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Cheeky Little Devils, Issue #016 -- the latest from the website plus stuff you won't see elsewhere!
July 29, 2012

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Whew -- it's been a while since the last Cheeky.

The Pomeranian book took much longer than I originally forcast, but its deadline is next Wednesday -- August 1. I've finished it and am just waiting for a final side check on one of the chapters.
Here's another story from the book: Kristina Haggers writes, "I bought a Pom because I loved the idea of having a 'take along' dog. My Patches was perfect for the first 3 years and we were inseparable. But then my mom got sick and I was needed to take care of her. At first I would leave Patches for long hours in her crate. This was obviously not good so I contacted a doggy day care to watch her during the day. But Patches would growl at the other dogs and when she bit a caretaker, I had to take her home. I called my breeder in tears. She recommended I get another relative to help with my mom for a few days. I was to take Patches on some nice long walks and then really pamper her with some brushing, bathing and grooming. This was an especially good idea because Patches had become quite matted. Following this I was to go to a new doggie day care with her and hang out there together for several hours. My breeder thought that Patches would accept the place once she saw that I liked it there.
This worked like a charm! My mom passed away about a year later, and Patches and I went back to being a team. Patches has always loved that day care ever since and sometimes now I drop her off not because I need to but so she can have a fun day with her friends."

Sassy in a Wreath

I did the original portrait of Wendy and Julie's Sassy last year, but just added the wreath. It'll make a lovely Christmas card, and is a nice memorial of a beautiful dog.

Personal Experience with the AKC Grand Championship Program

We at Tessier showed our Silkys in Orlando at the end of June and are very proud to annnounce our first Grand Champion, Becky:

Even veteran show people can have a bit of a "Say what?" reaction to the new AKC Grand Championship competition. Let me see if I can simplify things.

The American Kennel Club started the program about 2 years ago. Basically when you show your AKC Champion at shows, you can earn points towards a Grand Championship. You earn points depending on 2 criteria:
* How many non champion dogs in your sex in your breed are being exhibited. For example, if you are showing a male Silky, it would depend upton how many non-champion male Silkys were exhibited at that show.
* You must also beat three other champions at some point in time.
Many breeders and exhibitors over the years have wondered what else we can do with our good dogs after they have earned their championships. Yes we can take out a second mortgage, do extensive training and conditioning, perhaps hire a handler and attend 80 to 100 shows a year. But if we weren't willing to do that it seemed somewhat silly to put up our good but (let's face it) not as beautifully trained and in-condition Champions against someone willing to take the time effort and money to do things right.
That's where the Grand Championship program comes in very nicely as don't have to beat the top ranked "Ch. Superbly Trained" to get ahead.

AKC Inspection Program -- Not as Painful as It Might Seem

The American Kennel Club is the only US pure bred registry that has an active kennel inspection system. It not only inspects places where trouble is suspected or reported but also routinely checks out responsible breeders, like our own kennel. I know this because in May the AKC Inspector came knocking at my door! This is what happened to me.

The inspector had emailed me and said he would be in my area in the next week and could I schedule a time for him to come by for a routine check? I was getting back from Australia on Wednesday so I said I could see him 10 am on Friday.
He said he was hoping more for Tuesday, but fine, he’d be coming back in a couple of weeks and could we schedule something then? I said sure and he said he’d email me.
!0 am on Friday I’m still in my jammies and I get a knock at the door. It’s the rep. Wow.
He says well he was in town longer and didn’t you get the email? Nope. No email.
He said geez, do you want me to reschedule?
Well, I AM a bit anal about crossing my i’s and dotting my t’s. As most of you know. So I said no, today was fine and asked him for a couple of minutes to throw on a pair of jeans.
15 minutes later he was back.
He checked out the dogs first, liked that I had clear labels on each crate. He asked to see this or that dog and I showed him. Of course they were all in good shape, they are show dogs! He wanted to see the yard and commented on the shade, good fencing and varied terrain.
Back inside he started on the paperwork, and his first comment was well, this is going to be short. (Great!)
The AKC has good forms one for litters and one for each individual dog. They are clear and easy to fill out and I’ve been using them for forever. I had more than 10 years of records available for the rep, he only needed 5.
He was out the door within the hour.
Like I said, it was easy. And it's a funny thing. You'd think that this would have been a scary experience, but after the shock of having a strange man show up on my doorstep unannounced with me in my jammies, it all was actually all quite positive. I felt proud. I have worked hard over the years to take good care of my dogs and to run a quality set up. The inspection was like the AKC themselves was telling me "you done good".
That felt great.

A Small Dog Relative

The Skye Terrier is an ancestor and relative of several small dogs breeds. most notably the Yorkshire and Silky Terrier. One of our friends is a "groupie" of a stunning Skye named Barry; click here for his video: Skye Terrier Video

What are Mi Kis?

A rare breed that sometimes looks like an oddly groomed Shih Tzu, sometimes like a slightly odd Papillon, the Mi Ki is a sweet and cheerful breed. Check out the full picture, with lots of photos here: What are Mi Kis?

Dogs and Cats Help Babies' Health, Study Finds

This was a fascinating article I came across from Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times:

(The following are excerpts from the above titled article. For the complete article go to:,0,6527217.story )
….A new study finds that children who lived with dogs or cats during their first year of life got sick less frequently than kids from pet-free zones. The study, published in Monday's edition of the journal Pediatrics, provides fresh evidence for the counterintuitive notion that an overly clean environment may not be ideal for babies.
Sharing a home with a pet may be an early form of cross-training for the body's defense systems. Previous research has shown that owning a cat or dog was associated with less risk of gastroenteritis in young children.
Studies also suggest that the dirt — and microbes — brought indoors by pets could bolster the communities of helpful bacteria, yeast and other microscopic creatures that live in a developing child's body.
….For the new study, European researchers tracked the health of 397 Finnish children born between September 2002 and May 2005….
Overall, the researchers found that cats and dogs were linked to a reduced incidence of various types of illness. The effect was stronger for dogs than for cats: Babies who lived with dogs were 31% more likely to be in good health than their counterparts who didn't, and babies with cats had a 6% advantage over those without feline family members.
The children with pet dogs were 44% less likely to develop ear infections and 29% less likely to have used antibiotics during their first year, the report said.
….Until now, studies on the ways pets influence human health have largely focused on allergies, not illness, said Dr. Danelle Fisher, vice chair of pediatrics at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica , who wasn't involved in the study.
"It's more support in a growing body of evidence that exposure to pets early in life can stimulate the immune system to do a better job of fighting off infection," Fisher said.
…."What I always tell them is this: It's actually very helpful to have a cat or dog around because we tend to see less allergies," Fisher said. "And now I can tell them we've even seen less chance of upper respiratory infection in the first year of life."

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!


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
Small Dog Courage
South Paw Pet Supply
House Training Tools
Avoiding Stupidity
Canine Legislation Basics
Flying With Your Small Dog
Do Dogs Feel Remorse?
Low Shedding Small 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 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.

Where in the World is Sandy -- East Grinstead, UK

I've done a fair amount of work in East Grinstead, a delighful little town in the south of England. Despite having some really lovely, authentic architecture, East Grinstead is a vibrant and alive little place. Check out my video "drive-through" from a recent trip: East Grinstead Video.


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 July 29

Washington DC: August 1 - 6

Minneapolis August 13 - 18

Northwest August 20 - 30

Minneapolis: August 31 - September 5

Australia, Sydney and Melbourne: September 9 - 28

Atlanta: October 1 - 5

UK, Germany and Switzerland October 9 - 28

N.California: October 30 - Nov 7

Washington DC: November 9 - 11

Puerto Rico November 13 - 19

Australia: November 23 - December 13

Houston TX: December

In Conclusion

There you have it -- hope you enjoyed this ezine. Please visit 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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