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Whew -- it's been a while since the last Cheeky. I've been spending every free moment on my Pomeranian book, which should be ready soon. One of my inspirations was the following story from my boss Carol Kingsley about her intrepid little guy:

"For about a year my Tito and I lived on a horse farm. The place had a wonderful barn and stables along with a family of rabbits who lived under the tack room floor. They had burrowed under the barn with several entrances and exits. Tito is ferocious and fearless even though he only weighs 7 pounds. Giving the rabbits a chase was his favorite sport. Then one day he discovered the rabbit warren. He realized he could go down the hole just like they did! But then he found that once he was in the ground he could not turn around and get out. I discovered this by noticing he was missing. I called and called for him. Finally I heard a muffled bark coming from under the tack room floor. I got a helper and we removed the floor boards. And there he was. He was stuck curled up in the bottom of the rabbit warren. After a good bath Tito decided that following the rabbits was still great sport – as long as he didn’t have to go down their hole!"

It's been a real privilege to write about this confident and cocky breed, known for their "Pommie Stare". They love to just stand back and watch their owner -- after all, you never know what us crazy humans might do next! Check out the picture below:



The Silky Terrier Nationals were in Orlando this year. The highlight for Tessier was our 12 year old dynamo Rocket Mama who took over and embraced the ring every time she strutted through the gates. She had her own fan club, a regular flow of people coming by to say hello and admire her. Rocket Mama is Junior World Ch. Carwyn Tessier By Innovation's mom. He comes by his cheeky attitude honestly!

She's the first dog around the ring in the following video: Veteran's Bitch Sweeps and Best Veteran

The family I work for in South Carolina is moving beck to Los Angeles, so I had the last working trip I'll take to Charleston recently. I made sure to make another video while there. I found a maccaw that lives in his front yard, sort of like an indoor/outdoor cat. Only in Charleston! Check out: Charleston SC and Captain Hook

Smelly Dogs

I'm fascinated in general about how dogs perceive the world around them. I found this great article about their sense of smell -- check out: Smelly Dogs.

Canine Freestyle at Crufts

Canine Freestyle is a foreign universe for me, since it's something my independent and feisty Silky Terriers would never do. We are sort of like the gum smacking back talkers in the back of class, being envious of the willowy ballerina teacher's pets. Here's my latest fix: Canine Freestyle at Crufts.

The cream dog on the video is a Pyreanean Shepherd, you can find out more about this neat ballerina -- um I mean breed -- at: Pyrenean Shepherds

And here is a picture of a willowy Pyr at the Brooksville shows.



More on Mixes by Jerold Bell, DVM

When Jerold Bell speaks, it pays to listen. He is not just one of the premiere genetic vets out there, he is a sleeves-rolled-up active-practice vet. He is no theorist. So when he writes about the genetics of mixed breed dogs, he know what he is talking about. Check out: More on Mixes.

Tale of the Talking Dog

by Anonymous

This joke makes the rounds of the blogosphere every couple of years. Every time I read it, I'm reminded of how funny it is.

A guy is driving around the back woods of Montana and he sees a sign in front of a broken down shanty-style house: 'Talking Dog For Sale.”

He rings the bell, the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard.  The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador retriever sitting there.   'You talk?' he asks.

'Yep,' the Lab replies.

After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says 'So, what's your story?'   The Lab looks up and says, 'Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young.. I wanted to help the government, so I told the CIA.  In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping.  I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running... But the jetting around really tired me out and I knew I wasn't getting any younger so I decided to settle down.

I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals.'

'Then I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I'm just retired.'

The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog.

'Ten dollars,' the guy says.

'Ten dollars? This dog is amazing! Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?'

'Because he's a liar. He's never been out of the yard.'

Russell Terriers


Russells, like these here, are unusual terriers in that they do well with other dogs.

Russell Terriers look a bit like this, a bit like that; they can remind you of several other breeds but actually they are unique. Check them out in detail here: Russell Terriers.

Icelandic Shepherds


It's easy to see how friendly this dog is.

Icelandic Shepherds are kind of like the dog next door -- except they aren't. Like many Nordic breeds they are sturdy and friendly. Check them out in detail at: Icelandic Sheepdogs

The Store at About Small Dogs -- We Are Open!

We have prints for sale for the first time, and lots and lots of cards. Window shop all you want, but click on: The Store.

And if you see a portrait or comic from elsewhere on the website that you would like on a card, let me know. I'll see what I can do.

And as always, enjoy!

Best,

Sandy Mesmer



The following is some of the top ranked About Small Dogs pages. (By the way, since Google now artificially ranks website pages with a Google plus button higher than those without, we personally only search with Bing.) In any case, check out:

What Makes a Responsible Pet Owner
Senior Small Dogs
Portuguese Podengo Pequenos
Small Dog Pogo Sticks
Small Dog Companionship
Avoiding Stupidity
Canine Legislation Basics
Cavalier Coloring Pages
Do Dogs Feel Remorse?
Dog Economics


Cards Are for More than Just Christmas

Okay -- confession time. I love Facebook. It's fun to see the silly and great things my friends are up to. I have embraced the virtual world. But does that mean that "the screen" is all I want?

I know from experience that people still appreciate physical Christmas cards, but recently I was surprised to learn that my friends love getting a real card to celebrate small milestones, say thank you, or commiserate with someone who is down.

Paw Print Cards aren't just for Christmas. If you want to say thanks or give "doggie kisses" to help a friend feel better, sometimes only a real card will do. Start looking for the perfect one here:

The Store at About Small Dogs.

Schedule

Here is my upcoming schedule; mostly for my work with kids and their families, but with a couple of dog shows as well. 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 issues.

Currently: in Atlanta through April 29

Australia May 2 - 16

UK and Switzerland: May 18 - 31

Minneapolis June 1 - 4

Washington DC June 8 - 11

Bend OR: June 14 - 18

Central FL Shows Orlando FL June 22 - 24

Northern California June 25 - July 2

Houston July 5 - 9

Jupiter Shows July 14 - 15

UK/Switzerland: July 19 - August 3

Southern California August 6 - 10

Minneapolis August 13 - 18

Northwest August 20 - 30

Washington DC August 31 - September 5

UK and Switzerland October 19 - 31

Puerto Rico November 13 - 19

Australia November 23 - December 13

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.

Best,

Sandy


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