Answer by Karen Tiede:
I don't want a man who feels the same way I do about some major parts of life. If he felt the same way I do about cooking, we'd either starve, or eat straight out of bags. If he felt the same way I do about socializing, we'd never go anywhere.
So: the trick is to figure out exactly where you need a man to match, and where "close enough is close enough." Now, if the #1 characteristic is truly that he love your dogs the way you do, you CAN find someone, but you have to do a national search.
What if he has rotties, or greyhounds, or some other dog? Or cats, or a parrot? Do you really want a guy who currently has no dogs and can't live without a Chi family, and can't figure out how to create one himself?
Personally, I've always favored GIB; not sufficient, however. I have a list; when I'm dating (which I haven't been for a while), I work the list.
Make your list. "Loving Chis" should be one of the characteristics. It simply shouldn't be the only one.