Saturday, May 20, 2017

I'm Baaaack!

Nope, I have not been hiding under a rock, although these past few weeks I've often wanted to jump into bed and pull the covers over my head and just sleep.

Things have been happening around here! My work at the Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education has a grant-writing component, so that is one thing I have been focused on since the Request for Proposals came out in April. I had help from my staff of course, but the bulk of the responsibility was mine. I am pleased to say that the proposal is now finished and ready to be copied and boxed up and sent on its way next week. Then the long and stress-filled wait begins. Will we get the grant or won't we? The jobs of 12 people depend on the funding agency saying "Yes" to our proposal.

We journeyed to Iowa at the end of April for our granddaughter's 11th birthday. We took her to lunch, then went shopping and she managed to stay within the budget I gave her. Afterwards, we went to her Dad's and had some cake and ice cream - and more presents.

 It is hard to believe she will be in 6th grade next year. Time really does fly. We miss her since the family moved to Iowa when she was 9. We used to see her multiple times a week.

As far as the dogs are concerned, there is a lot of news and a lot of photos. First, two of the girls finally came in season and will be bred soon. Those of you waiting for puppies, please pray that the breedings are successful and result in pregnancy and puppies.

The news about the dog shows is that we have been quite successful this month. On May 5-7, Josh and Jenna went with me to the Dairyland Classic shows in Jefferson, WI. LaVonne Bennett graciously invited us to stay at her house in Madison, where it was nice to relax after being at the show grounds all day. The weather was windy, chilly, and rainy. Our grooming set up was inside a building but the concrete floors were really cold and the building was not insulated, so we were really uncomfortable at times.

Jenna was not happy about being there, so of course her tail was down and that was that. It was disappointing, but Josh's wins made up for that!

Josh had an exciting weekend.
Friday: Anne Savory Bolus awarded him Best Of Breed/Best Of Breed Owner Handled and then a Non-Sporting Group 3; Keke Kahn awarded him Owner Handled Group 1, and John Cole awarded him Owner Handled Reserve Best In Show.

Saturday: David Bolus awarded him Best Of Breed/Best Of Breed Owner Handled; Keke Kahn awarded him Non-Sporting Group 3; Anne Savory Bolus awarded him Owner Handled Group 1); and Keke Kahn awarded him Owner Handled Reserve Best In Show.

Sunday: James Reynolds Best Of Breed/Best Of Breed Owner Handled and David Bolus awarded him Owner Handled Group 3. 
It was a great weekend for us and I am grateful to all the judges who appreciated Josh. I am very proud of him!

And here are the photos we had taken of those wins! We were not able to get a photo of his Owner-Handled Group 1 win on Saturday because the judge left while we were in the OH Best in Show ring, and on Sunday, we did not want to wait around for photos after the OH group judging. It was time to pack up and make the long drive home.

Anne Savory Bolus - Non-Sporting Group 3
Keke Khan - Owner Handled Non-Sporting Group 1

John Cole - Non-Sporting Owner Handled Reserve Best In Show
Keke Kahn - Non-Sporting Group 3
Keke Kahn - Owner Handled Non-Sporting Group Reserve Best in Show

Last weekend we were at the Scott County Kennel Club show and had some nice wins. It was Onyx's (Joyslyn's Onyx) first show and she took Reserve to Jenna. Jenna earned 1 point and now needs just 3 singles to finish. Josh took Best of Breed (nothing in Group though). The club hosted a veteran's competition so we took Breaker (GCH Joyslyn's Heartbreaker). Breaker will be 9 in August. He is Josh's sire. Ten dogs were in the ring for Best Veteran in Show. Guess who won? Breaker!!! I'm so proud of him. He showed perfectly, not one misstep and he had a great time too! Judge for Breed and for Veteran BIS was Mr. Wayne Bousek. On Sunday, Onyx took the point over Jenna and Josh took Select Dog. Onyx competed in the Non-Sporting Best Puppy Group and took 2nd. We then packed up and drove home. Lynn went along to those shows with me since we'd entered more dogs than I could juggle alone. By the next time I post, we should have received Breaker's Best in Show Veteran photo. I hope it turns out well.

Jenna, Onyx, and I - along with my friend Jane Chapin and two of her young Shiba Inu - have been attending training classes in Peoria. It takes us about an hour and 45 minutes to get there. Class lasts and hour and then we drive home. This coming Monday is our final class. Onyx is doing well, but Jenna hates class as much as she hates showing now. She used to love the ring, but the long break over the winter really changed her mind. If she did not just need 3 single points, I would be tempted just to forget showing her, but that's too close to a championship and I've invested a lot of time, effort, and money just to give up. Miracles do happen, right? Just look at what happened with Greta!

 Here is a picture I took of Jenna after she was bathed for last weekend's show.
Joyslyn MLS Dakota Je Na Sais Quoi
Oh, speaking of bathing, I have to tell you another story. Last Friday I spent from 7AM to 2PM grooming and bathing the 3 show dogs plus Greta, Kimmi, and Rafe. Then I threw some dog towels in the washer and left to get gas and money for the weekend trip to Rock Island. Jenna, Greta, and Onyx were in the utility room. While I was away, the floor drain in the utility room overflowed when the washer was emptying, and I came home to the girls splashing around the room, wet up to their shoulders. They had to be re-bathed. Let's just say I was not a happy person and leave it at that.

Yesterday morning the plumber came. Hopefully, whatever he did to the drain to clean it out was successful and there will be no more overflows. I am now $200 poorer than I was before the plumber arrived.

Remember that I told you we were in Jefferson, WI, for the show at the first of the month? Well, a friend sent me a link to an article about the October festival that will be held in Jefferson. It is a Harry Potter festival! The article begins, "Are you a muggle, or a wizard? We don’t care if you’re a Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin…you definitely need to put October 20-22 on your calendar, because one of Wisconsin’s biggest festivals will be happening this fall, and you don’t want to miss it. In fact, even muggles will want to attend. Check out this magical festival!"

Those dates are too close to the American Lhasa Apso Club's national specialty week for me to be able to go, but it sounds like a good time!

At this point I want to recommend America's VetDogs Treats. My dogs love these treats and, as you can read for yourself in the ad below, buying them also makes a difference to veterans with disabilities.

 Notes and Photos from Puppy Buyers and Friends

I have heard from some of you that you enjoy reading about Mary Rees' Lhasa Belle's work in agility. Mary sent a photo of Belle and a note about her, along with a link to more photos.

Mary wrote, "I was waiting for pics from the Bichon Trial—none of Belle; so here’s a pic from another event; she was the last to run;  photographer probably didn’t want to wait around for last dog. It was a Novice JWW and a little more curvy than Belle is use to; she did well; Qd, no faults,  enthusiastic, a few sec over time. The judge in the ring followed us out 'she is just darn cute.' was his comment. Another, judge, there for observation, made a point to come up to us after the run. 'Just wanted to let you know, no faults, Q; she did well.' This judge at another trial commented on the girls, their runs, my handling, their grooming [and] said 'Hang in there for speed, it will come.' It’s not often a judge corners out a novice dog. So once again, thank you for my Belle; she is an gem to my household."

Joe Dobkin, who owns Kimmi's sister Abby, shared this episode about Abby on his Facebook page, "Well, I got my cardio in early today! Today was Abby's Heartguard day...She ran when I was about to give her the medicated chew. We ran up and down staircases, under beds, tables, chairs, in closets, and around curios. Then she vanished without a trace or a sound. Hmmm... I thought, as I eagerly looked and called out for her. There was only one place left to check, as you see in the movies or television—the shower. Yep, she was hiding in the shower—all hunkered down and having pulled the curtain closed so as to not reveal her furry self. I said: "Gotcha'!" She then popped out, devoured the Heartguard in my hand (which she had previously loved) and proceeded to smother me with 1000 sweet kisses- sneaking in a little tooth here and there-as only Abby can. Sneaky Doggy!"

Ted and Eve Polish wrote to me on the occasion of Lucky's 5th birthday to say, "Well time sure flies by. Lucky and his buddies celebrated his 5th Birthday last week. Nothing has changed in 5 years. He plays all day long at the dog day care centre while some of the other dogs have a rest in the afternoon. He comes home and doesn’t stop until bed time. Always full of energy.  Eve went to New York for a week with 10 of her friends and I walked Lucky every morning and evening. Our neighbours were shocked as Ev is the walker. I took a lot of ribbing but it's always good for a couple of laughs. Lucky is a chewer and we are starting to realize which toy to buy and which one not to buy. His record of destruction for a new toy is 10 minutes or in dollars $16.09 plus tax. We still have the purple bottle bunny and he still plays with it. It is the only one to have survived for 5 years."

(I will add here that Ted is not the first puppy buyer to tell me that his Lhasa still has the toy that I sent home with them. Judy Laffoon told me that Raven still cherishes the blanket and big stuffed bone pillow I sent home with her. Others have said the same. I'm sure that others of the puppies no longer still have or love the toy they left here with, but still, it is interesting...)

Here is a photo of Kim and Snickers taken on Kim's birthday. Kim wrote that Snickers thought the cake was for him!

Denise wrote about her puppy Duncan, "Just a couple of cute photos of Duncan just back from the groomers. I make sure they don't cut his lashes. I love reading your blog and keeping up with your news on new and past pups!! So many look similar to our Duncan! He is such a looker and he certainly knows it. Hope all is well and you enjoy your summer."

Kathy wrote about Sophie: "It was good to see Greta’s championship photo in your last blog!  Sophie is very proud of her sister! We just returned from a trip to St. George Island, Florida, a very pet-friendly destination in the Florida Panhandle. While Sophie would rather be home than traveling, she did enjoy her visits to the beach, so she could roll around in “who-knows-what”!  Here is another picture of her, patiently waiting to get back home."
Sophie on the beach, rolling in "who-knows-what"

Sophie chillin' out - waiting to go home

I am out of news and out of stories! I will end as usual by saying what we all already know:

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

Until next time,


Monday, April 24, 2017

April Coming To A Close

"The difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting". ~ Walt Disney

Not much has happened since I wrote last and yet it seems as if I have been really busy. We had an unusual Easter this year since it was the first time in 10 years that our granddaughter was not here to spice up the holiday. We were basically bored most and took ourselves out to lunch at an Asian restaurant. Our son, Trevor, came home Easter evening and stayed for a few days. He hasn't been able to get away since Christmas, and it was good to have him here. The dogs love him!

Work has been a bit stressful. I'm the main grant writer in our office, and we have a grant proposal deadline at the end of May. The grant is a large one and its funding employs a lot of people so, even though we've had the project for some time, we still worry about the possibility of competition and the future if we are not funded. Nothing can be taken for granted! So, yeah, it's been stressful. The writing is going well though and the first draft should be done by the middle of the week.

As for the Lhasas, all is well. The girls still have not come in season. It's out of my hands, so I am  trying hard not to be annoyed. Nonetheless, their tardiness has upset the schedule I had in mind. Just watch, they'll come in season at the same time and then what?? Decisions, decisions?

Speaking of decisions: "Various internet sources estimate that an adult makes about 35,000 remotely conscious decisions each day (in contrast a child makes about 3,000). This number may sound absurd, but in fact, we make 226.7 decisions each day on just food alone according to researchers at Cornell University (Wansink and Sobal, 2007)."

No wonder my brain is tired, and I hate deciding what to make for dinner each evening!

Today was a "red-letter day" because Greta's official Championship Certificate arrived from AKC! On Saturday her finishing photo arrived in the mail.

 Now for some photos!

 Here is Greta's final show photo. Note the "New Champion" on the sign.

Here is a photo taken of her when she was about 5 months old - in March of 2016, so there is about a year between the two photos. What a difference!
Greta - almost 5 months
Two posts ago I wrote about the show in Manitowoc. Here are a couple photos that were taken at that show. First is a photo of LaVonne and me with her dogs, Cooper (who is the son of my Rafe) and Misti, whom LaVonne and I co-own. Cooper won his first points that day and Misti won Best Opposite Sex. The dogs look great. LaVonne and me? Not so much. Do not ask me what that photographer was thinking when he chose that particular photo. Lately, many show photographers take a couple pictures. The companies I like best then post all the photos they've taken of a person's dog on a website, where they can be looked at and the best selected. Some show photographers are "old fashioned" in that they choose the photo and send it to you whether you like it or not. Anyway, the dogs look great. Don't look at LaVonne and me (unless you want to laugh -- we can take it!). I still can't figure out why I was looking up. There was nothing up there but a ceiling!

Cooper also won Best Puppy and went on to compete in the Puppy Non-Sporting Group, where he took a Group 4. We are very happy with Cooper. That weekend was his first show weekend and he was happy and comfortable in the ring. Very showy puppy!

Joe posted a cute photo of his Abby on his Facebook page. Abby is a litter sister to Kimmi. Their parents are Breaker (GCH CH Joyslyn's Heartbreaker) and Maggie (CH Joyslyn's Moonlight Magic).

Joe's Abby

Marsha Susag sent me a link to a YouTube video of her Lhasa Lindy participating in a Barn Hunt event. Lindy is Josh’s and Greta’s grandmother. The object of the Barn Hunt is to find the rat(s) that are protected in tubes and hidden in bales of hay. The dogs also are required to jump on a bale of hay and to go through a tunnel. Lindy’s work shown on this video resulted in a "Q" - a qualification toward a new title.
Here is a photo of Lindy taken when she stayed with us for a couple weeks.
GCH CH MLS Desiderata Lindy
Mary Rees sent some photos and updates about Belle (Joyslyn's Beauty Secret) and her other two Lhasas, Roman and Moka, all of whom run agility. Well, not Roman -- he is now retired from competition, but he still goes to the trials with the girls.

Mary wrote, "2 Qs for the girls this weekend at the AKC Twin Cities Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club Agility Trial. It was a long day, running late, especially for Belle running last of the day."

Here are photos of Mary's girls with their ribbons, taken at home after the trial. Belle is on the left, Moka on the right.
Mary had previously written and sent a photo of all three of the Lhasas. She wrote about Belle: "Roman’s crate is on the kitchen floor;  he has a clamp on dish, always has some kibble in it. On the way to the door in the morning to go out, Belle quickly grabs a mouthful of the kibble, stops, looks at me, doesn’t chew until outside. It’s like a kid getting caught in the cookie jar. I found a bait she cannot resist…steak. It’s NY strip, ribeye. I have had to learn how to pan cook it like a restaurant, but she is tipping the teeter for steak. Only time I use steak for bait is the teeter; hopefully will get her over her fear. We have gone backwards a bit in our connection in running; Belle tends to want to run fast, just the wrong direction! She has her Novice Jumpers title. I am just not ready to move her up until we get better teamwork."

Belle in front with Roman behind her and Moka on the right

Our condolences to Roman and Violet Chichy on the loss of their Lhasa, Yogi, at age 14. He was spoiled and well loved, as all Lhasas should be. He was a half brother to our GCH CH Joyslyn MiToya Wind Walker. Here is Yogi on the day before he left for his new home with Roman and Violet all those years ago. I still remember the day they came to pick him up. 
What a cutie!
Our heads tell us that our Lhasas will be with us such a short time and leave us much too soon, but our hearts want them to live forever. Many of you reading this have experienced the passing of your Lhasas and know the horrible sense of loss. "They are waiting for us at the Rainbow Bridge" we tell each other. I have to say, I am going to be disappointed if this is not true. I fully expect to be bowled over as I am greeted by my many beautiful Lhasas who have gone before me! (I just hope they all still have a long, long wait for me!)

With that, I will end as always, with the reminder that

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




Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter, Happy Spring!

“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.”
~Pope John Paul II

Happy Easter! This year the Easter weekend happened to fall on our anniversary. On April 15, we'd been married 45 years. I do not know where the time went. The wedding memories are still fairly fresh. Lynn's college roommate, Ron, made our wedding cake (our mothers were horrified at the idea and were sure there would be no cake at the reception. It was touch and go and the cake was finally decorated with fresh flowers -- and it tasted good too!) The headpiece on my veil gave me a headache. Lynn forgot the trousers to his tux at home in his closet and someone had to make a quick run to find them. Our friends sang "You're Nobody Til Somebody Loves You" to us on the steps of the church. Lynn's friends "kidnapped" him for a joy ride and he was missing in action for some of the reception. The minister handed our host and hostess brooms and made them sweep up the rice! I recall a wild car ride with a lot of honking through our college campus. There are more fond memories. We were young, and it's a good thing we had no idea of some of the challenges that were ahead.

Here are a couple then and now pictures. (Yes, that is a crushed velvet tux - evidently all the rage in 1972!)

Then: April 15, 1972

Greta and I arrived home on Friday night. I drove to Memphis where I met Sue, Greta's handler, who graciously agreed to meet me and shorten my time on the road. The road trip was not bad but I had no idea how boring I-55 South was! Ugh...seemed to take forever to get there. My GPS is not on my list of favorite "people" because on the way home it sent me on a wild goose chase in St Louis, taking me more than 30 miles out of my way in the midst of Friday rush hour traffic and adding more time than necessary to my trip. I later figured out "she" was trying to send me to a two-lane road instead of keeping me on the Interstate. I argued with "her" but she was not persuaded, so I turned her off, found an exit, consulted a map, and made my own way back to the Interstate! Grrrr...

Here is the photo of Greta's second major that arrived in Saturday's mail. The judge is Al Krause.

Alicia sent me a note and photos of her Joyslyn's puppies Edison and Quimby. She wrote, "We adore our pups and all the fun they bring us. Edison is a rough and tumble mama's boy. He keeps up with our boys with no difficulties and will only settle for cuddles when I sit down. He must be the first in my lap in the morning! Quimby is a diva who thinks all the toys and treats belong to her.  She will steal things right from Edison's mouth while he looks mournfully to the humans for help. We are definitely working on that! Her personality is so hilarious. She will become floppy like a cat when she doesn't want to do something so we often have this floppy, broken-looking puppy to get off the couch when she knows it's time to go in the kennel for the night! They love their puppy trailer which we bought so they can join us on bike rides. We get quite a few double-takes but they love to get out and run around when we stop. It lets us take long days out without feeling guilty that they are stuck bored at home. They are learning patience and sharing as they wait for treats; they love green beans!  Everyone is house-broken (yay!) but neither has quite finished trying to use their teeth on my baseboards despite a multitude of enticing chew toys.  Puppies through and through."

Edison on the left, Quimby on the right

Edison and Quimby in their stroller

 Spring seems to have arrived at last. Our dogs are enjoying the nice weather and being outside for longer periods of time. Happy Easter, Happy Spring! Best wishes for the coming months!

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




Thursday, April 6, 2017

April and Show Results

“The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day.” 
~ Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat

Given the amount of rain, wind, and chill April has brought our area so far, we should have plenty of May flowers. Our spirits need the uplift a warm sunny April day could bring. Not happening so far!

When I last wrote, I told you I was headed to WI for a 4-day show. The drive there was accompanied by windshield wipers. We had one sunny day; then the cold, wind, and rain returned, and my wipers were again kept busy whole long ride home.

The 4 days were great. It was wonderful to be back in the ring and to hang out with my WI Lhasa friends. We stayed at Jan and Dean Graunke's Birch Creek Inn and hung out in Jan's kitchen, eating yummy meals she'd prepared for us, then moved to her living room where we played with Lhasa puppies Jan and Karen Schlais had bred. It was great to be together with friends again. I haven't been to a show since October.

We did "okay." I took Jenna, who needs only four single points to finish. Sitting home between the national specialty in October and this show at the end of March was not a good thing for her. She was apprehensive and on Thursday and Sunday had her tail up on the first go-around, but once on the exam table, she obviously was afraid. The tail went down and stayed. It never was up on Friday and Saturday. So I will keep taking her for the experience and to get her used to the shows again. She is not ready to win appearance-wise either. Her coat is not all the way down and new coat of a different color is coming in and that looks strange too. She is a slow maturer and I have to be patient. Her day will come - but it might be another year before that happens! Anyway, Jenna took 2nd in her class of two all four days. The winner of that class was Jan and Karen's Golden Tu Karlyn Code of the Cozmos (Mo). She took Reserve Winners Bitch on Friday to Northwind Miss Independent, but won the points the other three days.

Mon Ami's Breezy Autumn Sunrise (Cooper), owned by LaVonne Bennett, was the only male entered in the classes. This was his first show weekend. He took Best of Winners on Friday for two points. On Saturday, he took Best Puppy and went on to earn 4th place in the Non-Sporting Puppy Group. I was an especially proud "grandma" since Cooper's sire is my GCh Ch Joyslyn's Inherit The Wind (Rafe).

Karen and Jan's Ch. Karlyn Golden Tu Sing Soft Kitty To Me (Penny) took Select Bitch all 4 days, earning her points and helping her fulfill requirements toward her Grand Championship. Again, I'm very proud to be the owner of her sire, GCh Ch Joyslyn's Heart Breaker.

Josh's sister, Cinder, Joyslyn MLS Dakota Windy Winter Night Mon Ami, owned by LaVonne Bennett, took 2nd in her class all 4 days and Cinder's daughter, Misti, Ch. Mon Ami 'N Joyslyn Shades of Summer took Best Opposite Sex three of the four days, earning her points and helping her fulfill requirements toward her Grand Championship.

The Best of Breed wins were shared by the three male specials. Tami Bagley's GCHS CH Ha-Lee Kiki Ari Captain Morgan won on Thursday. GCH CH Riverview Hylan Sho  Tru Chase that Dream, shown by Lynn Meyer, won on Saturday. My Josh, GCH CH Joyslyn MLS Dakota Wind Breaker won on Friday and Sunday.

Here are some photos of Josh in the Non-Sporting Group on Friday.
Part of the Non-Sporting Group Line-up - See us at the end

Josh and me waiting for the judge to examine him
Josh on the move
One of the best things that happened over the weekend -- and I am very glad it happened on March 31 and not April 1 or I would have suspected an April Fool's joke -- was that I received news from Greta's handler, Sue Cannimore, that Greta had taken Winners Bitch and earned the last point she needed for her championship. I like looking at the words "CH Joyslyn's No Regrets." Here is a photo taken after Greta's final win.

Ch. Joyslyn's No Regrets with her handler Sue Cannimore
Sue had previously shown Greta's sister, Mysti, owned by Deborah and Ron Hauck, to her championship and grand championship. Deborah sent me this photo of Mysti, taken the day she earned her grand championship. Mysti is GCH. CH Joyslyn's Mystic Wind.

New Grand Champion

My friend, Judy Laffoon, owns two Joyslyn's girls. She originally bought Whisper, Joyslyn's Midnight Confessions, and later, when I was ready to retire Whisper's sister, Raven, Ch. Joyslyn's Midnight Enchantment, Judy bought her. Judy and her Lhasas, whom she refers to as her 'Munchkins,'live in CA. Recently Judy and Whisper participated in a benefit for the Morongo Basin Humane Society.  One activity with the dogs was a Musical Sits Game. Whisper and Judy won! Here are some photos of Whisper and Judy.

The next photo was sent by Chuck and Steve of their Joyslyn's puppy, Cooper. Cooper is the son of Josh and Luna (Ch. Joyslyn Ja-Ma Dancing By the Light of the Moon). I love his red color. You can see he has a great coat texture and such a pretty face!

Looking forward, we don't have any shows planned until the beginning of May and then we'll be busy at least three weekends with shows in WI and IL. The new puppy, Onyx, will be 6 months old and able to be entered in shows in mid-May. She is black with just a bit of white on her front feet and chin so it is hard to get a photo of her. She is a Josh daughter and her dam is Ch. Cozmos Chiennoir (Shadow).

Unfortunately, we are still waiting for the girls to come in season. They are long overdue...

Oh, and our son's band, Black Fast, is in a competition with other metal bands for the opportunity to tour with and open for Metallica. The choice of the winning band is done via online voting. If you would like to help Black Fast's chances, go to the band's Facebook page for information about how to vote. A person can vote once a day until the contest is over. Even if you hate metal music, your vote for Black Fast would be appreciated!

Events coming up this month are a visit from our son and his girlfriend, a long drive south to pick up Greta, our 45th anniversary, Easter, and our granddaughter's 11 birthday. It's a short and busy month! Let's just hope for sunny April days that show up soon!

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



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!