I actually thought Waldo's tongue made him part chow also. I googled it and came up with this. I was surprised to see that even Golden Retrievers (see photo)can have black or spotted tongues. I agree he does resemble a chow but I had no idea other breeds could also have the tongue spotting.
Gut, I'm sorry you've lost two pets this week. It is reassuring to know the kitten is romping around 'whole' and I have to admit I had no idea Henri was French. I always pronounced his name Henry, but now realize it was Aahn-Ree.
This picture was in our local newspaper showing the devastation the fires had on nearby ranches. I thought the picture was such a sweet catch for the photographer and imparts a heart-warming image in an otherwise tragic situation.