Saturday, March 25, 2017

Sick and Tired of Being Sick

“How do you feel?” she asked, trying to fluff his pillow. “Other than terrible, I mean.”
He moved his head slightly to the side. It seemed to be a sickly interpretation of a shrug.
“Of course you’re feeling terrible,” she clarified, “but is there any change?
More terrible?
Less terrible?”
He made no response.
“The same amount of terrible?”
~Julia Quinn, Just Like Heaven

For the past two weeks - now going on three -  I've been sick. The worst part was that I became sick the day my granddaughter and I left during Spring Break week to travel from Illinois to Nebraska to visit relatives. I did not have the flu. I did not have a fever. All I had was a cough—a terrible, hard, dry, hacking cough that would not stop. It totally saps all my energy. I dread the thought of hearing news that I passed this "thing" to people I came in contact with during our visit. And my poor granddaughter had to ride 8 hours in the car with me to and from Nebraska!

Many kleenex, many cough drops, many doses of cough syrup and NyQuil, and many miles later, I returned home and immediately crashed. The next day, the ladies at the clinic found a way to get me in to see the doctor. No sympathy from him ("Yeah, this stuff is going around." "We're seeing a lot of patients.")  However, he did proclaim I had bronchial infection, and he gave me three prescriptions (an inhaler, an antibiotic, and high octane cough syrup). The cough syrup did not live up to its reputation. By Wednesday, I had to go back to the office and just told everyone to stay away from me, which they were all glad to do!

Jenna, Josh, and I are supposed to go to WI for our first shows of the year next weekend. I have 4 more days to get well!!

Speaking of dog shows, I received the wonderful news from Greta's handler this afternoon that Greta took Winners Bitch today at the show in Ft. Worth, TX and won a 4 point major —an answer to my many prayers! She now just needs one single point to finish her championship. I am so grateful to Greta's handler, Sue Cannimore. Here is the photo Sue sent of herself and Greta after today's win. I'm hoping the official show photo looks as good as this one. Greta look lovely!

Joyslyn's No Regrets (Greta) with her handler, Sue Cannimore

If you are still waiting for news regarding our next litters, all I can tell you is that the girls were supposed to come in season in March. Nothing is going as planned. It is now March 25 and no one has come in season yet. 

Otherwise, I don't have much news. I do have one photo to share and it is a great one. This puppy is owned by Lynn Adcock. Her name is Amie, and I think this is a super adorable photo of her. She doesn't even look real! Amie is the daughter of Ch. Joyslyn's Highly Classified (Duncan) and Ch. Joyslyn's Moonlight Magic (Maggie). She was one of the puppies from the July litters. You can see by looking at this photo that she is full of personality!

That's it for now. I hope by the next post I will have more good news about Greta and can fill you in on Jenna and Josh's first shows of the year. Wish us luck!

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




Monday, March 6, 2017

March Already?

 "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb."

Good ol' March can never decide if it wants to be winter or spring, so it tries to alternate days so we get a taste of both!

So here I am, back with the blog. Thanks to those of you who sent me emails saying you missed me! As you read from my last post, most of February was spent with my daughter and her family in Florida, where I went to help her with the toddler so she could focus on the newborn. The baby is a boy! Now the grandchild count for gender is even at two and two! For the women reading this, because women always want to know these things, the baby weighed just a few ounces short of 9 lbs. and was 20 inches long. It'd be fun to post a photo, but my daughter and her husband do not post photos of their children on social media.

I learned while I was playing with our 2.5 year old grandson that I need to do some exercising before my first dog show of the year, which will be later this month. He and I did a lot of playing on the floor and this grandma found getting up to be a bit difficult. Oh ... and he taught me more about construction vehicles and their parts, as well as about Monster Trucks, that I might ever need to know.

So, yes, time does fly and by the time we returned home, went back to work, got caught up on dog grooming, laundry, etc., what was left of February was not worth mentioning, and suddenly March is a week gone too!

 So, here are some updates on the dogs. The disappointing news (let's get that out of the way) is that the breeding we did in January did not result in a pregnancy. I know many of you are waiting and hoping we’ll soon have puppies available. We were too. We are hoping that one of the girls will be in season this sometime this month or next. She will be bred. I’ll certainly announce on the blog when the next litter is born.

Greta's handler has not had show photos taken, but Greta is doing okay. She is still a bit unsure in the ring, but she now has 10 points. She needs a three-point major and two single points to get what she needs to be a champion. I think there are majors where she is entered this coming weekend, so keep your fingers crossed for a day or two of judges awarding her Winners Bitch. It would be great to have her home again.

Speaking of Greta, an older sister of hers may be available. The owner is not sure yet what she wants to do, but is thinking that she cannot keep her because she and her older Lhasa have begun to fight. Obviously, if she becomes available, I'll help her find a home that has no other dogs. You can contact me if you are interested.

This past weekend we finally had a photo session for our Kimmi (Ch. Joyslyn's Heart Song). This photo was the one I liked best. Kimmi will be two years old in early May. It was just last year about this time that we were getting geared up for the shows in Manitowoc, WI. She finished her championship there at only 10 months old. She is a very pretty girl with an upbeat disposition and definite joy of life attitude.

I'm in the midst of trying to lead break our Onyx. My being away for over half of February put her training back. She is not especially thrilled to have a lead around her neck! The other girls at our house are having a good time playing with her. Kimmi and Luna especially enjoy racing and jumping and playing chase. Surprisingly, Shadow, Onyx's mom is much more sedate and less interested in romping with her puppy.

Updates and Messages from Others

As you might imagine, I have a lot of news and photos that have been emailed during the previous month. 

Renee wrote a note regarding a comment made in the previous post: "Hey Joyce:  Yes, we notice a lot more Lhasas in France than we see in the States. That's too bad. So often I meet people who say they knew someone that "had" a Lhasa. Namri is about to turn 16 on March 6 I believe.  He's aged a lot of late and it's sad to see (he's the love of my life). Luckily I have a wonderful groomer and great vet. Was thinking of taking him to France this year but the fact that they can't fly in cargo makes it really difficult. He has the old dog tests and does really well, but eyesight and hearing not too good, although he seems to know when I'm pulling into the driveway. Stands at the back iron gate and barks. He does love his mommy. Did I ever tell you I'd like a bumper sticker that says "I May Be Without A Man Some Day, But Never Without A Dog!" Will send photos of the gang soon."

Stacey and Lisa wote, "Hi from Miss Lola on her 6th b'day! Lola is still the most affectionate and social Lhasa we've ever known!  She is also incredibly cute, but still hates being photographed and runs from the phone. LOL." 

Judy sent this update: "Hi Joyce,I have missed your blog this month.  You always have so many interesting articles and puppy news. Well today little Miss Izzy earned her Canine Good Citizen! Yeah. She is working on rally, and I found a nearby dog sport group that offers a TDI. So maybe this summer she can become a therapy dog. She was the only dog today to take the test… Ty was entered on Saturday and Sunday at our trial and jumped 8 obstacles each day.We will add more each trial we attend. He and Odie were the only Lhasas entered. I will start jumped him at 4" as he loves to practice that low."

Mary sent a note about Belle: "…Here is a little agility title for Belle. It’s the intermediate title for this organization. The NDAL is an organization started by Bud Houstin, the owner of the Teacup League (agility). It’s a simple little event every month;  one course;  all run the same;  you can practice it. It’s suppose to be “non threatening” and fun. Bud was at one of our events not long ago and commented on my Lhasas….It’s not AKC  but it’s fun, simple, and easy. Belle’s weaves have improved in performance and speed…still working with the teeter woes;  we have a small plank I use in the kitchen;  my cats will tip it, trying to persuade Belle. Here’s our last video from NDAL:

Chuck wrote: "We are one Happy Family.  Cooper is so much fun.  He has so much personality. Thanks for breeding such great dogs."

Chuck and Steve's Cooper - a Josh x Luna puppy
Sarah wrote about Mick: "Mick has started going through the coat change. I love the long, beautiful Lhasa coat, but it was getting a little out of hand with the tangles, and, as he is so rough and tumble, constantly wanting to play and run around with Katie, we opted to get his coat cut down to one inch except for his hair on his head and tail.  He is so soft and his hair is so thick and fluffy--like a little teddy bear.  He is still adorable.  I hope/think you will agree.  Today, we took him to the Sugar Grove Nature Center and walked and explored through paths in the woods and prairie.  Mick had a wonderful time with us."
Sarah, Brian, and Katie's Mick - a Josh x Luna puppy (before his haircut!)
And here is a photo of Biddy, who is Cooper and Mick's litter sister. Biddy is a tri-color: Notice that she is black and tan with a white chest and white on all four feet. That's an unusual and lovely color!
Mickey's Biddy
Kyle and Holly sent a note about their puppy Riley, who is a daughter of Duncan and Maggie. "We wanted to give you an update on our sweet Riley girl. Riley has fit in perfectly with our family and everyone just loves her. She is full of energy and so much fun. We have enjoyed watching her figure things out in her own way and time. She is doing very well with potty training. As a true Lhasa she loves to boss around her BIG brother Reese but he doesn’t mind because that is the way it was with our first Lhasa. I've included a picture for you to see how much she loves him and how he is our gentle giant. She loves to play with her toys and boy has she already built a massive toy collection. At Christmas time her grandparents bought her over 15 new toys!!! She also loves to snuggle in bed especially on Holly's work from home days :) A week ago she had her surgery for her spaying procedure and she did amazing. She is already completely back to normal minus the E-collar which she doesn’t seem to mind because trust me it doesn’t slow her down.  Kyle and Holly"



Alicia, who owns Edison, Riley's litter brother, also owns the puppy from our November litter, the one we called Pearl. Alicia wrote, "I've been thinking of sending you an update but was hoping to get a decent picture of the two together. Alas, neither care to remain still for me.  We named her Quimby, after Ramona Quimby.  Much like her namesake, she is trying to be good!  The first couple of days were rough as Edison needed to make sure she knew he was here first. He is bigger but she is more agile so the puppy play is fairly matched. Quimby is a little bully though -- always taking Edison's toys and treats from his mouth. A playmate was just what Edison needed though; overnight, the chewing of shoes and nipping of ankles ceased (both things that occurred when we came home at the end of the day). Quimby is much more of a cuddly lapdog but is teaching Edison her ways. Most evenings end with exhausted puppies vying for couch space.  Both are incredibly spoiled and are loving the rough and tumble life of living with kids."

Quimby on the left, Edison on the right

From Mark: "Well this has been long overdue , I am admittedly a terrible picture taker. I just thought I would update you on one of the BEST of your beautiful  puppies!
You really hit it on the Nail—her name should be MIMI—everything is still Me Me and Play Play. Tam wanted to go out the other night at about 3 AM, so I let the both of them out. It is pitch dark, and Lili wants to try and get Tam to play with her ball ??? She is the Life of the Party and the comedian entertainer of our house, she is especially attached to TAM, our black/white Lhasa, she loves her to pieces, and of course Tam is the Boss and every once in awhile Lili oversteps her boundaries due to her overzealous nature and gets put in line quickly. Lili believes all of Tam's Nyla Bones and Toys are hers, and all of her Nyla Bones and Toys are hers as well. She is very vocal, a true Lhasa barking watch dog. She walks  around the house  constantly growling and grunting at God only knows what, but it”s funny ....
She is a perfect Dog, so loving and sweet in nature, she loves to meet new people and isn’t a bit standoffish. she does have the Lhasa arrogance. When she is busy, you can call her name 10 times she will ignore you but the easiest way around that is to, then call Tam, she will then come instantly, like didn’t you call me first as she of course is terribly jealous, She has to wedge herself between you and Tam, it is really funny AND she is very affectionate ,and loves to cuddle, she will jump in your  lap several  times an evening, roll on her back and paw at you so you get the right spot on her chest! She gets tons of kisses. She is attached to my son Collin, as he plays with her all the time. He has gone to college this year so she has to go check his room every night before bed, to see if he is there, when he comes home she runs in circles! She hates going to the vet , when we get in the car she shakes uncontrollably and stands up velcroed with her paws wrapped around my knee, its pathetic, but while we are in the waiting room, there isn’t a time that goes by, where somebody will say 'that is a pretty Dog!' All for now. Thanks again for allowing us to have LILI. What a personality!


Tam and Lili

I receive a yearly letter from Ken, who owns one of our retired champions, Davy. Davy and Ken make quite a pair. Ken loves Davy's long coat and refuses to have it clipped, much to the chagrin of his vet and groomer, who see no need for a Lhasa to have a long coat. It's been a running argument for quite a few years now and so far, Ken has won it! Here's one of the many photos he sent of Davy -- or I should say Davy and his pile of toys!

Davy and his toys

Other Things

Mary sent me this article and I thought I would share. The article is about putting a title at the end of a dog's name. Those titles are the companion titles for obedience, rally, and agility. The conformation titles are at the front of the dog's name. However, I think the article holds true for titles at either or both ends!

People often ask me why I show dogs. Yes, it is a sport but there is really more to it than that. The show ring is a proving ground for how well a breeder is producing dogs that meet the breed's Standard. That is a challenge--and besides, it's fun. Here is how AKC puts it. "What is the purpose of dog shows? For each breed the AKC registers, there is a breed standard which is a word description of the perfect dog of that breed. Standards describe the mental and physical characteristics that allow each breed to perform the function for which they were originated. The standard describes the dog's looks, movement and temperament. Breeders involved with each breed are attempting to produce a dog that most closely conforms to the breed standard. In this respect, dog shows are not unlike cat shows, bird shows, cattle shows, horse shows, etc. In fact, for almost every species bred by man there are competitions among breeders. AKC approved judges examine the dogs and place them in accordance to how close each dog compares with their mental image of the "perfect" dog as described in the breed's official standard." from AKC website

I've basically decided I'll show dogs until it stops being fun - or until I can't get up and down in the ring anymore!

When people come to my house to pick up their puppies, most comment on the water bottle adapters I have on a gate that separates the utility room from our family room. The dogs also have the water bottles on their individual crates. Why? Well, long ago I got tired of cleaning up messes caused by long coated dogs plunging their faces into water bowls. Not only did I have to clean up water on the floor around the bowl and wherever else the dog walked or shook, but I also had to clean up the dog (remember these are show coats and wet hair tangles). Certainly those of us with long-coated dogs don't want water bowl disasters at dog shows. Anyway, if you are interested in trying a water bottle for your dogs, here is where I get mine.

I would like to draw your attention to an article from Sheila Goffe, vice president for government relations of the American Kennel Club. The article, First They Came for the Big Top, Now They're After Your Puppy, is a wake up call for breeders and pet owners alike. The idea of no breeders, no pets seems to absurd that people find even the suggestion that that might eventually be the norm unbelievable. It is not just dog breeders who should fight the various anti-breeder legislations but also anyone who has ever purchased a puppy from a breeder. No more breeders due to strict and unreasonable laws means no more puppies. Look at the dogs you love and imagine a future without pets. It is no joke. PETA and HSUS have a goal not just to "save" poor shelter animals but to stop pet breeding altogether. And they have thousands and thousands of dollars to pay lobbyists so they can reach that goal. They know people find the idea absurd, but they are slowing introducing legislation across the US that makes breeding dogs very difficult. Read the article and comment if you'd like to.

Finally, another AKC resource you might like is this link to AKC's online publication, Family Dog.

And don't forget that Daylight Savings Time starts this coming Sunday! Wow...already!

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




Friday, February 3, 2017

February! Something To Celebrate!

"It is frequently asked, 'Why must February have only 28 days? Why can't you borrow one day from the end of January and one day from the beginning of March and make all three months 30 days long?' The answer is that while you can end January on the 30th, you can't begin March on the 2nd." ~Robert Brault


Do you need a reason to celebrate? February just may be the month for you.

I was looking ahead at the February calendar as I wrote down appointments, reminders, birthdays, and so on in the various February squares. Then it hit me that this short month appears to be full of things to celebrate, starting with my husband's birthday.

Depending on Punxsutawney Phil's predictions, we celebrate (or not) an early spring. I think this year he predicted 6 more weeks of winter. Evidently people flock to PA to cheer Phil on. A radio announcer said that hotel rooms in Punxsutawney were $100 more expensive than those in Houston for Super Bowl goers.

So, yeah, then we have the Super Bowl. Gridiron action and great commercials. Exciting half-time shows....

In Illinois, we celebrate Lincoln's birthday as a holiday separate from President's Day. People who work for the state get the 13th of this month off to honor Lincoln, and the school children, banks, and USPS employees get the 23rd as their holiday.

 Oh, and between the two, we are all about Valentine's Day -- candy, roses, cards, love and all that.

Let's not forget the big dog show in NYC: The Westminster Kennel Club show on February 13 and 14!  For more information, go to the Westminster Kennel Club website.

The Non-sporting group will be televised on the 13th. (That is the group the Lhasa Apso is in.)

The three 2016 newly recognized AKC breeds Sloughi, American Hairless Terrier, Pumi are eligible to compete at Westminster this year.
See pictures and a video of the three new breeds.

Want to know more about how a dog show works? This article may help you understand what goes on in the breed rings that results in each breed sending a representative to the Group judging you see on TV.

But, for us, the real celebration this month will be for our newest grandchild. He or she is due any day now!

Whatever you are celebrating this month, I wish you all the best. This will be my last blog for a few weeks, but I'll be back later this month with some news and updates for you.

In the meantime, never forget that

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


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Updates and Some Photos - Goodbye January!

Food for thought: "Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and expecting the other guy to die."

I know this quotation has absolutely nothing to do with Lhasas or anything else I write about, but I read it this week in a magazine and thought, "wow!" So, off I went to the internet to find out more. It's been attributed to a variety of people, including Buddha, so who knows who came up with it. It's also been phrased as "Holding in anger..." and "Harboring resentment..."

To quote a famous Disney character, "Let it go, let it go...."

Speaking of going, January is nearly gone. For us, the winter (so far) has been mild. We've had more rain than snow, cold days but few below zero. I consider us lucky as long as February behaves!

Now for some updates! First the good news...Greta was shown at a 4-day show in Baton Rouge this weekend. She won a point on three of the 4 days. Now she has 8 points total, including one of the necessary two majors. We are half-way there. Special thanks to Greta's handler, Sue Cannimore. Congratulations to Ron and Deborah Hauck, owners of Ch. Joyslyn's Mystic Wind. Sue is showing Mysti also. Actually Mysti and Greta are sisters -- same parents (Duncan and Windy) but from different litters. Mysti is the older of the two. Anyway, Mysti won the breed 3 of the 4 days. That gave her majors toward her Grand Championship, and she also completed the requirement of beating another champion 3 times. I'm very proud to be her breeder!
Thanks to Sue and David for an exciting weekend.

Now for some not-so-good news: The Lhasa Apso is now on the AKC low entry list, which basically is bad news because it means that any judge, with or without participating in education on our breed, is able to judge Lhasas. To be place on the low entry list, a breed has to have had fewer than 3500 entries during the previous year. We had something between 3200 and 3300. Our breed is very popular in other countries, with many Lhasas being shown in those countries, but not here. No one can figure out the "why" that is so. Lhasa owners are aging out of the sport, many my age, older, or soon to be there! We're cutting back on our breeding programs and showing involvement. Most of us have people who love the breed and are eager to buy Lhasas for their companionship on our waiting list for puppies. We hear complaints all the time about how difficult it is to find reputable Lhasa breeders who have puppies. Very few of the potential buyers are interested in becoming involved in conformation showing. Why is that bad? Well, while some may think  that dog shows are merely beauty pageants, they are actually meant to be the proving ground for excellence in and maintenance of the Standard for each breed. The Standard presents a "picture in words" to describe what each breed should look like, what its temperament should be, etc.

Here is the Lhasa Apso Standard

Character: Gay and assertive, but chary of strangers.
Size: Variable, but about 10 or 11 inches at shoulder for dogs, bitches slightly smaller.
Color: All colors equally acceptable with or without dark tips to ears and beard.
Body Shape: The length from point of shoulders to point of buttocks longer than height at withers, well-ribbed up, strong loin, well-developed quarters and thighs.
Coat: Heavy, straight, hard, not woolly or silky, of good length, and very dense.
Mouth and Muzzle:  The preferred bite is either level or slightly undershot. Muzzle of medium length; a square muzzle is objectionable.
Head: Heavy head furnishings with good fall over eyes, good whiskers and beard, skull narrow, falling away behind eyes in a marked degree, not quite flat, but not domed or apple-shaped; straight foreface of fair length. Nose black, the length from tip of nose to eye to be roughly about one-third of the total length from nose to back of skull.
Eyes:  Dark brown, neither very large and full, nor very small and sunk.
Ears:  Pendant, heavily feathered.
Legs:  Forelegs straight; both forelegs and hind legs heavily furnished with hair.
Feet: Well-feathered; should be round and catlike, with good pads.
Tail and Carriage: Well-feathered, should be carried well over back in a screw; there may be a kink at the end. A low carriage of stern is a serious fault.

Some happy news (for me) is that Joyslyn's Lhasa Apso was one of three Lhasa Register of Merit (ROM) breeders featured in the fall issue of the American Lhasa Apso Club's The Lhasa Bulletin. If you would like to read about our history and see a few photos of some Lhasas from our past, go to the website of the American Lhasa Apso Club -- -- look at the menu on the left, click The Lhasa Bulletin link (2nd menu choice), select the Fall 2016 issue, go to pages 14-16.

I was also pleased to receive a Facebook tag that informed me I was being quoted in someone's dissertation!

From Tracie Laliberte"s Facebook page: "Today's Dissertation highlight (connecting to nature through our dogs). Joyce Johanson is quoted!

"Buber illustrates Thou in connections with animals when he writes about his experience of looking into the eyes of an animal and recognizing the profound mystery of otherness. He explains this as an “opening up” when the person and the animal exchange glances. Philosopher Rom Dass describes this as connecting to the “intuitive heart space.” When he looks into the eyes of his cat, he perceives a silent conversation in the cat’s return glance, “Can it be that you mean me? …Do I concern you? Am I there for you? Am I there? What is it about me? What is that?!” Breeders of dogs describe their connection to newborn pups as changing, deepening when the pups open their eyes and are able to look back at the person holding them. Longtime Lhasa Apso breeder Joyce Johansen [sic] describes what she experiences at that moment when her pups open their eyes around day 14: “Perhaps they seem more ‘real’ to me because they can see me and I can look them in the eye. I always pick them up; look them in the eye, and say, ‘Welcome to the world, little one.’ I know it seems like a weird thing to say since they’ve been in the world already for a couple of weeks.” Breeders also refer to puppy eye opening as the “Who’s in there?” or the “Soul seeing” moment. In recognizing the Thou, even breeders, many who already experience real and regular connections with nature through dog rearing, become re-engaged and experience the profound fullness in the eloquence of nature in recognizing Thou even in very young puppies."

Tracie did a Facebook call-out last year asking for breeders' responses to a question regarding puppies opening their eyes. I responded and totally forgot about it until she posted this section from her dissertation and tagged me. ☺

 Some Photos

This first is my husband, Lynn, involved in a favorite past-time (tv watching) and Josh enjoying his favorite spot (someone's lap). Josh was dozing until he heard me with the camera. Then his focus was all on me! Such a momma's boy!

Sarah sent a photo of her two Joyslyn's Lhasas. The gold one is Tashi and the black is Mira. Sarah bought Tashi as a puppy and Mira as one of our retired adult champions. Mira rules, even though Tashi was there first! That's a female Lhasa for you! Looks as if they have plenty of toys to share.

Here are the most recent photos of the Josh and Shadow puppies.
Tara left last weekend. Kirby left on Saturday. He now has a kitten named Tiger as a playmate. Tiger is a couple months older than Kirby. Pearl is leaving in two weeks. She will have another Joyslyn's puppy (from our summer litter) as her new brother. Onyx is staying. I'm hoping she'll be able to be shown. At this early age she certainly appears to have championship potential!

Kirby - 11 weeks
Onyx - 11 weeks

Onyx in profile - 11 weeks
Pearl - 11 weeks

Pearl in profile - 11 weeks
Let me just say that those two girls were not at all happy that I made them stand still for the profile shots. Let me also say that they did not stand still for more than a couple seconds before a foot moved, or the head went down, or the puppy sat down-- and these photos are the best of at least 20 we took of each of them! Frustrating. Yep...

But we know it's all worth it because...

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



Sunday, January 22, 2017

Celebrations and Photos

Since I last wrote, many celebrations have taken place: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day meant—in addition to loftier ideals—a day off work for those of us at Western Illinois University.
A new president was inaugurated and all the news programs on TV kept us updated on the good and the bad goings-on in DC.

Greta, who is now with a professional handler, won on both Saturday and Sunday on her first show weekend with Sue Cannimore, earning two single points toward her championship (bringing the total to 5, which includes one major). She is still not sure she wants to be in the show ring and her attitude is not what we hoped for, but I still celebrated her wins! Go Greta!!
Greta with Sue Cannimore after Sunday's show
We also had two birthday celebrations! Josh (OH-BIS GCh Ch Joyslyn MLS Dakota Wind Breaker) was three years old on January 16. Those years went fast!
Here he is as a two week old baby and as an adult (taken October 2016). What a change!
Josh - 2 weeks

Josh almost 3
On January 20, we celebrated Connor's (Ch. San-Dhi Joyslyn Icon) 12th birthday! Connor came to us at the end of May 2005 from Sandy Devlin, who is from Albuquerque. I still recall how frightened he was by the trip. I went to the Peoria airport to get him, opened his carrier, and reached for him. As I picked him up, he wrapped both front legs around my arm and refused to let go! In his mind, I had saved him, and we bonded then and there. He worshiped me ever since and, to this day, if I pick him up and ask for a hug, he pushes his body as close to mine as he can get and sighs a big sigh.
Connor is Josh's grandsire. Here are a couple photos of him.
Connor - 5 month old puppy - June 2005

Connor - age 2 - ringside in Louisville, KY
Finally, here are the most recent photos of the 4 Josh and Shadow puppies. Right now, my plan is to keep Onyx. Tara has a new home now, as does Kirby. Pearl has not yet been spoken for.

Kirby - 10 weeks

Onyx - 10 weeks

Tara - 10 weeks

The Black Pearl - 10 weeks
If you are new to the Lhasa Apso and  trying to find out more about the breed or if you simply want a refresher, you might enjoy looking at the Learn About Lhasas slide show, available in pdf format on the American Lhasa Apso Club's website. It is a similar format to the slide show used for judges' education.

Life is better when you have a Lhasa to love you!


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Puppy Pictures, Notes and Pictures from Friends

"The snow doesn't give a soft white damn whom it touches." ~ e. e. cummings

Snow! Don't get me started. I'm beginning to wish snow was on its way here rather than the big ice storm that the forecasters tell us is coming our way. So... on to happier topics...

The Josh and Shadow puppies are now nearly 9 weeks old. They have had their first shots and behaved themselves quite well at the vet's office -- a couple flinches but no screaming or fussing. They will soon be ready to leave for their new homes.

I plan to keep Onyx, in the hope that she will turn out to be my next show girl. Here is her latest picture.
Her sister, Opal, whose new owners will call her Tara, is very photogenic. What a cutie!
Tara (formerly know as Opal)
Then there is the third sister. We call her Pearl. As of this writing, Pearl does not have a new home.
[Black] Pearl

Last but never least, is the adorable Kirby, the girls' brother.

The puppies have reached the bratty stage. As a result, the piddle pads have been replaced by newspapers, which evidently do not present as great of a temptation to rip to shreds! Ya gotta love 'em!

Notes and Photos from Others

Here is the finishing photo of Ch. Joyslyn's Mystic Wind (Mysti). She is owned by Ron and Deborah Hauck and was shown to her championship by Sue Cannimore. Her sire is Ch. Joyslyn's Highly Classified (Duncan) and mom is Ch. MLS Dakota Dancing in the Wind at Joyslyn (Windy).

Twp of the folks who bought puppies from us in the fall sent emails and photos. The first was from Barb who wrote about Sadie: "Remember I mentioned that Sadie doesn't like to wear anything i.e. Sweaters, collars, etc. My daughter found a dog Christmas sweater from one of the other dogs in our Christmas decorations. So she put it on Sadie, well Sadie climbed as far as she could up the stairs and collapsed half way and stayed there and slept for a few hours until someone saved her."

Sadie does, however, love bows in her hair
Sadie is a Breaker x Maggie daughter (GCh. Ch. Joyslyn's Heartbreaker x Ch. Joyslyn's Moonlight Magic). In honor of Sadie loving her headfall put up in bows, here is a link to an article about keeping your Lhasa's hair out of his/her eyes.

An email arrived from Sarah about Mick, who is a son of Josh and Luna (GCh. Ch. Joyslyn's Wind Breaker x Ch. Joyslyn Ja-Ma Dancing By the Light of the Moon). Sarah wrote: "Let me tell you about how Mick's personality is coming out and how he is blooming!  He is so smart and funny!  I think he has also inherited his sense of humor from his father and grandfather.  He teases us and seems to get a real kick out of it.  He loves fetching.  He has a clear blue ball that he will roll down a slight hill off of our patio, and he runs after it.  He does it over and over.  (Of course he loves when we throw it too.)  He will also stalk his ball (among other things.)  The fist time I saw it was so funny!  He very slowly crept up on it until he was a couple of feet away, and then he pounced on it!  So cute.  Brian tries to taunt Mick with his Wubba toy to get him to play or go where he wants him to, and Mick has started taunting Brian with it to get him to do what he wants!  He shows it to Brian and tries to lure him to the door outside so he will play with him out there.  It is so funny.  I wonder if he thinks Brian really seems to like this toy, so he is going to use it to get him to do what he wants!...
He loves everybody.  He is doing great at his puppy classes and is excited about everyone he meets--dog or human... He has such a bubbly and friendly personality.  He loves to please, and do tricks for us and for treats (or even for his food--as I mentioned before, eating out of the bowl is just too easy much of the time!)"



 That is all for today. Thanks for reading this!

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