"Nearly a year ago I wrote to you, outlining
our adventures with 'Mose'. He
was a Chow who hung around our property in
rural south central Georgia
for most of last winter, refusing our
contact, but staying around with
our other dogs for their company. We thought
he was old, (thus the name
'Old Man Mose' ) for he slept almost all the
time in or around our driveway, and when he did move around, it was to
wobble down into the
yard for more lying around. We also thought
he belonged to someone up in
the new subdivision near our acreage,
because he would not accept any
treats and wore an old collar. He was matted
and unkempt, but this is
not unusual out here in the country where
dogs often are not well cared for.
"When he finally allowed me to touch him, I discovered that he was
nearly starved and weak, not old and feeble. And we also discovered that
no more than a year or two old. He has a
wonderful mouthful of the
whitest teeth and once he was doctored and
bathed and clipped - and fed
adequately - we were treated to his
wonderful smile and playful nature.
He had to be treated for heart worms, but
other than that, was none the
worse for wear from his abandonment. His
favorite game is to butt me in
the rear as I walk across the yard and also
in the house when I prepare
his food. And he laughs all the time!
"I wrote you, telling you his story, and promising a picture once
appearance improved. I am here to be true to
my word. We are still in
love with this dog, and if we ever need
another dog ( we presently have
six rescued animals ) it will be another
Chow and no other.
"Actually, there is another Chow hanging out in the yard now. It
took five months for him to let
me touch him, also, and thankfully, I have found
that his physical condition and behavior confirms that this new Chow
does belong to someone up on our road. He is well kept, but wants to
be with us during most of every day. I'm sure that if we were to adopt
him, he would be just as wonderful as Mose is.
to give you an idea of how Mose is paying for his keep, I enclose another
picture which shows him baby sitting the newest member of the family,
Katy7. She was a tiny, abandoned puppy who joined us last summer.
They are inseparable.
"Keep up the wonderful good work that you do. And thank you for
helping me to learn about, and
appreciate these fantastic, and misunderstood animals."
Marianne C. Stone
thought you might like to see how Mose is doing these days. Now that
he's three and has been with us for
two years, he is very settled in and most
definitely a member in high standing of the family...
"The picture shows him and four of our other five 'children'. My
sister-in-law was feeding them treats,
and of course, she has their undivided
attention ! The blonde beauty in the center is Katy, the tiny puppy
that Mose helped to raise. They are still the best of friends, and she
still chews him up the best she can, given his luxurious coat. His squeals
are so funny to hear.
"The black dog on the left and the red dog in front are Chow
mixes. These are very common
around here, and you do see the occasional purebred, or nearly
so. But none are anywhere near as fine as Mose. We still have no idea
where he came from.
"Hope all is well with you and your organization. I notice that
our page is still on your
website. It's nice to read about our good fortune; it's almost
like reading about someone else's adventures with one of these great