Friday, May 25, 2012

The Story of Teddy

The Story of Teddy
Ina in Alaska asked me to tell the story of Teddy.  I've shown a lot of these photos before but I don't think I ever told Teddy's story.

Seven years ago in February, I lost my first chow, Freddy, at the age of 10.  Some chows are prone to develop stomach cancer and she was one of them.  Though we had surgery and did everything possible, the cancer returned and we had to euthanize her.  It about killed me too.

I was obsessed with finding her incarnation.  I was sure she would find her way back to me.

I searched everywhere trying to find the baby chow I was sure she would return as.

Finally I found a breeder who had cream chows that were ready for adoption on May 21st, my husband's birthday.  I took this as a sign!

We had to drive to Michigan to pick her up.  The litter consisted of 2 males and 1 female, Teddy.

When the breeder brought the 3 of them out for us to see, I instantly fell in love with Teddy.  She was playing with her brothers and clearly pushing them around.  A tough little chow chow indeed.

We brought her home and fell more in love by the day.  And guess what?  She was nothing like Freddy at all.  So, instead of Freddy finding her way back to me, she led me to my new baby.

Teddy sure loves her boy and girl.

She loves to go on trips with us too.

She gives me more joy than I ever thought possible.

And just when you thought she couldn't get cuter, here she is as a puppy the day we brought her home.

Her ears were floppy for the first few weeks.

She is the pip of all pups.

She is a character like no other.

And still as cute as a button.

She likes to roll. Somehow I turned this photo upside down.

She loves Fall.

Just like her mama.

She let me put socks on her when her legs were shaved for her operation.  Click on the video for a short view of Teddy in her garden.