Saturday, August 3, 2019

Catching Up




"The 'dog days' or 'dog days of summer' are the hot, sultry days of summer. They were historically the period following the heliacal rising of the star system Sirius, which Greek and Roman astrology connected with heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck. They are now taken to be the hottest, most uncomfortable part of summer in the  Northern Hemisphere."
 ~ Wikipedia

Hello again. It has been a month since I've posted, and I have only the excuse that nothing has happened worth writing about and that I was sure no one wanted to know that my washer is still not fixed. Mostly I have been lazy. Blame those dog days of summer!  

I am fond of August since it is my birthday month. Not that I am fond of getting older...but the alternative is much less appealing! Don't you sometimes wish you could take all your current knowledge and experience, go back in time, and teach your younger self a few lessons?

Some good news is that the voting members of the American Lhasa Apso Club have approved the revised Standard that we have worked on in earnest since January 2016. The AKC Board has to approve it in August and, hopefully, it will be in effect in October.

Here is the revision if you have not already seen it.


OFFICIAL STANDARD OF THE LHASA APSO

Effective October 2019


General Appearance: Reflecting his Tibetan heritage as an indoor sentinel on the Tibetan Plateau, north of the Himalayan Mountains, the Lhasa Apso is a small, sturdy, well-balanced rectangular dog of moderation possessing a level topline and a tail carried well over the back. There should be neither exaggeration of any body parts nor hint of massive bone or body. A distinguishing characteristic of the Lhasa Apso is its heavy, dense, double coat that is parted in the middle from head to tail. In addition, the Lhasa Apso has good headfall and well-feathered feet and legs as these features protected this small dog against extreme temperatures and the rough terrain of his native land.

A Lhasa Apso is subject to the same requirement of soundness recommended for all breeds. Structural faults are undesirable, regardless of whether or not such faults are specifically mentioned in the standard. Any deviation from the ideal described in the standard should be penalized to the extent of the deviation.


Size: Variable, ideally between 10 and 11 inches at the shoulder. Bitches may or may not be slightly smaller but should possess feminine characteristics which easily distinguish females from males.


Head: Expression - Alert, thoughtful, intelligent. Heavy head furnishings enhance the proper Lhasa expression with good fall over eyes, good whiskers, and beard. Full depth of dark pigmentation on eye rims and lips is essential to achieve the desired softness of expression.   Eyes - Dark brown, almond shaped. Round full eyes and very small sunken eyes are undesirable. Ears - Pendant, set slightly above eye level and carried close to the cheeks, heavily feathered. Skull - Narrow, falling away behind the eyes in a marked degree, not quite flat, but not domed or apple-shaped. Stop - Moderate. Muzzle - Straight foreface of fair length with the length from tip of nose to eye to be roughly one-third the total length from nose to back of skull. A square muzzle is objectionable. NoseBlack. Bite - The preferred bite is either level or slightly undershot.


Neck, Topline, Body: Neck - Moderate in length, blending smoothly into the shoulders. Body – Rectangular when viewed in profile, with the length from point of shoulder to point of buttocks being longer than the height at withers. Chest of good depth extending to or slightly below the elbow. Prosternum well developed. Well ribbed up with the ribs extending well back towards hindquarters, strong loin, well-developed quarters and thighs. Topline - level from withers to croup, whether standing or moving. Tail - Well feathered and set sufficiently high to enable the tail to be carried well over the back in a curl lying to the side; there may be a kink at the end. Low carriage of stern is a serious fault. This means that when the Lhasa is moving, the tail is carried well over the back. A dropped tail while standing is not to be penalized.


Forequarters: Shoulders - Well laid back. Elbows close to the body. Shoulder blade and upper arm are ideally equal in length (i.e., length from point of withers to point of shoulder and point of shoulder to point of elbow should be equal.) Viewed from the front, the rib cage is oval in shape. Legs - Heavily furnished with hair. The legs are straight from elbow to pastern. The vertical distance from the withers to the elbow equals the distance from the elbows to the ground. Pasterns - Strong, perpendicular. Dew claws - may be removed. Feet - Well feathered/heavily furnished, should be round and catlike, with good pads. The hair may be trimmed for neatness.


Hindquarters: Well-developed rear assembly. Angulation of hindquarters should be in balance with forequarters to provide equal reach and drive. Legs - Heavily furnished with hair. Hocks - Well let down, set slightly behind the point of buttocks, perpendicular to the ground and turn neither in nor out. Feet – Same as forefeet.


Coat: Double coated, heavy, straight, hard, dense, not woolly or silky, of good length.


Color: All colors equally acceptable.


Gait: The Lhasa Apso gait is smooth and effortless with good front reach and equally strong rear drive without any hint of wasted action. There is no tendency towards hackney, exaggerated lift or rolling. The rear legs reach under the body and push out well behind, carrying the body forward in balance with the front. Going away, the pads of the rear feet give evidence of good follow through, without exaggerated kickup. The legs move parallel coming and going with a tendency to converge to a centerline as the dog increases speed. The topline is level and the tail is carried well over the back and may drape to the side. A Lhasa is shown at its own natural speed, neither raced nor strung-up. It is unacceptable to reward a Lhasa that consistently moves with its tail down.


Temperament/Character: Alert and sensitive to their surroundings, Lhasas are usually gay and assertive but may be chary/aloof with strangers. Their regal attitude gives them an air of seriousness. The breed is extremely intelligent, charming and loyal.


Show News
Last month I wrote that Autumn had taken Best In Specialty Show twice in West Bend, WI, and said I would post her photos when they came. Here they are:





Since then, we have been gone for 2 show weekends, one here in Macomb and the other in Waukesha, WI. At the Macomb show, Autumn was Awarded Select Bitch on Saturday and Best of Breed on Sunday. At Waukesha, she was Awarded Select Bitch on Saturday. Nothing on Sunday, but she deserved nothing because she was not showing well, rather sloth-like in her movement! Ugh! Anyway, now she has 18 points toward her Grand Championship. She has met the requirements of defeating other champions at three events and winning three majors. Now she just needs 7 single points. I'm hoping she shows better next time!

My friend LaVonne and I co-bred a litter sired by my Josh and our Misty. The puppies were 6 months old in early July. Three of them were shown this month. The female I kept, Winter, took Reserve both days at the Waukesha show. She loves to move but is very wiggly on the table and just not sure she wants some stranger looking her over! She is going to be a slow maturer I believe. I also believe it will be worth the wait!

Sue's Monte, pictured below, took Winners Dog and Best of Winners at a show in Marshfield, WI. 
Sue with Monte
LaVonne showed Nelson in Macomb and Waukesha. On Saturday at the Macomb show, he took Winners Dog, Best of Winners, and Best of Breed over 3 champions. That gave him a major win. In Waukesha, he took Winners Dog and Best of Winners both days. He now has a total of 6 points and is not yet 7 months old.

LaVonne with Nelson and all his ribbons from the show in Macomb
Suffice it to say that we are proud of the potential shown in these three puppies from that litter.

Disappointing News
 I wish I had better news for all the people on our waiting list who were hoping to be taking home Joyslyn puppies this fall. Our Kimmi was bred and a litter due August 8th, but a trip to the vet and an ultrasound revealed that she was not pregnant. This was a breeding that I had strong hopes for. Disappointment all around!

 Notes and Photos From Owners of Joyslyn's Lhasas
 Since it has been a month since I have posted, I have received a lot of emails and photos from people who have purchased puppies from us. 

Jan and Rick bought Rosie (re-named Zoey), a puppy from our last litter. Jan wrote, "I just love this puppy (Rosie) Zoey so much! She is such a pistol. She has so much energy…" 

Mary, who owns 2 of our dogs (Belle and Rafe) sent this photo of them with her other Lhasa, Moka, and wrote, "Kind of looks like Rafe is leading them in a prayer."
From the left: Belle, Rafe, Moka

She went on to say, "Last week: 2 baby birds in grass, not able to fly but flapping wings. Rafe saw first, rushed toward one. The little bird, screeching, mouth wide open, flapping at Rafe, parent birds doing dives toward Rafe. I was right behind him, calling off. he ran toward me.  The bird turned away, running . Rafe looked over his shoulder, went after bird, bird turned, ran at him, he ran backwards away from bird. It was comical. I finally got a shovel, scooped up each bird, gave them their first flight lesson..over my fence. Parents still swooping at me."

Lynn wrote about Amie: "Can you believe Miss Amie celebrated her 3rd birthday last Friday? Makes me just want to suspend the march of time, though of course that won’t work!! But she’s a beauty, isn’t she? We took her and Poppet up to our favorite spot in the mountains for a champagne picnic….no rain this time! Love, love, love this little being….thank you a million times over!!"
Amie - now 3

Lynn with Amie - a champagne picnic birthday
Chuck and Steve wrote, "Today is Cooper's 3rd Birthday.  He brings us lots of happiness.
Thanks for breeding such wonderful puppies."

Chuck and Steve's Cooper
Barbara wrote about Lovey: "Hi Joyce, Hope you all are well. I wanted to share some birthday party pictures with you.  She had a lot of fun being the center of attention" 
Lovey, the Birthday Queen
Vernita wrote about Livvy (who is Lovey's litter sister): "She is so much fun and full of energy. She doesn’t need to change for anyone because she’s home. For that reason, anyone outside of my daughter’s, she wants no part of [other dogs] and will bark and growl until they are gone.  I wouldn’t change a thing about her, and my daughters know what to expect when they bring their dogs around. She loves Noah, the other Lhasa, as long as he doesn’t go near her bed. To see them running in the yard and chasing birds they will never catch is just too funny. Yesterday was a lazy day for her. She wanted to get in the pool but only to float on her duck floaty. She wanted no part of swimming so we floated for about an hour then she took a nap. She’s still my husband’s babygirl but she tends to follow me everywhere because I take her for rides. I’m going to try taking her back to the doggy park this weekend for a second try. The first time didn’t go so well but I won’t give up."Michele wrote about Trinket: "Trinket had her second puppy shot this morning and weighed in at 6.6 pounds. She is doing extremely well and will be attending her first puppy class this coming Tuesday at the Vet’s office…In a couple of weeks, Trinket will have another groom appointment; I am trying to keep her hair long (she is accustomed to being brushed lightly every day).  This little pup is such a bundle of energy and very playful. I am having so much fun with her and will continue to keep you updated on her progress."  
Trinket
Molly Anne reported on Luna: "On this, the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's moon walk, I just had to tell you our little Moon Lady's had her own  "one small step - one giant leap" moment. The last couple of days we experienced the remnants of Barry, with torrents of rain and high winds. Luna has been mostly housebound, since all the trails are muddy and soggy. This morning it was merely misting, so I took her to the large,well-drained lawn behind Walmart which offered a short excursion.
     Dutifully following Murphy's Law, just as we reached the lawn the heavens began spewing buckets. Rather than being unsure, Luna found this a wonderous experience, and began practically jumping INTO puddles! Not just wet, her feet were soaked, her legs were soaked and her ears were dripping, but  head up she kept exploring  more puddles.  She even began weaving thru some tall scaffolding to plop thru more puddles! Meanwhile, I am traipsing behind calling "good girl-good girl-good girl-good girl!", whilst trying not to laugh at her unabashed joy.  Reveling in the rain, she looked like she was striding on Westminster  turf rather than Walmart's! I regret that, having no pockets, I left the phone in the car and was unable to record her "moon walk"."

Some excerpts from an update Kathy sent about Jampa: "He's 18 weeks this week and he's grown so much!  He weighs over 8 lbs, now, and the vet says he's just the right condition for a puppy, not fat, not skinny. This week, he's been showing signs that his mouth is sore (teething!)…I started yesterday freezing a wet wash cloth for Jampa to chew on.  He seems to like that…We also bought a doggy pool for him a couple weeks ago.  He doesn't get in voluntarily, but if I set him gently in (2 inches of water), he will walk around for a few minutes and take a drink, then wants out.  The rest of the time he uses the pool as his outdoor water bowl. :-) Jampa's coat is getting quite long.  I brush him about every other day (depends on where he's been playing!), then comb to make sure there's no mats, and he gets a bath once a week. Jampa's coat is a deep brown color, instead of jet black.  Is that normal for a puppy coat, and will his adult coat be black?  It really doesn't matter, because we love him not matter what color he is/will be! :-)  He's tail is getting a little gentle curl on the end of it.  I was surprised because I thought they were born with the tail they were going to have. We've been going to puppy class, every Tuesday evening.  He really enjoys playing with the other puppies, and we're both learning canine good citizen exercises/capabilities."
Jampa

Some excerpts from Judy's email about Gus, Raven, and Whisper: "Gus will be 15 weeks tomorrow. He is already almost the same height as Raven and Whisper, and I would not be surprised if he doesn't outweigh both of them - no baby fat on him. Raven and Whisper will be 9 years old in October. This week Gus has found his rear legs, and probably has built up the muscles in them. Several days ago he was able to jump up on the chaise lounge to play with Whisper. He has been trying to get up on the chaise, but just couldn't get there.
Whisper has accepted Gus and they play together often every day. Raven doesn't usually play with Whisper and Gus, but stays close by in case she needs to rescue Gus from MEAN Whisper. LOL Yesterday, Gus was in the bedroom area walking around and playing with assorted dog toys. Next time I looked at the bed, Gus was ON it! WTH? He had obviously jumped up onto the somewhat tall wooden dog bed, and from there had jumped up onto the bed. This not-so-little puppy continues to keep me on my toes. He is doing really well in his obedience training, and has Class #3 on Sunday. His second Private Session training is on Tuesday."
From the left: Gus, Whisper, Raven

Raven, Gus's Great Grandma
Here is one of a series of photos Pat sent of Willow (Autumn's Litter Sister) and Baron (Chance and Jenna's son)
Left: Willow, Right: Baron
Jill sent this photo of Onyx's mom, Shadow. Onyx and Shadow are so much alike, both in appearance and personality -- very laid back, sweet-tempered, and mellow


From Barb about Ryder: "He is a great addition to our family.  He is a very happy little guy and well mannered.  Loves to give kisses, play inside or outside, and chase birds in our backyard.  He’s very smart, figures things out quickly.  He’s very attached to our other Lhasa - Kamper.  Wherever Kamper goes, Ryder goes.  Ryder is social, he’s good around other people and other dogs, and does well with training and commands.  He travels well in the car too, just curls up on his bed.  They are both protective & will bark if someone is close to the house, which I’m ok with.  

I would say a few minor things were working on - potty training took a bit longer with Ryder, he still likes to sneak off.  He loves to splash his water everywhere & even flips the bowl over, and recently has started chewing on random things - bark/wood from mulch, & wool dryer balls.  
He has a great personality & it’s a good mix between our 2, Kamper is sweet and a little anxious, and Ryder is more friendly & social. Both love to snuggle.  We love having the 2."
Ryder, a Chance and Jenna son
Kamper on the left, Ryder on the right, both Joyslyn's Lhasas

Dianna wrote about Meeka (formerly known around here as Xena): "I just can’t stop playing with her!  She plays fetch (with balls and sticks) and brings it back almost every time!  She comes when called with a specific whistle!  Practiced that in the kitchen with treats only 3 times and she’s got that nailed down!  I can’t even tell you how much this puppy is loved! Since losing my Dad (my last parent) in Dec., if she sees me crying when I’m holding her she’ll lay her head on my shoulder.  It’s the cutest thing!  I couldn’t have hand picked a more perfect puppy.  When I was at your house watching her and picking her up I don’t think it hit me that she was actually going to be MY puppy."

Meeka
Marilyn wrote about Hunter, one of two of her Joyslyn's Lhasas. Hunter's 2nd birthday was July 25. "What a goofball he is! Both dogs are the great guardians of the Conrad residence. Nothing or no one gets in the house without a barking frenzy. They are wary of strangers and other dogs, and it takes time for them to warm-up to people. Typical Lhasa behavior! Both Maci and Hunter certainly add excitement and joy to our lives. I hope you have a great rest of the summer."
 
Hunter - 2 years old
 What's Available?
While we do not have puppies available, we do have two young adult males that are available to the right pet homes. Both are black. One just turned a year old. The other will be two years old in a few days. Just contact me for details if you are interested.

ALAC National Specialty
This year's National Specialty is in Albuquerque, NM! If you live close, you should come. It is 4 days crammed with lots of Lhasa activities, attended by Lhasa owners, breeders, and exhibitors from across the US -- and some who fly in from other countries just to participate in the event!
 
 Thanks for reading! Until next time, remember...
 
 Joyce















 


 
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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Happy Independence Day!

 "We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what's in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense."~ Barack Obama


 
Okay, Okay....I know the 4th of July was two days ago, but we can still celebrate, right? I hope you all had a relaxing and patriotic holiday to celebrate our freedoms.

I actually spent a good portion of July 4 at one of Macomb's Coin Operated Laundry facilities. Ugh! Our washer started leaking, probably a result of over use when we had all the puppies here and three or more loads of laundry each day were the norm. I have a Sears maintenance agreement on the washer but getting a repair person here took ages. He discovered the problem (a $3 gasket was shot), ordered the part, set up an appointment (for two weeks later!!) on July 1 and left. The day before the appointment, I received an email saying to call to reschedule. Over 1/2 hour on hold, a dropped call, another 1/2 hour wait, dropped call (yes, again!), and, I am serious here, a 20 minute wait and another dropped call. It was not my cell phone, I was using a land line. 

While I was waiting, I followed the advice of the recording that kept telling me to go online and chat with a representative. Well, I  tried. Even online "All representatives are currently helping other customers. Please try again later." The 4th phone call was the charm. A new appointment was scheduled, this time for July 11th. It was not even 15 minutes before I received an email saying that appointment was cancelled and I needed to call to reschedule. By now, I am basically beyond my boiling point. 

Skipping over the resulting wait and conversation with yet another customer service person (to whom I was very nice--it was not his fault!), I now have an appointment for July 16.

Thus the trip to the Coin Operated Laundry. We were out of clean clothes! It was a lovely, clean facility that was used by some really strange people while I was there. Enough said. 

I am eagerly awaiting having a working washer at home again.

Show Results
Finally after a month of not attending shows (too much work and time needed for the two litters of puppies), I was able to get to the Kettle Moraine show in West Bend, WI, the last weekend of June. The Greater Milwaukee Lhasa Apso Club was hosting a designated specialty show. My granddaughter was visiting from IA that week, so she and I went to the show and stayed the weekend with friends Jan and Karen in Jan's motorhome. 

I had entered Autumn, hoping she could earn some points toward her Grand Championship. Winter went along with us so she could get used to the sights, sounds, smells of a show. Her first point show is coming up on July 20.

Winter 5.5 months old
I do not have the pictures from the weekend because my granddaughter who took the informal photos has not sent them to me and because the show photographer has not yet sent the formal photos. However, just as a reminder of what Autumn looks like, here is a photo of her taken in early May when she finished her championship.


She had a great weekend, coming away with new letters in front of her name. She is now BISS (Best in Specialty Show) CH Joyslyn's Wind Song! Autumn won over 3 other champions on Saturday and repeated that win on Sunday over 5 other champions. It was an exciting weekend for me, for sure. On Saturday she made the cut in the Non-Sporting Group and on Sunday she was awarded a Non-Sporting Group 2 and a Non-Sporting Owner Handled Group 3. You can bet that I am proud of her. She has earned two majors toward her Grand Champion title and has defeated champions twice. She has a way to go yet. She needs to earn one more major and to defeat another champion at a show and to earn 15 more points before we can add GCH to her name. She will have a chance to earn more points at the next show, the Burlington Kennel Club show on July 20-21 that is being held here in Macomb.
It was great to be at a show again, especially because there were Lhasa exhibitors there from so many states (IL, MO, MI, MN, WI, OH). We Lhasa exhibitors are few and far between any more, so traveling long distances to shows is becoming more normal. We are all looking forward to getting together again in Albuquerque, NM, at the end of October for the American Lhasa Apso Club National Specialty week. Another nice surprise at the show was that Barbara from WI came to see me and brought her Joyslyn's Lhasa, Daisy (Joyslyn's Heart's Desire), with her. Daisy is 9 years old and has been a great companion for Barbara through the years, seeing her through illnesses and the loss of her husband.

Puppy Photos
The Breaker x Onyx puppies have all left for their new homes, but here are some photos of them, the last ones taken before they left.  
Iris

Lexi

Pearl

Pippi

Rosie

Eddie

Cooper
In addition to Winter (Joyslyn Mon Ami Winter Wind), we have a new up-and-comer in Millie. She does not yet have an official AKC name. Sometimes a name will come to me out of the blue. That has not happened yet with Millie.

Millie practicing to be a show dog

"Stop taking pictures already! I'm serious! Just stop!"
 This is Joyslyn's Moonstone (aka Stone). Love that face! This guy is in need of a special home. If you know someone who has no other pets and few visitors, and who loves to sit in a recliner watching tv hours on end, this is the dog for him.
"Who me?
We recently took some photos of Chance (CH Joyslyn's Moon Shadows). Here is one of them. Chance has such a beautiful coat! He is sort of a dope that mostly wants to lay on the sofa. We are debating about trying to find a pet home for him, but it would be hard to give him up, thus the debate. Pros and cons, pros and cons...

  Notes and Photos from Others

Mary sent 4th of July greetings and photos. Here is one of Rafe (GCH CH Joyslyn's Inherit the Wind). He is Autumn's sire. 

Rafe
Jim sent photos of Daisy and a funny video of her watching cartoons and ignoring Jim's mother-in-law as she tried to get Daisy's attention. She must be quite a character! Here are two of the photos he sent.
 I know she is yawning in this picture, but it looks to me as if she is laughing!
 
The joke's on you!

Judy G sent an update about her Izzy (Joyslyn's Is It The Wind). "Izzy will be 13 on December 15. She attends rally class with Winny, and could be just as good IF she wanted to. In November, I may take her to a WCRL rally trial. You can bring treats in the ring with you. She will do anything for baked liver sausage. She's fun in the ring and a show off!…She's our entertainment. She was my doctor and comforter for years, but since the procedure, she no longer checks my face. I had a miracle performed on me and she knew it right away."


Debra wrote about her Seng Kye: "He is frisky.  He loves to play with balls and squeaky toys.  He sleeps the entire night.  He is very protective of me.  I have made an effort to get him socialized and he is responding beautifully. When I take him to Lake Cumberland, people can stop and pet him. He is incredibly beautiful. The groomer handles him without a problem. He is not friendly to strangers at the house but with reassurance he warms up to them and remembers them. He is unbelievably bright. He understands many words. He knows what "puppy prison" means and I put him in his cage (which is very large, padded and contains a bed) for his safety. He understands "comb out" and jumps into the chair. He comes when he is called. He understands "to see Jenny" and many other phrases.  He likes to tear up magazines. He has almost housebroken himself. He is the wonderful companion I was hoping for. He rides quietly in the car for five hours.

Seng Kye
Carolyn wrote about Paddy: "He is growing into a strong healthy Lhasa and I want him to have a long and healthy life…Paddy exhibited fear of many things early on. We worked through his discomfort and he would be back to a happy,playful, energetic puppy. Then, something else would unsettle him…I will also comment on his adult hair; there is no courseness to top layer. His hair is soft, cotton-like, and extremely thick, which mats so easily. I've never had a Lhasa with this type of coat. Regardless of bouts of timidity and different grooming methods, we love our Paddington and wouldn't change a thing…This wonderful, mischievous, intelligent, playful being is very much an important member of the family."

From Judy L about Gus: "Every day it is a challenge to help Gus learn something new. He is enjoying exploring things in the big yard with Whisper and Raven. Sophie remains aloof. Gus is so funny when he now takes GIANT leaps off of the sidewalk. He nails the landings. But jumping UP onto the sidewalk is still a challenge for him sometimes.  He is such a boy. It cracks me up. Nothing girly about Gus. He moves with purpose and curiosity about everything he comes across. Best part? His tail is always up and over his back, except when he is eating or sleeping. That means he is one happy boy. I plan to nourish that happiness…"

In addition to Gus, Judy owns two other Joyslyn Lhasas, CH Joyslyn's Midnight Enchantment (Raven) and Raven's litter sister, Joyslyn's Midnight Confessions (Whisper). Raven is Gus' great grandmother.

Here are some photos of them:
Gus sporting his first topknot

Gus
 
 
Whisper with her favorite toy, a tennis ball


Raven

 Raven's daughter, Luna (CH Joyslyn JaMa Dancing By The Light of the Moon) is Gus' grandmother. Luna recently left us to live in her "retirement" home with Molly Ann in Arkansas. Molly Ann recently send me a list of all the things that Luna has been experiencing and learning since she left us. Luna loves sleeping on the bed and exploring her new environment. Here are two of the photos Molly Ann sent.

Violet keeps in touch regarding her dog, Shadow. Shadow is a littermate to our Bekka and Chance. Here is a recent photo that Violet sent of him. She describes him as devoted and quite, seldom barking. He enjoys meeting and playing with other dogs. He gets carsick!
Shadow
I have received a few updates and photos from owners of puppies from the Josh and Bekka litter.


From Stephanie, "Addison is adjusting well. We thought about keeping [the name] "Pippi" but "Pippy" and "Tiffy"sounds too much alike. To incorporate Heart, we were going to call her Addison Sweetheart. Watching her play with the others we decided she’s fearless so we were thinking more on the lines of Addison Braveheart. But, since Lhasa Apso translates to bearded Lion dog, we’ve decided her name is Addison Lionheart ❤️...Here she is cuddling with Tiffy."

Addison cuddling with her new friend, Tiffy, a Havenese
"Eddie" wrote me: "Dear Grandma, I am settled in very nicely and bonding with Mommy.  I am a little bit  standoffish with Daddy, but we will get there. I object to being in my crate if Mommy and Daddy have to leave for a little bit but my objections are becoming less and less each time I go in. I had my appointment with the Vet today and he says that I am
a really great puppy and he also loved my name."

Eddie
From Kathy: "Jampa is doing great. The routine for feeding and going potty is getting better and better…He seems to like the grooming. Getting him to lay quietly on his side is another story!  Once in a while, now, he will relax almost on his side.  It will come. We've been to a few puppy classes locally, and in early July we start an 8-week puppy class that is more structured.  He will already sit, lay down, "speak", (and sometimes, "leave it". :-) at home. Loves to chew on his toys, and always wants one of us around!"
Jampa
Michele wrote, "Trinket has really captured my heart and is a very sweet, sociable, playful and happy dog. Everyone who meets her instantly falls in love with her."
Trinket
 Janet wrote about Pebbles [aka Gracie here], "Good morning Joyce, Thought this was way to cute not to share with you. She is doing great.  We are so PROUD of her.❤️ Hope all is going well with the rest of your puppy’s. More later."
Pebbles
Nick wrote "My parents and I made it safely back to Indiana with our new puppy, who we have named Zoey. [formerly Rosie]  Zoey was an amazing car rider and slept most of the ride except for a few times she woke up and wanted to play.  She had a good first night, too, as she seemed exhausted...Zoey is doing great. She and Lilly (our existing dog) are getting along great and pretty inseparable. We are so happy that we picked her—she’s a personality and a half."
Lilly cuddling with Zoey

That's it for the updates! As you can see, a lot has happened since I last posted in mid-June -- not one free weekend...and this weekend is my only open one in July. People ask me, "How do you do it?" I respond, "Ask anyone who is busy how they do it. You just do. You do what has to be done and then go on to the next thing. Sometimes you regret your choices. Sometimes you congratulate yourself on being so smart! Sometimes you wish things were different. Sometimes you would not have it any other way."
 
Joyce