Wednesday, October 13, 2021

October Rain!!

I write this as the thunder roars, the lightening flashes, and rain pours! I am supposed to be loading the car with luggage and other items I am taking to our National Lhasa Apso Specialty. I leave tomorrow to meet friends in WI. Then the five of us leave on Friday for MA, so I am hoping tomorrow's weather does not include another thunderstorm! I do need to get the car loaded!

You know I usually start with a quotation so here is the one for this post. I thought it would go well with the photo of Josh!

"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then to rest afterward."~ Spanish Proverb

GCHB CH Joyslyn MLS Dakota Wind Breaker ("Josh")

Our October began well. Rusty and I went to shows in Freeport, IL, on the 2nd and 3rd. The Lhasa entry was small but we all had a good time together. I was proud of Rusty, who earned two single points. On day one he was chosen Best of Breed over a lovely male Champion, and day two he took Best of Opposite Sex also over that Champion. He now has 11 of the necessary 15 points and he just turned 10 months old on October 5! He has done so well for such a young dog. I am taking him to the National and hoping he behaves himself!

Puppy Pictures
Five of our 7 puppies left for new homes this past weekend. We decided to keep the puppy we call "Pearl." We have one puppy left because no one seems to want an adorable black Lhasa puppy that is smart, spunky, and full of energy and kisses.

Gee...maybe my husband will let me keep two!??

Here is Pearl. She is the daughter of Archie and Onyx.

And, here is Josie, Pearl's litter sister.

Josie and Pearl have a brother, Milo, who left with his new people on the 8th.

These three have four half-sisters who are also Archie offspring. Their mother is Misti.

Nora (now named Lacey) also left on the 8th.

Her sisters, Evie and Chrissy (now Maple) left the next day.

Bernie went to her new owner last night.

Now you would think that with 5 of the 7 now in new homes things would be quieter and less hectic around here.

Think again!

Notes and Photos from Others

As usual, I am sharing the communications and photos I've received since the last post. 

Joey wrote (with help from Paul), "Dad took me to the neatest place this morning. Part of the campground in Bradenton, Florida has a really big off leash park.  I was able to run around as much as I wanted to. I still kept an eye on Dad to make sure he didn't walk too far away from me.
Dad still has to type the emails for me. Joey"

And Paul wrote: "Joey is learning certain signs to let me know when he needs to go potty. These things he has figured on his own. In the motorhome he goes and lays on a Goose Rug at the top of the stairs. If we are driving he just waits until I can stop somewhere. If we are in a campground, he makes sure one of us sees him. We put Ellie on, name for his leash, to go outside. We have names for all of his items in order for him to know what is what. If we are sleeping he will stand on my side to wake me to go outside. We do go out before going to bed. He just can't make it all night at certain times. When we are in the car, he gets up on the center console and licks my right ear to let me know he wants to go. I cannot always stop, I tell him it may be awhile and he lays down to sleep and wait.

[Here is a photo of] One of his most interesting sleeping positions while underway in the motorhome."

Bernie's new owner sent me pictures taken last night when she got Bernie from me.

Bernie with her new mom

She already has a lot of toys

Me hugging Bernie one last time

Ginny wrote about Maple (formerly known as Chrissy): "Maple๐Ÿ is learning to love her big backyard with mama. Our maples are in the backdrop."

From Debi about Lacey, the Archie X Misti puppy we called Nora: "
She gets all wound up at times, especially after eating, and races around our coffee table and living room, then crashes out with her hind legs in back of her when she gets tired. It is so cute!  She loves her kong tennis ball, we roll it for her and she chases it and brings it back. She loves that she can grab it with her little teeth. She spotted herself in our curio cabinet mirror and gave a little puppy bark at herself, it was so cute!"

Lori posted a greeting to Josh from his son Finn on Facebook.

Michelle sent this picture of Sunny:

From Molly Anne about Luna:
"Jacob, a little boy who lives down the street rang the doorbell last week. He was upset and trying not to cry. His big dog had gotten out and someone had called the police reporting a vicious dog was loose. He was afraid the police would take his dog away, and asked if Luna ( not me...) would come and find him (His dog is not vicious, just needs exercise). As I brought Luna out on her flexi, a police officer and 3 other people appeared. I told them all to stay back and be very quiet - let Luna do her job. She did. She found the dog ambling down the street and ran right up to him. As they were touching noses, I put my arms around his  neck and called for the collar and leash. Little Jacob said “Luna saved Chance”. 
That’s my girl-She is Perfect!!........and yes, I will babble on about her ad nauseum.........."

Mollie Anne sent a photo of Luna and I am going to add one taken of her at an earlier National Specialty when she was a winner. I am so proud to be her breeder.

As regular readers know, Onyx recently "retired" and went to her new home in Indiana.

Here are a couple of notes from Judy G about Onyx:
"Oh Joyce, she is just perfect!! Never made a sound on the way home...Once we got home I let the other dogs out in the backyard and then brought Onyx into the yard. She wagged  her tail the entire time and everyone got along just beautifully. No barking, no antics and everyone gets along. She ate her dinner and then went out the back door with the others. ... She loves to run and Ty enjoys having a partner along with him. Later, we will play with the tunnel as all dogs love the tunnel."

 A few days later, Judy added, "She is just wonderful!!! There are no barks or growls between any of the dogs. She fits right in. She is sweet, kind to the other dogs, friendly to friends and a little lover girl. Last night we watched an old black and white western TV show and she curled up on my lap for the hour. John told her "Don't be like crazy Izzy" so the next morning when Izzy was galloping around the kitchen island doing her laps Onyx joined her running with her tail wagging and flying. She is potty trained as enough dogs are going in and out all day she figured it out quickly."

This is a photo from my files. It is of Onyx after she won at a show. 

From Sally about Ginger and Jaxon: "A couple firsts for Jaxon- jumped up on the couch much to Ginger’s chagrin๐Ÿ˜‚
And first ride in the car out of a kennel- he is hooked in on a seatbelt. He was very good…. They are both very quiet car riders which is nice. They will both be going to the groomer in a couple weeks- Jaxon has been there once so far. Your blog was so interesting as usual. How nice you still have your Mom! The pictures were so pretty of you all. Rusty is gorgeous!!  I hope you had a really good show this weekend."

Above: Ginger and Jaxon. Below: Jaxon

Kris and Fern: "Hi! Our little ham has outgrown his first crate. He still likes to curl up in there for a voluntary nap - we removed the door. Now he’s been upgraded to a playpen and just as expected: he loves it. He’s unbelievably easy to train and a freaking heartthrob. We love all our animals dearly but this guy…. we’re obsessed! Thank you, Joyce! #forevergrateful"

Ty is a son of Josh and Bekka. They have a new litter of three puppies, now two weeks old. Photos, etc. of them when I get back from the National.

Marilyn wrote, "Hi Joyce, I hope you, Lynn, and the dogs are doing well. It’s been quite a long time since I’ve emailed you. I was so sorry to read of Connor’s passing. It is never easy to part with 1 of our family members. I hope you are enjoying one part of your retirement. I know you are still breeding and showing as I really enjoyed seeing the pics of Rusty, and of the puppies I think have just departed to new homes. It has been a really warm fall. I’m just waiting for that chill in the air to hit St. Louis... 
      I am including pictures of Maci and Hunter. We picked Hunter up 4 yrs ago from the national show here in St. Louis. We always tell him that was his only shot at being a show dog!! He is a typical Lhasa, on guard, wary of everyone he doesn’t know. Maci is the same way. You can never say you’ve seen it all with a Lhasa. As soon as you think so, they come up with a new wrinkle! Take care and Happy Fall!๐Ÿ
 Maci is the first pic. She knows treats are behind door #2!"

Everyone who owns (is owned by) a Lhasa knows...

Thanks for reading this post! (... and if anyone wants a gorgeous black Lhasa puppy, let me know!)


Thursday, September 30, 2021

Welcome October!


"Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves, we have had our summer evenings, now for October eves." ~ Humbert Wolfe

I write this as a way to put off grooming and bathing Rusty to prepare for a show this weekend. I know I have all day tomorrow to get it done and feel a bit guilty for not posting sooner.

Speaking of Rusty. Here is the latest photo of him, taken at the Amana, IA show after he won the first of his two majors that weekend.

There is a lot to share in this post. Just thought you should know...

In mid-September I told you all about my upcoming trip to Florida to visit our daughter and her family. The trip was actually a birthday present for Mom's 89th birthday. She had not seen her great grandson, now ages 4 and 7 since they were 6 months and 3 years old.

The flights, airport layovers, and a couple instances of a wheelchair not being available aside, we had a wonderful time once we arrived. My daughter had planned a few excursions that (of course) included some shopping, making our luggage a bit heavier for the trip home.

We saw the new Marvel hero movie. I am a Marvel fan and so are the grandsons! Great movie!

We visited a winery and a fruit stand (Robert is Here). My mom is a lover of fresh passion fruit, which is not available in Nebraska, so she bought what was left to take home with her.

Row after row of tropical fruit

Aisle after aisle of sauces and jellies

We fast forwarded a few months to Christmas and visited the Christmas Palace in Haileah Gardens -- all the holiday decor you could dream of and more.

Mom and I at the Christmas Palace

We had brunch at the Tea Garden at the Cauley Square Historic Village, which had delicious menu choices and a decor of gorgeous antique furniture, china, lamps, and jewelry.

We went to the Palmetto Bay Sunday Farmers' Market.

We went fishing in the canal that runs behind my daughter and son-in-law's home. I was the only one who caught anything that day. I had not been fishing as a teen or adult, so notice that I was given my 4-year old grandson's fishing pole! How exciting to have tugs on the line. I reeled in a long one!
Here I am, holding my prize "fish." LOL

It was great to be together again since we live so far apart (FL, NE, IL). Mom really enjoyed her birthday trip.
Here are the 3 generations, wearing our matching pajamas!

The Most Recent Puppy Pictures

The Onyx and Misti litters will soon be ready to leave us for their new homes. Here are their latest photos.








Food for Thought! Plan Ahead!

Those of you who have been or who currently are on my waiting list for a puppy answered the following question on the questionnaire I sent you:

"What plans do you have for your Lhasa in case of emergency (e.g., you get a debilitating illness, are hospitalized, die)? In other words, what would happen to the dog if you or a spouse were unable to care for him/her?"

It is something to think about, no matter how old or young you are. Accidents happen, illness (e.g. COVID19) happens, unexpected death happens. Your beloved dog could outlive you. What happens to that dog you love if for reason of accident, illness, or death you cannot care for him/her? Do you have a will that includes who takes care of your dog? Do you automatically assume one of your kids or other friend or relative will take your dog and love it? Have you asked that person? Do you have an agreement in writing? Have you set aside some funds for your dog's care? 

This leads me to a situation, a death, that recently happened. The person who passed away left her Lhasas, and her daughter asked another Lhasa person to care for them and find them homes. I told her I would try to help by letting my blog readers know about the situation. 

She is trying to find homes for three females and one male Lhasa. If you are at all interested in helping by taking one of these dogs into your home and heart, please email

Something that Might Be Fun!

I thought this was interesting when I ran across it on Amazon. I think Lhasas are smart enough to learn to communicate this way!

Photos, Messages, and Email From Others

From Judy L: "Raven's color on her body had been growing in darker for several years. In 2017 her body was silver. Now it is silver and black, with more black coming in all the time. Strange."

Judy L also wrote about Gus. "Yesterday Gusto Spitz had his very first Walmart experience. He was very well behaved and made some new human friends. Everyone loves Gus. What's not to love? Gus has a fabulous Lhasa Apso head and face, and he actually looks like a Lhasa not a ST. Plus he is sturdy, beautifully colored/marked, and allows people who approach him to pet him. They always ask first, which is surprising. There is something about Gus that attracts people to him. I am also biased!!!

She also posted this on my FB page. Thanks, Judy!

Chuck sent this video of Cooper and wrote, "My welcome home after being gone a week. Thanks.  I love him so much."

Kassia wrote about LeeLu, "Our Girl..looking so grown up!"

Shelly posted on FB: "Tucker is exhausted from bossing around a bunch of Golden Doodles and Retrievers today at the Doggie Del Sol.  He gets to run free there but is adamant that he is placed with the big dogs๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚hopefully his last short cut for a while! My sweet bubba!"

Kris wrote, "
There’s no vaccine for this love bug we’ve caught over here. In case you haven’t noticed we cannot stop squeezing him."

Judy B. wrote, "Hi Joyce & Lynn, I haven't given you an update on Zoie lately. It's been a busy summer and now we're starting to put things away for winter. It seems too early, but the trees are really turning fast. Zoie is quite the girl!  She loves to sit under the gazebo. She is so smart! Too smart sometimes! When she thinks that she isn't getting the attention that she deserves, she starts scratching on the carpet. She does get our attention! Our other two Lhasa's were good watchdogs, but nothing or nobody comes in our yard without Zoie letting us know.  We are slowly socializing Zoie. We have found that if we meet someone new outside first and then come into the house she is fine.  She and her daddy go for a walk every day. She has a lot of energy! We do love her and we don't know what we would do without her. Thank-you. We have had to see the vet lately.  She has been vomiting bile and the vet thinks that she is not tolerating her food.  We are slowly changing her food.  I hope that will do the job.  I've read your blog, so I know that you've been very busy.  I love seeing pictures of the puppies.  So cute!"

Note from me: I wrote Judy to let her know that a Lhasa vomiting bile is often the result of an empty tummy. I find that if I give my Lhasas a biscuit before bedtime, no one vomits bile! She does not need change her food! Oh the things vets do not know about our breed!

From Julie about Jenna (now Linda): "Hello Joyce, I’ve been meaning to write you and let you know how things are going. I did rename Jenna to Linda. She learned her new name very quickly. It's a strange name maybe but it’s how I know her.

Linda is doing so well. I feel so lucky I got her and I think she is lucky to have me. My mom loves her too and often babysits her when I’m at work. She doesn’t play with toys but loves walks and loves to run excitedly around the house. I give her smoked bones sometimes but she hides them more than she eats them. She likes to check on them periodically.

Linda is such a well behaved dog. I describe her as a “lady” because she is polite and never offensive. I definitely recognize the “lhasatude”. She holds her head up very high. She walks past other dogs like royalty and never barks at them. I can tell she’s annoyed with me when I’ve worked a few days in a row (she won’t sleep as close to me). She doesn’t do anything she doesn’t want and lets me know by staring at me like I’m ridiculous. She’s also a great guard dog will watch a door for a few minutes before settling down. 

I was initially hesitant about getting an older dog but the match could not have been more perfect. I know it must be hard for you to say goodbye to dogs and I want you to know Linda is living a good life."

Although it is difficult for me to imagine the beloved Jenna as a Linda, I am so happy that this placement has worked out. Jenna always wanted to be a "Queen" around here. Now she does not have to share her realm with any other dog. She must be thrilled!

This morning was  bittersweet because Onyx left for her new home where she will be with other Lhasas, two of them Joyslyn's Lhasas (Ty and Izzy). Her new owner, Judy G, plans to train her for agility and rally. It was hard to see her leave but I had geared myself up for it because I had promised Judy a while back that she could have Onyx when the time came.

Onyx - early in her show career

Never be afraid to adopt an adult Lhasa! Most breeders will have "young retirees" around 4-6 years old, and given the length of time a Lhasa lives, that leaves plenty of years of Lhasa love.

One Last Thing...

I want to share the following with you because it is important that this bill be passed. Dogs coming into this country without health checks are bringing diseases that impact our American dogs. (Remember the terrible dog flu a few years ago?) Many other countries require appropriate health checks and paperwork. It is past time the US does so too.

From AKC: "According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), up to 1.25 million dogs are imported into the U.S. annually. Many of these dogs are coming in without valid health certificates –and many of them are carrying contagious zoonotic diseases. Exponential growth in dog imports from a wide range of overseas sources has resulted in recent incidents of dogs with non-native parasites and zoonotic diseases such as rabies, viral infections, canine influenza, brucellosis and others, being imported and passed onto the general public. Current pet import oversight mechanisms established prior to the exponential growth of imports are unable to protect against this public and animal health threat.
The Healthy Dog Importation Act would address these significant concerns by providing additional tools to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to prevent the import of unhealthy animals, while continuing to allow imports of healthy dogs.
Key provisions of the measure:
•Provide authority to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to determine which vaccinations and other health information is required for entry of dogs into the U.S. This authority will be carried out by USDA’s Veterinary Services (VS) division.
•Require every dog entering the U.S. to be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection (health certificate), issued by a licensed veterinarian accredited by a competent veterinary authority recognized by the Secretary. The health certificate must certify that the dog has received all required vaccinations and demonstrated negative test results.
•Require submission of health certificates to USDA, which will maintain a centralized, publicly available data base. Required documentation may be submitted electronically. All submitted information will be made available to the secretaries of Health and Human Services (CDC), Commerce, and Homeland Security (CBP) to promote interagency coordination and facilitate verification upon arrival in the U.S. Required documentation may be submitted electronically
•Require permanent identification of all dogs imported.
•Allow the Secretary of Agriculture to set fees for the issuance of importation permits to help offset costs for increased monitoring and oversight.

What You Can Do:
AKC strongly encourages all dog owners individually, as well as clubs, to contact their member of Congress and Senators and ask them to support the Healthy Dog Importation Act.  Let them know this is a bipartisan, common sense solution to address a significant public health threat for both pets and the people who care for them.
For additional talking points and information, review the following:
One-page fact sheet
Article: Ban on Dogs a Wake-Up Call About Importation Health Crisis
AKC GR’s Key Issues page on Pet Imports: Protecting Pet and Public Health (
Use the form provided to directly contact your Member of Congress, or visit the AKC Legislative Action Center ( and type your zip code in the “Find Officials” box to get your member of Congress and Senators names and contact information.  
AKC Government Relations will continue to provide updates as they are available.  For questions or more information, contact AKC GR at
We thank YOU for helping to make a difference for the future of our breeds, and the health of all dogs.  
Message your Rep now!"

That's All Folks! Thanks for reading!