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Special book for Princess Charlotte

Well known Tennant Creek artist Dion Beasley completed a one-off ‘Cheeky Dogs’ sketch as a special gift for Princess Charlotte from England.

The N T Government commissioned Dion, the illustrator of the very popular ‘Too Many Cheeky Dogs’ picture book, to create one of his colourful canine scenes with a unique Royal twist.

Dion Beasley has muscular dystrophy and is hearing impaired. He worked with writer Johanna Bell to create his book, Too Many Cheeky Dogs, which celebrates remote community life and the camp dogs, which are an intrinsic part of it.

The book has sold more than 6000 copies since 2013 and Dion was very excited to embark on this Royal adaptation of his canine characters for the new Princess. Dion looked for Royal dogs online and discovered Prince William and Kate don’t have corgis as we originally thought. They have a big black dog.

So Dion drew a picture of lots of cheeky camp dogs barking at a big, black dog outside Kensington Palace. Writer Johanna Bell said, “A pack of Dion’s cheeky dogs can be very loud so the artwork has a caption that says ‘Shhhh cheeky dogs or you’ll wake up Princess Charlotte!” The house in Dion’s drawing is his Granddad’s home at Mulga Camp. He goes there every day to visit and feed the local dogs.

Dion was really excited when he discovered a magazine at Alice Springs airport with a story about Princess Charlotte. He said ‘Hey that’s the princess who’s getting my artwork’. The sketch, a picture book and a Cheeky Dogs cot blanket especially made by Dion’s carer Joie Boulter will be sent to Kensington Palace this week.