Hi! I'm Oso (spanish for "bear"), a Cream Chow Chow and I guess I'm pretty rare 'cause people that see me either ask what the heck I am, or say I'm the cutest dog they've ever seen which is pretty flattering. *inner ears blush* I prefer to be shaved, especially in the summer months, but lately I've decided I like to be shaved all the time. I'm much more comfortable and I don't smell as bad. *embarrassed look*. I'm getting up there in age so I sleep a lot of the time, and I've been told I'm a very loud snorer. I have the classic purple chow tongue, and a pink nose! My younger mama says I have a "hippo muzzle", whatever that means. I hope it means cute... I looove treaties/biskies/milk bones, ground chicken, and CHEESE! Otherwise I'm pretty fussy about what I eat. I don't care for dry dog food much but whenever I have the chance I will raid Rafiki and Roly's kitty food. I find it much more flavorful!! Like most Chows, it's my personal duty to guard the front door full-time, but I don't bark! I make a loud guttural whine that sounds a lot like a sea lion. Once the door opens, I wag my tail happily and want to meet the stranger. I can tell once I see them if they are friendly or have ill intentions. I have trouble with stairs-- not really because I'm old but 'cause Chows have very unique straight hind legs. I'm very tentative to use stairs but if either of my mommies goes up or down a floor I muster up the courage to follow. I *hate* to be alone. But when my mommies have to leave the house, I miss them a lot but I'm a very good boy and just sleep by the door until they come back. I don't care much for toys, fetch, or playing. The only time I get hyper and excited is after I go poo! I like to play, chase, spin, and jump once I get that outta the way. My mommies say I could be an agility dog!... but only under special circumstances, I guess. Oh, and if I see a squirrel, I get pretty riled up then too. I am very healthy and happy for my age and expect to stay around as long as I can to protect my mamas, I live with two cats, Roly and Rafiki. Rafiki trusts me but is a little skittish, that's just his nature. I'm very close to Roly because we've known each other from day 1. He likes to rub up against me like he does for the humans and I think that's pretty cute. Believe it or not, my family adopted me from the local county animal shelter where I was a 2 yr old stray! Nowadays, I don't wander more than 20 feet from my people. I love them so much and I know they love me too!