Thursday, April 15, 2021

Special Day!

 


Today is indeed a special day for our family. Today is our 49th Anniversary! I recall seeing a photo of the 50th Anniversary of my grandparents. They looked so old! I suppose when our grandkids see photos of us in coming years, we'll look old too. (I think maybe they already think so!

Here's the happy couple -- young, naive, in love -- with no idea what the years ahead had in store. It's been quite a ride. Here's to many more years together!

We were married the Saturday after finals week, both of us seniors in college and looking forward to our last semester in the fall when we'd be student teaching.

A year later, in March and April, we already had two Lhasa puppies! To read that story click here.

What's New?

Since I last wrote, Millie has been in 4 shows at which she was selected as Best Opposite Sex to Best of Breed and earned points toward her Grand Championship. I love showing that girl. We have two weekends of shows coming in May when Rusty and Emmy get to be shown for the first time. They have been attending some conformation classes in preparation for the big debuts.

Here are those two hooligans, waiting for me at the bottom of the stairs. They have conspired to trip me. They never move!


Here is a recent photo of Rusty taken the day he turned 4 months (April 5). He is a pretty Lhasa!




And then there is Emmy, who is 6 months old as of April 8.



Emmy has a LOT of coat and right now it does not lie flat but bushes out all over, making her look a yard wide. However, she comes by it naturally as her maternal grandsire, Rafe (GCH CH Joyslyn's Inherit the Wind), and great grandsire, Walker (GCH CH Joyslyn MiToya Wind Walker), had similar coats. Here are some photos so you can see how the bushy coats soon developed into beautiful cloaks that draped their bodies.

Here is Walker as a 7 month old puppy, winning his first championship points at a May 2003 dog show.

Not what you'd call "elegant", right? Now see what he looked like in September 2003 when he won his first major. Quite a transformation! The following month, he was awarded Winners Dog at our National Specialty.


 And now, here is Rafe at age 6 months when he won his first points. Rafe was on a true puppyhood winning streak, finishing his championship at age 8 months, even taking Best of Breed over older specials.


Here he is a year later winning some grand championship points.


So now I am going to stop worrying about Emmy's crazy coat!

Speaking of Coats...

Here is an article from my website that some of you may find helpful.

Coat Care Reminders

by Joyce Johanson

I was recently contacted by a reader who had concerns about the lack of length of her two-year old show male Lhasa's coat. She asked if I could give her any hints about things she should or should not be doing. It's difficult to evaluate coat without being able to see or feel it, but I do have some hints that may help those of you with similar concerns. Consider the dog's health, his environment, the products used on his coat , the amount and type of grooming he receives, and his heredity.

Health
Fleas or internal parasites are obvious deterrents to healthy coat growth. Fleas cause the dog to scratch and break coat. Internal parasites cause a dry, lusterless coat that tends to be brittle and break easily. Dry skin can also cause scratching and coat damage. Solutions are flea control and prevention, which often is easier said than done; a visit to the vet to determine if parasites are present followed by medication to get rid of them if they are; and a vitamin-mineral coat supplement which adds fatty acids to the dog's diet. If you feed your dog a balanced diet, his coat should be healthy, and no supplement should be necessary. However, Lhasas often need extra fat in their diets to aid skin and coat condition, so you might consider adding a supplement designed to aid healthy coat growth. A poor coat is often a sign of a thyroid problem, so if you have tried everything else and nothing works, ask your vet to check the thyroid.

Environment
Environment includes not only where the dog is housed but also where he is exercised and allowed to play. If your aim is to grow a nice show coat, the sad fact is that you can't treat your Lhasa as if he were "just a pet." If you allow him to constantly run and play on carpet, resulting static electricity causes coat ends to snap off. If he's allowed to roll on carpet or on the bed or sofa, the same thing happens. If you let him exercise in the back yard so grass and dry leaves can catch his coat, you risk coat damage. Now, I am not an advocate of show dogs living atop a grooming table for the sake of a lengthy coat, but I do advocate being careful with coat and avoiding situations that can cause damage to the coat. A cemented or graveled exercise area is not only easier to clean than a grassy one, but also easier on coat. There is also less of a chance for flea infestation if the dog exercises on cement. Try to keep your dog on vinyl or wood floors while he is spending time in the house with you. If you keep a pillow in your dog's crate or sleeping area, cover it with a fabric that will not catch coat or cause static electricity.

Products
Clean coats grow better than dirty ones. Well conditioned coats grow better than those in poor condition. Numerous products are marketed which make keeping a coat well conditioned an easy task. Choose a shampoo and conditioner for your dog's coat type. You may choose products marketed for dogs or choose from the variety of human products. In most cases, the results are the same. What works for one dog's coat type may not work for another's, so you often have to experiment. If a Lhasa's coat is in very poor condition, you may want to use hot oil treatments on a regular basis to begin controlling the damage and making the hair more resilient. If matting is a problem, often keeping the dog in a conditioning oil between baths is recommended. These conditioning oils come in either aerosol or liquid concentrate forms. Either type is effective when used on a clean coat on a regular basis. The aerosol conditioner is sprayed on a dry coat. Spray it layer by layer as you brush through the coat. The concentrate is diluted with water and poured over a wet dog after his bath. The coat is then blow dried as usual. 

Grooming
Sometimes a Lhasa's lack of coat is caused by abusive brushing and/or over-brushing. Unless your Lhasa is going through a coat change and seems to be matting constantly, there is no need to brush him daily. A thorough brushing once or twice weekly, with spot checks of troublesome areas (e.g., neck, behind ears, "arm pits") throughout the week, should suffice in most cases. This is especially important during the coat change period. The logic behind this is that if you are grooming your Lhasa incorrectly, you are causing the damage to the coat. The more often you groom him, the more damage you cause.

Here are some things to keep in mind about grooming your Lhasa:
1) Brush the coat in layers.
2) Lightly spray each layer with a detangler or conditioner before you brush through it. This will lubricate the hairs, cut down on static, and make removing tangles easier.
3) Turn your wrist down and toward you when you reach the coat ends. Don't flick the brush upward. That practice tends to break coat ends.
4) Avoid using a comb on the ends of the coat. Use the comb to loosen mats and to work loose hair through the coat, but when you get it near the ends, use a brush. It's easier on the coat.
5) Avoid using a slicker brush. It's too easy to abuse the coat with one if you don't know how to use it correctly.
6) Brush the coat gently. If you rip through it, you'll rip it out.
7) Don't brush a dirty coat. Wash any dirty or sticky areas with a rinse-less shampoo and allow them to dry before you groom the dog. Such areas include the feet, mustache, loin area on a male, and the rear end if there are particles from a stool stuck to the hairs. A male often gets urine on his side coat in the loin area. Never comb or brush through it without rinsing it. It's sticky and breaks easily.
8) If your Lhasa gets a stuck stool, don't think, "I'll just wait til it dries and then brush it out." You'll wind up brushing it out along with coat you can't afford to lose. Shampoo the offending piece(s) from the coat and condition as necessary.

Heredity
Of course, it is possible that your Lhasa comes from a line that produces slow coat growers or poor coats. Some investigation into his background should tell you if that's the case with your Lhasa. If it is, others who have Lhasas from the same lines may be able to provide strategies for you to help you grow coat. Sometimes you have to wait for the dog to mature before his coat comes in nicely. In some cases, you may have to give up your plans for your dog's show career. While a sound Lhasa that has great movement may win single points with a poor coat, you cannot expect him to be competitive when it comes to majors unless his coat is in good condition. All other things being equal, the judges are bound to select the dog that is in the best condition.

Of all the possible conditions that may cause your Lhasa's coat problems, heredity is the one that is most difficult to overcome. You can affect some control over his nutrition and health, his environment, and his coat care, but if a poor coat is his heritage, you may be fighting a losing battle


Notes and Photos from Others

Thanks to those who sent updates and/or photos.

From Nick about Sophie: "My new puppy, Sophie, is doing great!  I’m happy to say she is fitting in well with my parents’ dogs, Zoey and Lilly, who are staying with me.  She LOVES them so much! She is growing on them too I think. She is full of energy and loves to play, especially in the yard with Zoey and Lilly.  I caught this awesome family portrait of all three on my deck! 

She goes to work with me everyday right now and will start puppy kindergarten next week. I think she will love that especially the daily playtime with other puppies...It’s been a lot of work, but I know I made the right decision getting her. Sophie is adorable, and I’m really enjoying her! Thank you!" 

(The trio on the deck is Lilly, Sophie, and Zoey. Zoey (the black Lhasa) is also a Joyslyn's Lhasa. Her parents are Breaker and Onyx, for those of you who are curious to see relatives to your Joyslyn's dogs.)

Kathleen sent this photo of Sophie's brother Mel.


From the Johnsons: "We hope your family is safe and healthy...Snickers just loves these donut toys. 
He must have over 15 of them for all shapes and colors. We know we have told you many times he is the best dog!!!!! So much character and loves for us!!  Thank you as always"


From Chris and Patrick: "Teddy wanted to make sure that we reached out and wished Archie a VERY Happy Birthday! We are headed to Austin today to celebrate his birthday with the grandkids and hunt for Easter Eggs Sunday! I think he will be really good at finding the eggs...Wanted to send a couple of pictures - one from him celebrating Mardi Gras since his dads have roots in New Orleans. He liked his long hair but didn't like dad having to keep him still enough to get all the puppy hair out. So, he went to the spa on Monday for his birthday week pampering and got his first real haircut. And thus, the other picture showing him right after he came to live with us and today.He has such great expressions and still is talking up a storm. Thank you again for making him a part of our lives.  We couldn't imagine being without him."



 
From Michelle: "Hi Joyce, I hope all is well with you and your family! Tomorrow is the big day, Sunny is having us trained! I sure hope we pick up some good tips on things we can do and get started on a new path of getting out and about new experiences. We’ve had both vaccines now as of yesterday so we’re ready. I don’t know if Sunny will ever be comfortable with travel? I read your blog and have to admit it brought tears to my eyes about Archie. He may have decided that the show ring wasn’t for him but he will make a wonderful loving pet for some lucky person! ... Here’s a new picture of Sunny. We got a big trim this time on his face, we finally cut the beard since all the black tips had grown out. And as much as I love his beautiful coat it gets very thick and was becoming very difficult to keep him free of mats. The groomer said his coat was so soft and free of mats but her clippers were having a problem with it clumping up in the blade guard so she ended up using our clippers and they worked just fine. Now we’re both much happier without the constant struggle of brushing several times a day and now once is enough! Take care, we’ll keep in touch."


I told Michelle that the coat she described is exactly like our CH San-Dhi Joyslyn Icon's coat. Connor is Sunny's great grandsire. Those soft coat genes skipped some generations to show up!

Then Michelle responded, "HA, I have often thought that Sunny looks somewhat like Connor from the pictures you have on your website. I really like the one Lynn took of him jumping up and down in his pen, he got the perfect shot of him up in the air! Beautiful boy!" 

She was referring to this photo of Connor.


From Terry about Rudy: "Hi Joyce, Hope you had a very Happy Easter. I took Rudy for a physical before his neuter. He has his rabies shot & he is doing Great...He weighs 12.7 # with a full coat of hair. I started to give him a summer hair cut.  His long hair was beautiful  with the black tips."

From Cindy: "Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your blog and especially the info on Archie!
Our Luther is almost 6 now. I call him a scardy cat bully! He acts so tough but is basically timid. AND like Archie, sounds are the enemy.....wind, cars, thunder etc.; however, he's still my Velcro cuddle bug. I had to buy an extra wide chair to go with our new sofa so he had enough room to sit with me. Hubby's recliner has enough room on the foot rest.
Enjoy this beautiful spring and keep up your fabulous work with the lhasas and the blog."

Kris and Nanda wrote, "Hi! Titan got his second round of shots today. He is really brave and super smart. I mean... next level smart! He was completely potty trained on his third day at our house. He knows where to go and he goes on his own. He also walks in and out of his crate for naps - as he pleases. Our neighbor has a Berneise  Mountain Dog who is huge and who barks pretty loud. When he walks by our front door barking, Titan totally ignores him. We are used to dogs that are afraid of the vacuum cleaner. Ti chases it! We actually worry a lot about him because he jumps things and tries life KAMIKAZE style. What a blessing! What a gift! It’s been a rewarding experience. We sometimes walk around saying praises to you: “God bless Joyce!”

I told her that Titan sounded just like his older full brother, Gus. Judy, Gus' owner, has often remarked on how smart he is! The two resemble each other a lot also - both are black with white "accents!" 

Here is Titan and below his photo, older brother Gus.




Kassia wrote about Leelu, "Chris and I have decided she is always photo ready! Going to register for puppy classes at last!"


And Finally...

Here is an article that popped up regarding how to give a dog a pill. I thought some of you might be interested.

  
'Til Next Time...

Joyce





 














 

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Bye Bye March!

 

This is one of the many Lhasa Apso magnets that adorn our refrigerator. I hope you can read it! It is a cute description of the Lhasa attitude.


We Speak With an Animal Communicator

Speaking of Lhasa attitudes, most of you know I have been having problems with Archie since the first time I took him for a walk and he freaked out at every noise he heard - including a bird singing! In spite of taking him to training classes and to shows to get him acclimated to those environments, he has made no progress. 

His behavior at home  is happy go lucky (except for going on walks, which he hates because of all the noises assaulting his senses and putting him on high alert). He "smiles" and acts silly and is loving. I just could not figure out the vast difference in his behavior. Many thought it was because he was a "COVID puppy," born during the time when we were all locked down and puppies were not able to be socialized well.

Finally, I decided to consult a dog psychic to see if I could get some information from Archie himself. We had our meeting via phone on Monday morning. She asked me to send a photo taken of him on the day before the session and I did that.

The experience was insightful and I confess to getting teary-eyed as it progressed. I was told that Archie is a very young soul and his problems stem from the fact that he cannot/is unable to process new experiences and cannot carry an experience he has had into a new situation. She compared it to a person who has been born with a disability. It's a fact of his life and make up and there is no changing what it is.

I prepared a set of questions I wanted her to ask him, and I am not going to go through all of  them here, but I will share a few.

I asked if he trusted me to protect him from the things he feared. He said that he knew I could not protect him from everything that might happen, so while there was some trust, the trust was not really there, especially away from home.

I asked about his relationship to our other dogs. He doesn't like Josh (they growl at each other all the time) and he said there was an Alpha female he did not like because she was bossy (Autumn).

I asked what he thought of Lynn and me and he basically responded that he liked Lynn better because I expected a lot from him and he felt pressured and unhappy because he knew he was disappointing me. (that's when the tears started)

I also wanted to know what would make him happy. The answer was not straight foreword but the bottom line was he would like a quiet home. He wants to be an only dog. He wants people to love him for himself and not pressure him to do things that make him scared. (tears still streaming)

Oh, he also wants more cheese.

All in all, it was a good experience that helped me understand Archie a bit more and helped me make some plans going forward, one of them being not taking him to any more training classes or shows!

Our communication experience lasted a half hour and cost $65. If you are interested in knowing what your dog is thinking, the communicator I used is at Animals Can Talk. You can find her on Facebook or the website.

Here is Archie. He will be a year old on April 1.

Recent Show Results

Last weekend Archie, Millie, and I went to shows in Maquoketa, IA. This was before the session with the communicator, so my plan was not to show Archie on Saturday but to let him get used to the show site and noises then show him on Sunday. That did not work. On Monday I found out why.

However, Millie did extremely well her first weekend out as a Champion. She won Best of Breed both days. On Saturday she took a Group 2 in the regular group judging and a Group 3 in the Owner-handled group competition. On Sunday, she took Group 1 in the Owner-handled competition. She seems to enjoy showing so I hope she maintains that happy attitude.

Millie is two years old today. Here is her recent portrait for our picture wall. Those of you who have purchased puppies from us know the wall I am referring to!


Notes and Photos From Others with Joyslyn's Lhasas

First, here is a the link to a YouTube video of Gigi doing his A to Z trick challenge. Gigi is also known as Mon Ami 'N Joyslyn's Wind Race Gigi Villoresi, TKP,CGC,CCF2, ETD. (Those are the various titles he has earned.) He is a litter brother to our Winter (CH Joyslyn Mon Ami Winter Wind). It is a great video and fun to watch what that dog has learned to do!


Chuck wrote about Cooper: "We are very happy with our Cooper and can't thank you enough for breeding such awesome dogs." 

Here are two of the Cooper photos he sent. 



Mary D. wrote about Gabe (who is Cooper’s uncle): “Gabe and I have been thinking about you. Hope you are well and safe. This picture is about 2 years old but thought you would enjoy. He’s 9 now!”


Mary R wrote: I was a little sad this week after a Rafe groom. I looked down, noticed his eye lashes were white--some age coming through. His back coat has definitely “lightened” or silvered…More running in the yard with most of the snow gone.  Both girls run hard for the agility jump, the recalls.  Rafe does a fast trot for the recall.” (Note: Rafe is Gabe’s litter brother and Cooper’s sire.) 


Here is a recent photo of my Emmy (Joyslyn's Embrace the Wind) on the occasion of her leaving her topknots in for more than 30 seconds.


Shelly posted on FB about her Tucker (Emmy’s litter brother), “The top knot is still in after an hour!!! Making progress!! 


 

Shelly and Ellen discovered on FB that their boys are related. Ellen wrote, “My Oliver is almost 9 years old. His parents were Mira & Breaker. And he rules our house as well!” 


Oliver’s sire, Breaker, is Tucker’s grandsire. Tucker is a Josh son. 


Celina wrote about Dora, Emmy’s and Tucker's litter sister. “Just wanted to share some cute pictures of Dora. She is growing everyday. This was her last month on lunar new year. We bought her a qipao. We thought it would be nice in since the lhasas are from Tibet! Last is her a few days ago when we first tried to put a barrette in her hair. She doesn’t really like them so much and takes them out. I remember reading on your blog that Emmy is a tom boy. I laughed because we always said Dora is a tom boy too. We have just been cutting around her face and feet, but are taking her to get groomed next week because she is getting super hairy! Maybe they can put a little pony tail on her. We have also started taking her on walks. With the snow storm, it was so hard! She loves walking and even takes down her leash. We gave her her baby blanket for the first time in a while. She just smelled it and then put her little head on it and just went to sleep on it. Who knows? Maybe one day she can see her mamma and sister again.  All our family love Dora too. Whenever relatives visit, they are amazed at how cute she is!”




Kassia wrote about Leelu: “Miss Lu as she is know in the south...had a great trip...marched the Iowa Illinois cannon line at Shiloh and stayed in her first hotel.. and was just splendid.”


On the occasion of Jaime’s 3rd birthday, Carol wrote: “
Hello Joyce and Lynn! This is our wonderful little Lhasa, Jaime.  We can hardly believe our precious doggy is three years old today!  Truly time is
speeding by, and how we love our little “boy”.  He is an affectionate little guy who showers us in excitement with kisses and wiggles (almost in half) when we come home after even running a few errands. Playing ball is his favorite sport.I will send you a short video of this. He has brought such joy to our lives! And by the way, he is excellent with children (which includes my piano students), the kitty next-door, and with other dogs that are accepting of him.  Thank you for raising such great dogs. A lot of work but a blessing for so many people.” 


Sally wrote that “spring has sprung” and sent these photos of Ginger. 

“Hope all is well! Just a picture of Ginger after the groomer today. She likes to make a messy pile of blankets on the spare bed.” 



Paul wrote to say that he was surprised to see Joey (who is black) has started to grow a white beard at age 9 months. White hairs coming in on a black dog’s coat is referred to as “silvering out.” It does not happen to all black Lhasas.  


Sharon wrote about Gemma: “I wanted to write with an update on Gemma. She is an amazing little pup and we are crazy about her. We have finally been able to get back to training. This little girl loves learning, and gets so excited for “puppy school “. She knows when we pull up to the training building and can’t wait to get out of the car. We’re doing one on one training because of the COVID protocols. It’s not as much fun as a group class, but at least she is being exposed to new experiences. This has certainly been a challenge, socializing a puppy and still maintaining safe practices. Gemma is getting so big. She is up to 10lbs and is a very active girl. She loves to play and is always on patrol for those pesky squirrels that dare enter her yard. I remember you saying, that some dogs keep their blankets you send them home with long after they’re puppies. I think I have one of those dogs. Gemma sleeps with her blanket every night! One time I washed it and forgot to put it back in the crate. She kept whining until I figured out what the problem was. After that, we all got a good night’s sleep.”




Jim wrote about Daisy, “Daisy is adjusting to Florida. We go on walks in the neighborhood. She has seen lots of cats in the neighborhood and wonders why they aren’t leashed like her. She has also started to notice the lizards running across sidewalks into bushes. She has also quickly taken to my in-laws and is learning Spanish. She will also nap anywhere.” 

 

Jim sent numerous photos of Daisy’s varied and unusual napping spots. Here is one of them. 


Judy wrote about Zoie: “First, congratulations on your new champion Millie.  I brush Zoie almost every day, but I can't imagine how long it must take to groom Millie.  Beautiful!  Zoie is growing up.  She is almost ten months old.  She doesn't look like a puppy any more, but still acts like a puppy once in a while.  She has quite a voice!  We have a hound dog in the neighborhood, and she can sound like him when she is really excited.  Very cute!  She is a wonderful watchdog.  We have a driveway monitor, and she learned very soon what that was all about.  The minute she hears it go off she goes to the door and starts barking.  Her favorite thing to do is to sit by the door to the deck and watch for the squirrels that come to steal bird food.  She then goes from one living room window to another when they leave the deck.  I'm attaching some pictures of her at her favorite spots.  I do have a confession!  Zoie is now sleeping on our bed.  After she was spay, she didn't want to go into her kennel.  We are not very strong when it comes to Zoie.  Oh well, she's happy and we love her.  Stay safe and have a Happy Easter. 




Here is Michelle's Sunny with his Shiba Inu friend.



Becky wrote on National Puppy Day, “Happy Puppy Day Joyce! As you can see Miss Willow is tuckered out from celebrating.”


Judy posted this in a message on Facebook and told me her Joyslyn's Lhasas (Whisper, Raven, and Gus) were hugged in my honor. Thanks Judy!!


The puppies from the Beckka and Josh litter have left and are with their new owners. Here are the last pictures we took of them. Here in order are Molly, Mel, Gidget, and Titan. 






Titan's new people sent photos of him. The first was taken on the ride home, the second as he met Grandma for the first time.




I also want to share the photo of Gwen West's new champion, CH Joyslyn's Beethoven's Fifth West. Congratulations to the West family and to Beethoven's handler, Sue Cannimore. Beethoven is Bekka's litter brother.




That's it for now. Thanks to all who sent notes and photos. It is great to hear from you!


'Til next time...


Joyce