Kiara News and Reviews

Friday, September 20, 2019

Summer of 2019

It has been a long, hot summer...that produced an abundance of veggies and fed me well. The zinnias, Mexican sunflowers, and dalias are all that's left blooming in the side border. And the much anticipated autumn clematis has just started blooming in the white garden.

Hard to believe that the last days of summer are least the temps during the day sometimes get near 80...although you need blankets to sleep at night. 

A few years ago Faith Lowell produced her last litter of TTs. My Naldo was the dad. I took a spectacular little sable girl from that litter. She iconically has been the face of my FaceBook profile. Faith named her "Madonna" because this little girl was in the "Ain't Misbehavin" line. It was a Madonna song...Causin' A Commotion...following in the theme of this line.


Namaste Causin' A Commotion At Kiara

The years passed. Faith was living a life without her beloved TTs. So Madonna (after doing her thing here at Kiara) went back to keep Faith company. A match made in heaven!

Madonna made her mark here in a number of ways. Her last effort was to give me a little girl as a parting gift: her name is Jessica. She too is out of the "Ain't Misbehavin" line. 

Kiara I'm Not Bad I'm Just Dawn That Way

A real golden girl

The summer was also a time to get out to the dog shows. Bolt finally grew back enough hair after his abdominal surgery that removed the stone he decided to swallow. (Bad puppy!) It took almost a year...there was a lot that was shaved down to the skin and a lot that just got groomed out or fell out because of the anesthesia and surgery. But now he needs just a few single points to achieve his AKC championship title. 

Also got Miss Tsarina out. She is the special issue from a frozen semen breeding. Her dad, Echo, passed many years ago.  CH Metshag Little Sir Echo made one pretty daughter! I don't know if she is as talented as her dad...he has a slew of letters after his name (lots of different kinds of titles). Or maybe it's just that I'm not as talented as Mr. Echo's loving owner  Linda Milbrath.

This is a favorite photo of mine of this very special dog. I can only share in the story as I imported his dad, Asland, from the Hocking's Tsering Kennel. 
CH Metshag Little Sir Echo RA AX AXJ AXP AJP

The summer was also a joyous time for puppies. Miss Doris, CH Kiara Promethean Fire At Terpsichorean, was successfully bred to my Bolt...and they are the proud parents of three little ones. Travis, Miles, and Jane entrusted their little jewel in my care to raise the brood. Doris competently did her part and I muddled through doing mine. 

Travis and Vanessa came up to visit the pups and help make decisions. It's always fun to "go over" the little ones, watch them in a variety of ways, and just enjoy their joyous natures. We all had fun...little furry ones and those on two legs as well. 

Especially happy was Miss Doris! As much as she was at home here at Kiara being a mom, caring for her brood...she was ready to go home.

And with the blessings of those that we celebrate as beginnings...there are those we sadly see to the rainbow bridge. I am always glad I hear about the little ones who leave here, their successes...their failures...throughout their lives from their loving owners. And when they share the sorrow of a passings, I share it with them. That is the case of Lucy.

Hi Dennis,

Our beloved Lucy passed away last Friday. She was 12 years old and had a great life with the family. We got her in November 2008. I can’t remember her parents’ names but her mom was sable and very smart!!!

Not now but next year we would like a puppy. Please let us know when you have puppies!!!

When my son left for college, Lucy moved into his room. She was quite spoiled and loved.


So grateful for all the photos. I enjoy reading how the wee one that leave here grow into wonderful companions. I celebrate them with you! 

Hey Dennis,

Not sure if you got this –did not show “delivered” --this is last month just after Charlie had been groomed. FYI, he is being neutered this coming Thursday. He’s a beautiful dog!



Maya is getting so beautiful, other dog owners and the staff at the vets are all falling in love with her. She is the prettiest, sweetest best puppy ever!


Hi Dennis,

Was thinking of you. Phoenix just received his last shot on Tuesday. He now weighs 16.9 pounds! Such a smart boy. I am finally able to focus on his training more (which has absolutely also benefited Duffy.)

He’s not as much of a cuddler as I thought, but when I am sad he stays close. And when Duffy was freaking out because of the thunderstorm (I was worried he would teach the puppy to be scared), Phoenix immediately came over to the shaking Duffy and started licking his face. Duffy started to calm down. Phoenix then rested his head on Duffy’s neck. Eventually Phoenix just curled up next to him until the storm was over and Duffy was completely calm. What an amazing puppy I have!

Hope you are well and able to stay cool with all the heat and humidity we’ve been hit with.


Hi Dennis,

Thought you would like to know that Archi is acclimating very well to his new Vermont home, having lots of fun, walking, eating and taking big steps toward being housebroken! He’s making best friends with the kitten “Maya”, wrestling, and playing like they were littermates.


Hi Dennis,

Was thinking of you… actually I think of you often when I looked at Anandi who is now three years old. She has a tricks title, and can easily get her CGC. This pup is the most secure, fun-loving, and loving dog. I can’t thank you enough.

I have attached her current picture. I will send also a picture of her half-sister, Moxie. They are two peas in a pod! Best friends!


Hi Dennis, 

Sad news—actually heartbreaking. We had Jack at the vet today to figure out what is going on with him. (primarily incontinence and difficulty doing his other business)

Our vet diagnosed him as having prostate cancer with a life expectancy from 1 to 6 months. We are devastated to say the least. I so wanted him to experience snow when we move back north. (We haven’t been without a dog in 29 years.) He is such a love. The sweetest dog we ever had. You were so right about his sweetness!

I can’t believe how symbolic this all is—he came into our lives when we moved here and now we plan to sell the house and we probably won’t have him with us when we move back. Paul and I are just so heartbroken.

Hope all is well with you.

Very teary-eyed right now,

Baudelaire is 12 years old today and still playing with his favorite sheep. He is such a wonderful dog. We love him so much.


Another birthday was celebrated. Kappy turned 14! Ch Kiara Kaptain from Katmandu is one of the last of my Asland's sons. He celebrated with Debbie and Jim and also his daughter and grandson.


Oh my, I have never had or seen a better dog than GiGi. She is simply the best. Everyone loves her.

You have intimated that you would have puppies in August --which means September. I want a GiGi II.

Let me know. Hope you are all doing well. Love to say hi!


Hi Dennis,

We are enjoying Liam. He was mellow at first, but now he is testing his limits and full of mischief! See him at my cookbooks!

Now that he is four month old I want to go to two meals a day. How much do you recommend for feeding?

Hope you are well.


Photo Gallery

A few closing photos that caught my eye and I enjoyed for a variety of reasons.

Arlo on the rocks.

Gracie posing so nicely.

Bogie teething on a carrot!

Winston fresh from the beauty shoppe

Cooper enjoying one of the many excursions.

Sugar had a birthday too!
She is Baudelaire's sister.

More later...

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Spring Has Sprung! 2019

Spring has sprung here in eastern Massachusetts. 

Finally! And we have seen lots of rain, rain, rain. Far from April showers bring May flowers...there is an abundance of GREEN. 

It has been a hopeful thing when a bit of color springs forth in the green vegetation.

Most recently, it was fun seeing everyone at the TTCA's National Specialty celebrated here in Boxborough Massachusetts. It was a week-long of activities. 

The Jamboree kicked off the week-long events.  It was well attended. And the weather cooperated. 

The Invitational Evening of Champions once again was a highlight. Seeing the cream of winners from the previous year is always a well anticipated, exciting exhibition. They are all winners!

And here they are entering the ring for an exciting evening!

I did not get to exhibit at the Specialty. (My planned TT to take, Bolt, was the one who ate the rock, who had the abdominal surgery, who got his belly shaved down, who was not in coated condition yet.) I did enjoy being a spectator. In fact, because I was there as a spectator, I got put to work helping Judges Education.

The other bookend of this week-long event was the Bay Colony Tibetan Terrier's annual Specialty held in conjunction with Ladies Dog Club show. 

A perfect day for an outdoor show. The sun was shining and the breeze had a cooling affect for those exhibiting and spectating.

I'm always impressed with hearing how the little ones fit into the loving homes they find themselves enjoying. I am so grateful to all of you who make them an important part of your families. Thank you. And thank you for sharing...

Hey Dennis,
Kooper was eight years old yesterday and every day we are grateful having him in our lives. Since he comes to work with me he has met and interacted with hundreds of people and is responsible for a mini explosion of Tibetans in our area including two from Kiara. Jeff 

Hi Dennis, 

Wanted to send you greetings from THE Best dog ever. Murphy has such a chill and slightly lazy disposition. He loves his crate, treats, and playing with other dogs. The kids are in love and so are we! Thanks again! We haven’t gotten him neutered yet. Hope all is well in your home and with your babies. 

Caroline and Declan 

Rocco the Rockstar!

See how much he’s grown, Dennis. He is such a wonderful addition to our family. Thank you so much.

Hi Dennis, 

I hope you’re well and enjoying the first signs of spring. Babo is now six months old. She is the sharpest, funniest, and sweetest dog we could imagine –a very special puppy. We’re so grateful for the spirit she brings into our home. I thought you might enjoy seeing her “true colors” coming through in the photos attached. The first just a few days after we brought her home in October, the second is several weeks ago, and the third picture is after her first haircut very recently. I couldn’t believe it when I came to pick her up from the groomers –no longer a black puppy at all! 

Happy spring, 


The newspaper thing is genius. She has peed every single time exactly where she was suppose to!!!


Cheers from the north Maine woods. Elska Wynn has blended in like she has always been here part of our family. Theo’s mellow temperament has not been shaken by Elska’s antics. An old lady now, Theo mostly sleeps in her chair by the fire. I am using the crate for mealtime. What a good eater! She needs it for all the running, hopping and sliding she does. She was not impressed by the snow yesterday morning. I agreed wholeheartedly: enough. I have been putting her in the baby slang I wore Oscar in years ago. She fall fast asleep. Everyone loves her. Thank you again for making another Tibetan Terrier possible for us.




Django has settled in and everybody’s getting
along great. He’s a real smart pup too. I gave him a very small piece of spruce (soft and no toxins/allergens) when I caught him trying to chew some exotic wood in my shop.

Thank you again, we’re over the moon.



Just a quick update with a few recent photos. Arlo is adapting marvelously each each day brings new experiences
and adventures!
 He loves walks in the woods, sniffing around the backyard, riding in the car, and telling his toys what for. And he sleeps very well at night! He had his first puppy play class this morning and he was not shy at all –jumping right into the fray and having a good romp with the other pups. 

With good wishes, 


Hi Dennis!

I thought you might like to know how much we are completely in love with Winston. He is frolicking in the
snow, attending a few days at daycare for socializing, and I am in the process of trying to get him trained to be a therapy dog. He's been coming to the elementary school with me and the kids love him!

What a gift he has been to our family. Thank you so much for bringing him to us.We love him!

The Hazards

Always proud of the accomplishments earned and enjoyed! Celebrating some of this was Ring Brook KDee and her happy partner, Debbie.

Novice titles in Standard Agility and Novice Tricks at the National Tibetan Terrier 2019 Specialty. We had a wonderful time. Thanks to everyone who made it possible.

Deborah Kelly Griffiths

A parting we all look forward to summer. Yofie Moo wants to know when the pool opens for the season.

More later....