Hello! I am Kimberley and I, along with my partner Chris, live in North Lanarkshire with our lovely apsos. We got our first lhasa in 2006 and instantly fell in love with the breed. We loved everything about the breed, from the inquisitiveness to the stubbornness! We decided that this was definitely the breed for us and about six months later we began searching for a reputable breeder where we could get a puppy suitable to show. We found the perfect breeder for us and added our names to the waiting list for a girl to show. In June 2007, our little Raven was born and we cannot thank Ken and Margaret Marsh enough for allowing us to adopt this little beauty. She was most definitely worth the wait. The show team grew in 2009 with the addition of a gold boy to show, Pancho, and then in 2010 we had a litter of pups from Raven and we kept a girl to show.
When we were choosing our affix we somehow wanted to include Wicket in it. He was the reason for us to go into showing so somehow he should be in there. We were going to choose the name Ravenswick but as we were sending off the form, Wicket started howling like a wolf when the postman put letter through the letter box. We just looked at each other and we knew then the next question ... What is Tibetan for wolf? Spyanki! There and then we knew that was the name we should have.
We think that the most important thing you can do for a lhasa pup is socialise it and train it in basic obedience. Our dogs start obedience training at 13 weeks old and both Wicket and Raven showed great potential as pups (so don't let anyone tell you a lhasa can't be trained!). Wicket however got bored with it at about 11 months but he still goes on occasions to meet up with his doggy pals. Raven is still going strong and if I decide to remove her from the show ring then she will be strutting her stuff in the obedience ring within weeks!
A rather muddy Raven and Wicket with Raven's trophy for fastest recall and her rosette for 4th in starter obedience (out of about 20!).
I owe an awful lot of thanks to lots of people for their help, time and advise and occasionally offering a shoulder to cry on or a hug to celebrate. There are more people than I could ever mention so on here I will just say some of the people I am most grateful to:
Margaret Marsh of Kenworth lhasa apsos - She trusted me with one of her beautiful lhasa pups and more than that, she has been there with me every step of the way as I learned to show her. I dread to think how much time I have spent on the phone to Margaret for help and advice. I don't think I would have shown Raven even half as well as I do if it wasn't for the encouragement and support Margaret has given (and continues to give) me.
Pamela Hughes of Mitchella labs and lhasas - She taught me the single most important thing about dog showing and is always there for support and encouragement.
Sandra Cooke of Thaisu Shih Tzus - her help with the mating and delivery of my pups was invaluable. I owe my litter to her!
I also am indebted to Ros and Bruce Watson of Lynruce lhasa apsos for helping me out on so many occasions and advising me with regards to my dogs. I would like to say an extra thank you to Ros for preparing Raven for her first Crufts. I would have been far too nervous to hold scissors straight.
There are so many others that I would like to mention here but if I was to list all the names I think I'd run out of web space!
My lhasas want for absolutely nothing. I make sure they have the best I can give them but my dogs aren't spoiled ... I'm just well trained!