Friday, December 22, 2017

Merry Christmas!

 "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach." ~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

As I write this, Christmas is just a few days away. Looking back on 2017, I feel very blessed in all aspects of my life and am so very thankful for family, friends, and co-workers and for the blessings of the Lord.

Because I am still busy with Christmas preparations and assume you are also, this will be a brief post. I have some photos and messages to share.

First, here is the win photo taken of Onyx at the show in Belleville, IL, in early December. It seems so long ago now! Onyx needs a 3 point major and 2 singles to finish. That's a goal for the new year.

I received Christmas greetings from some of those who have purchased our puppies and was grateful for their greetings and for the photos they sent.

Diane and Tom wrote: "We’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Kuper is doing well. He enjoys playing in the snow, fetching his ball and practicing what he learned in puppy class. We’ll resume puppy classes after taking a break for the holidays. You were right, his coat is thick! Hoping we can keep up with grooming while it’s growing out. Enjoy the holidays"

Violet wrote to tell me how much Shadow loves her husband and how Shadow waits by the door patiently for him to come home. Shadow is a littermate to our Bekka and Chance. They will be among my "hopefuls" for the coming year in the show ring.
Ted and Ev wrote, "This is the most recent photo of Lucky/Flash at his day care centre.  As he gets older, he seems to get smarter and recognizes a lot of things we say. Still very active and loves playing fetch---not only at the day care but when he comes home."
Lynn and Robert send Christmas greetings and a photo of their Amiee.


Lori wrote, "I don't know how often you go on FB, so I wanted to share this Christmas photo of Finn with you. Also attached another of him with the blanket you sent home with him; he still loves it!

He got his diploma from Puppy Playskool last Sunday and I'm still working with him. I'm thinking about signing up for the Basic Obedience in a few weeks. Who knows, we might just work our way up to Agility!

He's also gotten what looks like most of his adult teeth in the front. Just yesterday I found one of his baby molars on the pillow in front of him. Nice of him to save it for me :-)

I wish you and you family a very merry Christmas. I know I'll have one with this sweet little guy beside me."



To all who read this post, I wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and hope all of us have a safe holiday and Lhasa good wishes for the best of new years in 2018.

Thank you for being a follower of my blog! Again, to quote Dickens' character Tiny Tim: "God bless us, every one!"

"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."


Saturday, December 9, 2017


December is the twelfth and final month of the Gregorian calendar and the first month of winter.  It derives its name from the Latin word decem, meaning ten, as December was the tenth month of the oldest Roman calendar.  The Latin name is derived from Decima, the middle Goddess of the Three Fates who personifies the present." ~ Daily Lore

2017 is coming to an end and I can hardly believe Christmas is only a couple of weeks away. Is it only me, or do you also feel as if the days, weeks, and months just speed by? Maybe it is because we are all so busy and our calendars are so full of places we have to go and things we have to do.

My December began with a dog show -- the Edwardsville Kennel Club show, which was held in Belleville, Illinois. We had only a bit over a three hour drive to get there. Fortunately, the weather was great for a December show with temperatures in the 60s: no snow, no chilly winds, no sleet, no frost on the windshields.

This show was strange for me because I took only one of my Lhasas, my black girl Onyx. I've been so used to having two or more for most of our shows this year that it sort of felt like a vacation. Everything, especially grooming, went faster and easier.

Onyx took Reserve Winners Bitch on Saturday and on Sunday took Winners Bitch and Best of Winners for a 3 point major. Hurray!!! Her judge was Lisa Warren, who seemed pleased when I told her that she was the judge who'd given Onyx's sire (Josh) his final points. Onyx now has 10 points and needs a 3 point major and two single points to finish her championship. We'll work on that next spring.

Since the win was a major win, we had our picture taken with the judge. I'll post it when it comes.

My Christmas preparations are well under way, actually ahead of schedule. While I was making Thanksgiving Dinner, my husband (Lynn) set up and decorated the tree. He made the tree and our living room look quite festive. I have all but one gift that is still in transit wrapped. Everything is set for next week's office Christmas lunch. So far, preparations have been stress-free and fun. I hope yours have been the same.

 A Quick Note About Grooming Feet
Those of you who are not showing your Lhasas and are grooming at home rather than taking your Lhasa to a groomer need to be aware of how to take care of the pads of the dog's feet, especially with winter approaching, bringing with it snow, ice, and rain.

If you have not noticed before, you should pay attention to the hair between the pads of your Lhasa's feet. That hair grows quickly. If ignored and left to its own devices, it will mat! In the winter this is especially bad if the dog gets his feet wet from rain or snow. The mats can get hard and packed. Left alone, the mats increase in size and can spread the pads further apart until the dog feels pain or discomfort. Even in dry winter climates or spring, summer, fall in those areas that get snow in winter, if the Lhasa is outdoors a lot, burrs, stickers, and bits of gravel can adhere to this hair or become lodged in the hair between the pads, again resulting in the Lhasa's discomfort. Ignored, the mats can cause hot spots between the pads, resulting in a lot of discomfort for your Lhasa. 

Keeping the pads neatly trimmed is an easy task. If you are not showing your Lhasa, you probably will only have to trim the between the pads every 4-5 weeks. With the dog on his side or back, hold a leg steady at an angle that is easy for you to work with. The hand that holds the leg will have to do double duty because you'll need to spread the pads slightly apart so you can trim down between them. You can use a small scissors for the task, although it is easier and faster to use a small trimmer. My old faithful pad trimmer just died. In its place I purchased for about $17 a men's beard trimmer. It's working great -- a Phillips Norelco Multigroom Series 3000 (rechargable). It came with a lot of attachments that I won't use, but I like the size of the trimmer. I also like that it is fairly quiet so the puppies are not afraid of it.

Notes and Photos from Others
I was pleased to get some email messages and photos and would like to share them with you.

From Lori about Finn:  "We've had 3 puppy playschool classes so far and he's doing pretty well. Really good on the "sit" and "down", but we're still working on the "stay". The best part is, he's so well-socialized. They're small classes, just one or two other dogs, but he's always the little guy. He goes right up to the other dogs and says hello with a sniff and a kiss. He's great with the people, too (and their kids). Just the best temperament, so sweet and mellow. Everybody loves him. Especially me."
Lori's Finn
Kim wrote: "Hi Joyce, Hope you are doing well and enjoy this holiday season. Here is Snickers. He turned 5 yesterday. He loves his toys as he has so many.  (spoiled he is :) Again we can't tell you how amazing he is and we are so thankful for you and him. He has blessed us in so many ways we can't even begin to start. He is so smart and just so lovable to all of us. He is the best dog we could ever of hoped for. Thank you always !! Have a Merry Christmas and a blessed holiday season."

Snickers with his birthday treat
From Krista: "Hi Joyce just wanted to touch base and say Winston is doing great. Puppy class was good and entertaining of course he was the class clown believe it or not. He's come out of his shell was just say that. He's growing fast and he's going to be a big boy. He is going to puppy daycare in the afternoons twice a week. And he goes to the dog park when it's decent on the weekends. Trying to keep him socialized with kids and people. He's definitely entertaining and loving! Here are a couple pictures of him, one of him after he got done with his first grooming which he did great at. One of him being silly and trying to get the ball out of the cat's toy. This is almost a daily routine it will crack you up. Just wanted to drop you a note and let you know what a wonderful puppy he is and he is loved very much!"



 Tom and Penny wrote, "Joyce,  Griffin sends greetings and best wishes on his 6th birthday.    He is well and continues to be a blessing in our lives.  Happy holidays to you and family."
 Judy wrote: "Sophie joined Raven today for the every-other-Friday Spa Day...The two of them get along really well. I've probably told you that Sophie sleeps on the bed now. Raven moves over from her normal corner to lie next to Sophie." 

(Note: Raven on the left, Sophie on the right. Judy got Raven from me as a "retired champion." Sophie, Judy's older Lhasa, came from a Canadian breeder when she was a puppy. The two seem to be fast friends.)

Maria wrote, "Hi Joyce, Sending happy holiday wishes to you and yours! Ella will be celebrating her 5 th Birthday on December 3rd. She has had some change in her daily activities. My mom passed away......and Ella would visit with me almost daily. She notices and also is missing her! So it’s been an adjustment just like it is for us. Ella was not only a friend to mom but to mom's friends. They waited for her visit. She was so sweet to all of them. 
      It’s been hard to go back and visit the friends because I know she’ll go straight to mom's door!  So waiting for warmer weather and maybe we can catch some residents out of doors to visit. 
     So now she has a new friend at home play with ,walk with ,sleep with ,and have girl fights with on occasion!  My daughter bought a dog and named her Paisley. She’s full of energy ... all the time. And has been a great addition to our family! 
    In the picture Ella is on the left and Paisley on the right!  Looking out the porch door.  There isn’t a day that doesn’t go by that I don’t think of you and your wonderful Lhasa’s!
We are so happy We have Ella!!" 

Miss Ella

Ella on left, Paisley on right

Merry Christmas to All!! I hope your holiday season is filled with Lhasa love!

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