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Greeting their pack leader.

The pleasure of returning home from a trip.—Free face wash and being floored by 2 furry 30kgs of muscle. The greeting from our 2 Chow Chows is raucous, but I love every minutes of their rough but true hearted super warm welcome for their pack leader

Santa’s 3rd birthday

oct 2012

1st Oct is Santa’s 3rd birthday. 3 years of happy time with us.
One crazy dog, with a highly protective streak. A living intruder alarm.
Having a happy go lucky type character.








My wife had started to humanized our 2 dogs since the day they are with us.

for Santa’s birthday. She prepared Santa’s meal with extra helping of  2 fried eggs.






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Our  faithful watch dog and a good companion. He  practically leech around my wife. Sleep in our room at night.During the day

Santa’s followed my wife to the office, and share her room.

Home coming


They had never failed to show their devotion and their raunchy expression,whenever I return home from a trip. My wife and I left home for 2 long week to man our booth at the recent Canton fair2012 in Guangzhou China. This is the longest period both of us have ever been away from home. Our son did a good job taking care of them during our absent.
When we returned  2 days ago, there was a big commotion when our son opens the gate apron our return. 2 thunderbolt of muscles came bolting down the driveway. Each swarming over the other trying to be the 1st to pawl and lick us. With 2 x 30kgs of muscles, we have to stop and drop our luggage to prevent being topple over. Their over drive enthusiasm  to greet us melts our heart. It took more than five minutes of body rubs and hugging before they calm down and allow us to reach house. This commotion brought our neighbor out and they had a good laugh.
For the whole evening both of them leech around us, as if they are worried we might leave  home again. With the long flight back we retired early, as usual they were in our bedroom taking up their sleeping space the moment we stepped into our bedroom.

Our son informed us that Santa and Teddy had been sleeping along the door way the whole period when we were not around. My wife facial expression indicates that she is not too happy with the news.

Chow chow from a cute puppy to polar bear lookalike.

santa-3mth old-6 We have take pictures of our 2 chow chows from the day they are  a puppy, keeping records of their facial changes.
As of this month our female brown chow chow Teddy is 4years old  and Santa is 2years old.
this slide show reflects the change in their appearance, Teddy now looks like a lion and Santa takes on a polar bear lookalike.

Teddy and Santa from a puppy to a full grown adult.

Definition of Joy and Happiness.


Joy is after a hard day work and returning home to be greeted by 2 furry bodies rushing out of the door and with their tails waggling like a malfunction copter blade and trying to give me a bath with their licks. When they leaned hard against my legs this takes away all the tiring. To return their warm robust greeting, giving each of them a good body rub and seeing them go limb and lying on the floor for more makes me feel good. This ritual that is repeated every evening makes me want to rush home after work. My poor wife has to wait for a full 5-10minutes before she received my hug.

Happiness is to have two body temperature arm-rests to rest my arms when I relax on the sofa after dinner. It is most comfortable during the cold autumn and winter period. Chow chow with their thick and soft coat offers a perfect armrest and a body warmer. Their patience to be my arm –rest while I watch TV, fortified the definition of companionship.

They asked for very minimum in return, other than a good walk after meal. Their love and devotion to my wife and me is endless. In addition they boost my Wife sense of security when I am out of town. With them around it gives me peace of mind. When they comes on call, reminds us of our children when they were young. My constant body guard when I am in the study. Bedtime with their stereo snore when they sleep in our bed room is like a lullaby serenading us to sleep.

Emotional bond.

Today is miserable day for me and Michelle. Normally every morning Santa will give us a morning call by licking our foot. This morning was all quite, this active footballer was not able to get up from his crouching position. Massage does not work, have to help him up bodily. Santa works with a limp, have to carry him to the car to visit the Vet. This is no an easy task , 28kgs of fur and lifting it on to the car seat take some effort.
X ray results do not reveal any problem. Than why is he limping? The Vet was not able to give me his opinion, and what to do to set it right. He finally decided to give a injection consisting of honey mix and some mild pain killer.

On the way back, Michelle make a statement that makes me very uncomfortable. “ Santa please do not die, I cannot take it, if you leave me. Please get well soon”. I know Michelle loves Santa with all her heart, but to express this level of emotion was beyond my expectation.

Santa did not take his breakfast. During lunch, Michelle hand feed him .I had to return to work after lunch. The Biggest surprise and a big bonus await me. Santa was limping towards me when I open the door. I yell out with joy and a sense of happiness. When I left the house after lunch, Santa was still not able to get up. In 5 hours Michelle had nurse him back. Apparently, the injection is effective.

During dinner our glutton Santa finished his meal in not time, to me this is a good sign.
Michelle was all smile, when Santa is able to go for this evening walk.
Michelle was chatting and happy like a lark, her treasure is not recovering.

Keeping my find cross to see, how Santa behaves tomorrow morning.

Traumatized by fire crackers.


Chinese New year in china, where letting off of  fire crackers is a tradition and  will goes on for 15days. During this period Teddy our female chow chow, will be traumatized by the sound of firework and the the bangs of the crackers. Even low decibel firework sound will deter her from leaving the house even for her all important daily walk.  I am seeing some improvement this year, she no longer runs and hides under chairs or bed. This is her 3rd trying years.


The most amazing thing is that our 2nd chow a 1.1/2 year old male  does not exhibits any loud sound phobia.  High decibel fire crackers sound does not deter him from this outdoor venture. He does not exhibits any sign of anxiety or fear during his daily walk. Sniffing bushes and dustbins even when  fire crackers is being  left off nearby.  He amuses me and other passer-by when he sits down and watch a firework display.

At night if  he sees a firework lighting up the sky he will runs to the window and perch on it  to enjoy the view. This is one crazy dog, that I am still trying to fathom his character. He gives the vacuum cleaner a wide berth—is the sound or the moving vacuum head that makes him apprehensive?

Today is the 10th day of the Chinese new year festive period, and for the past 10 days I have to do a double walk. Instead of bringing both of my dogs for a walk at the same time,I can only walk with Santa our fearless male after dinner and bring Teddy out very late in the night when there  is not more sound of firecrackers. Double walk is fine as I take it as an extra exercise, However during this period the outside temperature is –20deg C, this make it very uncomfortable.

For my lovely companions, I am not complaining, as I sympathize with the trauma that Teddy is going through during this period.