Frank: We have a bird feeder near the house which acts kind of like streaming video for Beans. He can spend hours in front of the patio door watching tree sparrows and juncos come and go. I think his brain is going to mush. Too much screen time.
Beans: You should take more interest in what is going on in our backyard. Check out who came today.
I live in northern Ontario which is known to be bear country. Yesterday, while walking my two shelties, I saw a big black creature coming around the bend. I knew it wasn’t a bear because they are in hibernation this time of year. This dog was huge — and absolutely beautiful. In addition he was one of the most calm dogs I had ever come across. The owner said that the dog was very independent and had a mind of his own. When I encounter temperament like that I wonder if it’s training or part of the breed’s characteristic. So I researched the Chow Chow.
The Chow Chow’s origin seems to be unknown. Even though the dogs are seldom seen in China today, the Mongolian tribes in China did keep this breed. The breed then appeared in England in the 1800s.
aloof and indifferent like a cat
wary of strangers
17-21″ at the shoulder
color varies from black to mahogany
mixed breeds can be white or even blue merle
younger Chow Chows are more pliable so training should start early