Bear is a solid black Chow Chow mix. He had been surviving on his own in the desert around us, eating anything he could catch and somehow avoiding being killed by coyotes or mountain lions.
I was finally able to coax him into my car one day in 2005 when he was about a year old. He is extremely smart and very sweet and affectionate. He is my hero, because on several occasions, he has saved my life by bravely jumping between me and the very poisonous Mohave rattlesnake I was about to step on. I am forever grateful to him.