Vita Texla Callisto (2000 - 2006)

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Vita Texla Callisto

Callisto, 6 months Vita Texla Callisto was our third smooth Chow Chow. She was born on the island Texel at Henk and Nels place (Vita Texla Chow Chows) on October 1st, 2000. She was Pandora's granddaughter.
We tried to breed Pandora in the spring of 2000, but it did not work out as we hoped for. Unfortunately Pandora got an uterus infection after her heat. No more litters for Pandora, she had to be spayed.
One of Pandora's daughters, Xin-Feng's Anouska, got her first litter on October 1st: 3 males and 2 females. One of the females stayed with her mother and we decided that we wanted the other. So Callisto went to Rotterdam and Susie stayed on Texel.

Nemo, Pandora and Callisto

The start was not easy for Callisto, Nemo disliked the new addition. Looking back this may have been the first sign that Callisto did not cope well with changes, she was not easy to handle the first days. After a few days Pandora was happy with Callisto and started to play. Some weeks later Nemo accepted Callisto.
Callisto was a very sweet Chow Chow, my shadow. She often layed beside me, when she did not want company she layed on our bed. She was the sweetest and most sensitive Chow Chow we ever had.

run and work

Callisto needed to run, she loved the two Whippets we met once in a while on our walks in the Museumpark. Frank and I spend many evenings sitting on a bench in the park, with Nemo and Pandora laying next to us, waiting until Callisto was ready to come. She did not run far away and every five or ten minutes she came near us, but as long as she had "that look" in her eyes, it had no use to call her.
Susie and Callisto, 6 months Callisto also loved to work, for a Chow she had an unusual will to please. A few times a week she brought the mail or the paper to me. She started to do this all by herself, when she was 4 months old. Of course we encouraged and praised her, so we got a Chow that brought the mail. She liked agility and other classes. We did not pass the equivalent of Canine Good Citizen, because my anxiety and panick attacks got worse, at the examination I got a very bad panick attack, so we failed and I decided I would not try again.


Callisto gave birth to her first litter on January 14th, 2003. She was a proud and dedicated mother, especially the first weeks. When the pups started to walk around and Nemo and Pandora stepped in, Callisto took more and more time for herself.
Her second litter was born on October 30th, 2004. This time we decided to keep a pup: Xin-Feng's Chimayra.


2004 and 2005 were turbulent years, Pandora died in May 2004 and 10 days later, when I walked Nemo and Callisto late in the evening, I was molested. Nemo, who was off leash, went home to get Frank. Callisto got very scared...
Callisto Eventually this led to our move to Lelystad.
But before that the litter was born in October 2004, so in August 2005 we went to France to deliver the pedigrees of Crackers and Cajou. Callisto went with us, Nemo was too old for such a long trip and Chimay did not like to be in the car for a long time, so they went to stay with friends. Callisto loved to travel alone with us, first we went to Carcassonne, and from there to the French Alpes. Looking back Callisto was very happy that week...


Back in Rotterdam I got worse and worse. After a short stay with friends in Lelystad, we decided to move. In September we found a house we liked and in October I went ahead with the Chows. Frank and our belongings followed in November.
In October Callisto started to show relentless behavior, it got worse in the months after. She also moved away from me towards Frank. Then there came that terrible day... January first, 2006...

It took more than 18 months before I could write this page. Callisto, so sweet, my dearest, beautiful and sensitive Chow Chow...

Lelystad, July 20th, 2007

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