Zen And The Art of Being a Chow Chow

Posted by Ghenghis Khan

Most people and animals who know me, don’t realize that I, G.K., am a highly introspective Chow Chow.  While I enjoy all the buzz and chatter around the farm, sometimes it’s nice for me to just escape and get away from it all.

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I thought I would share with all of you one of my favorite places here on the farm.

1 I thought I would share with all of you one of my favorite places here on the farm.

Because Martha, and anyone else for that matter, isn't too keen on the way I enjoy running off in search of adventures on the property, I am often leashed up outside in the back of the house, which is right by...

2 Because Martha, and anyone else for that matter, isn't too keen on the way I enjoy running off in search of adventures on the property, I am often leashed up outside in the back of the house, which is right by...

Martha's Sunken Garden!  Here, Martha displays some of her favorite tropical plants.

3 Martha's Sunken Garden! Here, Martha displays some of her favorite tropical plants.

This includes palms, cycads, and succulents like agaves and cacti.  Each are planted in majestic stone pots.

4 This includes palms, cycads, and succulents like agaves and cacti. Each are planted in majestic stone pots.

This place has become my little sanctuary, a respite from the chattering of the Frenchies.  I love the girls, but sometimes it seems like they don't cherish peace and quiet as I do!

5 This place has become my little sanctuary, a respite from the chattering of the Frenchies. I love the girls, but sometimes it seems like they don't cherish peace and quiet as I do!

Chow chows are Chinese in origin and were often used as guard dogs at monasteries.  Chinese monks practiced meditation to put their minds in a state of tranquility, while searching for enlightenment.

6 Chow chows are Chinese in origin and were often used as guard dogs at monasteries. Chinese monks practiced meditation to put their minds in a state of tranquility, while searching for enlightenment.

Like those monks, I come here to meditate.  Being surrounded by all of these beautiful plants gives me much serenity.

7 Like those monks, I come here to meditate. Being surrounded by all of these beautiful plants gives me much serenity.

When I meditate, I sit very still and clear my mind of all thought.  Monks meditate in order to obtain enlightenment, or a sense of purpose and meaning of life.

8 When I meditate, I sit very still and clear my mind of all thought. Monks meditate in order to obtain enlightenment, or a sense of purpose and meaning of life.

Oh, I think I feel a bit of enlightenment coming on...

9 Oh, I think I feel a bit of enlightenment coming on...

Nope, I was mistaken. That feeling is hunger.  I think it's lunch time!

10 Nope, I was mistaken. That feeling is hunger. I think it's lunch time!

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  • Oh, G.K.
    What a card you are! I sure do think your sunken garden is great! No girls, no furballs...sounds super. I too give meditating a try every now and then. My results usually end up as a nap. LOL
    Duck report: All my babies are getting so big. The first hatchlings are as big as their Mom now. There are 5 families in all and there is still trio of little gals that run all over the place. They don't stay with their Mom like the others. They're the wild bunch!
    Stay cool everybody.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Good Morning G.K.,
    You sound just like my husband---he likes to go fishing though to meditate and get away from my chat. He loves me as you do the Frenchies, but some times a guy has to have his meditation. My fav is your #1 photo. Mama should frame that one and the last with the blue tongue showing. Rebel, I am so glad to get a duck update. Send photos to Dr. Pia, so she can show us sometime. I hope you hid your toys from the chiweenies yesterday Cora Belle. Everyone stay safe from all the booms and bangs of fireworks this weekend. None here in Colorado, just praying for rain and no winds. Everyone stay cool and safe over the weekend and Maddox you should be very proud of that handsome son of your's.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • Ohhhh... G.K. I just want to bury my head in that furry face of yours!!! :-) Why can't you be good and not run off? meditate on that!? ;-)

    You do have a nice place to be, but I can see you in a nice big pen with passion flowers growing on the fence surrounding you, green grass and statues as well...well that's what came up in my meditations...he he

    We visited our daughter Sonya in KS, her husband restores old Mustangs as one of his hobbies, he has 3 of them and took his newly finished '69 Mustang Boss 302 to an all Mustang Show in Kansas City, he won two first places one trophy for outstanding paint job out of 195 cars...I'm proud of him :-)

    Jan, Missy Chow, Maddox, Abby, Lynn, Dudley D. R. and Sonya I'm happy to be back and on the DW with all my Glue Squad friends.

    Kitty won't leave me alone, she is so happy that we are home.

    I pray that the ALL fires stop and that the people affected and all those poor, poor wildlife animals have a chance in life.

    Hugs to my furry friends and their mommies here.

    I have to run my art student is coming for a lesson...everyone PLEASE be safe this weekend!

    delia & Kitty prurrrr =^..^=

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Nice to hear from you GK. I like to be alone at times so that I can think about life in general. Things like: When will I eat, What will I eat, How long can I nap, Is that “Mister Frosty” I hear, and How can I get to that itchy spot on my tail? Speaking of which; I’m in time out again. I managed to sneak off yesterday and I gave it a good going over. Now I have this white bandage on my tail. It’s going to be a long weekend here for me. It’s been hitting the 100 mark and is expected to be hotter this weekend. Stay cool all.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hey, where is everybody? Did you all melt away?
    I'm back 'cause I was feeling surrounded by females just like G.K. Well, I did some duck research an found out that the drakes will start looking like drakes when they're 4 to 5 months old and able to fly the coop. Their bills will be a different color than the females and they will develope that cute, curly drake feather on their tails.
    I'll have to do a sex count one of these days.
    Later,
    Rebel

  • Hi G.K.,

    Ooooh, You are sooooo handsome, I think I'm smitten :-) . Maybe you could teach me to mediate and relax, then I might not get into trouble so often. How about it?? I'll have to try to find some space to enjoy nature and leave Mom's plants outside alone. Friday again, another weekend is here, and a holiday just around the corner. What is everyone doing in the upcoming days?

    Lynn, hope the fires aren't getting any closer to you, the news reported last night that there may be a weather change soon which may help in the areas. Let's hope so.

    Kirby , still wearing the shade? Zoe & Chloe, hope you are behaving? Dudley Do Right, Abby, Delia, and my other buddies, sure hope everyone is doing well. Rebel, sounds like fun to watch the babies, keep an eye on the wild bunch :)

    Enjoy the weekend, stay cool and remember trouble always finds us, not that we don't look for it at times ;) hehehe

    Till next time,

    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Hello handsome Mr. G.K., Lynn, Rebel, Maddox the proud papa, Delia,Kitty, Sonya and all my glue squad friends-
    G.K. we always thought you seemed introspective and admire your meditation sessions. Mom says she is meditative sometimes when she goes running. She likes to get away from all the noise of electronics and just enjoy nature. My meditations are much simpler- when is dinner? is that a treat? are we going to the park?, etc. The sunken garden looks like a nice quiet place for contmplation.
    Kirby we hope your sore tail feels much better soon. It must be pretty sore by now. Delia, I am so happy you and Kitty are reunited and back on the DW. Great job and congrat's to Sonya's husband and his 69 Stang. He would enjoy that car show Fast and Loud that mom watches on tv. Rebel, good work watching all the ducks and their babies, Mom fed her duck friends yesterday and one mallard mom has nine babies! Another mallard mom has four tiny fluff balls. Lynn, hope you have a wonderful time over the weekend with your hubby. Back to work later today, napping after big thunderstorm this morning.
    Mom is doing research on the Titanic again, lots of books all over the house.
    Stay safe and hugs for all the glue squad dogs and cats- Love, Abby the frenchie pug

  • Missy Chow, do you have a crush on Mr. G.K.?? Hope you stay away from the plants and have a great weekend too! Abby

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, Hey, handsome GK, it's so much fun to finally see you again! I am sure that Martha keeps you protected there at the farm so that you don't run into any more ticks and get Lyme disease ever again! You sure do have a great place to be protected so you can relax and enjoy yourself! I am never allowed to go outside the fences around our yard because some people drive too fast on the street in front of our home! Mom always takes me on a leash! I love these photos, also! Hope you have a great weekend and the girls do, also! Rebel, that must be fun seeing all of those ducks! I see some up by the high school when we take our walk and they are beautiful! Lynn, sure hope it gets cooler and wet there in Colorado ASAP! That's the worst fire ever! Stay safe! Hey Delia, love hearing about the Mustangs! My Mom had the original 1964&1/2 beautiful red Mustang back when she was a teacher! Hey Kirby, sure hope your tail gets better soon and I'm sure that itchiness is awful! Missy Chow, I'll bet you would love to visit GK! Sure hope all of the rest of you great friends will be commenting soon and will check back later! Hope all of you have a super, safe weekend! Love Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • GK,
    You look wonderful......I miss you!! You sound like your father..... LOL You should not escape so you can be free!!
    Love you,
    Jan

  • Abby, you might say I do have a crush on Mr G.K. I sure would like to visit him, I could possibly teach him to stay close and he could teach me something, I'm willing to learn..
    Daddy Maddox has to be proud of his son. By the way, where is Maddox this morning??

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Hello everyone ,
    We had computer problems today but all is well now
    I won't stay on long because I know Maddox is anxious to "talk" to everyone. He loves it when GK posts on the DW. He likes when the girls do it also, but you all know Maddox. He can be a little full of himself and when he sees GK on here, he loves to let everyone know that he is the papa and let you all know how proud of him he is Haha
    Speaking of GK, I just want to say YOU LOOK
    MORE HANDSOME EVERY TIME I SEE PICTURES OF YOU
    GK, you bring a smile to my heart.
    Thank you for posting
    Karen

  • Women and chatter! Enough to drive a Chow Chow crazy!:)

    I do like your quite spot GK. It's nice to getaway from the hustle and bustle of every day life.

    Until the dinner bell rings! :)

    Happy Weekend....
    gail

  • Finally! Finally I get to use the computer. Did you all think I was bad and got a time out? Wrong!!!!!! Anyway, I want to say something to GK but first I want to say that I am flattered that some of the ladies have a crush on GK because he gets his good looks from his father. I mean his mom is very sweet and she is quite pretty but GK draws the ladies to him like me. He cocks his head as if to say, hey, here I am. Look at me. I taught him that move. It works great in the show ring too.
    I am very proud of you GK. You seem to be enjoying yourself this summer. Good for you.
    Take care of your Frenchie sisters and protect them.
    I hope everyone has a great weekend. Rebel, keep your ducks in line. Kirby, I truly wish there was something I could do to help you with your problem. I feel so bad for you. Lynn, I hope it rains all weekend long in your state
    I have to get off the computer now but I hope Abby, Missy Chow, Cora-Belle, Zoe, Kittie, Gail, Sonya, Dudley, Chloe and all the rest of you Glue Squad maniacs have a great weekend. Lucinda, get your rest so you feel better. Let Cora-belle and James feed you Maple Bars all weekend.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Now I am in a panic. Nothing from Cora Belle or Lucinda since our anniversary Tues. the 26th. Cora Belle, get on the blog before the weekend so I don't panic about you and Lucinda and worry. Those Chiweenies better not have caused trouble. Hurry, blog before the weekend!!!
    Hugs,
    Lynn

  • Hi everybody..G.K., you are such a handsome boy..if I were only 10 years younger!...Alot going on..first off, amazing we have trees down at the end of the drive-way..James would give the wood away if you came to the house asked..but I guess sneaking around is easier..people..I don"t get them..then people camping on the property..please ask permission..we don't know you..please ask first..wow..i can see i will be busy checking everything out over the 4th...wonder how people would like it if I came to their house without asking...I am not feeling too perky, so Lucinda and Jmaes will have to take me around the property on the trailer..that will be fun..those stupid chiweenies will want to bum a ride..but only if they behave..they will probably be here tomarrow wearing some festive life vest..and begging for Warrior Prince cookies...think they are going to spend the night..we are going to babysit them..wish me luck!..chiweenies!Yikes!..must take a snooze..will check in later....over and out, Cora-Belle

  • G.K., I have one word: *Swoon!*

    XOXO,
    Poco

  • ..wow..the Chiweenies are wearing me out...guess they are staying acouple days while their people go off adventuring..hmmm..at least we can stick them in their cages at night and I can lay and stare at them..they brought lots of outfits...yeah, like we are going to dress them..go au natural..you little cheweenies..they did get the hang of the fine art of barking..I must take them to the end of the drive-way..this will be fun no leashes and me leading the way and James and Lucinda watching out the window...no way they will get lost ..they stick like glue to me...later, Cora-Belle

  • Looking good G.K. I love your quiet spot. Always nice to be able to quietly reflect on matters. :smile:

  • G.K., Ming Chang said to say to hello, he is a red chow chow and just like you he loves to nap. He also loves to tease his neighbors. His favorite is the black lab next door. They bark and run the fence for a while to play. He doesn't have a beautiful yard like you but he still has fun. Ming wanted to say congrats on you win in the best of breed.
    Mings Mom.

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