Rex, in pictures and words
|Three months old and sooooo cute...
I guess I'll never forget that day, 27th May 2003., the day when Rex came into my life and turned it upside down. Smart,
proud and stubborn puppy, looking like a charming teddy bear. Some neighbours even thought he was teddy bear, until he moved.
I had been an indoor type
for most of my life, just because I lived far away from my friends, and though I liked and enjoyed long walks on the hillside
above my house, there was no one to accompany me. Rex came to me like a true blessing. He's a great dog, and really suits
me. He is fond of slow, peaceful walks, he can run and does so, but never too fast or for too long, he is big and heavily
boned, and gets tired easily.
|On his grooming table
Even though he was just
two and a half months old when he arrived from Virje to Dubrovnik, he was already housebroken, following the rule that chows
are very clean dogs and among the easiest breeds to housebreak. It is best to obtain a puppy in the late spring because long
and nice days make sure you'll have the will to take your puppy out every two hours and have it fully potty trained by the
time those long and boring autumn rains start to fall. Until then,your puppy will reach certain age and will be able to have
more control over its bladder. This summer was long and hot, more than usual, so all the walks had to
be short, because Rex had thick, wooly puppy coat he couldn't shed until he was five months old, and then the adult coat started
to grow and is still growing. The coat will be fully developed by the time Rex is two years old.
Chows once were used as
the hunting dogs, and like many other dog breeds, still have that instinct inside. Sometimes they will not go along other
pets, like cats, rodents and birds, or even other dogs. Good socialization helps, of course. We had a young tom cat when Rex
arrived, and after the initial fright passed away, they became close friends. Rex loves other cats, too, but they don't seem
to like the idea of playing with him. Unfortunately, that gorgeous cat was killed by car, and is only remembered in photos
like this one below, and lives in our minds and somewhere over the rainbow.
Heaven is crying teardrops over you
ending the long,
hot, almost perfect summer
now you're walking that shiny rainbow bridge
someday we'll meet again
rejoined in laughter and joy...
Who is Alpha here?