She was the light of our life!
China was a bright light of joy with a love for life and complete devotion to us.
She was a most unusual black chow, and she was not able to live a full and happy life!
We received her from a breeder with all the usual assurances of health; however none of it
meant anything because she was born to die!
China was diagnosed with PPM and cataract at 16 weeks. Notifying her breeder was
pointless, she simply did not respond or acknowledge having received the documentation
from the ophthalmologist.
At about the same time we noticed, that when she played she had what appeared to be muscle
cramps of her rear extremities. After two more such "cramps"she was examined,
the hips where ex-rayed and she was diagnosed to have "growing pains".
As per instruction by the Veterinarian of general medicine, her playing time was
supervised very carefully.
China was 18 weeks old!
During the winter months she seemed to be fine, although noticing now and then she had
"accidents". The occasional urinating accidents were very unusual for chows, but
she was also in her first season so we assumed she was fine and once her first season was
completed the "accidents" would stop.
China loved to play with her soccer balls using her front paws to kick and play, which was
a joy to watch. She also loved to jump on the couch and when my husband sat on the floor
leaning against the couch, she then would walk down over his shoulder and on down feeling
a great sense of accomplishment. There was so much more she delighted us with, but it
would take many pages to fill.
Spring was here and China was delighted to run and play with our three other chows!
Suddenly a bone chilling scream came from outside, China was on the ground, screaming with
pain. My love was hurting and I had to find out why!
Several minutes later she had another attack, and then another....
Rushing her to the Veterinarian having various test performed...then later that day the
test results read...my little China was in renal failure...she was not well, she was going
China was 11 months old!!!
She was taken to a Specialist of Internal Medicine. An ultra sound was performed and more
chemical panels run, her BUN etc., all confirmed China was dying! She was given 2-5 months
I saw the ultra sound and the second one as well; she had oddly shaped kidneys, surrounded
by cysts filled with liquid. These cysts were connected by fibers which appeared like
rivers and connected the cysts to each other.
She had 25% of her kidney tissue left. She was born with polycystic kidneys and renal
China was amazing...ever time her Bun, Creatin, Calcium and Phosphorous levels climbed she
I spend every moment I could with her, she was a pleasure to have, to love and to take
care off. We prayed and hoped that she would live...against all odds...but it was not
meant to be. The signs of her illness began to show, in her daily activities, the
consumption of food and her attacks.
China loved to lay out in the snow...she and her companion chows would lay together more
often then before...
December 15, 2000...my beloved China told me it was time...
My husband and I took her to our Veterinarian...he knew from the tests that her body was
not able to sustain her life...but her will to live was so strong she fought the
sedation...she was given the equal amount of what a 90 pound dog would receive to be
sedated...my China still attempted to lifted her had and we told her...it is alright and
that we would always love her; we held her head and she finally relaxed a little more
trying to kiss us...finally...her head rested on my arm and she went to see the angels.
Our Veterinarian could not release her from her life, his partner had to take over...our
Veterinarian of 13 years had loved her, and as he told us...he had never in his 25 years
of practice seen a more amazing, devoted and most courageous chow girl, one who loved life
more than our beautiful China.
During all this time...not a response, not a word of explanation...nothing from the
breeder...not until a couple of days before China died.
China was to be a show prospect...without any doubt...she was a beauty.
Please, all of you super people who love chows as much we do...with all our heart to the
ones who want to keep the breed pure and disease free, please tell the ones who have other
agendas...tell them to have their chow girls tested to assure healthy puppies.
Ronald & Alexandra Cox