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Sirius of the Week for Feb. 27 - Mar. 5, 2005

Our submitter writes,

"I got Chewbacca as a Christmas gift 7 years ago. One of the gifts under the tree was a box that when I opened it, had some packing, and a few empty bottles. I was a bit confused, but underneath that was Chewy's dog papers! Then in came Chewy! He was hiding at the neighbors apartment until I opened that box. It only took a couple hours and he was all mine! I came up with his name quickly because I like big names for little dogs, and he had long brown hair.. so Chewbacca fit!

"He loves going for walks, eating, of course, playing with other dogs, and watching TV. He loves game shows. I guess the 'ding' sounds remind him of the doorbell and he wags his tail and barks. Also, he likes to watch Animal Planet and for some reason, 'The Teletubbies'. I don't get that one, but he'll sit in front of the TV and stare at them, wag his tail, and bark. You can actually see him doing that in one of the pics on his website. It's really cute!

He knows how to sit, shake, high-five, roll over, play dead, speak, turn around, and just learned how to "touch" (tap his paw) on something in front of him. He also knows 'Speak' (Talk), and 'Sit' in sign language! One of our neighbors is deaf so I've been trying to learn a little myself and thought 'Why not teach Chewy a few words too?'. He's so smart So far he only knows two, but he still catches on real quick. And, despite what you hear about a lot of chi's, he's very friendly. He loves kids. he gets all excited and runs to the door when he hears the little neighbor boy outside."

Unfortunately, Chewbacca developed IMHA, which IMHA is a disease which causes the immune system to attack its own red blood cells. His vet bills were very high, but of course his person-mom willingly paid them for Chewbacca's sake. But now, he has developed diabetes and perhaps Cushing's disease, and has had a bad spell in the veterinary hospital.

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