Friday, September 18, 2020


"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." ~ Albert Camus

Before I begin with photos and news, I want to thank everyone who emailed with notes and photos of  their Joyslyn dogs, as well as those who posted photos of  them on Facebook. I really enjoy getting the updates.

In a previous post, I mentioned that you all should consider joining the American Lhasa Apso Club (ALAC). There are different types of membership and you do not have to be someone who shows dogs to belong to the club. You just have to love the breed. If you are interested in viewing the club website, just go to If you do not have someone to sponsor your membership, you can still join by becoming an Associate Member. Dues are reasonable! $35 for an individual membership and $45 for a household membership. Divide that by 365 days and you are paying only pennies a day! 

ALAC publishes a monthly online newsletter called ALAC Online. It contains all types of information and each month there is a theme. Members can feature their dogs through reasonably priced ads ($25 for a full page.) Show people and pet owners advertise.

You can contact me at if you are interested in supporting the breed by belonging to the club. I am the Membership Chair.

That said, here is the ad I put in recently that featured our first champion, AM CAN CH Joyslyn's Piece of the Rock (Rocky)and our latest champion, GCH CH Joyslyn's Wind Song (Autumn):

Shortly after that issue was published, we received the great news from Sue Cannimore, Winter's handler, that she had finished her championship at a TX show by going Best of Breed over two champions (what we refer to in dog-show talk as "Specials"). So our latest champion is no longer Autumn but is now Winter. Here is a photo of Winter on the day she earned the last point need for her championship title. Meet new CH Joyslyn Mon Ami Winter Wind. Her sire is Josh (NOHS-BIS GCHB CH Joyslyn MLS Dakota Wind Breaker) and her dam is Misti (GCH CH Mon Ami N Joyslyn's Shades of Summer).

We kept a female puppy, Aspen, from our summer litters. Her sire and dam, Chance and Greta, are now in new homes, so she is very special as she represents an important pedigree in our breeding program. Here is Aspen, who is still awaiting an AKC registered name. She will be Joyslyn's Moonlight (something - I still have to fill in the blank). I have too many great names on the list and some Facebook friends recommended even more. The perfect one will come to me soon!

Aspen is cute and smart and already learning to be a show dog. We went to her first training class on Wednesday.

I bit the bullet and entered two weekends of shows in October. AKC has established new rules and procedures to keep judges and exhibitors safe. These include mask wearing, social distancing, and new ring set-up and exhibiting procedures. After 47 years of showing, I am a bit apprehensive about how the new procedures work, but those who have already been showing say they are simple to get used to. I have entered both Archie and Millie. They have gone to a couple training classes. Millie is doing fine. Archie dislikes the table exam. We are working on that!

Photos and Notes from Others

Patrick wrote, "Teddy loves sitting in his dad’s favorite chair.  He’s growing up so quickly.  He continues his talking, err trying to order us around but mainly sassing back.  He has that little glint in his eye that lets you know he’s getting ready to do something he knows he shouldn’t.  He definitely fits the breed standard for being a clown."

Teddy is Archie's litter brother.

Kathy wrote, "loved the picture that Greta’s new owner sent in, just to see her now.  I can’t believe that littermates Greta and Sophie will already be five years old next month!  Where does the time go?  I thought back on our particular Lhasa story—How we knew that we were getting one of the two girls in the litter, but we didn’t know which one until the Wednesday before we picked her up.  After they were born, you were sending out puppy pictures every week, and I grew very fond of both of the girls, just seeing their pictures.  I remember meeting the litter the day we picked up Sophie, and thinking that Greta was a very sweet puppy, and I have always enjoyed tracking her “career”.  It looks like she found a very nice retirement home!"

Paul wrote about Little One (known here as Little Joey), "Little One did some climbing onto the crochet bag.  He discovered that he could see out the front window...He is doing well and sure loves to be cuddled.  He met one of our neighbor's Goldens the other day.  His name is Tucker, when they went nose to nose, Tucker backed up and wanted to go home."

I guess the Golden was intimidated by a 4 lb. Lhasa!

Betsy wrote about Aspen's sister, "Hi Joyce! I just wanted to give you an update on Willow since we’ve had her now 2 weeks. She’s is an absolute delight. She is eating great and getting better every day at potty training. She did great with her second round of shots on 8/28. She loves to play with her toys and gives tons of kisses and cuddles! 

She has a new neighbor puppy and they chase back and forth along the fence! We are so blessed to have her! Willow is a wonderful addition to our family"

Kathleen wrote, "Beau is growing like mad and learning basic commands.  He sleeps through the night and has leaned to walk on a leash.  He continues to be very adaptable and always is happiest when he is near me.  (That is my happiest time as well.)  Here are a few new photos so you can see how he has grown."

Judy wrote with an update on her Lhasas (she has two Joyslyn's Lhasas - Ty and Izzy). "Izzy loved going to class, but wouldn't co-operate at trials both in agility and rally, but that's Izzy for you!  She has the best personality ever...Dogs are all in fine form, and practice their jumps, tunnel and weave poles daily. Izzy is still the fastest weave pole dog."

Michelle wrote, "Hi Joyce! Hope you’re doing well! Sunny was relaxing so I decided it was a great time to brush him! He’s really relaxed now 😌 he’s so beautiful!"

Julie wrote about Jenna, who recently left us to make her new home with Julie: "She is definitely a couch dog, she has wanted to spend all her time on the couch so far. She’s been sleeping in her own bed in my room but last night she snuggled with Paige in her bed. She loves to walk and is a very good walker. Yesterday we went on almost a two mile walk...She is such a good dog, I love her so much already." 

Stacey wrote that Enzo was neutered: "Our vet and all the techs raved about how adorable and silly he is. He weighs 15 pounds now and is looking like a big boy (coat is still like a puppy/teen). Lola was very excited when he got home and tried to initiate play, but for the first time Enzo declined the offer. The two lhasas play all the time and they all snuggle with Elliot!"

Theresa wrote about Rocco: "I think I just forgot how little puppies are -- they go 100 mph until they're just pooped! After Rocco plays hard, he takes a long nap and then we do it again... Rocco's visit went very well.  He weighed 5.2 pounds and received a good report on every measure.  I am happy to pass on the good report.  It was very nice to meet you and is so wonderful to welcome Rocco into our home and our hearts...P..S. Kitty and Rocco are getting along great.  They’re even playing softly — Kitty seems to realize that Rocco is just a baby."

Judy wrote, "I thought it was time to send you another update on Zoie. She sleeps about 6 to 7 hours a night. I'm sending two pictures so you can see how she's growing. She still wants to nip at your ankles when she wants to play. We're trying to play with her before she initiates the playtime. She loves it outside. She is doing really well walking on a leash.  We are so thankful that we have her."

Below: Greta making herself comfortable in her new home.

Nelson, Winter's litter brother, relaxing in his favorite spot

Some Joyslyn's dogs' photos from Facebook postings:

This is Biddy, who discovered that putting a chew bone in a shoe meant she did not have to exert any effort to hold it between her paws!

Catherine's three Joyslyn's Lhasas: Maggie, Magoo, and Mallory:

Judy's Raven, who happens to be a litter sister of Catherine's Maggie:

Brandi's Oliver, who is litter brother of Michelle's Sunny. As you can tell, it is "all in the family" around here!

Other Things

This past week, one the same day, I received a phone call and an email asking me if I sold Lhasapoos. I responded "no" of course and was then asked why not. I replied that I have spent my entire adult life working to preserve and promote the Lhasa Apso and that I saw no logical reason to take two different breeds and mix them to produce mixed breeds. 

The Lhasa Apso is an ancient breed, dating back to 800 BC. DNA shows it is one of the breeds related to the ancestral wolf. Why would you take a breed with that history and produce mixed breed offspring? I do not understand the concept except that by labeling those mixtures with "designer" labels people are able to sell your basic "mutt" for a lot of money.

Within the next couple of months I will turn my attention to contacting people on the waiting list to ask if they are still waiting or have already found a puppy from another breeder. we have made plans for breedings in the fall or early 2021 and, if all goes as planned, we should have puppies again by the end of the year or in the early spring.

People have also contacted me about purchasing one of our retired champions. We have no more to offer. It will be a couple of years before we have adults available again. 

Here is a heartbreaking story with a happy ending. From 1973 through 1989, when we moved to Illinois, I was a high school English teacher. I had many wonderful co-workers. Recently when I posted a photo of Aspen on my Facebook page, one of them commented on their Lhasa. She was scheduled to be euthanized. She was 7 years old and --get this--had had 13 litters for her puppy mill owners!! The story has a happy ending as she is now in a loving home where with love and care, she is blossoming. 

Her owner wrote, "she is a good girl, learning everyday from when she came to us. Loves getting treats, sniffing new things, still won’t wag her tail or lick. Took her a month to make eye contact. Puppy mills are like chicken coups, very cruel places!"

That's it for today. Please keep the notes and photos coming. I get a lot of comments saying how much people enjoy seeing them. Apologies if I left out any notes or photos that were sent after the last August post. Re-send them if I did.


Saturday, August 29, 2020

Eat the Frog???

 Eat the frog? Yep...something I have been telling myself for the past 5 days as I have been thinking about what to include in this blog.

"Eat the frog" is a saying that comes from Mark Twain, who said that if the first thing you do each morning is eat a live frog, you can make it through the rest of the day knowing the worst is behind you!

The "frog" is the task you dread doing. The idea is that you get it out of the way, off your to-do list first thing. Then the rest of your day is easy.

For some reason this blog post was my "frog" for the past few days. It has been on my to-do list and ignored. I procrastinated, thinking of all kinds of other tasks to do instead. That was unusual for me because I am usually eager to write the blog and share photos with my readers.

I don't know about you, but I find myself tired and just "not with it" lately. Like most others, I am just tired of the restrictions COVID19 has put on us and tired of the constant worry. I would not call the feeling "depression." It is more of a "blah" feeling. I made a list the other night of things I am sick of. You may have a similar list. Here is mine (sorry it is long .. skip it if you want to! I will never know!)

Bad news 

People dying/the daily tally of the dead

Everything associated with COVID19

Fox News, CNN, Morning Joe

Politics and politicians

Peaceful protests that turn ugly. Looters turning peaceful protests into chaos

Cops shooting people 

People who thrive on inciting fear

People who think it is fun/funny to name call and disrespect others whose lifestyle and opinions are different from theirs

People who lie

People who bully

People who have never read the Constitution but think they know all about what is says

People who have read the Constitution but ignore it

People giving up on themselves and others

People who won't help others when given opportunities to do so

People who won't wear a mask when around others

Staying home -- people were not meant to be isolated

Zoom meetings...endless Zoom meetings

Missing family and friends

Feeling helpless in the face of the pandemic

Just "running in place" and getting nowhere

Cooking! (but then, this one is nothing new!)

Puppy Buyers

One of the situations that I dread is having to tell people who call or email asking if I have puppies that I have nothing available. Most of the callers have recently lost an elderly Lhasa whom they have loved for many years. Their stories touch me, and I so much want to help them. But I cannot snap my fingers and suddenly have puppies. Instead, I try to give them names of people I know who might have puppies on the way. I ask if they want to be added to our waiting list. I also recommend going to the website of the American Lhasa Apso club, selecting the Resources tab, and clicking the "Find a Breeder" link. I encourage them to get on multiple waiting lists. Even so, it is heartbreaking to turn people away. At heart, I am a person who wants/needs to be helpful. As you know, Lhasas are my passion. Not being able to help someone looking for a puppy is upsetting.

Meeting the families who purchased the puppies from our summer litters has been such a positive, uplifting experience. I've enjoyed getting to know those who will be loving and caring for our puppies. They always ask, "How can you part with them?" It is easy when I see what loving homes the puppies will have.

This summer, we have also found wonderful "retirement" homes for four of our adult Lhasas. Three of them have already left for their new homes and have settled in nicely. The 4th is leaving in a couple weeks. Chance, Kimmi, and Greta have adapted well and seem to be loving their new homes and new people. Greta was the latest one to leave, and here are some excerpts from emails her new owner has sent.

Jane wrote, "She’s doing great! She’s playing like crazy! Has a great appetite! Is making a nest in Joe's clothes while he's in Chicago(so sweet when I saw what she was doing) loves to go outside! Getting used to noises! Slept with me on the bed last night! On the outside corner looking out the door-she's a ferocious guard dog! We LOVE her!...she is running around the house having a blast. Getting used to playing tag. I scared her the first time… today she came up to me and tagged me! We ran around after each other laughing. She is a puppy!"

Here is Greta, exhausted after all her antics.

Life really is better when you have a Lhasa to love you!

Puppy Pictures

Little Joey and Buddy are 10 weeks old now and will be leaving this weekend. Here are their most recent photos.



We will be keeping Aspen from Greta and Chance's litter. We are still debating over an AKC name. It took us two months to decide on one for Archie!


Speaking of Archie, his AKC registered name is Joyslyn Mon Ami Derecho. Yes there is a story behind that!

I hope you can watch this video. It is of Archie after I groomed him, put a part in his head, and added some gel to train it to stay in place.


Just so you know, according to Wikipedia, "A derecho is a widespread, long-lived, straight-line wind storm that is associated with a fast-moving group of severe thunderstorms known as a mesoscale convective system and potentially rivaling hurricanic and tornadic forces. Derechos can cause hurricane-force winds, tornadoes, heavy rains, and flash floods." 

And, if you are from the midwest you are probably aware of  the derecho that hit Cedar Rapids, IA, on August 10. We heard nothing on the news about it, so were oblivious until our son who lives there called to tell us he and our granddaughter were okay! It is a catastrophe that has mostly been ignored by the national news. That is disturbing because those impacted need help!

The straight line winds exceeded 100 mph with gusts up to 180 mph. Over 23,000 publicly-owned trees were lost or damaged so badly they will have to be cut down. That count does not include the trees in people's yards. People were without power for days. Homes and businesses were destroyed. Thousands of acres of corn were demolished. Just imagine: summer heat, no power, no air conditioning, few grocery stores open, your food in your fridge and freezer spoiling. 

Photos and videos are available on line if you are interested in seeing the damage a derecho can cause. You can google "derecho in Iowa" to see more.

On the day of the Iowa derecho, the sky in Macomb took on an awesome and scary semblance. I was coming home from grocery shopping and happened to glance at the sky. Below are some photos I took of it. I kept expecting to see a tornado drop from those clouds. Interestingly, I drove under it and on the other side, the sky was a bright, happy blue.

Other Stuff

We are in the preparation stage of getting our living and dining room areas ready for some new flooring. That area looks chaotic! We had to move furniture into other rooms so we could take up the carpeting, pad, and plywood. I can deal with a renovation mess for about 2 weeks, so we'll see how it goes. Three items for the flooring were back ordered (of course!) so now we wait...

One thing I am looking forward to is getting Millie, Archie, and Aspen to a 4-week training class that starts next week in Peoria. It is a long drive there and back, around 4 hours round trip, but it will be worth it for the dogs to have the "show ring" experiences that class offers.

Rumor has it that the midwest will soon have a few dog shows again. That would be great! I miss the shows and seeing all my Lhasa friends.

Some good news I received yesterday: Winter is being shown this weekend in Elk City, OK. Her handler is Sue Cannimore. Sue messaged me that on Thursday Winter took Reserve Winners Bitch to the 3-point major. That was good news but it still meant she lost! On Friday the news was more to my liking. Winter won the 3point major. Now she needs only 3 single points or another major to have her championship. I am, of course, hoping she wins again this weekend and finishes!

Winter went to Sue at the end of January, was on a winning streak through February and March. Then COVID19 hit and she has been in MS with Sue, just waiting for an opportunity to show again. 

I have not seen her since January but here are some photos taken in March.

Notes and Photos from Others

Denise sent this photo of Colonel, a Greta and Breaker son after he had his summer clip.

Kathleen wrote about Beau, "Beau is thriving.  He eats well, is doing well with potty training and is as lovable and agreeable as ever.  I am sending a few new photos... He is so sweet and loving and I love him more everyday.  Thank you."

Jim sent photos of Daisy. I know I always say this, but she really is photogenic. Her expressions and poses say it all.

Sharon sent a photo and update on Gemma, "The vet said her structure was beautiful, coloring gorgeous, & bite perfect. In fact, and I quote, “one of the best bites I’ve seen”. I hope this all doesn’t go to Gemma’s head! Gemma seems to be adjusting nicely. She is such a sweet little girl and I look forward to many adventures.Thank you for my precious Gemma!"

Sally wrote this about Ginger, "Sunday is her second birthday already! She really is the sweetest thing! So smart and happy. She is the boss and I am happy to do her bidding. I am thankful every day to have her."

Ginger is the daughter of Luna and Breaker.

I'm just throwing in a photo of Jenna for fun. This is CH Joyslyn MLS Dakota Je-Na Sais Quoi.

Here is a photo of Judy with her three Joyslyn's Lhasas, Whisper, Gus, and Raven.

Ted sent a photo of Lucky.

Violet sent photos of Shadow, a litter brother to Chance. Does he look a bit sad? Look at the second photo to see why.

Betsy wrote about Willow. "Hi Joyce! Willow was great on the ride home! She is doing so well and we all just love her!!

She did pretty good thru the night, is eating well and loves prancing around in the grass! Thank you again for everything!"

This is a picture of Willow taken the day she left for her new home in Nebraska.

Judy wrote about Zoie, "I just wanted to update you on Zoie. She is doing really well. She loves to eat and is growing like a weed. She had a lot of firsts this week. She went to meet her groomer. She just trimmed her hair around her eyes and trimmed her nails a little to get her use to it. She has been wearing a collar for two days and is doing really well with it. She has received presents from Milwaukee, Arizona and Tomahawk. Not too spoiled! We have had so many firsts around here.  Zoie barked for real on Monday.  We have a step between the kitchen and living room and on Tuesday she went up and down that step with no problem.  She is a wonder!"

Finally, I want to thank all who sent me birthday wishes via card or email. Birthdays are great .. considering the alternative!

Here is one of the cute dog-related cards I received.

Until next time! Stay safe. Stay well. Wear a mask!