AUGUST 2013 DOG OF THE MONTH IS CASEY, THE LHASA-POO Our August Dog of the Month is Casey, a Lhasapoo. That name tells you Casey is part Lhasa Apso and part Poodle. Casey came from a home that had three small children where he probably did not get the attention and training all dogs need. Terri adopted this little guy and you can be assured that he now gets heaps of attention and tons of pampering from his devoted mom (and three big human brothers.) Casey is now well socialized and generally well adjusted. His happiness now is largely due to Terri’s guidance, perseverance, and devotion. When Terri first acquired him, he could only eat soft food. After needing to have nine teeth pulled, Casey is now able to eat a dry food and is physically thriving. Socially, Casey was a bit underdeveloped. He was a case study in extremes. Casey loved men, hated his crate. Was indifferent to women, loved other dogs, yet was intolerant of puppies. Terri enrolled Casey in Central Bark’s day care program, where he learned to play with all dogs and to tolerate his crate at naptime. Casey attended our Puppy 1 Training and Socialization class – even though he was not a puppy. During playtime, he would play politely, but scolded puppies who had not yet learned to play civilly. Casey took this job very seriously and would do follow-up lessons when he encountered his former schoolmates in his day care group. While Casey weights less than 10 pounds, he is much like the Lhasa. The Lhasa Apso is a small, hardy breed with a beautiful coat of hair that parts down the back from head to tail. Their temperament is unique: joyful and mischievous, dignified and aloof. The Lhasa is an independent breed. The Lhasa Apso originated hundreds of years ago in the isolated ranges of the Himalayan Mountains. This dog functioned primarily as a household sentinel, guarding homes of Tibetan nobility and Buddhist monasteries, particularly in or near the sacred city of Lhasa. In 1933, C. Suydam Cutting introduced the first Lhasas to the United States. They were gifts from the 13th Dalai Lama. As for Casey’s poodle genes, poodles originated in Germany as a water retriever. The stylish “Poodle clip” was designed by hunters to help the dogs move through the water more efficiently. The patches of hair left on the body are meant to protect vital organs and joints which are susceptible to cold. The Standard variety is the oldest of the three varieties. The Miniature variety may have been used for truffle hunting. The Toy Poodle was often used in performances and circuses Casey looks really small when walking with his three grown human brothers who are all over 6’4”. They occasionally pick up Casey when Terri is out of town on business. Terri also does fun things with her sons. An example would be when they took a glass blowing class together! Today poodles are often bred with other breeds to produce a smart dog that does not shed, so people with allergies love them. Breeders now offer these “designer dogs” in a multitude of mixes. There is the Cockapoo, Lhasapoo, Labradoodle, Goldendoodle, Schnoodle, Pekapoo, etc. Our August Dog of the Month is one of those smart little designer dogs. He is a clever cookie! Congratulations to Casey and to Terri, who is one clever cookie, herself!