Sunday, June 25, 2017

I Must Be Crazy!



Summer means happy times and good sunshine. It means going to the beach, going to Disneyland, having fun. ~ Brian Wilson


I hope your June has gone well and has indeed been the beginning of a summer of sun and fun. While I did not go to Disneyland, I recently went to our town carnival with my 11 year old granddaughter and one of her friends. Now, I have always been a fan of carnival rides. The Octopus, the Tilt-A-Whirl, the Scrambler were favorites in my teen years and have remained so. My husbands dislikes carnival rides so we never have gone to theme parks or even rides at our town's carnivals. Our kids attended but, seriously, who wants to go on carnival rides with their mom? Then our granddaughter came along and when she was 8, she and I started going on some of the fast rides together and had great fun. For the last 2 years after she and her parents moved to Iowa, I've not attended the carnival here. But this year she was visiting during carnival week, so I was excited to have the chance to go on carnival rides again. I must be crazy! I did not see any other 65 year old grandmothers on the Tornado or the Turbo Scrambler (OMG!!) or the Ali Baba. Obviously, those women were saner than I. Battered, bruised (that Scrambler was turbo-charged), and wondering if I was going to pass out or puke, I survived. I think "never again" was uttered a few times. Getting old sucks!

Now some news and photos about Lhasas:

Lynn sent a photo of Amie. She’s adorable. Her sire was our Duncan (Ch. Joyslyn’s Highly Classified) and Maggie (Ch. Joyslyn’s Moonlight Magic). 

We've been to one dog show this month. I took Jenna, Onyx, and Josh to the show in Ft. Dodge, IA. Jenna carried her tail up, and that seemed like a win after so many shows of it being down. Onyx took Winners Bitch both days and Best of Winners one day. Josh took Best Opposite Sex both days. Thanks to Ronnie Crowder for taking her back in the ring so I could show Josh. Here is Onyx with her weekend of ribbons. She earned two points and now has three toward her championship. She was quite a showgirl. We had a great time staying with Karen and Jan in Jan's motor home. Congrats to Karen and Jan for their Mo's BOB wins and group placements!

Josh and Onyx are entered in shows in West Bend, WI, next weekend. Jenna is staying home.

According to the Canine Chronicle's stats through May 31, Josh is #7 in Breed points and #3 Owner-Handled Lhasa.

These photos are of Dalai. She was the apple of her owners’ eyes. Sadly, both died a few years ago and Dalai went to live with their neighbors, who had often been dog sitters for her when her owners had to be away and could not take her with them. The first photo was taken when she was a young girl and her original owners took her with them to Branson many years ago. Dalai’s groomer, Sally, keeps me up to date about her, telling me that the neighbors still take her to her previous house and sit on the steps for a while each day. (The new owners of the home are fine with that.) Dalai is now close to 14 (or maybe 15) years old — I’ve sort of lost track. She still goes to Sally, who recently posted the second photo on my FB page after Dalai had been groomed. She’s looking good in her old age! I am sure she still misses her previous owners, but I am forever grateful to the wonderful neighbors who wanted to take her and keep her as their own.
Dalai in her younger years
Dalai - Still a beautiful "old gal"
Kim wrote: "Just wanted to send you another picture of Snickers. The boys took this of him with his favorite toy. He loves this toy and plays with the boys all the time. He carries it and just enjoys it so much. Again we can never thank you enough for the him.  We are so blessed with him and he is very spoiled and loved."


 And I  think we can all agree that
Life is Better When You Have a Lhasa to Love You!

It may be a few weeks before I write again. By then there should be puppy and show news to share. In the meantime, be safe, be happy, and enjoy your July!

Joyce







Thursday, June 8, 2017

June Already! Some photos, Some News, and A Lot of Miscellaneous...




"What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade."
-  Gertrude Jekyll, On Gardening


Well, there is a lot to say about June, which (for our area) went from chilly, windy, rainy weather overnight to high 80's and low 90's. The extremes were a bit much to take. I prefer to slide gently into hot summer temps!

In addition to the usual hectic pace my days have been, we have had some computer problems lately. It seems that our utility company has new equipment that they have determined to operate on the same frequency that our internet provider uses. So, any time the utility company runs diagnostics, does software update, or changes something, we get kicked off the internet - or slowed down so much that connections time out. It's been very frustrating as a customer, and I am sure the internet provider is getting many, many calls of complaints (including those from me!). There is nothing they can do, as evidently there are no laws to prohibit the utility company taking over/sharing the frequency.

You might recall that in May I told you Breaker had taken Best Veteran in Show at the Scott County Kennel Club show in Rock Island, IL. His photo finally arrived and here he is in all his glory. He will be 9 years old in August and he showed as if I'd been taking him to shows all these years, when in truth, he was out about 6 years ago to get his Grand Championship and has relaxed at home ever since - until 2016 when I took him for the first time to the Veteran's competition in Rock Island. The judge was Mr. Wayne Bousek.
GCh Ch Joyslyn's Heartbreaker


Following that weekend, Lynn once again went with me to a show -- a rare occurrence -- but since I had three dogs entered I needed his help at ringside.

This time we headed to Bloomington, IL, for three of their four-day show weekend. Results? In a word - disaster! The main problem was that Jenna was in season. As a matter of fact, all the girls except the puppy, Onyx, are currently in some phase of their season. If you think things are calm around here with the males, think again!

As I reported on my Facebook page: "We had to pull Josh this weekend because he was crazy with girls on the brain. It did not help that one of my own was in season (full bloom too!) but also another Lhasa exhibitor's bitch was also in full heat and right behind Josh in the line up! I should have known better than to bring him -- or should have left her at home, but was afraid that if I did, the other class bitch would not show up and then there would be no points at all. 

Poor Josh. He cried; he drooled; his teeth chattered; he cried some more and then some more; outside the ring he tried to jump from his ringside table to the girl's ringside table; he refused to stand still on the table for the judge because he could see the girls; he moved looking over his shoulder and sideways to keep an eye on the girls! So pathetic! OMG...what a day. He stayed home the rest of the weekend and I was glad that the last two days of the show were peaceful. 

Jenna, our "in season" girl was in a snit and uncooperative all weekend--those bitchy hormones at work. You'd think she'd have felt powerful and full of herself after reducing Josh to a sniveling, crying, sex-on-the-brain creature. But no, she was just totally ticked off.

On a positive note, as the weekend progressed Onyx became more comfortable in the ring and was walking great on the last day. She took reserve all three days."

Here are a couple pictures of Jenna after I groomed her last weekend.

I wish she'd express that "I'm so cute" happy attitude when she is in the show ring. Three single points is all she needs for her title, but my plan is to stop showing her after July, let her coat grow, and perhaps try again for the 3 points next year. Maybe she'll forget whatever is bugging her now. If you look closely at the photo of her side coat, you can see a line about halfway down that is a darker color. That is the new coat coming in. The horizontal stripe it makes across her body gives a weird optical illusion as she moves. Once that new coat grows another 4-5 inches, I think things will look better. Patience is not actually one of my finer traits, so Jenna is helping me learn patience and that all things do not necessarily follow my plans and timelines. It's probably a valuable lesson, but I cannot say that I appreciate it!

While we were at the Bloomington show, I was paging through a copy of Dog News Magazine and happened across an article titled "Government and the Health of Your Dog." One section of the article described an incident in Scotland where a neighbor turned in a woman for animal abuse because her dog was grossly obese. (Really, really grossly obese!) So, the dog was taken away from her, put on a diet, and now the SPCA is trying to find him another home. The author raised some good questions about what constitutes abuse and who has the right to take away someone's property (in this case, their pet) because they happen to disagree with the way a person is doing things. 

Another interesting exhibit at the Bloomington show was the Will County pet disaster relief truck that was on display from FEMA. The people at the exhibit were showing us around the truck, which was holding many, many folded wire crates as well as having a lot of storage. They gave out pamphlets on disaster preparedness for pets. The one from FEMA outlined three stages: Prepare by gathering a pet emergency supply kit, Plan for what you will do if there is an emergency, and Stay Informed regarding the various types of emergencies. For more information, go to www.ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY. (I hate those phone numbers that use letters instead of numbers.)



Those of you awaiting news of a litter, please be patient. We have accomplished breedings but now have to wait to find out if they resulted in pregnancy. If you are on my waiting list, I will contact you in the order you appear on the list once I know if puppies are due.

We have two house guests that belong to a friend that I am helping out for a while. The dogs are being very polite, happy, and good guests. Here are some photos I took earlier this week. The first is of the male. The male is a retired champion and he may be available for a pet home in month or two. Neutering will be required. Let me know if you may be interested. You can email me at joyslynslhasas@outlook.com.


 These are of the female.



The scary news for all of us with dogs is that the canine influenza is popping up all over again around the country. There is a vaccination out now that covers both strains of the flu, although your dogs still need 2 shots, about 2 weeks apart to be immunized. Here's a link to a recent article.

We are headed for shows next weekend in Ft. Dodge, IA. The Lhasa entry is small and the weather is supposed to be hot, but the company will be good -- friends I have not seen for a few months. Jenna and Onyx are the only two class bitches entered. My friends have a male puppy, and we each have a special, mine a male, theirs a bitch. After that, I'll have a weekend "off" to spend with my son and  granddaughter as they come to Macomb for our town's annual festival. (I like it when my granddaughter comes because then I get to ride on the carnival rides!)

Then we'll do a couple shows in July and take time to figure out what comes next.

In the meantime, Happy Flag Day!
and Happy Father's Day!

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

Joyce

 





 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

I'm Baaaack!





Nope, I have not been hiding under a rock, although these past few weeks I've often wanted to jump into bed and pull the covers over my head and just sleep.

Things have been happening around here! My work at the Center for Best Practices in Early Childhood Education has a grant-writing component, so that is one thing I have been focused on since the Request for Proposals came out in April. I had help from my staff of course, but the bulk of the responsibility was mine. I am pleased to say that the proposal is now finished and ready to be copied and boxed up and sent on its way next week. Then the long and stress-filled wait begins. Will we get the grant or won't we? The jobs of 12 people depend on the funding agency saying "Yes" to our proposal.

We journeyed to Iowa at the end of April for our granddaughter's 11th birthday. We took her to lunch, then went shopping and she managed to stay within the budget I gave her. Afterwards, we went to her Dad's and had some cake and ice cream - and more presents.

 It is hard to believe she will be in 6th grade next year. Time really does fly. We miss her since the family moved to Iowa when she was 9. We used to see her multiple times a week.

As far as the dogs are concerned, there is a lot of news and a lot of photos. First, two of the girls finally came in season and will be bred soon. Those of you waiting for puppies, please pray that the breedings are successful and result in pregnancy and puppies.

The news about the dog shows is that we have been quite successful this month. On May 5-7, Josh and Jenna went with me to the Dairyland Classic shows in Jefferson, WI. LaVonne Bennett graciously invited us to stay at her house in Madison, where it was nice to relax after being at the show grounds all day. The weather was windy, chilly, and rainy. Our grooming set up was inside a building but the concrete floors were really cold and the building was not insulated, so we were really uncomfortable at times.

Jenna was not happy about being there, so of course her tail was down and that was that. It was disappointing, but Josh's wins made up for that!

Josh had an exciting weekend.
Friday: Anne Savory Bolus awarded him Best Of Breed/Best Of Breed Owner Handled and then a Non-Sporting Group 3; Keke Kahn awarded him Owner Handled Group 1, and John Cole awarded him Owner Handled Reserve Best In Show.

Saturday: David Bolus awarded him Best Of Breed/Best Of Breed Owner Handled; Keke Kahn awarded him Non-Sporting Group 3; Anne Savory Bolus awarded him Owner Handled Group 1); and Keke Kahn awarded him Owner Handled Reserve Best In Show.

Sunday: James Reynolds Best Of Breed/Best Of Breed Owner Handled and David Bolus awarded him Owner Handled Group 3. 
It was a great weekend for us and I am grateful to all the judges who appreciated Josh. I am very proud of him!


And here are the photos we had taken of those wins! We were not able to get a photo of his Owner-Handled Group 1 win on Saturday because the judge left while we were in the OH Best in Show ring, and on Sunday, we did not want to wait around for photos after the OH group judging. It was time to pack up and make the long drive home.






Anne Savory Bolus - Non-Sporting Group 3
Keke Khan - Owner Handled Non-Sporting Group 1

John Cole - Non-Sporting Owner Handled Reserve Best In Show
Keke Kahn - Non-Sporting Group 3
Keke Kahn - Owner Handled Non-Sporting Group Reserve Best in Show

Last weekend we were at the Scott County Kennel Club show and had some nice wins. It was Onyx's (Joyslyn's Onyx) first show and she took Reserve to Jenna. Jenna earned 1 point and now needs just 3 singles to finish. Josh took Best of Breed (nothing in Group though). The club hosted a veteran's competition so we took Breaker (GCH Joyslyn's Heartbreaker). Breaker will be 9 in August. He is Josh's sire. Ten dogs were in the ring for Best Veteran in Show. Guess who won? Breaker!!! I'm so proud of him. He showed perfectly, not one misstep and he had a great time too! Judge for Breed and for Veteran BIS was Mr. Wayne Bousek. On Sunday, Onyx took the point over Jenna and Josh took Select Dog. Onyx competed in the Non-Sporting Best Puppy Group and took 2nd. We then packed up and drove home. Lynn went along to those shows with me since we'd entered more dogs than I could juggle alone. By the next time I post, we should have received Breaker's Best in Show Veteran photo. I hope it turns out well.

Jenna, Onyx, and I - along with my friend Jane Chapin and two of her young Shiba Inu - have been attending training classes in Peoria. It takes us about an hour and 45 minutes to get there. Class lasts and hour and then we drive home. This coming Monday is our final class. Onyx is doing well, but Jenna hates class as much as she hates showing now. She used to love the ring, but the long break over the winter really changed her mind. If she did not just need 3 single points, I would be tempted just to forget showing her, but that's too close to a championship and I've invested a lot of time, effort, and money just to give up. Miracles do happen, right? Just look at what happened with Greta!

 Here is a picture I took of Jenna after she was bathed for last weekend's show.
Joyslyn MLS Dakota Je Na Sais Quoi
Oh, speaking of bathing, I have to tell you another story. Last Friday I spent from 7AM to 2PM grooming and bathing the 3 show dogs plus Greta, Kimmi, and Rafe. Then I threw some dog towels in the washer and left to get gas and money for the weekend trip to Rock Island. Jenna, Greta, and Onyx were in the utility room. While I was away, the floor drain in the utility room overflowed when the washer was emptying, and I came home to the girls splashing around the room, wet up to their shoulders. They had to be re-bathed. Let's just say I was not a happy person and leave it at that.

Yesterday morning the plumber came. Hopefully, whatever he did to the drain to clean it out was successful and there will be no more overflows. I am now $200 poorer than I was before the plumber arrived.

Remember that I told you we were in Jefferson, WI, for the show at the first of the month? Well, a friend sent me a link to an article about the October festival that will be held in Jefferson. It is a Harry Potter festival! The article begins, "Are you a muggle, or a wizard? We don’t care if you’re a Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin…you definitely need to put October 20-22 on your calendar, because one of Wisconsin’s biggest festivals will be happening this fall, and you don’t want to miss it. In fact, even muggles will want to attend. Check out this magical festival!"

Those dates are too close to the American Lhasa Apso Club's national specialty week for me to be able to go, but it sounds like a good time!

At this point I want to recommend America's VetDogs Treats. My dogs love these treats and, as you can read for yourself in the ad below, buying them also makes a difference to veterans with disabilities.


 Notes and Photos from Puppy Buyers and Friends

I have heard from some of you that you enjoy reading about Mary Rees' Lhasa Belle's work in agility. Mary sent a photo of Belle and a note about her, along with a link to more photos.

Mary wrote, "I was waiting for pics from the Bichon Trial—none of Belle; so here’s a pic from another event; she was the last to run;  photographer probably didn’t want to wait around for last dog. It was a Novice JWW and a little more curvy than Belle is use to; she did well; Qd, no faults,  enthusiastic, a few sec over time. The judge in the ring followed us out 'she is just darn cute.' was his comment. Another, judge, there for observation, made a point to come up to us after the run. 'Just wanted to let you know, no faults, Q; she did well.' This judge at another trial commented on the girls, their runs, my handling, their grooming [and] said 'Hang in there for speed, it will come.' It’s not often a judge corners out a novice dog. So once again, thank you for my Belle; she is an gem to my household."


Joe Dobkin, who owns Kimmi's sister Abby, shared this episode about Abby on his Facebook page, "Well, I got my cardio in early today! Today was Abby's Heartguard day...She ran when I was about to give her the medicated chew. We ran up and down staircases, under beds, tables, chairs, in closets, and around curios. Then she vanished without a trace or a sound. Hmmm... I thought, as I eagerly looked and called out for her. There was only one place left to check, as you see in the movies or television—the shower. Yep, she was hiding in the shower—all hunkered down and having pulled the curtain closed so as to not reveal her furry self. I said: "Gotcha'!" She then popped out, devoured the Heartguard in my hand (which she had previously loved) and proceeded to smother me with 1000 sweet kisses- sneaking in a little tooth here and there-as only Abby can. Sneaky Doggy!"

Ted and Eve Polish wrote to me on the occasion of Lucky's 5th birthday to say, "Well time sure flies by. Lucky and his buddies celebrated his 5th Birthday last week. Nothing has changed in 5 years. He plays all day long at the dog day care centre while some of the other dogs have a rest in the afternoon. He comes home and doesn’t stop until bed time. Always full of energy.  Eve went to New York for a week with 10 of her friends and I walked Lucky every morning and evening. Our neighbours were shocked as Ev is the walker. I took a lot of ribbing but it's always good for a couple of laughs. Lucky is a chewer and we are starting to realize which toy to buy and which one not to buy. His record of destruction for a new toy is 10 minutes or in dollars $16.09 plus tax. We still have the purple bottle bunny and he still plays with it. It is the only one to have survived for 5 years."


(I will add here that Ted is not the first puppy buyer to tell me that his Lhasa still has the toy that I sent home with them. Judy Laffoon told me that Raven still cherishes the blanket and big stuffed bone pillow I sent home with her. Others have said the same. I'm sure that others of the puppies no longer still have or love the toy they left here with, but still, it is interesting...)

Here is a photo of Kim and Snickers taken on Kim's birthday. Kim wrote that Snickers thought the cake was for him!

Denise wrote about her puppy Duncan, "Just a couple of cute photos of Duncan just back from the groomers. I make sure they don't cut his lashes. I love reading your blog and keeping up with your news on new and past pups!! So many look similar to our Duncan! He is such a looker and he certainly knows it. Hope all is well and you enjoy your summer."


Kathy wrote about Sophie: "It was good to see Greta’s championship photo in your last blog!  Sophie is very proud of her sister! We just returned from a trip to St. George Island, Florida, a very pet-friendly destination in the Florida Panhandle. While Sophie would rather be home than traveling, she did enjoy her visits to the beach, so she could roll around in “who-knows-what”!  Here is another picture of her, patiently waiting to get back home."
Sophie on the beach, rolling in "who-knows-what"

Sophie chillin' out - waiting to go home

I am out of news and out of stories! I will end as usual by saying what we all already know:

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


Until next time,

Joyce




Monday, April 24, 2017

April Coming To A Close



"The difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting". ~ Walt Disney

Not much has happened since I wrote last and yet it seems as if I have been really busy. We had an unusual Easter this year since it was the first time in 10 years that our granddaughter was not here to spice up the holiday. We were basically bored most and took ourselves out to lunch at an Asian restaurant. Our son, Trevor, came home Easter evening and stayed for a few days. He hasn't been able to get away since Christmas, and it was good to have him here. The dogs love him!

Work has been a bit stressful. I'm the main grant writer in our office, and we have a grant proposal deadline at the end of May. The grant is a large one and its funding employs a lot of people so, even though we've had the project for some time, we still worry about the possibility of competition and the future if we are not funded. Nothing can be taken for granted! So, yeah, it's been stressful. The writing is going well though and the first draft should be done by the middle of the week.

As for the Lhasas, all is well. The girls still have not come in season. It's out of my hands, so I am  trying hard not to be annoyed. Nonetheless, their tardiness has upset the schedule I had in mind. Just watch, they'll come in season at the same time and then what?? Decisions, decisions?

Speaking of decisions: "Various internet sources estimate that an adult makes about 35,000 remotely conscious decisions each day (in contrast a child makes about 3,000). This number may sound absurd, but in fact, we make 226.7 decisions each day on just food alone according to researchers at Cornell University (Wansink and Sobal, 2007)."

No wonder my brain is tired, and I hate deciding what to make for dinner each evening!

Today was a "red-letter day" because Greta's official Championship Certificate arrived from AKC! On Saturday her finishing photo arrived in the mail.

 Now for some photos!


 Here is Greta's final show photo. Note the "New Champion" on the sign.

Here is a photo taken of her when she was about 5 months old - in March of 2016, so there is about a year between the two photos. What a difference!
Greta - almost 5 months
Two posts ago I wrote about the show in Manitowoc. Here are a couple photos that were taken at that show. First is a photo of LaVonne and me with her dogs, Cooper (who is the son of my Rafe) and Misti, whom LaVonne and I co-own. Cooper won his first points that day and Misti won Best Opposite Sex. The dogs look great. LaVonne and me? Not so much. Do not ask me what that photographer was thinking when he chose that particular photo. Lately, many show photographers take a couple pictures. The companies I like best then post all the photos they've taken of a person's dog on a website, where they can be looked at and the best selected. Some show photographers are "old fashioned" in that they choose the photo and send it to you whether you like it or not. Anyway, the dogs look great. Don't look at LaVonne and me (unless you want to laugh -- we can take it!). I still can't figure out why I was looking up. There was nothing up there but a ceiling!


Cooper also won Best Puppy and went on to compete in the Puppy Non-Sporting Group, where he took a Group 4. We are very happy with Cooper. That weekend was his first show weekend and he was happy and comfortable in the ring. Very showy puppy!



Joe posted a cute photo of his Abby on his Facebook page. Abby is a litter sister to Kimmi. Their parents are Breaker (GCH CH Joyslyn's Heartbreaker) and Maggie (CH Joyslyn's Moonlight Magic).

Joe's Abby

Marsha Susag sent me a link to a YouTube video of her Lhasa Lindy participating in a Barn Hunt event. Lindy is Josh’s and Greta’s grandmother. The object of the Barn Hunt is to find the rat(s) that are protected in tubes and hidden in bales of hay. The dogs also are required to jump on a bale of hay and to go through a tunnel. Lindy’s work shown on this video resulted in a "Q" - a qualification toward a new title.
Here is a photo of Lindy taken when she stayed with us for a couple weeks.
GCH CH MLS Desiderata Lindy
Mary Rees sent some photos and updates about Belle (Joyslyn's Beauty Secret) and her other two Lhasas, Roman and Moka, all of whom run agility. Well, not Roman -- he is now retired from competition, but he still goes to the trials with the girls.

Mary wrote, "2 Qs for the girls this weekend at the AKC Twin Cities Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club Agility Trial. It was a long day, running late, especially for Belle running last of the day."

Here are photos of Mary's girls with their ribbons, taken at home after the trial. Belle is on the left, Moka on the right.
Mary had previously written and sent a photo of all three of the Lhasas. She wrote about Belle: "Roman’s crate is on the kitchen floor;  he has a clamp on dish, always has some kibble in it. On the way to the door in the morning to go out, Belle quickly grabs a mouthful of the kibble, stops, looks at me, doesn’t chew until outside. It’s like a kid getting caught in the cookie jar. I found a bait she cannot resist…steak. It’s NY strip, ribeye. I have had to learn how to pan cook it like a restaurant, but she is tipping the teeter for steak. Only time I use steak for bait is the teeter; hopefully will get her over her fear. We have gone backwards a bit in our connection in running; Belle tends to want to run fast, just the wrong direction! She has her Novice Jumpers title. I am just not ready to move her up until we get better teamwork."

Belle in front with Roman behind her and Moka on the right

Our condolences to Roman and Violet Chichy on the loss of their Lhasa, Yogi, at age 14. He was spoiled and well loved, as all Lhasas should be. He was a half brother to our GCH CH Joyslyn MiToya Wind Walker. Here is Yogi on the day before he left for his new home with Roman and Violet all those years ago. I still remember the day they came to pick him up. 
What a cutie!
Our heads tell us that our Lhasas will be with us such a short time and leave us much too soon, but our hearts want them to live forever. Many of you reading this have experienced the passing of your Lhasas and know the horrible sense of loss. "They are waiting for us at the Rainbow Bridge" we tell each other. I have to say, I am going to be disappointed if this is not true. I fully expect to be bowled over as I am greeted by my many beautiful Lhasas who have gone before me! (I just hope they all still have a long, long wait for me!)



With that, I will end as always, with the reminder that

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

Joyce

 

 





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

Now!
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!

Joyce