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It seems like yesterday when the last Cheeky went out. But we do realize that it’s been awhile. Wow, time sure does fly!

In our defense, we have been crazy busy. The Christmas season is always like that. The card business is at its most hectic, and we also need to send out all our own holiday greetings. All the while, the website must be maintained -- not to mention that my regular work continues on no matter what and of course, there’s always a dog show or two to attend.

We just had a "Big Big Show" -- the Eukanuba Invitational, come back to Orlando for the first time in quite a few years. The Silky Terrier Club of America and our own club the Silky Terrier Club of Central Florida participated with a Meet the Breeds booth. STCCF member Maureen Thacker went all out -- here is the backdrop she had made.

And here is a video of our booth: http://youtu.be/3QZlDPLRLL0.

Our Silky kennel, Tessier, had a great weekend in Ocala November 17 – 20. Star of the shows was Ch. Tagalong Wyntuk Royal Destiny, who gained 23 points towards her Grand Championship in one spectacular weekend. Only 2 more points to go!

Keeping us humble was our resident clown Harry (Tessier Wyntuk Spare Heir) who wiggled, jumped in the air, surged ahead, refused to move forward an inch and generally kept all four feet off the ground for four embarrassing days. Several judges took me aside and complimented Harry, always ending with the wistful, “I wish I could have seen him a bit better.” So do I judge, so do I.

I recently started a new type of portrait. I'm used to doing young pets or stunning show dogs, but this girl was 16. My challenge was to bring out the beauty of her wise old soul. The result is below. What do you think?

Two More Maxwell Nominations!

I recently found out that I have received not one but two Maxwell nominations this year. (Maxwells are the equivalent of dog writer and artists' Oscars.)

One was for the artwork I did for Group 1 trophies for the Clearwater Kennel Club, the other one was for my new book. Click here to find out more about the book: Yorkshire Terrier (Animal Planet Dogs 101).

Where in the World Is Sandy -- Melbourne and Sydney Australia

I recently got back from another trip to Australia. The country fascinates me -- it is so similar to America; there are Targets and KMarts, shopping malls and suburbs so close in appearance to the U.S. that I would have trouble knowing the difference. Check out this first video (excuse the schmutz on the windshield) of the Skyline of Melbourne.

Yet there are animals -- and more immediately, as I mostly hang out in city suburbs -- birds, that are absolutely foreign to me. Here is a video about them. If you think you can help in identifying the birds, email me at smesmer@yahoo.com; click here for the video: Sydney Australia 12/2011 Birding Puzzles (Help Would Be Appreciated)

Speaking for Spot

With Christmas only a couple of days away, I thought the latest blog from Dr. Nancy Kay DVM would be appropriate. It's entitled I Can't Believe He Ate That. Click here: Speaking For Spot Blog.

A Little Present For You

My sister posted this great video, and I couldn't resist. Most of the dogs are big ones, but check out the amazing Miniature Poodle! Click here: How to Decorate a Christmas Tree, If You Are a Dog.

The Gallery

We are in the process of a major expansion of our gallery and store. Check back often to see how we are doing, and the dust should settle within about a month. But in the meantime, we are still open for business, offering neat cards; for more, click on 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:

Silky Terrier Coloring Pages
Dog Fencing

The following is a countdown of the top Google ranked About Small Dogs pages: Check out:

11. (Both ranked #4): What Makes a Responsible Pet Owner
10. Senior Small Dogs
9. (Ranked #3): My Dog Hates My Husband
8. (All ranked #2): Cheeky Little Devils
7. Small Dog Pogo Sticks
6. Small Dog Shaking
5. (All tied for #1 on Google) : Avoiding Stupidity
4. Canine Legislation Basics
3. Cavalier Coloring Pages
2. Do Dogs Feel Remorse?
1. Listening to Our Dogs

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 too 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, wish a happy birthday 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 Paw Print Gallery.


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 southern California through 12.23

Washington DC December 27 - 30

Minneapolis January 3 - 9

Brooksville Dog Shows January 12 - 22

Harrisonburg VA January 23 -- 27

Germany/UK/Switzerland January 29 - February 11

NYC for Maxwell Awards: Feb 12

Sanibel, FL: Feb 13 - 18

San Jose, CA February 18 - 26

Atlanta February 28 - March 5

Harrisonburg March 10 - 19

Northwest (Vancouver and Seattle) March 20 - 30

STCA Nationals in Orlando, FL: April 2 - 8

Southern CA: April 9 - 17

South Carolina: April 19 - 24

Houston TX: April 26 - May 1

Clearwater, FL May 3 - 14

Australia: May 15 - 30

Bend OR: June 14 - 18

Clearwater: June 21 - July 2

UK/Germany/Switzerland: July 20 - August 3

Harrisonburg VA: August 23 - 28

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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