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Denise Bailey - President & Co-Founder

Denise grew up on a farm in Iowa with animals in tow including raccoons, rabbits, 4-H calves, dogs and cats.  A chance encounter with an injured Chow Chow several years ago grew into a love affair with the breed. The dog, Ching, was rehabbed and adopted by Denise. During the process of helping Ching through physical therapy, she became fascinated with the breed and began to rescue Chow Chows. “The long overdue formation of a 501(c)3  in Houston will enable Houston Chow Chow Connection to bring our group’s passion of Chow Chow education and rescue to life.”  

Kristina (Krissey) Vlantes - Vice-President, Treasurer & Co-Founder

Krissey has been a resident of Texas for over 30 years.  She has owned Chow Chows all of her life.  Being very fond of the breed, she decided in 2009 after she lost her baby girl Sophie to cancer that she would get more involved with rescuing the breed.  Through Dianne Watson, Krissey met several wonderful people who not only were extremely passionate about rescue of all breeds but that also loved the Chow Chow as much as she does.  Krissey currently owns 4, Lady, Kasey, Elsa & Bo who were all rescued.  With the help of family and friends, she felt it was time to create an organization to support the Houston and surrounding areas in uniting chow chows in need with new forever homes.  

Kelly Hood - Secretary

Kelly is from Lincoln, NE and grew up with a love of animals. She arrived in Texas in 2000. Shortly after, she received a blessing named Bear Bear.  He was Kelly’s constant companion for 14 years. He crossed over the rainbow bridge in March 2014. He is the reason she came to love the Chow Chow breed. 2 Months later another blessing arrived, a little Shepard Chow mix.  Kelly recently became a lifesaving foster for the HCCC and decided to volunteer her time to our organization.

Jill Mason - Marketing Coordinator

Growing up in Maryland, Retrievers, Spaniels and Setters were the common dogs but Jill only had eyes for the Chow Chow.  After adopting her first chow mix Cheska from a shelter, she was impressed by his transformation - as he learned to relax and trust - he blossomed, winning the hearts of the people he met.  Jill decided to only adopt from shelters and rescues focusing on older chows ages 5-8.   After settling in Houston and adopting 2 chows from HCCC – getting involved was the next logical step.  Jill feels that she has become a better person by sharing her journey through life with all of her Chow companions:  Cheska, Darla, Shane, Roca, Charlie and Macy.  She is excited about helping rescue chows become Ambassadors of the Breed.  

Carol Swirczek - Event / Fundraising Coordinator

Carol grew up on a farm in Nebraska around pretty much every type of  animal imaginable. Her first dog was Sandy (A Cocker Spaniel) and he was  her best friend. After college, she acquired her first Chow Chow named  Bear (so original) and he was her heart dog for 10 years until cancer  took him. She has since been "owned" by several dogs including 4 other  Chow/Chow mixes......River, who passed away in 2013; Kohl, who is the  oldie at between 13 and 15 and was rescued from the kill shelter in  Austin;  Savi, a 5 year old spitfire who was rescued from Gonzales, TX;  and Takoda, a 7 month old who she adopted from HCCC in 2017. She has  been fostering for several rescues for 9 plus years and her "specialty"  is mommas/puppies, but loves to help with any that fit in with her  household. 

Members at Large

South Texas

Tammy Hopwood - Houston, TX

Amelia Rush - Alvin, TX

Marianne Hudspeth  - Houston, TX

Annette VerHoeven - Houston, TX

Pam Bluestein - Sugarland, TX

Shea Bennett - Houston, TX

Debbie Grimm - Katy, TX

Becky Foreman-Goodman - Houston, TX

Kirsten Ochsner - Houston, TX

Donna Martin - Houston, TX

Janet Vrasic - Houston, TX

JoAnne Lambert - Kingwood, TX


North Texas

Bethany England - Spring, TX

Andree Perque Ward - Spring, TX

Siobhan Robinson - Dallas, TX

Central Texas

Jason & Sarah Kee - Georgetown, TX

Caryn Cluiss - Round Rock, TX



Outside Texas

Becky Sawyer - Lafayette, LA

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Houston Chow Chow Connection

448 W 19th St, Box 553, Houston, Texas 77008, United States

Friends of Rescue

Katann Chow Rescue of South Minnesota

Deanna Fuller

email: katannchow@mchsi.com

phone: 507-283-4576

Luverne, MN

Joy Knox - State Farm

Joy Knox Insurance Agency Inc

1510 Eldridge Parkway, Ste 108

Houston, TX 77077

phone: 281-759-4300



West Houston Veterinary Medical Associates

13560 Briar Forest

Houston, TX 77077

281-493-4712

Stone Ridge Veterinary Family

Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center-Willis, TX (936) 856-2927

Stone Ridge Veterinary Medical Center-Conroe, TX (936) 521-1789

The Pet Resort at Stone Ridge-Conroe, TX 

(936) 521-1777

Angel's Pet Hospital

24734 Kuykendahl Rd

Tomball, TX 77375

email: angelspethospital@comcast.net

(281) 290-0360