Hello!

In the last month, I have been in Orange County and Brentwood in California, Charleston SC, Vancouver BC and Seattle WA (where I am now).

Even though it's been seriously sweaty in Clearwater, in California I still need a light sweater and in Vancouver a light jacket. Seattle feels more like October than May.

The big temperature differences in various parts of the country (when it should be coming up daffodils everywhere) never cease to amaze me.

We (that is Billie, Anna and I) will be traveling to Portland and joining up with Karen for our National Specialty from June 12 to 19. We will be staying at the Red Lion Hotel in Vancouver WA.

If you are close to these shows please come by and cheer us on. We'll need all the help we can get! For more information click on:

STCA Nationals 2011.

I have continued to be busy working on the CKC Group One trophy portraits -- three more are ready to go. Yes, they aren't "small dogs" -- but aren't they lovely?

This lovely Greyhound had a classic glow.

This Skye (named Buddy) turned Anna into a groupie. He is the only dog to win Group 1 at both our Clearwater shows.

This was a magic moment between Buddy and his handler. I noticed that every time his handler took Buddy off the examination table, he kissed him. To keep this portrait a bit softer than my usual portraits, I didn't use any ink, only watercolor pencils.

The Gallery

I completed a 2 month process in January of updating our store, adding Tshirts and belly bands (these are bands that go around your boy's middle that help in the house training process). We changed the store so much we renamed it: The PawPrint Gallery. As far as the cards are concerned, I can put any caption inside you'd like. And if you see a portrait or comic you'd like to have on a card or T Shirt, let me know. I'll see what I can do.

And as always, enjoy!

Best,

Sandy Mesmer


New in the Last Month from the Website -- click to read:

Yorkshire Terrier Coloring Pages

Best Dog Shampoo

Revised Pages

As About Small Dogs heads for 200 pages (we are at 142 right now) we check the pages regularly. These are the recently revised ones:

Dog Car Safety

Aggressive Dog Behavior

The following are just some of the About Small Dogs pages top ranked on Google. Check out:

About Small Dogs Blog

Avoiding Stupidity -- A Training Tool

Canine Legislation Basics

House Training Tools

Cavalier Coloring Pages

Do Dogs Feel Remorse

Small Dog Courage

Laughing Through Our Tears

Listening to Our Dogs

Senior Small Dogs

What Makes a Responsible Pet Owner?

Small Dog Companionship

Yorkshire Terrier Coloring Pages

Dog Obedience Basics

Help! My Dog Hates My Husband

Flying With Your Small Dog

Greeting Cards Are For More Than Just the Holidays

Christmas is over. Why should you bother about dog cards?

Think of it this way. A beautiful card sent to say "thanks" or to tell a friend you care never goes out of season.

The PawPrint Gallery is here!

And if I don't yet have your breed or you'd like a custom card made from your photograph, I can easily do that. A custom portrait costs just $200.00. Then cards are just 10 for $15.00. No shipping and handling! You can email me directly at smesmer@yahoo.com and tell me what you are looking for.

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.

Germany and UK May 19 - June 6

STCA Nationals (a national show just for Silky Terriers) June 12 - 19

Northern CA June 20 - 30

World Show Paris July 4 - 11

Bend OR July 13 - 19

Germany and UK July 21 - Aug 9

First Specialty Silky Terrier Club of Central Florida Aug 12

Minneapolis Aug 15 - 20

DC and Central VA Aug 23 - 30

Los Angeles Sept 1 - 10

Vancouver and Seattle October 1 - 12

UK October 19 - 30

Australia November 25 - Dec 14

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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