Friday, September 14, 2018

Mostly Photos and Some Comments About Leptospirosis Vaccine





We are having a lovely autumn here -- crisp mornings and balmy afternoons with warm sunshine, blue sky, and white wispy clouds. Then I think about Hurricane Florence, the damage it is wreaking on lives and properties, those people who decided not to evacuate and those who left and sought shelter where they could, and all who worry about family and friends who live in the hurricane's path. It's a different world between here and there, and I cannot even imagine what those in the hurricane's path must be thinking and feeling right now. "Scared" might cover it.

Thoughts and prayers are with them all.

Today I have quite  a few photos to share, especially at the requests of those people who are waiting to see how their puppies have grown  this past week. However, first I want to show photos of our newest champion, CH Joyslyn's Moonlight Beckons. Bekka's finishing photo arrived this week and really shows what a lovely Lhasa girl she is.

New Champion "Bekka" with judge Nancy Simmons
Don't ask me why I look so solemn in that picture. I was on Cloud 9 and so excited that Bekka was a new champion!

As we usually do with our dogs, we took some portrait photos of Bekka this week. (I wanted to get a photo of her in coat because, now that AKC has sent me her championship certificate and I sure her championship title is official, one day soon, the clippers are coming out!) Here is one of the photos.
Bekka comes from a long line of champions. I thought it might be interesting to show her ancestors on her mom's side of the family.

First we have Bekka's mom, CH. Joyslyn JaMa Dancing By the Light of the Moon (Luna).

Next is Bekka's grandmother, CH Joyslyn's Midnight Enchantment (Raven).

Finally, Bekka's great grandmother, CH Karlyn Joyslyn Who's The Fairest (Mira -- I am so proud of myself for coming up with that name! Love it still!!)
I am so proud of all of them!

And you are right! I have not changed my hairstyle in many, many years!  LOL

Back to photos! Bekka's litter brother, Chance, sired the litter out of Jenna. These puppies will be 7 weeks old on Sunday.
Male - Mick

Male - Pete

Female - Roxy

Female - Sparkle

Male - Stone

Female - Ashley

Male - Baron
Let me tell you, they are a bunch of "characters." Cute. Curious. In to everything.

Judy, who now owns Raven, recently sent a photo and update. "Raven does NOT like my camera. She turns her head to the left, to the right, but will not look at me. Danged retired show dog. LOL … Raven is always happy to go to her groomer, and even more happy when I come to pick her up. She wants me to pick her up and she even gave me a kiss this afternoon. Raven is NOT a kisser for the most part."
Raven, enjoying the CA breeze
Barbara sent photos and a note about her Kamper: "Kamper celebrated his 2nd birthday on July 26.  He loves to run around the backyard - chasing the bunnies, and will play fetch with anyone willing.  He likes to be with us and do anything we do - including paddle boarding (he has his own life jacket too)!"

Kamper is the son of Maggie (CH Joyslyn's Moonlight Magic). Maggie and Raven are sisters.
Kamper

Kamper in his life jacket
 What About the Lepto Vaccine??

From the time I began breeding Lhasas, the "old timers" cautioned me to avoid giving my Lhasas  vaccine that contained Lepto since Lhasas were known as a breed that could have severe reactions to the vaccine. I have always cautioned my puppy buyers and written in the sales agreement that they should avoid vaccinating their puppy with a vaccine containing Lepto. Now that incidents of Leptospirosis are on the rise, I believe people need to have a serious discussion with their vet regarding incidents in their region and their own dog's activities and possible exposure. In addition, people need to read articles and make up their own minds, always knowing that a negative reaction to the vaccine could also harm their dogs. Some of you who are regular readers may recall how one of my puppy buyers did not remind their vet about the possible negative reaction their Lhasa puppy could have and how they nearly lost her as a result.

My best advice is that if you and your vet decide the vaccine is needed for your Lhasa, then you should hang out in the vet's waiting room for a while, just to make sure you are close by in case your dog gets sick and needs a quick shot of epinephrine.

One article you might read is "Leptospirosis in Dogs: How Concerned Should You Be?"
The article addresses what the disease is and which dogs are most at risk.

Some negative reactions are outlined in the following article:

Common Leptospirosis Vaccine Side Effects
Source: https://www.certapet.com/leptospirosis-vaccine/

"Side effects and adverse reactions to vaccines can be both mid to severe. Here we have listed some common side effects a dog may have to the canine leptospirosis vaccine.
 

The first common reaction may be anaphylaxis—which simply means an allergic reaction to the vaccine. Remember, some vaccines are actually created using the proteins of the actual virus or bacteria itself. If the vaccine tends to have a large amount of the bacterial protein, then chances are some dogs may develop some form of an allergic reaction.

The second common reaction a dog may develop is local reactions.  This means that your dog may develop mild pain, redness, soreness or swellings at the site of injections. In rare cases, local reactions can be quite severe. For example, some dogs may develop granulomas or growths at the site of injection.


The third common reaction may be systemic reactions—which simply means your dog may develop fevers, loss of appetite, lethargy or depression. Very rarely are systemic reactions life threatening as they usually disappear a few days post vaccination. "



 If this topic is of concern to you, you can find more by googling : "Dog reaction to Lepto Vaccine" or "Lepto Vaccine Controversy."


Joyce








Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Photos, Photos, Photos!




I'll tell you one thing and that is that I am so very glad that I have no long distance driving to do in the next couple of weeks. In the last ten days I drove 12 hours on a Friday to Wichita, KS, for a wedding and 12 hours back home on Sunday; six hours each way to take my mom to visit her sister in IN on Tuesday; 3 hours each way to visit my son and granddaughter in IA on Thursday and to drop Chance off with friends at the Amana, IA, fairgrounds so they could show him for me the Labor Day weekend. Then on Friday came the call and the unwelcome news that another exhibitor would not be coming to the show, which meant that there would be no points, so on Saturday (you guessed it), I drove 2 and a half hours each way to Amana to pick Chance up and take him home.

My mom, who lives in NE, came home with me from the wedding in KS to spend 10 days of her vacation time with us in IL. We don't get to see her often, so it was a treat to have her here that long. Here is a picture of my husband (Lynn -- the "lyn" part of  "Joyslyn's"), my mom, and me (I did not inherit the tall gene!), taken while we were at my son's home in Iowa. Mom will soon be 86 - and she still works full time, not because she has to but because she wants too! I hope I am as active as she when I am her age!

Fortunately, I see no more long distance travels until a show at the end of the month. Whew!

Now to pictures, emails, and puppies. Puppies first!

The following photos are of the Chance and Jenna litter at age 5 weeks. They are growing fast, eating their mom's food (she is not too happy about that), playing with toys, and starting to roughhouse with each other. That wears them out and then they go to sleep in a big pile. When they are in the family room playing, I've been pleased to note that quite often, most will go to the piddle pad if they have to potty. Not always, but enough to indicate that there is hope. They are only babies after all!

Black Female - 5 weeks (I love the way she hugs my hand.)

The two gold females - 5 weeks

The two gold males - age 5 weeks

The two black males - age 5 weeks
 Yes, we have to look closely at markings to be able to tell those of similar color apart. Six of the seven have been spoken for. One of the black males is waiting for someone who will love him too!

I received some cute photos and emails from others since the last post so will share them also.

The first is from Lynn from CO: "Hi, Joyce, As you probably remember our little angel turned 2 on July 26! We all celebrated in the mountains on the day, and it rained like heck….good for our drought, but not so good for Miss Amie…..she was not a happy camper. So we did a replay of her party on a sunnier day in August and we got a sunnier Amie...We adore her to pieces….the light of our lives."


Amie enjoying the lovely scenery

Amie (I smiled at the way the hair on her mustache sticks up. Our Kimmi's does that also.)

Amie's Favorite Sleeping Position
Cindy from Springfield, IL, sent this picture of Luther and wrote, "Can't believe he's 3 already! And....all boy!"
Luther -- what a pretty, thick coat!

Mary from MN sent a cute description of how her Ragdoll cat leaves toy offerings for Rafe. "Since Rafe joined my crew...Gretta the Ragdoll started a "funny" habit...she fetches dog toys, sometimes as big as she. While holding the item in her mouth..she does a high pitch vocal sound....then drops the toy where some person or dog will notice. I started to think I was loosing my mind..all items picked up until I stumble on a toy I know wasn't being played with. I caught her traveling up basement steps with one. Her latest victim is Rafe....she has grown cautious as he has lunged if she jumps over him but will bring him toys. I got a troll doll--years old--a nurse troll doll that was on a basement shelf dropped on my bed.  So....some "thought" must cross her mind. Pic above this past week [I]walked into the kitchen–-prizes waiting for Rafe. Rafe has improved with cats..they can watch tv with him as long as they stay on the couch..he is usually laying on floor. I hear her now...delivery being made...off to see where it landed."

And here is the beautiful Gretta, the cat who leaves presents for dogs!
Here is the photo Mary took of the gifts Gretta left in front of Rafe's crate for him.

Kathy from MO wrote, "Hi, Joyce! I hope that your September isn’t quite as busy as your August was! Here is a current photo of Greta’s sister Sophie, on the deck swing with her collection of ice cubes. Mike tosses them, she catches them, and then hoards them on the swing cushions!  She brings new fun to us everyday."
The lovely Sophie with her ice cubes. She and Greta look a lot alike!
 That's it for today! More photos next time! Thanks for reading!

Joyce