1 February 2016
1 February 2016,
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At StudentCo, we are absolutely besotted with animals! Every week, we choose one StudentCo family to brag about, and also give you some fun facts and information about rescue organisations dedicated to the featured breed.

This week, allow us to introduce our very first featured pets, the gorgeous Prince Charming and Cinderella!

Ryno, Prince Charming and Cinderella

Ryno, Prince Charming and Cinderella

  • Breed: Chow Chows
  • From: Riviera, Pretoria
  • Pet Parent: A. de la Porte
  • Pet Sitter: Ryno Volschenk (LLB student at Tuks, and approved pet sitter since November 2014)
  • Cinderella and Prince Charming have been part of the StudentCo family since June 2015. When mom Githa left sunny SA for a year’s adventure abroad, her two beautiful pups moved in with their grandma. In search of someone to take them for regular walks, StudentCo introduced Annette to one of our pet sitters in Pretoria, Ryno Volschenk. The trio got along famously, going for regular jogs around the neighbourhood.

    As the family is leaving Pretoria and heading to Bellville at the end of this month, Prince Charming and Cinderella are featured as our very first pets of the week as a fitting tribute to say farewell to a great family.

    Annette’s feedback:Thank you so much! I highly recommend Ryno. I wish he could move to Cape Town with us!

    From us at StudentCo: Thank you for your support, and safe travels to beautiful Cape Town!

    If you are looking for reliable pet sitters in Pretoria, simply click here to tell us more about what you need. We can then match you with a suitable pet sitter.

    Some fun facts about Chow Chows:

  • Legend has it that the breed got its distinctive blue tongue at the very beginning of creation… As God painted the skies, he was accompanied by His loyal and faithful companion, the Chow Chow. A dollop of blue paint dropped to the ground, and was quickly lapped up by the curious canine – forever turning his tongue the unique blue colour we still see today!
  • Though adult dogs all have the distinctive blue tongues, puppies are born with pink tongues! The colour change happens at around 8 weeks of age.
  • If you consider yourself more of a “cat person” but is perhaps allergic to felines, the Chow Chow may be the perfect pet for you – independent, stubborn and aloof, the personality of this breed is typically closer to those usually observed in felines. Keep in mind that they are not the easiest to train – like cats, they are their own masters and are not particularly eager to please us humans. Treat your Chow Chow with dignity and respect, and you will receive the same treatment from him.
  • Though not the cuddliest of dogs, Chow Chows are fiercely loyal and do not easily trust new people, unless introduced by humans they know. It is very important to StudentCo to match families with suitable pet sitters that both the human AND animal family members approve of, and as such StudentCo will always arrange a complimentary, obligations-free meet-and-greet so you can personally introduce your new pet sitter to your dogs. That way, your Chow Chows can see that you approve and then get to know and trust their sitter in your presence.
  • The Chow Chow is one of the world’s oldest dog breeds, originating in Mongolia and Northern China around 4000 years ago!
  • Though the breed is Asian in origin, the name is not! Rather, the name Chow Chow was used as a slang term for miscellaneous items on cargo ships in 18th century Britain. Among the random items aboard the cargo ships from China were numerous Chow Chow pups. Somehow, the name just stuck.
  • When first arriving in England in the 1800s, a Chow Chow was put on display in the London Zoo. Visitors marvelled at the “Wild dog of China”.
  • In China, these dogs are known as Songshi Quan. Roughly translated, this means “Puffy Lion Dog”.
  • Famous Chow Chows include Sigmund Freud’s Jofi – who sat with him during most therapy sessions – and Martha Stewarts’ Genghis Khan, who regularly featured on her TV show. According to Freud, his canine companion had excellent instincts about people.
  • The scene in Lady and the Tramp where Jim Dear gives his wife a hat box containing Lady, a Spaniel puppy, was actually based on a real-life event where Walt Disney himself gave his wife a Chow Chow puppy for Christmas *. Though Walt had wanted a dog for a long time, his wife Lilly was not particularly keen on the idea… That is, until she was surprised with baby Sunnee under the Christmas tree. Reportedly, she was absolutely besotted with her.
  • StudentCo operates throughout Gauteng! If you are looking for reliable pet sitters in Pretoria, Johannesburg, or Centurion, simply click here to tell us more about what you need. We can then match you with a suitable pet sitter.

    * Unfortunately, not everyone will fall in love with Christmas puppies the way Lilly did with Sunnee. Never give a pet as a present – pets are for life. Remember the need of homeless animals and always adopt rather than shop. If you are looking for a rescue Chow Chow, contact Chow Chow Africa Rescue Chows here.

    The Chow Chow is a loyal companion

    The Chow Chow is a loyal companion

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