We never meant to tarnish the reputation of ancient Chinese figures used as symbols for protection of truth and defence against evil. It was our joint admiration for these dramatic figures, whose acquaintance we made while living in Hawaii in the late 70's, that inspired my husband to purchase a Fu Dog for me as a Christmas gift the year after we returned to life "on the mainland."
Totally ignorant of long-standing "Fu etiquette," we now possess a flawed dog, a faulty lion--a "Lone Fu." Only a real friend will tell you the brutal truth so it fell to our dear friend Annie from Hong Kong to tell us that Fu dogs must always be owned as a pair: a male with his foot firmly placed on a world globe and a female in a similar pose but with her foot placed on an upside-down pup or cub--depending on whether one calls it a Fu Dog or a Temple Lion.
I am sorry that somewhere out there stands a Fu female without her molded mate but I am shameless; I adore my mateless Fu male. I only hope the Feng Shui gods can forgive us.