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