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                                                                                                            November, 2013                                  

"Fallen leaves lying on the grass in the November sun 

bring more happiness than the daffodils"
~Cyril Connolly





In This Issue
Mary-Margaret O'Brien
Donor Recognition
Happy Endings
Athena Maria
Neeko's Joke
Quick Links
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Editor's Message....



Talk About Thanksgiving!




On September 17, I received a call from my little sister, Mary Kate (Gedro Brown) who told me she had a headache. She was a bit troubled because she does not get headaches. Actually, I am the queen of headaches in our family. When we were children, I got migraines that were so intense that they were disabling. One time, I laid in agony upstairs in a bedroom, and hours later my older sister, Ellen poured me into a car and drove me to the emergency room at Riverside Hospital. I was treated with Demerol. Since then, I can manage and live with headaches. Back to the main plot here, which is not about me. Mary Kate felt badly about calling in sick for work and I told her to please take care of herself. This is a woman who has spent her life in physical pursuits: swimming, hiking, horseback riding, cycling-she does it all. She clearly got the Gedro athletic gene. The next day, her husband insisted that they go to the doctor. After spending the better part of a day in the emergency department at University of Rochester Medical Center , she was admitted to a room because of a high persistent fever and difficulty breathing. By Friday, I had received a call from Robb that it would be a good idea for me to get over to the hospital. On Saturday, I was with Mary Kate as she struggled to breathe. They took her in for a CT scan and when she came back, her breathing was frighteningly labored. They put her in the intensive care unit and began a discussion about intubation. I waited until Robb got back (he had gone home to take care of their three young daughters) and advocated for intubation. This whole time, it felt like the world was moving in slow motion, a bad dream that you are so relieved you wake up from. For days on end, Mary Kate's vitals registered high fever, and infected, weakened lungs. She was intubated, sedated, and then on life support. Doctors asked all kinds of questions: where had she travelled, had she been around birds, and so on. Bacteria, autoimmune, and fungus were all ruled out as culprits.  On Wednesday, September 25, her condition was downright scary. My older sister and her husband diverted their trip from Scottsdale to San Antonio to Panama, and came to Rochester. Mary Kate's kidneys were starting to fail. It was a terrible, terrible, scary time. For two days, we were suspended in time, silently wondering how this could happen and what was next. Their priest came and prayed over Mary Kate and anointed her with oil. I spent Sunday night and Tuesday night at her bedside in that room, on a little cot. She later told me that she knew I was there.  From Wednesday, October 2 through Friday, October 4, she rallied. She was extubated. I was there for that-what an awesome moment to watch them pull that tube out.  On Friday, October 4, she was transferred to Acute Care. By Monday, October 7, she was home.


Words are insufficient to express how relieved I feel, and how grateful I am that Mary Kate is alive. I went over to Rochester this past Tuesday, and we went for bloodwork, and then had a marvelous lunch. I can't remember a time when I enjoyed conversation and a meal so much. Mary Kate is very thin, and weak, but I can see the fire in her belly. I have a sense she is going to come back strong. Thank you to all of the YTNR community who were so "present" with love, support, and prayers. Truly, I feel this has been a miracle.


Thank you to all of you, thank you to all of Mary Kate and Robb's friends (amazing people), thank you to the nurses and doctors and staff at University of Rochester Medical Center. And finally, thanks be to God.



Spotlight  On Eva Ortiz 



   In 1999, I rescued two Yorkies from a puppy mill in Missouri. Honestly, they were the most challenging due to their health and emotional issues but totally rewarding. A few years later, I took in a sweet little girl who was found abandoned in a low income housing project in Atlanta.  Since I have no children of my own, these Yorkies were my quintessential "fur babies".  They have all gone to heaven but my love of Yorkies continues.  My current three York's have all been rescues that have come into my life in various  


   Truth be told, I am a huge dog lover and love all dogs. Of course, my devotion stays with the Yorkshire Terriers. That is why I volunteer my time to  I have had the privilege to work for the airline industry 24 years. That, with my flexible schedule, allows me to give back when I can.

   All my own Yorkies got a 2nd chance for AWESOME lives. When I can help others at an opportunity for the same, this is what truly gives me great happiness!   




Mary-Margaret O'Brien 

Dear Diary - What a summer.  Hot hot hot!  Finally it's "fall" and with any luck I'll be out romping and playing in the cool grass again.


I had one flea this year.  Just one, but it was enough to send Mom into a tailspin.  She called Everett, our bug man, and he sprayed the yard, de-webbed the bushes and things, and said we were good for another year.  We got ants in our kitchen, though, and in a couple of weird places like our bathroom trash.  Must have been that Fuze bottle we tossed in there without rinsing.  A quick shot of RAID and they were dispatched to that great anthill in the sky.  

September 19th was my 8th birthday.  We had a quiet celebration, just me and Mom.  I'm too old for fancy-schmancy birthday parties and prefer just a loving dinner for two: Kibble and chicken for me, salad for Mom.   We talked about In-N-Out but decided we didn't need the calories.

In the afternoon I went with Mom to Miss Cathleen's place.  Mom gets her toes done, and I get a walk throughout Old Town Temecula, a sumptuous belly rub with mango lotion, and my paws get massaged with lotion, too.  Then I get my special crystal bowl of water, take a nap, and wind it all up with pieces of apple.   Miss Cathleen knows to remove the skin first.  Otherwise, I get all the juice and pulp out of the apple and spit the peel on the floor.  Nobody can figure out how I do it and I'm not telling.

Friday I went to Miss Marilyn's for my spa treatment.  I got my ears cleaned and the fur removed from inside them. Mom sniffs my ears every day to make sure I don't get an infection, and she uses Epi-Otic all the time.  Miss Marilyn sniffs my ears, too.  I also get my teeth brushed, and then I get a bubble bath and massage.  After my blow dry, Miss Marilyn puts a purple ribbon in my hair.  Purple is my favorite color.  Then I play with Channing, her 6 month old Maltese that weighs only 2 1/2 pounds.  We are the best of friends.  He's so sweet.  I showed you his picture last month.


Mom actually had her camera charged so here's a picture of me fresh from my personal stylist's shop.

Next month it'll be Hallowe'en. I'm so excited.  I love to wear costumes or holiday t-shirts.  I have a few in my cubby.  I can't wait to see what all you Yorks and Yorkettes will be wearing.  I hope you send pictures.

Tonight I'm watching "Snow Dogs" about 5 Golden retriever pups and a Siberian Husky pup who are racing across Alaska with a little boy musher.  I figured out you can always tell the bad guys because they need a shave and they smile a lot.  Mushing looks like fun except I think I might mess my bow up.  And it looks awfully cold.  Naw...I think hanging out with Mom and taking it easy is what I like doing best.

Love and kisses....


Mary-Margaret O'Brien
Lt. Chaplain - Yorkie Brigade Chapel
"Yorkie prayers are Angel's wishes!"
"Pups for PPL"

Special Thanks to this month's Donors 

Thanks to all the generous October contributors


General Fund


Jerome Castle

Mark A Hogan

Betty Jo Williams *

Jill Bennett

Michelle Chandler

Lucy E Hall

Vicki Gilfix

Kathryn C. Schuller *

Sandra J Flolo *

Lindsay Hardin *

Bette Gae Dart *

Julaine Owens

Kimberly Herold

Pam Mindt *

Bonnie Medina *

Healing Hands Acupuncture

Nancy Endacott ~ Willy

Desiray Crowder ~ Willy

Dawn Fraschetti ~ Willy

Shannon Trujillo

Elisa Pacheco

April Sterns ~ Willy

Guila Sargent ~ Willy

Eva Leonetti ~ Willy

Paula Nelson ~ Willy

Lesa King ~ Willy

Robin Poupard ~ Willy

Paul Sherman ~ Willy

Donna Jo Canale ~ Willy

Tina Ladd ~ Willy

Susan Dimick ~ Willy

Tara Noel ~ Willy

Rajoo Venkat ~ Willy

Kathy Trabert ~ Willy

Raji Tripathi ~ Willy

Claudette Worthington

Brenda Jasper *

MaryElizabeth Dugmore *

Pieter Vermeulen *

Karen Sonne

Gina M. Gerraro ~ Willy

Candace Krakowsky ~ Safari

Kathy Benson Willy 



Liver Shunt Fund


Lydia Clark

Sharon Hansen

Stephanie Slack

Paula Scott

Elaine Leshnower

Julie Gedro

Julia K Hubbard

Patricia Lynagh-Kushnir

Rosemarie Cunningham

Sujata Gooljar

Arlene Gilbert

Kathy Harper

Antoinette Lowery

Janis Kuykendall

Mary Perini

Lisa Marie Turano

Carla Chamberlain

Patricia Blackamon

Cheryl Geary

Suzanne Ditzler

Priscilla Byars 


* monthly donor

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Happy Endings....
Edward has been adopted.

Brian and Jack adopted Little Cooper....

Barbara and Charlie....

Finn (formally Jo Jo) is really settling in nicely. He seems 10 x more comfortable in the new environment today. Playing a lot with his toys and new gifts from friends and family (he is definitely spoiled). 
He loves his bed and hides all of his toys in it. Doing much better in the yard with noises and did a little sun tanning with Natalia today on our back deck. He really is a joy and is enjoying himself!  He has been doing all of his potty outside and that is a relief!  He sure is a joy and I am so grateful that we are the lucky family.

Glad to have adopted this little guy and trust me he has an Amazing home with lots of love. Hope you are doing well with all your pups!  I'll keep sending you updates!  Say hi to jack! 

Wade now Aayden spent the weekend in Michigan on a boat. 
He was so good.  

Coco Chanel has been adopted.....

Butch and Sundance with their new family...

It has been 2 years that Oliver has been with us and I thought you'd like to know that he is healthy and well settled into our family.  I'm sending a photo - he's messy but happy with his sorter haircut, now that he enjoys being outdoors more often.  Our thanks to you and Kathy for sharing him with us.


Beautiful Mini taken today as they had dinner with us.  A very spoiled girl and she has added years to their life.
 It was nice to hear from Mini one of our liver shunt babies and to see that she is living a wonderful life in Massachusetts!

Diana and her brother David with Toto

Athena Maria  Aphrodite  
The Goddess of Wisdom and Love..... 



Neeko Red
Neeko's Joke ;o)


A woman walks into the butcher shop just before closing. She says, "Thank Heavens I've made it in time! Have you any turkey?" The butcher opens his fridge and takes out his only turkey, and plops it onto the scale. It weighs 4 1/2 pounds.
"Ah, haven't you anything bigger?" the woman inquires. 
The butcher returns the turkey to the fridge, takes it out again, and plops it onto the scale, only this time, he keeps his thumb on the turkey. The scale shows 7 1/4 pounds. 
"Marvelous!" says the woman. "I'll have both of them please." ~ 




Love to all, 

Neeko :o)                                                                                         BackToTop

Every time we remember to say "thank you", we experience nothing less than heaven on earth. -- Sarah Ban Breathnach

Chris Hogan, 
Executive Vice President 
of the Hogan Family Foundation Inc, is the Program Director of Lifeline-4-Paws. 
She is a YTNR member and has generously supported
 our rescue efforts, contributing tens of thousands of dollars 
to over 120 of our dogs since 2007.