Aslan (2002-2008)

Chow Chow
Picture of Aslan (2002-2008), a female Chow Chow

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Home:Pittsburgh, PA  
Sex: Female   Weight: 26-50 lbs

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Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-pound dog-dog rescue

Being scritched just so behind the ears, naps, when everyone is home and lazy.

Loud noises, sudden movements, unfamiliar people trying to pet her, being all alone. It doesn't take much to overwhelm Aslan.

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Favorite Food:
It's a striaght up tie between Hot Dogs and Greenies

Favorite Walk:
Going up the block, then down the block.

Best Tricks:
staring up at you with her tongue sticking out

Arrival Story:
Aslan came to the OSPCA in August of 2003. Being an albino Chow-Chow, she was something of an anomaly. I noticed that she would squint heavily in direct sunlight and, in general, seemed terrified of everything. Her fur was so matted, hair had grown over and knotted around her collar. I had to cut the nylon and pull it through the mats because there was no other way to remove it. Despite her shyness, Aslan was patient throughout her grooming, allowing me to cut away large mats without so much as a protest. Many of those mats contained foxtails, some of which had already started creeping into her skin. She let me remove those as well. In the kennels, she was quiet, but got few looks. She was too timid and withdrawn for anyone to feel that connection one needs to decide to adopt. When Aslan came down with kennel cough, I decided to foster her and see how she'd fare in my home, and with my resident dog, Wren. Wren mostly ignored her, and Aslan took to following Wren around. If it was okay with the husky, she seemed to have decided, it was okay with her. I decided to turn a foster situation into a permanent one and adopted Aslan a week later. She spent a month merely coping, and then slowly but surely began adjusting. Now, nearly a year later, she has started to become what my friends affectionately term "a real dog". Strangers are greeted with a hopeful sniff, because Aslan is learning new people often have treats in their pockets. She is (surprising) good with children, and seems more at ease around them than adults. Though she still ducks away from strangers trying to pet her, she's much more cheerful about meeting and greeting than she was a year ago. She'll gladly join me on the couch, whereas before, the idea of being up high AND close to a human being was utterly terrifying. She approches my boyfriend and me, and actually asks to be pet. She follows me quietly from room to room, and I only need look around my immediate area to see where Aslan has silently settled herself. Through she will always be a shy oddball, she has already come a long way from the dog I first met.

In December of 2004 Aslan and I had our first taste of the medical issues albinism can create. I had noticed a small, fleshy growth on her face that had seemed to be slowly getting larger. With most dogs, the vet probably would have just labeled it a "skin tag", but because Aslan was albino and much more prone to skin issues, we decided to have the growth removed and sent out for analysis. It turns out, the growth was a sort of cancer which, luckily, had been completely removed and was of a type unlikely to return. Still, the fact that I was almost just going to ignore this little growth (after all, many dogs get similar benign lumps) to find out it could have been life-threatening if left around long enough...yeek. It's very creepy. Statistics feel a little different the day they actually APPLY to your pet, I guess.

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