Joker died, I was beside myself with grief. I couldn't stand going home without my
familiar fur-butts running around. I felt as if my heart had been wrenched from my chest!
I had just lost my 2 best friends within 6 months of each other and had to do something
We repaired the fence and and went over it with a fine toothed comb! I made up flyers and
mailed them out to vets' offices and grooming shops within a 60 miles radius. But the wait
was terrible, so I got on the computer and started searching. I have met quite a lot of
Chow people over the internet, excellent breeders, show people and pet owners and they
have all been very supportive and great to have near. I have learned so much from them and
the knowledge is priceless!!
Had no luck in my area so started my search out of state and found a wonderful breeder who
had a 7 week old cinnamon male pup!! Now a cinnamon is one of the dilute colors. Chance
was born silver and has since changed colors to a fawn or cinnamon color. With the dilutes
there is a chance that their noses my go from black to liver, but so far Chance's nose has
I was ecstatic!!! In my haste to have a pup I bought this boy sight unseen and I
normally would not recommend doing this, as any good breeder will send pictures and
background of the pup in question. But desperation played a mighty role here and I
couldn't wait! So hence the name Chance, as I took a chance on him! And now I would like
to introduce Carla's HiFiven Chancellor!!!
Chance came to me via the airport and I was so happy to have a new fur-butt in my life
again!! He was absolutely a dream come true!!
Once we got him home and settled he would naturally follow me around everywhere! Here he
is laying beneath my computer chair!!
And wouldn't ya know it, I had another water boy on my hands!!! Here goes the drinking
Chance always has to help with everything! See? dishes aren't a problem anymore with him
Who says Chows can't drive?
Considering I had another water lover, I decided to modify baby bibs to help keep his skin
and chest area dry.
When he was 4 months old I enrolled him in puppy kindergarten. I took him everywhere to
socialize him as this is a very big part of training a Chow. In February 1999 Chance took
first place and won Super Puppy of his class!!
After puppy kindergarten, Chance was enrolled in basic obedience and I continued taking
him everywhere and having people pet him, for unlike Buddy who was reserved but confident
and Joker who was outgoing and confident, Chance is extremely shy of people. So we worked
very hard together to overcome this. When it came time for graduation, Mr. Chancellor
walked away with first place again and was named Top Dog of his class!!
During this time my kennel club held an AKC Canine Good Citizenship Award test. I entered
Chance and he passed with flying colors! I am so proud of this boy! Even though to this
day he remains shy of others but when it comes time for a "stand for exam" he
knows to do it and do it well he does!!
Chance even earned a place on my kennel club's drill team. We do a skit to music with the
dogs and entertain young and old alike!
Chance has been both a challenge (due to his shyness - he was never abused, just born this
way) and a pleasure to have around! He is very resourceful and when he wants outside even
a closed door won't stop him!!
And true to form, I take him with me everywhere! My last trip to New Orleans found us in
front of the old Voodoo queen Marie LaVeau's tomb.
Chance and I will continue on with our novice obedience classes as we can and who knows
maybe I'll be posting a championship picture of him one day.
The love I have for this boy and the breed itself is without boundaries! Chows are a very
special and exceptional breed and need only to be understood and not treated as "any
Carla and Chance
AND now I would like to introduce to you the newest addition to my family, Rocky, my Rock Star...please click on the next button.