Sunday, August 13, 2017

Puppy Pictures and Some Other Stuff

There are not nearly enough candles on that cake, but this is my birthday week, so "Happy Birthday to me" and, as Larry Lorenzoni pointed out, "Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest." Therefore, I plan to enjoy one of my special and favorite days of the year! I am a Leo and proud of it!

In the last post I wrote about Rafe's son, Cooper, winning his first major at the West Bend show. LaVonne, Cooper's breeder and owner, sent me this photo of his win.

LaVonne also sent the photo taken at the show where Misti earned her Grand Championship title.

Misti is the daughter of Cinder, who is a full sister to Josh. LaVonne and I co-bred and co-own her. Congrats again on both dogs' wins.

Speaking of Cinder, she is happy in her new home in Georgia. One of her new owners recently sent an update: "I cannot tell you how much joy this little girl has given me. She knew as soon as we got her I was the one with the broken heart and she is relentless in staying right with me. While she loves and enjoys Janice, she’s made it clear that I’m hers...We are having some “belongingness” jockeying now that Cinder is sleeping with me, although occasionally Raven joins her. (See pictures – that’s Raven in the background.) She, Raven and Mazie are playing more often, and the “Choir” performs at least once a day. It amazes me that all three are always in the same key, and while Mazie is the instigator, they all stop at the same time as if a conductor directed them. How do they do that? …Cinder is everything I could have hoped for and more. She certainly fulfills your tag line because my life is certainly better with a Lhasa to love me! Obviously, we don’t function well without a Lhasa and a Scottie!

Here is the photo of Cinder sleeping with her Scottie friend.

Sarah sent some photos and an update on Mick, who is a Josh and Luna son. "Mick is so friendly.  He wants to meet everyone--human or otherwise.  The trainer in his class said he is much friendlier and more outgoing for a Lhasa, that we almost have to try to reign it in just a little bit.  He sometimes gets distracted when training and would rather go [to] people (especially little children) or other dogs when they walk by than the treats we offer him to get him to focus and do what we are working on with him.  He is still doing really well!  The trainer said he has a show dog walk. We are so proud of and know we are so blessed to have our Mick, and were delighted to get his AKC papers.  Katie had me take a picture of the envelope she decorated when we sent in his application and asked me to send it to you.  Really sweet, huh? Mick is such a good boy...He still likes sleeping on his back like he did when he was so tiny and still with you.  Also, when he lies down on his tummy, he often lies with his back legs stretched out behind him, frequently in a crossed position.  He pays attention to things on t.v. more than any dog we have ever had. Also, when he goes outside...he is always not only looking around, but also up all over in the trees...He still stretches like a cat, raising his back up in a high arch, then often bowing low...He is so cute, and he is just wonderful and sweet and smart too!"

And here is the cutest envelope that AKC probably ever received! Katie drew some super images of Mick and his parents.

Puppy News! (and photos)

 “When you feel lousy, puppy therapy is indicated.” ~ Sara Paretsky

As you might imagine, things are busy around here with all the puppies. They are getting cuter each day. Here are the most recent photos.

These photos are from the litter born on July 16. The sire is Josh. The dam is Shadow. This litter is now 4 weeks old.

These are the "twins" - two black females.  I have to look closely at the white to tell them apart.

The darker gold male

The black male with white markings

The lighter gold male
The next set of photos is of the litter born on July 25. The sire is Rafe. The dam is Kimmi. They are now 19 days old.

One of the two females - she doesn't miss a meal!

The other female

One of the boys

Another of the boys

The  third boy. He was asleep and refused to wake up for the photo! It's as good as we could get of him.

A surprise this week was when Luna went into labor 6 days early! Thank goodness I was home from work that day. Like Shadow and Kimmi, Luna had five puppies. Like the other two girls she also had three males and two females. Here is a photo of the puppies at age 6 days. There are 4 black puppies and one white puppy with gold markings. soon as I saw her, I named her Dottie!

Below are photos of the puppies' sires and dams.

July 16 litter:
BIS-OH GCHB CH Joyslyn MLS Dakota Wind Breaker (Josh)

CH Cozmos Chiennoir (Shadow)

 July 25 litter:
GCH CH Joyslyn's Inherit The Wind (Rafe)

CH Joyslyn's Heart Song (Kimmi)

August 7 litter:
CH Mon Ami's Late Night Shadow (Winslow)

CH Joyslyn Ja-Ma Dancing By The Light Of The Moon (Luna)

I hope you enjoyed the photos. Please understand that most of the puppies have already been reserved, so please don't consider my posting the photos weekly as any type of "Puppies for Sale" advertising. If you were on my waiting list, I have either contacted you already or will contact you in the coming week.

Thanks for reading! Enjoy your week and never forget


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




Saturday, August 5, 2017

It's August!

"Fairest of the months! Ripe summer's queen,
The hey-day of the year.
With robes that gleam with sunny sheen
Sweet August doth appear."

                                ~ R. Combe Miller

In my haste to write the previous blog, it seems I forgot some July information. That's okay; it gives me something to write about this month!

You might recall that the first weekend in July, I went to a show in WI. While I was away, there was some excitement in our part of town. We live only a few blocks from Western Illinois University and just a couple blocks "as the crow flies" from Higgins Hall, a high-rise residence hall. In the spring we learned that a decision had been made to demolish Higgins Hall because to remodel it to bring it up to safety standards would cost too much money. The building was to be imploded on July 1 at 9:00 AM. Those of us whose homes were in the "exclusion zone" were expected to shut down and cover all air conditioners and vents (unless we wanted a bunch of dust in our equipment and homes) and to either vacate our homes or stay inside during the implosion. So while I was at the dog show, my husband took care of covering things up and shutting things down, then off he went with his camera to watch the implosion. Here are pictures he took during the five seconds it took to bring down the high rise.

What is left of the building is a pile of rubble that large machines are slowly taking away. The area where the building once stood will become a green space on campus. The deer that already enjoy grazing all over campus will have even more room to roam once the mess is cleared away.

In the last post, I mentioned that Josh took Best Opposite Sex at the Saturday show in West Bend, WI on July 1. Here is the photo that arrived courtesy of the Greater Milwaukee Lhasa Apso Club.

GCh Ch Joyslyn MLS Dakota Wind Breaker

Unbeknownst to me, that win earned Josh enough points to finish his Grand Champion Bronze level. I was pleasantly surprised when a certificate and medallion from AKC arrived in the mail last week because I had not been tracking his points toward the Bronze status.

I also forgot to mention Ch. Mon Ami 'N Joyslyn's Shades of Summer (Misty) co-bred and co-owned by LaVonne Bennett and me earned her Grand Championship at the Burlington Kennel Club show on July 23rd. I don't have a copy yet of the photo taken that day.

Speaking of photos, it is our tradition to take "official portraits" of our dogs when they become champions. We have show photos but I like to get pictures that show close up of faces and expressions. Those of you who have been to our home have seen the gallery on the wall as you walked downstairs.

Greta finished her championship at the end of March, and when she came back home in mid-April, I mentioned to Lynn that we needed to get her photo taken. Then, every time I groomed her, I said, "We need to take your picture, Greta." So, we finally arranged her photo session. Here is the result.

Ch. Joyslyn's No Regrets

Barb sent a Facebook message about her Sadie: ""…Sadie is great and yes she is still a little stinker we call her "p and v" for piss and vinegar. She is very attached to me she won't let me leave the house or the backyard.she has gone as far as biting me to hold on to me. I really don't know how to get her to stop. I do the leave it and and the spray bottle with water but I never have it at the right time. I think I need one in a holster. She also likes to steal toys, bones, shoes from her brother and sister and me! Then she hides them somewhere. It's funny our cavalier maya follows her as she's hiding something then just as Sadie thinks she found the perfect place she sees Maya and has to find a new place. Her health is great. She won't let me trim her nails. We love her dearly."


I also received a photo from Lynn showing how Amie celebrated her birthday. Amie and Sadie are litter sisters.

The Wait is Over!

I know many of you have been waiting to see photos of the puppies now that they are older, so here you go. As frequent readers of this blog know, at some point I give the puppies names so we can distinguish one from another. That has not happened yet.

The first three photos are of the litter born July 16. The sire is Josh. The dam is Shadow. The puppies are a day shy of being 3 weeks old.

Two males, both will be some shade of cream/gold eventually

Black male with white markings

Two black females
The next set of photos are of the litter born July 25. The sire is Rafe. The dam is Kimmi. The puppies are 10 days old in the photos.

Two females (yes, one of them is a chubby girl!)

Two males

 A male
 I hope to post pictures weekly or at least every 10 days as the puppies grow.

I hope you have enjoyed the photos and that you are enjoying this month of August, a favorite month of mine since it is my birthday month. 

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