Though my kennel partners and myself are proud to be long-time breeders of quality Silky Terriers, we are also proud to be supporters of Rescue. Good dogs are sometimes simply not a good fit for a particular family and sometimes training gets off to a poor start and goes downhill from there. Good dogs can end up needing a second chance.

However rescue dogs also bring to their new families a unique set of difficulties. They are often harder to train and can have trouble bonding. Rescue dogs require a special sort of owner -- someone who is extra caring and with more time and skill then a person just starting out with their first time dog.

But when it works and your great dog is sitting there, watching you and waiting for the next game -- you not only know you have an awesome companion, you also have the satisfaction of having saved a life.

A video recently came out that showcases such a dog, called

Something Good

This Min Pin is not only a total cutie, he is also an absolute credit to his amazing owner.

Results From the
First Silky Terrier Club of Central's Florida Specialty

Our local Silky Club had it's first Specialty on August 12. We had a great entry of 35, and the show went off without a hitch.

Best of Breed was Ch. Wind Dancer Jenstar Backstage Pass. Best of Opposite Sex was Ch. Lamplighter's Million Dollar Baby. Select were Ch. Tawnymist Cocobay's Goddess of Love and GCh MtnView Prince Chbaka Ekruro.

Below is "Andy" (Backstage Pass) in motion.

Below is Tessier Wyntuk Scarlett O'Hara. She took Best in Sweepstakes and Best of Winners.

Finally this is Vinnie (new Ch. Tessier Wyntuk By Royal Request) on the day he took Winners Dog.

When I am Old -- Anonymous

This great poem has made the rounds of the internet for years. But it worth repeating here. If you having seen it before, or not for a while, enjoy!

When I am old
I shall wear turquoise and soft gray sweatshirts
And a bandana over my silver hair
And I shall spend my social security checks on sweet wine and my dogs
And sit in my house on my well-worn chair
And listen to my dog's breathing.
I will sneak out in the middle of a warm summer night
And take my dogs for a run, if my old bones will allow
And when people come to call,
I will smile and nod as I show them my dogs
And talk of them and about them
The ones so beloved of the past
And the ones so beloved of today
I still will work hard cleaning after them
And mopping and feeding them
And whispering their names in a soft, loving way.
I will wear the gleaming sweat on my throat, like a jewel
And I will be an embarrassment to all.

The Gallery

We completed a 2 month process in January of updating our store, changing it so much we renamed it: The PawPrint Gallery. 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!


Sandy Mesmer

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

Dog Shots
Bee Sting Remedies
Lhasa Apsos
Russian Toys

Updated Pages

Coton de Tulear

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
Best Dog Shampoo
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
Training a Small Dog
Flying With Your Small Dog

Christmas Cards and Much More

Christmas will be here before you know it; it's not too early to start thinking about your cards. I have put a select few seasonal cards in the Gallery and in a couple of weeks, I will add the special 2011 Silky card.

Christmas Paw Print Cards are realistic, whimsical and just plain funny. They proclaim your love of your breed and make people laugh at the same time. They're a great deal at 10 for $15.00, just like our regular cards -- and no shipping, ever.


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.

Currently: in Los Angeles through September 9

Atlanta September 12 - 18

NJ/NY September 20 - 29

Vancouver and Seattle October 1 - 12

UK/Germany/Switzerland October 17 - 30

South Carolina November 2 - 14

Houston TX November 19 - 22

Australia November 25 - Dec 14

Eukanuba National Show Orlando FL Dec 17 - 18

Washington DC December 26 - 30

Minneapolis January 2 - 9

Brooksville Dog Shows January 12 - 22

Harrisonburg VA January 23 -- 30

San Jose February 18 - 26

Harrisonburg March 10 - 19

STCA Nationals April 2 - 9

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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