Sunday, November 11, 2012

Holidays Season 2012

Wishing everyone a bright and spirited holiday!


The litter of TTs are all in their new homes. It's wonderful to watch the pairing up of a new companion family with their little furry friend. Each little TT is ready to make his contribution to the joy and happiness of the commitment. Max, Murphy, Ryder, and Beau are all going to try to do their parts.


Happily reporting two new champions here at Kiara. Naldo, our golden boy, earned his AKC championship the day before Passion, our silver gal, earned hers.  Strike a pose!

New CH Kiara Hollywood Bad Boy

New CH Kiara All Fired Up

They have joined their family in the "Hall of Fame" in the Kiara Website. But their contribution will not end there. Q-Tip and his sister, Louise, have also been steppin' out on the show circuit to earn their majors. But with the change in the local show scene, looks like we will be at home until after the 1st.

Taking a rest before entering the ring.
Miss Sugar takes a break from the show scene to enjoy a walk with human-mom, Marie; I'm sure Mike is on the other side of the lens.

Once again this year I have put together a little YouTube video of the photo contributions from the various TTs in the larger family that have been sent to me. I hope you can take a moment to view it. I enjoy putting it together. I hope it brings the same gentle smile to you that it brings to me each time I watch it. Enjoy.

And there have been a few up-dates since the last posting:

Dear Dennis,

It's been a while, but I wanted to send along an update to let you know Felix is doing great!  He is up to 15.5 lbs and it looks like he's growing a little adult coat over his head and shoulders. He has learned how to "sit" and enjoys visits to the dog park to play with other dogs (he LOVES to play with other dogs). He is the center of attention wherever we go and everyone always says how beautiful he is, how great he is with people and dogs, and wants to know all about him. 

Here are a few more photos, including one of him playing with his "golden-doodle" best friend, Tali.



I thought you'd like this picture of Baudelaire. 


It's always a joy catching up with members of the family. Love seeing them grow into themselves and certainly love to see them as adults. Thank you for sharing.

The other joyous news is from the culmination of several years invested in Rosie, Nivels Mint Rose, our Swedish import.  She had a litter of pups.  You can read about it in the "In The Spotlight" section of the website. They are all beautiful and the beginning of a fourth, distinctive fork of the Kiara breeding program outlined in the "Philosophy" part of the website. The photo above as the are today. The photo below: the day they were born.

And as the holiday season spins in, I wish all a special season filled with peace, joy and happiness.

More later.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Summer 2012

The seasons pass so quickly with little --or lots-- depending on how one reflects on the happenings. I guess much has happened...even though it doesn't seem like it. I know I've had time to take lots of photos. Little Miss Louise had to put up with several sessions. She's the most beautiful bloom in the floral arrangement at my back door.

Alice Smith found a painting of a TT that was very influential in the early years of Kiara breeding. She gifted it to me because she knew how important he was. Oliver's sire, Thunder, CH Kontan Shazam's Thundercloud, was a very powerfully built Tibetan Terrier. Many of his admirable qualities were passed on to his son, and through him to the many TTs bred here. Ella, Snoopy, Kermit (all profiled in the "Looking Back" part of the website. The painting certainly captivates the eye...what a beautiful TT.

On the show scene Pat Sutton finished her Sadie: Champion Khyber's Sadie My Lady. Sue Meluzin and I co-bred Sadie. Sue retained Sadie's sister Paris, CH Zin-Pa's That's Hot...who is currently expectant. Way to go, Pat and Sadie!

 Here at home, Naldo and Passion have taken all my time at the show rings. Naldo currently needs one major to complete his AKC championship and Passion just needs hers. There are still a few planned shows to go to, so hopefully before the end of the year there may be another champion to celebrate. And attending with them on occasion are brother/sister, Q-Tip and Louise --just to get them started. Lousie has earned a few single points in the process.

Sue Meluzin has also brought her beautiful Elvira to shows. Here's a photo of Sue and Elvira at ring side.  Elvira earned a major that day.  She just needs her second major to complete her AKC championship.

In another kind of competition, Rally, Travis reports that Cooper, CH Kiara Ewok Among Us, earned his first of three required legs his first time out at it!

He got his first leg in rally his first time in the ring.  He was actually really good at it  but distracted which my mother has to work out.   I will keep you updated.

Was a great day for her. Thank you for providing us with such a source of joy and comfort.  He is truly special.


Mike McLoughlin reports about a recent win for Miss Sugar, aka The Sweetest Thing by Kiara:

Had a fun day at the OxRidge Kennel Club dog show today. Here is Sugar channeling her inner Zen before show time!

Miss Thing was retired from TT duties here and went to live with another TT relative. She went to enrich his life after he lost his other TT friend. She is truly doing well and enjoying her new home. Everyone at Kiara misses you, Miss Thing.

Dear Dennis,
A certain Miss has successfully passed "Come When Called" class and has mended nicely from her spay. Here she is at her first off leash walk at Appleton Farms with Jeff and her large Husky cousin from New York looking on. Hope you have a great Memorial Day.  She was a little put out when I actually let a human guest sleep on the day bed in my home office. Now that my sister has left, the pillows have been appropriately rearranged! Hope all is well with you and the Danvers gang. 
Regards, Laura

Great hearing about the birthday TTs --no matter how old they get! Yes, indeed, Baudelaire was a Dream/Asland pup; he is brother to Mike McLoughlin's Sugar.

Here is a picture of Baudelaire on his fifth birthday. He was in the midst of his favorite activity which is running free through the woods. He is sitting here on the edge of a corn field. He was born August 21st, 2007. His father was Asland and is mother was Dream. He must be one of the five little pups with his four sisters in the picture you have in the archives of Dream and her litter in the Summer/Fall of 2007. Perhaps he is the one lifting his leg. He is a wonderful dog and very much how you describe his father. Definitely his own man always. I tell him sometimes that he could have been a famous show dog but he reminds me that he loves the freedom he has in the woods and fields and streams of Vermont.

And Baudelaire's half brother had a birthday too. Linda posted her loving sentiment on FaceBook. It resonates so much for me because I felt the same way about Their dad, Asland. Glad he was able to make the kind of contribution to the breed that states so much about the temperament of his children.

"Today my first Champion turns 14 years old. I couldn't have asked for a nicer guy! Echo was my first titled agility dog too although he didn't enjoy it like Zoe does. He is one who loves to be with me and snuggle. He loves his walks and always wants to go further! He knows Paul and I both can use the exercise. Happy Birthday Echo!"

Tashi enjoyed his 2nd birthday with much festivity. Bob sends a photo of the occasion. Looks like they were having a celebration.

And the news comes in from distant locations. Kathleen Kelley, although living in Florida, still tries to keep in touch to check on her little contribution still left here: Passion. Passion is a great-granddaughter of her Katie and granddaughter of her Willow. She writes about her Willy:

Hey Dennis, 
Willy is still a good-looking dog --for a soon-to-be fourteen year old. Despite a hearing loss, he still loves playing with the others and running around the yard -- And he still loves to pose for the camera! Hope all is well with you. Kathleen

And some times sad news comes in wrapped in so much joy and love in the rememberance:

Hi Dennis, 
 You probably don't remember me. My parents and I got my furry best friend from you in February of 1997. His name was Dudley but you referred to him as Mr Specs because of the tan around his eyes that made him look like he had glasses. I am writing to you to inform you of his recent passing. And also I want to thank you for providing a wonderful family companion. He gave me and my family so many wonderful and humorous memories. He truly was a great guy. Dudley will forever hold a special place in my heart. Looking forward the future, I am now 26 and in a couple years l plan to get another Tibetan Terrier as I have fallen in love with the breed. I have attached a picture of Duds that was taken a few weeks before his passing. Also sending along another from when we brought him home. Thank you and I hope you have a wonderful summer! 
 Best, Erin McGovern

And even the locals with Kiara TTs keep me posted. Another "getting-older" TT, Monty, still keeps his owners on their toes. Longevity tends to be a trait many TT lines seem to enjoy. From these notes, I'm happy to hear that some Kiara TTs enjoy it as well.

Good Morning Dennis...

Monty my little scamp is right here next to me. He is doing great, getting older but doing great. hope all is well with you.


 There haven't been many newbies born here this year. But there was one: a singleton pup. And it's not unlike having a litter of eight...he was just as much work, so became known as my little Trouble. Always underfoot from a few weeks old, he became an endearing sidekick of my every activity. Whether I was housecleaning, weeding the garden, or training another TT, the little guy was right there. So it's good to get a note and photos from his new companions.

 Dear Dennis,

 Felix has had a great week with us. He's doing really well with house training and is beating the heat by spending time in the AC. He loves his dog walker who walks him when we're at work full days.
He has met neighbors and their pups on walks and is appropriately playful and friendly :) We just adore him and he's settling in nicely! Thanks again for letting us take him home! I have a few other photos to send along from my regular computer. A day in the life (or a few) :) The sleeping photos were after a long afternoon of play with his labradoodle mix friend and another day of fenced-yard romping. Thank you again for this wonderful boy!

 Karisa and Nisha

And lastly, a little sad news. Sandy sent her news that her Kasha pasased over the rainbow bridge. He was seventeen years old and until the end, a special gift of joy for her. Kasha's TT friend, Little Mini-Claire, misses him as well.

 I cannot end with sadness, but with expectant hopefulness.


Our Rosie is ready to bring us a bundle of pups. We tried breeding her with Echo, an Asland son last year, but the timing was unfortunate and we missed. This time around, Echo's son, Samye, was selected to sire a litter --and all is as planned. We look forward to this for many reasons. Rosie was imported several years ago to enhance the current Kiara TT lines and also to start a Lamleh linebred line at Kiara. This litter will do that.     Samye


And now they're here to do just that!

Doesn't Rosie look the happy mom with her brood of six: four handsome boys and two pretty girls.

Keep me posted. I love hearing from everyone.
More later.

Sunday, February 12, 2012


I want to thank everyone for the cards, notes, and photos received during the Holiday Season. Those pictures will certainly make it into next year’s annual Holiday YouTube display. If you didn’t catch this year’s, scroll into the previous News & Reviews and click on the video icon.

Not much has occurred in the last two months. Few winter shows here have exciting venues – as I prefer the out door events. But Naldo, Kiara Hollywood Bad Boy, has been presented at a few. He has earned a few points –including a major! We will wait for nicer weather to get out more often.

It’s wonderful when families return to acquire a new companion – or two! And it’s amazing how all their family members can be accounted for within the larger Kiara clan. Cheryl just found new companionship. And when she came she brought a lovely picture of her Mom’s Kelsey; Connie Clark acquired here over 15 years ago. Always love hearing about the oldsters too.

Also received a couple notes with photos I want to share.

Hi Dennis - just wanted to say hello and to wish you a happy new year. Gretzky is doing perfect. He is truly an amazing, beautiful puppy. We get so many compliments on him looks and behavior… such a wonderful addition to our home. Hope all is well and we've already started talking about maybe getting him a brother :) - we'll see. Keep me posted on any upcoming litters you expect for fall 2012.

Barri and Marc Morris

Hi Mr Gunsher,

My name is Alexandra Sahora and my best friend, Mouffie (photo attached) was one of your puppies almost 16 years ago. I wanted to let you know of his passing on Saturday. I can't express the thanks I have to you for uniting me with my best friend. He motivated me to do many things including devoting my life to dogs and cats as a veterinary oncologist. I will miss Mouffie aka Smelly Bean Dog aka Poochini aka Moufmiester aka Moo Moo Magoo terribly and have not yet figured out how to live without him. Thank you again for being a part of our lives. Mouffie can never be replaced and will never be forgotten.
May he rest in peace.

Thank you again-
Alexandra Sahora, DVM

They leave us with so many wonderful memories. And not one can ever be replaced.

And lastly a Valentine.

Happy Valentine's Day!

from: Panda Stephan

That's all for now!
More later.