Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

"Be thankful for what you have. Your life, no matter how bad you think it is, is someone else's fairy tale." ~ Wale Ayeni



A Reader Offers Helpful Resources

Last week a reader posted a comment regarding his Lhasa's tendency to bite. Another reader sent me an email with the following advice:
" Hi Joyce:  Happened to read your blog and the comment after last post. I had a Lhasa with those issues. He was a proud, but shy and then fearful biter at times. Anyway, I suggest the books below if you don’t know of them. ONLY positive reward training. I think the idea now is not to be dominant over the dog pack but have an understanding working relationship. There’s some articles out there about “Nothing in life is free." I used that with him a bit.  Also, my trainer, positive reward, said to start out, every piece of food comes from your hand, no dishes, for about 3 months. With Taz, I had to be careful he didn’t grab bite. I used an open hand.  I think that’s in Ruff Love book also. Books that helped me, below.
On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals Paperback by Turid Rugaas
The Other End of the Leash by P. McConnell
Ruff Love by S. Garrett"

Notes from Friends and a Photo

This week I heard from two people who have puppies from last year's Windy and Duncan litter.

Vivian wrote, "Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and furry friends.  I want to tell you again how wonderful LilLea is.  We just love her to pieces.  I don't know how I lived without her in my life.  She is extremely special and she goes everywhere with us…I know that if you showed LilLea she would win everything, she is just that beautiful.  Her stance is very regal - a really nice Lhasa.  And she is very smart."

Deborah wrote,  "Mysti is always entertaining us.  She jumps straight up like Tigger and I saw her jumping up and trying to turn the door knob with her mouth.  I have been in the kitchen feeling some one behind me and she has jumped high enough that her head is right next to my shoulder.  Jumping counter high is no problem for her but fortunately she is not airborne long or she could get into some real mischief.  She must have some powerful hind legs! Your puppies are just beautiful, no matter what color.  Mysti has been heathy and coming to us already piddle pad trained has been wonderful.  She is our little princess." 

Joe sent a picture of Kimmi's sister, Abby. She is adorable!! You can tell from her expression that she must be a "real character." (The word "ornery" also comes to mind!)

Thanks Joe, Deborah, and Vivian for staying in touch!

Puppy Pictures - Age Four Weeks

We took some photos of the puppies this morning. So far, they have been very cooperative about the photo sessions. Experience tells me that that will soon change and the wiggling will begin. You might notice that a couple of them were obviously awakened from a nice nap.


They still sleep a lot and are very content and quiet. I am enjoying that while I can! They have started to explore and play with toys and each other.

A Thanksgiving Wish for You:

I hope you enjoy this special day with people (and dogs!) you love.

Life is Better When You Have a Lhasa to Love You!


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Puppy Pictures

“Is a picture really worth a thousand words? What thousand words? A thousand words from a lunatic, or a thousand words from Nietzsche? Actually, Nietzsche was a lunatic, but you see my point. What about a thousand words from a rambler vs. 500 words from Mark Twain? He could say the same thing quicker and with more force than almost any other writer. One thousand words from Ginsberg are not even worth one from Wilde. It’s wild to declare the equivalency of any picture with any army of 1,000 words. Words from a writer like Wordsworth make you appreciate what words are worth.” ~ Jarod Kintz

That said, here are the most recent puppy pictures. The puppies are now three weeks old.
Male 3 weeks

Male 3 weeks
Female 3 weeks

Female 3 weeks
And, finally, we took a couple pictures of Kimmi. Kimmi went to training class last night. Let's just say that I hope she doesn't act like that at the show next month!

This next picture is of Ralphy, sent by his new family. He is Kimmi's litter brother. He's a cutie too!

 Life is Better When You Have a Lhasa to Love You!





Wednesday, November 11, 2015

News, Pictures, Puppies

Oh the joys of fall. The leaves are all over our yard, yet we have but one tree. The leaves in our yard are "gifts" from the neighbors' oak and maple trees. So kind of them to share. Not!

 The Piddle Pad Saga

One day in mid-October, Value Pet Supply, sent me an email advertising a sale on its piddle pads.

With a possibility of two litters on the way and being a bargain shopping type of person, I was very interested! What a deal! These were the thicker, more expensive pads  than those I usually buy. (My thinking is that when the puppies get to "that age" when they determine that tearing piddle pads to shreds is a lot more fun than peeing on them, they might as well be shredding the cheaper ones.) Anyway, I quickly clicked the ad and the link took me to the company's site and the sale page. I explored a bit because there were other pads on sale - different dimensions, different absorbencies. I got out the calculator to determine just what kind of savings per pad I'd be getting.

Then I clicked on the best deal! 800 pads for $99.99! That was 12.5¢ a pad -- and free shipping besides. Now, that was a deal! So I quickly added the item to my cart and made payment.

Two days later I left for the national specialty. One night when I called home, I asked my husband if a box had arrived for me. He said two boxes had arrived so I asked him to put them in the spare bedroom -- and promptly forgot  about them.

Once home from the trip, I was unpacking and happened to open the door to that bedroom. Two huge boxes, that turned out to be four boxes stacked in pairs, awaited me. Eager to see the contents, I began opening the boxes. Piddle pads.

Lots and lots of piddle pads.

Do you know what 800 piddle pads look like?

Where does a person store 800 piddle pads?

Wherever she can find a space.

The closet shelves are full of piddle pads. Any empty space under the beds has piddle pads crammed in it. Pads are stacked on closet floors.

I do not think I will run out of piddle pads for a long time. When I am dead and gone, and my kids are cleaning out my house, they'll be finding piddle pads in odd places and questioning my sanity.

By the way, they are really nice piddle pads and I highly recommend Value Pet Supply as a source.

It Turns Out That I am a Big Winner!

Oh, and did you know that on November 1,  I was informed that I won $4.5 million dollars? Wow…that would buy a lot of piddle pads and dog food -- and pay for vet bills and entry fees -- and pay off the house and the car. I received the call on my cell phone from this number (876-583-6897). The caller referred to me as "Mrs. Joyce," asked me when I was going to be home because I had won a 2nd place prize of $4.5 million in the PCH sweepstakes. I replied "that was fast" because I had entered only once just that morning by clicking on an ad posted on FB! He asked me how I was feeling about receiving a check that afternoon for $4.5 million. I replied that I was feeling "skeptical." He seemed disappointed when he asked me why. I said because I had (1) never won anything in any lottery or sweepstakes and (2) because I never give my cell number when an online form asks for a phone number. But, I said, I would be very happy if it were true and not a scam. He assured me it was not a scam and the check would be delivered that afternoon. I said I just wanted to check to make sure he had the correct delivery address and asked him to read my address to me. He hung up! I'm still waiting for the money!  LOL

Does Your Dog Scratch All The Time?

Andrew Hillier, BVSc, MANZCVS, DACVD, Senior Veterinary Specialist - Zoetis, will present a webinar on "The Itchy Dog."
Topics include:
    •    Why dogs itch
    •    What pet owners can do to help reduce skin irritation
    •    New treatment options available to veterinarians
    •    Improving quality of life of dogs with chronic skin disease

The webinar takes place on Monday, November 23, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. EST.
Click here to register.
If you are unable to participate on the 23rd, this webinar will eventually be archived on the Canine Health Foundation site. There are currently webinars about canine cancer, joint health, and brain exercise on that site.

News and Pictures from Others

Violet wrote about Yogi: "Joyce, it was very interesting to read your blog. I still think our Yogi is the best handsome dog. He got such a pretty face with big brown eyes. God blessed us with him. Our neighbor's two year old granddaughter loved coming over to visit Yogi. Yogi was very gentle with her. I still can't believe he is 13 years old. Hope he still has two or three years of life in him. We don't have a fenced yard. Yogi trained himself never run away, always came back by the screen door. He still sleeps with me, always on the couch with me. Sometimes he would stay on the floor by my feet." 

Mary updated me on Belle's agility performances and sent me these links to photos of Belle running the course.
The first picture in this series shows Belle stopping at the tire. The look on her face says it all!

The last one in this series is a favorite of mine - it shows her going over the jump.

Mary wrote, "Belle is so much fun, has a fun attitude, happy when running. Today, 2 standard runs early, then a couple hours later we did a short game, very short standard run. One pic of Belle and tire, Belle has stopped on the take off of the tire;  she is looking at me…Really, I have to jump through?  She wasn’t as peppy except when she ran to inspect a piece of lint.   2 Qs a piece. Belle got a little title for the Standard runs, yesterday and today. Moka, first time ever, 10 sec. under coarse time for the game. All the dogs ran it in 20 sec, she ran in 40, so still slow but under the coarse time limit.  She was faster than Belle today;  Belle was faster yesterday.   Ran the 2 back to back last run;  very nice judge;  said she’d do a briefing if I wanted to rest….someone helped me with dog handoff.  Belle got a little perturbed when she saw I was playing games with Moka and she was with some stranger. [My friend] had to walk her away and learned of Belle’s 'putting on the brakes if you make the leash tight, lady!'”

It is Official

The certificate came from AKC, along with an invitation to enter Josh in the National Owner Handler Series in Orlando in December. I will not be able to go but was thrilled to have been invited.


Windy's puppies were born on October 28. Two weeks old today, they have just started to open their eyes. I have a very long waiting list so none of these puppies are available.

One of the two girls
The other girl
One of the two boys
The other boy

Life is Better When You Have a Lhasa to Love You!



Monday, November 2, 2015

November? Already?

“In November, the smell of food is different. It is an orange smell. A squash and pumpkin smell. It tastes like cinnamon and can fill up a house in the morning, can pull everyone from bed in a fog. Food is better in November than any other time of the year.”  
~ Cynthia Rylant

 ALAC National Specialty's been about three weeks since I have written. You might recall that I was getting ready to attend the American Lhasa Apso Club's National Specialty week in Mansfield, MA. Talk about time flying!

I traveled to MA with friends Jan Graunke and Karen Schlais. Jan drove. Since they live in WI and I live in IL, we met at a friend's house in IN, where I left my car. We had to unload some of what was in Jan's van so my pile of equipment, clothes, and other items would fit. We squeezed my  things and ourselves into the van and off we went.

We ran into some snow in PA and upstate NY, so we finally stopped for the night. We had to ask at 3 different hotels before we finally found a room. The next day we continued the journey, enjoying the fall colors, and ending up where we were supposed to be by 6:30 PM on Sunday.

Thus began a crazy, busy, fun-filled, meeting-filled week! It was great to see friends and acquaintances from across the US and from Canada and to meet people I had not met before.

Jan had her champion Carson entered in the cut-down sweepstakes. He didn't win, but he strutted his stuff, looking pleased to be back in the ring again.

On Wednesday, Karen and Jan's bitch, Sybil, won Best in Futurity and lots of pretty plaques and ribbons!

On Friday, Sybil took Reserve Winners Bitch at the National Specialty show, more pretty ribbons, and a box of prizes.

The highlight for me came Thursday at the ALAC Eastern Regional Specialty show when Luna finished her championship, taking Winners Bitch and a five point major!

Breeder judge, Don Evans, Luna, and me!
Later that afternoon in the Best of Breed competition, Luna took Best of Winners.

Unfortunately, even though she also won Best Bred By Exhibitor and Best Owner Handled, we did not get pictures of all those ribbons.

Here are some short videos of Luna in the ring. Thanks Marsha Susag! The first shows her being examined on the table.

This one is her moving for the judge.

This one is the announcement that she won the major.

Friday, Jan and I conducted the Judges' Education Seminar, which consisted of a slide show, narration, question and answer period, a judging demonstration, a hands-on evaluation of some Lhasas by the participants, and ringside mentoring during the judging.

If you are interested in seeing the seminar, there are two similar slide shows located on the website of the American Lhasa Apso Club. Go to Then go to the left menu under Breed Information. Select one of the options labeled "Learn About the Lhasa Apso." You can also go to the Judges Corner and select one of the options labeled "Study Guide."

We left Mansfield Saturday morning and I was home and unpacking by 4:15 Sunday afternoon.

All last week I played catch-up at home and at the office.

A Missed Holiday

Suddenly, it was Halloween!

How could that be? No way was I ready for Halloween and Trick-or-Treaters. In the first place, I think I have mentioned before that I am a Halloween Scrooge. I hated the costume trauma as a child and as a parent. (However, I did enjoy raiding my children's Halloween stash and relieving them of those burdensome Snickers and Butterfingers.) Since our home is in an area where only two families have  young children, I left the porch light off, dressed up in my nightshirt that says, "Go Away, I'm Reading," and had an enjoyable evening with a novel. There you have it: Confessions of a Halloween Scrooge.

But in the spirit of the holiday, here's a "Ghost Story" for you:

And speaking of pumpkins' insides:
Did you know that "Canned pumpkin is a commonly prescribed dietary additive for some gastrointestinal maladies. From diarrhea to constipation, pumpkin can be a dog’s (or cat’s) best friend." Read more at

Showing Dogs

Sorry, I realize I am skipping around from subject to subject but that is the way my brain is working today.

Why do you show dogs? I get that question a lot from random people when they find out dog showing is my sport of choice. Well, their first question is usually about money. "How much money do you win?"

When they find out the prize for winning is points, a ribbon (albeit often very pretty ones - see Karen and Sybil's photos), and sometimes a basket of treats or grooming supplies, they seem to lose interest, but are polite enough to ask why then do I do it?

Why do people do anything they love to do? Is it because money is the reward? Do you win money because you have a passion for playing golf, or spending weekends skiing or boating, or running marathons, or playing on a weekend basketball or hockey team? Sure, some people make their sport their life's work, get sponsors, and go professional. The same is true with professionals who show dogs. They do it to earn a living -- and they have to be good at it to do so.

For the rest of us, commonly called "owner-handlers," we do it for the intrinsic rewards. For me those rewards are satisfaction, pride, and enjoyment, and yes, the thrill of winning, and knowing that the dog I  have spent hours training and grooming is on its way to a championship.

Those of us who show dogs enjoy the affinity that grows between dog and handler as we travel together, train and prepare for shows, take our 2 minutes in front of the judge, and get that ribbon (please Lord, let it be Purple! or better yet, Purple and Gold!) that means our efforts were worthwhile (or perhaps not!) that day. Those are the real rewards, and those of us who have been "bitten by the dog showing bug" keep coming back for more.

Some of you should give it a try!

More Bragging

Hey, it's my blog!  Here are the Lhasa Apso rankings for the 2015 National Owner-Handled Series.

That's Josh in first place! Ranked farther down at #16 is Josh's half-sister, Mysti, Joyslyn Mystic Wind.

 Photos I've Received

Here is a cute photo of Maci after her visit to her groomer:

Here is Vader and his buddy, Tricki, with Halloween wishes:

Their owner wrote, "Watching and experiencing Vader's milestones and progress there is no secret why people wait forever for a Joyslyns Lhasa. Yesterday we had to go to Petco for food and the boys just adore going bye bye. I felt so bad for Tricki while we were there. I am thankful dogs do not understand all human words as everyone who stopped to pet them, although they loved on both of them, kept going on and on about how beautiful Vader is. "

And here is Luther. He is a litter brother to my Kimmi. Alas, Kimmi is like the youngest child who has few photos in her album! So I have no current ones of her to share. However, since she and Luther look so much alike, you can get a good idea of Kimmi by seeing Luther.

When Luther's owner wrote about this photo, "Luther is smart! But, he doesn't work the remote .....yet!" I responded, "He's a male. Give him time!" If he is like other guys I know, he'll be hogging that remote control in no time!






Other News

Puppies from Ch. Joyslyn's Highly Classified and Ch. MLS Dakota Dancing in the Wind at Joyslyn were born on October 28. There are two boys and two girls. All will be some shade of gold eventually. I know that many of you on the notification list who are waiting news of the litter will be disappointed that there are not enough puppies for you all. I'll be contacting people personally in a couple of weeks. I'll also be posting weekly photos so you can watch them grow.

Life is Better When You Have a Lhasa to Love You!