Monday, November 11, 2019


“Kind hearts are the gardens, 
Kind thoughts are the roots, 
Kind words are the flowers, 
Kind deeds are the fruits, 
Take care of your garden 
And keep out the weeds, 
Fill it with sunshine, 
Kind words, and Kind deeds.”

     ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

The Trip to and From the ALAC National Specialty

Where to begin? So much has happened since I left for the National in Albuquerque. The trip there was mostly uneventful until we woke up in Colorado Springs to sleet and drove in it until we got into NM. 

I discovered that I am not a huge fan of mountains and the southwest landscapes. Give me the midwest corn fields!

The weather during National week was unseasonably cold and I wished I had packed my winter coat. Who knew?

The week was a busy one but it passed quickly. We had a low entry this year but those of us who braved the highways, airways, and weather were glad to be together and see each other again. Because we gather from across the US, this week once a year is the only time we get to see friends from other states in person.

If you are interested in seeing photos taken of dogs and people during the specialty week, go to the Facebook page of the American Lhasa Apso Club. 

I took Millie, who was entered in the 6-9 months puppy bitch class. She took 2nd in her class the first 2 days and first place on the 3rd day. She was a bit more comfortable and showy in the ring than Winter was. Winter was nervous about all the people and noise. She disliked walking toward the camera in the corner on the down and back. We have some work to do at training classes this winter!

I gave the Judges' Education Seminar twice, once as a preview to any ALAC member who was interested in seeing it. The slide show and script were revised because of the Standard that was effective October 1. The second presentation was to judges. Both went well and I was pleased that the members who attended gave positive reviews. The next time it will be given will be in Orlando in December. AKC tells me that I have a full house for that one

All too soon we were on our way back home, this time opting to drive through Texas on I-40. I was glad we did. We saw some interesting sights.

We waved hello as we passed the Cadillac Ranch.

We saw the famous "Leaning Tower of Texas" in Groom.

We also stopped in Groom at the Cross Ministries site for an hour or so to see the giant cross and the Stations of the Cross that surrounded it. 

Here are some photos (in no particular order) that my friend and travel companion, Marsha Susag, took while we were there. I included links to the website and stations so you can see all of the stations if you are so inclined. All I can say about it is "amazing." If you ever have a chance to go there, do it!

As we drove through Kansas, we stopped for gas and food at a truck stop and saw a great dog park that was part of the stop. One area was for large dogs (see photos below) and another for small dogs. That section, not pictured, contained agility equipment. What a great idea for tired travelers and  their pets! (Since Winter and Millie had just had a potty break at a rest area a half hour past, they did not get a chance to play in the dog park. They were sleeping and did not even know what they missed!)

I finally arrived home in Macomb on 11/4. Unloading the car and unpacking everything was not nearly as much fun as packing it all up in anticipation of the trip. Unfortunately, the washing machine had sprung a leak during my absence; a part had to be ordered and, of course, had not arrived, so I stuffed dog laundry and people laundry in multiple garbage bags, and off I went to the laundromat. Ugh! Supposedly, the part and the repairman will be here tomorrow.

(For those of you wondering why I just don't buy a new washing machine: The washer we have is under warranty with Sears, and the deal is if it cannot be fixed, they have to replace it. Seriously, with all the money they have spent fixing through this summer and fall, they could already have furnished a replacement.)

The Puppies

The puppies will be 8 weeks old tomorrow. Here are photos we took of them last week when I got home. They are really active now, curious and into everything, suddenly underfoot even though they were clear across the room when I began my step, engaging in puppy battles, barking at the cat (learned that from their mom!), playing tug of war with piddle pads, and being so darn cute that I can't help but love them to pieces!

Notes and Photos from Others

Debra sent these photos of her Seng Kye:

Judy wrote about Gus: "I think God sprinkled Gus with extra gentleness and joyful countenance. He is definitely NOT your everyday Lhasa Apso. There is nothing aloof about him. Or reserved. Or regal. He's just one happy and delightful DOG. Oh, he's a perfect Lhasa Apso in every other way, but he's just so special, and not special in a window-licker way. Although... if he did not ride in his carrier in the car, he probably WOULD be a window licker! LOL" and "It is not just ME who loves Gus and thinks he is FABULOUS! Every single human who has met him is so impressed with his behavior, his happy face, and gentle behavior - and of course his handsomeness! Gus is a great ambassador of the Breed. Although... he is exceptional. I don't think that most Lhasa Apsos would be as FABULOUS as Gus, or as friendly."

Gus is pictured below with one of his buddies from daycare.

From Dianna about Miika: "Hi Joyce, I just thought I’d let you know Miika is doing good.  She’s such a FUN playful puppy!  We love her to pieces!  Her absolute favorite game is to play ball.  She has a hand-me-down ball with a bell inside it, from our previous Lhasa.  She loves to chase it down the stairs and bring it back up to me so I can throw it back down for her.  She’ll chase it like that 15 or 20 times before getting tired and ignoring her ball.  Such a happy puppy!!…Also, she weighed in at 8.7 lbs today at the vet.  Seems like she might be staying petite."

From Michele about Trinket: "I just love her personality and her incredible disposition.  She is such a sweet addition to my life.  We completed the AKC puppy class complete with graduation.  We are looking forward to another session possibly in January.  She understands the sit and down command quite well but continues to work on the stay command which is extremely important. Treats have an amazing effect on training.  Please note that we visit the groom shop once every 4 weeks plus daily brushing in order to maintain the length of the coat. I loved your new puppy photos and enjoyed seeing the photos of Millie and Pebbles (litter mates). Thank you for all your help and excellent advice!"

A photo of  Trinket

Jim wrote about Daisy: "Didn’t mean to send an update so soon but my sister carved a jack-o-lantern of Daisy. She also is very good about wearing boots when it’s muddy; we often hear passerby’s comments on how cute she is and “look at her boots!”

From Pat: "Hi Joyce,  just a couple of pictures of my kids!  Just before Halloween!  Baron is wearing a small neck tie, and Willow has a small scarf.  Sweet babies!!!!"

From Patricia about Izzy: "I want to tell you how Izzy has made us so happy. She has the sweetest personality and is forever making us laugh. She loves to snuggle. Sleeps snuggled up to me or her Dad. She loves my daughter and grandchildren. Jaxon is 7 and she follows him everywhere. Not to mention how many people have commented on her beauty. I say she comes from Royalty. Thank you, Joyce, you have given us another angel."

From Sally: "I thought you'd get a kick out of Ginger's muddy feet. That is how she looked the other day when I picked her up after work...… she LOVES to dig in the dirt whether it is wet or not. Anyway, as you can imagine it took me a bit to get her cleaned up.
      Thank you for all the information in your blog! I have learned a lot and can relate to especially getting made fun of for buying a pure bred dog. I have never felt the need to apologize.
     Ginger is a wonderful dog~ and on the subject of not liking children, she really only fears them as when we meet them on a trail they don't have good manners when approaching a dog. I also have read your articles on grooming and bought a grooming table. With the help of my groomer we are going to let her hair grow long~ not as long as a show dog but longer as it will be easier to groom. Ginger doesn't love grooming but she is tolerant and it is helping to have a table to work with her."

This is a photo of Jan's Bubbles after a bath.

Cindy sent this photo of her Luther.

Mary sent this photo of her trio of Lhasas. Moka, Rafe, and Belle. Rafe and Belle are Joyslyn's Lhasas.

Lest We Forget

Today we honor all of our veterans and their service to our country and its freedoms.

From the 1897 poem "Recessional" by Rudyard Kipling:

"God of our fathers, known of old,
Lord of our far-flung battle-line,
Beneath whose awful Hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!"

That's it for today. Thanks for reading and thanks to those who sent emails and photos. I love hearing from you and am proud to post your photos to share with others.


Thursday, October 24, 2019

My Bags Are Packed! I'm Ready to Go!

Albuquerque, New we come. (Well, I still have to pack the car first.)

Millie, Winter, and I head out tomorrow morning for our drive to the Lhasa Apso National Specialty.

Oh, and here are the latest photos of the puppies, age 5 weeks. "A Trio of Cuties"

Until Next Time...


Saturday, October 12, 2019

Briefly....Some Photos

This was posted on Facebook and I wanted to share it, not just because it focused on a show dog, but also because I think the sentiment is appropriate for any canine/human interaction. They give us so much, love us, and forgive us our shortcomings.

Today's post will be brief. I wanted to share some photos from the past week.

First, here are photos Karen sent of Chance. He has been in his new home for 5 weeks, is getting along with the Lhasa that was already in residence, Baylee, and is enjoying being outside in the big yard. Karen wrote, "Chance and Baylee have played a bit, but Baylee is still unsure about it. I think he doesn't know how to play. As I've told you before, Chance is respectful. It's as if he knows to keep trying but backs off when warned. Even if they never actually play together, they are becoming good friends.  I think what surprised me the most is how easy it was to feed them. There's absolutely no guarding of food. In fact, they eat three feet away from each other and switch bowls back and forth...I wish you could see him romping around and playing.  You'd be thrilled.  Thank you for my cuddly boy."

Last week I forgot to post the picture of Winter's face.

Molly Anne and Luna celebrated Luna's birthday.

Judy entered Gus in a swim class. Here he is during one of his lessons.

And, finally, here are the Josh and Greta puppies, age 3 weeks. The two girls are first. The last photo is the boy.

And that's it for today!


Sunday, October 6, 2019

Puppies! Photos! Notes from Friends! Food for Thought! Links to Articles!

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
~ Robert Frost

Puppy Announcement

As the title of this post indicates, today there is a lot to read. We'll start with the good news that we have a new litter. Greta had three puppies on September 17th -- two girls and a boy. I think all have been spoken for. I am waiting to hear about one of the girls. If the answer is "no," I'll work my way down our waiting list.

Here are their pictures, taken at age two weeks.
Photos of our Two Up-and-Coming Show Puppies

The first two pictures are of 6-month-old Millie. Her sire is Josh and her dam is Bekka. Her registered name is Joyslyn's Moonlight Mystique

The next picture is of 9-month-old Winter. Her sire is Josh and her dam is LaVonne's Misty. AKC knows Winter as Joyslyn Mon Ami Winter Wind.

Photos of Autumn
Next are two photos of Autumn. (I still cannot bring myself to clip her down.) Autumn is Multi BISS GCH CH Joyslyn's Wind Song. 

Notes and Photos from Others

Jan sent a photo of her Ernie. His sire is Josh and dam is Jan's Flash.
Mary sent this photo of Belle.
From Janet: "Here is the latest picture of Pebbles.. As you can see she is even more ADORABLE than ever.  CUTENESS OVERLOAD. I have never seen a dog that made everyone that meets her smile.  She is currently going to puppy classes in Alton.. She is doing great.. Learns quickly, and has fun doing so. We are so glad she is a part of our life."
Pebbles Grace, litter sister of our Millie

Eddie wrote (via Bill), 
"Hi Grandma! Everything here is going well.  I love my home and I am having bunches of fun playing with my 4 year old nephew.  I am getting lots of exercise running around and I usually sleep most of the night because I am all worn out from play.  I am doing very good with my crate and I started to lose my baby teeth a little over a week ago. The cats are very tolerant of me and don't even give me any trouble when I ambush them and jump on their backs. Mommy and Daddy are showering me with love and I return the favor. Attached is a photo showing you my first trim! I will write again when I have more to say.
PS. My potty habits are perfect. I never have any "accidents"!"

From Mark: "I am sure you remember LiLi (Lila), "Miss Me Me, Play Play. Well, she is still the life of the party, center of attention, hilarious, sweet, and affectionate."
From Kathy: "Hi, Joyce! I always wait eagerly for your blogs, and enjoy reading them very much…I am attaching a picture of Sophie, Macie, and Hunter at a “puppy sleepover.”  As you know, Macie and Hunter are Marilyn’s Joyslyn’s Lhasas.  Macie is also Sophie’s older sister.  The pet sitter was astonished at how much Macie and Sophie looked alike in the face!  Hunter is staying put under the chair!

Sophie will already be four years old next month!  It’s hard to believe.  She is a great joy, as well as being my protector and the police patrol of the cul-de-sac!  She gets (and gives) plenty of love around our house."

From Kari about Millie: "We absolutely love Millie and she loves everyone she meets, her tail is constantly wagging and her and our other dog love playing together. They love to be outside in our fenced in backyard. They could be out there all day if you let them! Thank you so much! She was a great addition to our family!"

Jim wrote about Daisy: "She’s a great dog that brings us lots of joy. Everyone that meets her asks what type of dog she is, comments on how great she looks or how well groomed or behaved she is. She recently became aware of the squirrels at the park (historically she has been fascinated with birds). She loves to play and cuddle; and when she’s allowed on our bed, she looks incredibly happy and could spend the whole day there. She also likes staring out our window, even though we are 28 floors up and she can’t see too much on the ground."

Food for Thought and Links to Articles

For those of you who might still be falling for PETA and HSUS ads that ask you  for money, read about PETA employees who are not about protecting unwanted animals. This article was written by Patti Strand, President of the National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA)

If you would like to learn more about, donate to, or join the NAIA, go to this website. I am a member and encourage all to join or to donate whatever you can afford to this worthwhile organization. It is not just for show dogs and breeders. If you love and value your animals and your right to own them, support this group. NAIA is a 501(c)(3)not-for-profit organization.

What is A Preservation Breeder?

Perhaps you have seen on Facebook or heard the term "preservation breeder" somewhere and wondered what the term means. Here is a paragraph of explanation, taken from an article written by Dan Sayers that appeared in the July 2017 issue of ShowSight Magazine. Sayers wrote, "The term “preservation breeder” is a somewhat recent designation. It is used with increasing frequency among dedicated fanciers to reinforce a commitment to produce dogs of quality as described by the breed standards. This new designation is a direct response to an AR [animal Rights]campaign determined to eliminate the controlled breeding and ownership of all companion animals. To a growing number of serious fanciers, the stakes have never been higher and the use of “purebred” seems out of touch these days, if not entirely obsolete. “Preservation” may best describe the work required of today’s breeders who wish to live in a world where Schipperkes and Rottweilers coexist alongside “service dogs” and “rescues.”

Other articles may be found by simply googling "Breed Preservation"

Today those who wish to purchase purebred dogs often face criticism from friends, relatives, or co-workers who have drunk the kool-aide of the animal rights people. Someone who bought one of my Lhasa puppies actually parted ways with a friend who would not stop criticizing her for her choice.

Now, as a breeder of purebred dogs, I may scoff at people who spend thousands of dollars on a designer breed with a catchy name (usually ending in "doodle"), but I respect their right to do so. If they want to pay a lot of money  for what is basically a mutt, it’s their money and their desire to own such a dog. If someone wants to rescue an unwanted dog from an animal shelter, I have no problem with that. Again, it is their desire and their money. I always wonder why, then, do buyers of purebreds have to take flack from the buyers of designer dogs and rescue dogs because they want a purebred? It is a matter of personal choice.

Purebred dogs are bred to a standard that specifies the desired characteristics of the particular breed. Preservation breeders breed so as to preserve the characteristics that separate one breed from another, characteristics that contribute to the purpose of each breed: hunters, herders, retrievers, guards, companions, etc.

And while I am complaining…I also hate it when purebred dog breeders are accused of creating a canine overpopulation. Seriously?? People say the animal shelters are full of unwanted dogs that must be rescued. What percentage of them are purebreds compared to the cross-breeds? How many of them are designer dogs that did not live up to the hype of being "hypoallergenic" or "easy to potty train" or "non-shedding?" Where do these unwanted non-purebred dogs come from? Somebody is obviously breeding them, whether indiscriminately or purposefully! 
Some shelters are running low on dogs, so they import dogs from foreign countries--and with them are importing diseases heretofore unknown in the USA and thereby are endangering our pets.

"According to the AKC, the growing numbers of imported dogs, often strays from developing countries, or from breeders who breed specifically for importation to the U.S., has led to an increase in the occurrence of zoonotic diseases (rabies, tuberculoisis, and brucellosis), screwworm, and canine (Asian) flu in dogs imported into the United States risking the health of the U.S. human and pet population and agricultural animals." (Source: AKC Asks Lawmakers to Scrutinize Imported Dogs and Disease)

Click the link for the entire article  

Some shelters that have rescued pregnant bitches have discovered that selling puppies brings in more money so they are breeding their own for "adoption." Has anyone noticed how "adoption" fees have increased lately? Pet "adoption" has turned into a money making system for many rescue groups and animal shelters.

So, the next time someone gives you grief about owning or wanting to buy a purebred Lhasa, offer rebuttals based on information in the following articles.

The Importance of Maintaining Purebred Dogs

Why we need Purebred Dogs by Carlotta Cooper, 

A friend recently asked a question that provides some food for thought: Why do people use the euphemism "adopt" as in "We adopted a new puppy."?
Is it because "adopt" sounds better than "bought?" Is it because breeders advertise "Puppies for Adoption" instead of "Puppies for Sale"?

If you paid money to someone--a private breeder, pet store some guy at a flea market, an animal shelter--for a dog, you bought the dog. You are responsible for its health and well-being. While it is a beloved member of your family, it is also your property. You own it. It is yours. 

Until next time...