August 22, 2015
My Chow Chow Puppy Has a Name
Today, my Chow Chow puppy is 12-weeks old - time has certainly gone by quickly - and, I am happy to share her name… Peluche, pronounced peh-LOOH-cheh. In Spanish, it means fluffy or plush, as in a teddy bear. My granddaughter, Jude, picked it out, and it’s perfect.
In the few weeks since she’s been with me, Peluche has been exposed to so many sights and sounds - she’s met dozens of adults and children, she’s traveled to New York City and to Skylands, my home in Maine, and she’s even flown in an airplane. This is a critical age for good, positive socialization, and I’m pleased to report, Peluche continues to be a confident, curious and stable young dog.
Here are a few photos taken of her yesterday around the farm. Enjoy them and have a wonderful summer weekend.
1 My puppy, Peluche, was awake, alert, and ready to learn something new. For a 12-week old puppy, everything was a new experience.
2 Yesterday was her first visit to my blog studio. She was very happy to walk around and investigate the office environment.
3 Peluche is a very observant and responsive puppy. Red Chows are born with black masks, but as Peluche matures, this will fade and her coat will become more red like G.K.'s.
4 Chow Chows are naturally well behaved, but with every young puppy, it is important to supervise them carefully as they get into everything.
5 Peluche went to the door, signaling she was ready to go outside - good girl, Peluche.
6 Chow Chows tend to be very independent, but they are also very intelligent dogs.
7 Chow Chows have two very distinct characteristics - their blue-black tongues and lips, and their very straight hind legs, giving them a rather unique and stilted gait. Because of this trait, Chows lack a little bit in speed, but have excellent endurance.
8 The next stop was the pinetum behind my Equipment Shed. This is an area I designated for a variety of trees.
9 A few new specimens were planted here this week. It's such a pretty part of the farm, and the trees have done very well in this area.
10 The outdoor grounds crew was busy, but Peluche did come across Pete tidying up the mulch in the tree pits.
11 She, however, was a little more interested in a game of tug.
12 Even at such a young age, Chow Chows hold their heads with pride. Chow Chows tend to have dignified, discerning expressions, and small, yet very erect ears.
13 Peluche led the way toward the chicken coops and the vegetable garden. Because the weather has been pretty warm, she was kept in the shaded areas as much as possible.
14 Peluche heard an unfamiliar sound - it was the geese and chickens in the distance.
15 She stopped to listen, but preferred to stay where she was.
16 Do you know... although the Chow Chow is a Chinese breed, and "chow chow" sounds like a Chinese name, it isn't? It actually used to be a common English colloquialism used to refer to knick-knacks imported from Asia. In China, the chow chow's name is Songshi Quan, meaning "puffy lion dog."
17 Because of their thick, double coats, Chow Chows can be sensitive to the heat. Peluche took a little break in the stable office to cool down and drink some water.
18 It was time to return to the house for a good puppy power nap.
19 Peluche's sire, G.K., was already waiting by the door for his little girl.
20 Father and daughter.