Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter, Happy Spring!

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

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

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

Then: April 15, 1972

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

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

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

Edison on the left, Quimby on the right

Edison and Quimby in their stroller

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

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




Thursday, April 6, 2017

April and Show Results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Grand Champion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Saturday, March 25, 2017

Sick and Tired of Being Sick

“How do you feel?” she asked, trying to fluff his pillow. “Other than terrible, I mean.”
He moved his head slightly to the side. It seemed to be a sickly interpretation of a shrug.
“Of course you’re feeling terrible,” she clarified, “but is there any change?
More terrible?
Less terrible?”
He made no response.
“The same amount of terrible?”
~Julia Quinn, Just Like Heaven

For the past two weeks - now going on three -  I've been sick. The worst part was that I became sick the day my granddaughter and I left during Spring Break week to travel from Illinois to Nebraska to visit relatives. I did not have the flu. I did not have a fever. All I had was a cough—a terrible, hard, dry, hacking cough that would not stop. It totally saps all my energy. I dread the thought of hearing news that I passed this "thing" to people I came in contact with during our visit. And my poor granddaughter had to ride 8 hours in the car with me to and from Nebraska!

Many kleenex, many cough drops, many doses of cough syrup and NyQuil, and many miles later, I returned home and immediately crashed. The next day, the ladies at the clinic found a way to get me in to see the doctor. No sympathy from him ("Yeah, this stuff is going around." "We're seeing a lot of patients.")  However, he did proclaim I had bronchial infection, and he gave me three prescriptions (an inhaler, an antibiotic, and high octane cough syrup). The cough syrup did not live up to its reputation. By Wednesday, I had to go back to the office and just told everyone to stay away from me, which they were all glad to do!

Jenna, Josh, and I are supposed to go to WI for our first shows of the year next weekend. I have 4 more days to get well!!

Speaking of dog shows, I received the wonderful news from Greta's handler this afternoon that Greta took Winners Bitch today at the show in Ft. Worth, TX and won a 4 point major —an answer to my many prayers! She now just needs one single point to finish her championship. I am so grateful to Greta's handler, Sue Cannimore. Here is the photo Sue sent of herself and Greta after today's win. I'm hoping the official show photo looks as good as this one. Greta look lovely!

Joyslyn's No Regrets (Greta) with her handler, Sue Cannimore

If you are still waiting for news regarding our next litters, all I can tell you is that the girls were supposed to come in season in March. Nothing is going as planned. It is now March 25 and no one has come in season yet. 

Otherwise, I don't have much news. I do have one photo to share and it is a great one. This puppy is owned by Lynn Adcock. Her name is Amie, and I think this is a super adorable photo of her. She doesn't even look real! Amie is the daughter of Ch. Joyslyn's Highly Classified (Duncan) and Ch. Joyslyn's Moonlight Magic (Maggie). She was one of the puppies from the July litters. You can see by looking at this photo that she is full of personality!

That's it for now. I hope by the next post I will have more good news about Greta and can fill you in on Jenna and Josh's first shows of the year. Wish us luck!

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




Monday, March 6, 2017

March Already?

 "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb."

Good ol' March can never decide if it wants to be winter or spring, so it tries to alternate days so we get a taste of both!

So here I am, back with the blog. Thanks to those of you who sent me emails saying you missed me! As you read from my last post, most of February was spent with my daughter and her family in Florida, where I went to help her with the toddler so she could focus on the newborn. The baby is a boy! Now the grandchild count for gender is even at two and two! For the women reading this, because women always want to know these things, the baby weighed just a few ounces short of 9 lbs. and was 20 inches long. It'd be fun to post a photo, but my daughter and her husband do not post photos of their children on social media.

I learned while I was playing with our 2.5 year old grandson that I need to do some exercising before my first dog show of the year, which will be later this month. He and I did a lot of playing on the floor and this grandma found getting up to be a bit difficult. Oh ... and he taught me more about construction vehicles and their parts, as well as about Monster Trucks, that I might ever need to know.

So, yes, time does fly and by the time we returned home, went back to work, got caught up on dog grooming, laundry, etc., what was left of February was not worth mentioning, and suddenly March is a week gone too!

 So, here are some updates on the dogs. The disappointing news (let's get that out of the way) is that the breeding we did in January did not result in a pregnancy. I know many of you are waiting and hoping we’ll soon have puppies available. We were too. We are hoping that one of the girls will be in season this sometime this month or next. She will be bred. I’ll certainly announce on the blog when the next litter is born.

Greta's handler has not had show photos taken, but Greta is doing okay. She is still a bit unsure in the ring, but she now has 10 points. She needs a three-point major and two single points to get what she needs to be a champion. I think there are majors where she is entered this coming weekend, so keep your fingers crossed for a day or two of judges awarding her Winners Bitch. It would be great to have her home again.

Speaking of Greta, an older sister of hers may be available. The owner is not sure yet what she wants to do, but is thinking that she cannot keep her because she and her older Lhasa have begun to fight. Obviously, if she becomes available, I'll help her find a home that has no other dogs. You can contact me if you are interested.

This past weekend we finally had a photo session for our Kimmi (Ch. Joyslyn's Heart Song). This photo was the one I liked best. Kimmi will be two years old in early May. It was just last year about this time that we were getting geared up for the shows in Manitowoc, WI. She finished her championship there at only 10 months old. She is a very pretty girl with an upbeat disposition and definite joy of life attitude.

I'm in the midst of trying to lead break our Onyx. My being away for over half of February put her training back. She is not especially thrilled to have a lead around her neck! The other girls at our house are having a good time playing with her. Kimmi and Luna especially enjoy racing and jumping and playing chase. Surprisingly, Shadow, Onyx's mom is much more sedate and less interested in romping with her puppy.

Updates and Messages from Others

As you might imagine, I have a lot of news and photos that have been emailed during the previous month. 

Renee wrote a note regarding a comment made in the previous post: "Hey Joyce:  Yes, we notice a lot more Lhasas in France than we see in the States. That's too bad. So often I meet people who say they knew someone that "had" a Lhasa. Namri is about to turn 16 on March 6 I believe.  He's aged a lot of late and it's sad to see (he's the love of my life). Luckily I have a wonderful groomer and great vet. Was thinking of taking him to France this year but the fact that they can't fly in cargo makes it really difficult. He has the old dog tests and does really well, but eyesight and hearing not too good, although he seems to know when I'm pulling into the driveway. Stands at the back iron gate and barks. He does love his mommy. Did I ever tell you I'd like a bumper sticker that says "I May Be Without A Man Some Day, But Never Without A Dog!" Will send photos of the gang soon."

Stacey and Lisa wote, "Hi from Miss Lola on her 6th b'day! Lola is still the most affectionate and social Lhasa we've ever known!  She is also incredibly cute, but still hates being photographed and runs from the phone. LOL." 

Judy sent this update: "Hi Joyce,I have missed your blog this month.  You always have so many interesting articles and puppy news. Well today little Miss Izzy earned her Canine Good Citizen! Yeah. She is working on rally, and I found a nearby dog sport group that offers a TDI. So maybe this summer she can become a therapy dog. She was the only dog today to take the test… Ty was entered on Saturday and Sunday at our trial and jumped 8 obstacles each day.We will add more each trial we attend. He and Odie were the only Lhasas entered. I will start jumped him at 4" as he loves to practice that low."

Mary sent a note about Belle: "…Here is a little agility title for Belle. It’s the intermediate title for this organization. The NDAL is an organization started by Bud Houstin, the owner of the Teacup League (agility). It’s a simple little event every month;  one course;  all run the same;  you can practice it. It’s suppose to be “non threatening” and fun. Bud was at one of our events not long ago and commented on my Lhasas….It’s not AKC  but it’s fun, simple, and easy. Belle’s weaves have improved in performance and speed…still working with the teeter woes;  we have a small plank I use in the kitchen;  my cats will tip it, trying to persuade Belle. Here’s our last video from NDAL:

Chuck wrote: "We are one Happy Family.  Cooper is so much fun.  He has so much personality. Thanks for breeding such great dogs."

Chuck and Steve's Cooper - a Josh x Luna puppy
Sarah wrote about Mick: "Mick has started going through the coat change. I love the long, beautiful Lhasa coat, but it was getting a little out of hand with the tangles, and, as he is so rough and tumble, constantly wanting to play and run around with Katie, we opted to get his coat cut down to one inch except for his hair on his head and tail.  He is so soft and his hair is so thick and fluffy--like a little teddy bear.  He is still adorable.  I hope/think you will agree.  Today, we took him to the Sugar Grove Nature Center and walked and explored through paths in the woods and prairie.  Mick had a wonderful time with us."
Sarah, Brian, and Katie's Mick - a Josh x Luna puppy (before his haircut!)
And here is a photo of Biddy, who is Cooper and Mick's litter sister. Biddy is a tri-color: Notice that she is black and tan with a white chest and white on all four feet. That's an unusual and lovely color!
Mickey's Biddy
Kyle and Holly sent a note about their puppy Riley, who is a daughter of Duncan and Maggie. "We wanted to give you an update on our sweet Riley girl. Riley has fit in perfectly with our family and everyone just loves her. She is full of energy and so much fun. We have enjoyed watching her figure things out in her own way and time. She is doing very well with potty training. As a true Lhasa she loves to boss around her BIG brother Reese but he doesn’t mind because that is the way it was with our first Lhasa. I've included a picture for you to see how much she loves him and how he is our gentle giant. She loves to play with her toys and boy has she already built a massive toy collection. At Christmas time her grandparents bought her over 15 new toys!!! She also loves to snuggle in bed especially on Holly's work from home days :) A week ago she had her surgery for her spaying procedure and she did amazing. She is already completely back to normal minus the E-collar which she doesn’t seem to mind because trust me it doesn’t slow her down.  Kyle and Holly"



Alicia, who owns Edison, Riley's litter brother, also owns the puppy from our November litter, the one we called Pearl. Alicia wrote, "I've been thinking of sending you an update but was hoping to get a decent picture of the two together. Alas, neither care to remain still for me.  We named her Quimby, after Ramona Quimby.  Much like her namesake, she is trying to be good!  The first couple of days were rough as Edison needed to make sure she knew he was here first. He is bigger but she is more agile so the puppy play is fairly matched. Quimby is a little bully though -- always taking Edison's toys and treats from his mouth. A playmate was just what Edison needed though; overnight, the chewing of shoes and nipping of ankles ceased (both things that occurred when we came home at the end of the day). Quimby is much more of a cuddly lapdog but is teaching Edison her ways. Most evenings end with exhausted puppies vying for couch space.  Both are incredibly spoiled and are loving the rough and tumble life of living with kids."

Quimby on the left, Edison on the right

From Mark: "Well this has been long overdue , I am admittedly a terrible picture taker. I just thought I would update you on one of the BEST of your beautiful  puppies!
You really hit it on the Nail—her name should be MIMI—everything is still Me Me and Play Play. Tam wanted to go out the other night at about 3 AM, so I let the both of them out. It is pitch dark, and Lili wants to try and get Tam to play with her ball ??? She is the Life of the Party and the comedian entertainer of our house, she is especially attached to TAM, our black/white Lhasa, she loves her to pieces, and of course Tam is the Boss and every once in awhile Lili oversteps her boundaries due to her overzealous nature and gets put in line quickly. Lili believes all of Tam's Nyla Bones and Toys are hers, and all of her Nyla Bones and Toys are hers as well. She is very vocal, a true Lhasa barking watch dog. She walks  around the house  constantly growling and grunting at God only knows what, but it”s funny ....
She is a perfect Dog, so loving and sweet in nature, she loves to meet new people and isn’t a bit standoffish. she does have the Lhasa arrogance. When she is busy, you can call her name 10 times she will ignore you but the easiest way around that is to, then call Tam, she will then come instantly, like didn’t you call me first as she of course is terribly jealous, She has to wedge herself between you and Tam, it is really funny AND she is very affectionate ,and loves to cuddle, she will jump in your  lap several  times an evening, roll on her back and paw at you so you get the right spot on her chest! She gets tons of kisses. She is attached to my son Collin, as he plays with her all the time. He has gone to college this year so she has to go check his room every night before bed, to see if he is there, when he comes home she runs in circles! She hates going to the vet , when we get in the car she shakes uncontrollably and stands up velcroed with her paws wrapped around my knee, its pathetic, but while we are in the waiting room, there isn’t a time that goes by, where somebody will say 'that is a pretty Dog!' All for now. Thanks again for allowing us to have LILI. What a personality!


Tam and Lili

I receive a yearly letter from Ken, who owns one of our retired champions, Davy. Davy and Ken make quite a pair. Ken loves Davy's long coat and refuses to have it clipped, much to the chagrin of his vet and groomer, who see no need for a Lhasa to have a long coat. It's been a running argument for quite a few years now and so far, Ken has won it! Here's one of the many photos he sent of Davy -- or I should say Davy and his pile of toys!

Davy and his toys

Other Things

Mary sent me this article and I thought I would share. The article is about putting a title at the end of a dog's name. Those titles are the companion titles for obedience, rally, and agility. The conformation titles are at the front of the dog's name. However, I think the article holds true for titles at either or both ends!

People often ask me why I show dogs. Yes, it is a sport but there is really more to it than that. The show ring is a proving ground for how well a breeder is producing dogs that meet the breed's Standard. That is a challenge--and besides, it's fun. Here is how AKC puts it. "What is the purpose of dog shows? For each breed the AKC registers, there is a breed standard which is a word description of the perfect dog of that breed. Standards describe the mental and physical characteristics that allow each breed to perform the function for which they were originated. The standard describes the dog's looks, movement and temperament. Breeders involved with each breed are attempting to produce a dog that most closely conforms to the breed standard. In this respect, dog shows are not unlike cat shows, bird shows, cattle shows, horse shows, etc. In fact, for almost every species bred by man there are competitions among breeders. AKC approved judges examine the dogs and place them in accordance to how close each dog compares with their mental image of the "perfect" dog as described in the breed's official standard." from AKC website

I've basically decided I'll show dogs until it stops being fun - or until I can't get up and down in the ring anymore!

When people come to my house to pick up their puppies, most comment on the water bottle adapters I have on a gate that separates the utility room from our family room. The dogs also have the water bottles on their individual crates. Why? Well, long ago I got tired of cleaning up messes caused by long coated dogs plunging their faces into water bowls. Not only did I have to clean up water on the floor around the bowl and wherever else the dog walked or shook, but I also had to clean up the dog (remember these are show coats and wet hair tangles). Certainly those of us with long-coated dogs don't want water bowl disasters at dog shows. Anyway, if you are interested in trying a water bottle for your dogs, here is where I get mine.

I would like to draw your attention to an article from Sheila Goffe, vice president for government relations of the American Kennel Club. The article, First They Came for the Big Top, Now They're After Your Puppy, is a wake up call for breeders and pet owners alike. The idea of no breeders, no pets seems to absurd that people find even the suggestion that that might eventually be the norm unbelievable. It is not just dog breeders who should fight the various anti-breeder legislations but also anyone who has ever purchased a puppy from a breeder. No more breeders due to strict and unreasonable laws means no more puppies. Look at the dogs you love and imagine a future without pets. It is no joke. PETA and HSUS have a goal not just to "save" poor shelter animals but to stop pet breeding altogether. And they have thousands and thousands of dollars to pay lobbyists so they can reach that goal. They know people find the idea absurd, but they are slowing introducing legislation across the US that makes breeding dogs very difficult. Read the article and comment if you'd like to.

Finally, another AKC resource you might like is this link to AKC's online publication, Family Dog.

And don't forget that Daylight Savings Time starts this coming Sunday! Wow...already!

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




Friday, February 3, 2017

February! Something To Celebrate!

"It is frequently asked, 'Why must February have only 28 days? Why can't you borrow one day from the end of January and one day from the beginning of March and make all three months 30 days long?' The answer is that while you can end January on the 30th, you can't begin March on the 2nd." ~Robert Brault


Do you need a reason to celebrate? February just may be the month for you.

I was looking ahead at the February calendar as I wrote down appointments, reminders, birthdays, and so on in the various February squares. Then it hit me that this short month appears to be full of things to celebrate, starting with my husband's birthday.

Depending on Punxsutawney Phil's predictions, we celebrate (or not) an early spring. I think this year he predicted 6 more weeks of winter. Evidently people flock to PA to cheer Phil on. A radio announcer said that hotel rooms in Punxsutawney were $100 more expensive than those in Houston for Super Bowl goers.

So, yeah, then we have the Super Bowl. Gridiron action and great commercials. Exciting half-time shows....

In Illinois, we celebrate Lincoln's birthday as a holiday separate from President's Day. People who work for the state get the 13th of this month off to honor Lincoln, and the school children, banks, and USPS employees get the 23rd as their holiday.

 Oh, and between the two, we are all about Valentine's Day -- candy, roses, cards, love and all that.

Let's not forget the big dog show in NYC: The Westminster Kennel Club show on February 13 and 14!  For more information, go to the Westminster Kennel Club website.

The Non-sporting group will be televised on the 13th. (That is the group the Lhasa Apso is in.)

The three 2016 newly recognized AKC breeds Sloughi, American Hairless Terrier, Pumi are eligible to compete at Westminster this year.
See pictures and a video of the three new breeds.

Want to know more about how a dog show works? This article may help you understand what goes on in the breed rings that results in each breed sending a representative to the Group judging you see on TV.

But, for us, the real celebration this month will be for our newest grandchild. He or she is due any day now!

Whatever you are celebrating this month, I wish you all the best. This will be my last blog for a few weeks, but I'll be back later this month with some news and updates for you.

In the meantime, never forget that

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


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Updates and Some Photos - Goodbye January!

Food for thought: "Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and expecting the other guy to die."

I know this quotation has absolutely nothing to do with Lhasas or anything else I write about, but I read it this week in a magazine and thought, "wow!" So, off I went to the internet to find out more. It's been attributed to a variety of people, including Buddha, so who knows who came up with it. It's also been phrased as "Holding in anger..." and "Harboring resentment..."

To quote a famous Disney character, "Let it go, let it go...."

Speaking of going, January is nearly gone. For us, the winter (so far) has been mild. We've had more rain than snow, cold days but few below zero. I consider us lucky as long as February behaves!

Now for some updates! First the good news...Greta was shown at a 4-day show in Baton Rouge this weekend. She won a point on three of the 4 days. Now she has 8 points total, including one of the necessary two majors. We are half-way there. Special thanks to Greta's handler, Sue Cannimore. Congratulations to Ron and Deborah Hauck, owners of Ch. Joyslyn's Mystic Wind. Sue is showing Mysti also. Actually Mysti and Greta are sisters -- same parents (Duncan and Windy) but from different litters. Mysti is the older of the two. Anyway, Mysti won the breed 3 of the 4 days. That gave her majors toward her Grand Championship, and she also completed the requirement of beating another champion 3 times. I'm very proud to be her breeder!
Thanks to Sue and David for an exciting weekend.

Now for some not-so-good news: The Lhasa Apso is now on the AKC low entry list, which basically is bad news because it means that any judge, with or without participating in education on our breed, is able to judge Lhasas. To be place on the low entry list, a breed has to have had fewer than 3500 entries during the previous year. We had something between 3200 and 3300. Our breed is very popular in other countries, with many Lhasas being shown in those countries, but not here. No one can figure out the "why" that is so. Lhasa owners are aging out of the sport, many my age, older, or soon to be there! We're cutting back on our breeding programs and showing involvement. Most of us have people who love the breed and are eager to buy Lhasas for their companionship on our waiting list for puppies. We hear complaints all the time about how difficult it is to find reputable Lhasa breeders who have puppies. Very few of the potential buyers are interested in becoming involved in conformation showing. Why is that bad? Well, while some may think  that dog shows are merely beauty pageants, they are actually meant to be the proving ground for excellence in and maintenance of the Standard for each breed. The Standard presents a "picture in words" to describe what each breed should look like, what its temperament should be, etc.

Here is the Lhasa Apso Standard

Character: Gay and assertive, but chary of strangers.
Size: Variable, but about 10 or 11 inches at shoulder for dogs, bitches slightly smaller.
Color: All colors equally acceptable with or without dark tips to ears and beard.
Body Shape: The length from point of shoulders to point of buttocks longer than height at withers, well-ribbed up, strong loin, well-developed quarters and thighs.
Coat: Heavy, straight, hard, not woolly or silky, of good length, and very dense.
Mouth and Muzzle:  The preferred bite is either level or slightly undershot. Muzzle of medium length; a square muzzle is objectionable.
Head: Heavy head furnishings with good fall over eyes, good whiskers and beard, skull narrow, falling away behind eyes in a marked degree, not quite flat, but not domed or apple-shaped; straight foreface of fair length. Nose black, the length from tip of nose to eye to be roughly about one-third of the total length from nose to back of skull.
Eyes:  Dark brown, neither very large and full, nor very small and sunk.
Ears:  Pendant, heavily feathered.
Legs:  Forelegs straight; both forelegs and hind legs heavily furnished with hair.
Feet: Well-feathered; should be round and catlike, with good pads.
Tail and Carriage: Well-feathered, should be carried well over back in a screw; there may be a kink at the end. A low carriage of stern is a serious fault.

Some happy news (for me) is that Joyslyn's Lhasa Apso was one of three Lhasa Register of Merit (ROM) breeders featured in the fall issue of the American Lhasa Apso Club's The Lhasa Bulletin. If you would like to read about our history and see a few photos of some Lhasas from our past, go to the website of the American Lhasa Apso Club -- -- look at the menu on the left, click The Lhasa Bulletin link (2nd menu choice), select the Fall 2016 issue, go to pages 14-16.

I was also pleased to receive a Facebook tag that informed me I was being quoted in someone's dissertation!

From Tracie Laliberte"s Facebook page: "Today's Dissertation highlight (connecting to nature through our dogs). Joyce Johanson is quoted!

"Buber illustrates Thou in connections with animals when he writes about his experience of looking into the eyes of an animal and recognizing the profound mystery of otherness. He explains this as an “opening up” when the person and the animal exchange glances. Philosopher Rom Dass describes this as connecting to the “intuitive heart space.” When he looks into the eyes of his cat, he perceives a silent conversation in the cat’s return glance, “Can it be that you mean me? …Do I concern you? Am I there for you? Am I there? What is it about me? What is that?!” Breeders of dogs describe their connection to newborn pups as changing, deepening when the pups open their eyes and are able to look back at the person holding them. Longtime Lhasa Apso breeder Joyce Johansen [sic] describes what she experiences at that moment when her pups open their eyes around day 14: “Perhaps they seem more ‘real’ to me because they can see me and I can look them in the eye. I always pick them up; look them in the eye, and say, ‘Welcome to the world, little one.’ I know it seems like a weird thing to say since they’ve been in the world already for a couple of weeks.” Breeders also refer to puppy eye opening as the “Who’s in there?” or the “Soul seeing” moment. In recognizing the Thou, even breeders, many who already experience real and regular connections with nature through dog rearing, become re-engaged and experience the profound fullness in the eloquence of nature in recognizing Thou even in very young puppies."

Tracie did a Facebook call-out last year asking for breeders' responses to a question regarding puppies opening their eyes. I responded and totally forgot about it until she posted this section from her dissertation and tagged me. ☺

 Some Photos

This first is my husband, Lynn, involved in a favorite past-time (tv watching) and Josh enjoying his favorite spot (someone's lap). Josh was dozing until he heard me with the camera. Then his focus was all on me! Such a momma's boy!

Sarah sent a photo of her two Joyslyn's Lhasas. The gold one is Tashi and the black is Mira. Sarah bought Tashi as a puppy and Mira as one of our retired adult champions. Mira rules, even though Tashi was there first! That's a female Lhasa for you! Looks as if they have plenty of toys to share.

Here are the most recent photos of the Josh and Shadow puppies.
Tara left last weekend. Kirby left on Saturday. He now has a kitten named Tiger as a playmate. Tiger is a couple months older than Kirby. Pearl is leaving in two weeks. She will have another Joyslyn's puppy (from our summer litter) as her new brother. Onyx is staying. I'm hoping she'll be able to be shown. At this early age she certainly appears to have championship potential!

Kirby - 11 weeks
Onyx - 11 weeks

Onyx in profile - 11 weeks
Pearl - 11 weeks

Pearl in profile - 11 weeks
Let me just say that those two girls were not at all happy that I made them stand still for the profile shots. Let me also say that they did not stand still for more than a couple seconds before a foot moved, or the head went down, or the puppy sat down-- and these photos are the best of at least 20 we took of each of them! Frustrating. Yep...

But we know it's all worth it because...

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