What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, and hope for the future. ~Agnes M. Pahro
As this is the final blog for 2018, I want to wish all my readers a joyous holiday season. Our tree is up, my shopping is complete, presents are wrapped. Whew! This will be a special Christmas for us because it will be the first time in three years that all of our children, our son-in-law, all three of the grandchildren, as well as my mom, will be with us. I am excited for us all to be together again.
Not much has happened since I wrote last. Autumn and I went to a show in Belleville, IL, the first weekend in December. She showed so well. She defeated the other puppy that was being shown in her puppy class, but ended up taking reserve to the older female. That was fine. She showed well and obviously enjoyed herself.
I have had a number of people asking about 2019 litters. All I can tell you is that we are waiting for two of our girls to come in season. They will be bred and, if those breedings result in puppies, we should have puppies ready to go in April and May.
I have also had inquiries about any adult females we have available for sale. We have nothing available right now. It will be the fall I think before we are ready.
Finally, thanks to puppy buyers who have been keeping in touch now and then and sending photos of your Lhasas. Your communications are very much appreciated. Here are some notes and photos we received.
Tom and Penny sent a photo of their Griffin. He is now 7 years old. They wrote, "7th birthday celebrated a few days ago, as you know. Griffin is a wonderful boy. Smart and affectionate. Still prompting smiles from strangers. Another champion! Best regards."
Another birthday photo and note came from Kim about their Snickers. She wrote, "Hi Joyce, Here’s a picture of our birthday boy!! Again we can’t say enough about the joy and many blessings he has brought our family. He is truly part of our family and we love him so much. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and wish you Blessings in the New Year. We all watch your blog wondering when to get him a sister :)"
Maria sent a dramatic photo of their Ella and wrote, "Hi Joyce. We have been thinking about you. Here’s a picture of our sweet Ella! She celebrated her birthday today with her favorite treats! Ella has been such a perfect addition to our family. We love her!Wishing you a Happy Holiday Season!"
Marilyn also wrote to wish us a Merry Christmas and to send photos of her Lhasas, Maci and Hunter.
Again, many thanks for the photos! I appreciate each and every one!
One final thing: The latest issue of Dog News has a nice feature on the Lhasa Apso that I think you will all enjoy reading. The article starts on page 72 and continues on pages 144-148. "The Lhasa Apso: The Dalai Lama's Dog."
Life is Better When You Have A Lhasa to Love You!