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                                                                                                                   February 2018                           

"Fall in love with a dog, and in many ways you enter a new orbit, 
a universe that features not just new colors but new rituals, 
new rules,  a new way of experiencing attachment." 
Caroline Knapp

In This Issue
Coming Of Age
The Long Road Home
The Importance Of Monthly Giving
February is Dental Health Month
Happy Endings
In Loving Memory
Looking for a Furever Home
Donor Recognition
We would Love your support!
Supermodel Athena Maria
Neeko's Joke
Many Thanks to Lifeline4Paws...
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2017 is now in our rear view mirror. The holidays are wrapped up, the celebrations long gone, and the precious memories cemented. 2018 started at a fast pace for Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue, with seven intakes, and four adoptions.  As a rescue, we entered our 21st year with renewed energy.
Our Board completed our first meeting for the year, celebrated successes and long-term bonds, and worked on planning for the new year.  YTNR remains strong in its advocacy, and true to our mission.
Thank you to all who have helped us successfully rescue and re-home our little dogs over the past twenty years, to all who will help us in 2018, and into the future.  We look forward to saving lives together and building new memories together - as we serve our vulnerable animal population with love and dedication.
We are reaching out to all who love Yorkies and animals in general, and who support us: Please send us your ideas for additional support for our little dogs, for anything you may consider helpful for rescue, and for fundraising.  We currently have members who craft, who recycle, who sell items/coupon books to bring in revenue, who apply for grants, who donate monthly, or on occasion, and who help us maintain a presence on the web. We would love new ideas and additional funding in order to serve even more Yorkies!  And we would love more foster parents across the US!
Please also consider helping us celebrate entering our coming of age era, by making a one-time (or monthly) donation of $21, as we enter our twenty first year of rescue!
We will be ever grateful, as will our little rescues.
With love,

The Long Road Home
The Long Road Home.
YTNR in Oregon ended 2017 on a high note - rehoming sweet little Missey in time for the holidays.  We rang in 2018 on an equally high note - settling adorable Lexi in with her own furever family.
As several of our other doggies in other states also found their new happy homes, more walked through our volunteers' doors. This January we took in seven little dogs across the US, at a high veterinary cost. Rescue is a long and windy road - uphill, downhill and with lots of curvy, windy turns, and lots of expenses - both financial and emotional.
Missey reminded us how even a loved and doted on little dog may need to be placed when a human parent dies.  She came in healthy and happy, and along the way family members took time to bring her potty manners up to date, since her mommy was ill for an extended period before she died and was no longer able to keep a regular schedule with her.  She joined YTNR with her bed, her toys and veterinary records dating back 12+ years. Calls to her veterinary clinic confirmed she was not only loved and cared for by her family but loved and adored by her treatment team too. She serves as a huge reminder, that we always need future planning for our little critters, should they outlive us. 
Missey and her new mommy

Little Missey being loved by her human sister, 
who helped Missey's mom find her on Petfinder

Missey is now adjusted into her new calm surroundings, where she joins her mommy on the couch for work days and shares her parents' bed at night time. She is adored by her new family.  Her life is whole again.
Shortly after Missey's adoption, little Lexi joined the YTNR family, via a lovely lady who rescued her, and then reached out to us in Lexi's best interest.  Being a true animal lover, she saw the need for a doggie-savvy home for this little girl, who had a lonesome and rough start.  Lexi's initial parents attempted to manage her, but didn't know how, didn't understand her socialization needs, or the nature of Yorkies. She serves as a good reminder to all of us who love the breed, to reach out and educate and speak up for the voiceless and help out when we can.
Lexi' s fairy godmother did just that, then took her in and loved her with all of her heart.  She spent months working on her anxiety level, her potty training, and teaching her how to accept all people - because most are good.  After months of care and weeks of consultation and coordination, she handed her over to YTNR with a heavy heart, lots of tears, and belongings reminding her of home. Lexi was loved by and will always own a piece of her rescue mommy's heart.  Surrendering her was one of the hardest things she's ever had to do, during a very difficult time in her life.  However, really loving a little creature, is doing the right thing for them, even if it breaks your own heart.  She trusted YTNR to place this little angel with someone who will have the patience, love her, and bring her to her full potential.
Lexi with her new daddy and new brother

Lexi is now settled in with and spoiled by her new daddy. She is enjoying playing and chewing on her treats, and she and her 12 year old Chihuahua brother, Romeras, are sleeping closer to each other as they grow more familiar with one another.  She's doing well with her potty training and her overall adjustment. Her rosy future is ahead of her.
With these two doggies, we get to realize how lucky some little dogs are - to be loved, once, twice, three times over - and sometimes even more .... Our volunteers have open doors and open arms, and hearts full of love. They home-check prospective parents for the same qualities.
We meet the lucky ones who were loved, and who will be loved again. We meet the abandoned ones, whose unknown stories never followed them into our care. We also meet the neglected or abused ones, whose sad stories are now in their past, and the injured and ill ones needing veterinary care.  Once a little dog is rescued by, or surrendered to YTNR, they become forever family.  We microchip everyone with YTNR's address and keep their furever parents' addresses updated in our database (for example, when they notify us of a move). This ensures an extended family network, should they ever face unforeseen circumstances again. They will always have a home with us ... we will always be there to love them.
The YTNR Happy Dance

Thank you to everyone who make it possible to find a little Yorkie a home - from the shelters who contact us, the private citizens who reach out, the volunteers who transport, foster and do home checks, our donors who make the care possible, and our Board and YTNR president who oil the wheels.  Most important, a big shout out to the amazing adopters who give our vulnerable little creatures a new lease on life!  You all rock as you lead them on their way home...

The Importance Of Monthly Giving 

The charitable organizations, especially the smaller ones, are an endangered species.
The reasons are multifactorial.  The American middle class, accounting for inflation, have experienced wage stagnation since 1975. In the past, their discretionary income has been the lifeblood of charitable giving.  At the same time the availability of grants has shrunk.  There are about a dozen large funds that supply grants to groups such as ours.  The groups providing grants are now bombarded with requests from nonprofits.  Understandably, they are reticent to provide repeated grants to the same organizations year after year and their application process has become stricter. They also favor groups that have large general appeal rather than targeted appeal such as "Save the Penguin" rather than "Save the Emperor Penguin".                                             
The opportunity to present fund raising events is ironically limited by budget constraints for many small groups.  The attendees to such events are burdened by the expense of travel and lodging as well as food and admission costs.  This limits her/his ability to participate in the auctions and products for sale which are essential fundraisers. Even worse, the organization hosting the event runs the risk of losing money.
There are at least two main purposes for groups such as ours:  to fulfill our mission and to perpetuate our mission by continuing our good work after we are gone. To accomplish the latter, you must have a fund reserve in addition to a working budget.  We are starting to see strains on both counts and have cut back on some programs previously offered.  The large organizations remain profitable.  (Profitable is a dirty word among some members of "non-profits" organizations but there are expenses that must be met).  The large successful non-profits have sophisticated computer software that track their income in every category. In addition, large fund-raising organizations partner with the non-profits and get a percent of the revenue.  The latter results in higher administrative costs but allow production of advertising as well as other promotions.
To a large part, our existence relies on small but consistent multiple donors. It is true that donors may make large individual donations for which we are grateful, but it is preferable to have monthly ongoing commitments that we can count on.  These online monthly contributions are essential to continue our work. As you have heard from other organizations, the amount is not crucial, it can be as little as $5, but it is important to be consistent.  All we can ask of those who already give is that you increase your donation by some amount. 
I pledge to increase my monthly gift. I hope you will join me.
P.S. I love being a foster doggy daddy
  David R. Gelbart, M.D.

February is Dental Health Month

- Let's get those teeth checked!
Hmmmmmm ..., you're wondering ... what does it involve, and why does my pup need it?
Well, your pups may or may not need their teeth cleaned, but having them checked by your Veterinarian, is part of keeping them healthy. The bonus for most of us, is that a thorough dental cleaning will usually improve that famous "doggie breath".
The first step in great dental hygiene, is a veterinary exam. They will take a peak in your pup's mouth, to check for inflamed gums, loose and/or broken teeth, and gauge tartar build-up. If the exam indicates the need for a dental, then expect blood work to be drawn in preparation for treatment, and for an appointment to be set up, to get those teeth taken care of.
A comprehensive d ental cleaning at your veterinary clinic requires some type of light anesthesia by a Veterinarian, and a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), trained in anesthesia monitoring and dental procedures.  You have to look beneath their gum line to identify periodontal disease, and to identify problems before they become painful and expensive to treat.  I cannot stress enough that, besides you, your Veterinary team is your pup's best asset, and they should not be chosen on cost alone, but also on experience.
For your pup's dental procedure, they will usually spend part of the day in the clinic/hospital, so plan to drop your pup off in the morning, and pick up early afternoon. The following is how most dentals unfold at the clinic where I work:
   *      Patient is admitted, and a veterinarian performs a pre-anesthesia exam (listen to heart, lungs, and do a quick dental check). Once they give the okay, patient is pre-anesthetized.
   *      Dental unit is prepped for patient. Tools for tartar removal, probe to check for pockets, elevators, and hand scalers are set out.
   *      Patient is entered into dental radiograph data base, and X-ray sensor is connected.
   *      Patient is anesthetized, and intubated by CVT.  An intravenous catheter is started with fluids, at a rate determined by health and age of the patient.  A monitor is attached that reads all parameters (for example , pulse ox imetry, blood pressure, etc...), and patient is given gas anesthesia to allow us to clean or remove teeth.

    *    The teeth are cleaned using an ultrasonic scaler. We clean all tooth surfaces, including the inside surfaces.
   *   We use a dental probe to check for pockets and take radiographs to help determine if teeth need removal.
     *     Once the veterinarian is done with any removal(s), we hand scale anything we may have missed with the ultrasonic scaler.

     *         We polish all tooth surfaces and apply a sealant (good for about a week).
   *      Pain medication and antibiotics are given by injection, if necessary, before patient awakens.
    *      All patients are monitored in recovery by a CVT, and stay in our treatment area, until we feel they are safe to be returned to the main ward.

*       All surgical patients' parents receive a phone call with an update, from either the veterinarian or the CVT, and are finally discharged by the CVT who performed their dental.

Dental care is important for all species. Catching dental problems early, and doing regular dental cleanings, help prevent tooth loss, infection, and whole-body stress. It also helps if you brush your pup's teeth daily, and feed hard food. Of further importance is an annual physical, so issues are caught in time, and dental issues do not end up getting out of hand, and/or become costlier than they need to be.  Untreated and ignored dental issues can, for example, lead to bone loss (jaw type), facial abscesses, complete arcade removal (all teeth), and cause internal organs to work harder, and spread the infection that is going on in the mouth, to the whole body.
So, dentals are pretty important!  With February being Dental Health Month, get your pup, your cat, your horse, or any other animal you have, in to see their veterinarian. Those pearly whites just may need some attention!

Micheale Gordon, CVT .
**Disclaimer:  The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed, are those of the author, not necessarily of the author's employer, and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the clinic.  Not every Veterinary clinic performs dentals like we do, and we may not do everything your Veterinary clinic does.  The point to this article is to give dog owners insight into why dental care is important, and how some clinics perform them.

Happy Endings

It's been a great week for adoptions in California. Congratulations to the households that have added Rescue Yorkies to their homes. We can't continue to rescue these little dogs if great people don't come forward to adopt them. We are grateful to every family that has taken one of our dogs over the last 20 years that we have been in existence. We also extend a huge thank you to those that support our work through your generous donations.
Shania with her new Mom, Patricia Johnson ♥


Here is Cash with his new family. 
He will join two four legged siblings as well.


Precious Emma with her new family ♥


It is with a HAPPY HEART that I tell all Gracie's followers that she has gone to her new forever home. Her adoption has been in the works for quite a while. Her new mom is a nurse and can take care of Gracie's wound with ease. She is still going to Gracie's Vet for wound care and cold laser treatment twice a week. Gracie really hit the Jackpot with her new home. Her mom is spoiling her like you would not believe. I h ear about her antics every day, which makes me happy. Gracie deserves the good life and she is getting it from her new mom. A plus, I get to see Gracie, as her mom lives not far from me (the foster mom). How wonderful is that!!!!! Gracie wants to Thank everyone who prayed for her and donated for her care. We are all doing the Yorkie Happy Dance for Gracie.
Gracie sends love and kisses to you all ♥


Thank you for opening your hearts and homes for these 
precious rescues and for making their dreams come true! 

In Loving Memory 

Little BeBe was a spoiled and loved little girl - who loved back just as much- both her family and her toys! She will be missed by her mommy Lisa and her daddy Ron. Her little sister Sunshine has been looking for her in all her familiar spots, hoping to find her. Final goodbyes are so heartbreaking, especially when we cannot explain it to our fur babies.

"It is eerily terrifying that there is no sound when a heart breaks. Car accidents end with a bang, falling ends with a thud, even writing makes the scratching sound of pencil against paper. But the sound of a heart breaking is completely silent. Almost as though no one, not even the universe itself could create a sound for such devastation. Almost as though silence is the only way the universe could pay its respect to the sound of a heart falling apart."
                                                                              -  Nikita Gill, The Sound of Heartbreak  

Looking for a Furever Home

(fostered in Northern California)

Our boy Miko is only about 2 1/2 to 3 years old. In his short little life, he has already found himself alone and injured. He was taken to the shelter by a good Samaritan, but his owner didn't come forward and no one would adopt this cutie due to the expense of repairing his broken femur. That's when our rescue stepped in and saved this little dog.
Miko is a Bichon Frise. He only weighs about 6 1/2 skinny pounds. We have gotten his surgery taken care of and his leg is healing nicely. Miko rides well in a car, walks (runs!) well on a leash and is an all-around happy and well-behaved dog. His hair was badly matted when he went to the shelter, so when the Vet shaved his leg for the surgery, we decided we should shave the mats also to give the hair a chance to grow in evenly.   Miko is microchipped, neutered, heart worm tested, has had pre-surgery blood work, and all his vaccinations. Due to the cost of his surgery, Miko's young age and otherwise great health, his adoption fee is higher than most of our dogs. This fee will pay it forward to our helping more sick or injured dogs in the future.
Don't forget to put MIKO'S name on the application @


Special Thanks to this month's Donors 

Thank You to the Many Wonderful & Generous January 

General Fund
LouAnn Scott for Gracie
Cheryl Dodge for Gracie
Kathryn Schuller for Gracie
Sabina Pish for Miko's surgery
Maile Quigley
Jane Fero
Corrine Ellison
Lynda Christian 
Ashley Adkinson
Jilda Schwartz in honor of Marilyn Arcoli Acaroli
Tammy Wooten-Gregory
Rachel Speidel
Karen Roff in memory of PeeWee
Hannelie Vermeulen & coworkers Recycling fund
Hannelie Vermeulen for Lexi
Mike & MaryKay Phillips


Yorkie Angel Donors * 

Karin & Alan Nakashima*
Kathryn Schuller*
Pieter Vermeulen*
Hannelie Vermeulen*
MaryElizabeth Dugmore*
Bette Gae Dart*
Carla Pucket*
Betty Jo Williams*
Ron & Amalia Spaulding*
Lindsay Hardin*
Stephi Jackson*
Ann Sousa*
Joan Willner**
Roz Carella*
Shannon Gelbart*
Paula Scott*
Lisa Ellison*
Julie Gedro*
* monthly donor

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"When you love someone all your saved up wishes start coming out."
~ Elizabeth Bowen

Neeko's Joke

Man: "Honey, on this Valentine's Day, I want to tell you something... I'm not rich like Jack. I don't have a mansion like Russell. I don't have a Porsche like Martin. But I do love you and I want to marry you."
Woman: "Oh, dear, I love you too! What was that you said about Martin?"  ~

Love and Smooches,  
Neeko :o)                                                      

Many Thanks to Lifeline4Paws   


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 hundreds of our dogs since 2007.