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Cheeky Little Devils, Issue #21 -- the latest from the website plus stuff you won't see elsewhere!
March 09, 2013

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The holidays are behind us as is our big show season. In the midst of our busy lifestyle, it's good to remember the simple joys of bringing a good dog in competition against other good dogs. I forget about missing airplanes and crowded airports, and fall in love all over again with sweet canines doing doggie things.

This January we completed an AKC championship on Silky Tessier Wyntuk Scarlett O'Hara, seen here:

as well as an AKC Grand Championship on Ch. Tagalong Wyntuk Royal Destiny.

It's Been All Said Before -- Quotes Cards For All Occasions

Cards are more than just for Christmas, that's for sure. A good one not only lets the recipient know how you feel, but that you care. And if it's small dog related, even better!

This is a pilot project for us so we are interested in your feedback. What do you think? Are they cards you would be interested in? Do you have a favorite quote (or two) you'd like us to illustrate?

The inside caption reads:

Thanks so much for hanging out at my side.

For more info, here's the link: PawPrint Cards

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 Poodle Page

Revised Poodle Page
The page is now loaded with Poodle pictures, and a couple of videos.

Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is much more than "my dog is bit clingy". It's one of the major reasons dogs are surrendered to the pound. Here are several tools and tips to help turn a velcro pooch into a happy and independent dog. Here's the link:

Separation Anxiety

Moscow Metro Dogs

Picture this: You're in a subway. You turn to your neighbor and get --

a cold nose.

In Moscow, the strays are so smart, they know how to use the subway. I find their intelligence fascinating. They know when to get on and off the train. On the city streets, they know to cross at a cross walk when the light is green. (And I thought dogs were color blind.) Check out the video:

Moscow Metro Dogs

The Ultimate Rat Patrol

Ever since Canute told every body in his jurisdiction that all the regular Joes couldn't have a dog bigger than one that could fit through a 7 inch hoop, northern England has had tough little dogs excelling in chasing down vermin. Nowadays these English terriers usually lead a life of pampered ease, but that doesn't mean they don't sometimes wish they could do a bit of hunting -- at least if just for fun. This group runs a Rat Patrol a couple of blocks away from Wall Street. Check out their shenanigans first in the video link, followed by a link for a full article: The Ultimate Rat Patrol

Rat Patrol Article From Best In Show Daily

HSUS AND ASPCA the Real Story

Do you think that your donation to HSUS or the ASPCA funds your local shelter? Think again. The following are excerpts from "Think Globally, Give Locally" by Ed Bok:

Imagine how you might feel if your boss told you he was so pleased with your job performance that he gave a bonus to your coworker. I suspect you would be dumbfounded. Yet, in my line of work, it is not uncommon to hear, "I love the work the Yavapai Humane Society does - so I sent a gift to HSUS (Humane Society of the United States ) or to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to support you."

One of the greatest misunderstandings in animal welfare is the belief that HSUS and the ASPCA are affiliated with local animal welfare organizations.

Do you know how much funding HSUS and the ASPCA provide the Yavapai Humane Society (YHS) each year? If you said "nothing," you would be correct - and this is typical for virtually every local Humane Society in the United States .

Ironically, HSUS and the ASPCA raise enough money each year to fund an animal shelter in every state. However, HSUS has no animal shelter anywhere, and the ASPCA has just one shelter in New York - that actually handles fewer animals each year than YHS. The mission of these organizations is to raise awareness of national animal welfare issues; the mission of YHS is to care for homeless, abused and neglected pets in Yavapai County.

Many mistakenly believe that gifts to national groups will trickle down to help animals in their own community. I only wish that were true.

People come to this assumption through misleading marketing tactics. Let me give you an example. Recently, the ASPCA sent a direct mail solicitation to millions of homes across the nation that said, "Together we can stop cruelty to animals. ... As you read this letter, somewhere - perhaps not far from you - someone is inflicting pain on an innocent and helpless animal. ... You may not be able to rescue that particular animal. ... Please send the largest gift you can manage to help the ASPCA save animals like it."

Clearly, national organizations understand that sending "the largest gift you can manage" to their New York or Washington, D.C., office is not the best way to help protect "an innocent and helpless animal," a "particular animal," an animal "not far" from where you live.

I have no objection to national animal welfare organizations asking for support for the wonderful work they do in calling attention to important issues. However, I do object to these organizations misrepresenting their programs by implying they are helping animals in our community. This is especially disturbing as you watch the daily barrage of heart-wrenching television ads these organizations use to seek donations.

I believe in the maxim "think globally; act locally." However, I object to national organizations abusing this tenet by implying you are acting locally when you contribute to them. Don't be fooled. When you contribute to these organizations, your money is leaving our community never to return. If that is your intent, fine, but be sure you understand what you are contributing to.

The Yavapai Humane Society (YHS), like every local Humane Society in every city, town and county, was founded to help homeless, abused and neglected animals in our own community. YHS is a local organization governed by a local volunteer board of directors funded almost entirely by local support.

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

We have prints for sale and lots and lots of cards, including our new section "It's Been All Said Before Quotes Cards For All Occasions". 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 Is a Responsible Pet Owner
Separation Anxiety
Funny Dogs, Funny People
House Training Tools
Flying With Your Small Dogs
Canine Legislation Basics
Flying With Your Small Dog
Low Shedding Small Dogs
Best Dogs For Kids


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 Beverly Hills, CA

N.California: March 14 - 22

Australia: March 26 - April 15 (Sydney and Melbourne)

Heartland Shows April 20 - April 21

Washington DC April 24 - 29

UK and Switzerland April 30 - May 16

Inverness shows May 18 and 19

May 20 - 27 Minnesota

May 27 - 31

STCA Nationals: June 1 - 8

June 9 - 18 N. California

STCCF Regionals June 20 - 23

June 24 - 28 CT

August 1 - 7 Clearwater

August 9 - 20 Australia

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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