Wow. You haven't heard from me for a while. In the last couple of months I've been from here and back again -- some for work, and some for the dogs.

It started in Portland at our Silky Nationals. A dog we bred and sold several years ago did very well, as did her son. Our own dogs showed well but didn't win any top prizes. No matter, we had a great time.

Here is a link to the final cut for Best of Breed. After a quick turn around at home it was off to California for two weeks. Then home for a week to regroup.

George and I went to the World Show with our Silky Ch. Carwyn Tessier By Innovation "Rocket" on July 4. It was an adventure.

The first thing you have to know about the World Show is the size of it. It’s immense. Imagine the largest dog show you’ve ever been to in the US, double it, and then repeat that show 4 days in a row but each day with new breeds. There were 21,000 entries and no, I have not misplaced a zero. On top of this, on the same day each day there was also the French Championship show with 14,000 entries. So 35,000 entries over 4 days of shows. The American dog show mind boggles.

As a seasoned dog person I thought I knew the usual ways of a show. But this was completely different. The French Kennel Club, in its wisdom, had decided that Americans and Eastern Europeans could pick up their entry passes inside, at the show. But without the correct paperwork there was a certain amount of begging involved just to in the door. Then there was a line for the vet to confirm that Rocket’s rabies certificate was in order. Then we waited with 300 other stressed exhibitors to pick up our entry passes. Whew! Now we were official. It was all downhill from there; only the small matter of finding our ring somewhere in the two cavernous halls.

So I’m finally sitting ringside, red faced and panting. Rocket, cool as a cucumber is standing next to me on the grooming table, tail wagging. Rocket is great in stressful situations. If he can “play” with me (and showing is his favorite game) nothing else matters. He butts me with his nose as if to ask: “Ready?”

“Sure Rocket.” I straighten up and take a deep breath. “Let’s play.”

Mr. Always On and Never Off is an American champion, but that doesn’t count in Europe. He was entered as a non-champion in the Open Dog class. Additionally, Champions and non-champions go toe to toe for the CACIB (which is the equivalent of our Winner’s Dog or Bitch). Rocket can hold his own against anyone, even top ranked champions, so I wasn’t concerned.

Showing in Europe is very casual and it resembles Grand Central Station. The ring stewards are inside the ring, on the far side, so everyone has to walk through the ongoing competition to get their armbands. As the judge sorts through his entries, he leaves the winners of each class off to one side but still in the ring for later competition. Then he turns back and asks the winners to gait again, or come on the table again, as he wishes. Or he just casually swings his hand at the winners and walks away. Words most often heard in the ring are “Huh?” and “What did he say?” Certainly less tense than an American show ring, but definitely more confusing.

How did Rocket do? He showed his heart out and strutted his stuff all the way around the ring at the tippy-tip end of his lead, being the true Show Dog he is. He got an “Excellent” and a card that said he took RCASC, which sounds impressive but means he took reserve to first in his class. Let’s call that second, shall we? I didn’t really care. I thought he was amazing.

This is the second World Show Rocket and I have attended, and while I think it will be a while before I go back to France, I would go to another World Show in a different country in a heart beat. The exhibitors were kind and friendly and it was eye opening to move out of my comfort zone and show in another system.

I’ve heard that next year it’s in Salzburg, Austria. Hmmm! That sounds like fun! Here's the link for a video of Best of Breed at World Show.

Here is our Rocket strutting his stuff at World Show. The tan shoes working hard to keep up are mine.

CKC Group Trophies are Finished!

The CKC Group One trophy portraits are done! Here are the last 5 of them.

This Bichon looked like a powder-puff.

This Black Cocker moved like a dream, and went on to Best In Show for the second Clearwater show.

This dachshund was hard to color because he glowed.

This Irish Setter's headpiece was elegant and aristocratic.

This Pug was sweet faced and friendly.

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!


Sandy Mesmer

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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.

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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.


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 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

Houston TX November 17 - 22

Australia November 25 - Dec 14

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