Thursday, January 12, 2017

Puppy Pictures, Notes and Pictures from Friends

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

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

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

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

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

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 As a result, the piddle pads have been replaced by newspapers, which evidently do not present as great of a temptation to rip to shreds!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

Notes and Photos from Others

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

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

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

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



 That is all for today. Thanks for reading this!

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




Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 Has Arrived!! Happy New Year!

“Life goes by so very fast, my dears, and taking the time to reflect, even once a year, slows things down. We zoom past so many seconds, minutes, hours, killing them with the frantic way we live that it’s important we take at least this one collective sigh and stop, take stock, and acknowledge our place in time before diving back into the melee. Midnight on New Year’s Eve is a unique kind of magic where, just for a moment, the past and the future exist at once in the present. Whether we’re aware of it or not, as we countdown together to it, we’re sharing the burden of our history and committing to the promise of tomorrow.” ~ Hillary DePiano

What better way to start a new year than by seeing pictures of cute 7-week old puppies! Here they are:
Josh x Shadow male

Josh x Shadow female

Josh x Shadow female

Josh x Shadow female
We had a wonderful Christmas in spite of the fact that not all of our kids and grandkids could be with us. Our granddaughter stayed with us for a week after her dad went home so he could go back to work. It was great to have the week with her. She is 10 now. For the first 8 years of her life she lived in Macomb and we saw her multiple times a week. When they moved to Iowa, that was no longer possible, so it was great to have her with us.

Klara had a such fun playing with the puppies -- and they were in puppy heaven having a child to play with. She went home yesterday and the puppies miss her. (I do too!) It is hard to believe that this litter will soon be ready to leave for their new homes. I've been going down my notification list and have been receiving replies of  "I want (or need) to wait" or "I already found a puppy" so the list is getting shorter every few days.  I have a few more names to go before I reach the end of the list, so if your name is on the list, don't despair, I may get to you yet!

In addition to sharing the new pictures of the puppies, I also wanted to let you know that the American Lhasa Apso Club is selling Lhasa coloring books. The images are great. Here's an example:
The 28-page coloring books are selling for $3.00 each (that includes shipping). If you want to order one (or more!), write a note saying how many you want to order, send the note and a check made out to ALAC Charitable Trust to Marsha Susag, 5302 River Drive, Fargo, ND 58102. They make nice gifts for Lhasa lovers in your life or for yourself!

That's it for today. It's a chilly day and my plan is to put on my sweats and cuddle up with my favorite blanket, a Lhasa, and a good mystery novel. I hope you can spend your day relaxing also!

Best wishes for a productive and peace-filled 2017!

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


Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas to All!

"But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round—apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that—as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!" ~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Merry Christmas, Everyone! I hope this finds you well and in the holiday spirit described in the Dickens quotation above. It's such a hectic time that we need to remind ourselves to take a deep breath, relax, and relish the opportunity to spend time with family and friends, celebrating our traditions and looking forward with hope to a new and better year.

Late Christmas Gift Idea!

 The American Lhasa Apso Club now has coloring books available. The books have 28 pages of Lhasa drawings that will delight young and old Lhasa lovers alike. The books are $3.00 (that includes postage). Write a note saying how many you want to order, send the note and a check made out to ALAC Charitable Trust to Marsha Susag, 5302 River Drive, Fargo, ND 58102.

Here's an example of one of the images from the book:
 Fun!!! Buy one for yourself or one of the Lhasa lovers in your life!

What's been happening? 

Well, my friend LaVonne Bennett and I left Macomb on Monday, December 12 and made a long 18 hour drive, with an overnight just south of Atlanta, arriving in Orlando in mid-afternoon on Tuesday. We were not going to show our dogs at the big AKC National Championship Show that week, although we each took one along. On Wednesday, I was giving a judges' education seminar and hands-on workshop on the Lhasa Apso, and LaVonne was assisting me. LaVonne took her Lhasa, Misty, because she was also participating in an AKC video session and photo shoot for a new AKC Canine College project. I took Greta because we needed an extra dog present during the seminar and because her handler was meeting us that afternoon. I was also scheduled for a Canine College interview and video session. It was good Greta was along because the lovely Lhasa that was supposed to be with us for the taping won Best of Breed and the Non-Sporting Group time conflicted with our video session appointment. Greta substituted and I was proud that she behaved herself!

I left Greta in Orlando with Sue Cannimore, who will be handling her in hopes that getting her into a new environment will instill some much needed confidence in her so she'll get her tail up in the show ring. We'll see. Please keep fingers crossed that our plan works!

Here is a photo we took of Greta before she left home for her new adventure.

 LaVonne and I headed home Wednesday night, stayed two nights on the road, and arrived here in the midst of sleet coating the highways and windshield. Whew! The trip went fast and I really feel as if I lost an entire week. All I can say is that I hate Atlanta traffic and feel nearly as much dislike for that in Chattanooga and Nashville! This might be one of those "been there, done that" trips.

The venue for the National Championship Dog Show was amazing, there were vendors galore -- and I did indeed visit them to buy myself a Christmas present or two! In addition to the conformation competitions, there were diving competitions, agility, rally and obedience competitions and more. Although I did not see those areas, I know about them because we had a long drive past unloading signs for each competition before we could get to the unloading area for conformation.

So, back the real world! I was happy to be home. The dogs were thrilled to see me, and I was surprised to see how much the puppies had grown. Of course, I had to go back to the office this past week. Vacation time was over!


A New Joyslyn's Champion!

Huge congratulations go out to Ron and Deborah Hauck. Their Lhasa, Joyslyn's Mystic Wind, finished her championship at the AKC National Championship Dog Show. Not only that, but the judge awarded Mysti the "1st Award of Excellence." The "2nd Award of Excellence" was awarded to a Lhasa that already had its Championship and Grand Championship Silver titles. We were all so thrilled. Mysti was handled by Sue Cannimore.
Here is Mysti with Sue after the win.
New AKC Champion Joyslyn's Mytic Wind, owned by Ron and Deborah Hauck

Mysti is a full sister to Greta, but from an earlier litter. Their sire is Duncan, Ch. Joyslyn's Highly Classified and dam is Windy, Ch. MLS Dakota Dancing in the Wind at Joyslyn. Some of you reading this own their siblings.

Puppy Pictures

Here are the most recent puppy photos. The puppies are five and a half weeks old in these pictures. If you are on my waiting list and have been on it for a while, you might check your email to see if I have sent you a note about puppy availability. They will be ready for homes in mid-January. The male and one of the black females (unsure which one yet) will be available.

Black female with white on front feet

Gold female

Gold male -- he is a charmer!

Black female with white on back feet

Notes and Photos from Others

Here is Windy, all decked out in her Christmas attire. Her new owners love and spoil her! Just what I hoped for!

This is Kamper. His owners, Barb and Kevin, wrote, "Hello!  Wanted to give you a quick update on our sweet “Kamper”.  He’s very much a part of the family has found a special place in our hearts. He’s a great traveler too!  He still has his white paws as you’ll see in the picture and we think he’ll keep some of the white in his shawl too...Kamper is doing very well and is loved by our family and he is returning his love to us too, he’s a snuggler.  As you would expect, he is spoiled and loving every minute of it."  

Kim send a Christmas photo of her Snickers.

Carol sent a nice Christmas note and wrote this about her Sadie: "You would be so proud of Sadie.  She's been a lifesaver for me.  She went with me to visit Mom at the facility she rehabbed at & she acted like she'd been a therapy dog for years.  A natural!  Everyone just loved her.  She had kisses for every one of their residents.  Some women that had their official therapy dogs at ManorCare gave me all the information to have Sadie become an official therapy dog… I don't think I could have gotten through all of this without Sadie!  She's my best friend & I love her with all my heart!  She's been great with Mom, too.  Lays at her feet to guard her & gives her kisses, too!  She lifts Mom's spirits when nothing or anybody can, including me.  Sadie's a wonderful, special, smart & lovable Lhasa.  Beyond beautiful, too!  I could go on & on about her.  Thank you for letting me have her in our lives."

Interestingly, I have been hearing more and more people lately telling how much their Lhasas enjoy being with the elderly and that they have decided to take classes for their Lhasas to become official therapy dogs.

No matter what you and your Lhasa do together, never forget that

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

Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and a New Year full of peace and promise.


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Poetry and Puppies

I confess to staying up late last night and watching quite a few Christmas movies on the Hallmark channel. Tear jerkers all of them. Henri was curled up at my feet and did not move the entire night. I think he was afraid on losing his spot on the sofa to Josh, who spent the night either on top of me, lying by my side, curled up on one of the dog beds, or just lying on the tile floor. He was indecisive and restless, undoubtedly hoping Henri would move so he could claim what must be considered the prime location for sleeping.

A character in one of the Christmas movies mentioned the following poem. I'd read it ages and ages ago when I took an English Lit class in college, long before we ever had our Lhasas. Anyway, the reference in the movie reminded me to look the poem up again. The internet made it easy.

It will probably make you cry also, but that's okay because it should speak to each and every one of us who has ever loved a dog.

The Power of the Dog
           by Rudyard Kipling, 1865-1936

There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
And when we are certain of sorrow in store,
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and Sisters, I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.

Buy a pup and your money will buy
Love unflinching that cannot lie—
Perfect passion and worship fed
By a kick in the ribs or a pat on the head.
Nevertheless it is hardly fair
To risk your heart for a dog to tear.

When the fourteen years which Nature permits
Are closing in asthma, or tumour, or fits,
And the vet’s unspoken prescription runs
To lethal chambers or loaded guns,
Then you will find—it’s your own affair—
But … you’ve given your heart to a dog to tear.

When the body that lived at your single will,
With its whimper of welcome, is stilled (how still!).
When the spirit that answered your every mood
Is gone — wherever it goes — for good,
You will discover how much you care,
And will give your heart to a dog to tear.

We’ve sorrow enough in the natural way,
When it comes to burying Christian clay.
Our loves are not given, but only lent,
At compound interest of cent per cent.
Though it is not always the case, I believe,
That the longer we’ve kept ’em, the more do we grieve:
For, when debts are payable, right or wrong,
A short-time loan is as bad as a long—
So why in Heaven (before we are there)
Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?

Pictures of the new Puppies - Age 4 Weeks

Josh X Shadow female, Age 4 weeks

Josh X Shadow Female, Age 4 weeks

Josh X Shadow female, Age 4 weeks

Josh X Shadow male, Age 4 weeks
Thanks to Chuck and Steve for sending the photo below of their Cooper, all groomed and dressed for the holidays. Cooper is a puppy from the recent summer litter. Josh is his sire and Luna is his mom. It looks like he inherited his abundant coat from Luna!

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



Sunday, December 4, 2016

Hello December...And Puppy Pictures

“It is December, and nobody asked if I was ready.” ~ Sarah Kay

The busy-ness of December has begun. Since I last wrote, I've been Christmas shopping at least three times, wrapped gifts in preparation for sending them to family who live out of state, driven a 6 hour round trip to watch our granddaughter play violin in her 5th grade Christmas program, attended a kennel club Christmas party, driven to Iowa to meet a friend so we could evaluate her litter of Rafe puppies, and fought off a cold. Oh...and I also went back to the office to work after having a nice long Thanksgiving break.

I don't know how I do it either. Habit I guess.

December is definitely here! We woke up to snow this morning. It was a beautiful Christmas-type snow: Big wet flakes drifting straight down, covering everything about 3 inches.

Yuk! I am not a fan of snow.

The puppies were three weeks old on Friday. Here are today's photos.

Black Female

Black female #2

Gold Female

Gold Male

I received an email asking for advice for a family who has a young Lhasa who suddenly developed a fear of storms or really any windy weather. I did not have much advice from personal experience (for which I am very grateful) so I turned to friends on Facebook, posting the information on the Lhasa Friends page as well as my own page. Many people recommended essential oils, the Thundershirt alone or with essential oils, valium, CBD oil (available from Amazon or marijuana sites), BlackWing Farms' products, lavender oil infusers, lavender oil on a bandana that is put on the dog's collar, turning on a radio. There were a lot of good ideas, all worth a try. I hope they are able to help the family's Lhasa.

More puppy photos next week.

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



Monday, November 28, 2016

Some Thoughts and Photos

“Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road.” ~ John Henry Jowett


Hi! November is nearly gone and, while I realize that my "Happy Thankgiving" greeting is late for the holiday, I believe that being thankful for our many blessings should be a daily reflection. We so often focus on our problems and the negative things in our lives that we wish would just go away. We allow them to overwhelm us, bring us down, and make us forget that it is the positive things, as few and as small as they might seem to be, that make life worthwhile and that arm us to work through the problems.

Life is good!!

November brought us some devastating family news -- an unexpected break up of a marriage and family. Angry words that cut to the heart and cannot be taken away once spoken. A disruption in the lives of three people, welcomed only by one of the three. A sad 10 year old who cannot fathom what is happening and why, but whose cry, "I don't want to be one of those kids!" cuts straight to the heart.

So yeah, life is good but sometimes it really sucks too -- all the more reason to seek the good and give thanks for what you find.

Among my blessings are those of you who read the blog and of course the puppy buyers who have maintained a relationship, send emails and photos, and obviously love their Lhasas so much. Thanks to those of you who sent emails or cards after reading about Walker's passing. That meant a lot. Many of you have experienced the passing of one or more of your own Lhasas and understood what I was going through. I am happy to report that Secret seems to have recovered from her depression over Walker's absence. She is still very frail in body, but her spirits seem better.

Maggie left for her new home on November 19. She joined two of her offspring and all is going well at last report. Catherine wrote, "Just wanted to let you know Maggie is doing great!  She is just a cutie!  I can see where Mallory and Magoo get their personalities!  Mallory enjoys playing with her, and Magoo naps nose to nose with her!  She is just making herself at home!  Thank you for the toys you sent to Mallory and Magoo, they love toys!"

Here is a photo of Maggie taken the day she left.
Maggie -- Ch. Joyslyn's Moonlight Magic

A big surprise was that puppies were born on November 16! While it was not a surprise that we were expecting puppies, they were not due until the following week, just before Thanksgiving. The puppies were small but eager nursers. Now two weeks old, their eyes are open and they are beginning to try to get up on all fours to walk. They are not having much success, but they are trying! Their mom is Shadow. Sire is Josh. The litter has two black females, easy to tell apart because one has white on both front feet. There is one gold female and a gold male. I'll soon be going down our waiting list, contacting people in order, and seeing who actually wants a puppy that will be ready for a new home in the middle of January! Brrr....

Two black females - 2 weeks old

Gold female on left, sleepy gold male on right - 2 weeks old

 Josh's photo from the Top 20 competition during the American Lhasa Apso Club's National Specialty week finally arrived. The competition had a western theme, thus the cowboy hats on the judges. Josh was selected as the Judges Choice in the Owner Handled competition.

Our GCh. Ch. Joyslyn's Inherit the Wind had his 5th birthday yesterday. Wow...that time went fast. I heard from the owners of two of his 5 siblings.

Here is the litter when it was one hour old. Both parti-colors were eventually named Griffin. The other male is Gabe. The girls were Olivia and Grace.

This is Gabe and Rafe when they were 7 weeks old.

Gabe on left, Rafe on right - 7 weeks
Mary sent a note from and a photo of Gabe. "Today is my "5th" birthday!  I'm sure you remember when I was born. You took such good care of me until my "forever mom" adopted me. Sending you hugs and please tell Rafe Happy Birthday too! Luv and woof from Gabe."

Here is Rafe

 This is Rafe on the day after he earned his championship at age 8 months! He won the Best of Breed competition over 4 older champions! I have many great memories of showing him. Judges loved him and he racked up both championship and grand championship points quickly. He did not especially enjoy the show ring and pulled all kinds of stunts to let me know it!

 And here is one of the Griffins!

Tom and Penny wrote, "Joyce, Griffin says hello on his 5th birthday.  Attached are recent pictures.  Griffin is the most wonderful and handsome little boy.  You've heard this before from us.  Griffin continues to generate smiles and pets from strangers when in public areas with us.  Sometimes the strangers cannot even restrain themselves. It is amazing.   He is a very social dog, and affectionate.   He loves our family, especially the grandchildren with whom he loves to play. Griffin doesn't socialize with non-family dogs.  He is smart and cooperative for the most part.  He is not a walker -- rarely beyond a stone's throw from our home -- and is satisfied to do his business quickly and in the back yard.  He is more dependent than independent.  How he knows there are other dogs walking in front of our home when he is sitting on the floor in the house or without a view is beyond me.  We take Griffin everywhere we can, but we don't think he would be comfortable in a Sherpa bag on a flight.  You could have made Griffin another champion.  We are overjoyed that he is our special little boy.  Best regards."

Windy, who is a half sister to Rafe (same sire-- our Walker) and mother to Josh,  is definitely enjoying her new home. Here is a recent photo of her:
Windy -- Ch. MLS Dakota Dancing in the Wind at Joyslyn

Lynn and Robert sent Thansgiving greetings and a photo of Amie with her buddy Poppet. Amie (on the right) was one of the puppies in our summer litter.
Amie with her buddy Poppet

Here are photos that Sadie's owner sent. Sadie is a litter sister to Amie.

Sadie "enjoying" a bath!

Cindy sent a photo of Luther, who is one of Maggie's offspring. She wrote, "Luther is my Mr. Velcro. He loves me way too much if that's possible. He lays not at my feet but on my feet so he can keep track of me.  We've trimmed all that gorgeous golden fur because he bullied me every time I tried to groom him until I surrendered. I think we are both happier. Glad to hear all the show results and love all the pictures!"
Denise sent a photo of her two Joyslyn's Lhasas, Duncan (named for his sire) and Lily. She wrote, "...I wanted to send a picture of Duncan and Lily on Santu's favorite rug... I know Lily can still feel him. She would always approach him on it with caution and lie down with him. :)

Duncan and Lily
The Santu that Denise referred to was their much-loved Joyslyn's Lhasa.

As we approach the end of another month that seemed to whiz by, I leave you with two thoughts.

The first is from Marcus Aurelius, who wrote, "Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.”

And the second is from me!

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