Monday, February 12, 2018

Our First Show of 2018



For being such a short month, February sure packs a big punch as far as holidays and celebrations are concerned. Today, for example, Illinois takes a state holiday to honor Abraham Lincoln's birthday because, you know...Lincoln and Illinois. He gets his own holiday here.

I returned last night from a four-day show in Indianapolis. I had not gone to that show for at least 10 years, mostly because none of my Lhasa friends ever enter there and there is no sense in going by myself. However, I really enjoyed the venue and now want to add it to my list of shows to attend. I entered Bekka and Jenna. Bekka turned 6 months old the day before the show started, as did her brother, Beethoven, who is owned by Gwen West.

Gwen is new to showing and I was pleased to mentor her through the four days. Indy was a good place to meet since she lives in Indiana and the drive is not to far for me. She and Beethoven did very well at their first shows together. With only the three Lhasa entered, all of my breeding, the pressure was off. Well...it was off for all of us except Jenna. I hoped and yes —I admit—I prayed— that Jenna would win at least twice and thus come home a champion. That did not happen. 

Jenna hates to show, and even though she won one day and now has only one point to go to become a champion, I just can't see continuing to show her. She doesn't want to be in the ring. She is so scared that she trembles hard enough to make her ringside table shake. She won't put her tail up in the ring, which makes her look very ugly. I recall some lines from "The Gambler:" "You gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em..."  I think Jenna has been trying to tell me to "fold 'em" for a long time now and I just have not wanted to listen. A championship means nothing to the dogs. It is we who love them who want them to get the title. Some dogs bask in the fun and challenges of the show ring. They love to show themselves off and strut their stuff in the ring. They seem to thrive on the noise and high energy emotions that surround the show ring. That does not describe Jenna. Quitting is not something I do frequently, but I think it might be best in this situation.

Bekka seems to thrive in the ring. She had a great time. Naturally, her upbeat attitude and showmanship caused the judges to appreciate her more than they did Jenna, so Bekka came home with her first 3 points. 

Beethoven and Gwen went home with 4 points and many many ribbons. He got Best of Winners for the crossover points each day and, since there were no specials, he also got Best of Breed. As a result he was awarded Best Owner-Handled for the three days the clubs had that competition, and Best Puppy on the one day the clubs had that competition. (Jenna took Best Bred By on one day but I did not show her in that group competition. I was not going to press my luck.) Before we left, Gwen had a photo taken of Beethoven with all his ribbons and plaques showing his various awards. I'll post it once she gets it from the photographer and sends me a copy.

So that's the news about shows. Our next ones will be in March.

I heard from Janice and Gigi. They sent a photo of Cinder with her “Wabbit” writing, "She loves that thing, which is almost as big as she is, and drags it with her from room to room."
Marilyn wrote that her husband had knee replacement and the dogs (Maci and Hunter) are helping him recover. Her friend Kathy said that his “medical team” is right on top of things!  The photo showed both dogs on top of Dennis as he lay on the sofa. Kathy had emailed previously that her Lhasa, Sophie, was a very good nursemaid for her while she recovered from a surgery. She also sent a photo showing Nurse Sophie at work!

Jennifer sent a lot of cute photos of Grace. I chose a couple to show you. Jennifer wrote, "Hi, it's been awhile since I have sent you an update on Grace. She is  doing great. She is funny and bouncy and very very stubborn. Who does she get that from? She still loves her kitty and can't understand why all kittys don’t like her. We were in NY and QB with all the snow and she loved it... My life would be empty without her, I love her so much. She is doing really well with my roommate, she is the one who babysits when I have to go out, Grace loves going over there. She is a happy little dog...It is hard to get good pictures of a black puppy who is never still, but I try. These were taken when my son Cody came over, Grace LOVES him, he was playing with her in the back yard…She is jumping at a cat toy on a fishing pole."


From Lori:  "Finn got fixed…and he wasn't even broken, ha-ha! (Like you never heard that one.) He had surgery less than 24 hours ago and he's already back to playing with Emma. It hasn't slowed him down one bit." The next day she wrote: "BTW, Houdini managed to get out of his onesie during the night. When I woke up, he was buck naked and the onesie was lying in the middle of the bed...still snapped! How did he do it???"
Finn in his onesie, which he removed during the night!



With Valentine's Day drawing near, I want to remind you of all the unconditional love that our Lhasas give us through the year and to again say:
Life is better when you have a Lhasa to love you! 

Lhasa love to you all,
 










Joyce
  

Sunday, January 21, 2018

January Musings











 "Winter is nature's way of saying, 'Up yours.'" ~ Robert Byrne



That's just a little image of what the weather has been like around here through most of January. Even the dogs that usually love the snow and cold don't want to be out longer than it takes for them to potty. 

This month is birthday month for our Josh. He was 4 years old on January 16th. AKC knows him as GCHB CH Joyslyn MLS Dakota Wind Breaker. (The GCHB CH are his AKC titles: Grand Champion Bronze  and Champion.)

Here is a photo of Josh when he was 11 weeks old. Such a cutie!
And here is a more recent photo, taken after a win at a dog show.
 This month is also birthday month for our Connor, who was 13 on January 20th. AKC knows Connor as CH. San-Dhi Joyslyn Icon. Connor is Josh's Grandsire on his sire's side of the pedigree. I don't have a baby photo of Connor because I bought him from Sandy Devlin. However, here is a photo of him when he was 10 months old. It was taken in the grooming area at a dog show.
 Next is a funny picture of Connor. He loved to jump, jump, jump and this picture shows his coat flying as he is jumping up and down.
Connor is still very young in mind, body, and spirit. He also loves to give hugs.

How Do I Do It?
 People tend to ask me, "How do you do it?" in reference to the Lhasas, most often regarding grooming them. The answer to that is, "I just do what needs to be done." Over the years, it has become a habit and, of course, I am lucky enough to have a husband who helps with the grooming, something that a lot of women who show dogs do not have.

However, as with any other goal a person wants to achieve, that person just does what needs to be done. From 1973, when we bought our first Lhasas, to 1978, when we had our first child, things were not very hectic. I was teaching high school English, going to shows on weekends, and grooming the few dogs we had as necessary. Things became a bit more complicated once the kids were born, especially when my husband went to grad school for 3 years. During a lot of the 1980's I showed sparingly, getting the young dogs ready for the ring, showing them myself and getting a few points on them, then sending them to handlers. 

Looking back at the 1990's and early 2000's, I sometimes wonder how I did do it all. I had three children, a full time job, a part-time position teaching a night class (English 101) at the community college, and a volunteer "job" as the Personnel Advisor for the Chi Omegas on the Western Illinois University campus. For two years, I also attended classes to earn my Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. During all that, I continued to serve on the American Lhasa Apso Club's Board of Directors and various club committees. Through it all, I groomed and trained the dogs, continued the breeding program, traveled to shows on weekends, and continued my responsibilities of laundry, shopping, taking care of kids, going to ball games, etc...all that mom stuff. The only thing I did not do was major housecleaning. I hired someone else to do that!!

Now, I am not telling you all this to make you think I am some kind of wonder woman. I am not. The point I want to make is that grooming a Lhasa and keeping a Lhasa in coat does not take hours and hours and hours of time. Even now, about the only time I get to watch TV is when I am grooming, so I sort of look forward to grooming sessions with the dogs. Grooming one dog that is "in coat" takes me about an hour and a half each grooming session. No, I do not groom each dog every day. Depending on the dogs' coat texture and what stage the dog is going through coat-wise, I spread the grooming for each dog out to every 2-5 days, and in the case of some of the older ones who have good adult coat texture, once a week or even longer works just fine.

If you are at all interested in keeping your Lhasa's coat long, I encourage you to give it a try. You can learn to groom. I have a lot of articles on my website to help you learn. If you have just one Lhasa to care for, try doing the grooming yourself. Do it while you watch TV. Surely an hour or so a couple times a week will fit into your schedule. Plus, I find that grooming my dogs is a great way to bond with them. Another plus...you save money because you need fewer visits to the grooming shop!

How do I do it? I don't know, I just do it.

For those of you who want to keep your Lhasa's coat trimmed, that is just fine with me. It is much preferable to having a miserable matted Lhasa. I always say, "A clipped Lhasa is a perfect pet. You have that great Lhasa personality, no hassle with grooming a long coat, and a short-coated dog that doesn't shed." Who can beat that?

Also, you need to know that once my Lhasa girls' show careers are over, they get clipped down. They love it! The boys are not so lucky. They keep their long coats so I can show them off to people who come to see puppies.

Long-coated, clipped down, or in-between, the Lhasa Apso is a great breed to share your home and love with!

Mark Your Calendars
 The American Lhasa Apso Club (ALAC) National Specialty will be held the week of October 21, 2018, in Frederick, MD, at the Clarion Inn Frederick Event Center.

The Burlington (IA) Kennel Club dog show will be held right here in Macomb, IL, on July 21 & 22, 2018. (After 44 years of driving hours and hours to dog shows, I am so excited to have a show that's held only a few blocks from my house, even if it happens only one weekend a year!!)

An Article That Might Interest You
 Check out the feature article. "Fun Thinks To Do With Your Lhasa Apso" on the ALAC website by Marsha Susag, ALAC's Vice President. The link is www.lhasaapso.org.


Notes and Pictures from Others
From Pat: "Joyce, I have attached a recent picture of Miles taken week ago Friday after his grooming appointment.  He has a bit of the "fly away" with static hair.  He is an absolute joyful addition to our family… I also attached the copy of proof that we have had him neutered.  Sleepless night beforehand for me, but we got through it…By the way, we thought of other names, but Miles just seemed to fit him the best so we kept it."
Miles
A note from Biddy’s owner: "Happy New Year! We just had visitors leave, and our Biddy just loved them to bits. George one of the visitors loves dogs so he is so delighted Biddy is all over him. Rose is not an animal person of any sort, and Biddy has tried so hard to get her to love her. Rose does think she is a very nice dog. Biddy has been in heaven with the G-kiddos around so much over the holidays. Glad you took the Lhasa path. "

From Lori: "I'd had Finn trimmed a couple of times, but this was his first "big boy" haircut. I asked them to save some clippings for me and told them, under no circumstances, to touch the white tip on the end of his tail! His fur is still soooo soft and velvety and he looks absolutely adorable. (He knew it, too, you should have seen him strutting around.)"
Finn, sporting a new haircut

Finn, graduating from puppy class
From Krista about Winston: "Hi Joyce, just wanted to drop you a quick note and a couple of pics of Winston.  He has grown to be a very handsome young man!  I get stopped frequently asking what breed he is and how beautiful his coat is.  I bathe him 1 a week usually and he's doing great with it almost falls asleep.  He doesn't like at the end though when I wash his ears out with ear wash.  I get one ear done and then the next one is a challenge. The ole testosterone has really kicked in!  He's really liking the girls he's quite the ladies man!  He goes in on the 8th of February to get neutered.  He's lost most of he's teeth and he weighs 16 lbs already still looks like a skinny thing but he burns a lot of energy.  He loves the snow and going to the dog park.  It's been so cold not many his size there but he can keep up with the big dogs it is pretty funny.  He is really fast I'm tell'n ya was thinking about agility class for him.  I love him very much and he's very attached to me, he's a mama's boy!  He's well mannered and if we go somewhere to visit friends etc he stays right by my side. He's very mature in some aspects.  He makes me laugh and smile every day!"

Winst0n

Winston
 
Mary and Jim sent new year's wishes and a Christmas photo of Josh's mom, Windy, whom they re-named "Winnie."

Marilyn sent a cute photo of Hunter, who is a litter brother of Miles.

Roman and Violet sent a photo of Shadow. Violet said it was her favorite photo of him because you can see his face.
Shadow
Stacy and Lisa sent a photo of their Lola. Lola does not like to have her picture taken, so this was a treat! (Note that she still does not look happy about having a camera aimed at her!)
Lola
The Johnson family sent a picture of Snickers in his Christmas sweater. I'm sure he was glad to have it for all the sub-zero temps we've experienced in January.
Snickers
Thanks to all who sent pictures and notes. I really enjoy receiving updates about the "kids."

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

Joyce

 
 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!!

Happy 2018!!

My husband and I are "celebrating" the new year by staying home, watching tv (him) and reading (me). I am taking a break from my book to send you new year's best wishes.

It's is super cold here. The weather report said a minus 5 degrees with wind chills at minus 30 something degrees. No way am I going outside in this cold!

As I was thinking about writing this particular post, I decided to go back in time and write about how Joyslyn's Lhasa Apsos got its start. Many puppy buyers and others we meet ask us how it all began, so here goes:

How, you might ask, do two people who had mixed-breed dogs while they were growing up end up owning, breeding, showing, and loving Lhasa Apsos for 45 years? Well, believe it or not, it all started with an encyclopedia salesman! 

Shortly after our marriage, Lynn and I were besieged by door-to-door salesmen who tried to sell us all kinds of things we couldn't afford. (We were in our last year of college.) One of those salesman succeeded in selling us a set of encyclopedias. We both had grown up with dogs as part of our families and knew we wanted to have a dog. The "Dogs" section of that encyclopedia happened to have a very nice picture of a Lhasa Apso in it. Now, if you have ever looked at some of the older Lhasa Apso resources, you would know that some of the pictures of the dogs were not very attractive. So, I suppose if I'd seen one of those photos first I wouldn't be where I am today in the Lhasa world.

After we graduated from college, I landed my first teaching job at a high school in Durant, Iowa. With my first paycheck, we bought a refrigerator (Harvest Gold, all the rage in 1970's appliance colors!). When the second paycheck arrived, we bought a dog, our first Lhasa Apso, whom we named Joyslyn's Pheebe. We'd seen an ad for Lhasa Apsos at a nearby kennel. Of course, other than the picture in the encyclopedia, we knew nothing about the breed. We did, however, know how to pronounce its name correctly from the start!

So Pheebe came home with us. An adorable grizzle Lhasa puppy, she soon won our hearts. We had to have another! So…with my third paycheck, Pheebe was soon joined by Joyslyn's Miss Buffy Jo. What a pair they were! 



Our first two Lhasas, Buffy (left) and Pheebe (right)
Now it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that Joyslyn, our kennel prefix, is a combination of our first names. Looking back, I find it interesting that we even thought to come up with a kennel prefix because we had no mentor, no experience with pure-bred dogs, and no pedigree to look at for either of the girls we bought! But somehow, that day in 1973 when we filled out Pheebe's AKC registration form, the prefix "Joyslyn" was created and it's been used ever since. People try to pronounce our kennel prefix as if it were spelled Joslyn, like the art gallery in Omaha, NE. That would be wrong. The first syllable "joys" rhymes with "boys," "toys," "noise," etc. The second "lyn" rhymes with "tin," "win," "grin," etc.

We learned by reading what few resources about the Lhasa were available at that time. One day in the summer of 1973, shortly after we moved to David City, Nebraska, Lynn commented that he thought Buffy had potential as a show dog and we should look into showing. (He probably has regretted that statement many times over the years because if he grumbles about the dogs, I quickly remind him whose idea it was to start showing.)
 

Based on our totally novice evaluation of Pheebe and Buffy, the first dog I tried to show was Joyslyn's Miss Buffy Jo. Please note that I said "tried." Buffy was beautiful (and knew it) and nicely structured. She also had high opinions of herself. Her self image did not include being paraded around the ring on a lead! It was not long before she won the battle -- and the war.


We learned about grooming by trial and error. Mostly error. That is why at a later date I started writing my Lhasa column in Dog World magazine, and why I started a website, and why I posted articles on Ezine -- to share what we learned so other people did not have to suffer such a learning curve!

The first dog we bought specifically as a show dog didn't work out so well either. He was Lutzmor's Dolsa Bo Jangles. He had a lovely pedigree, a ton of red-gold coat, and a sweet personality. I took him to training classes and he actually walked around the ring and did what he was supposed to. At shows he also showed very well. Alas, Bo never earned more than one point. (See the photo below.) He did not have the "right stuff!" And, as you look at this photo, you can see that my grooming skills were sadly lacking!




Now, as I look back, I wonder why I just didn't give it all up then. I was so inexperienced about showing; I was spending money that as high school  teachers in a Catholic high school, we couldn't really afford to spend on entry fees, travel, and equipment; I was a novice at grooming. I have no clue why I continued. I just know my life would have been very different if I had given up. 




Next step...breed your own show dog, Joyce! So I did. We took Buffy to Virginia Knoche, a grand lady who lived in Warsaw, IL. Buffy was bred to Virginia's BIS American and Canadian Ch. Arborhill's Rah-Kieh. From that breeding came our first two Joyslyn's champions, Ch. Joyslyn's Piece of the Rock and Ch. Joyslyn's Raggedy Rebel -- both very beautiful Lhasas.



Rocky won his first point when he was 7 months old, and by then I was hooked on showing for sure. The photos below are of me with Rocky winning his first point and of Rocky with Marge Lewis, his handler, and one of my mentors. I learned so much from that wonderful woman!
 






This photo is of Rocky's litter brother, Ch. Joyslyn's Raggedy Rebel, our second champion, shown by Bev Thomas for his owner, Beth James.

 

I think the lesson here is that if you have a goal, you can't let a few setbacks discourage you to the point of giving up. Each experience teaches a "what to do" or "what not to do" lesson. And what we do with the lessons we learn makes us who we are. 

So that's how it all began. I have met some wonderful people; owned, showed, and bred some wonderful dogs; and made some wonderful friends. My life has been made richer for all my experiences with the Lhasas. No, it has not been easy, but I am not sorry my life took this route.

I generally begin my blog posts with a quotation, but this time, in honor of the new year, I decided to end with one, written by Melody Beattie.

“Make New Year's goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you're interested in fully living life in the year to come.

Goals give us direction. They put a powerful force into play on a universal, conscious, and subconscious level. Goals give our life direction.

What would you like to have happen in your life this year? What would you like to do, to accomplish? What good would you like to attract into your life? What particular areas of growth would you like to have happen to you? What blocks, or character defects, would you like to have removed?

What would you like to attain? Little things and big things? Where would you like to go? What would you like to have happen in friendship and love? What would you like to have happen in your family life?

What problems would you like to see solved? What decisions would you like to make? What would you like to happen in your career?

Write it down. Take a piece of paper, a few hours of your time, and write it all down - as an affirmation of you, your life, and your ability to choose. Then let it go.

The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.”

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

Joyce
 


Friday, December 22, 2017

Merry Christmas!




 "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach." ~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol


As I write this, Christmas is just a few days away. Looking back on 2017, I feel very blessed in all aspects of my life and am so very thankful for family, friends, and co-workers and for the blessings of the Lord.

Because I am still busy with Christmas preparations and assume you are also, this will be a brief post. I have some photos and messages to share.

First, here is the win photo taken of Onyx at the show in Belleville, IL, in early December. It seems so long ago now! Onyx needs a 3 point major and 2 singles to finish. That's a goal for the new year.

I received Christmas greetings from some of those who have purchased our puppies and was grateful for their greetings and for the photos they sent.

Diane and Tom wrote: "We’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Kuper is doing well. He enjoys playing in the snow, fetching his ball and practicing what he learned in puppy class. We’ll resume puppy classes after taking a break for the holidays. You were right, his coat is thick! Hoping we can keep up with grooming while it’s growing out. Enjoy the holidays"
Kuper

Kuper
Violet wrote to tell me how much Shadow loves her husband and how Shadow waits by the door patiently for him to come home. Shadow is a littermate to our Bekka and Chance. They will be among my "hopefuls" for the coming year in the show ring.
Shadow
Ted and Ev wrote, "This is the most recent photo of Lucky/Flash at his day care centre.  As he gets older, he seems to get smarter and recognizes a lot of things we say. Still very active and loves playing fetch---not only at the day care but when he comes home."
Lucky
Lynn and Robert send Christmas greetings and a photo of their Amiee.

Amiee




Lori wrote, "I don't know how often you go on FB, so I wanted to share this Christmas photo of Finn with you. Also attached another of him with the blanket you sent home with him; he still loves it!


He got his diploma from Puppy Playskool last Sunday and I'm still working with him. I'm thinking about signing up for the Basic Obedience in a few weeks. Who knows, we might just work our way up to Agility!


He's also gotten what looks like most of his adult teeth in the front. Just yesterday I found one of his baby molars on the pillow in front of him. Nice of him to save it for me :-)


I wish you and you family a very merry Christmas. I know I'll have one with this sweet little guy beside me."

Finn


Finn

To all who read this post, I wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and hope all of us have a safe holiday and Lhasa good wishes for the best of new years in 2018.


Thank you for being a follower of my blog! Again, to quote Dickens' character Tiny Tim: "God bless us, every one!"

Joyce
"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

   

Saturday, December 9, 2017

December!!



December is the twelfth and final month of the Gregorian calendar and the first month of winter.  It derives its name from the Latin word decem, meaning ten, as December was the tenth month of the oldest Roman calendar.  The Latin name is derived from Decima, the middle Goddess of the Three Fates who personifies the present." ~ Daily Lore

2017 is coming to an end and I can hardly believe Christmas is only a couple of weeks away. Is it only me, or do you also feel as if the days, weeks, and months just speed by? Maybe it is because we are all so busy and our calendars are so full of places we have to go and things we have to do.

My December began with a dog show -- the Edwardsville Kennel Club show, which was held in Belleville, Illinois. We had only a bit over a three hour drive to get there. Fortunately, the weather was great for a December show with temperatures in the 60s: no snow, no chilly winds, no sleet, no frost on the windshields.

This show was strange for me because I took only one of my Lhasas, my black girl Onyx. I've been so used to having two or more for most of our shows this year that it sort of felt like a vacation. Everything, especially grooming, went faster and easier.

Onyx took Reserve Winners Bitch on Saturday and on Sunday took Winners Bitch and Best of Winners for a 3 point major. Hurray!!! Her judge was Lisa Warren, who seemed pleased when I told her that she was the judge who'd given Onyx's sire (Josh) his final points. Onyx now has 10 points and needs a 3 point major and two single points to finish her championship. We'll work on that next spring.

Since the win was a major win, we had our picture taken with the judge. I'll post it when it comes.

My Christmas preparations are well under way, actually ahead of schedule. While I was making Thanksgiving Dinner, my husband (Lynn) set up and decorated the tree. He made the tree and our living room look quite festive. I have all but one gift that is still in transit wrapped. Everything is set for next week's office Christmas lunch. So far, preparations have been stress-free and fun. I hope yours have been the same.

 A Quick Note About Grooming Feet
Those of you who are not showing your Lhasas and are grooming at home rather than taking your Lhasa to a groomer need to be aware of how to take care of the pads of the dog's feet, especially with winter approaching, bringing with it snow, ice, and rain.

If you have not noticed before, you should pay attention to the hair between the pads of your Lhasa's feet. That hair grows quickly. If ignored and left to its own devices, it will mat! In the winter this is especially bad if the dog gets his feet wet from rain or snow. The mats can get hard and packed. Left alone, the mats increase in size and can spread the pads further apart until the dog feels pain or discomfort. Even in dry winter climates or spring, summer, fall in those areas that get snow in winter, if the Lhasa is outdoors a lot, burrs, stickers, and bits of gravel can adhere to this hair or become lodged in the hair between the pads, again resulting in the Lhasa's discomfort. Ignored, the mats can cause hot spots between the pads, resulting in a lot of discomfort for your Lhasa. 

Keeping the pads neatly trimmed is an easy task. If you are not showing your Lhasa, you probably will only have to trim the between the pads every 4-5 weeks. With the dog on his side or back, hold a leg steady at an angle that is easy for you to work with. The hand that holds the leg will have to do double duty because you'll need to spread the pads slightly apart so you can trim down between them. You can use a small scissors for the task, although it is easier and faster to use a small trimmer. My old faithful pad trimmer just died. In its place I purchased for about $17 a men's beard trimmer. It's working great -- a Phillips Norelco Multigroom Series 3000 (rechargable). It came with a lot of attachments that I won't use, but I like the size of the trimmer. I also like that it is fairly quiet so the puppies are not afraid of it.


Notes and Photos from Others
I was pleased to get some email messages and photos and would like to share them with you.

From Lori about Finn:  "We've had 3 puppy playschool classes so far and he's doing pretty well. Really good on the "sit" and "down", but we're still working on the "stay". The best part is, he's so well-socialized. They're small classes, just one or two other dogs, but he's always the little guy. He goes right up to the other dogs and says hello with a sniff and a kiss. He's great with the people, too (and their kids). Just the best temperament, so sweet and mellow. Everybody loves him. Especially me."
Lori's Finn
Kim wrote: "Hi Joyce, Hope you are doing well and enjoy this holiday season. Here is Snickers. He turned 5 yesterday. He loves his toys as he has so many.  (spoiled he is :) Again we can't tell you how amazing he is and we are so thankful for you and him. He has blessed us in so many ways we can't even begin to start. He is so smart and just so lovable to all of us. He is the best dog we could ever of hoped for. Thank you always !! Have a Merry Christmas and a blessed holiday season."
Snickers

Snickers with his birthday treat
From Krista: "Hi Joyce just wanted to touch base and say Winston is doing great. Puppy class was good and entertaining of course he was the class clown believe it or not. He's come out of his shell was just say that. He's growing fast and he's going to be a big boy. He is going to puppy daycare in the afternoons twice a week. And he goes to the dog park when it's decent on the weekends. Trying to keep him socialized with kids and people. He's definitely entertaining and loving! Here are a couple pictures of him, one of him after he got done with his first grooming which he did great at. One of him being silly and trying to get the ball out of the cat's toy. This is almost a daily routine it will crack you up. Just wanted to drop you a note and let you know what a wonderful puppy he is and he is loved very much!"

Winston


Winston

 Tom and Penny wrote, "Joyce,  Griffin sends greetings and best wishes on his 6th birthday.    He is well and continues to be a blessing in our lives.  Happy holidays to you and family."
Griffin
 Judy wrote: "Sophie joined Raven today for the every-other-Friday Spa Day...The two of them get along really well. I've probably told you that Sophie sleeps on the bed now. Raven moves over from her normal corner to lie next to Sophie." 

(Note: Raven on the left, Sophie on the right. Judy got Raven from me as a "retired champion." Sophie, Judy's older Lhasa, came from a Canadian breeder when she was a puppy. The two seem to be fast friends.)


Maria wrote, "Hi Joyce, Sending happy holiday wishes to you and yours! Ella will be celebrating her 5 th Birthday on December 3rd. She has had some change in her daily activities. My mom passed away......and Ella would visit with me almost daily. She notices and also is missing her! So it’s been an adjustment just like it is for us. Ella was not only a friend to mom but to mom's friends. They waited for her visit. She was so sweet to all of them. 
      It’s been hard to go back and visit the friends because I know she’ll go straight to mom's door!  So waiting for warmer weather and maybe we can catch some residents out of doors to visit. 
     So now she has a new friend at home ...to play with ,walk with ,sleep with ,and have girl fights with on occasion!  My daughter bought a dog and named her Paisley. She’s full of energy ... all the time. And has been a great addition to our family! 
    In the picture Ella is on the left and Paisley on the right!  Looking out the porch door.  There isn’t a day that doesn’t go by that I don’t think of you and your wonderful Lhasa’s!
We are so happy We have Ella!!" 

Miss Ella

Ella on left, Paisley on right

Merry Christmas to All!! I hope your holiday season is filled with Lhasa love!

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

 

Joyce