I just joined today. I'm owned by a black Chow Chow. Hubs & I have owned black Chows for the last thirty years. Sometimes I wonder if we aren't getting a little old for such strong-willed dogs though. We take off camping quite often and "Buddy" loves it. He has so many allergies though till it is hard to keep him from scratching all the time. He takes Benedryl twice a day and gets bathed at least once a week. Would you believe that what he is allergic to the most is cats? And we have a lot of wild dropped off cats in the neighbourhood who seem to think our yard is the place to sleep at night. And he has to investigate it all in the morning. He's a great dog though and so loyal to both of us but especially to me.