Monday, January 4, 2021

Happy 2021!!


“We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives…not looking for flaws, but for potential.” ~ Ellen Goodman

Happy New Year to all of you and to your families as well. This is indeed a time of hope for new beginnings and, most of all, a time of hope for an ending to the pandemic. More than enough people have suffered and died. More than enough families mourn for lost loved ones. I, for one, have great hopes that the vaccines will prove effective. As one of my co-workers said after listening to naysayers, "We all have been praying for months and months for an end to this thing. Why are so many not willing to admit that the rapidity of the vaccine development is God's response to our prayers?" Good point.

I received many Facebook, email, and cards to wish my family and me a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Naturally, many of those included photos of the senders' Joyslyn's Lhasas, many decked out in holiday attire.

Tom and Judy sent this photo of their Zoie enjoying her Christmas toys.

Shelly sent this photo of Tucker under the tree.

Shelly wrote, "I cannot tell you the joy Tucker is bringing us. He is really a very smart puppy who has adapted wonderfully to our routine and family. Thank you so much for continuing to breed Lhasas. I adore this breed.

Here is a photo Betsy sent of Willow enjoying the snow.

Pat sent an update on Teddy:  "

Chris, Teddy and I wanted to send you both Christmas wishes and to say thank you again for putting Teddy in our lives.  He is quite the boy and keeps us both occupied as we continue to work from home during this crazy year. He's learned about work breaks and definitely understands when it's lunch time!  He also has the knack for deciding that it's time to play with his squeakiest toy right when either of us start a conference call! Course that has only helped him become well known throughout our business community. 

I'm sending a couple of update pictures for you.  The first one you've seen from his Halloween pics but the difference is, you will be able to find his picture now in national retail stores and online since he has become a picture frame model - LOL!  So, I've attached his "proof" for your enjoyment.  He's not autographing anything just yet! The other pictures are his introduction to snow. We had a rare 6" snow fall here a little over a week ago and he was smitten.  He played and played and played!  I was busy with the blow dryer every time I got him back in because his feet and underbelly were nothing but snowballs!  Chris said he was just finding his Tibetan roots.  I said he was trying to be a Yak!"

Look for Teddy when you shop for picture frames!

Teddy enjoying the snow

Michelle sent a photo of Sunny enjoying the festive atmosphere in their home.

 Cindy posted this photo of Luther.

Sharon wrote that they felt lucky to still be able to celebrate Christmas with 15 year old Gisa.

Here is Joy's Lucy, who was a year old in November. I complimented Joy on how clean she keeps Lucy's face. It is often difficult to do with such light colored hair.

Karen sent this photo of Kimmi and wrote, "

Here's Kimmi in some festive garb...She frequently goes outside with our cat, Molly. They're best buds. She definitely can hold her own with Huckleberry.

Julie wrote about Jenna: "

Jenna is doing so well. She is my best friend and she is definitely a clinger. I think she and I both lucked out with each other, but her especially since I’m such a homebody. I just had over a week off work and we spent the whole time together. We went on lots of walks. She doesn’t play with toys so I make sure we walk everyday, even if just around the block. My mom also loves her and often on days I work she will bring Jenna to her place for the day. My mom says she is good company."

Sharon wrote about Chance: "Speaking of blessings, that's what I consider Chance to be. He has such a sweet, affectionate, calming spirit and we couldn't ask for a better dog. Chance seems very happy and content. I don't know if I've ever gotten so attached to a dog so quickly before, he's exactly what I need right now with all the chaos going on in the world. I hope he feels the same about me and about Jim, who is equally attached to him. He loves the yard, and the numerous squirrels who make their home there have to be on guard at all times.

Jane wrote about Greta: "Everyone is doing great! ...especially  GRETA! she got your hug and kiss and "good girl" many times over. She is having a ball with this cold weather, our property has a lot of land on it, so she is learning the layout on a leash, and then when we are about 50 yards from the house, I let her off her lead and she runs straight towards home, twirling and jumping and really REALLY going fast. Then she'll stop let me catch up with her, and off she goes! Her coat is nice and furry so she keeps warm, plus I have a fleece lined winter jacket for her...She now sleeps with Joe on the couch!!! doesn't run away from him, and is considering the idea, he may be an ok human. We love her bunches. She fits in with us perfectly. We also take our time getting to know people. Greta the Supriser! lets us see more of her personality every day. My laundry is in the basement, so she sits and waits at the top of the stairs for me, and grudgingly lets me back up. Our little silly game. Plus all our other goofy stuff. Lots of car rides, walks, treats."

Judy sent this photo of her Izzy, who recently had a 14th birthday.

Here is one that Mickey posted of Biddy.

I heard from Molly Anne about Luna (who is Biddy's mom). "We take a walk in the woods every other day & Luna gets a 'play day' at a small day care. She gets personal attention and is happy to go. I groom her myself all the time now. Every time she gets a compliment (often!), I parrot back what you said, 'she's beautiful on the inside and the outside"--so true!"

Sally sent pictures of Ginger - before the snow and after the snow!

Teresa sent this photo of Dora.


Marilyn wrote, "

I hope you are both well and keeping safe. I still read your blog and marvel at your beautiful puppies! We feel so blessed to be the proud owners of 2 Joyslyn’s Lhasa Apsos. We purchased Muffy, our first Lhasa back in New York in 1984. Then came Abby in  2001, our first Joyslyn’s puppy. Now, we have the beautiful Maci, and the goofy Hunter!! They are the guardians of the street, and they will alert us to any odd behavior out there! They are each other’s friend, but Maci definitely rules the roost and she puts Hunter in his place when need be." Here are photos of Hunter (top) and Maci.

Kathy wrote, "We

 have certainly had more time at home with Sophie this year, and her amount of daily treats has proven very popular with her! She is a pure joy and a wonderful companion! It’s hard to believe she is already five years old!"

Here is a Christmas card from Mary and Gabe (9 yrs old). Mary wrote that the mask lasted on Gabe only seconds and that "He keeps me sane through all this virus going on."

Here is part of a card from Kathleen that features their Beau.

Thanks to all who sent pictures and/or greetings for Christmas and the New Year. As always, it is a joy to hear from you and to receive photos and updates. If I missed posting someone's photo or note, forgive me. It was not on purpose. 

We all have things we miss because of Covid. You can imagine I miss going to dog shows, not only because I enjoy the competition of showing my Lhasas but also because I have so many friends that I get to see only at the shows. I miss them all. 

I was fortunate to be able to attend a few shows in October and early November before things shut down again due to a Covid surge. The dogs did well, even poor Archie pulled himself together at the end. I say "poor Archie" because that dog is afraid of everything and I don't seem to have the magic to pull him out of it. Not sure what will become of him. He is so beautiful but definitely was overloaded on the fear factor!

The next few photos are brags on my part because, even in limited showing, the Joyslyn dogs managed to find themselves on the rankings chart, even poor Archie (Joyslyn Mon Ami Derecho), right there at the bottom of the second chart! 

Again, best wishes to you all for the new year!

Thanks for reading!


Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Glad Tidings For Christmas and A Happy New Year!


Best wishes for the holiday season and throughout the new year.  Thank you for reading the blog and a special thanks and good wishes to all of our puppy buyers. We appreciate very much those of you who keep in touch with photos and updates telling us how much you love and appreciate your Joyslyn's Lhasas. It means a lot.


Friday, December 11, 2020

Merry Christmas!!


"...and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, 'God bless us, Every One!'"~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

I know it is early, but since this is probably my final post of 2020, I decided to wish you all a Merry Christmas anyway!

Speaking of Christmas carols, at our office, like so many others, we are having our Christmas party via Zoom. My staff who have done the organizing have great plans which include COVID-related lyrics set to well-known Christmas music. I did a short one and a long one:

First, to the tune of "Joy To The World:"

Covid sucks. 

I have to say

I'm tired of wearing a mask

I need a hug that's not just virtual

I want a normal life! I want a normal life!

I want, I want a normal life!

Second, to the tune of "I'll Be Home for Christmas:"

Enough of that! I hope that whatever you do to celebrate your holiday, whether face-to-face or via Zoom with family and friends, that you have a great time and stay healthy and safe from COVID. Let's hope that 2021 gets us back to "normal" before it's over!

Puppy Pictures

Our puppies are now nine weeks old and most will be leaving for new homes soon. Here are some photos. First are the three females: Dora, Daisy, and Emmy (we plan to keep Emmy). The two boys, Maxim and Vinny, are next. 

Best Laid Plans

"Best laid plans often go awry."
"Don't count your chickens before they hatch."

Those sayings have been reverberating through my head recently. An ultrasound revealed that there were no puppies! We were planning/hoping that breedings done in early November would result in pregnancy. But they did not!

If you were among those on our list waiting for a puppy, I am sorry to be the bearer of disappointing news. Unless a miracle happens and proves that the vet's ultrasound machine was wonky that day, there will be no puppies born here for a while.

On A Lighter Note...

I have some nice photos to share. I'll start with a video sent by Michelle, who told me that each night Sunny removes her husband's sock. No one taught him to do it. He just takes it upon himself to do the nightly task!

Here is Sunny decked out for Christmas.

He doesn't quite seem to have the Christmas spirit yet! Michelle says he was glad to get his outfit off.

Sally sent this picture of Ginger. Look at those long, lovely eyelashes!

Tom and Penny sent a photo of their Griffin on his 9th birthday. They wrote, "Griffin continues in good health, generating smiles and pet from family and others, and is a joy in our lives.

Kim sent a lot of photos of Snickers, who just turned 8 in early December. She wrote that he loves laying on blankets and snuggles with his people on the recliner - of course on a blanket. Here are two pictures of Snickers.

Janet sent this photo of Pebbles Grace decked out for Christmas, writing "SWEETEST DOG EVER...she is our heart."

Kassia sent a photo of Aspen, whom she re-named Leelu. Kassia wrote that Leelu gives lots of cuddles and kisses. She said, "...we are working a lot on sit, come, and stay. My husband laughs a lot because she will do it for him but not me!...She is amazing with my old lady friends and they all love her a lot! I could have sold her three times. NEVER HAPPENING"

Judy wrote about, Zoie who is Leelu's litter sister: "I can't tell you how much joy she has brought to our lives. She is so smart and as cute as a button. She has a new Christmas collar and loves it."

Note the tail wagging in the second photo.

Betsy owns Willow, who is a litter sister of both Zoie and Leelu. Here is the photo she posted of Willow. Another cutie!! Betsy noted that, unlike her sister, Willow doesn't like her recent haircut or her Christmas scarf!
The three are now 6 months old.

Joey calls us "Aunt Joyce and Uncle Lynn" and with the help of his typist (one of his people, Paul) manages to stay in touch. In his recent email, he said he was having an easier time now opening the doors to the outside and that he was losing his baby teeth. Regarding the photo, he wrote, "You can see I have been put to work cleaning the treadmill among other places."

Joey was recently neutered and Paul says Joey hates the cone because he is unable to get through his door to go outside. I guess he doesn't like relying on others to meet his needs! Anyway, Joey also loves snow and discovered that the cone makes a handy scoop. Here is a video.

Theresa sent this photo of Joey's brother, Rocco, pictured here relaxing under the Christmas tree after a rousing play time with his friend, Kitty.

Jim sent this picture of Daisy, along with Christmas greetings. She is comfy as she waits for Santa.

Daisy keeping watch for Santa!

That is all for this post. Thanks to those who keep in touch and send photos and/or updates. I love getting them.

Lhasa good wishes to you all for an Apsolutely fabulous holiday season! 

"May your days be merry and bright!"