Friday, July 29, 2022
I have always thought of August as "my month," evidently because it is my birthday month. I like being a Leo. Why? Well, first of all I have no choice so I might as well like it! But look at all the great things they say about Leos: Compassion and big-heartedness, consciousness, drive, and natural leadership are the four main characteristics of the Leo personality. Leos are known for their generosity of time, energy, respect, and money. There's some negative stuff too, but we won't go into that here...
I realize August is not quite here, but I was up most of the night with Winter who was acting as if she was going to have her puppy (yes, singular), but she did not, so I am sitting in my home office, which frequently, as now, doubles as a whelping room and nursery. Anyway, I decided to write the blog while I wait and keep an eye on Winter.
If all goes as planned, our next litter will be born at the end of September.
I was recently surprised and very humbled when the
ALAC Online July issue came and, as I was browsing through it, I noticed a 2-page ad from ALAC members who evidently wanted to be anonymous. They were congratulating me for my years of owning, showing, breeding, and promoting/preserving Lhasas. That was a super gesture and, whoever you are, thanks for doing that. It was just the lift I needed that day!
Notes and Photos From Others
Lynne and Robert sent birthday pictures of Amie celebrating her 6th birthday and wrote, "
And AKC has this helpful information:Medical Emergency Care Tips for Your Dog
Monday, July 4, 2022
“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” ~ Erma Bombeck
All of our puppies are now in new homes, except little Minnie. She is now up to 4 lbs. and is doing well. She has a vet appointment coming soon and if she passes all the health tests will be leaving for a new home in August or September.
Speaking of puppies, I know a number of you are waiting for word of new litters. We did have an accidental (unplanned for) breeding that, according to the ultrasound, resulted in one puppy. Otherwise, we have 2 breedings planned for late summer/early fall which should give us puppies available by the end of the year or beginning of 2023. I know many are waiting for puppies, but I cannot hurry the process!
As I wrote in June, the dog showing this year has been a disappointment. The majority of shows Pearl and I have attended have been just us, basically expensive practice sessions. This past weekend we were in West Bend, WI. The Greater Milwaukee Lhasa Apso Club hosted a designated specialty there as part of the Kettle Moraine dog show. There was a nice Lhasa entry for a change! We had a chance at some points. But no luck getting them! Pearl showed okay - not super well, but not terrible! She was awarded Reserve Winners Bitch on Saturday. And, being the only puppy entered was automatically awarded Best Puppy. Here is a photo of her and her Reserve ribbon by a fountain in one of the show buildings.
For as much as the dogs and I travel, I am always grateful for safe homecomings. We have been very fortunate in the past and I hope that good fortune continues. Yesterday as I was coming home, we were almost involved in an accident. Thank goodness my guardian angel was on duty! I was driving in the left lane on an expressway, just passing a car to my right. Then that car was in the right lane basically keeping pace with mine. No other cars in sight. Suddenly, the other driver decided to change lanes and began drifting into my lane. There was no reason for it. We each had no cars ahead of us and none behind us. If there had been an animal or something else on the highway, the other car would have moved quickly, not have drifted into the lane. Maybe the driver went to sleep. Whatever the reason, I had to step on the brake and take to the shoulder to avoid being hit. And he (or she) continued driving in the left lane as if nothing had happened. (And, yes, I honked the horn--loud and long!)
Now, onto happier things: here are some recent photos of our two of our Lhasas.
These are of Minnie.
These are of Rusty. (I cannot keep his headfall out of his eyes for any decent length of time! I guess he enjoys the eye cover.)
Debi likes to be
Note that Thursday is set aside for meetings. No showing that day.)