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This blog is for prospective puppy buyers so that they will be aware that not all advertisements of "Lhasa Apsos" are indeed "Lhasa Apsos".

I am at the website www.olx.ph and I searched for Lhasa Apsos in the Philippines. Evidently, the quality of Lhasa Apsos in this country have really gone bad. The photos of puppies are mostly in very appalling situations. You can see that they are not well taken care of, some are even placed inside very rusty cages and most adults are sold with the reason that their owners "need money" or that "they don't have time to take care of their dogs anymore". Some of these advertisers even have the audacity to call themselves "reputable breeders". And some are milking their bitches like cash cows!!

There are even puppies for sale and dogs being advertised as stud labeled as "small sized" "large sized" "cousin of Shih Tzu" "look alike of Shih Tzu" "champion line". I don't know what they will come up with next!! These people clearly lack the knowledge of responsible breeding or simply choose to continue breeding their dogs despite the condition their dogs are in and even if the puppies they are producing clearly are not good representatives of the Lhasa Apso breed. I am now using the word "good" but we should strive to be better than good.

A lot of people lack the education and information about dog breeding yet a lot of them continue to breed their dogs. Clearly most of them don't even know what a Lhasa Apso is!! :( The quality of the breed is deteriorating and what these "so called breeders" do is produce more of these "so called Lhasa Apsos"!

As a breeder, we all make mistakes, what we should do is learn from these mistakes, be honest about the breeding mistakes we have made in the past and from there we learn to be better breeders and next time we make better choices and better decisions. I hope that there will be more people who take a stand and more individuals who will choose not to ignore the very sad reality of our breed.

 

 

 

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Many people who are very enthusiastic about dogs tend to underestimate the demands of owning a dog and often to fail to meet them. It takes more than good intentions to do right by a dog.

First of all, I think it is absolutely necessary that everyone in the family agrees on getting a dog. It takes a lot of knowledge, patience and time to own a dog without running into problems. Think about how much time you will need to take care of a dog, regardless of the breed. A dog requires supervision, care, training, and activities to keep him stimulated throughout the day.

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The dog has a right to a healthy diet, clean quarters and proper care. He should also have appropriate social contact and to be in an environment that is suitable to his needs. Personally I do not like keeping dogs inside cages. If you own a dog and keep him crated most of his life - better not to own a dog instead.

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It also costs a lot to own a dog. You have to take in account food, vaccinations, equipment, cleaning supplies, bed, treats, toys, your personal belongings (that your dog might accidentally destroy), and unexpected veterinary bills if your dog gets sick or injured.

If you have to travel and won't be able to take your dog with you, you need to find someone reliable to take care of him while you are away or pay to board him in a good kennel or vet clinic offering the same service.

Many family dogs no longer have any real work. Nevertheless, they still need physical and mental stimulation to enjoy a happy and healthy life.  And I believe it is every dog owner's responsibility to meet the many demands of owning a dog and to care for him to the best of his abilities unconditionally. :D

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Sharing some more tips on grooming your Lhasa Apso :)

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1. Do not bathe your dog very often. Since the Philippines is a tropical country and most people I know shampoo their hair everyday, the common mistake is that they tend to over bathe their dogs at home resulting to an itchy skin or severely damaged coat.

2. There are a lot of products out in the market but you should always choose wisely which products will be beneficial to your apso in the long term. I personally like to use Johnson's baby shampoo on the head and sometimes as a pre bath before I shampoo and condition the coat.

3. When bathing your apso never rub the coat. Treat the coat like an expensive fabric, wash with care all the time. Apply the shampoo carefully and keep the coat straight, same with the conditioner. Always purchase a very good brand of shampoo and conditioner.

Note: I do not like to mention too many grooming products and brands that I use because what works for my dogs may not work well with your dogs. I use several brands at home because not all their coats are the same. There are Lhasas who are easier to groom and there are some who need more work than others.

4. I swear by my stainless steel metal toothed comb. I have currently tried more than 10 I think. I personally love Chris Christensen 7" all coarse comb. Their fusion pin brushes are a must buy too!

5. I do not bathe my dogs often but I groom them everyday. I always believe that grooming your dogs everyday will help them live healthier lives. I have always detected something wrong when I am grooming them. A lump or a bump can be easily felt and noticed. And they all look forward to this one on one time with me. I like to use a spray bottle filled with water or a spray bottle filled with my preferred brand of grooming product. I prefer to groom when the coat is not completely dry.

Over the years, you will learn a lot from grooming your dog. You will have your own way and your own style. And you will all have your preferred shampoo and conditioner of choice. But I still believe that there are no short cuts and magical potions for this breed. I find that a very good quality of dog food is still very beneficial, a very good exercise with plenty of mental and physical activities and of course VERY GOOD GENES!!! :)

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Here is Luther aka KUTANI CARBON COPY who very impressively finished his Philippine Champion title at 9 months old. :)

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Yesterday the Pooch Glamour kids basked in the heat of the summer sun as they hit the pool again for the second time. Surprisingly even with the scorching heat NO ONE dared to jump in the pool! We were really expecting both Luther and Violet to jump as soon as we arrived. This time around they were just exploring the perimeters of the pool and got their paws wet.

DSC_0015Our swim fun day wouldn't be complete if the kids did not go swimming so we decided to bring them down in the pool to cool down (under supervision of course!). Luther's coat has become fuller and thicker and he found his coat too heavy, he didn't enjoy swimming as much as he did the last time but I do believe he enjoyed the cold water.

DSC_0214Everyone took a dip in the pool and the best swimmers are still Violet and Shobe. The mother daughter pair are my bet for the swim olympics. Brucey and Creamers were both terrified of the pool. They wanted to get out as soon as they went in. First time swimmers Munchy, Watermelon and Snowflakes were all good swimmers. Dee Dee managed to dip his hind legs first in the pool, like he did the first time and he loved the water too when he went for a swim. We even managed to get Ruffles in the water, her yaya (nanny) Josie carried her to let her enjoy the pool. When her arm is completely healed we hope she can go swimming too!

DSC_0224The fun part of course is all the running in the garden after swimming. Everyone enjoyed the grass, the fresh air and the cool trees. We would like to say Thank you to our veterinarian Dr. Eli Reyes for inviting us once again to his humble home. :)

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We would also like to say Thank You to everyone sending us kind messages that they are enjoying our blogs and photos. And yes our next blog will be more new tips on grooming your Lhasa Apso. :)

DSC_0116The Pooch Glamour kids with their wet look after swimming. Have a great weekend everyone :)

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As a dog grows older, the risk that she will develop cancer increases significantly. Cancer is a general term covering a wide range of illnesses, and any organ system in a dog's body is potentially at risk. I learned that Ruffles had bone cancer when I noticed a swelling on her right forearm, it grew significantly everyday and we had several X-rays done until we were sure that we were dealing with osteosarcoma.

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Among all my dogs, Ruffles is the most pain tolerant. She does not complain much when she is in pain, and when I am dressing her wound she moves to one side and lets me clean her sutures without complaining or batting an eyelash. So when there was a lump on her right forearm she usually did not complain at the veterinarian so at first we thought it might not be osteosarcoma.

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I was faced with the decision of having her leg amputated or to have to put her to sleep. But in spite of her age that she is already 10 years of age, Ruffles always had that joie de vivre and I did not wish to take that away from her because of one leg. She has remarkably adapted to three legs and continues to function normally like all my four legged best friends.

IMG_2184One week has already passed after surgery and I am very happy to announce that she is recovering well without complications. Thank you to everyone who wished her well. :)

IMG_2202All photos were taken last Monday at Marquee Mall, Angeles City Pampanga.

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I have never heard of this word until Ruffles (my very first Lhasa Apso) was diagnosed with bone cancer a month ago. Osteosarcoma can materialise in any dog of any breed at any age. As I did some research, it is more common to big breeds such as Rottweilers, Saint Bernards, Great Danes, Golden Retrievers, Labradors and Dobermans. While this is uncommon in smaller breeds, your Lhasa Apso can indeed get this dreadful disease.

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Here is a photo of Ruffles taken a month ago, she used to love long hours on the sofa but she stayed longer period of hours in her dog bed as we limited her movement to jump up and down the couch to prevent further injury and damage to her forearm.

Last Monday while we went for check up, we have opted to have her leg amputated. Our veterinarian ruled out putting her to sleep because she was still very active despite of her condition and age.

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This is Ruffles photo taken yesterday when we visited her after her surgery. I am happy to announce that all went well and she is now on her way to recovery. She managed to walk out of her cage even with her dextrose on when she saw us arriving.
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I will post more photos and updates of Ruffles and I hope to spend more months and hopefully more years with my used to be four legged best friend now three. I wish all your dogs a happy and healthy life…. cancer free!

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Pooch Glamour is now home to 15 Lhasa Apsos. All of them have a free run inside the house. All of them are part of the family. Right now we live in Capas, Tarlac and every time we head home to Manila for a few days or a week we bring all our dogs with us. We usually bring two SUVs with us because we are always unable to fit all our things in one car.

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It is always fun to travel with all my Lhasa Apsos. They are always excited for the new adventure that awaits them, be it a trip to the park, the mall or travelling to and from Manila. But vet trips are on the bottom of their favourite destinations.

Dogs should always have fun and relax and BE DOGS. We should let them run free and play and explore the world around them. I always enjoy watching them when they are enjoying the weather with all their feet relaxed on the grass. I am happy when they are happy and my relationship with them grows even stronger.

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I am writing this because I find so many people with so many dogs who have lost the connection with them. I hope that when people acquire dogs they spend a lot of time with them. Give them more hugs and kisses and get to know each of them better.

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Living with happy dogs makes our life happier. Dogs also teach us patience, offer unconditional love and provide us the daily joy of having a best friend by our side.

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I have always been asked how I take pictures of my dogs in group shots. I usually take their group photos either very early in the morning around 7-8AM or late in the afternoon around 4-5pm. For me those are the best times I can get them to stay still and be relaxed. I usually shoot them at least 4 hours after meal time.

At first taking photographs of multiple dogs might seem like an extremely challenging task. But from what I have noticed, owners who do not keep their dogs in cages, crates and kennels for most of the day and for most of their lives are easier to work with in photographs. Here is a photo I have taken yesterday at the park after my Lhasa Apsos had a good run for 20 minutes. They patiently waited for me to get a good shot of them.

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My next tip would be to place small dogs on a bench or in cute little buckets to create a fun backdrop for your portrait. I like using chairs, benches, tables for my group photos. Some days some dogs like to jump off and never want to stay still for the camera and some days I am just lucky that everyone wants to stay still for Mommy (Me).

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When photographing multiple dogs, use sounds to get their attention and call the names of the dogs that are not looking at the camera. If they do not obey, BE PATIENT. I also do not groom them right before taking their photos. I want them to feel relaxed and I want them to look natural.

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I like to sit on the floor and be at my dog's eye level. I usually get better photos when I am not on top of them. This approach allows me to have a better view of how they interact with each other and gives me a greater story to tell.

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Happy Valentine's Everyone! Love your dogs forever! xoxo

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Last July we started to train Bruce for the dog show. He was a year and a month old then and he wasn't very keen on the leash. He would prefer to sleep rather than train. So we made it fun for him. We trained him to stack and gait with the help of a trainer. Right from the start he already was a well balanced dog. When he is moving or standing he already produces a harmonious image. On other days we bring him out to the park and let him run off leash so that his muscle is well conditioned. 

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Two weeks ago the Mega trade Hall was packed with pedigreed dogs from all over the world  representing their respective breeds. Hundreds of SUVs and minivans were filled with crates, dryers, hairsprays, toys, treats, electric fans, ice chests, and all sizes and shapes of grooming tool boxes for their dogs. And then there were more humans, the exhibitors, the judges, the stewards, the handlers, the spectators, and everyone else who came as excited as we were to see the best dogs at the Philippine Circuit.

For four days from January 23-26, 2014 Megamall became a dog town. Within hours the trade hall was transformed into a dog ville transformed into a warren of crates, table, chairs, and an exponentially numbered of hair sprays, chalks, combs and brushes I have ever seen in my life. And then there were those exhibitors who groomed their dogs very very early and continuously trimmed and toiled throughout the rest of the day for four days and all they did was trim and groom their dogs to perfection you wondered how such outlandish and time intensive hairstyles made them still sleep at night. 

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As a first timer I brought my Brucey to do the shows "Au Naturel". I thought that it was a violation of the rules to put any product to a dog that will alter its appearance. But as I strolled around the holding area you will see all these things open in use. There are powders, thickeners, hair sprays, dyes, make up for snouts, markers for touch ups and more thickeners.

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The end result of breeding done well is that we have great dogs like Bruce. Blanziflor Jp Bruce Wayne imported from Japan is a beautiful Lhasa Apso. He is not perfect (as no dogs are). But he is wonderful example of the breed and I am very proud to be his owner.

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I am quite certain that there is very little education and information about dog breeding here in the Philippines. Left and right you will see puppies for sale, owners looking for a mate for their dog, owners presenting their dogs as "stud" to the public, and the cycle goes on and on, and this gets worse year after year. The Lhasa Apso breed in the Philippines has been line bred too much and we need to do something about it.

I started with Lhasa Apso 10 years ago, and quite honestly I learned a lot from my previous litters. There has been too much line breeding done in the past and a lot of beginners consider themselves "breeders" offering their dogs as stud without much thought or realisation of what they are further contributing to the destruction of the breed. A lot of owners are also continuing their search for a mate for their bitch, without research or understanding of what they are doing. A lot of old time respected breeders continue to breed their dogs even if the quality is low and even if the problems are present.

So I really do hope that through my blogs about breeding I will inspire people to make a change. Let us all do something beneficial for the breed. Let us all do something right. Let us admit our mistakes because many will learn from it. If we continue to cover our mistakes in breeding, it will continuously hurt us, and in the end you only get what you give. If we breed vital, strong, good temperament and healthy dogs - the future of pedigree dogs and Lhasa Apsos here in the Philippines will be so much better!

Here are some pointers for both beginners and breeders of Lhasa Apsos:

1. Health problems (cryptorchidism, monorchidism, hernias- inguinal, umbilical) and allergies- are all PROBLEMS. Too much line breeding has caused this. Please do not breed your dog if he has this problems.

2. Irregular seasons - if your bitch's cycle is not regular - that is a PROBLEM.

3. Free mating and whelping is a must! If you need a "shooter" or your dog still needs assistance - do not breed this dog!

4. The famous DUDLEY NOSE- light eyes and weak pigmentation is a major curse to dog breeding. To dog breeding. Let me make myself clear - to dog breeding. This will easily take over. So please enjoy and love your dog but please DO NOT BREED this dog. Too much line breeding has caused this problem… not just one dog… but a repetitive cycle of bad breeding. Please do not make the same mistake over and over again.

5.  Shy and nervous dogs make life difficult. Like a car ride or a trip to the vet. If your dog is shaking continuously and does not stop that is a PROBLEM.

6. If you are not sure if your dog is a Lhasa Apso, or does not seem to look like a Lhasa Apso, or is always mistaken for another breed - that is a PROBLEM.

7. You must be able to lay your hands between the back legs of your dog, if you can't you have a pet. Please do not use this dog for breeding. Please do not make smaller versions of your Lhasa Apso.

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Pooch Glamour Love Creamers is tiny in size but big in personality. She is charming, sweet and healthy but since she is very small we do not include her in our breeding program, and we keep her as a pet we have loved all these years.

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8. The Pearly Whites- underbites and overbites are a NIGHTMARE!!! I have bred dogs with serious underbites and they never go away. I have not bred a dog with an over bite but I have bought one from a breeder I respected before. After realizing how dreadful this problem is I have sold this dog as I do not want this bitch to be included in my breeding program. This dog has been kept as a pet by the new owner and I am very thankful for that.

 

Only the vital and strongest and most healthy dogs should be used for breeding. Only the ones who conform to the breed standard should be used for breeding. I am certain that with this formula the future will be so much better. Breeding dogs takes passion, heart, hard work and study. I do not discourage breeding, I ONLY encourage RESPONSIBLE breeding.

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