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The story of TTs follows below.
Pingsha Tibaraki – mine first TT
After getting mine diploma and start with regular job , I move in rented apartment with mine boyfriend and Eli, the cat. Finally we had place and time for a dog. Mine Aunt breed her Aierdaile Terrier Nuda and I was suppose to get a pup from that combination, but unfortunately there were no puppies. I was checking other litters and it was available a litter of Skyy terriers, unfortunately without pedigrees. The breeder told me , that I can get a pedigree for a pup, while both parents have it, but that that “stinks” to me. I called a fried with TT Nyba and ask for more “independent” information regarding that and she told me that her aunt Mira has a litter of TTs and some of them are still available.
I was astonished, called Mira and arrange for a visit. When we come, she recommend me two show potential males, but at the moment I heard that smallest TT lady called “Ballet Dancer” was available, I want just her and nobody else.
Pina was with its 34.5 cm height at the wither the smallest I’ve ever seen.
She was spoiled and independent. She accompanied us everywhere, to the sea and on skiing.
Pina was the mother of our A litter, with four beautiful pups.
When her pup Arki got ill and had to be constantly taken to the vet, I took him to Ljubljana and Pina has moved to mine mother in Maribor. Here she took the place of the single and most spoiled dog in the household. Our visits were always very happy, but when we went back, he prefers to be safe hidden in the mum’s living room. She often arrived in Ljubljana on holiday, but the most she like to be with mine mother. Unfortunately, the idyll lasted only a year. Pina died unexpectedly only 7 years old. When she was taking one of the walks with mine mum, she was unexpectedly attacked by a German shepherd. While she was on a leash, mine mum manage to hold her in her arms and the dog bite her and mum. Shepherd owner took mum and Pina to vets, but it was too late.
A woman who adopted her bitch from the shelter, filled terribly sorry for that could not help. Pina crossed the Rainbow bridge much to early.
Ch. Slo.Cro. Int. Vet. Jogini Arki Chembo
Arki teach me so many things and give me so much love, that I will never forget him. He was the only male in our A litter and lived with me, while he was constantly ill. Through searching vet who could operate him I meet a lot of wonderful people and made some friendships which still last even he is gone.
With Arki I experienced how is to raise a champion and win in a show ring, how is to enjoy great agility dog and how to start all over again after his car accident. It takes him 3 year of recovery, but after he wanted to run again and to escape with the same bitch in season as he did when accident occurred. At nearly 14 he took over “dog side” of raising puppy Demi and in the end he showed me, how to say goodbye. Such a great friend and I do believe there is a lot more fun under rainbow since he moved there.
Rombon Lho-la Lamleh
With mine first TT Pina, I discovered the world Tibetan breeds, get a TT “human” friends, with whom we are still friends after more than 20 years and I discovered “Lamleh” line of Tibetan Terriers. More about TT lines will be published under “Breed History”, on this place I would just say that I am keen on Lamleh due to their health predispositions ( no LL in that line) and their soundness. They develop latter than other lines, but in a case you are not a “Show Frick” that is fine.
So I wanted a Lamleh male, to accompany mine Pina. I made a reservation in a first expected litter of Lamlehs in Slovenia. When puppies arrived, their breeder called me and told me, there is one male, but it is already seen not appropriate for future breeding. beside there were two females. One was black & white. I immediately knew, she should belong to me.
I got Lola, when she was 8 weeks old and I wanted her to become foundation bitch in our small kennel.
We went to puppy school and she finished the class with amazing 97 points out of 100. It was fun and I wanted to do more with her. During the Summer I meet Aierdaile terrier breeder who was also agility instructor and she told me about agility lessons. We joined and I fond second big passion after TTs; Agility.
As you might be aware combination of TT & Agility is challenging one. TTs are not collies and as I like to express they know how to use their brain and that is not always in line with their owners expectations. So our agility journey started with downs, downs, downs…. ups, downs, downs…. and after years more and more ups. Main problem was speed. Lola knew all obstacles, but did not find any reason why to run the course in fool speed if you can do it in trotting way. But once, when she figured out that running could be also fun, or more realistic she felt how much important that is for me, she did it and she did it really good! We enter highest agility level A3, when she was 9 years old and she did dissent job there. Till she was nearly 13 we compete in oldies class and she did great. We stooped while she was getting deaf and did not hear mine commands.
However she was never keen on training agility. She might do a set of obstacles or two and after jump on a table and leave Arki to do all trainings with me.
Lola had one litter with Jerry or officially Ch. Silghari Various.
Six puppies were born, unfortunately the smallest one Bumo, died two days after. We need to revive her after birth and even Lola’s breeder told me might be better to leave her, I asked him to try. Latest I put her to Lola and rest of pups, but whenever I checked them there were Lola and 5 pups together and small one alone. Lola moved all litter away from her. I was angry, feed small Bumo every two hours and put her on heating mat in a small box. After two days, I just did not wake up after two hours, but four instead and little Bumo was dead. It was just not meant to stay with us. Lola knew it from the beginning and that was another lesson I learned from her: trust your feelings and do not play God against the Nature.
The rest of puppies did well and went to very good homes. Three of them were sed by mine KTP friends for future breeding combinations and thanks to them I have today at home Demi, out of her blood lines.
We try to breed Lola one more times, but she really dislike the male and even we try a few times, there was no mating between them.
Lola lived nearly 18 years and half. She was doing well till age of nearly 16, when some dementia signs started to show, at the end her body was to tired and ready to go, but her mind was still with us. I took her the last trip to vet and stay with her till the end.
She lives further in her progeny and mine heart, mine once in a life time dog, mine Rainbow Lola.
From Lola To Demi
There are 3 generations between Lola and Demi and even you can see development regarding minor things like coat structure or more open character (even I do wonder if those things could be called improvements) the truth type stays unchanged and today, when I look Demi I can see Lola type in her, which means a real, typical Tibetan Terrier.
As I already mention Lola had a litter of five puppies. The most promising bitch called Basha, developed in agile, crazy TT lady. She passed breeding exam with an A2 ( best score which bitch without puppies can get), her hips were A1 / A1. She was breed with Rombon O-Thang, out of great English guy Ch. Silveridge Heckam Peckam and Dge-Ltas Cog-Cog Pa Rombon (Lola’s mother), so there was a bit of line breeding there.
Out of that litter a black bitch Le Na (breeding exam A2, hips A1 / A1) was breed with Lost Valley Dga Tshor to Rombon, called Lar (breeding exam A2, hips B / B) . Lar went to basic obedience school to one of mine agility friends and she told that he was the crezy and most playful TT she ever met.
Another small, compact black bitch out of that combination, Kaba (breeding exam A2, hips B / B, DNA test free) come to live near us to a family, whose younger daughter is a school mate of mine daughter. They were best friends and they have same names, which is another coincidence. It was just a step till also parents of them meet and very soon find out that Lola is grand, grand mother of Kaba. We become friends and they were keen to breed Kaba. While I advise them about breeding exams and other tests, they ask me also about opinion regarding selecting a male. Among the suggestions from KTP it was also a Native import from Tibet Dge Lha of Khampa Kennel (breeding exam A2, hips B / B, DNA test clear) I was very fond of. They select him and for me it was clear sign that I have to get a puppy out of that combination.
Three beautiful, healthy puppies resulted out of that combination. Sable male, black bitch and three colour black & ten bitch. Black & ten was first born and I knew from Day 1, that she belongs to our gang. There are things, you just feel in your stomach and there is no use to double check them .
Ch. De-Miy Dratag Dgelha
Demi – or “the Dog I need”
controversial “Dog Trainer” Cesar Milan wrote in one of his articles that: “You don’t get the dog You want, You get the dog You need”. I wanted a dog, who would be nearly so crazy on doing agility as I am, but to get there I need a dog, who was able to teach me as much as possible about building relationship, motivation, play and finally building The Team.
It was a time, when I was thinking about getting Border Collie, but when first Native TT was imported from Tibet, it was clear that I will not switch the breeds, at least not yet. I was hoping that Native TTs will have more “working” capabilities and when the option showed that Native TT will be crossed with progeny of mine Lola, decision was done, I have to get a puppy out of this combination. And Demi was among one out of 3 results out of it.
I visited her regularly since she was 3 days old and she already did some sort of growling at me, when I took her in mine hands. All puppies in the litter were playful, however Demi was the most. Unfortunately I was not familiar with playing games enough and try to raise her following mainly collie agility trainers guidelines. But TT is not quite comparable to BC, especially when talk about “willingness to please”. I notice that by joining Silvia’a Trkman puppy class, where we were way behind our mainly collie schoolmates. Even though Silvia is among one of the greatest trainers I know, she was not able to do homework instead of us, which means build solid foundation base as a start.
On top of that, I was so keen to do agility again, we start “with serious” obstacles trainings much to soon.
It was definitely not something Demi was keen to do. She was able to leave the course or be very slow on it and while I was so focused on agility, our basic obedience skills were never really build to efficient level. We re-enter puppy school, when she was a “teenager” and here she first started to play to distress during breaks we had.
I had also some serious thinking to add an Aussie as a new member in our gang. I meet some great Aussie people and some really nice dogs. After all research I found out that due to mine job obligations and lack of time it would be quite difficult to have an Aussie at home.
So instead of that, we develop play to next level by entering Let’s Play long distance class lead by Polona Bonoč, prolong it into Let’s Play Agility class and train agility with our most patient agility trainer Daša Zakotnik. During the winter, we joined In-hall training lead by another great teacher Katarina Podlipnik, so now we are finally getting there. If I put it more precisely, there is a light in the end of the tunnel, but there is still a long way to get there!