Kiara News and Reviews

Saturday, February 16, 2019

A 2019 Happy New Year!

A last “Happy New Year” for you!

That's Jane Goodell happily sharing the the throngs of spectators at Meet The Breeds.

Although saddened because I did not get to attend, I loved receiving comments and photos from friends at the Meet The Breeds that was held in conjunction with The Westminster KC Show. Especially great to see a few Kiaras –Cooper, Doris, and Gracie-- there greeting the public and making all see what great temperaments are in the breed. It doesn’t hurt that they have therapy dog titles…making the meet and greet just part of their everyday lives. Made me proud!

Also very proud that one of them made it into the breed ring. Miss Doris, CH Kiara Promethean Fire At Terpsichorean, strutted her stuff happily at the side exhibitor/handler/Daddy, Travis Brock. I got a close-up ring-side view sitting at my computer watching the live feed --smiling. She’s a treasure! And so grateful that Travis prepared her so beautifully for the event!

I want to thank everyone who sent cards and messages over the holidays…that included up-dates on the lives of your furry companions. I always love hearing how they are doing…and especially just what they might be up to. In the 35+ years I have been doing this, I still hear and see some of the most unique things imaginable; and always comforted hearing about or seeing a photo of something one of their relatives did right here at Kiara.

This Lightning photo popped up on my FaceBook memory feed…a photo taken in a snowstorm eight years ago. It was always one of my favorite photos. And it typifies the TT love for the snowy outdoors…a spirit that must transcend from their collective ancient memory. Haven’t had one of these storms yet here in Eastern Massachusetts…but the little snow that has fallen and melted away has been celebrated by the furry residences.

Looking forward to the up-coming Tibetan Terrier Club of America’s National Specialty. It’ll be fun connecting with other TT enthusiasts I enjoy seeing and who I seldom get to visit with. Accompanying this year’s National will be The Bay Colony Tibetan Terrier Club’s annual Specialty. Three big shows in a row! A little disheartened because the TT I planned of bringing, Bolt, is also the guy that ate the stone, that had the surgery, that lost his coat --either shaved in part for that surgery or lost because of the anesthesia! But Michael McLoughlin is keeping his three girls in beautiful condition. Hopefully Cookie, or Bea, or Sugar will exhibited. 

Sometimes it doesn't have to be a big event to celebrate an accomplishment. Graduating from Advanced Puppy Kindergarten is a laudable achievement...especially for a little TT girl who enjoys life. Miss Zayde can be proud of herself. I know I am as I know her companion, Gerald, is.

Hey Dennis,  

Hope all is well. Happy birthday to Hogan and the rest of his brothers and sisters!
Sorry we didn’t send you any pictures or videos for your montage… we will be much better next year…
Can’t begin to tell you how much we love Hogan! He is the best thing to happen to our family!
Happy holidays!
Dave, Deb, Grace, and Paige

Hi Dennis,
I can’t believe another year has flown by! We’ve been living in Europe these last few months and Chaplin has been having a blast! We took him and his sister, Zelda, hiking in Chamonix and more recently have been enjoying the warm Spanish weather. Chaplin has been a wonderful addition to our family and continues to bring smiles to our faces every day.
I hope you’ve been well and we look forward to visiting with you someday.
Warmest Holiday Wishes and a Happy New Year,
Angela and Eric

Merry Christmas from Sam, Dennis,

Happy New year also!

So adorable. Thank you so much – you made our Christmas! This little fella is all moved in and does one of the family.

Carol, Fred, and Sam

Hi Dennis,

I wanted to touch base and tell you we are absolutely loving Murphy. His temperament is fitting in with our families so well. He is so patient and easy-going.

He still naps a ton but is such a happy little sweet pup. I call him my Sweet Murphy.

I also want to say how impressed with you and how you breed these beauties. I have told everyone how wonderful you are and prepared. You have found your niche for sure!

Here are some pictures of the O’Carroll’s.

Happy New Year!


Babo here before she left.

Hi Dennis,

Happy New Year!

I wanted to send you an update: Babo is doing great and brings us so much happiness –and laughter! She’s so great, affectionate, and seems to have a sense of humor already. She also walked perfectly on the leash from day one –wonderful—so get the lot of time outside.
I know you were curious about her coloring, so I’ve attached a few pictures. She gets more and more color every day. I’ll keep you updated! I also finally remembered to register her with the AKC today.

Babo lightening up considerably.

Best 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 of daycare for socialization, 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


Hello Dennis,

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas… I was incredibly special with the new addition to our family. It took us all day, a we have picked the name all agree on and it fits this little tough guy. His name is Rocco.

Thank you again for everything and we wish you all the best for a Happy New Year!

Joe and Carol

Dear Dennis,

Thank you for the Christmas card. We have Masha for two years now, and we love her. What a kind and loving dog! Are 10-year-old daughter loves Masha and they are constantly together. She is a great companion for us all. Attached is a recent photo of her.

Thank you for bringing her into our lives.

Merry Christmas,

Irene, Tom, and Amy

A closing photo of Cooper...doing what he likes doing best....

More later....

Sunday, December 2, 2018

"Time To Celebrate" 2018

It's that time of year again. I am back from a wonderful, restful, warm visit to Puerto Vallarta to help bring the Holiday Season in. Here at Kiara, new little ones are leaving to make their joyful presence in their new companion homes. That is the best Christmas gift I receive over and over: knowing that the little ones born here over the years have made such an exceptional contribution to the lives of their new families.

Although I have posted my new YouTube Holiday video in this News & Reviews with many of the photos I have been offered, there were many photos that did not get included. Throughout this edition of the Kiara News & Reviews I will place some of those photos that show such inspirational and thought-provoking this one below...and the photo of the two TTs touching noses that introduces this News & Reviews Holiday edition.

As busy as it has been here bringing in a new litter of little ones and caring for them until they are ready to leave, I have enjoyed hearing from others with the stories and life-time milestones of those who have left the helping pool years ago.

Jerry sent a video along with his note of Zayde's progress. She has started agility.

Hey Dennis,
Zayde is on the smaller side, which I love! And she is the sweetest. Thank you so much,

Hi Dennis, I know it’s been a while since I’ve sent you an update, but I wanted to let you know that Doc is doing great! He’s been continuing with his obedience and agility classes, and really seems to be enjoying them. He’s having a few issues with jumping in agility, but we'll get him through that. Next week he starts an intro to rally class. I’m excited to have him try something new! This fall has been busy for Doc. He dressed up as Oscar the Grouch for Halloween and appeared in a few costume
contests. He won second prize for the most creative costume at the Salem Howl-o-Ween Pet Parade! He also won a few other prizes at smaller local contests. He also attended the National Brain Tumor Society Boston Walk and wore his costume to help bring smiles to people’s faces! He was a huge hit!

 Last weekend he appeared as a fashion model in the Bark-Happy/Nordstrom Fall Fashion Show to benefit PAWS (New England and Missing Dogs of Massachusetts). Doc did excellent and walked the runway in his black jacket like a seasoned supermodel. We were super excited because we met another Tibetan Terrier (from NY) named Zoey at the event. The funny thing was, she and Doc looked very much alike, except she had a black ear and he has the black eye!

 Doc is also still coming to work with me a day or so a week, and he is still trying to steal my job! Attached, along with this Halloween and model photos, is a pic of him at my desk designing a web banner. Who knew he was that talented! Hope all is well with you and you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday season! 

Jill & Doc

And so comforting to know that --although I do not remember the many birthdates-- that their owners celebrate them every year. 

Can't believe it but...Happy 10th Birthday to Mallomar! She keeps us laughing, loving, and yelling every day!!!

Hi Dennis,

We received your adorable card – thank you! We are picking hours off this evening, but wanted to share some additional memories of our little family with you! Jai is our pride and joy –a true blessing to us! She is still only 20 pounds so we travel with her all the time (here she is in her bag). We saw Santa this past weekend at our dog park in the North End. She has quite a little personality, and grew into a beautiful girl. Groomer tomorrow lol (she needs it!) Have a really nice Christmas!


Bobby, Grace, and Jai

Not all the news is about the beginning...or the middle of their lives...but are of the end. Lily made a great companion and because of her and her life inspired a desire to look for another. Many times when they pass over the Rainbow Bridge, it takes time to grieve and think about a new companion.

Hi Dennis,

 Hope you remember me, I picked up/adopted Lilly from you in March 1999, we met at the Boston airport. I was with the Chicago Tribune.

 I lost to Lilly August 2016, she was just shy of her 17thbirthday. It has taken a bit to get over her just as it did my first Tibetan Alex. I think I’m ready to get another Tibetan.

 Would love to hear from you about this. Thanks so much and hope all is well with you.



Snowy helping Deb to make cider.

Since 2008 I have prepared a YouTube video of photos I have received from all the wonderful TT families who have made a loving home for a Kiara Tibetan Terrier. I saved them all, scan the holiday cards, and try to include most of them. This year is no exception. I hope you take a moment to view the YouTube video to help celebrate the Holiday Season and this exceptional breed.

A couple other received TT photos: whether alert or asleep or grouped together to frolic a TT walk...

If it's Christmas for you...then let it be merry
if it's Chanakah...let it happy; Kwanza...joyous
However you celebrate, whatever you celebrate, 
have the Happiest Holidays ever!

One last inspiring and thought-provoking photo I found so appealing to end this edition of the Kiara News & Reviews:

More later....

Monday, October 8, 2018

End Of Summer 2018

End of summer

Summer has come to an end. The veggie patch is whizzening from lack of enough sunshine and from erratic New England temps…and probably even because of the amount of deluge rainfall. But it fed me veggies all summer long. Still have stuff trying to ripen.


The flower gardens too have offered much color. Now the dahlias, the zinnias, and the Mexican sunflowers brighten the side border. And the morning glory vines have produced an abundance of bluish white trumpets at the start of the white garden.

The stock also arrived this summer. We (Linda Milbrath and I) planned a unique breeding –one I have wanted to do for a long time. Her Echo –a handsome male who was out of my Asland– was bred to Miss Lucy. Remarkable because Echo passed over the rainbow bridge years ago and luckily Linda stored some of his semen. It was much anticipated.


On July seventeenth Lucy gave birth to two vigorous golden brindle babes…looking much like their dad’s coloring. Lucy –always the good mom– cared well for her little girl, Tsarina, and her son, Charlie, until I had to take over. Tsarina remains here at Kiara; her brother Charlie went to live with a family who actually had an Echo sister for 16 years!


Always good to hear how the Kiara TTs are doing.

Dennis,Just a note to say she is a real joy. And is in advance to puppy kindergarten but learning new tricks on her own.


Yah!!  We are so excited and thanks for keeping us in the loop. I know I sent you a photo of Bodhi with my daughter but here he is with my son.


Thank you for the most wonderful babies in the world! These boys and girl give us so much joy. Tashi’s coat is soooooo thick and full, it is difficult for me to keep it properly so all go to groomers every two weeks look beautiful for 10 minutes and then out to the yard to run, dig, and look like they have never seen a brush or comb. All okay because we keep coat mat free. I’ll try and send a video of them coming up the ramp. Look forward to seeing you in September when we vacation in Rockport and the baby vacation with you. See you soon. Video will be under separate attachment.


KDEE joining her father who just turned 13. Hard to believe he is that old.

Hi Dennis,

He was born eight years ago today! Riley still makes all of us happy every day — and we thank you!!

I hope you’re doing well.


Hi Dennis,

Hope your summer is going well. We are loving Shackleton. He is such a great friend for both John and I. Happy and joyful! Really we can’t believe how wonderful he is. He loves going to wherever we go, such a good traveler…Good on the boat, good in the car, loves camping!

We had a little sailing and camping trip over the Fourth of July and he had a great fun visiting islands off the coast of Maine. We are starting to leave him off leash and he is doing so well with recall And sticking with us. The islands were great fun because they were small enough he could just run around and we didn’t have to worry about him getting lost are running into anyone. He had more fun than we did! But, I have to say, we have more fun because he is with us. He is funny and keeps us smiling all the time!

Here are a few pics that we took over vacation. I can’t thank you enough for bringing him into the world.

Hope all is well with you!

AnnMarie & John

And saying goodbye is always the hardest thing we have to do...

Hi Dennis,
I wanted to let you know we had to bring Vinny to the rainbow bridge two weeks ago, one week shy of 16 (I believe his birthday was September 27, 2001). He was a fabulous dog and we are so sad to have had to say goodbye. 
Thanks again for bringing him into our lives. 

More later...