Pet Love - Chow-Chow, Cocker Spaniel, Samoyed, and Eurasier

This is my chow-chow-neighbor
This is my chow-chow-neighbor | Source
Eurasier Puppy
Eurasier Puppy

Chow-chow My Strong-Willed and Dignified Neighbor

I adoringly love dogs, and I spent sort of miserable life without them. OK, my life wasn’t that much unhappy, but it would be a thousand times happier if I would be blessed with a dog as a companion.

When I look in my neighborhood, I see dogs everywhere. Four of them live really close to me, a few other ones further away.

I’d like to introduce my closest neighbor to you.

It is a chow-chow. A dream of a dog!

He is golden in his color and looks like a "lion-bear." His fur is thick around his neck. It gives him the look of a lion. Nothing is edgy on him, everything is soft and round, even his small erect ears are rounded at the tips. This is why he looks like a bear. His cute and bushy tail does have thick hair and lies curled on his back. Gorgeous!

We call him a "dog," but otherwise he is born as a "lion-bear."

This breed was developed few thousand years ago in Mongolia (no wonder, there is bitter cold most of the time). After Mongolia, the dogs discovered China (still partly a cold country) and the rest of the world (partly too warm for them).

Many years later, the Germans loved chows so badly that they even developed, around 1970, a new breed named Eurasier. They say; they wanted to get the best positive characteristics of three types of dogs: chow-chow, Wolfspitz, and Samoyed. The last one is the most beautiful, white dog in the whole world!

In Eurasier, you'll find a wonderful companion, which is suspicious of strangers, easy to train, and develops a strong bond to its family. I’ve seen one of those dogs twenty years ago and fell in love directly with him. At this time, I had a dream of adopting one of Eurasiers… I still do have this dream :-). It is good to have dreams, you know... :-|

When I see my neighbor - the chow on his balcony, I’m, as we say in Germany, "desireless happy" or I’m "in seventh heaven!" In correct English, it sounds a little bit dull: I’m perfectly happy. Doesn’t matter how it sounds; I’m happy when I see this dog. Period.

I would be happier when I would meet this beauty in a real life! Pity for me, but it has never happened. On the other hand, it may be good that I've never met this dog. Chow-chows are very connected to their adopted parents (their owners), and they may be aggressive towards strangers...

Dog Breed Chow Chow

About Chow-chows

I think the 'parents' of my neighbor aren’t walking him as much he needs. I see him running outside on a leash maybe ten minutes in the morning, and the same amount of the time in the afternoon. The rest of the day he usually spends on his balcony. This is a little bit heartless. Probably it isn’t enough exercise for him. Though, chow isn't built for long and energetic walks; some more activity wouldn't hurt him. I think.

Chows are also a little bit peculiar. They don’t accept strange, unfamiliar people around them. They don't appreciate obedience training either; agitating and thrilling methods are taboo around chows. If the dog's 'parent' uses jerking teaching technique, chows have the custom to shutdown or to take revenge and return the 'compliment'.

The best way to teach this breed is to use the food method. Mutual respect between chow's 'parent' and chow himself is the most important basis for a successful life as best friends. This rule is substantial in every relationship.

Chow-chows are wonderful creatures. They are regal, noble, magnificent, and aristocratic. When you don't believe it, they will surely impart this knowledge 'into' you. Don't worry about it; they'll do it easily. Chows are serious and introvert, very good watchdogs. They're making little if any sound, they're charming, gracious, tidy, and calm.

The best thing I can do is: to love them forever!

Eurasier Dogs

Cocker Spaniel
Cocker Spaniel

The Cocker Spaniel Story

The second neighbor is a very old cocker spaniel; black with brown marks. I would love to walk him around!

I always wanted this breed of dogs when I was a child. It might be because my Mom had owned a cocker spaniel, when she was a young girl. One day her uncle secretly brought a tiny puppy into her bedroom. He put it on her bed and left.

My Mom was sleeping at this time and didn’t notice anything. Next morning she got up and felt something warm and furry close to her. At the first moment, she jumped scared out of bed. You can imagine how great her joy was as she realized who was sleeping close to her (I can imagine it vividly!).

Since that time, the dog has been her best friend, until the Nazis killed him. I've never heard before that Nazis were killing dogs. She is certain that they were doing it. They didn’t want people to have dogs. Without the dogs, there would be no warning when the Nazis were spying around. It is Mom’s version. I don’t think that the reality was as she’s stated. However, I still wonder why the Nazis would kill the dogs.

This is the sad story of a cocker spaniel in 1940, in Europe.

I understand that my Mom hates Nazis since then and I can’t imagine how she managed to survive after the death of her ‘Liebling’; it is a German word for sweetheart. It must have been unbearable for her. She was only twelve at that time. The shock of this lasted for her entire life.

Cocker spaniel is one of the oldest dog breeds. It is a very intelligent kind of dogs, keen to learn, and easy to teach. By the way, much easier than chow-chows. Cocker spaniels are very active and friendly tail wobblers. They love their ‘parents’ tenderly, and they’re companionable with other animals and children. They're protective, but maybe their specialty isn’t to be an exclusively guard dog. Traditionally they were used more for hunting purposes; this is why they don’t think much about things like protection.

To lose such a great friend must have been frightening and dreadful for my Mom. I can feel pretty good with her about her loss. Nevertheless, I'm unable to understand why she never allowed me, as I was a child, to adopt a puppy.

I forgave her many things, and I’m forgiving her also this, but there always stays something between her and me what isn’t pure love. I’m sure our connection would be much better when I would have been allowed to have a dog, when I would have been allowed to learn how to take care of a pet-companion.

Samoyed Puppies

© 2010 Maria Janta-Cooper

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Comments 24 comments

Toby Hansen 5 years ago

An interesting Hub. May I offer a little constructive criticism?

When writing a Hub, it is best not to write the entire article in bold text. It can make it more difficult to read, and some people will not stop on a Hub that is all in bold text.

Hope this helps. Looking forward to reading more.

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jantamaya 5 years ago from UK Author

Thank you Toby very much for reading and commenting. You’ve made me happy. ? I didn’t know that bold text could be difficult to read. I personally like to use bold text on my computer and I can read it better. Just to be sure, I was asking my friend what he thinks about it and he confirmed your thoughts. OK, I have to change all my hubs ? I’ll survive, not that much work: two published, two not yet published. Thank you again for your tip. ?

Toby Hansen 5 years ago

Hi Jantamaya.

I got your email this morning. We were all new here once, and there is always something new to learn about HubPages. I have had a lot of advice and help from other Hubbers, so it is only right that I pass on any help or advice that I can as well.

Keep up the Hubbing! All the best, Toby.

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jantamaya 5 years ago from UK Author

Thank you, thank you, thank you. :)

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, I want the samoyed! he is gorgeous! great hub, sad story about the nazi's, I must admit I had never heard of that before either. we have always had dogs so I totally understand your wanting another one! cheers nell

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jantamaya 5 years ago from UK Author

Thanks Nell. I want this samoyed too. Once in Scotland I've met actually one and squeezed him almost to death, yes, he survived it. :) They're absulutely gorgeous. MJ

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

I saw my first labradoodle yesterday, a cross between a labrador and poodle! it was gorgeous! lol cheers nell

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jantamaya 5 years ago from UK Author

I think 'something' :) like this is living as my third neighbour :) She/He is black and is lamenting aloud = doing a siren :) :)Cute! Thanks Nell. MJ

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NP.QUEEN 5 years ago from Dubai

Hi jantamaya,

Nice puppies.All the best as a new hubber.Try to go through my simple hubs also. Thank you.

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jantamaya 5 years ago from UK Author

Thank you very much NP.Queen / I'll do it :)

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Maria Cecilia 5 years ago from Philippines

Hi I too love dogs and I can't imagine my life without dogs. more so my 10 year old Peso, I love that dog so much, I hope you'll have your real dog soon, and I read about your Nazi story, it was really sad and must be a terrible experience for your mom, and I will trully understand her, for I can not allow any one to hurt my dogs...

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jantamaya 5 years ago from UK Author

Thank you. I'm very happy for you and your Peso. Yes, the Nazis weren't any fun those days. It must have been very awful experience to lose the dog in that way. I hope such thing will never ever happen to anybody's dog again.

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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I love reading hubs about dogs! I enjoyed your hub and the videos. I especially liked learning about the Eurasier, which is a dog breed that I have never heard of before.

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jantamaya 5 years ago from UK Author

Yes, Eurasier is a not very well known breed, nevertheless there are surprisingly relatively popular in the US. I found quite a lot of Eurasier breeders on the Internet... I would love to adopt a baby Eurasier one day... :)

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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

That was quite shocking when you shifted gears and all of a sudden we were talking Nazis.

You Hub is very good. My eight-year-old dog is a Maltese named Hercules. :D

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jantamaya 5 years ago from UK Author

Love to Hercules (I've seen him -your hub is great - he is cute, don't tell him, this is a secret)! Thank you very much for reading. I have to work a little bit more on this hub :) Wish you the best year ever = 2011.

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Silver Fish 5 years ago from Edinburgh Scotland

Great hub, I loved reading it. I too adore dogs, and have been lucky enough to own several in the past, and would love more, but due to family/work could not offer a dog a good enough life in my home at the moment.

I know that to ensure a dog's well being they need a lot of attention, and particularly exercise to make sure they are happy. I don't have time in my life at the moment. Maybe in the future....

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jantamaya 5 years ago from UK Author

Thank you very much for reading :). I'm in a similar situation, but I'm sure the times are going to be better in the future and our lives will be beyond gorgeous and much more satisfying through our pets :)

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sofs 5 years ago

Great hub! I love my sable orange Mini pom... she is a beauty with huge eyes but I wouldn't trade her for anything... she seems to understand so much, much more than humans. The Samoyed is a little tempting though :)

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jantamaya 5 years ago from UK Author

Sofs thank you very much! I love pomeranians! By the way I am Pomeranian too, the less cute version, I'm afraid (I was born there! :) :) :)northern Europe on the southern shores of the Baltic Sea = Poland).

Is your beauty looking like this: ???

I would die for!

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Feline Prophet 5 years ago from India

Like you , I would love to have a canine companion but have to make do with cooing at other people's pets!

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jantamaya 5 years ago from UK Author

Exactly here the same FP :) Meouw miauw meou meouw

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DrMark1961 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

Really sad! I was curious about your comment on my hub so read this so I could learn why your mom would not let you have a dog. I can understand her being upset but thinks she would have supported you all the more!

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jantamaya 4 years ago from UK Author

Hi Mark, thanks for visiting and commenting. :-) See, some moms don't understand their kids. This fact it isn't easy to cope with and to change. That's life. :)

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