Saturday, June 2, 2018

Catching Up; Sharing News and Photos






Happy June! 2018 is half over! It amazes me each month how fast the weeks fly by! Here in Macomb we've gone from winter right into summer. Temps yesterday were in the low 90's. I miss spring.

Two of Rafe and Kimmi's puppies left this weekend. We are keeping Autumn and hoping that she'll enjoy being in the show ring when her time comes. We've been practicing standing on the table for exam, and she is doing really well! Lead training will start soon also. 

Macomb hosts the Burlington Kennel Club dog show on July 21 and 22. This year the club is offering a beginner puppy competition. The puppies have to be at least 4 months old to one day less than 6 months old to compete. Autumn will be exactly 4 months old on the 21st and will make her ring debut then. If you live close, come to the show. It's always a good time for exhibitors and spectators alike.

If you have never been to a dog show or have gone to one and wondered what in the world was going on, here is a link to an article that might help you understand.

Greta's puppies are a week old. I'll write more about them at a later time. This first week has been a roller coaster ride of ups and downs - puppies not nursing well and losing weight, Greta refusing to eat, multiple trips to the vet with Greta, Greta having mastitis. All the puppies now seem to be doing fine. Pray they continue to flourish. I'll post photos once they become a bit more photogenic! Each will be some shade of "gold" eventually, athough some will be darker than others. I was hoping we might get a puppy that was the color of his/her grandsire, Ch. Joyslyn's Highly Classified (Duncan).

Josh and I went to a 4-day show in Bloomington, IL, over the Memorial Day weekend. Bloomington is only two hours away, so we drove back and forth each day. The drive was stressful on only one day when our ring time was 9:05 AM. We both appreciated being able to sleep in our own beds each night. Josh was the only Lhasa there, so of course he took Best of Breed each day. He did not place in the regular groups but placed in the Owner-Handled Groups each day. We took a photo on the day he took OH Group 1, and I'll post that when it arrives.

In the meantime, here are a couple photos of Josh's wins at the WI shows in early May.

Josh: Regular Group 2 under judge Lisa Warren

Josh: Owner Handled Group 1 under judge Steve Hayden

Bekka and Chance were also entered in the Bloomington shows but since no one else entered, they were each the only Lhasa in their respective classes, so there were no points. They got to stay home that weekend. I think Josh enjoyed having all my attention for 4 days!

Here is the photo of Jenna after she won the last point for her championship at the Scott Co. Kennel Club show in Davenport, IA, Mother's Day weekend. (That was a great Mother's Day gift!)


Jenna: New Champion under judge Elliot Weiss

Here are a couple photos of our two new champions, Jenna and Onyx.
Ch. Joyslyn MLS Dakota Je Na Sais Quoi


Ch. Joyslyn's Onyx

Photos are now all we have to remember Onyx's long coat! I clipped her down the day after her championship certificate arrived from AKC!



 Onyx and Jenna are both Josh's daughters.

I received a photo of Cooper, a Josh and Luna son who belongs to Chuck and Steve. He is such a pretty Lhasa - beautiful expression! Chuck and Steve say he has a great personality too!

 If you are waiting for puppies, I'll start contacting people on the list in a couple weeks or so. I've got some travel for work coming up in June, so contact may be delayed.

That's it for now!


Joyce

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Photos!




"There is nothing like the passage of time, he thought wryly, to make triumph irrelevant." 
~ Andrew Greeley, Death in April





This post is mostly photos and show news. I do not yet have the show photos from the WI shows earlier in the month, but I have seen the proofs of Josh's wins and two of the three look great. The other was disappointing, as he was not set up as nicely as he should have been. 

So, let's start with puppy photos. Here are Liam, Willow, and Autumn at almost 8 weeks old. 
Liam

Willow

Autumn
Today the puppies had four "firsts:" A Bath, A Car Ride, A Vet Visit, and A Vaccination–all before 9:30. Exhausted from the experiences (during which all behaved extremely well), they are now fast asleep.

Now for the exciting news (for me anyway!): Followers of this blog know the ups and downs I have been through with Jenna these past two years. She won her first point at age 6 months (May 2016), then a month later won a 5 point major at a specialty (June 2016), and another 5 point major at another specialty show in August of 2016, followed by a reserve to a four point major the next day. Oh boy, was I on Cloud 9. She seemed unstoppable. Well, as they say, "Don't count your chickens...!" In the fall of 2016 Jenna blew her puppy coat. And when I say "blew," I mean I was left with a nearly naked puppy. So we waited. And waited. 

In the spring of 2017 we started showing again, only to have this once excited-to-be-in-the- ring-and-strutting-her-stuff Lhasa become a Lhasa scared to even hear the word "show." Over the course of 2017, she pulled herself together to win a point in May and another in November. She hated showing and I dreaded showing her. (Lhasas look really ugly going around the ring with tail down!) But we were so close -- only 2 points to go. 

So in 2018 I decided to give her one more chance. We entered a 4-day show. She pulled herself together on day 2 and won a point. The count was now 14. One point to go. The next two days she was back to tail down and shaking so hard on the exam table that the whole table shook. I decided to quit. Well, never say "never." As I was looking at shows and asking myself which dogs I should enter where, I decided to give Jenna "one more try." 

To be honest, I decided to use her as a "filler" -- a dog just there to build points for another dog. I was afraid that if I did not enter two of the same sex I'd waste my entry fees because if someone else did not enter, there would be no points. It was a good thing I did that.

True to form, when Jenna went into the ring, her tail was down. She shook once as we rounded the corner near the table, and the tail came up for a second or so. On the down and back, tail was still down. The judge said, "It's too bad." I thought, "Tell me about it!"

So, when it was time to go in for the Winners Bitch class, I took Bekka in and my husband, Lynn, took Jenna in. The judge said, "Take 'em around" and off we went, Bekka in the lead. Except "watch out from behind!" Miss Jenna took one look at mom showing Bekka and must have thought "that's not happening!" She put her tail up, threw her head back, and showed the judge what she was all about. He wasted no time in making his decision! The purple ribbon and that last point were hers!

Whew...she is now Ch. Joyslyn MLS Dakota Je-Na Sais Quoi.

Here is a photo that our friend, Carol Washburn, took of us after the win.




Chance got another point on Saturday. That brought his total to 3. Bekka won on Sunday and now has 7 points. 

Again, we had much-needed help from friends. Thanks to LaVonne Bennett, who showed Chance for me, and to Carol Washburn, and Dawn and Dennis Symmonds, who helped us at ringside.

About mid-week I decided it was time to get some photos of Jenna and Onyx, our two newest champions. So we held at-home photo sessions and the photos below were among the results. I am so proud of both girls.

New Champion "Jenna"

New Champion "Onyx"
 And with that, I'll say "Until next time" and sign off with the usual reminder:

Joyce 



Monday, May 7, 2018

Catching Up


First, thanks to those of you who were worried about my absence from  this blog and took time to write to ask if all was well. It is nice to be thought of and missed! All is well; it's just been a busy few weeks since I last posted in mid-April.

What I've Been Up To

So...what's been going on? First, I took a trip to Nebraska to visit my mom, who lives about 7 hours from me. I usually plan on a spring visit and when I looked at the calendar I discovered that I did not have much free time in May or June so I just decided to take off. I spent 5 nights there and had a great time visiting with Mom, my sister, and my brother-in-law. I don't get home often enough!

Our all-breed kennel club in Burlington, IA, just started training classes. The first one took place shortly after I returned from my Nebraska visit so I scrambled to get two of the Lhasas ready for class. I am so thankful to now have a place to go to train the puppies to get them used to mats and ring procedures. Best of all, it's only an hour away instead of the nearly two hours each way I've had to travel before to other classes.

Once I returned from my trip, went to the first  training class of the year, and put in some hours at work, our son who lives in Edwardsville came home for the first time since Christmas. His metal band, Black Fast, is gearing up for a tour soon to promote the release of their next album, "Spectre of Ruin," on Friday, July 13th. He and I took time to go to the movie theater in town to see "Avengers: Infinity War" and really enjoyed the movie. I'm a big Avengers fan, my favorite being Thor! 

Next we went to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to celebrate our granddaughter's 12 birthday. Here she is with Lynn and me. She is very proud of the fact that she now is slightly taller than I am!


And here she is with her dad (on the right) and uncle (on the left).

 April was a fine month for family!

Four of the dogs and I returned late last night (about 11-ish) from a 3-day show in Jefferson, WI. I took Chance (Joyslyn's Moon Shadows), Bekka (Joyslyn's Moonlight Beckons), Onyx (Joyslyn's Onyx), and Josh (GCHB CH Joyslyn MLS Dakota Wind Breaker). We had a very good weekend. On Friday, Chance took Winners Dog and earned his first two points; Onyx took Winners Bitch and Best of Winners for two points and FINISHED. She is now CH Joyslyn's Onyx! Josh took Best of Breed and went on to take Non-Sporting Group 2 (2nd place) and Non-Sporting Owner Handled Group 1. Unfortunately, while we were in the Non-Sporting Group, the judge of the Best in Show Owner Handled competition decided to go ahead with the judging without us. When I found out you can imagine how upset I was. That was not supposed to happen. 

On Saturday, Onyx was not shown, so the points in bitches was reduced from two to one. Bekka took Winners Bitch for the one point, which brought her total points for her championship to 4. Josh again took Best of Breed and went on to take a Group 3 in the regular Non-Sporting Group and Group 2 in the Owner Handled Non-Sporting Group.

On Sunday, Bekka again took Winners Bitch for a point, bringing her total to 5 points. Josh took Best of Breed, did not place in the regular Non-Sporting Group but did take first place in the Owner-Handled Non-Sporting Group. Josh showed so well all three days in all three rings. He never let down. I wondered how he would be since he had not been to a show--or even on a lead(!)--since late October. I think he missed going to the shows, so even though I planned to retire him from the ring, I think now he'll just be semi-retired.

In spite of the drive home being long and late, it was a happy trip!

I have to say that juggling four dogs in and out of the show ring is not easy, and I could not have managed it had it not been for lots of help from my friends. Huge "THANKS" go to LaVonne Bennett, Jane Chapin, Rebecca Powell, and Sue Stoddard for their moral support and help. 

Thanks also to the judges who appreciated the Joyslyn's Lhasas: Steve Hayden, Lisa Warren, Mark Houston-McMillian, Debby Jahnke, Gerard Penta, and June Penta.

Things were so crazy that I forgot to get a picture of Onyx to celebrate her championship! We did get a few of Josh's wins though, and I will post them when they come.

 Puppies

The puppies keep growing and getting cuter. I can't even believe they are already 6 weeks old. We did take photos last week but of course I never got around to posting them. We took some this morning too, so I thought I'd post both sets of photos.

Autumn at 5 weeks

Autumn at 6 weeks


 
Liam at 5 weeks


Liam at 6 weeks


 
Willow at 5 weeks


Willow at 6 weeks
I know that those of you at the tops of the waiting lists for puppies are wondering when I will make up my mind about which puppy I am keeping. All I can tell you is that once I make up my mind, I'll let you know. Maybe four more weeks. Maybe??

Photos and Notes From Others

Kathy wrote: "Sophie is doing great. I can’t believe that she is almost 2 ½ years old! Time flies. She is so much fun—she understands an unbelievable amount of words, to the point that we are often spelling (she probably understands that, too); she steadfastly guards her self-proclaimed territory and has to study anything new on the block (flag, flower pot, trash can) to make sure it is “safe”; she has a lot of “puppy” friends, and knows them all by name; she likes to play games and take walks; and she gives great kisses! She is just a well-rounded, typical Lhasa Apso. We love her to pieces.  I don’t know if you remember, but we picked her up on January 2, 2016, so every New Year’s Day, we also celebrate it as Sophie Day!"

Violet wrote about Shadow: "He was waiting at my bedroom door all morning for me to come out. He loves staying in the screened porch with Roman. Yesterday even Roman was not there, he just laid there by himself. He enjoyed the sunshine coming through. If he does not want the sun shine on him, then he would lay under the couch like he did this morning."
Shadow's new collar

From the Johnsons: "Hi!! Our family always thinks of you when Snickers does a cute picture. Last night he was pulling out his favorite toys and then just laid right in the middle. He is just soooo adorable and we love him tons. Don’t laugh he is very spoiled as you can see by his tons of toys…" 
Snickers and his many toys!
From Ted and Ev (From Beautiful Downtown Winnipeg Canada): "Hi Joyce,
April 27th is Lucky/Flash’s  6th Birthday. The people that operate the Doggie Day Care Centre sent the following picture. This guy does not slow down. He plays all day at the “ranch” and comes home and wants to play some more. On occasion, we jokingly say we are taking him back to Macomb and his ears perk up. Does he remember Macomb or does he remember our conversation of how we enjoyed the drive to Macomb? Who knows. All I know it his vocabulary seems to be getting larger than mine which is frightening. Congratulations on your 46th Anniversary----we celebrated ours a few days later for the 49th time. Continue to do a Super Job breeding Lhasas. In your spare time  (a little humor here) you will have to breed younger individuals to maintain the breeding of one of the BEST dog breeds around! Have a Super Summer."





A Nice Surprise! 
When I returned home Sunday night and took time to go through the mail that had accumulated while I was away, I found a nice surprise from India. I'd been sent a copy of the Indian Kennel Gazette, a publication of the Kennel Club of India. This issue featured the Lhasa Apso and included photos and articles about the breed; some of the articles were mine. I scanned the Table of Contents (see below). The issue also included articles by Catherine Marley, Marion Radstok, Beverly Drake, and Robert Cole. My articles were about grooming (page 22-23), coat change (page 24), and coat care reminders (page 25). While I was excited to see them included in the magazine. Three other of my articles were in the issue but not attributed to me: "Confusion About Color," Quick Tips on Grooming Your Lhasa," and "Frequently Asked Questions." While I was glad the articles were included, I admit to being dismayed that the attribution was missing. All of those articles, of course, are on my website. It just seemed weird to see my work and not have an attribution attached. Oh well...Was it my injured pride or the "old English teacher" in me that was at issue? LOL

It was a beautiful issue with lots of great information about our beloved breed. I wish all of you could see copies of it. It is easy to see that a lot of thought, love, and work went into the Lhasa Apso feature. It made me wish I had copies to give to puppy buyers. There is a lot of beneficial information in it, as you can see just by reading the Table of Contents. (I hope I made it large enough for you to be able to read it.)

  
With that, I'll say good-bye until next time. We have shows coming up on Mother's Day weekend and I'm hoping the dogs do as well as they did this past weekend. That would make a nice Mother's Day gift!
Joyce 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

46 Years!





April 15, 1972
Yes, today is our 46th Anniversary. Don't ask me where all that time went. Ah...the memories!

So, 46 years of marriage and 45 years as Lhasa Apso owners, lovers, breeders, and exhibitors. Ah...the memories. 

And we're still making them. Below are the latest photos of the new litter, now 3 weeks old. These puppies' parents are Rafe and Kimmi.
Male, age 3 weeks

Female, age 3 weeks

Female, age 3 weeks
 As I pointed out in my last post, I am planning to keep a puppy but don't know it it will be a male or female so until I decide I am not going to let anyone on the waiting list claim a puppy.

Some More Photos
Here is the photo of Onyx's win at the Manitowoc show at the end of March.
Joyslyn's Onyx
This photo is of LaVonne Bennett's male, Cooper, take the same weekend when he finished his championship. Cooper's sire is our GCH CH Joyslyn's Inherit the Wind (Rafe).
New Champion! Mon Ami's Breezy Autumn Sunrise (Cooper)

We received a couple emails with notes and photos so I am also sharing them.The first is from the Johnson family:
"Hi!! Hope you are doing well. We love looking on your blog to see the puppies and dogs. We thought this was another cute one of Snickers. He loves his toys and this is his safe zone as when kids play tag. LOL Again he is amazing and full of love. Also he is so smart and brings us joy every single day!!! Hope you breed for a few more years to come. We alway toss around getting a female. Thank you!!! "

Snickers in his safe zone!
The next is from Jennifer about Grace:
"Hello, I wanted to let you know that I have finall3y sent in Grace's registration paperwork. I'm sorry it took so long, it's been a long winter for driving and doesn't want to let up. We are on our way back to Montreal again. On the good side of things Grace loves snow, the more the better. In the pictures Grace is in my backyard last Saturday. We've had snow the first of March but I don't remember it snowing in April. Before I forget I chose the name Joyslyn's Shadow Dancer. She is doing really well."

Grace enjoying the snow
Annie wrote: "Hi, Joyce ...this is my FB post. I thought you would enjoy it. Thank for the gift of this dog.  I know you wanted to keep her and I understand why.  She's amazing. All the very best -Annie"

From Annie's FB post about Phoebe: "Bosom buddies. I thought a puppy would be tough. I was right. But in the best way. Phoebe knows not to mess with Sadie. That old girl laid down the law immediately. Finley is still struggling a bit with the puppy attacks but more I think with the shifted dynamic of the pack. We're working on that to elevate him back to confidence. Jacob Marley however seems to have found his calling - nursemaid and playmate. He is so patient with Phoebe's razor sharp teeth clamping on to his legs and occasionally his penis. He corrects her with yelps and yips but never hurts her at all. He puts a paw on her and makes her yip which makes her dial it down. Every member of the pack has a function. Jacob, the Omega, is the nanny - the teacher - the connection. He is blossoming."

Phoebe with Jacob Marley


That's it for this week, folks. Thanks for reading this blog! 
 

As always:

Life is Better when you have a Lhasa to Love You!

 

Until next time,

Joyce

 

 





Friday, April 6, 2018

Announcements! Updates! Big Question!




No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.~Proverb from Guinea 




 Hi! It's been a while....

First, the Big Question: Where is Spring? It is so cold here, windy, rainy—even snow on Easter! Here in west central Illinios, we did not get hit with as much "weather" as people in other areas did, but what we got was bad enough! Spring needs to get here soon!!!


The big announcement is that we have puppies! They are now 2 weeks old and below are photos taken of them just this morning. Rafe (GCH CH Joyslyn's Inherit the Wind) and Kimmi (CH Joyslyn's Heart Song) are the parents. We have one male and two females. At this point, I am unsure if I want to keep a male or a female, so I am going to put off trying to match people to puppies until I have made a decision, which probably will not happen until early June. No matter what, there will be one girl available and then either the male or the other female, depending on my decisions once they are evaluated. For those of you still waiting for puppies, there is also news: Just this week, we bred Breaker to Greta, so if that breeding results in puppies, those puppies will be born in last week in May or first week in June. This will be Greta's first litter. We also have plans to breed Jenna, who should be in season in May. If you are on our list for a puppy, keep fingers crossed and say your prayers that the breedings are successful and produce some great puppies.

Female - 2 weeks

Male - 2 weeks

Female - 2 weeks
Onyx, Chance, Bekka, and I traveled to Manitowoc, WI, at the end of March to attend 3 of the 4 days of dog shows. We had a great time and thank Jan Graunke for her hospitality! It was a happy weekend for almost everyone who entered. There were majors in both dogs and bitches each day, something that rarely happens around here any more. 

The points were passed around, with a different result for WD and WB each day. On Thursday, Winners Dog belonged to Linda Richter. That win finished his championship. Winners Bitch belonged to Michael Yang. Best of Breed went to a CH bitch owned by Linda Richter. 

On Friday, Winners Dog went to LaVonne Bennett's Cooper (he is a Rafe son) and Winners Bitch went to Linda Richter's bitch. That bitch also took Best of Breed over her mother and went on to take first place in the Non-Sporting Group. That was an exciting day indeed for Linda!

On Saturday, Winners Dog went to Jan Graunke's and Karen Schlais' Dash. Winners Bitch went to my Onyx. (I was thoroughly excited. Onyx now needs only two single points to finish.)
Best of Breed went to the CH bitch owned by Linda Richter. 

On Sunday, we were not entered because I wanted to be home for Easter services. Winners Dog went to Michael Yang's dog. Winners Bitch went to Jan and Karens's bitch. Best of Breed again to Linda Richter's bitch. 

Those three shows were Chance's ring debut. He was alone in his class and the first day was very uncertain of what was expected of him. He had his tail down most of the time. However, when we went back into the ring for Winners Dog, and he saw the other dogs, a light bulb went off  in his brain, "Oh, this is all I need to do!" and he showed like a champ then and the rest of the weekend. Bekka won her Puppy class of three two out of the three days and took third in her class on Friday. (The judge on Friday freely admitted that she loved the red Lhasas, and indeed, all the winners that day were some shade of red.) Onyx won her Bred By Exhibitor class two of the three days and took Reserve Winners Bitch on Thursday and Winners Bitch on Saturday.

So here is a photo taken of Onyx at a previous show. The one from the Manitowoc shows was just ordered and won't be here for a couple weeks. I'll share it when it comes. In the meantime, here is Onyx - just to remind you what she looks like.
Joyslyn's Onyx (December 2017)
Speaking of Onyx...she gave me quite a scare a couple days before we left for the show. My plan was to groom her on Monday, bathe her on Tuesday, then leave on Wednesday for the show. That is what happened. However, let me back track a bit. Onyx was groomed and bathed the previous Friday, so when I put her on the grooming table two days later on Monday, I expected a quick touch-up grooming! Oh no! Sometime between Friday and Monday she evidently decided to go through a coat change. What a mess. When I finished grooming, this is what was on the floor!
Looking on the bright side, I was glad she decided to do that BEFORE the show so I did not have to wake up to a super long grooming session while we were gone.

While we were all at Jan's house, we began looking through old (from the 1970's)  issues of Lhasa Tales, a publication all about Lhasas - advertisements of dogs, articles, letters to the editor, lots of photos, etc. It was fun to reminisce and revisit photos of great Lhasas who have since passed away and to see photos of many people who are now also gone, either by passing away or by dropping out of the breed. We also had some good laughs seeing younger versions of many people who are still involved in showing the Lhasa. LaVonne happened upon an article written by my husband that was in the October 1976 issue. I scanned it so you all could read it.


Photos and Notes from Others

Lynn Adcock wrote: "Hi, Joyce, I just wanted to share this darling photo of our beloved little girl with her ball and give you the awesome news that she is doing fabulously!!!! …She is a joy each and every day with such a mischievous little personality. She adores Poppet, loves romps in the park, is addicted to playing ball, and still loves everybody she meets. She is the most precious little girl we have ever had!!!!!!"


I had to smile at the photo. Amie is a litter sister to our Kimmi. Kimmi has a mustache that that sticks up just like that!

Mickey wrote:"notice the white hair now sprouting from Biddy's hindquarters. Her colors are still changing. Her black is more of a black-brown now, you really see it when she is in the sun. She is still full of energy and is very demanding of attention."



Rafe seems to be doing well at Mary’s house. He is learning the routine and learning to get along with cats that are used to playing with dogs. (Our cat does not like the dogs.) Mary wrote, "Rafe and the girls continue to get along well. His appetite is great…He has grown to grovel for breakfast. I scramble an egg, split it 3 ways after they eat their dog food; sometimes this is the only way Belle will eat her breakfast. Rafe wasn't sure at first.......but now whines until he gets his tablespoon of egg." She went on to say, "Once he does his toy throwing play he lays down. He then comes over to me, puts his paw up on me, wanting some lap time. He snuggles, about 15 minutes. One of my pet sitters says she has noted quite a change in the last few weeks;  more comfortable with the yard, the routine; he will not go out without the girls leading; holds back." 



Rafe

Belle with her best friend Moka - Rafe's new 'sisters'
You might recall that Mary runs Moka and Belle in agility. She recently sent me this link to a video of Belle doing her agility thing. Here it is to copy and paste in case the link does not work.
https://youtu.be/4bgEP2sBYfA

Judy Laffoon and Raven were the winners of the Morongo Basin Humane Society Woof Walk. Last year Judy and Raven's litter sister, Whisper, won. Great repeat performance, Judy!

Marilyn Conrad challenged me to tell her two Joyslyn's Lhasas apart! (I guessed correctly!) That is Hunter in the back and Maci in the front.

Last time I posted, I introduced Phoebe, a puppy I got back in lieu of a stud fee. Phoebe went to live in WI when I was there for the show. Her new owner, Annie, sent an update on Phoebe and a couple of photos. Annie says little Phoebe has decided that Jacob Marley is her best buddy. Here is a picture of the two of them.  



Annie wrote, "She's sleeping in her soft crate at night with very little protest.  I wake up halfway through and take her out to paper-potty and then a cuddle while she chews on a rawhide for about an hour.  Then back in for the rest of the night…She loves following Jacob Marley around and, of the 3, I'm kinda surprised that he's the nursemaid.  Although if I were to select an omega of my pack it would be that old boy…Phoebe is just so much mellower than I was expecting.  When I sit to read or write, she settles right next to my chair.  She knows her name and loves to be picked up and cuddled."

 These photos are of Shadow, a litter brother to Bekka and Chance. They were taken after he had his hair clipped. His owners wrote that they took him in for grooming and were surprised when the groomer called to say she had to clip him down because he was matted. Hmmm...coat change causing problems? Groomer who believes coated dogs should all be clipped? I'm not sure, but there is one thing about hair: It grows (albeit sometimes slower than I want it to.)



 One thing I always include in the packet of information I send home with puppies is information about grooming and the necessity of really watching for the coat change. Take my recent experience with Onyx as an example. If I had not caught that coat at the right time, she would have been a matted mess, no matter that I had just groomed her two days earlier.

Anyway, I think Shadow looks super with his hair cut. What a sweet face. I know that his owners previously had a Lhasa from us and kept him clipped, as most pet owners do and most show dog owners also do once the dog's show career is over. Clipped or in coat, Lhasas are adorable. 


And another thing that I am sure of:


 Until next time,
Joyce