|15 lbs. to 70…|
If you’re just interested in the nail photos and not cute dogs, first check to make sure your soul is still intact & then skip to the bottom! ;DI have also decided to post on a schedule, so I hope to have a new post every Monday, Wednesday & Friday. Here’s hoping I can keep up with that!
Today marks the 4th birthday of my dog, Mugen. Mugen is a Chow Chow and has brought so much joy into my life, as only a great pet can really do. I can still remember the first day we brought him home from the breeder (D&M Farm Kennel, a highly respected Chow breeder) in Ohio (a 22-hour round trip drive!)
My family always had smaller dogs, and we always adopted them from the pound, so I always thought of puppies as being super tiny, because the ones that I got to see always were. I remember how when I first saw the litter of these chow pups, I was blown away by how big they already were at 8 weeks! There were only 2 males remaining for pickup, a very hyper and excitable puppy and one that just kind of sat there lazily with a depressed Eeyore-like expression on his face. Well, he’s the one we ended up getting, and he still makes that face to this day, even when he’s happy and tail wagging!
Mugen was very good on the drive home from Ohio, other than the few times he crawled on top of my shoulders and behind my neck like a scarf! From there, he just grew and grew.
Mugen is a very typical Chow in many ways. More cat-like in personality than dog like, not super playful except occasionally, and super protective of us. Chows have even been known to save an owner from a bear attack! I always feel safe at home with our little security guard on patrol. He’s usually pretty lazy most of the day but the second he hears anything he is down the stairs in a flash to peek out through the front curtains and assess the situation. It’s always so cute to see him looking through that window whenever I come to the house. And at night, once we’re in bed he’ll come in, look out the window, come to each side of the bed to make sure we’re in there, and then take up his spot at the top of the stairs where he can both see us & the front door/window. We call it his patrols, haha. Often times when I take a bath I open the door to find him waiting right outside:
He is just such a sweet dog and we really enjoy having him around. Chows are definitely a breed that requires a lot of research and the right type of home, and they tend to be a 1-family dog and specifically bond closely with a single person in that family. They sometimes get a bad rap because they can be standoffish and suspicious of strangers, so they might not be the ideal dog for a large family or someone who has guests over all the time, but it’s not like they’re going to attack anyone who walks through your door with your permission. But they will likely be wary of you until they meet you a few times….and after that, just like a typical chow, they will move from wariness to ignoring your existence entirely. 😉 And frankly, for the people he is bonded to, we can squish his face, mess with him, cuddle him, etc and he would never hurt us. Although he is prone to giving a look of disdain!
|He likes hopping up in the driver’s seat…takes a bit of convincing to get him over to the passenger’s. You don’t have a driver’s license, Mugen!|
|When getting a bath, all of his fluff powers disappear.|
He’s also quite patient when we want to put on silly hats or whatnot:
He’s got a great guilty look (and a bad grooming, ugh! hard to find a good consistent chow groomer around here) when he got ahold of my grapefruit burt’s bee’s chapstick and started eating it:
He likes to hop up on the side of my car if he’s out getting walked when I pull up…
He tries to look cute in hopes of getting a little nibble of our food…
He also tries (unsuccessfully) to steal the cat’s food…
Enjoys reading up on his breed…
Has silly paintings done of him by my sister…
|King Mugen (the VIII) as we call him|
And is just all around my favorite guy.
I really can’t imagine my life without him now. So, Happy Birthday Mugen! I know if I show you this nail art you’ll look just away in disdain but I know deep down you like it. 😉
On to the photos! For the base I used Zoya Louise which is a rich, dark chocolate brown. I actually probably wouldn’t have picked this up myself (it was one of the free colors in a Zoya promo) but I actually really like it. The photo at the top is the most color accurate, the other ones turned out a little lighter. The formula was a bit thin but it spread nicely, just have to be careful not to get too much on the brush. I used 2 coats with 1 coat of Out The Door. I used white acrylic paint for the letters and the Konad White for the stamping. I used the SH(Shany?)08 plate. I finished with 1 more coat of Out The Door. I ended up smearing the design on the pinky a little bit. 🙁
I plan to bake him a (dog-safe) cake this weekend. Happy Birthday, Mugen!