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. 

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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

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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...