Profile: Greetings. I'm a 22 year old woman who hails from Canada. My first dog was the one I had growing up as a child. Her name was Minx, she lived to be 14 years old. She was a german shepherd/black lab cross, vicious animal... to outsiders. In her old age, she mellowed, and she was always very good around our family members, even babies. Her hips gave out and we had to put her down. After Minx, we adopted a giant mastiff/black lab cross named Baby. Baby lived to be only 12 years old, but she was by far the most beautiful dog I've ever seen. Her kind and gentle spirit shone out through her droopy brown eyes, and she was never mean to a single living soul, not even insects. She beat lung cancer at the age of 10, but unfortunately could not beat back bone cancer 2 years later, we had to put her down as well. While we had Baby, we were given a puppy from a farm out in Bentley Alberta. A rottweiler/border collie cross by the name of Bear. Bear is still alive and very much healthy to this day, she is pushing 8 years old now. When I moved out to Vancouver Island 2 years ago, my partner's father died after a very long battle with cancer. Among the many possessions we inherited, we also inherited a dog and a cat from him. The cat is a 17 year old tabby named Tommy, and he's a very healthy and spry old man. The dog was a middle-aged husky/border collie cross named Ziggy. Ziggy was a very friendly and happy dog with amazingly gorgeous silver eyes. She was taken from us very suddenly by complications in surgery, and she lived to only be just short of 9 years old. After Ziggy's untimely death, we were devastated... But that's when we came across our current puppy, Chewy. An advertisement on Kijiji talked about Karelian Bear Dog/Alaskan Malamute cross dogs for sale, and our interest was immediately piqued. Chewy is a very smart, very beautiful girl, and she is the light of our lives. On top of owning Chewy and Tommy, we also own 2 more cats; Yoshi and Kitteh. They all get along perfectly, and we are on the waiting list for a high content wolfdog hybrid due next Spring (2010).
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We bought Chewy from a Bear Dog and Malamute breeder out in Likely, BC. She was shipped to us via airplane (to Nanaimo) in early January when she was about 7 weeks old. We named her Chewy as an homage to Chewbacca from the Star Wars films. The white patch on her chest and belly looks very much like a bandolier. It wasn't until we had her home that we realized what an apt named we had chosen for our new family member. She chewed absolutely everything. Slippers, shoes, toilet paper, socks, the wall... We eventually had her trained to not chew on things she wasn't supposed to, but what a handful! She's also a sweetheart with a lot of love to give. After losing our last dog so tragically, there was a hole left in our hearts and in our home. You can never replace what you've lost, but Chewy filled the space, and we didn't realize how much we needed that until we had her. She has successfully completed puppy training, and is due to begin obedience classes shortly. She's a year and a half old now, and a whopping 97 lbs of solid muscle. We suspect she will grow a bit more in the next year or so. She loves to play any game, but fetch seems to be her favourite. She also thinks our cats are her puppy brothers and tries very hard to play with them. They don't like her very much right now, but I do believe they'll be inseparable in the coming years. Her winter coat feels like a teddy bear, while her summer coat is sleeker and feels more like silk. A happy, beautiful girl.View Profile
Ziggy was an 8 year old loving girl with a personality that would win even the coldest heart. She was full of life and never unhappy. Her real owner, my partner's father, passed away on August 3rd, 2007. We inherited her, along with an old cat named Tommy, and we loved her right from the get go. She loved to sleep on the bed with us, and she played funny acrobatic games with her balls. She was an absolute pig when it came to anything food related, and so she adopted the nickname "Piggy" as a result. She was an incredible escape artist, which I was later to find was a trademark of her breed. When it came time to buy a new house, we based our decision on the yard Ziggy loved best. She passed away in early November of 2008 suddenly. She had gone in for a tumour removal operation, but unfortunately the vet accidentally nicked one of her arteries during the procedure, and she had to be euthanized. Such a bright light snuffed out in such a short time, it's a pain we still feel deeply and she is missed every single day. She now rests with her real master, their ashes together in our home. We love you, Piggy girl.View Profile
Q is an absolute doll. She's wolfdog, meaning she's a hybrid with wolf lineage. We'd been waiting until the time was right to get one, and this year seemed like a good year for a new addition to the family. She's curious, she talks a lot, and she's very playful and affectionate. She became instant friends with our malamute mix, Chewy, and the two of them are inseparable now. I can't wait to see what she'll look like in a year. We named her Q as a reference to one of our favourite characters from the Star Trek franchise.View Profile