Spring is almost here and the crocuses have raised their heads in most places. Daylight Savings starts this Sunday; when I get over the shock of losing an hour's sleep I'll enjoy the extra hour of daylight.

I'm off to Minneapolis next week so I'll still take my big coat, but really, I think that the worst of winter is over.

I am back to my travels around the world after the 10 day show marathon in Brooksville, FL. But just because I have to work doesn't other members of the Tessier/Wyntuk team aren't busy at the shows.

Karen Huey put the first points on our Tessier Wyntuk By Golly, while Billie Pruitt and Anna Schemm went to four days of shows in Lakeland FL and won 2 days with Tessier BCP Wuntuk By Moonlight, one day each with Tagalong Tessier Heirloom Rose and Tessier BCP Wyntuk By a Mile.

Another source of exciting news is that our first Specialty for the new Silky Terrier Club of Central Florida has been approved for Friday August 12, 2011 in Orlando FL. If you would like a Premium List for this show, please let me know! Just click on Contact US on the website.

I have been busy working on the CKC Group One trophy portraits and have done four so far -- only ten left to go!

This Sheltie has a lovely headpiece.

This Frenchie has a world of wisdom in his eyes.

This Min Pin has a small deer behind her, because in German the breed is also called a "Reh" (or deer) pinscher.

Yes, this Australian Shepherd is not a small dog! But still, lovely.

Global Stray Dog Population Crisis

from the NAIA -- National Animal Interest Alliance

It's interesting when considering heart rending pictures of homeless pets with half cocked ears and hopeful eyes to realize that we need to use our heads here as well as our emotions. What is the rest of the story? Check out http://www.naiaonline.org/Library/understanding_animals/global_stray_dog_population_crisis.html.

Wyoming Passes Positive Animal Cruelty Bill

I'm so used to fighting wrong-headed legislation, it's really wonderful to hear about a new law that actually makes sense. Check out: http://www.akc.org/news/index.cfm?article_id=4338

Do Foxes Count as Small Dogs?

There were two news pieces about foxes in last month's news. One was an article in National Geographic. It recounts an experiment in Siberia where foxes were selected generation after generation for their pet-ability, that is, for their interest in human contact and willingness to be human companions.

The other news piece is a delightful and silly video about foxes. Check out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8xJtH6UcQY -- and enjoy!

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. I can customize any card. 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!


Sandy Mesmer

More Pearls From the Website -- click to read:

The Best Stuff -- Vari Kennels and Sky Kennels

Japanese Chin

The Best Stuff

GPS for Dogs

Neuter Laws

The following are About Small Dogs pages top ranked on Google. Check out:

Small Dog Courage

Cheeky Little Devils

Small Dog Pogo Sticks

Do Dogs Feel Remorse

First Aid Strategies

Laughing Through Our Tears

Listening to Our Dogs

Senior Small Dogs

What Makes a Responsible Pet Owner?

Small Dog Companionship

Avoiding Stupidity

All About Morkies

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 $100.00. 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.


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.

MN Mar. 13 - 21

DC Mar. 24 - Apr. 6

Australia Apr. 11 - 25

Charleston SC Apr. 28 - May 2

Vancouver and Seattle May 6 - 16

Germany and UK May 19 - June 6

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

World Show July 4 - 11

DC July 14 - 21

Germany and UK July 24 - Aug 10

First Specialty Silky Terrier Club of Central Florida Aug 12

Houston Aug 15 - 19

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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