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Old Chinese Fairy Story:

When the world was being created, what dog was allowed to lick up all the little pieces of blue sky which fell to earth when the stars were set in place?

"The Chow", said Li Fu, and that is how he got his blue tongue..................


"Just a dog"

"Just a dog", some people say.

Is it just, that a life has become attached to my life,

that a tail knocks the floor with joy when hearing my voice,

that a nose confident puts itself into my hand,

that two eyes reveals worlds of trust and devotion.

Kaj Munk

Paintings from Mr. Chen, Hong Kong

PUREBRED-DOGS by Nancy Madsen - the Chow Chow in 1903.


The Chinese Spitz. (Chow-Chow)


It is a mistake, when people say, that the Chinese Spitz is the only dog, that can be used for human food. All dogs can be eaten. From the time of Arild dog-meat has been known as human food, but for the Chinese is the dog one of the most important articles of food; in The Heavenly Empire a dinner without Chow-Chow or the edible dog would be impossible. You can make a lot of different meals out of dog-meat, but it is usually cooked as we cook sucking pigs. In England the dog is called Chow-Chow and it was for a time a fashion dog. It looks like the Pomeranian Spitz, but the head is broader, The nose shorter, The fur is rough and thick. The colour is usually wolf-grey or yellow.


You've bred a bitch, a winning thing

And make her a champion of the ring

She's sound, she's lovely, a joy to see

You want to breed her carefully.

Taking lots of time, you look around.

The stud must be both typey and sound.

You study pedigrees till you're blind.

Faithfully building the litter in your mind

Several possibilities appear.

You write to all, and wait to hear.

Some write back, "My dog's the best".

You never hear from all the rest.

You choose the one you hope is right.

Although the stud fee's out of sight.

You breed your bitch... the die is cast

The next nine weeks don't go by fast.

Of course, the lady whelps in the middle of the night.

With luck and care, all comes out alright

The next eight weeks you fret and strain.

Feed and scoop and try to train.

You take such care with the home they get.

This one a show dog...that one a pet.

The new owners call with problems dear,

You're on the phone for half the year.

At last, the grand moment you've longed to know

Your lady's pups have come to their first show.

They all look fine, not one a dud

Then from behind it comes, WOW... nice pups... who's the STUD?

~Author Unknown~

Celebrities with Chow Chow:


Rock singer Elvis Presley, Getlo

Walt Disney, Sheena

President Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929), Blackburry & Tiny Tim

Prime Minister Lloyd George

Writer Leif Panduro, Muska & Moess

Writer George Bernard Shaw

Solo dancers Vivi & Flemming Flindt, Tango

Actor Pouel Kern, Nanki

Actress Grethe Holmer & Kai Wilton, Bulla

Actress Sarah Bernhard

Doctor Palle Hjort, Zoto's Domino & Sheenah

Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, Jofi, Tootsi

Princess Marie Bonaparte, Topsy

Writer Hanne Lundberg, Simba & Kius Mambo

Singer Elsemarie, Candy

Singer Trine Dyrholm, Trunte

Television host Niels Højlund, Ronja

Conductor Herbert Von Karajan

FOX - the first Chow Chow shown in Denmark

The first Chow ever shown in Denmark was in Odense in the year 1900.

The owner was Mrs. Countess Elisabeth Moltke, Tryggevælde and the dog got a 1. prize and a Prize of Honour.

In The Hunden is the episode described like this: "In the group of small utility dogs a red Chinese Spitz, the Chow-Chow, as it is called in England, won Prize of honour. It is the first specimen to be shown in Denmark. As you can see in the picture, it is more heavy than other spitz dogs.

It is very popular in England"


There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie--
Perfect passion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

When the fourteen years which Nature permits
Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
And the vet's unspoken prescription runs
To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
Then you will find--it's your own affair--
But...you've given your heart for a dog to tear.

When the body that lived at your single will,
With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!);
When the spirit that answered your every mood
Is gone--wherever it goes--for good,
You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart for the dog to tear.

We've sorrow enough in the natural way,
When it comes to burying Christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound interest of cent per cent.
Though it is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we've kept 'em, the more do we grieve:
For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
A short-time loan is as bad as a long--
So why in Heaven (before we are there)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?

Rudyard Kipling


Opdated 24-12-2011


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