LO­GAN’S RUN

Animal Scene - - THIS PET’S LIFE - Pho­tos by TETSUHIRO SUZUKI

Thanks to the My Pet’s Life con­test run­ning on the Face­book page of An­i­mal Scene, we’ve got­ten so many in­ter­est­ing pets and their lives. This new monthly sec­tion will fea­ture the stories of the pets who, while they didn’t win the top prize for My Pet’s Life, nonethe­less have fas­ci­nat­ing stories to share.

Chows usu­ally get stereo­typed as lazy, ag­gres­sive, and aloof. Lo­gan is a very smart and in­de­pen­dent Chow but he’s also ex­tremely af­fec­tion­ate and ath­letic. I made sure to so­cial­ize him as much as pos­si­ble when he was a puppy and quickly dis­cov­ered the joys of trav­el­ling with a furry com­pan­ion,” be­gins Lo­gan’s owner Show Suzuki, an em­cee, com­poser, and writer.

See­ing all the pho­tos of Lo­gan trav­el­ing with his owner will cer­tainly amaze those who know Chow Chows. “Phys­i­cally, he also re­sem­bles the at­tributes of the orig­i­nal Chows from China: lean with a long snout. This made it that much eas­ier to go on amaz­ing ad­ven­tures around the coun­try and run around na­ture with my very own Dire­wolf,” Show grins.

“There is noth­ing more sat­is­fy­ing than run­ning along the beach with Lo­gan or watch­ing him hike up a moun­tain like a pro. Every ex­pe­ri­ence is am­pli­fied with Lo­gan’s en­ergy and en­thu­si­asm for life. He re­minds you to live in the mo­ment and em­brace every­thing around you no mat­ter how dif­fer­ent they may be.”

Now be­fore you think of adopt­ing a pet just to take In­sta­gram-wor­thy pho­tos like those Show has taken, he re­minds peo­ple that tak­ing in a dog or any kind of pet is a huge re­spon­si­bil­ity. “Their needs don’t end with wa­ter and kib­ble. I believe it’s our hon­or­able duty as pet par­ents to make sure that we give them the love and care that they de­serve.”

He adds, “I am by no means a pro when it comes to pho­tog­ra­phy. An easy sug­ges­tion is to try out is to GET DOWN and en­ter their world be­fore tak­ing those shots. More of­ten than not you’ll be able to cap­ture their ex­pres­sions and phys­i­cal­ity more au­then­ti­cally when you’re down on the ground with them.”

How have they over­come the chal­lenges of co-trav­el­ing with a pet? “More and more pet-friendly es­tab­lish­ments are avail­able now but there are still many chal­lenges for those with big­ger pets. My num­ber one rule is prepa­ra­tion. Do enough re­search and make sure to con­tact the right peo­ple to find out if your travel des­ti­na­tions are suit­able for your pets. Never for­get to bring all of your pet’s es­sen­tials to en­sure their safety and your peace of mind dur­ing these trips,” Show shares.

While Lo­gan isn’t even two years old yet, he shows ex­treme af­fec­tion to­wards ev­ery­one around him, in­clud­ing other dogs, kit­tens, and hu­man be­ings. “He’s play­ful and loves trav­el­ling to dif­fer­ent places and ex­plor­ing the wilder­ness,” Show beams. “It’s hard to imag­ine life with­out Lo­gan right now. In a lot of ways my life is cen­tered around our time to­gether and it’s some­thing that I value whole­heart­edly. My re­la­tion­ship with him has taught me dis­ci­pline, pro­vided a sense of pur­pose, and most of all, en­riched my days with laugh­ter and bliss.”

Some peo­ple who share pets with loved ones aban­don the poor, in­no­cent pet when the re­la­tion­ship ends. That was never an op­tion with Lo­gan, who en­tered Show’s life in March 2015 as a gift for his part­ner, who had al­ways dreamed of hav­ing a Chow Chow. “But Lo­gan turned out to be so much more than that. My re­la­tion­ship ended in late 2015 and as dread­ful as that time was, I can hon­estly say that Lo­gan helped me get through it like a champ. Not only did I man­age to train him to kiss and hug in or­der to fill that void of hu­man af­fec­tion, hav­ing to take care and love another liv­ing be­ing be­yond your­self re­ally pro­vides a sense of pur­pose and teaches hu­mil­ity,” Show re­calls.

You can fol­low Lo­gan’s In­sta­gram and Face­book ac­counts (@prince­chowming) to find out fun places you and your furry com­pan­ion can ex­plore.

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