Sunday, September 17, 2017

Latest Puppy Photos

Puppies are nature's remedy for feeling unloved, plus numerous other ailments of life.  
~ Richard Allan Palm

It is certainly hard to feel unloved at our house. We have puppies! They are adorable and they are full of kisses and cuddles. As you scroll through the photos this week, you will notice that some puppies are missing. Yesterday was an exciting day for three new puppy owners and for Lacy, Gracie, and Georgie. Finn and Grady were not sure what happened and why their siblings were no longer here to join in chasing, romping, and toy trading/stealing events that happen in our family room. 

You will notice that Daisy now has a new name. Her new owners stopped by to meet her and play with her this weekend and together we decided that "Daisy" just did not fit. Her new name is Penny. Penny fell in love with her new people, and they with her. They won't have too much longer to wait to take Penny home with them.

Penny is ornery, just like her mom Kimmi. She is full of fun and mischief. For example, I cannot walk across the floor without her latching onto the leg of my jeans! It makes for a strange journey across the floor.

Puppy Photos

Josh x Shadow, age 9 weeks



Rafe x Kimmi, age 8 weeks

Penny (who used to be Daisy)


I am hoping to keep one of these boys to show. I am not quite sure which one yet and have given myself until the end of the month to decide. One of the others has been spoken for. Matching people with puppies gets pretty crazy sometimes and frustrating too (for the buyers) because it takes me so long to make up my mind!

Winslow and Luna, age 6 weeks

 Two of the males (don't know which two yet) have been spoken for. The other male and both girls I have held in reserve as I try to decide if I want a male and/or a female from the litter. Once I make my decision, deadline October 21, other puppies will be available. People call and email to ask if I have puppies, and I do, except I have to tell them I do not yet know what is available, and they give me the impression that that is weird. (I can't imagine why!!) It boils down to this: one male (Grady) from Josh x Shadow (that's another long story!); one male from Rafe x Kimmi if I decide to keep a boy or two if I do not decide to keep one; and one female from Winslow x Luna, if I keep a girl, two if I do not, and one male if I decide not to keep a male from that litter. Confused yet? Yeah, I know...

Bekka (mad because I woke her up!)





ALAC National Specialty Week

The American Lhasa Apso Club is holding its 2017 National Specialty in St. Louis from October 16 - October 20. The theme this year is "Rolling Down The River." Here is the cute cover from the Premium List and the tentative schedule for the week. Lhasas and their people come from across the country to compete. If you want to see some lovely Lhasa Apsos and/or chat with breeders and exhibitors from across the USA, this is a great opportunity to do so.

Life is Better When You Have A Lhasa to Love You!


Monday, September 11, 2017

Feeling Grateful

“Bad things do happen in the world, like war, natural disasters, disease. But out of those situations always arise stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.” ~ Daryn Kagan

Today I am so very grateful to report that my daughter and her family who live in Miami are safe. Her husband stayed home with the two boys. I cannot even imagine how she must have felt when she had to leave her family behind. She was on the hurricane duty roster at the hospital where she works. She is a labor and delivery nurse, and she had to go in early Saturday and is expected to stay until it is safe to travel so the relief shift of nurses can come in. 

Like so many people across the country, we have been glued to the TV, following the storm's progress, and praying for our family and friends in Florida and for those impacted by Harvey and Irma in this country and other countries that were devastated by the storms. It is not over yet as people face clean up, destruction of property, loss of life, missing pets, and all the other horrible  things disaster brings. Those of us fortunate to live outside the impacted areas may not physically be able to help, but we certainly can dig deep into our pockets and donate to the Red Cross or other disaster relief organizations that offer such important services in times of need.

Puppy Updates and Photos

The puppies are growing, getting cuter day by day, eating solid food, and pooping a lot. (Kimmi and Shadow decided clean-up duty is now my responsibility -- Luna has not started to wean her puppies yet.) They are enjoying their toys and chew bones, tearing up piddle pads, and exhibiting their joy of life. They are on the go and then suddenly things are quiet and there they are, asleep in a puppy pile.

Here are the most recent pictures.

Josh and Shadow Puppies - 8 weeks old



Grace (formerly known as Lucy)



 Rafe and Kimmi Puppies - 7 weeks old






Winslow and Luna Puppies - 5 weeks old




left: Linc   right: Chase
That's all for today. I feel mentally exhausted after all the worrying over the last few days. The puppies and other Lhasas helped relieve some of the stress. It is hard not to smile when the puppies are so exuberant and loving. The adults can certainly sense stress and sadness and offered cuddles and kisses.

Life is indeed better when you have a Lhasa to love you! (and when you know your family is safe!)



Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Show Results and Puppy Pictures

Our September began with a trip to Amana, Iowa, for a dog show. The weekend was fun but tiring.
Grooming was outside under a tent. The weather was warm but not too warm. A breeze blew through the tent, which basically made putting in a straight part a losing battle. We all did the best we could then took the dogs inside and did the finishing touches to their parts and heads at ringside. Onyx and Josh represented the breed well and earned a bunch of ribbons and some points.

Here are photos of Onyx (9 months) with her ribbons. She took RWB to Kristine's girl on Friday and Monday (Congrats Kris!) and took WB and BOS on Saturday for one point and Sunday for 2 points. She now has 7 singles. We will soon be on the hunt for majors.

My granddaughter, Klara, was with me on Saturday and Sunday and was a big help taking Onyx back in the ring. It was Klara's first experience in the show ring and she did very well. She showed Onyx in the B match on Saturday night and got a Group 4. 

Josh was the only special and took BOB all 4 days. There was Owner Handled (OH) competition on Friday and Monday. He took an OH Gr 4 on Friday and OH Gr 3 on Monday. Nothing in regular groups on Friday and Saturday, but a Group 3 on Sunday and Gr 4 on Monday. 

Congratations also to LaVonne and her male puppy, Cooper. He took BOW all 4 days plus a Best Bred By Group 2 on Saturday and Best Puppy Group 4 on Sunday. I'm proud of Cooper too since he is a son of our Rafe (GCH Ch Joyslyn's Inherit the Wind).

Latest Puppy Pictures

I know that many of you are reading the blog right now just to see the puppies. So here they are!

Josh and Shadow Puppies - Age 7 weeks






 I tried to post a video of the puppies at play but had no luck. Sorry! Technology is just not cooperating at my house lately.

Rafe and Kimmi Puppies - Age 6 Weeks





Winslow and Luna Puppies - Age 4 Weeks


Two Males

Dottie and Bekka
I hope you enjoyed seeing how the puppies have grown. 

Life is Better When You Have a Lhasa to Love You!


Monday, August 28, 2017

Latest Puppy Pictures, Sad News

Time flies, no doubt. I have been terribly busy at work, at home with the usual chores, and at home with the puppies and their moms. I'm hoping I'll finally be able to rest by the end of October. I have some photos of cute puppies to share this week. Apologies that some photos are not the best quality. We were crunched for time. Some puppies had just finished eating or drinking so faces are damp. Some were wakened for the photos and just weren't in the mood to look cute.

Josh x Shadow Puppies - 6 Weeks Old

Finn - 6 weeks

Georgie - 6 weeks

Grady - 6 weeks

Lacy - 6 weeks

Lucy - 6 weeks
How can I describe them? Curious. Playful. Noisy! Into everything. Happy. Sweet.



Rafe x Kimmi Puppies - 5 Weeks Old

Daisy - 5 weeks

Hunter - 5 weeks

Miles - 5 weeks

Copper - 5 weeks


Winslow x Luna Puppies - 3 Weeks Old

Two males - 3 weeks

Female - 3 weeks

Left: Male, Right: Female - 3 weeks



Sharing Sad News 

"A flower bloomed already wilting. Beginning its life with an early ending." ~ R.J. Gonzales 

Honey - 4 weeks - last photo

I am beside myself with sorrow, but felt I was obligated to share the sad news that one of Rafe and Kimmi’s puppies passed away Saturday night. We are not sure, but we surmise that she was injured on Wednesday evening by Kimmi jumping up and down in the pen that houses her and the puppies. I was later than usual getting home, and Kimmi was more than eager to get outside to potty. She was excitedly jumping up and down as she saw me coming into the room. I heard a puppy squeal but when I examined each, everyone seemed okay. None cried excessively as I poked and prodded to see if anyone was in pain. However, the next morning the little girl was very lethargic. It was obvious that she had not nursed as she seemed quite dehydrated. We went to the vet clinic, where she received fluids. She refused to nurse, so I fed her with a dropper and she seemed to be rallying a bit each day, but that was just me seeing what I wanted to believe I guess. Evidently there was an internal injury. ??? I don’t know, of course, but it is just so sad. Even though all the other puppies are active and cute and playful, I still morn for that little sweetie that we called "Honey."  RIP little girl.

Naturally, after all these years of raising puppies, I have had other sad experiences. Sometimes things just do not go as planned, accidents happen, illness happens. Fortunately they do not happen often — but to me, even once is too much.

That's all for this week.


P.S. For some reason, I have been having problems publishing people's comments. I receive them but when I click "publish" they are not showing up. Sorry! All I can say is thanks for commenting and that someday when I have more time track down what's wrong, I'll try to fix that!