Debby on…old soulsPosted: April 19, 2009
During the seminar presented by breeder/judge Richard Camacho during our Specialty weekend, he emphasized ‘old soul’. The essence of the breed is ‘old soul’. When you look into the eyes of a Lhasa Apso, you should see an ‘old soul’ looking back. Through slides he demonstrated head type, including eye shape and placement. For the hands-on part of the seminar he requested particular Apsos he had judged that day, along with head type ranging from ideal to ‘cutesy’. The requested dogs were available for participants to examine on tables.
He described both his Winners Dog (Ethan) and his Winners Bitch (Rumor) as ‘old souls’. This has been on my mind. Old soul. Head type representing ‘old soul’. Years ago, when interviewed for a now-defunct Lhasa Apso magazine I mentioned how lucky I was to start with classic type Lhasa Apsos. Old-fashioned, if you will. 🙂 I did not realize the exquisite type for a few years. Learning the intricacies of type requires time and study. Fortunately, I hadn’t ruined the ‘old souls’ before I came to appreciate type! Through several branches of the family tree, both Ethan and Rumor go back to the ‘old souls’ entrusted to me.
Ethan so reminds me of Moose, Ch. Nyima’s Mucho Macho…
Moose was a multiple Best in Show winner. He is a full-brother to one of my foundation stud dogs, Nicki – Ch. Nyima’s A Little Nachas ROM.
Nickie and Moose were younger brothers to Multiple Best in Show Ch. Nyima’s Once A Nites Enuff, better known as Snuffy…
Moose sired my other foundation stud dog, Stuffy – Ch. Nyima’s Hot Stuff ToNite ROM.
Each and every one of these dogs is in the pedigree of Ethan and Rumor.