Definition of cheeky from the American Heritage Dictionary:
"Impertinently bold; impudent and saucy."

What makes our small dogs cheeky?

Small dogs know that they are big canines in small packages. They demand the respect that is only their due. They love to entertain us and to make us laugh.

By the way, the cheeky little devil above is our house-dog, Shiela.

Small dogs know that their size means that they can and should come along. They don't allow us to ignore them; they are impudent and sometimes demanding. (Shiela lets us think that we run things at home. But of course, we all know better!)

So this newsletter is a celebration of our "cheeky little devils". As promised, we will have articles here that you won't find on the website, as well as the latest news of what is available on about-small-dogs.com.

In this issue:

Brand new Articles

Is It Too Early to Think About Christmas?

Alternative Therapies

Where in The World Is Sandy -- including three videos and my upcoming schedule.

Silly Dog Videos There are so many of them out there, lots are dumb but some are delightfully ridiculous and some are magnificent.

Pearls From the Website

New Contest
Check it out for our new contest deadline.
My Dog Is Lost! The worst has happened. Your small dog is lost. You need to know what to do now, right away. Read on.....


Is it Too Early to Think About Christmas?

It's very hard to think about Christmas in August.

Totally aside from the fact that the kids haven't even gone back to school, hot weather tends to fog my head and deny thoughts of anything but the next pool party.

But back to school is really just around the corner. Before you know it Halloween will be here and after that Thankgiving is knocking on the door.

Take a deep breath and a nap on the couch and it's Christmas!

So if you want to send Christmas cards this year that don't come from the last minute Bargain Bin at K Mart, you might want to consider ordering now some great Christmas cards from about-small-dogs.com. You'll wow your friends with great cards at a surprisingly low rates.

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Alternative Therapies

While a good vet can be extremely helpful in furthering the health and happiness of your small dog, there are alternative treatments that can compliment his care. Your vet can sometimes refer you to such practitioners, your breeder may be able to help or you can look up the major organizations licensing such therapists on the internet.

Veterinary Chiropractic:

This therapy is a non surgical approach to lameness and spinal disease. Once your vet has ruled out a fracture or tumor, "VOM" can be used as a very gentle means of restoring fluid and nerve flows to an injured area, allowing healing to begin.

Acupuncture:

This procedure involves inserting fine needles in specific areas on your dog's body to balance the flows of energy. This ancient Chinese practice is used to control pain and cure chronic ailments. And no, the needle's don't hurt.

Herbal Treatments:

These use plant remedies to treat a variety of ailments. For example, alfalfa is used for arthritis and allergies. Nutritional Supplements:

Many small dog owners give their dogs a supplement of Omega 3 and 6 oils, to help coat growth. But take care; adding on a supplement of this or some extra of another thing can actually be detrimental if they throw the balance of your dog's nutrition off.

Homeopathy:

Aims to jump start the body's own healing response with very diluted substances that cause the dog's illness. For example, a dog suffering from diarrhea would receive tiny amounts of a substance that causes diarrhea.

Which of these have you used, and to what result? I'll post your replies in future ezines.

Where in the World is Sandy?

As you can read in detail in the "About Sandy" section, I travel for work, helping kids and their families. I recently got a small video camera and have been having fun making movies. This is where I have been recently! To view the Lamballe France July 2010 video, click here.
To view the Charleston SC August 2010 video, click here.
To view the Frostburg MD Aug 2010 video -- click here.

Schedule

Here is my upcoming schedule. If I am heading for your neck of the woods, let me know! Some dates may change slightly as the trip approaches. I will update the calendar in future newsletter issues.

Vancouver BC and Seattle: Aug. 28 to Sept 8

Minneapolis: September 10 - 15

San Jose: Sept. 22 - 29

Charleston, SC Oct. 1 - 5

Lamballe, France

East Grinstead, Sussex

Birmingham, UK Oct. 23 - Nov. 3

Houston Nov. 7 - 11

Washington DC Nov. 13 - 23

Australia Nov 27 - Dec. 21

Silly Dog Videos

This is a video that my sister sent me. Who says that small dogs can't have rhythm? Click here for this cute small dog video.

In Conclusion

There you have it -- hope you enjoyed this ezine. Please visit www.about-small-dogs.com often for new articles, contests and to add your own two cents to the discussion. Our small dogs are cheeky little devils, aren't they?

And I for one wouldn't have them any other way!


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