Saturday, May 23, 2020

Memorial Day Weekend

Rest, comrades, rest and sleep!
The thoughts of men shall be as sentinels to keep
your rest from danger free.

Your silent tents of green we deck with fragrant flowers;
Yours has the suffering been, the memory shall be ours.
                                      ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

This last blog post in May will be shorter than usual - at least that is the intention!

I know that many states, cities, and towns are opening up  businesses and churches again in anticipation of the holiday weekend and because many people are demanding an end to the lock down. We plan to keep things here as they have been for the past few months, just to be on the safe side. We have made it this long without getting sick and are just hoping to stay well.

So, whatever you decide to do this holiday weekend, use common sense and be safe!

Normally, on this weekend I would be in Bloomington, IL at a 4-day dog show. It has been so weird not to be going to shows this spring. I just hope that Millie remembers what it is all about and doesn't freak out when we finally go to a show and she sees judges wearing masks. The same hope is for Winter, who is still in MS with her handler waiting for shows to start again.

One thing I will tell you is that "Zoom Fatigue" is a real thing and I have it! What are the signs? Feeling "down" and not knowing why, changing sleeping patterns, restlessness, eye fatigue, headaches. Since the shut down began many of us have been able to stay employed by working from home and conducting necessary business via Zoom. In the beginning it was great - work was accomplished and, even more importantly, we stayed connected with family, friends, and co-workers. Now I am ready to be done with it for a while. This past week for 3 days I had Zoom meetings from 8:00 to 4:30. Loved the people I was with and good things happened throughout the meetings. My eyes are tired!

Now for something more upbeat! Here are the most recent pictures of the Cooper and Kimmi puppies, now 7 weeks old. They are all adorable, of course! But I bet by looking at their faces you can easily tell which ones are the most mischievous.





Perhaps all of them??

You might also have noticed that the girls' names have changed since their pictures were last posted. The people who are buying the girls have already named them. Cute names too!

Here are photos of 3 of the Josh and Bekka puppies that were a year old at the end of March.

Michele sent this one of Trinket.

Judy sent pictures of Gus with his new haircut and told me Gus, at age 14 months, has been given the titles of Evaluator and Mentor at the Blue Barn Ranch where he goes to day care twice a week.
Gus with one of his mentees at Blue Barn Ranch (pre-haircut)

Gus sporting his new "do"
Kathy sent photos of Jampa, showing how his coat is silvering out. 

Yes, it is a Lhasa prerogative to decide whether or not to change color!

Announcement: We will have new litters in June. If you are already on my waiting lists (I have one for each sex), I will be contacting you in the order you appear on the list once puppies from each litter have been born and I know how many of each sex there are. I will ask if you are still interested in a puppy or not and will ask for a response within a few days. If I do not get a response, I will move to the next person on the list. It is the only fair way I can think of to do it. Some of you have been waiting a long time.

While you are waiting for a puppy here are some links that can be helpful for any puppy, not just a Lhasa.

Building a bond with your puppy

Tips for new puppy owners:

That's it for today. Keep smiling and stay positive!


It was't shorter, was it?

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Happy May!

“Then you have to remember to be thankful; but in May one simply can't help being thankful . . . that they are alive, if for nothing else. I feel exactly as Eve must have felt in the garden of Eden before the trouble began.”
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

I don't know about you, but I am happy it is May. Everything seems to be "coming to life" as we watch plants emerging from the soil, trees budding, birds building nests. It's an Easter all its own of new life, new beginnings, new reasons to be hopeful, even in the face of the pandemic. I try not to listen to too much TV news. I know the newscasters are trying to drive home the fact that we are in danger, but I have found that too much of it brings me down. 

I wear a mask in public and hope you do too. My opinion - it doesn't hurt and it might help. I do not understand the outrage.

Now here is something to smile about -- Lhasa puppies! Here are the latest pictures of the five puppies at age 4 weeks.

From top to bottom: Lana, Candy, Liam, Noah, and Gabe

Cute, right??

Here are a couple photos I received recently. The first is of Kathy's Jampa. She wrote that his black coat has started to silver out.

Next is a photo of Lucky, who lives in Canada with Ev and Ted. Lucky recently celebrated his 8th birthday.

Joy sent this one of her Lucy.

Here are two photos Bill sent of Eddie on his first birthday. I love the one of him in his "show dog pose." He looks so proud.

Kim sent a photo of Snickers all cozy in his dog bed.

Marilyn sent photos of Maci and Hunter.

Much has happened since I wrote the previous blog and I want to share some of the highlights and resources with you.

First, if you have not already discovered it on Facebook, there is a Zoom series about Lhasas. They are first streamed live but are also recorded so those who missed the episodes can catch up. To find it, go to Facebook's search bar and type in Lessons in Lhasas # (then add the number of the episode you want to see. So far there are four with #5 happening this Thursday and #6 upcoming soon.

Topics have been: #1 Voices of Preservation Breeders (I'm part of that discussion), #2 Voices of the Future, #3 Challenges, #4 Grooming, #5 Breeding, #6 Showing

If you are staying inside, these episodes will keep you entertained, make you think, and provide learning opportunities.

Also, if you have not already done so, check out "Introducing the Lhasa Apso" on the website of the American Lhasa Apso Club.

On May 4, I gave an hour and a half webinar on the Lhasa Apso as part of an AKC Judges' Education series. Just before it began I learned that over 300 people had registered--made me a bit nervous!! If you want to learn more about the breed, check it out at

If that does not work, I have been told that AKC Judging Ops will post it sometime this week here: under “Lhasa Apso.”

I am going to end with an essay written by Daphna Straus entitled "10 Things I Learned from AKC Sports." She wrote:

The cancellation of swaths of AKC events has left many of us wistful and impatient for their return. With no shows to enter and plenty of absence to make the heart grow fonder, I found myself pondering what I got out of them in the first place. Here are 10 THINGS I LEARNED FROM AKC SPORTS.

1.     I learned how to drive. Where I’m from (NYC), a car is a luxury, but it’s a necessity to get to dog events. Whether I was mastering the hills of San Francisco to get to the SFDTC, cruising along Route 80 to Top Dog Obedience School, learning the back roads to PCOTC or staving off white line fever on the way to a Specialty, AKC events made me into something of a road warrior. We really get our miles in for our dogs.
2.     I learned how to be on time. When it comes to AKC events, if you’re on time, you’re late. I learned how to build time into my departure plans to be sure I had ample time to warm up my dog and be ring ready without extra stress.
3.     I learned persistence. We lose more than we win in dogs. We have more NQs than Qs and placements. From every NQ in Obedience I gained a lesson for improvement. As they say, “there will always be another dog show” – always an opportunity to do better next time.
4.     I learned patience. Success in our events comes with a side of waiting around. Waiting for Best of Breed or Groups. Waiting for sits and downs. You’ve gotta be in it to win it, so stick around.
5.     I learned how to be creative and resourceful. Since I never had a yard for a practice ring, I set up jumps in Central Park. The long alley behind my building served well for down-and-backs. Flocks of pigeons stood in for Indian Runner Ducks.
6.     I learned the downside of procrastinating. Sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, entries will always close two weeks ahead. Waiting too long to enter adds the extra expense of online entry fees (now inevitable for those of us always out of stamps) and the risk of being shut out altogether. This is a rule that never changes, and yet, I still wait till nearly the last minute almost every time.
7.     I learned how to get organized. Have a full tank before setting out for a show, lest you miss your ring time or confuse your dog with the smell of fuel on his scent articles. Wash and dry those articles the night before a trial. Pick out your outfits and get your show gear packed up the night before, too. A frantic, last minute search for that lucky show lead could cancel out its good vibes. Load driving directions up ahead in case you lose your signal along the way. AKC events helped me pull myself together!
8.     I learned the importance of setting goals and about the joy that comes with achieving them. While so much in life remains out of our control, our dog events give us wonderful opportunities to pursue challenging and fulfilling objectives while having fun along the way: a home-bred champion, an OTCH, a MACH, or any number of titles that reward instinct and breeding for purpose.
9.     I learned the value of volunteering. Being a ring steward, match secretary, parking attendant or any other seemingly thankless job is truly important. Without helpers to perform these tasks, the show can’t go on. It is satisfying to play a role in something bigger than yourself.
10.  I learned that we humans can get along with everyone and anyone – no matter our differences – because we are all working toward similar goals with our dogs. Our sports build camaraderie between rich and poor, young and old, men and women, gay and straight, rural and urban. We build deep and lasting connections with others by training and showing our dogs. The dog show community sets a tremendous example to others by building strength through the diversity we celebrate in our clubs, events and friendships.

Till we meet again, ringside!
--Daphna Straus

That's it for this week! I hope you can find the time to watch the various recordings and learn more about the wonderful Lhasa Apso -- and the breeders and owners who love them.