Thursday, November 30, 2017

Happy Holidays!

As the holidays approach and Thanksgiving just passed --and the first pups have left for their new homes, I can't help but think of all the things I am thankful for. I am certainly thankful for the wonderful families that adopt the littlest of the Kiaras. Watching their eyes light up when they first see how much growth has occurred, how the angelic wee one they saw at four or five weeks has turned into a playful, animated, adoring doggie. Always makes me smile. 

Of course thankful for the friends that help me share the things I love to do: they are the cream! My family has a special place as well...they are the ones who certainly have the longest history with me and shared these holidays with me in our traditional way.

So as the calendar turns from Thanksgiving to Christmas and New Year's, I am smiling with contentment because of all the things I have without worrying about any other things I may want. I already have a lot.

Jean sent a couple Daisy videos. Love to see the little ones in action! But always so rewarding to see those older sharing their lives in many ways...whether fun, awarding, or just taking a walk.

There have been a few notes and emails. It's always a pleasure hearing how the Kiara TT family is doing. And it's especially gratifying to know when they accomplish doggie feats.

Hey Dennis,

Proud family!

Just because you complete your first semester doesn't mean you get to sit in the people chair...

Hope all is good with you and your posse.

Charley, Cam, Kate, Evan. and GRADUATE Tobi

Jane also has good "Cooper" news. This guy is always earning some award...and I am forever grateful for the love Cooper and Jane share that makes this team so outstanding!

Hi Dennis,
I hope this finds you well. Tashi and Trouble are doing fantastic. Trouble has grown up so fast. I think she is seven months now! She is a confident girl with a marvelous disposition and has not lived up to her name in the least. We all adore them so much. My mom and dad can't be without them. Unfortunately this means that Dan (my fiancé) and I find ourselves missing them all too often. So with careful consideration Dan and I agreed we would like to have a TT that will reside with us full-time. If you would let me know when you are expecting a litter we will put a deposit down. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Hi Dennis,
Hope 2017 has been good for you (so far)!
It will be one year ago tomorrow that we brought Deets home!...and it's been such a great year! He's just the sweetest, funniest, most charming little guy -- and so smart! I just can't thank you enough.

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.

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!

More later...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Fall 2017

As the leaves fall and I rake and blow and bag, I'm happy that the temps are unseasonably warm. The last blooms resist against what time tells them..."You are lasting way too long."

One thing I can look forward to, after two years of the magnolia not blooming because of the bitter below zero temps of 2015 --when all the buds just froze up and fell off, is a spring when it is once again covered with hundreds of pinkish blooms. Can't wait!

It was fun seeing many TT enthusiasts at the Bay Colony Tibetan Terrier Club's supported entry held in conjunction with a dog show in Springfield. There was quite an entry as well. Exhibitors came from all over and appeared to enjoy the show. The final line-up was quite beautiful. Congratulations to all the winners! And it was nice to get reacquainted with so many TT folks.

That was a fun event. Another of my dog show judging...has brought me to the Labrador Retriever Specialty that was held in Connecticut. I attended many of the events--as the 100's and 100's of Labs entered over the week had many varied events. I was lucky to be able to attend many in addition to the conformation classes. The agility was especially wonderful to watch!

 As much as I love my breed, Tibetan Terriers, and will never have another breed...being at the Lab Specialty brought me way back to the antics of one of the first dogs I ever shared my life with, Teddy, a Lab. 

*          *          *

Receiving so much wonderful information from so many in the TT family has made the fall season, my favorite season, even more special. As the years peal away, it's nice to know birthday celebrations are not just for the youngest ones...but many remember that date even for their more mature companions.


Our Lulu is one today! Thank you Dennis for providing such loving, happy dogs to so many people. We love our girl and she makes every day special!

Mary Beth

Hi Dennis,

 The first picture was taken on October 7, 2010. Riley turned seven today and we couldn’t love him more!

That's Riley under his Mom, Rain --always such a great Mom.


Happy Birthday to our Little Gracie Lou! Three years old today.
Neva & Joel

Pippi is one-year-old as of yesterday. Thank you Dennis for a great dog !



We thought you may like these pictures taken of Masha’s one-year-old birthday party (10/5/2017). Marsha is a big girl now, we love her, and she loves us. Masha and Amy have become BFFs (best friends forever). They are constantly together, and she follows Amy wherever she goes. Once again, thank you for such a great puppy.


Irene, Tom, and Amy

And besides birthdays notifications, it's always inspiring to hear just how the many Kiara's are fitting into the lives of their human friends. Whether they are doing something exceptional, helping out in the garden, or just showing the trust needed --like Chance-- to let his "Mummy" handle anything so that life can be filled with mutual affection. I am always so grateful that the lives of my TTs are shared with such caring, loving families. I cannot thank them enough for their efforts. --And I love hearing about their feats, whether grand or simple. Please keep on sharing. It's makes my "dog blog" as some of my non-doggie friends refer to this, more interesting and especially enlightening to those new-comers to the breed. 

Hi Dennis,

Chance here, read your latest newsletter with Mummy (and Lark and Bruce) and realized I have not sent you an update for a while. I no longer have any concerns about Mummy touching my feet –as you can see from the photos! I adore my sister Kiara Lark and Bruce and I have come to a brotherly understanding and even play sometimes!


Hi Dennis,

Finally a photo that you can tell what she looks like.

Dalai is so dark It’s hard to see her features. She is 20 months old. She looks black, but in the sunlight, you can see shadings of brindle. You know how much I love that color. Considering her mom is white with the touch of golden brown, and her dad is white with a touch of black, she’s the perfect lesson in genetics. More importantly, she’s 100% Tibetan Terrier. That means she is officially head the household.

She tells me when she wants “up on the bed," or "up with her baby,” and when “she wants to take her baby out.” She knows the name of her babies and gets them when you tell her to. The funniest is when she hides her favorite babies and toys, water bottles, and stolen underwear in the garden. Thanks for a wonderful dog.


Helen & Mel


Maxwell is a big boy! He turned six months old yesterday and just now pushed the dog door open!


Hi Dennis!

Doc wanted me to send you a quick update to tell you that he’s doing great! This past weekend, he put on is Mickey Mouse Halloween costume (which my mother handmade for him) and walked the National Brain Tumor Society Boston Brain Tumor Walk. He was the hit of the day! People couldn’t get enough of patting him and taking his picture. Doc LOVES being in the spotlight. He also got to meet Blades the Bruins’ Bear, who was very excited to see Doc’s Bruins Dog Tag.

Since it’s October, we’ve taken him to a few pet parade costume contests. He’s been to Salem and Abington so far. He didn’t place in Salem, but he did take first prize in the Abington Dog Park Costume Contest. This weekend (10/28)  he will be at the Danvers Pet Parade with some other Dog B.O.N.E.S. therapy dogs! We’re hoping he can take home another costume prize.

We’re still doing both agility and obedience, and over the summer Doc also took an AKC Tricks class –and if I can remember to send in his paperwork, he’ll have earned his intermediate tricks title. We are also working toward the Urban Good Citizen title and I’m hoping Doc will be ready for that test over the winter.

Hope all is well with you!



Hi again!

Hope you had a blast on the Cape this Halloween weekend!

Just wanted to send a quick update to let you know that Doc won “Most Creative” costume at the Danvers Pet Parade this weekend! It was a really fun a few hours of the afternoon. The Perfect Paws Pet Ministry, Dog B.O.N.E.S. of New England, and the other involved organizations did an awesome job!

Attached is a photo of his win. We are so proud of our little pup!



The buddies are getting ready to help rake the leaves. KDee, Snowy, and Kappy (now 12 ½). We enjoy them all. Kappy is still are monk, KDee is the agility imp, and Snowy is noticed where ever we go, simply gorgeous. Hope you and your troops are loving this fall. 



FYI—See attached picture—Just after her first grooming, and now on day seven after spaying (all’s well), and a few hours after our 1st first puppy behavior class.

The class is all positive techniques, lots of fun, and Tobi did AMAZING! She was fascinated by the other puppies, and immediately was best friends with several.

Hope all is good with you. Don’t let Trump ruin your life—the tide will turn.


Charles B and posse

Turkey time is coming...and then shortly after that...the holiday season. Looking forward to putting together the holiday video of some of the photos and cards I have received. 

This parting shot is of the McLoughlin gang: 
Cookie, Bea, and Miss Sugar.

More later...

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Last Days of Summer 2017

These last days of summer here have brought some 80 degree days with sunshine...thanks Jose for pushing off the New England coastline and bringing the warmer temps and sunshine. My favorite flowering vine is blooming. It's little orange trumpets are more profuse this year; last year there was a single bundle. I've waited for years for it to bloom like this. It was worth the wait!

There is some great show news as well. Love this photo of Marie McLoughlin with Cookie and Sugar at a recent show. All eyes on Michael.

Jane Goodell has successfully brought Cooper, CH Kiara Ewok Among Us, into the agility rings. It's so exciting to watch their love of each other as they share the experience. See how they have bonded and how he looks directly at her for direction. It truly a team effort!

And his daughter, Doris, is a new AKC champion! Doris, CH Kiara Promethean Fire At Terpsichorean, has also brought another honor to her Kiara family. In the thirty-five years of breeding TTs in a very small-operation, family-home setting, Doris has met the milestone of being the 100th Kiara homebred AKC champion. You can check out that list of Kiaras in the "Hall of Fame" part of the Kiara website. Big thank you to co-owner/exhibitor Travis Brock --and Doris! Also accolades to Miles Everett and Travis's Mom, Jane, for helping to make this beauty such a wonderful, well-balanced, affectionate companion. I am so proud. 

*          *          *          *

The stories and photos of all the wondrous Kiara kids --whether newbies or those who are in their twilight years are welcome and heartwarming. I always want to know how everyone is doing...whether it's about how house training is progressing or just what's up with the new dietary needs. Recently I had the opportunity to visit with "the oldster" of the family. Luki is going to be seventeen. And he's still in relatively good health. After leaving here as a young adult (I completed his AKC championship), he went off to live with Dave
Luki dressed for a Halloween walk years ago.
Wayland and Jim Sa
rgent. Luki has the soft, cuddly life I hope all my TTs enjoy: loved and catered to! Luki doesn't hear so well anymore, but he certainly knows how to get just what he wants in his food dish. I admonish Dave for feeding him bacon from the breakfast table, but Luki appreciates the small favors granted him like this. He has never forgotten me; and even though he can't really hear the sound I imprint on all the babes that leave here, his smeller still works well. He wakes each summer day with anticipation of his trip to the Provincetown dog one time to engage and play with all the other dogs (who was to know he would be so social!) but now just to meander about all the spots he likes to smell and just enjoy the outing. He has his genes running through one of the youngest here at Kiara, so still is very important to the line. Wishing Luki more.

Hi Dennis,

Hope your summer is going well. Jai Alai has adjusted perfectly and grown into a beautiful pup!Here are some pics...such a face! And she knows it too. I'll be sending more.



Had to send you this one --Tobi spent half an hour fretting over who was looking back at her from the fireplace. Ali was a "worrier" too.




Had to send this one... Every morning Toby sits on the driveway waiting for Evan to catch the bus... then she let's me know she's ready to go upstairs to say good morning to Cam, and if I'm not ready... if looks could kill !

Hope all is good with you.


Hi Dennis,

Here’s a photo of Ferris. She has settled in nicely to our home but is still a little skittish with people. It’s a work in progress but she loves all the dogs she meets on our walks!!


Update on Rudy

Hi Dennis,

Hope this finds you well and enjoying the last few weeks of summer!

Rudy is doing great –still stopping traffic on a daily basis! The vet and her tech just rave about him –he’s wonderful during his visits. He went from 6 to 10 pounds in a month –he can be a bit of a picky eater, but the vet says he’s clearly getting what he needs.

He comes to work with me about 50% of the time. My husband is home with him when he is not traveling, and Maggie has been with him when she is not away ice-skating. Needless to say, Rudy does not want for company! And he loves it, giving everyone a wag and wiggle.

He is a sleepy boy most days, but loves to romp in the yard, chasing moths and fireflies in the evening. He’s not too sure about the pool, so we haven’t pushed it with him. He is starting to be quite the guard dog, not only warning us of people, but also when the washing machine hits the spin cycle, etc…you get the gist! He does not like to leave the yard though. I literally have to carry him out of the driveway to take a walk –and then he always just wants to turn around and go back home—it’s all about his backyard!

A few people have asked me if you are planning any litters in the near future. I have pointed them towards your website, so we will see if they are serious and have reached out. One woman in particular has been researching the breed extensively, convinced this is her next dog!

Thank you again –Rudy is such a treat!


Hi Dennis,

I wanted to write and give you an update on adorable Chaplin, he has really been a fantastic addition to our home. Chaplin is good-natured, even-keeled, and quite a clown –waking up each day to such an adorable puppy is such a joy.

This house training has been going well (it’s been a week since he has had an accident in the house, knock on wood). He really loves playing with Zelda and has quickly adjusted to city living.

We also feel very lucky, in that Chaplin has not shown any of the less enjoyable breed characteristics we have read about --such as separation anxiety, allergies or shyness and we seem to have gotten through his primary fear period without any issues or surprises (yah!) Thank you for providing us with such a wonderful companion.

Hope you’ve been enjoying the summer and your other pups are doing well.

All the best,

Angela and Eric

Hello again Dennis,

I’m unsure if you received my last email but I wanted to share a few photos of Chaplin, now 4 ½ months. He’s a great little pup and has been wonderful to have in our home.

His house training was fairly easy, and just last week he has finally started asking to be taken out (yah!)

All the best,

Angela and Eric

Hey Dennis,

Hope this note finds you well. Our gift from Heaven turned seven today. Every day she makes it brighter and gives us a good laugh. She has to be one of the most loved dogs in the world.

Thank you for bringing her into our lives,

Bob and Lisa


Look who is helping us in the garden!

We had a lot of fun with her on the Cape. She loved the leftover crab legs on the beach. Too bad she doesn’t enjoy the water very much!

Lula and the Yee Family

Hi Dennis,

We just adore our babies!

Can’t thank you enough for such wonderful dogs. Here is the baby after a good and satisfying dig.

Danny, Amy and Vic

Hi Dennis,

Hope you had a wonderful summer!

We celebrated Bodhi’s second birthday on the ninth by serving up a feast for him and Daisy! They were very happy pups.

Both are doing great, and as I’ve said before, bring so much joy to our family. Bodhi loves doing his job every morning. He greets and wakes everyone in his cheerful way. There’s no better way to start the day! He is a great companion –always by our sides. He is happiest when he has a ball to toss around. Such a great little guy! He is keeping Daisy active and she still enjoys playing with him, even at her age (now 13 ½). As you can see in the pictures, they enjoy their naps too. We’re so lucky to have such wonderful pups!
Happy fall!

The Rices

*          *          *          *

I want to thank everyone who has sent in up-dates, stories, birthday notices, and photos...and being able to have a few visits. Bringing a little love and joy in the form a furry bundle of anticipation is my greatest endeavor. Besides the above, know that I do follow the many photos and stories posted on FaceBook. Thanking everyone for the love they offer these little ones when they accept them into their lives. 

Here at home we are waiting with anticipation for the stork to arrive. Little fatso here is on her final days. It was warm enough today to get a little haircut and bath to be ready for the kind of care and diligence she loves to shower on her new babes. The making of a fortifying, nutrient-filled chicken stock is boiling on the stove to enrich her diet for her first week of mothering. A sleepless night --or two-- for me. 


That's not all. Proudly I can announce: from the litter Sue Meluzin and I co-bred between our lovely Gabby and Sally Birgl's Bocce, we each have finished the AKC championships on her Cannoli and my Henry. These two charmers will both add to our lines in the future. 

New Champion Zin-Pa Simply Scrumptious                                                                              New Champion Kiara Here I Am Zin-Pa


More later...