Monday, March 1, 2021

Sharing Good News!


With rushing wings and gloomy skies, 

the dark and stubborn winter dies.

Far off, unseen, spring faintly cries, 

bidding her earliest child arise. MARCH!  

~ Bayard Taylor

As the title of this post says, I am sharing some good news today. First, I am happy to tell you that Millie is a champion! We attended a show in Des Moines last weekend and she earned the last point she needed for her championship title. Here are some photos of her. The first one is of her resting on the grooming table with her ribbons. The important one of the day was the purple one! The second photo is the official photo of her win.

Here are two videos of Millie in the ring, taken by my Shiba Inu friend, Jane Chapin. In the first one, she is doing her "down and back." The second one was take of her in the Winners Bitch class.

The other good news is that this weekend, Gwen West's male, Joyslyn's Beethoven's Fifth West, won both of his majors, leaving him with only one point to go toward his championship. I am so very proud of this boy. He is Gwen's first show dog and I know she is bursting with pride also. He is being shown by handler Sue Cannimore from MS.

Here are Millie's and Beethoven's recent rankings. Millie's ranking is for the National Owner Handler Series. Beethoven's is a breed ranking.

Millie and Beethoven are related. Those of you who have our puppies may have relatives also. Beethoven is a Luna son (CH Joyslyn JaMa Dancing By the Light of the Moon, ROM). As such he is a litter brother to our Bekka, Gabby, and Chance (CH Joyslyn's Moonlight Beckons, CH Joyslyn Golden Tu Karlyn Fire N Ice, and CH Joyslyn's Moon Shadows).
Millie is a Bekka daughter. The current litter of puppies are Bekka offspring also.

Also shown at the Des Moines show was our Archie. That dog is going to worry me crazy. He is pictured chilling out on the ringside table before we went into the ring. He was as "cool as a cumber" as he waited for his turn.

However, as soon as I picked him up and took him to the ring, he started shaking. He was in the ring alone and did not move with his tail up. (For those of you who do not show Lhasas, that is a huge no-no.) However, when we went back in the ring for Winners Dog competition, he was behind another dog and he DID get his tail up (Hurray!); however, he was so excited that he was not moving smoothly but "charging" to catch up to the dog ahead of him. Evidently God sent me this dog to teach me patience. Or maybe humility.

Photos of What I Hope are My "Up and Comers"

This photo is of Emmy (Joyslyn's Embrace the Wind). She will be 5 months old on March 8.

And here is Rusty, age 12 weeks (profile) and 13 weeks (head). Beautiful boy...and a little dickens!

We took photos of the Bekka and Josh kids today. They are 5.5 weeks old now and into everything! In order of appearance: Gidget, Mel, Titan, and Molly.

How I Decorated My Utility Room

I have stacks of dog show ribbons in boxes and hanging in closets. The rosettes are especially nice and for years I have had some hanging on the door between our family room and the utility room.

Then a couple days ago, I was rummaging through some boxes and thought it was a shame to be hiding all those pretty rosettes. Then I had the brainstorm of decorating the ugly pipe in our utility room. So I bought some Command Strips and went to work. Here is the result.

Granted, no one sees them but us, but at least I no longer have to look at that bare pipe. I still have a lot of rosettes hanging in the closet, and I am saving ribbons and thinking about decorating the Christmas tree with them next year.

A Few Notes and Photos from Others

First, this photo is one I found as I was looking through some old picture files. I thought you might find it interesting too. It shows Lhasas in 1934.

Ted from Canada sent me a note because I was complaining about the cold weather! "I couldn’t help but respond to the various individuals complaining about the cold weather in your area (minus 5-minus 10). I have an open invitation to all of your responders to pay Friendly Manitoba---Canada a visit and see what REAL cold weather is all about. We just finished a BALMY minus 25-35 degree weather with a wind chill that makes the temperature (if you are stupid enough to stand in the wind) close to minus 49 degrees. I couldn't find a photo of Lucky romping in the snow, but he loves the cold weather must be his heritage in Tibet. Keep Smiling as Spring is just around the corner."

I told Ted I was happy I did not live where he did! Those Canadians have to be hardy!

See...It's all relative. The day it warmed up to 45 degrees here, some of our university students were walking around without jackets. Had it been 45 degrees in September, everyone would have bundled up in winter coats!

Violet sent a photo of Shadow bundled up against the cold. He is another of the Millie, etc. littermates.

Renee sent photos of Jett and Dalai as they were at sea watching for whales. 

Sally sent pictures of Ginger and wrote, "...We had that terrible cold for 10 days straight... below zero every night and barely above during the day. I hope that is it for this winter. I really liked your last two blogs and share a lot of the same thoughts. I cannot wait to get back to some sort of normalcy.Your puppies are beautiful!!! I’m leaning towards a black and white if one appears when it’s my turn. They are so cute!!! I know at first I didn’t think I liked the color but I really do!!! I guess we’ll see !!!"

Another Plug For ALAC Membership

The American Lhasa Apso Club membership costs only $35 a year. If you love the breed and want to support the efforts of the club to help preserve the breed, it is a small price to pay. Yes, a lot of club efforts promote showing in conformation and participating in companion events like rally, obedience, and agility, but we have many members who don't do any of those things because they prefer their Lhasas just be loving companions. I'm the ALAC Membership Chair and would love to hear from you about joining the club. We have an associate membership which allows a member all club privileges except voting and using the club logo for advertising. All members receive a monthly online magazine called "ALAC Online" that contains ads about wins, articles of interest to the breed and about the breed, and club information. My email is Email me if you would like a membership application.

One page of the February ALAC Online issue featured this Valentine, written by Muriel Hunt, that originally appeared in the February 1978 issue of Lhasa Tales. Valentine's Day may be over but we all still love our Lhasas, so I thought you might enjoy seeing it!

That's it for now!

Lhasa Good Wishes for a Healthy, Happy March!




Tuesday, February 16, 2021


 “We all sorely complain of the shortness of time, and yet have much more than we know what to do with. Our lives are either spent in doing nothing at all, or in doing nothing to the purpose, or in doing nothing that we ought to do. We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end of them.”

– Seneca
What is Wrong with Me?Lately I have this feeling of lethargy. I make lists of things to do, and I get them done, just never quite when I planned to do them! So, I was thinking I was depressed, but I looked up the symptoms. Nope! (Whew)
The COVID pandemic has changed the way a lot of us get our work done and the way we plan our days and time. Lately, I've found more time on my hands than I am used to, and I have had to shake myself out of "there's always tomorrow" attitude. Basically, I am blaming COVID for turning me into a procrastinator. (So far, I am very lucky that that is the only bad thing it has done to me! Trust me - I am aware and thankful!)
So, I started thinking about procrastinating and did some digging to find out more (see, I still have an eager-to-learn brain). I found out there are 5 types of procrastinators: 1) The Wishful Thinker (If I wish hard enough and keep talking about it, it'll happen on its own!)2) The Last-Minute Junkie (I work best under pressure and strive on stress.)3) The Resourse-less Complainer   (I don't have the time; I don't have the money - the knowledge - the motivation.)4) The Perfectionist (Things have to be perfect; a half inch short of perfection is not good enough. If it is not going to be perfect there is no sense in starting it.)5) The Intimidated (I am afraid I will fail. I am afraid no one will like my ideas. I am worried I will look/sound stupid...)

Even after all that, I still am not sure which type I am. None of the descriptions fit well, and I guess at various times I have been "guilty" of parts of them all. So I'm just going to claim I was lazy about writing this blog. My intent was to write on Friday because we had the day off. Our university was closed in honor of Lincoln's Birthday. I found other things to do.
On Saturday I woke up feeling like I was getting sick. Out came the thermometer  -- 97.3. But I still rested, napped, read a book, watched some tv, played with the dogs, etc. I just did not write.
Sunday I felt 100% better but I had to finish the book, groom a couple dogs, play with the puppies, do some laundry. The blog was low on the list and I did not get to it. Besides, it was Valentine's Day. 
I don't even remember Monday and that was just yesterday. The university was closed again due to the extreme cold. There were no excuses. I just could not think of a way to start the blog. The below zero weather had also frozen my good intentions. I had photos all lined up, just nothing to say. But today, here I am, still with nothing to say but writing anyway. As I used to tell my students, "just start writing and see what comes out."
Here is a confession -- I am really, really procrastinating on one thing, my Joyslyn's website. It needs to be updated, a task I usually enjoy. However, a few months ago in a moment of not thinking well, I clicked "update" for my Mac OS. OMG, it updated alright, but the program I have used for years to create and update the website is not compatible with the updated OS. Damn!
I've thought of a workaround but my vast lack of tech skills and knowledge -- and lack of a computer with an OS that is compatible -- has me putting off the chore. (Quick test: Now which of those 5 categories is this excuse?)
As I was contemplating the "am I depressed" question, I thought about all the things I miss due to the virus. You probably have a similar list. Here is part of mine - in no particular order:1) Going to a movie.2) Browsing the stacks in our city library, looking for something new by a favorite author or hoping to find a new favorite author or a new audio book.3) Meeting with friends at a restaurant for a meal.4) Feeling carefree about traveling.5) Going to dog shows.6) Being able to go inside the vet's office to be there with my dogs.7) Feeling comfortable being with family, friends, and co-workers and not wondering who among them might have the virus.8) Going mask-less in public.9) Hugging, shaking hands.10) Going to dog training classes.11) Going to work and having the whole staff there in person. Seeing them on countless Zoom meetings just is not the same.
What About The Lhasas?At our house we have an almost 4 week old litter of 4. Here are the latest photos and their "our house" names. They are (in order of appearance below) Eddie, Gidget, Molly, and Titan (who is well deserving of that name!)

Our Emmy is growing up and is learning to share us with the new puppy, Rusty. There is about 2 months difference in their ages. Rusty is all drama and very vocal, but cute as can be. Emmy is a little lady, except when she isn't.

And here is the new boy, Rusty. Always curious about anything new, he solves the problem by barking at whatever it is!

And here is the latest photo of Archie, who is now 10 months old. Time really flies!

Notes and Photos from OthersWe'll start with the note and photos of Daisy from Jim, who wrote, "A couple of Daisy. I have been trying to let her enjoy the snow as we are moving to Florida next week. She is in for a change! But she is going to be loved by so many family members down there!" 
I love these pictures. Look at the joy!

Theresa sent a note and photos of Rocco. "
Just got home from the groomers. He is my joy, and I’m not alone. He pushes Kitty to the limit, and me too when he insists on starting the day at 6 AM. He likes to get up early, and won’t let me cat nap on the couch. He is so communicative, particularly about things that he wants. We love him very much.  Oh, also, he loves to play ball in our back pasture.   I hope you and your family are well."

Here is Emmy's brother, Tucker, wearing his new rain gear and not looking thrilled with it!

Another brother, Rudy. His owner, Terry, wrote, "
Hi Joyce,  My little Rudy is getting bigger, of course.  My daughter took this as he just was scolded for getting after my older girl. He is always looking innocent! He is always the charmer & as cute as he can be. He is smart, house broke, well behaved...I need to clip him but I love his looks & black tips on his hair. I have trimmed his area between his beautiful eyes since the pictures so he looks like he has a home!..."

This is Betsy's girl, Willow, who knows exactly how to take it easy and stay warm in this cold weather.

From Paul about Joey: "
Well Joey has decided that airplanes are much faster than a tractor. After being out flying all day he has a new way of taking a nap.
Happy Valentine's Day. He is at 12 pounds."

Molly Anne wrote, "
We are experiencing-5 d weather with bitter winds and snow. Luna quickly accepted the challenge of navigating in 10+” of snow. With no hesitation, she dove in; jumping, pouncing, tunneling and biting at it. Her rabbit coat is very warm, and with a healthy layer of Mushers Secret on her pads she did not suffer any ice balls. Actually, she seems to float rather than sink through the snow.
For Valentine’s Day I made her a new matching lead and collar, plus she got a large cow ear.
When the weather settles, a Cherrybrook delivery is due, so there is no point in giving her a bath until then. For the moment, she can just play in the snow, and (try to) chase flocks of brazen birds that invade her kingdom."

And here is Luna enjoying the snow!

Luna is the mom and grandma of many of our Lhasas. She is the dam of champions Bekka, Chance, and Gabby, and their brother Beethoven who is currently being shown. You have seen their photos in other posts. She is the grandma of our Millie and of the current litter of Bekka and Josh puppies.

That's it for today! Those of you who are also having a hard and really really cold winter, stay safe and warm. Those of you who are lucky enough to live where it is warm, send some of that sun our way, soon please!

Lhasa love to you all.



Friday, January 29, 2021

January Doldrums - Part 2

 Well, it is "one of those days!" I pushed a wrong/random key as I was working on the January Doldrums post and "presto" -- everything disappeared. When I got it back, low and behold, Blogspot did not give me an edit option. 

Messing around and (I admit) a few swear words later, I gave up trying to edit and just decided I would make a Part 2 to finish posting the photos and note from others. It just is not worth the frustration. Blogspot keeps changing things, but taking away the edit option irks me -- a lot!!!

So, as I was saying, back to

Notes and Photos from Others

Sally wrote about Ginger, "My tomboy before and after some play time 😂" and sent these photos:


and After

Here is Emmy's brother Tucker playing with his friend Rosie. Shelly wrote, "He weighs 9.11 lbs and loves wrestling with Rosie, chasing Scout who hisses the entire time (I secretly think he likes it as he looks for Tucker), barking at Pearce and giving lots of cuddles and kisses. Couldn’t imagine our family without him!

Joey (via owner Paul) sent me this message: "The sun hit my hair and it had a reddish tint to it. You can only see the red when the sun hits my hair just right. For some reason I love to bark a lot, which mom and dad don't like too much. And of course I am still biting and chewing on mom's and dad's arm and hands. I sure hope this stops soon. I really love the snow on my deck behind the house. I go out there by myself as much as I can to play and do go back in before I get too cold...As of Sunday morning I weighed 11.4 pounds even with all my running around the house and on my deck. I did get a phone and chewed it all up, I still have to have Dad send out the emails for me."

The phone Joey chewed!

Judy wrote about Ty: "Ty has started something new. He walks the first 2 or 3 jumps in agility and then starts running! Yikes! I am working on the basics of rally with him so maybe this summer I will move him to rally.  The hardest part for him is walking. He is always trots or runs everywhere."

Sharon wrote about Chance: "Jim and I both love Chance and consider him a part of our family. Chance is the best medicine I could have, he's so sweet and affectionate, and petting him is better than seeing a therapist!"

Lynn sent a photo of her Amie.

Kathy wrote about Jampa, who is a litter brother to Millie. As a matter of fact, the puppies we have now are from a repeat of the breeding that produced Millie and Jampa (and others!).  

She wrote, "Jampa is healthy and happy.  This is especially so since I have been home so much over the last 6 months.  He gets play time with me and taken outside to play in the snow (BRRR!). He has his favorite toys and we name them.  Once he knows the name, sometimes he'll actually bring the right one back to me. There is "Wombat" which you can see in one of the pictures below, and "Bunny", his absolute favorite.  When I have to mend Bunny because a leg is torn off or the stuffing is coming out, Jampa sits and watches me until I'm done and is too excited when I give the mended Bunny back to him.  (Don't tell him, but he's actually on Bunny #3 since some things just can't be fixed with needle and thread!)...Jampa has been shedding undercoat for about a month now.  I think it's finally over.  I'm not finding mats all over him any more (shoulder, his mane, and all the usual places).  I also think he's decided to change color--again. The new coat is black again."

I totally understand what Kathy is going through with Jampa because Millie has been blowing undercoat like crazy lately. I groomed her one day and it took about an hour. Four days later, I started grooming her again and what a mess. In four days she blew coat so bad that it took me 3 and 1/2 hours to groom her! I was afraid she would not have any coat left! Here is the pile of undercoat that came out of her!

She did have coat left and that scuzzy undercoat does have to come out, but oh my, what a mess.

Speaking of grooming, the other day I received a request asking what kind of basic grooming tools were needed for a Lhasa. My response was 1) a greyhound-style comb with narrow teeth on one end and wider set teeth on the other; 2) a pin brush (it should not have those little balls on the ends of the pins); 3) a face comb; 4) a boar bristle brush with nylon pins. I use the boar brush on feet. I do not use a slicker brush. I never learned how to use one the right way and not knowing (or caring to learn!) means I don't use them because if a person does not use one correctly then the results are not good.

It is also important to have a good grooming spray as well as a mat/tangle spray to help with mat removal. 

I have a lot of articles about grooming on my website. Go to  if you care to learn more.

As you know, our adults who are retired from breeding are available for pet homes. One such dog was our Maggie, CH Joyslyn's Moonlight Magic (the mother of Kimmi, who is the mother of Autumn, who is the mother of Emmy). Here is a photo we took of Maggie when she finished her championship.

Beautiful, right!!??
Well, Maggie's current owners had an artist do a painting based on that photo. The result was gorgeous!

Special congratulations go out to Gwen West (owner) and Sue Cannimore (handler) of Joyslyn's Beethoven Fifth West, who is a litter brother to Bekka and Chance. They are all Luna's offspring. Beethoven is pictured below after winning Best of Breed and taking Group 3 and Group 4 placements.

That's it for now! Stay safe and healthy! Wear a mask!!