This is my Chow/GSD mix, Lasya, in 2006. I'd had her since 2000 but at the time of this picture I was living by myself for the very first time in a charming little duplex in my favorite neighborhood in Denver, along with my other dog, Freya, and my cat, Nina. The Purple-Tongue Clan often get a bad rap, but she was an amazing dog. She could be aloof and was definitely independent, but I could trust her around all people, dogs and children. She had wonderful social skills. A little girl once whacked her on the nose for no discernible reason and all she did was blink. I love how her mahogany eyes stand out in this picture. Lasya was my first dog as an adult, and I could not have asked for a better one.