Thursday, February 27, 2014

Just Some Pictures...But They Are Adorable!

And, may I add, that if you have loved many Lhasa Apsos, your heart is extra big and your life has been full of blessings.

So, here are the latest pictures of the puppies, six weeks old today. They are eating puppy food and loving it; busy exploring all the nooks and crannies they can find, including some I'd prefer they did not find; engaging in minor puppy battles; carrying around toys, some of which are twice their size; learning to use the piddle pads; and showing interest in the cat, who is definitely not interested in them. Boris sits on the mantle in an attack crouch, tail twitching, waiting to find a straggler he can pounce on. So far, it's only been wishful thinking on his part, mostly because he knows I am watching him!

We are blessed to have such beautiful Lhasa babies. Just look at those faces!

Archie and Josh, 6 weeks

Tyler and Bandit, six weeks

Cherry and Sassy, 6 weeks
Finally, I am announcing the birth of five beautiful puppies, sired by GCh. Joyslyn's Inherit the Wind  out of Ch. Joyslyn's Moonlight Magic:

Photo taken just a couple hours after birth. The three girls are in the middle.

This picture is a blast from my past. It shows my friend, JoAnne Hays (now deceased) with her new champion, Maddie, known to AKC as "Ch. Joyslyn Dazzling Marquis." This photo of JoAnne and Maddie is 20 years old. How quickly time goes by and how easily a memory prompted by a picture can bring tears. JoAnne was fairly new to showing in 1993 but she and her MiToya Lhasas went on to become major contenders in the mid-west. Thanks to Marsha Susag, Windy's breeder and co-owner, for finding the photo in a 1993 Bulletin and sending it to me.

I am thankful for my Lhasas for many reasons, not the least of which is all the wonderful friends I have made and people I have met because of the Lhasas.

Life is better when you have a Lhasa to love you!


Thursday, February 20, 2014

New Puppy Pictures

Weather is a great metaphor for life — sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad, and there's nothing much you can do about it but carry an umbrella. ~Terri Guillemets

Today we are experiencing thunderstorms in Macomb. It's better than snow and freezing rain...

Breaker and Windy's puppies are growing and getting cuter by the day. They've been moved to larger quarters and now are able to spend a lot of time roaming around and exploring, playing with each other and with their toys. Mostly though, they still like to make a puppy pile and sleep.

We'll start weaning them next week and take it slow. Windy is showing no signs of wanting to spend time elsewhere.

They have also now been given names so we are able to distinguish one from the other. It is certainly difficult with the 5 gold ones. At first glance they all look alike! 

Here are their photos at age 5 weeks (today).

Meet Tyler and Bandit

Meet Archie and Josh
And here are Cherry and Sassy

Our son,  Trevor, visited last week and took some video of a couple of the puppies involved in a "puppy battle," as we call them. That video is on my Facebook page if you want to see it.

As you know, we are also expecting a new litter any day now. The sire is GCh. Joyslyn's Inherit the Wind (Rafe). Dam is Ch. Joyslyn's Moonlight Magic (Maggie). See photos below:


And here is the puppies' first picture:

How many puppies do you count?

Rafe and Maggie had a litter in December 2012. One of the three puppies in that litter was Ella. Her family recently sent me her Valentine picture. She's a charmer.

Ella, after a trip to the groomer for her Valentine spa day!
It's been a long week of weather. First we had freezing rain that coated everything with thick ice. Then we had a few inches of snow. Then we had 53 degree temps that melted some of the snow and ice. Today we have lots of rain. I'm not don't have shovel rain. It's been awfully tiring. I think these guys have the right idea:

Yes, life is better when you have a Lhasa to love you!


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Your "Awww...." for the Day

The Breaker and Windy puppies are now 4 weeks old and getting cuter by the day. They are up on all fours and moving, sometimes toddling and falling over; responding to the sound of my voice; eager to explore (much to the exasperation of their mother who tries to round them back up to keep track of them all); wagging their tails; trying to play with each other then just passing out in a big puppy pile; using the piddle pads, and just making everyone fall in love with them.

Besides that, they are cute as can be!

Here are the most recent pictures:
Two of the four boys

The other two of the four boys

The two girls
I posted the pictures on my Facebook page and received many compliments, especially on the consistency of the litter. It is great the puppies look so much alike but also not-so-great because I have a difficult time telling them apart. The black girl is easy! The gold puppies are not so easy to distinguish from one another. The boy with the long white sock is easy to spot. The others are going to need some distinguishing marks soon. (Maybe I'll finally have a use for that daring blue nail polish that I've never had the nerve to wear!)

Our granddaughter decided to name the black puppy "Cherry" (Black Cherry, actually). None of the others have names yet. Inspiration has not yet struck. I may have to start recycling some names!

Yesterday the university where I work was closed for the holiday (in Illinois, state institutions close for Lincoln's Birthday). I spent most of the day moving the puppies from the whelping pen, which they were outgrowing into a larger pen in a different room. They like the change! Their mother isn't sure she likes it though. The cat isn't either!

I hope the pictures brought a smile to your face.

Have a Happy Valentine's Day!

'Til next week...

Life is better when you have a Lhasa to love you!


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Puppy Pictures to Warm You on This Cold, Cold Day!

Whether the weather be fine,
Whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold,
Whether the weather be hot,
We'll weather the weather,
Whatever the whether,
Whether we like it or not
~ Unknown

It seems the Farmer's Almanac, way back in August, warned all who bothered to read it that lots of snow and really cold weather was coming. Here are some excerpts from that article:

"Precipitation-wise, the Southern Plains, Midwest, and Southeast will see above-normal conditions…With a combination of below-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation the stage will be set for the Midwest, Great Lakes, and Central and Northern New England to receive lots of snow. Farther south, where the thermometer will be vacillating above or below the freezing mark, Southern New England, Southeast New York, New Jersey, and down through the Mid-Atlantic region will be seeing either copious rains and/or snows…Significant snowfalls are forecast for parts of every zone. Over the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, we are “red-flagging” the first ten days of February for possible heavy winter weather... we wish to stress that this particular part of the winter season will be particularly volatile and especially turbulent…

And mid-March could bring a wave of storminess stretching almost from coast to coast, bringing a wide variety of precipitation types as well as strong and gusty winds." ~ Farmers Almanac, August 25, 2013.

Did you read that last part? Oh darn....just what we need!

So, here are some puppy pictures to warm your heart on this cold, cold day.

Two of the males, age 3 weeks

The other two males, age 3 weeks

The girls, age 3 weeks

The puppies are 3 weeks old today. They are starting to play with each other, and occasionally I'll hear a little growl. They still sleep a lot, of course. They love to nurse and, although their legs are not too steady yet, they move as fast as they can toward Windy when they are hungry! (She is such a good mother!) I saw one wag its tail yesterday afternoon. Best of all, they are starting to respond to my voice and get excited when they hear me talking to them. I'm working on some call names for them.

If you are in one of the "cold" states, stay warm and safe. If you are in one of the "warm" states, count your blessings and sent warm thoughts to the rest of us!

Life is better when you have a Lhasa to love you (and to cuddle with on the cold nights!)