Chow Chow

The Chow Chow, also called a Chow, is a native breed from northern China. Chows are considered one of the first primitive dog breeds after dogs evolved from wolves. RNA test confirm this. Chows probably originated in Siberia and Mongolia and were used as temple guard dogs in Mongolia, Tibet , and China. The Chow was intended as general working dogs. They helped their owners with herding, hunting, and guarding. They also could be hitched to small sleds and made great pullers.

 

Chows are fiercely protective of their owners and suspicious of strangers. Not excessively active, Chows could live well in an apartment setting. They bond strongly with their family, but usually are overly protective of only one or two people. Chows are very stubborn and not easily trained. Extensive socialization as a puppy is required to have a well behaved adult dog. By the time a Chow gets to adolescence, he will ignore most people who have not already earned his respect. Chows have strong hunting instincts and will chase small animals or children. Chows are known for their thick, dense fur. Many think they look like small bears. Unlike most dog breeds, the Chow has a black tongue. In other breeds, this would be considered a sign of illness, but it’s quite normal in the Chow.

 

Chows are not ideal for homes that have small children as they can be aggressive to children thinking they are prey. Chows don’t require a large amount of exercise which makes them well suited for a quiet life or an apartment. Chows are easy going, but a lot of socialization is needed when they are puppies to avoid complications as an adult. It’s recommended that Chows stay in a yard, on a leash when in public, and away from small children or animals.

Never Kill the Dog in a Movie

It’s well known among movie goers- YOU DON’T KILL THE DOG! When film makers use this tactic to develop drama, it usually is received poorly by audiences. Most people can’t stand to see an animal be killed. Here are a few examples of movie makers killing the hear to their films.

Old Yeller

Everyone knows the story of Old Yeller! And everyone knows the worst part of the movie (spoiler alert) is when they kill Old Yeller! This dog saved his buddy from wild hogs and defends the family from a wolf attack.

During the fight, Old Yeller is bitten and contracts rabies. Once the dog becomes aggressive, his owner-friend is forced to kill him. It ruins the movie!!!!

Turner and Hooch

Scott Turner was an obsessively neat police officer. In the course of an inestigation, Turner gets paired with Hooch. Hooch is a drooling, ill mannered doggie sidekick. Turner and Hooch work together to solve a murder.

Spoiler alert! At the end of the movie, the bad guy shoots Hooch, and although Hooch’s sacrifice saves turner, it absolutely ruins the movie! The audience falls in love with this lovable, insanely destructive dog, and the writers killed him in the end.

I am Legend

This is a modern take on the post-apocalyptic future of Planet Earth. The main character, Robert Neville, lives by himself in New York City.

Alone except for the company of his dog, Sam. An infection has caused some people to turn into zombie like mutants. If they bite you, you become infected.

Sam is bitten by a zombie guy during a fight, and although Neville has been trying to develop an anti-serum, it doesn’t work, and he is forced to strangle his beloved dog when she attacks him. Again, the movie is ruined by killing the dog.

Getting an audience to fall in love with an animal and then ripping that animal away is cold hearted, and audiences tend to not react well.