Sunday, October 25, 2009

Back to the Future

I dug up this cool two volume book my parents have titled The Tibetan Terrier by Angela Mulliner. From what I hear it's kinda hard to find. It talks all about the origins of my breed in Tibet, our introduction to England, and the first US TTs. It is mainly a history book and what I like best is that it has a lot of cool old pics of my ancestors in Tibet, England, and even a few from here in the good ol' USA. I wanted to share some of the pics with you so I scratched around a bit and figured out how to put this slideshow together.

So let me tell you who these folks are. The first dude is His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama with his Tibetan Terrier, Senge. The next photo was taken in 1974 and it features a refugee in Kathmandu with puppies for sale. Following that is one of the earliest breed photographs from 1926. It features Bunty (on the right) and her daughter Chota Tukra of Ladkok. The next handsome beau is Tashi in England, 1967. The happy threesome is Bunti, in the center, with her sons Ja-Haz (left) and Burrah Sahib. I understand that these three dogs were the basic foundation for the breed. The two little cuties are from the first official litter born in the US. This was in 1957. And the final photo is a vintage litter of pups with their lady friends. Pretty cool pics.

If you're looking for a more basic book about us TT's, I recommend Tibetan Terrier, A Complete and Reliable Handbook. The author is Anne Keleman and it is put out by T.F.H. Publications. It talks about living with a TT, grooming a TT, puppy's new home and a bunch of other things. My parents received it as a gift.

It's a beautiful day here. I got up early, fed the pups, and took a walk with Roxie and Angus. When we got back, my dad cleaned up the whelping box and refreshed the linens. To be honest, I keep it darn clean myself, but it makes them feel useful so I don't say anything. And who doesn't like fresh linens? I heard a rumor that Angus and Roxie are going to get baths today. I think I am getting a reprieve. Actually, I love the water and am a very good swimmer. I started as a baby in Lake Michigan. Angus likes it as well, but he's still working on his technique. And Roxie, well, let's just say that she has other interests.