Friday, October 23, 2020

It's Been A Long, Long Time!


“October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again.” ~ Hal Borland

So...I am not sure where to begin with all that has happened since I wrote the September blog. I usually save the notes and photos from others for later, but I think I will start with them today. So many people have sent updates and photos. I love hearing from you all and am grateful to see pictures of your Joyslyn's puppies (and adults).

Notes and Photos!

Kathy updated me on Jampa, who is a litter brother of my Millie: "He loves to play outside. He will chase his frisbees, tennis ball and other "squeaky" toys outside (he never brings them back) until he is panting, then abruptly lays down or gets a drink from his outdoor water bowl. He loves rolling in the grass and leaves...We have this game we play inside the house, in which I will throw one of his favorite (soft) toys and he will go get it...he really enjoys the game of keep away..."

And, speaking of relatives, here is a photo Judy L. sent of Jampa's litter brother, Gus, with his friend Lisa at his daycare center. Judy wrote: "When I picked up Gus after Daycare on Tuesday, I was sitting outside the office talking with Kathi...and Gus was lying on the ground. Lisa was sitting on the little rattan loveseat, and Gus suddenly JUMPED up onto the loveseat next to Lisa.Of course Lisa went straight into snuggle mode with Gus. He hates to snuggle (not)... Kathi is constantly amazed at Gus and how well-balanced he is as a young dog. Of course I am not amazed at all. I live with this goofball."

Janet wrote about the boys' litter sister, Pebbles: "Hello Joyce. I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your last blog...We think Lhasa are the PERFECT DOG. And speaking of perfect here is a recent picture of Pebbles. Also included is a short video of her favorite thing to do...that and shred anything paper!!! I have to laugh at the questions people ask. They will say how beautiful Pebbles' hair is and then ask, "Do you have to brush her?" REALLY!!!"

About the paper shredding and eating: It seems to be a trait that is passed down from Luna (a champion at paper shredding) to her kids and grandkids. What a weird habit to pass along! LOL

Judy G. wrote, "This was a great week for Winny. He received his AKC CGC and TKN on Wednesday, and today finished his Level 1A at the WCRL trial, and started his Level 1B. High score is 210 and he received a 200 and 208.Now to start training the bouncy Ty in Rally. Izzy was very good in class but hated to go to trials. She would lay in her side at the start line." (Note: Winny (AKA Winslow) is the sire of Chance and Bekka. The Ty she refers to is a son of our Breaker, and Izzy, who hates the trials, is a daughter of  our Ahna. Izzy is now 13 years old. Here is a photo of her at age 10 months when she lived with us.)

Kathleen wrote: "You are in my thoughts everyday.  Beau is growing like a weed and remains his sweet cuddly self.  He is very smart and pretty obedient given his tender age.  He loves the country and the city. I was worried about his little contact with other dogs, but when we were in Minneapolis for ten days he loved every dog he met.  He was especially intrigued by big dogs and absolutely fearless. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect puppy.  Thank you again for bringing joy back into my life." 

I recently had a nice surprise. Barbara from WI got in touch about her Lhasa, Daisy, whom she and her husband bought from us when Daisy was about 9 months old. Daisy is now 11 and going strong. Barbara is nearing 80 years old and she and Daisy walk 2.2 miles each day. Barbara reminded me how even as a puppy Daisy watched over her husband Tom as he suffered and died from cancer. Daisy was always by his side. 

Barbara wrote "Everyone loves Daisy. She has many fans in the family and the neighborhood and constantly adds new friends wherever she goes. She is my love and my joy even though she claims all the comfy furniture for herself." Barbara told about a recent stop they made for a hamburger. She wrote, "A family was just leaving with small children and the kids loved Daisy and wanted to pet her and the father said I have ben a cat person all my life.  However I would take Daisy!!  I told him that Daisy is mine forever!!!"

Betsy wrote, "This is Willow trying to help me work! She is a mischief maker but we love her."

You all might remember Little Joey, the black male of Onyx's who had to be hand fed until he was old enough to be weaned. Well, it seems as if Joey has developed a talent for folding rugs. Paul and Pam would find rugs folded and ask each other why they were folding rugs. They finally assumed it was Joey who was the culprit but until this photo could never catch him in the act! The other photo of Joey is of him enjoying the window seat Paul built for him.

Jane wrote about Greta: "Greta is doing well...she got to play guard dog against the blind old black Lab who meanders into the yard now and again. Appetite is good...loves to play, take walks and car rides. We play disc golf, so now she's out on the course with us. More of her personality coming out as we go...she does this crazy jump straight up. So silly, sweet, and loving. She has turned into a country pup, thoroughly enjoying the acres in the back of the property , and is in charge of all who cross her path..falling leaves, birds, grasshoppers, etc."

Julie sent an update on Jenna: "Jenna brings me so much joy...She is obsessed with the couch. It’s adorable actually. She is queen of the couch. She likes to drink out of cups on the coffee table so I leave one nearby for her.  She gets super frisky in the morning on the couch, I think because she excited to get in her spot. She also likes to roll around in it so I know she is much more comfortable here. I love her so much!"

Jim sent an update on their Daisy: "We made it back to Illinois over a month ago. Daisy managed the cross country drive very well. We spent a month back in the city and packed up and moved to Naperville. Daisy loves living in a townhome after two years in apartments. She loves going up and down the stairs, walking around the neighborhood and most of all, peering out of the top window to get aerial views of the squirrels in the yard."

Sally sent some photos of Ginger and wrote, "
A few pictures of my favorite girl. She helped me in the flower garden and then there’s a picture with her friend Fergie. The last one is from today on the way home from the groomer. She was happy to get out of there but they always say how good she is and how pretty! I agree!"

Judy B wrote about Zoie, "I'm sending more Zoie photos. She has doubled in weight since we brought her home and seems to get longer every day. She is really a delight and so smart. She sleeps all night, walks on a leash like a pro and is pretty much potty trained. She had her first full grooming and did pretty well."

Luna had her 6th birthday and Molly Anne sent some photos and a note about her girl. "
Lady Luna had a busy birthday.  As rainstorms were predicted for today, yesterday she had a full play day at Day  Care. With Covid they come outside and take the dogs in: Luna always has to be carried anyway (same at the vet). She really is a Mama’s girl, for which I am glad since I know she will not go off with anyone. Upon picking her up  I was told Luna immediately adopted  the new little kitten they just got, and mothered it all afternoon. Unfortunately, she was told “no, you cannot have a kitten for your birthday “. Today she spent time with her favorite neighbors, went to two dog parks and had a cart ride around Petco.  As you can see, she did get a “kitten “ for her birthday, after all. Her “locket” is a photograph of the moon, but not just any moonshot : this is the moon as it appeared on October 10, 2014."

(Note: Luna's registered name is CH Joyslyn Ja-Ma Dancing By the Light of the Moon, if you are wondering why Molly Anne bought her a moon locket.)

Theresa wrote about her Rocco, litter brother to Little Joey. "Rocco is so adorable, with a larger than life personality but I'm sure this is not news to you.  He is a scrapper.  His name definitely suits him.   He is crazy about Kitty.  Quite an adjustment for Kitty as Kojak was pretty laid back in his senior years.  Kitty is very good with him.  It seems as if he knows that Rocco is just a puppy.  We all love him so much, and he seems to be pretty fond of us too."

Sharon wrote about Gemma: "Hope you’re well. I just wanted to send you a copy of Gemma’s registration and give you a quick update. It has been a very busy two months. Gemma has started puppy classes and is doing quite well. She picks things up pretty quickly, especially when treats are involved! Two weeks ago Gemma had her first visit to the groomer. I had been trimming her eyefall  but alas, it definitely looked as though her mother trimmed her bangs. We’ve all been there! She now looks beautiful and we can see her gorgeous brown eyes! Gemma was finally able to meet our granddaughter. Thank goodness she is a Lhasa who loves children. It was love at first sight for the both of them. In fact, Gemma made an excellent soccer buddy - she is quite good at stealing the ball. I will be thrilled when it is safe for them to see each other more often.Well, I’ll end here. Again, let me thank you for matching me with Gemma. She is a joy and the best snuggler!"

From Julie M about her Daisy: "Daisy is doing very, very well. She had her last shot today – she will not need another until next year.  She weighs 9.7 lbs. and has lost her top 2 front teeth and you can see the new ones coming in. She is doing well on her potty training, and for the last week or so has been “signaling” on her own when she needs to go out! It was rather slow going in the beginning, but she and Peaches are now friends, as I expected they would be.  She LOVES her big sister and when Peaches has had enough she lets Daisy know. Daisy gets it and gives her a little break."

Joy wrote: "Here's Lucy, our little white monster who disguised herself as a cute poof ball! She looks so innocent, but is full of mischief!"

Michelle sent these photos of Sunny.

What Have I Been Up To??

A lot of traveling!!

In September, my Shiba Inu friend, Jane, and I attended dog training classes each Wednesday in Peoria. It took us about an hour and 45 minutes each way, but the drive was worth the opportunity to get our young dogs (in my case, Archie and Aspen) out of the house for some socializing and training. Millie went along also, to remind her of what showing is all about.

Once those classes ended, we then attended class in Milan, about 1.5 hours each way, with the same goals in mind.

The first weekend in October there were shows in Mason City, IA. The plan was for Marsha to come down from Fargo, and Jan and Karen to come from WI in the motor home where we would all stay for the weekend. Best laid plans and all that! Jan was loading the motor home and tripped and fell. She was badly injured so the plans quickly changed. We were able to get two hotel rooms and the other three of us attended the show.

I have to say that the show superintendents are doing a great job setting up the shows during this COVID pandemic. We felt very safe and everyone was following the rules about mask wearing, social distancing, and the 6' apart rules in the show rings. Each ring had separate entrances and exits.

The weekend was long and tiring because each day there were two shows, so the days started early and ended late. did my dogs do? Well, Archie was a disaster. He is deathly afraid of strangers so when the judges approached the examination table, he fell apart. He did not want a stranger touching him and I had an awful time. Embarrassing for sure, but I felt so bad for him to be so afraid.

Millie was a different story. She showed like a dream and we came home with points and a lot of ribbons. She took Winners Bitch for the points at each of the shows and also won Best of Breed at each show. The second show each day also had a National Owner Handled Series competition and she did well there too.

Saturday at show 1, she was Best of Winners and Best of Breed. At show 2, she was Best of Winners, Best of Breed, Best Owner Handled.

During Saturday's Non-Sporting Group Owner Handled Competition, she was awarded a Group 1 (for those of you who don't know -- that's a big deal!). That meant we went back into the ring for Owner Handled Best in Show, Millie was awarded Reserve Best in Show.

Here is a photo taken at our grooming set up. Once I get the official show photos, I will post them for you to see.

Sunday at Show 1, she was Best of Winners and Best of Breed. At show 2, she was Best of Winners, Best of Breed, Best Owner Handled.

We also competed in the regular Non-Sporting Group each day. The first 3 times we did not get a placement, but she was awarded 4th place during the last group competition. From that ring on Sunday, we went straight to the Owner Handled competition again. This time she took 2nd place and I was very glad she had not won again because we would have had another 2 hour or so wait before the Best in Show competition. The drive home took 7 hours as it was and I did not get home until nearly midnight.

The following week, we traveled to Jefferson, WI, for a 4-day show at the fairgrounds there. This time, we were able to stay with Jan in the motor home. Again, the show was set up well with everyone wearing masks and following the rules. This fairgrounds had many, many buildings spread across a large area. Each of the 12 buildings contained only one show ring, which cut way down on the number of people and dogs in each building and made it easy for people to keep at least 6 feet apart.

Archie continued to be afraid on the table; however, when he had to go back into the ring to compete for Winners Dog and was in the ring with another dog and not all by himself, he was able to pull himself together and get his tail up and sail around the ring! That made me happy for sure. On one of the days, he was even awarded Reserve Winners Dog. Archie and I have some work to do for sure! 

Millie was again successful, at least for three out of the four days. She won on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday - two points the first day, and 3 point majors on the other days. Those wins upped her point progression to 12 of the 15 points needed for her championship.

Again, I will post a show photo when it arrives. The photographer has not yet uploaded the photos to the website for ordering.

Aspen got to go along for the ride to the Jefferson shows and she was such a good girl. She enjoyed the trip and eventually worked up the nerve to bark at every large dog that walked by our RV set up when she was in the exercise pen. Here is her 4 month photo.

Oh, you might be wondering how we got from building to building at that fairgrounds. As I wrote, there were individual rings in each building. The weather was windy and very cold. We were bundled up in winter coats. What we had to do to make it to the show rings with our three dogs was rent a golf cart. Here is a picture of us. That is Jan driving. I am in the front also with my legs over Millie's crate, holding Archie's crate in my lap. In the back is Jan's dog, Toppi, in his crate, our ringside tables, and our friend LaVonne who came to help us. Crazy Dog Show People! worked!

And here is a photo of the group of us who competed that weekend.

Now, there are such things as dog show disasters and neither weekend was without some upsetting moments for me. Two such "disasters" happened.

I use a water bottle adapter to keep my show dogs from dunking their faces in a bowl and coming up dripping wet. The adapters look like this:

They work extremely well -- except when they don't. When we were in Mason City, I woke up to a thoroughly soaked Millie, discovering that during the night the entire 20 oz. in her water bottle had leaked, saturating her chest, belly, legs, feet, and tail. The only dry part of her was her head and her back. Let's just say I was not happy. To make matters worse, all 4 of the adapters I had with me leaked -- and two of them were brand new ones I had packed "just in case."

At the Jefferson show, Archie decided that when I was not looking he'd jump out of the exercise pen and do a run-about! We heard shouting outside the motor home "There's a loose Lhasa!!" and went running outside. Sure enough, it was Archie and he was across the road in a grassy area, running as fast and he could flat out with the biggest smile on his face. Seriously! He was having a blast. Me? Not so much. I yelled at people to stop chasing him and called him to me. He came but at the last moment decided to veer to my left for one more lap. We were right in front of the entrance gate and thank goodness the traffic was stopped. He finally came to me and I scooped him up. I did not yell at him!! What would have been the use? Instead, I praised him for coming to me. He had some twigs caught in his coat but was otherwise fine. Memo to self - buy a taller exercise pen!

My travels continued...just yesterday I got up and at 6:30 AM headed south to Memphis (about 7.5 hours) to at last bring Winter home. Winter's handler, Sue Cannimore, who lives in MS was kind enough to drive part way to meet me. We met at a truck stop; I loaded the dogs and headed right back for home. I think I got here about 9:30PM. Once I got the dogs settled and said hi to my husband, I went to bed. What a day!

Oh, I forgot to tell you that we have a new litter of puppies, but those on the waiting list should not get too excited yet. I think (hope) the majority of these puppies will go to show homes. We will see. I am keeping my options open.

We are waiting for two of our girls to come in season "any time!" I wish they would hurry up because both are late. I know many of you are anxiously awaiting for puppies.

And that is what has been happening around here for the past month!

Thanks for reading the blog!




Friday, September 18, 2020


"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." ~ Albert Camus

Before I begin with photos and news, I want to thank everyone who emailed with notes and photos of  their Joyslyn dogs, as well as those who posted photos of  them on Facebook. I really enjoy getting the updates.

In a previous post, I mentioned that you all should consider joining the American Lhasa Apso Club (ALAC). There are different types of membership and you do not have to be someone who shows dogs to belong to the club. You just have to love the breed. If you are interested in viewing the club website, just go to If you do not have someone to sponsor your membership, you can still join by becoming an Associate Member. Dues are reasonable! $35 for an individual membership and $45 for a household membership. Divide that by 365 days and you are paying only pennies a day! 

ALAC publishes a monthly online newsletter called ALAC Online. It contains all types of information and each month there is a theme. Members can feature their dogs through reasonably priced ads ($25 for a full page.) Show people and pet owners advertise.

You can contact me at if you are interested in supporting the breed by belonging to the club. I am the Membership Chair.

That said, here is the ad I put in recently that featured our first champion, AM CAN CH Joyslyn's Piece of the Rock (Rocky)and our latest champion, GCH CH Joyslyn's Wind Song (Autumn):

Shortly after that issue was published, we received the great news from Sue Cannimore, Winter's handler, that she had finished her championship at a TX show by going Best of Breed over two champions (what we refer to in dog-show talk as "Specials"). So our latest champion is no longer Autumn but is now Winter. Here is a photo of Winter on the day she earned the last point need for her championship title. Meet new CH Joyslyn Mon Ami Winter Wind. Her sire is Josh (NOHS-BIS GCHB CH Joyslyn MLS Dakota Wind Breaker) and her dam is Misti (GCH CH Mon Ami N Joyslyn's Shades of Summer).

We kept a female puppy, Aspen, from our summer litters. Her sire and dam, Chance and Greta, are now in new homes, so she is very special as she represents an important pedigree in our breeding program. Here is Aspen, who is still awaiting an AKC registered name. She will be Joyslyn's Moonlight (something - I still have to fill in the blank). I have too many great names on the list and some Facebook friends recommended even more. The perfect one will come to me soon!

Aspen is cute and smart and already learning to be a show dog. We went to her first training class on Wednesday.

I bit the bullet and entered two weekends of shows in October. AKC has established new rules and procedures to keep judges and exhibitors safe. These include mask wearing, social distancing, and new ring set-up and exhibiting procedures. After 47 years of showing, I am a bit apprehensive about how the new procedures work, but those who have already been showing say they are simple to get used to. I have entered both Archie and Millie. They have gone to a couple training classes. Millie is doing fine. Archie dislikes the table exam. We are working on that!

Photos and Notes from Others

Patrick wrote, "Teddy loves sitting in his dad’s favorite chair.  He’s growing up so quickly.  He continues his talking, err trying to order us around but mainly sassing back.  He has that little glint in his eye that lets you know he’s getting ready to do something he knows he shouldn’t.  He definitely fits the breed standard for being a clown."

Teddy is Archie's litter brother.

Kathy wrote, "loved the picture that Greta’s new owner sent in, just to see her now.  I can’t believe that littermates Greta and Sophie will already be five years old next month!  Where does the time go?  I thought back on our particular Lhasa story—How we knew that we were getting one of the two girls in the litter, but we didn’t know which one until the Wednesday before we picked her up.  After they were born, you were sending out puppy pictures every week, and I grew very fond of both of the girls, just seeing their pictures.  I remember meeting the litter the day we picked up Sophie, and thinking that Greta was a very sweet puppy, and I have always enjoyed tracking her “career”.  It looks like she found a very nice retirement home!"

Paul wrote about Little One (known here as Little Joey), "Little One did some climbing onto the crochet bag.  He discovered that he could see out the front window...He is doing well and sure loves to be cuddled.  He met one of our neighbor's Goldens the other day.  His name is Tucker, when they went nose to nose, Tucker backed up and wanted to go home."

I guess the Golden was intimidated by a 4 lb. Lhasa!

Betsy wrote about Aspen's sister, "Hi Joyce! I just wanted to give you an update on Willow since we’ve had her now 2 weeks. She’s is an absolute delight. She is eating great and getting better every day at potty training. She did great with her second round of shots on 8/28. She loves to play with her toys and gives tons of kisses and cuddles! 

She has a new neighbor puppy and they chase back and forth along the fence! We are so blessed to have her! Willow is a wonderful addition to our family"

Kathleen wrote, "Beau is growing like mad and learning basic commands.  He sleeps through the night and has leaned to walk on a leash.  He continues to be very adaptable and always is happiest when he is near me.  (That is my happiest time as well.)  Here are a few new photos so you can see how he has grown."

Judy wrote with an update on her Lhasas (she has two Joyslyn's Lhasas - Ty and Izzy). "Izzy loved going to class, but wouldn't co-operate at trials both in agility and rally, but that's Izzy for you!  She has the best personality ever...Dogs are all in fine form, and practice their jumps, tunnel and weave poles daily. Izzy is still the fastest weave pole dog."

Michelle wrote, "Hi Joyce! Hope you’re doing well! Sunny was relaxing so I decided it was a great time to brush him! He’s really relaxed now 😌 he’s so beautiful!"

Julie wrote about Jenna, who recently left us to make her new home with Julie: "She is definitely a couch dog, she has wanted to spend all her time on the couch so far. She’s been sleeping in her own bed in my room but last night she snuggled with Paige in her bed. She loves to walk and is a very good walker. Yesterday we went on almost a two mile walk...She is such a good dog, I love her so much already." 

Stacey wrote that Enzo was neutered: "Our vet and all the techs raved about how adorable and silly he is. He weighs 15 pounds now and is looking like a big boy (coat is still like a puppy/teen). Lola was very excited when he got home and tried to initiate play, but for the first time Enzo declined the offer. The two lhasas play all the time and they all snuggle with Elliot!"

Theresa wrote about Rocco: "I think I just forgot how little puppies are -- they go 100 mph until they're just pooped! After Rocco plays hard, he takes a long nap and then we do it again... Rocco's visit went very well.  He weighed 5.2 pounds and received a good report on every measure.  I am happy to pass on the good report.  It was very nice to meet you and is so wonderful to welcome Rocco into our home and our hearts...P..S. Kitty and Rocco are getting along great.  They’re even playing softly — Kitty seems to realize that Rocco is just a baby."

Judy wrote, "I thought it was time to send you another update on Zoie. She sleeps about 6 to 7 hours a night. I'm sending two pictures so you can see how she's growing. She still wants to nip at your ankles when she wants to play. We're trying to play with her before she initiates the playtime. She loves it outside. She is doing really well walking on a leash.  We are so thankful that we have her."

Below: Greta making herself comfortable in her new home.

Nelson, Winter's litter brother, relaxing in his favorite spot

Some Joyslyn's dogs' photos from Facebook postings:

This is Biddy, who discovered that putting a chew bone in a shoe meant she did not have to exert any effort to hold it between her paws!

Catherine's three Joyslyn's Lhasas: Maggie, Magoo, and Mallory:

Judy's Raven, who happens to be a litter sister of Catherine's Maggie:

Brandi's Oliver, who is litter brother of Michelle's Sunny. As you can tell, it is "all in the family" around here!

Other Things

This past week, one the same day, I received a phone call and an email asking me if I sold Lhasapoos. I responded "no" of course and was then asked why not. I replied that I have spent my entire adult life working to preserve and promote the Lhasa Apso and that I saw no logical reason to take two different breeds and mix them to produce mixed breeds. 

The Lhasa Apso is an ancient breed, dating back to 800 BC. DNA shows it is one of the breeds related to the ancestral wolf. Why would you take a breed with that history and produce mixed breed offspring? I do not understand the concept except that by labeling those mixtures with "designer" labels people are able to sell your basic "mutt" for a lot of money.

Within the next couple of months I will turn my attention to contacting people on the waiting list to ask if they are still waiting or have already found a puppy from another breeder. we have made plans for breedings in the fall or early 2021 and, if all goes as planned, we should have puppies again by the end of the year or in the early spring.

People have also contacted me about purchasing one of our retired champions. We have no more to offer. It will be a couple of years before we have adults available again. 

Here is a heartbreaking story with a happy ending. From 1973 through 1989, when we moved to Illinois, I was a high school English teacher. I had many wonderful co-workers. Recently when I posted a photo of Aspen on my Facebook page, one of them commented on their Lhasa. She was scheduled to be euthanized. She was 7 years old and --get this--had had 13 litters for her puppy mill owners!! The story has a happy ending as she is now in a loving home where with love and care, she is blossoming. 

Her owner wrote, "she is a good girl, learning everyday from when she came to us. Loves getting treats, sniffing new things, still won’t wag her tail or lick. Took her a month to make eye contact. Puppy mills are like chicken coups, very cruel places!"

That's it for today. Please keep the notes and photos coming. I get a lot of comments saying how much people enjoy seeing them. Apologies if I left out any notes or photos that were sent after the last August post. Re-send them if I did.