I’ve been waiting for “J” so that I could write about my dogs. I have two Japanese Chin dogs, both rescued from the JCCare society. I got my first rescued Chin about 6 years ago when I lived in Austin. I had wanted a dog for so long after I had to leave my other dogs behind with my ex-husband when we divorced. We had just lost our beloved Schnauzer who died under anethesia when he was having his teeth cleaned. I hadn’t even recovered from that shock when my husband filed for divorce. I had three other dogs: an old beagle, basset hound, a very large shepherd mix who looked like a wolf, and a white and tan medium sized dog who was my baby. It was a terrible trauma to have to leave them, but I knew they were better off in their own home with a large yard, and my husband loved them and was good to them.
I researched for a while which kind of dog I should get. I settled on Japanese Chin. They are relatively quiet and laid back; they were bred to be quiet, court dogs in Japan. They are little couch potatoes and they are extremely good at that. I contacted the society and adopted for his “furever” home a 8 or 9 year old Chin named Spike. His foster mother named him because he had a terrible underbite and looked a bit like the cartoon dog Spike. I called him Spikey. He was found wandering the streets of Fort Worth and the shelter called the rescue people who got him and fostered him until he could get a home. He also had a light case of heartworm and had to be treated for that.
Spikey was not the first Chin I “interviewed” with. The foster mom who did the home visit brought a light tan and white puppy, about 8 months old who was an owner turn in. He was certainly a puppy, and I didn;t stop laughing the entire time he was visiting, even when he peed on Hannah the cat’s “apartment.” The foster mom and I decided that since I was working and wouldn’t have time to house train him, I could take Spikey and Sushi the puppy could go to a family up near Dallas. So Spikey came to live with me.
He was a great dog who warmed up to me very quickly. He got along well with Hannah the cat. We went on long walks and about a year later, he began to get winded on our walks. He had a heart murmur and when he went to the cardiologist, we found he had a bad heart condition. So he was on medication and doing okay until we moved to San Antonio when he got considerably worse. His vet managed to get him into the cardiology unit at Texas A & M, and he was placed on a number of medicines. Those medicines gave him about 3 more good years of life. He passed away in Febraury 2009 and I was in deep mourning. The only thing to do was to get another Chin.
There was a new owner turn in named Ernie in Ohio and the owner Jackie and i flew him down to San Antonio in March. She couldn’t have pets in their new house and her mother couldn’t take care of him, so she had found JCCare and that’s how I got Ernie. He was 4 years old and the sweetest dog, who fit right into our family. Hannah took to him right away. When Hannah passed away in September 2010 due to old age, I decided that I would get another rescue as a companion for Ernie, who was missing Hannah. About a month ago, I took Ralphy, a 10 month old puppy, for an overnight and he hasn’t left yet. He is truly a puppy and we have to do some house training, but he chews everything and loves to get into things when I leave home or go to bed before he come to bed. He is a little excitable still for Ernie, who has recently had eye problems, but in general they get along fine. Ralphy makes me laugh while Ernie is the dog I go to for comfort.
This post is part of a month-long series, A-Z, that I am participating in for the month of April.