"We live in
northeast Alabama. We moved here from New Jersey about 14 years
ago. I was promoted here with the postal service. One of my
jobs was the postmaster of Stevenson, Alabama.
"A big red Chow
came to live at the post office. I have always had animals and love
them dearly. I fed him through the winter and spring. He would
never come to me but would wait for me at a distance and get the food when
I went back into the post office.
"Summer came and
his condition got worse. He had open sores and was dirty and
miserable. We did not have an animal control or ASPCA in my
"I decided to
take him home to my three cats and two Poodles. I caught him
with the help of my vet. He was in worse shape than I thought.
His collar was cutting into his skin, he had cigarette burns on his chest,
he had heartworms. I had him treated.
"It took about a
year for him to start to look sharp again. He was beautiful!
People told me that I would never be able to 'turn him around'. But
the day after I brought him home from the vet, he was following me
everywhere and did so for the next nine years. The vet thought he
was about 4 years old when I took him in. He was a wonderful
dog. He died in 2001, quietly in his sleep.
"I found another
Chow to adopt in October 2003, a beautiful black girl from the Greater
Huntsville Humane Society. She is wonderful. I know she will
bring us as much joy as Bear did. Her name is Chyna Doll. Her
owners moved and didn't want her. My good luck!
"Chows are the
and Chyna Doll,
Annie, the German Shepherd
Twinkle, the toy Poodle
Knokee, the Maine Coon Cat
Kasey, the Persian Cat
(all rescued animals)