CHAO SING AND HER KIND:Baby Chao, before her first hair cut.

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She last lived on a quiet street behind a Catholic school and across from the church on the Northside of Syracuse. Now her remains are in a friend's garden in Liverpool, NY not far from the Hopkins Road Baseball Park and Lake Onondaga, places she loved to walk, play, and just show off how lovely she was. Her name was Chao Sing Panda RKT and she was a black American Cocker Spaniel. Her last day with us was 18 August 2010, just 27 days short of her 17th birthday. She has left behind her dachsie male friend, her momma (that's Reba) and her momma's friend, Andi. (She once had a beagle-brother, but he has lived somewhere else for long time.

This is her story, and the story of her kind.

She was born fourth in an AKC registered litter of eight healthy pups in Jackson Corners, Columbia County, New York on 15 September 1993. Her future family came to choose her when she was only 5 weeks old and returned two weeks later to claim her as dooga-daughter! In the meantime, names was considered and the one that was right for her: "Chao Sing" was selected. In the Mandarin Chinese that had held her new momma's heart since girlhood, she would be named: "Chao Sing." It means "morning-star" -- at birth she she was all black, save for the white blaze at her throat and the tiny, perfectly centered white chin-beard, which has expanded to a fully white muzzle as she has aged.

She wasn't not much of a talker, though she did hum or growl from time to time. When outside she'd sometimes see fit to call back to the neighborhood dogs with her song-like bark, but not usually. Now she has no voice, so I, the human she picked to be her "momma," will be telling the the story of life we shared together. She truly was the very best friend I have ever had. For a long time this Web page was written in the present tense, but I have had to do the painful revision to past tense. May her memory be ever a blessing.

I'm Reba, retired librarian and soon to be art student. I have lived with 6 dogs in my life, 3 of which I have been the prime caretaker to, but only Chao Sing has ever been "my dog." Being a generally curious person myself, I've done lots of on the species which has historically been so loyaly to humans, and especially on the breed that I find most appealing.

Early in Chao's life I thought for a long time about finding some prince of a guy to mate her with, but she had other ideas, so Chao Sing she was spayed when she was 3 years old. In my search I initially engaged in a e-mail / snail mail letter writing campaign to find folks who breed ACS. Through those contacts I've met some wonderful, helpful folks (and a few not so).

I've formulated some strong opinions about American Cocker Spaniels, and about showing, breeding, health related issues and the treatment of canines in general in this country. I am interested in the history of the breed, common ailments, proper testing to detect potential problems and the phenomenon where by this once extremely popular breed has been declining in popularity for the past many.

Chao Sing in the livingroom, 2004: showing off her gray muzzle.

The following are links to WWW sites specifically about American Cocker Spaniels:

The Breed Standard of the American Cocker Spaniel

What dogs of this breed ideally look like.

Dog Owner's Guide Profile: The Cocker Spaniel

A nice description draped in a bit of humor.

CockerPals Rescue

An Upstate NY 501(c)(3) rescue group:

P. O. Box 351
Hobart, NY 13788
Phone: 607-538-9895

Some interesting sites related to dogs in general:

Dog-Play: Having Fun with Your Dog

So much information on "neat things to do with your dog" that you could quit your day job and still not have enough time for all of it!

American Kennel Club

Registration of litters, conformation and other shows, breed standards & etc. This organization is expert in the sport of dogs.

Continental Kennel Club

"The All-Breed Hassle-Free Kennel Club" founded in 1991 this Club will register the off spring of two pure-breed dogs of differing breeds. As a human of similar description -- and who has thought alot about how "race" or "breed" evolves, I appreciate this somewhat controversial method.

Braod Institute at Mass. Institute of Technology: The Dog Genome Project

The unique breeding history of dogs, with their extraordinary behavioral and physical diversity, offers the opportunity to find important genes underlying diseases shared between dogs and humans, such as cancer, diabetes, and epilepsy... and much more on this site.

Dog Owner's Guide

This labor of love is put together by one married couple and whoever else volunteers to do abit of writing. Great stuff on training, grooming, getting a dog, and other really practical matters.


Alternative, complementary and holistic veterinary medicine brought to the web by two vets from Monmouth County, New Jersy. Includes FAQ.

Veterinary Information Network, Inc.

Primarily intended for Vets but there are lots of medically related things for the lay person as well at this site. This site has one of those round-robin things that makes it really hard to get back here, so if you plan to, bookmark my site!

The Speed of Transformation is Uncanny: A Short Story
I have moved the short story I wrote about what happened one very cold day. Perhaps, someday, it will be an episode in that book I dream of writing... "A Dog and her Girl."

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