I came in contact with bob this past September after one of my chows of fourteen years had passed away. He was very supportive in my loss and his knowledge of the breed is exceptional. I was fortunate enough to be able to purchase two of his dogs and finally the day came that I got to travel to Ava to pick them up. I was impressed with the way he operates his kennel and the way in which he cares for his animals and my dogs are absolutely wonderful. They are not only beautiful animals but their disposition decrys the popular myth that many people belive about chows. bob was very gracious and answered all of our questions and allowed us to take our time and look around and spend some time with his wonderful dogs. He and his wife Katie are wonderful people who know, care about and understand this breed. It's true that chowchows are not for everyone, but if you are familiar with this breed and are looking for a quality pet, then look no further.