We renamed this page to “Homies” as it encompasses more than just Dante …
The old man of the house is “Boogins,” our 16-year old cat, adopted from the Larimer Humane Society as an eight-week old kitten in 1997. Brought home as “my cat,” he and hubby quickly bonded and I just became hired help in the house. This photo was taken in summer of 2012 …
Dante sired a litter with a Canadian Champion in 2012 … here’s the little guy we brought home: Apsolutely FFT Tell Me No Lies a/k/a “Teller.” Like his sire before him, Teller has a mind of his own when it comes to the conformation ring and training classes.
Some of you have been following the adventures of Dante and I as we made our way into the show ring (2006). To say it’s been a challenge would be an understatement!! He’s managed to hold his own, however, and is doing quite well, taking multiple Best of Breed (BOB) placements. We’ll see what the rest of the year brings. Some favorite photos taken by Karen Evasuik of Evasuik Custom Design (she really does a fabulous job!) …
Update: Dante … despite his handler … managed to finish 12th in the breed in the nation for 2008. Not bad for his first year as a special!!
Every now and again, I manage to get a good shot of the animals. Just roused for the day and sitting sleepy-eyed in the dappled morning light with a typical Dante hair-do. I particularly like the angle of the shot with only one eye showing and the lighting. It draws one into the photo …
In October of 2011, Dante picked up Best of Breed in the first-ever American Lhasa Apso Club cut-down sweepstakes. We entered with the hope of him getting around the ring with no new behaviors thrown in for interest as he’d not been shown for about 18 months (he’s notorious for that). Dante did everything I asked of him … and then some!
While this is Dante’s page, he’s not the only dog in our house. There’s also Ali, 12-years old, and Frankie, who is 9-years old.
Above is a shot of Ali supervising a pot-planting day recently. She’s been in full coat most of her life, having the proper texture which makes it easy-care. She can literally go three weeks+ without a brushing … or a mat. One of the best coats I’ve ever seen on an Apso. She’s a dark red with a black overlay and tipping. Totally unflappable, she moves seamlessly from moment to moment, taking every thing and every activity in stride. Adopted as an adult at 2.5-years old, she’s been an apsolute joy all these years … my beautiful red girl.
Update: Sadly, we lost Ali on March 21, 2011 at 13+ years old. While this isn’t the first Apso we’ve lost — and certainly won’t be the last — it has cut the deepest.
And then there’s my little “yard guard,” Frankers, who takes his job quite seriously. Never know when a blackbird or a squirrel will need to be chased off the premises.
Frankers was my first male dog … ever. He came to me as an 8-month old puppy and I was to home school him. Either I’m a really bad teacher or he’s a poor student because he never left. Actually, he’s a bright boy and about as sweet as they come … we just couldn’t let him go. My little velcro buddy. Want to know where Frankers is at? Just find Mom!