Chinese New Year is coming. This year, it's at February 2. Soon after that is February 14. For most of us - we will recognize this as Valentine's day. For the House of Queens - it is Char Siew's first birthday. Char Siew is our male Chinese Shar Pei. Incidentally - in the previous year, Chinese New year was celebrated on February 14. Thus - it seems to be apt to have given Char Siew a Chinese name.
Char Siew - apart from his name and his breed's origin seems to have a close affinity to the Chinese heritage. I have written about it before, that the Shar Pei is one of those Chinese Breeds which closely resembles the Chinese Foo Dogs - or more accurately - the Chinese Foo Lions. They are sculptures of these mythical creatures found in buildings which usually come in pairs. The Male lion is seen playing with a ball and the Female lion is playing with a cub. Here are some pictures of the Foo Lion that I have taken around Manila and Hong Kong. At the very end of this gallery is Char Siew - playing with his favorite toy. Yes - you guessed it right - he loves playing with balls.