volunteer at a no-kill animal shelter and often find and foster animals.
Last fall my husband and I took in a neglected Chow that lived in our
neighborhood. 'Black Jack' was in terrible shape, covered with hot spots
and mats, limping, runny eyes and a dewclaw which had grown into the skin
on his leg. In spite of all these things he was very friendly and would
come by our house and beg to petted. He started staying on our front porch
so we moved him into the fenced backyard with the rest of our dogs. He
couldn't quite get his nerve up to come into the house but he was happy
sleeping on the screen porch.
"We had him neutered, heartworm tested, and
vaccinated. We took care of his skin and had surgery to correct his
entropion. In the spring he injured his knee and had surgery to fix the
ligament. The x-rays at the time showed his other hind leg had been broken
in two places at sometime in the past and healed without being set. The
x-ray also showed he had been shot with birdshot.
"This dog had plenty of reason to distrust people but
he is one of the best natured dogs I have ever been around. Of course my
husband and I are way too attached to him to ever place him with someone
else. Black Jack has a home for life and once he got over his fear of
entering the house, he only wants out now when we are outside. The staff
at the vet's office adore him and they all have to come visit him when
ever he comes in. My vet claims he is the favorite Chow they see and they
see quite a few.
"We are doubly blessed with a Chow mix we have had
for six years. She passed her Canine Good Citizen Test with flying colors
and loves small children. We thought she was an exception to normal Chow
temperament until we met Black Jack. I can't recommend Chows highly
enough. It is unfortunate that out of control backyard breeding has given
them a bad reputation."