Majors all the way ’round

FFT Space Cowboy (some people call him Maurice) won his first major yesterday.

FFT Well Said (Ella) did one better, winning Best of Breed under breeder/judge Bobbie Wood, for her second major.

Nate coached the Colorado School of Mines swim team to a 1st place win at the Thanksgiving Invite in St. Louis. Five of his swimmers qualified for NCAA’s!.

While all this competition was going on, I went to a movie and continued photo lessons with Michael.

Shapes occurring naturally…

Angle of attack…

Stevie..takes the money and runs

On this snowy Sunday morning in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains I’d like to share about Stevie. Named after Steve Miller, Stevie is a female. She, along with her two brothers, are named after Steve Miller Band songs. Joker is FFT The Joker. Maurice is FFT Space Cowboy (’cause he speaks with the pompitous of love). Actually the boys’ names come from the same song. And Stevie is FFT Take The Money and Run.

A beautiful puppy…


Stevie was awarded Best In Sweepstakes at both the LACCC Specialty in September and the TCLAC Specialty in August…


Shown very selectively, she was awarded her first major at the LACCC Specialty in September by breeder/judge Barbara Schwartz and her second major National Specialty week under Dr. Penta. At the ALAC National Specialty she was RWB, posing like a supermodel…



I’m baaaack…

After being gone for a week, I arrived home yesterday afternoon. Rick flew in Thursday, picked me up and off we went to sight-see for a couple of days. Sight-seeing in the rain makes for some rather interesting images, which I’ll share later.

The dogs did awesome National Specialty week, from Stevie’s 5-point major to Margo’s wagging tail to agility superstar Josie. With the exception of two third places – and, hey, third ain’t bad National Specialty week! – each FFT dog won her class each day shown. There were a total of four Specialties; each girl entered a bit differently, showing one day perhaps not another. Stevie – FFT Take The Money And Run – started the week off with Best of Winners from the Bred-By-Exhibitor class and ended it with RWB at the National. Not bad for a puppy! Ella – FFT Melou Well Said – won the open bitch class twice. Candice – FFT U Can Do Magic – won the open bitch class under Ray Sledzik and placed 3rd at the National.

Wednesday Melissa ran both Suds and Josie in agility, for a total of 5 runs. Wow! Run! Josie! Run! She is phenomenal! Fast as the wind and full of enthusiasm. I mean FULL of enthusiasm. She was, bar none, the best dog running. So fun to watch! Suds was solid in both his runs, with good times, earning a new title. Let’s see if I can get this right….I’m trying to learn the agility details. He earned his last qualifying score for his Agility Novice title – denoted with NA after his name. And a ribbon with Bling!


Before heading to work, with lots more to tell, I want to share this photo I took in-camera from the window of the Motel 6 Rick and I stayed in.


Pedal to the metal

I wish there had been time for backroads, but it was the pedal to the metal yesterday, along with last Wednesday and Thursday morning. Julie makes the same road trip in 2 weeks. TEDTalks kept me entertained. I love my iPod!

It was all worthwhile, although in a different way than previous years. Mellow, almost. Keeper picked up his second major, which was my main goal for the trip. He now has 9 points, both majors. Yippee!!! Norma was awarded Best Puppy and RWB at Thursday’s Specialty. She won her puppy class the following day under Carolyn Herbel. Candice picked up 2 more majors. Melissa’s Ella picked up her first major. Thateus got lucky. He got a haircut. He’s a beautiful dog under ALL that hair.

Kaylee, Julie and I spent a relaxing late afternoon on Melissa’s lawn, looking at the Edmund x Josie puppies. The male came home with me. FFT Melou Spill The Wine. Elliot. spILL ThE wine. He was unbelievably good on the trip back home. For the first part of the journey, he rode with Norma. She fussed at him now and again, but that was all. After settling into our room at Motel 6 in Lincoln, I separated them for a late night dinner. He munched his lunch. Since he was being quiet, I decided to try letting him sleep alone. Not a single peep all night long! Not even when I woke up, brushed my teeth and packed back up. He rode alone the rest of the way home, again without a single objection. Good Elliot!

It’s back to the real world. 14 grooming dogs on my books today. The kennel is in need of someone with a drill and a hammer. Perhaps I can find said person this weekend.

In my spare time, I continue to work on Ancient Treasure. I’ve selected possible music. With a few minor setbacks – or would that be the Learning Curve – I recorded pronunciations for Jason and swung by Health and Harmony on my way home yesterday to drop off the flash drive. The narrative should be ready for pick up late Thursday afternoon when I get this tired, weary body adjusted. Nate and I will put the film together this weekend. Still a couple of voices to gather, along with images. But, all in all, things are falling into place.

Julie sent…an update on Percy

Hi Julie,
Just an update on Percy (Percival).  He had no reactions from his shot and did very well at the vet’s.  He is now sleeping back downstairs in his large wire crate instead of in the small crate by our bed.  I’m going to experiment with letting him sleep in our bed tonight since he pretty much consistently “holds it” through the night and I wake up before he does (and he is much cleaner with his short hair). Last week, he graduated to the outdoor kennel during the day with our lab and loves it.  Every chance he gets, he runs to the outdoor kennel and paws to get in.  They are quite the pair.
I broke down and had his hair cut for the first time today.  Between the outdoor kennel and the walks around the lakes, his long puppy coat was trapping too much dirt.  I guess we don’t have a good lifestyle for keeping a Lhasa in a longer coat as I had planned.  Here are some pics I took today when I got him home from the groomer.  My groomer said he did pretty well (but just didn’t want to stand up on the table).  I think he looks pretty darn cute and he’ll be much easier to keep clean this way. 
He’s on the Wellness food now, but on this food his poops are a lot bigger and are the texture and color of peanut butter.  I’m going to get through the bag and see if it changes.  If not, I’ll experiment with something else.
He is so friendly and outgoing and seems to especially like kids.  Honestly, when he sees kids, he just lights up like a Christmas tree and wants to run into the midst of them, even with all the poking and grabbing that kids do.  He just loves all people and loves to be held (total opposite of our last Lhasa but a very welcome change) – and everybody loves him back.  His favorite toy is a big, stuffed, pink pig that is as big as he is.  He carries it around the house and sleeps with it at night.  Actually, the pig probably comes second to our cat, “Chubby” – Chubby is definitely his favorite play thing.
I guess that’s about it for now.
— Jane —

Julie sent…Jordan

Ou la la! Julie sent this photo of Jordan – FFT Mi-Tex The Joker…


He is a Fernando x Redd son.

Julie on…Welcome Puppies

FFT would like to welcome two of our newest puppy owners. Both of Avery X Savion male puppies went to their new homes this weekend.  This is a 2nd lhasa for Kathy and Jane and Peter.  After losing their first lhasas to old age neither could live without another one in their lives.

(We know the feeling!!)

We invite both of you to join our “family” of cyberspace lhasa fanciers.

Here’s Peter and Jane with Pabu…


And Kathy with Cedric…