Zorro is my buddy that got me started in the Shar-Pei breed. If I remember the conversation went something like this.

Friend: Mike you need a dog.
Me: No I don't need a dog.
Friend: You come home each night to an empty house. You need a dog.
Me: Uhh... why are you telling me this? And NO I don't need a dog.
Friend: Our buddy Jeff at the mall is moving to an apartment and has a handsome Shar-Pei he can't keep.
Me: Hmmmm.... one of them Fighting Dogs.... that's just what I need.
Friend: Will you just go look at him? (Repeated 236 times)
Me: OK...OK...OK... I will go look. Just look. I am NOT getting a dog.

Well you can probably guess the rest of the story. This handsome, muscular boy came over to me wagging his tail. I took him for a walk. More like he dragged me around the yard. It was an instant bond that I could not refuse.

In retrospect I am guessing that Zorro was 2 years old when I got him in about 1997. He lived with me in Phoenix until 2000 and we moved to New Mexico. On February 4, 2003 I had to make a most heart wrenching decision to have Zorro put down. He developed what I believe was an intestinal cancer and would require multiple surgeries with a disheartening prognosis. This situation was literally out of the blue and caught me by total surprise.

I have endured many things in my 47 years. But when I lost my buddy I turned into a babbling baby. I must have cried for a month. I talked to friends and family but I ran out of conversation before I ran out of pain.

We miss you Z and think of you often. I wished you could have been with us longer but I am thankful of the time you allowed us to share. It is with all love, respect and thanks that I dedicate this site to you in hopes that others may benefit, enjoy and share the unexplainable companionship of the Chinese Shar-Pei.

I am happy to post a photo, story or just chat with anyone that is experiencing or has experienced a similar situation.