Mr. Zhang 张会中
As a man of middle age, Mr Zhang seems to get more and more clear about who he is. He had worked in many areas in China with one goal: to be someone of wealth, authority and power. To most of the people who know him, he has made his dream come true: big company, many expensive cars, respected in society and powerful even to his local central government.
But, something started to confuse his family and other friends a few years ago, when dogs started to become the centre of his life. He treats dogs in the way of a little child, in other words he spends millions just for dogs but not for any dog business.
When visitors ask why he has made dogs the centre of his life, he often repeats his story of a white local-breed dog of his family. When he was a child, his parents had a white dog, simply for guarding the yard like all other dogs in Chinese villages. This dog was very loyal to the family, and fulfilled his responsibility by guarding the yard, playing with the children and protecting them, and what is more, in hard times of poverty and food shortage, he never ate or stole any food from the family, even starving almost to death. He survived with the family to a great age and chose to hide himself when he came to the end of his life. Mr. Zhang thinks he refused to give any trouble to his family even with his dead body. The family later found his body on their land. Mr. Zhang has great memories of this dog and likes to repeat his story to others.
Maybe, the experience of being with this dog and later the memory of it sowed the seeds of his love for dogs. Now, the seeds start to grow.
The Chinese Tibetan Mastiff met a ten-year market boom from 2003 to 2013. It was an opportunity of great wealth to some people who invested in the movement, a chance of making big money but also a chance of losing big money. Anyway, it has been the biggest disaster for Chinese Tibetan mastiff in their history; cross-breeding and unhealthy feeding led most of the quality aboriginal Tibetan mastiffs disappear forever. Mr. Zhang appeared in the field against in such a background.
He built the biggest single-breed kennel for saving the Tibetan Mastiff, as big as a Chinese village. He went to the huge west of China to find Tibetan mastiffs, he supported the first aboriginal Tibetan Mastiff show, he supported the first Tibetan Mastiff protection conference, he supported the first international Do-khyi saving and developing conference, and he supports the first international aboriginal dogs conference. I believe he will support more.
Dear friends who respect and love aboriginal dogs, you will know more of Mr. Zhang when you come to China, and I am sure you can share lots of love of our dogs with him.
My Name is Luke, my Chinese name is 刘绪雷 (Liu Xulei)
I was born to be a dog lover. The first memory I got from my childhood is about dogs. My Mom brought me the first dog from my grandma, and then my arms became its home. The first article I wrote when later I became a pupil is about a sad story of another dog which was my best friend and partner for several years but was kilt by dog thief for meat. I still remember how hard I cried when I wrote the story. Later dogs one by one came into my life, without enough technology or experience, my love once for a long time is a tool of satisfying my selfish love desire on dogs.
School life takes more than twenty years of my life and, unfortunately, school life does not allow dogs. What besides, my school life contains in the period of time of Chinese openness to the world. China became open again 36 years ago. Few people think what such openness means to native Chinese dogs. Peacefully, after amazing, exciting, wondering, worrying and crying, now I can see and say this openness is a movement of foreign purebred dogs takes the place of Chinese native dogs. With more political, economical and cultural elements, most of the Chinese native dogs have lost not only their place but their lives. The big strong and smart aboriginal dogs in my childhood in my hometown can not be seen anymore today. I have tried to find one in last several years but found no one.
The more attention I pay to these aboriginal dogs, the more serious condition I realize they are in. all over China. China is a big country of land. They are different aboriginal dogs in different areas, and even in the same area, like my hometown, there are different types of dogs, like my big yellow dog in my childhood and Shandong Xigou. Few of them are professionally be protected nor bred, and what is worse is that the name they have: Tu Gou which means they are Rural Dog.
The partner of FCI and AKC in China have not, until today pay enough attention to these dogs but focus on those purebred dogs and their market too. Chinese government divides dogs to the department which is set for pigs, cow, sheep etc, so you can see dogs, although not saying clearly, can be eaten as meat. Very sad to see in China we still don’t have any specific organization for these aboriginal dogs.
Dear friends who work for these aboriginal dogs, I am really happy when I know there are people who also pay attention to them and think for them and work to defend their life, their fate and their name. I would like to give a general introduction of Chinese aboriginal dogs and also like to discuss with you for these dogs all over the world. Hope to see you soon in China. Welcome!