Chewy Lewis, a now nearly ten year old Finnish Spitz mix.
We rescued Chewy Lewis from a county shelter just before his time was up. We had gone up to look at a JRT mix female as a playmate for Jackyl, our 9 month old JRT. But she didn’t take to us, and their was another family there looking at her. A volunteer pointed us in Chewy’s direction, and I think my son fell instantly in love. He was a terrified little boy, only 6 months old at the time. He had been picked up as a stray, pretty beat up, and mostly likely abused. We couldn’t just leave him there to be put down. So he came home with us that day.
He and Jackyl got along almost instantly. And he did his job, which was keeping Jackyl entertained, very well. No more throwing a tennis ball all day while I tried to work at my desk. But he was still a rather terrified dog. He hated men with a passion. It took him almost 2 years to let Man of the House pet him or leash him, without peeing on himself. But he finally came around.
Chewy has become a very confident dog over the years. He likes to boss the other dogs, and foster dogs around when he has the chance. But he allows little Meaty, a min pin/chihuahua mix, who’s less than half of his size, to boss him around.
Chewy Lewis, the Finnish Spitz mix: 6 months to 9.9 years.
Chewy Lewis – the later years
He really has become a wonderful dog. Chewy listens well, and rarely has to be corrected. He still likes to guard the house from strange men. Which isn’t a bad thing, since it’s just Sister and I here most of the time. But his bark is much worse than his bite. As he’s never bit anyone.
He still gets obsessed with every litter of foster puppies that come through here. One of his favorite activities is soaking up the sun on the back porch, or the back of the couch.
We’ll be celebrating his tenth birthday on April 28, 2017. And his tenth “Gotcha Day”, this fall around Halloween. It’s hard to believe he’s been with us for almost 10 years now. But he’s still in great health, considering he was diagnosed with cancer in the spring of 2014.
We’re hoping to have many more years with our Chewy Lewis.