toothy grins as they chug thru the house -running til they are exhausted.
I guess you can tell they
get a lot of attention-they are well socialized, and trained. Some things
they "must" do to live with humans but they can be stubborn and hard to
teach "tricks". They do them when they darn well please...not when I want
Today-after making a utter
and complete fool of myself to get Ben to "shake"..he finally gave in and
shook my hand..he made sure I knew he shook only when he wanted to-- not
when I wanted him too.!
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