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Cheeky Little Devils, Issue #019 -- the latest from the website plus stuff you won't see elsewhere!
October 23, 2012

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Is it that time already? Well, it's very true that it flies when you’re having fun. The dogs perk up as the weather cools. They play racing games around the back yard and love dumpster diving into the monster toy box for their favorite squeekie.

Halloween is right around the corner. Do you know the right and wrong way to deal with your pets during this holiday? Check out this excellent article for lots of tips: Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe and Sane This Halloween.

I've been traveling, including a couple of weeks in Australia (as you can see below). But our show season is starting soon with a trip to Puerto Rico for the big FCI (Federacion Cynotologique Internationale) show of the Americas, followed by the AKC Eukanuba show in Orlando in December, then there's the Florida Cluster in January... I'm sure I will be posting here with either brags on our wins or soloquies on the nature of losing -- and probably a good bit of both!

With the Christmas season fast approaching we are filling every extra minute getting lots of PawPrint cards ready to go (see below for pictures and full details).

This Cheeky is loaded with lots of new videos and pictures. Enjoy!

Best, Sandy

MORE Brand New 2012 Christmas Cards

For the last twelve years, I have made a Silky Terrier Christmas card every year. But this year it occured to me -- why not make cards for other small dogs as well? So with the same eye to quality and a spoonful of humor, I present our first two new breeds:


The inside of the card reads:

"Even Santa knows, life is better with a buddy."

And then:

"Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year."


The inside of the card reads:

"Even Santa knows, life is better with a buddy."

And then:

"Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year."

Our Christmas Card Store is Open!

Click here to browse our Christmas Card store.

You might think that it's early to think about Christmas cards, but Halloween is a week away, then before you know it it'll be Thanksgiving and right after that it'll be "Geez, what am I doing for Chritmas cards?". The holidays creep up on us, and if you want to miss the lass minute panic it really isn't too early to start thinking about Christmas cards. You can check out some of our old favorites, enjoy this year's new cards, then make your decision.

To encourage you to start thinking about this earlier rather than later, we are offering 10% off on all Christmas cards up to October 30. But hurry, that's only a couple of days away!

Check out our brand new Silky Terrier Card for 2012 for starters:

The caption reads:

Hey Santa!

Why don't you use US as reindeer this year?

Wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

You Asked For It, You Got It -- More Pictures!

Information is all very well and good, and yes, it can be useful in the end, but don't you think that the fun part of any website are all the photos and drawings? Well I do, so I have been updating the breed pages with more photographs -- lots of them. As always, all the photos are taken by me personally (very occasionally I'm given photos from others'). We never buy stock photos and of course we never rip off others' prints.

So check these out -- and enjoy!

Revised Japanese Chin Page The page is now loaded with Japanese Chin pictures.

More Videos Available

I recently visited a couple of shows in Melbourne Australia. I think you'll agree that they have great dogs Down Under!


Lowchen are a rare and ancient breed; they were often depicted on a crusader's grave statue, curled up at his feet, check out:

Lowchen Video.

And here is the whole

Revised Lowchen Page.

Shih Tzu

Ever wonder why Shih Tzus are one of the most popular small breeds? It has to be more than just that cute mug. Check out this young Shih Tzu, dancing about outside her show ring:

Shih Tzu Video

And check out the whole section here:

Revised Shih Tzu Page.

Silky Terriers

Want to see what Silkys look like in action? Check out this video from the Melbourne Royal Show in Australia:

Melbourne Royal Video

And you can check our the whole section on Silky Terriers here:

Silky Terrier Page.


Maltese are certainly an elegant creature, but there's alot more to them than that. Their white coat actually repels dirt; after a romp in the rain and mud they will look like they've sat all afternoon on milady's lap. (You, on the other hand...) Check out this video of them:

Maltese Video.

And to see our full section on Maltese check out our

Maltese Page.

Late Breaking Canine Health News

There's some new developments in the area of canine surgery that may have far reaching affects for humans, too. Check out: Canine Jaw Surgery News.

Legislative Updates

Why should you, as a pet owner, care what happens with breeder legislation?

It's very simple. Where did you get your last dog? If you didn't rescue and you are very lucky, you bought your dog from a quality breeder. These individuals, usually operating on a very limited basis, are the future of dog breeds. They are the ones who really care about genetics, who test for problems and then try to breed away from them. These are also the people who are slowly but surely being put out of business by the wave of draconian anti-breeder legislation sweeping this country.

So yes, it's important to keep up with dog legislation as a pet owner. Your next dog is depending on you.

Check out the latest here: One Law On Hold, Another Passes.

The Store at About Small Dogs -- We Are Open!

We have prints for sale for the first time, and lots and lots of cards. Our Christmas card page is open now too, if you can stand looking at holiday stuff this early! 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

Top Ranked About Small Dog Pages

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
Halloween Coloring Page
Yorkshire Terriers
South Paw Pet Supply
House Training Tools
Avoiding Stupidity
Canine Legislation Basics
Flying With Your Small Dog
My Dog Hates My Husband!
Best Dogs For Kids

(Inter) National Geographic

I travel a couple of times a year to Australia, and the last trip was this September. I was working in the Yarra Valley, which is wine country in Victoria -- it really reminded me of the Sonoma valley where I did some work several years ago. What do you think? Check out: Yarra Valley in Spring


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 Geneva, Switzerland

N.California: Oct.31 - November 11

Puerto Rico November 12 - 19

Australia: December 4 - December 13

Eukanuba Orlando FL; December 15 and 16

Houston TX: December 17 - 24

Los Angeles: January 1 - 7

Brooksville FL Dog Shows: January 10 - 20

Minneapolis: January 21 - 26

North West: January 28 - February 14

UK/Germany/Switzerland: February 17 - 27

N.California: March 4 - 13

S. California: March 16 - 23

Australia: March 26 - April 15

STCA Nationals: June 1 - 8

In Conclusion

There you have it -- hope you enjoyed this ezine. Please visit often for new articles 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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