Sunday, October 14, 2018

A Repost and Some Notes and Photos

I want to share an article with you written by Diane Klumb in 2002. I’ve posted it on this blog in the past and ran across last week as I was searching my files for something else. The point of the article is probably more important today than it was 16 years ago when the article was first published.

Diane Klumb is a monthly columnist for ShowSight  magazine, an award-winning dog author, and dog breeder. In the article that follows, Klumb discusses the ensuing "war" on dog breeders and makes some logical arguments.

With so many economic problems, natural disasters, uprisings and wars across the globe vying for our attention, it's easy to gloss over the difficulties animal rights activists are creating nationwide in all areas related to animals. For dog breeders and dog owners, as city after city and state after state are besieged by anti-dog legislation under the guise of protecting animals, and as animal rights activists strive to make anyone who breeds dogs a criminal or an object of disdain, the worry is that our own rights as citizens will be compromised in the process. I lost count of how many of my own puppy buyers shared with me that some of their very best friends chastised them for buying a purebred instead of "adopting" a rescue dog. One even said that a friend of hers for many years was no longer speaking to her because she decided to by a purebred Lhasa!!

Legislators fall victim to smooth talking lobbyists, big contributions, and tear-inducing commercials on TV. Many choose to support legislation that will negatively impact who can breed and own dogs. Not one single reputable breeder of purebred dogs wants any dog, be it purebred or mutt, to endure the conditions many dogs are found in due to poor breeding and housing practices in many rural kennels across the country. However, all breeders should not be punished for the sins of those who mistreat dogs with shoddy breeding and housing practices. As a result, some dog breeders are giving up, laying low, or hiding their heads in the sand, hoping the endless battle is all a bad dream. Others are standing proud and fighting back. The battle continues and, while it often seems as if the other side is winning, it is refreshing to hear a voice such as Diane's "tell it like it is." It’s just too bad that so few improvements have been made over the past 16 years.

"Hi. My name is Diane, and I am a Breeder. I am good at it, and I am damned proud of it. I bought my first show dog in 1969 and whelped my first litter in April, 1975.

I have, since that inauspicious beginning, in partnership with my long suffering husband and a few good friends produced a few dozen champions, some top producers, a handful of Specials, and a lot of superb close-working grouse dogs and well loved companions. We kept a fair number over the years and sold the rest. (NOTE: I said sold, not 'placed'...we'll address that particular idiocy later.) We owned a kennel for many years, and trained gun dogs. This involved the killing of untold numbers of game birds, all of which we ate. I have more recipes for pheasant, grouse and woodcock than you can shake a stick at. We showed our hunting dogs and hunted over our show dogs.

I do not believe for a minute that the whelping or sale of a single one of those purebred dogs is in any way responsible for the euthanasia of a million unwanted dogs a year at shelters around the country, any more than I believed that cleaning my plate when I was a kid could in any way benefit all the poor starving children in Africa, no matter how much the nuns or my mother tried to make me feel guilty about it.

I couldn't see the logic then and I can't see it now (although today I would maybe refrain from suggesting that we bundle up Sister Edlita's meatloaf and actually send it to the poor starving children in Africa.)

Look at it this way: If I go to a bookstore specifically to buy Matt Ridley's The Human Genome (which, as it happens, I recently did) and that bookstore does not have it, I will do one of two things - I will order it, or I will go to another bookstore that does carry it and purchase it there. What I will NOT do is take the same money and buy Martha Stewart's latest cookbook instead, because this is not what I want.

Guilt without logic is dangerous.

Show breeders are simply not responsible for the millions of unplanned and unwanted mongrels produced in this country. Period. So don't let anyone make you feel guilty about it.

I do not understand why the top horse farms in this country are not in the least embarrassed by the fact they make a lot of money doing it, yet in the world of dogs if one is to be respected, one is to lose one's ass financially. That is a load of horse shit, pure and simple, yet we accept it meekly and without question.

Why is that?

Basic economic theory suggests that if we are not turning a profit, one of two things is wrong - we suffer from poor management, or we are not asking enough for our product to cover our production costs.

What are our costs?  Well, if we are breeding good dogs, besides basic food and veterinary costs we ought to be adding in the costs of showing these animals, and advertising, and health testing, which are not expenses incurred by the high volume breeders (puppy mills).

OK, so we have much higher costs involved in producing our healthier, sounder animals. Yet the average pet shop puppy sells for about the same as the average well bred pet from show stock, and often they sell for much more. What's wrong with this picture? We're stupid that's what's wrong.

Q. Why does a Jaguar sell for ten times more than a Hundai?
A. Because it's worth more and everyone knows it. "And everyone knows it" is the key phrase here, folks. But somehow no one knows our puppies are worth more and we're embarrassed to tell them. Why is that?

The difference between the sale price of a multi million dollar stallion and what he's worth as horsemeat on any given day at a livestock auction is quality. Yet we cannot address this issue in dogs because we are embarrassed to talk about money and dogs in the same breath.

Why is that?

OK, I'll tell you, because someone has to come out and say this sooner or later. There is a war going on. Unlike most wars, however, this one actually has three sides rather than two.

1. We have Show breeders, who are producing a small number of purebred dogs.

2. We have High-Volume breeders who are producing a large number of purebred dogs.

3. We have Animal Rights Activists, who believe that neither group has the right to breed or even own purebred dogs, much less make a profit at it.

While the first group is busy trying to get rid of the second group because they don't like the way they breed dogs (which by the way ain't gonna happen as long as the American public wants purebred dogs and the first group won't produce them) the third group is winning the war.

You think I'm making this up?

Then how come we've started saying we "placed" our puppies instead of sold them? We talk about the new "adoptive homes" instead of their new owners. What's next? Instead of price of a puppy, we'll charge an "adoption fee?" What's wrong with this new language? I'll tell you.

We didn't come up with it, the Animal Rights Activists did - we are just stupid enough to use it. We are stupid because it's based on the premise that we have no right to own dogs. It is based on the premise that dog ownership is the moral equivalent of human slavery, and that the species Homo sapiens has no right to use any other species for any purpose whatsoever, be it food, clothing, medical research, recreation or involuntary companionship.

Now, I don't know about you, but my politically incorrect opinion is: Our species did not spend the last million years clawing our way to the top of the food chain to eat tofu. The stuff tastes like shit no matter how you cook it, and there is absolutely no sense pretending otherwise.

 Zoology 101: Animals who kill other animals for their primary food source are called predators. Their eyes are generally on the front of their skulls, they have teeth designed to tear flesh from bone, and a digestive system designed to digest meat (like us). Animals that live primarily off vegetation are called herbivores. They have better peripheral vision, flat teeth for grinding, and the most efficient of them have multiple stomachs, which we do not (like cows). And lastly, Animals who live primarily off what other have killed (carrion) are called scavengers (think about that one long and hard.)

Man like the canis, is a pack-hunting predator, which is probably why we get along so well. (If that fact bothers you, get over it.) How did we get to the top of the food chain? We are the most intelligent and efficient pack-hunters ever to suck oxygen from the atmosphere, that's how. We are certainly intelligent enough to understand that maintaining that position on this small planet depends on responsible stewardship, not guilt. And we are so damned efficient that we can support a tremendous number of scavengers in our midst -- Like the Animal Rights Activists, for instance. (Me, I think we should dump the whole lot of them buck naked in the Boundary Waters and see how well this egalitarian philosophy of theirs plays out, but that's probably too politically incorrect for anybody else to consider )

So what do we do?

Well, to begin with we need to regain control. The first way we do this is with language, which is the tool they have been using on us. These people who don't want us to "own" dogs are likening themselves to Abolitionists. That's a fallacy, unless you accept the premise that dogs are really little humans in fur coats, which frankly is an insult to a species that has never waged war on the basis of religious differences.

No, the group they really resemble is the Prohibitionists - remember them? A particularly annoying bunch of zealots who firmly believed and somehow managed to convince our duly elected representatives that alcohol was a bad
thing, and any beverage containing it should be illegal in these United States of America. Very few Americans actually agreed with this, by the way, but by the time Congress got its head out of its collective you-know-what, a whole new industry had developed - Organized Crime.

We look back at that whole debacle now and wonder how anything that stupid and wrongheaded ever happened. Well, boys and girls, in the inimitable words of the great Yogi Berra: "It's deja vu all over again." The Prohibitionists are back.
And once again, we are buying it.....amazing."
~published in ShowSight Magazine September 2002


Some of Chance and Jenna's puppies have already left for new homes, and some of their new owners have sent notes and photos that I will share. Baron is still here and still lobbying to stay here and be my next show puppy. He is making a strong case for staying and will probably get his wish. Soon he will be the only puppy left from that litter. In the meantime, he and his sister Roxy are enjoying playing together and thinking up mischief. Like a true Lhasa female, Roxy bosses Baron around and, like a true Lhasa male, he's okay with that as long as I hold him first!

Miss Roxy - 12 weeks - very full of herself

Baron - 12 weeks
 Here is a profile view of Baron during one of our practice sessions as I am trying to teach him how to stand for exam. Note that I wrote "trying." He's not really into the show dog thing yet.
Baron 12 weeks
Josh and Luna's puppies have all been spoken for. They are now 7 weeks old and just as cute as cute can be. The girls are "stunning!"
Ginger - 7 weeks

Molly - 7 weeks

Jet - 7 weeks
 Notes, Updates, and Photos From Others

From Lynne about Stone: "Dear Joyce, Just thought I’d let you know that Stone is doing really well in his new home and with his new “big sister”! It took a couple of days for Lizzie to get used to Stone, but she’s been really good with him. They actually started playing with each other yesterday afternoon! … He’s just the sweetest little guy, it’s not hard to love him! He’s feeling much more comfortable here now and is keeping me on my toes. So many new things to check out and do. He’s been sleeping through the night with his “Snuggle Buddy”. He loves to cuddle with it during the day, as well…Thank you for trusting me to love him forever! Everyone he’s met have fallen in love with him, as well. He’s a snuggler now, but I’m sure as he gets older that will change. So I’ll take all the puppy snuggles I get get now!"
Stone, obviously comfortable in his new home!
From Marilyn about Hunter and Maci: "Hi Joyce, I hope all is well with you and your family. Finally it seems like fall is here to stay for awhile. I am so ready for the cooler weather. I wanted to send a cute pic of Hunter. It will be a year on the 14th since you brought him to us. He is such a joy. Maci has her moody “princess” times, and he is just always in a happy, goofy, mood. He is a true Lhasa in that he guards the house as well it’s occupants. Our groomer says it takes her twice as long to groom him because every time she puts her face near him, she is greeted with kisses! We are so happy we have him. I am thinking you may be attending the National show soon…Pics of the puppies in the last blog were adorable. I am thinking they have all left for new homes. Hope you have fun at the show. Can’t wait to see pics."
From Vernita about Ashley: "She rode on my chest back the whole time and I think it’s a bit too late. She’s already spoiled and loving every minute. My husband and I caved Saturday night and put her bed in our bed and she slept for six hours. I want to thank you for making the house breaking process so easy. When she came in the house for the first time she sniffed around and when I put the pad down she went straight to it. She got to meet the others in the family yesterday so it tired her out pretty good last night. So funny to see adult dogs run from her in the yard. She did everything she could to keep up and they did everything they could to keep away. They all eventually started to calm down and by evening, I had four dogs in my house all trying to sit on my lap. Their owners used that time to go get ice cream and shop. So I ended up dog sitting…she is so full of energy and fun. Here’s to our next chapter with Lizzy the Bear, which is what the girls call her."

From Barbara about Lovie: "Hi Joyce, I have to thank you for the perfect little puppy.  She is doing AMAZING at potty training.  She seems to know exactly what she is supposed to do when we go outside.  Very very few accidents in the house – almost none!  Everyone in my vet’s office fell in love with her.  We have an appt Oct 19th for her second round of shots – my regular doctor at our vets had surgery and has been out but will be back that day and I am SO excited to show her. She is the smartest puppy ever - we are so in love with her. Pictures to prove how we are trying our best to spoil her!"
Lovie (known at our house as Sparkle)

Lovie, looking like a princess
From Debra about Seng Kye (known here as Mick): "He rode quietly in my lap for 5 hours.  When I got home he promptly used the piddle pad at the door.  Everyone loves him.  He had five visitors the first day. He is now sleeping on my desk…He follows me everywhere. I couldn't have a more beautiful friend…My good fortune. He fits my life perfectly. I think it was meant to be also.  He seems to love the sound of my voice. He is perfect."

From Mary: "Attached, cute pic of the big and the small. My pet sitter calls Belle the Hoover vacuum surrounding Rafe, from the ground to his mouth, looking for crumbs. Rafe tolerates." Mary also told me that her eventual goal for Rafe is rally. He’s a smart guy, so I am eager to see how he does. She worked a "miracle" with Belle who, when at my house refused to show and preferred to sit around looking lovely. Now she has rally titles and loves running agility. 
Rafe and Belle at Mary's
 These next photos of Shadow were sent by Violet. Shadow is a litter brother to Bekka and Chance.
Shadow and the blanket I sent home with him when he left here

Shadow, again with his blanket near
And, speaking of Chance, here is the photo taken at the Sheboygan show after he won his 2nd major. Only two points to go! 
Joyslyn's Moon Shadows
What's Next?
What's next in my life is preparing for and going to the American Lhasa Apso Club's National Specialty Week, held this year in Maryland. I have a dozen or so lists of things to remember and things to pack. Things will have to come together by Saturday AM because that is when I'm leaving. I always look forward to the National Week. It's a great time to see friends from around the country and also to see so many beautiful Lhasas looking their best.
The schedule for the week is a busy one with very little down time. I'm taking Autumn, who will be 7 months old on the 21st. We'll be showing on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the 6-9 month old class. On Tuesday, I have a Board meeting and a Breed Standard Committee meeting. On Thursday, I will be presenting the Judges' Education Seminar and Workshop in the AM, then attending the Breeder Education presentation and annual meeting in the afternoon, followed by the Awards Banquet in the evening. It will be a full, busy week, but lots of fun!

As far as what is next regarding breedings -- because I know a lot of you are waiting for puppies -- if all goes as planned, we will be doing the next breeding in December or January.

That's it for now!



Thursday, September 27, 2018

Show Results, Puppy Photos, Notes and Photos from Friends, and Some Other Stuff

A puppy is but a dog, plus high spirits, 
and minus common sense. ~Agnes Repplier

Show Results:
Chance, Autumn, and I spent last weekend at shows in Sheboygan. Chance took Winners Dog on Saturday for 1 point and took Winners Dog and Best of Winners on Sunday for a 3 point major. That brought his total points to 13. He needs two more for his championship. I'll post his photo when it comes.

That weekend was Autumn's first weekend for participating in point shows. She was apprehensive about being in the ring alone in the puppy class. We went to a training class on Monday night and she did well until the Mastiff puppy went around the ring and ended up behind her in the line up. She was a bit overwhelmed by such a big puppy!

Puppy Photos:
These pictures were taken of the puppies when they were almost 9 weeks old. They greet me every morning with a chorus of seven strong voices! Except for that, they are a joy!







Notes and Photos from Friends:

I love getting photos and updates -- and sharing them! 
From Jim about Daisy: "Hi Joyce, wanted to share some pics of this sweetheart. She is such a great dog and we get so many compliments about her. She got a light touch up grooming and the groomer said she was so well behaved and clearly well bred. She is very intelligent (sometimes difficult); good with other people and dogs and overall a great puppy. She handles city life great and loves to take trips outside."

My favorite picture of Daisy
From Kim about Snickers: "When Craig leaves in the morning he loves his spot on his [Craig's] pillow. We thought this picture we took this morning was adorable of Snickers. He is just amazing and I think you can tell he is very well loved."
From Lori about Finn: "Hi Joyce, Recognize this handsome guy? On the one hand, I can't believe it's been a whole year since I picked Finn up at your house; on the other, it feels like he's been in my home and my heart forever. He's a big boy -- last time he was weighed, about a month ago, he was 17.5 lbs. Not an ounce of fat, though. He's just sturdy. He's still a "talker" and a cuddler, still crazy about his toys. He would play fetch for hours! He's starting to get a lot of white hairs on his back; his hindquarters and tail are quite silvery, and I think he might just end up with gray eyebrows, which would be adorable. Love him so much!!! "

Jan sent me this photo of Gabby taken when she earned her Championship at the Burlington Kennel Club show in July. Gabby is a litter sister to Bekka and Chance. She finished with 5 majors, all from the puppy class. 
Ch. Joyslyn Golden Tu KarLyn Fire N Ice
A Facebook Find:

As I was scrolling through Facebook, I happened on this photo posted by Juha O. Kares. It is an advertisement from 1934, an interesting piece of history. I hope you are able to read the ad.
Links Containing Interesting Information:  

Are you feeding your Lhasa a grain-free food? I have one Lhasa (16 year old Secret) who was always sensitive to foods containing grains so I put her on a grain free food quite a few years ago and  more recently moved to a limited ingredient grain free food. I found this article interesting and thought it worthy of a link.

The AKC website has some interesting information about the Lhasa Apso. Check it out at  this link.

And don't forget to check out the website of the American Lhasa Apso Club!

That's it for this week!



Friday, September 14, 2018

Mostly Photos and Some Comments About Leptospirosis Vaccine

We are having a lovely autumn here -- crisp mornings and balmy afternoons with warm sunshine, blue sky, and white wispy clouds. Then I think about Hurricane Florence, the damage it is wreaking on lives and properties, those people who decided not to evacuate and those who left and sought shelter where they could, and all who worry about family and friends who live in the hurricane's path. It's a different world between here and there, and I cannot even imagine what those in the hurricane's path must be thinking and feeling right now. "Scared" might cover it.

Thoughts and prayers are with them all.

Today I have quite  a few photos to share, especially at the requests of those people who are waiting to see how their puppies have grown  this past week. However, first I want to show photos of our newest champion, CH Joyslyn's Moonlight Beckons. Bekka's finishing photo arrived this week and really shows what a lovely Lhasa girl she is.

New Champion "Bekka" with judge Nancy Simmons
Don't ask me why I look so solemn in that picture. I was on Cloud 9 and so excited that Bekka was a new champion!

As we usually do with our dogs, we took some portrait photos of Bekka this week. (I wanted to get a photo of her in coat because, now that AKC has sent me her championship certificate and I sure her championship title is official, one day soon, the clippers are coming out!) Here is one of the photos.
Bekka comes from a long line of champions. I thought it might be interesting to show her ancestors on her mom's side of the family.

First we have Bekka's mom, CH. Joyslyn JaMa Dancing By the Light of the Moon (Luna).

Next is Bekka's grandmother, CH Joyslyn's Midnight Enchantment (Raven).

Finally, Bekka's great grandmother, CH Karlyn Joyslyn Who's The Fairest (Mira -- I am so proud of myself for coming up with that name! Love it still!!)
I am so proud of all of them!

And you are right! I have not changed my hairstyle in many, many years!  LOL

Back to photos! Bekka's litter brother, Chance, sired the litter out of Jenna. These puppies will be 7 weeks old on Sunday.
Male - Mick

Male - Pete

Female - Roxy

Female - Sparkle

Male - Stone

Female - Ashley

Male - Baron
Let me tell you, they are a bunch of "characters." Cute. Curious. In to everything.

Judy, who now owns Raven, recently sent a photo and update. "Raven does NOT like my camera. She turns her head to the left, to the right, but will not look at me. Danged retired show dog. LOL … Raven is always happy to go to her groomer, and even more happy when I come to pick her up. She wants me to pick her up and she even gave me a kiss this afternoon. Raven is NOT a kisser for the most part."
Raven, enjoying the CA breeze
Barbara sent photos and a note about her Kamper: "Kamper celebrated his 2nd birthday on July 26.  He loves to run around the backyard - chasing the bunnies, and will play fetch with anyone willing.  He likes to be with us and do anything we do - including paddle boarding (he has his own life jacket too)!"

Kamper is the son of Maggie (CH Joyslyn's Moonlight Magic). Maggie and Raven are sisters.

Kamper in his life jacket
 What About the Lepto Vaccine??

From the time I began breeding Lhasas, the "old timers" cautioned me to avoid giving my Lhasas  vaccine that contained Lepto since Lhasas were known as a breed that could have severe reactions to the vaccine. I have always cautioned my puppy buyers and written in the sales agreement that they should avoid vaccinating their puppy with a vaccine containing Lepto. Now that incidents of Leptospirosis are on the rise, I believe people need to have a serious discussion with their vet regarding incidents in their region and their own dog's activities and possible exposure. In addition, people need to read articles and make up their own minds, always knowing that a negative reaction to the vaccine could also harm their dogs. Some of you who are regular readers may recall how one of my puppy buyers did not remind their vet about the possible negative reaction their Lhasa puppy could have and how they nearly lost her as a result.

My best advice is that if you and your vet decide the vaccine is needed for your Lhasa, then you should hang out in the vet's waiting room for a while, just to make sure you are close by in case your dog gets sick and needs a quick shot of epinephrine.

One article you might read is "Leptospirosis in Dogs: How Concerned Should You Be?"
The article addresses what the disease is and which dogs are most at risk.

Some negative reactions are outlined in the following article:

Common Leptospirosis Vaccine Side Effects

"Side effects and adverse reactions to vaccines can be both mid to severe. Here we have listed some common side effects a dog may have to the canine leptospirosis vaccine.

The first common reaction may be anaphylaxis—which simply means an allergic reaction to the vaccine. Remember, some vaccines are actually created using the proteins of the actual virus or bacteria itself. If the vaccine tends to have a large amount of the bacterial protein, then chances are some dogs may develop some form of an allergic reaction.

The second common reaction a dog may develop is local reactions.  This means that your dog may develop mild pain, redness, soreness or swellings at the site of injections. In rare cases, local reactions can be quite severe. For example, some dogs may develop granulomas or growths at the site of injection.

The third common reaction may be systemic reactions—which simply means your dog may develop fevers, loss of appetite, lethargy or depression. Very rarely are systemic reactions life threatening as they usually disappear a few days post vaccination. "

 If this topic is of concern to you, you can find more by googling : "Dog reaction to Lepto Vaccine" or "Lepto Vaccine Controversy."


Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Photos, Photos, Photos!

I'll tell you one thing and that is that I am so very glad that I have no long distance driving to do in the next couple of weeks. In the last ten days I drove 12 hours on a Friday to Wichita, KS, for a wedding and 12 hours back home on Sunday; six hours each way to take my mom to visit her sister in IN on Tuesday; 3 hours each way to visit my son and granddaughter in IA on Thursday and to drop Chance off with friends at the Amana, IA, fairgrounds so they could show him for me the Labor Day weekend. Then on Friday came the call and the unwelcome news that another exhibitor would not be coming to the show, which meant that there would be no points, so on Saturday (you guessed it), I drove 2 and a half hours each way to Amana to pick Chance up and take him home.

My mom, who lives in NE, came home with me from the wedding in KS to spend 10 days of her vacation time with us in IL. We don't get to see her often, so it was a treat to have her here that long. Here is a picture of my husband (Lynn -- the "lyn" part of  "Joyslyn's"), my mom, and me (I did not inherit the tall gene!), taken while we were at my son's home in Iowa. Mom will soon be 86 - and she still works full time, not because she has to but because she wants too! I hope I am as active as she when I am her age!

Fortunately, I see no more long distance travels until a show at the end of the month. Whew!

Now to pictures, emails, and puppies. Puppies first!

The following photos are of the Chance and Jenna litter at age 5 weeks. They are growing fast, eating their mom's food (she is not too happy about that), playing with toys, and starting to roughhouse with each other. That wears them out and then they go to sleep in a big pile. When they are in the family room playing, I've been pleased to note that quite often, most will go to the piddle pad if they have to potty. Not always, but enough to indicate that there is hope. They are only babies after all!

Black Female - 5 weeks (I love the way she hugs my hand.)

The two gold females - 5 weeks

The two gold males - age 5 weeks

The two black males - age 5 weeks
 Yes, we have to look closely at markings to be able to tell those of similar color apart. Six of the seven have been spoken for. One of the black males is waiting for someone who will love him too!

I received some cute photos and emails from others since the last post so will share them also.

The first is from Lynn from CO: "Hi, Joyce, As you probably remember our little angel turned 2 on July 26! We all celebrated in the mountains on the day, and it rained like heck….good for our drought, but not so good for Miss Amie…..she was not a happy camper. So we did a replay of her party on a sunnier day in August and we got a sunnier Amie...We adore her to pieces….the light of our lives."

Amie enjoying the lovely scenery

Amie (I smiled at the way the hair on her mustache sticks up. Our Kimmi's does that also.)

Amie's Favorite Sleeping Position
Cindy from Springfield, IL, sent this picture of Luther and wrote, "Can't believe he's 3 already! And....all boy!"
Luther -- what a pretty, thick coat!

Mary from MN sent a cute description of how her Ragdoll cat leaves toy offerings for Rafe. "Since Rafe joined my crew...Gretta the Ragdoll started a "funny" habit...she fetches dog toys, sometimes as big as she. While holding the item in her mouth..she does a high pitch vocal sound....then drops the toy where some person or dog will notice. I started to think I was loosing my mind..all items picked up until I stumble on a toy I know wasn't being played with. I caught her traveling up basement steps with one. Her latest victim is Rafe....she has grown cautious as he has lunged if she jumps over him but will bring him toys. I got a troll doll--years old--a nurse troll doll that was on a basement shelf dropped on my bed.  So....some "thought" must cross her mind. Pic above this past week [I]walked into the kitchen–-prizes waiting for Rafe. Rafe has improved with cats..they can watch tv with him as long as they stay on the couch..he is usually laying on floor. I hear her being to see where it landed."

And here is the beautiful Gretta, the cat who leaves presents for dogs!
Here is the photo Mary took of the gifts Gretta left in front of Rafe's crate for him.

Kathy from MO wrote, "Hi, Joyce! I hope that your September isn’t quite as busy as your August was! Here is a current photo of Greta’s sister Sophie, on the deck swing with her collection of ice cubes. Mike tosses them, she catches them, and then hoards them on the swing cushions!  She brings new fun to us everyday."
The lovely Sophie with her ice cubes. She and Greta look a lot alike!
 That's it for today! More photos next time! Thanks for reading!