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                                                                                                              January 2019                           
"The future belongs to those who 
believe in the beauty of their dreams."
Eleanor Roosevelt
In This Issue
Happy New Year from MaryElizabeth Dugmore
Fundraiser for our little Rescues ♥
Happy Endings
Looking for a Furever Home
In Loving Memory
Donor Recognition
We would Love your support!
Supermodel Athena Maria
Neeko's Joke
Many Thanks to Lifeline4Paws...
Quick Links
Happy New Year from MaryElizabeth Dugmore

Happy New Year!  I am hoping to get us all off to a good start this year with our YorkieSpice list and wanted to remind everyone that if you have a friend that loves Yorkies and might enjoy being on our list with us, if you adopt a dog to a new forever home or if you have a new volunteer, please don't forget to send me their email address, first and last name and I will add them to our list.  

As some of you don't know last year the owner of our original YorkieSpice list passed away and his subscription lapsed so we lost years of members who were on the original, slowly we have been reconstructing this one and I'm happy to let you know that there are now over 100 of us here to share our stories with, let's keep it growing. 

Many Thanks to Ronnie and Jon Birdsong for the fabulous work they did on the new Yorkie Coloring book they graciously donated  to help us raise much needed funds for medical expenses that continue to present themselves as we take the more needy more neglected pups, young and old that come our way.  Thank you for 21 years of support Ronnie and Jon.


MaryElizabeth Dugmore
President and Founder
Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue


by Patti Kushnir

December 15. 2018
Waterfront Hilton
Huntington Beach, California
Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue ended their year with a ChristmasPaws Holiday Thank You Luncheon for their Southern California Volunteers who have contributed so much to the saving, rehabilitating and rehoming of all the little dogs that need rescue. We could not do the work we do without all of our volunteers.
MaryElizabeth Dugmore, our President, flew from Nashville to attend and Paula Fonseca, State Director for California drove down from Northern California. We had 15 of our volunteers attend along with their little furbabies. In fact, one of our volunteers, brought her Yorkie "Wanna Be", an adorable little Dachshund.   The Hilton was so accommodating, they even provided little beds, doggie treats and some bowls of water.
We were seated outside on the Boardwalk Patio with a beautiful view of the Pacific Ocean and luckily it was a nice sunny day.   The food was delicious, the company delightful and lots of laughter all around.
At the end of the luncheon, MaryElizabeth presented Marge Williams with the Dugmore Rescuer of the Year Award. Needless to say, Marge was very surprised.
Our Volunteers that attended were Denise Davis, Eva Ortiz, Susan Sullivan, Brittany Fonseca, Joanna Griebel, Renae, Susan Johnson, Rene Traum, MaryJane Sanders, Marge Williams and myself. We had door prizes and here are the winners: Renae won the beautiful basket, Joanna won the Christmas mug, Paula and Brittany each won the delicious box of Belgium chocolates. Susan Sullivan donated the door prize. It was a beautiful large Yorkie with lights. Denise Davis won that adorable prize.
YTNR thanks everyone for all their hard work and continuous support. Our wish for 2019 is that there will be no need for rescues and all pets will have a safe and loving home.
We hope you enjoy some of the pictures that were taken.

Fundraiser for our little Rescues ♥


Take a look at this beautiful coloring book dedicated to Smoky who was found on the WWII battlefield and came to be a very famous veteran of the War.
There are drawings done by professional artists and also by children who love to draw. Here are some of the pictures that are in the book

The price of the coloring book is $10.00 plus $2.50 shipping total $12.50. Not only do you have a beautiful coloring book that all ages will enjoy, you are helping YTNR save more little souls that need help.

Please send a check to:
1065 Lewis Road
Chapmansboro, Tennessee 37035 

or USE PAYPAL  undefined
Hope you all enjoy the book and Thank you for your support!

Happy Endings

Aubree has been adopted by a lovely family  that adopted Aaden 5 years ago
They are very much in love with her

We wish you a long, healthy and happy life, precious one!

Your YTNR Family ♥


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

Looking for a Furever Home

Bella is ready for her Furever home
(fostered in Southern California)

Bella is now ready for adoption. If you remember, she was saved from a high kill shelter in horrible condition. She had mammary tumors, which have been removed and were benign, she had the fistula in her mouth repaired and her last bad tooth pulled, and she was spayed. She has had all her vaccinations and is microchiped.
Bella would do best in a home where her new family would be retired or home 90% of the time. She has separation anxiety. She LOVES to be held, in fact the perfect home for Bella is a home where her person belongs only to her and likes to cuddle. She sleeps with her foster mom and loves it. She has one bad habit, she will run out the door when you open it. So you must pick her up when the door is opened or hold on to her. Bella weights 8 lbs and stands to gain at least another pound or two. She was skin and bones when she came into the YTNR family. She is approximately 10 years old and she will need eye drops, Sandimmune Drops, for her dry eyes. She can only see slightly our of 1 eye but the other is good. She will use a weewee pad. We think she was used for breeding.

Won't you please open your heart to Bella. If you are a person who likes to stay home and have a loyal companion on your side then Bella is for you. She likes a backyard, and only likes short walks. She is not interested in playing with other dogs, she will follow you wherever you go. She is the perfect little girl for a homebody.

Please go to and put Bella on the application. Her foster mommy will call you. WE do home checks and reference checks.
YTNR thanks everyone who helped with donations on Bella's behalf.


In Loving Memory

Angel Andy ♥

In memory of Andy
At age 14 little Andy found himself without a family, because he was ill and his care too expensive. The Oregon Humane Society started his treatment and placed him up for adoption. There he met his guardian angel, Perpetua, who guided him to our home, and into our hearts. He also crawled into hers, and into the hearts of the staff at OHS, who came to visit him, and who kept in contact after his adoption.
We became the lucky parents of this sweet and most loving little boy. We adopted him as an ill doggie, thinking we could give him relief and happiness in old age, and help him battle his medical issues. Our vets and the many specialists consulted, were all hoping for the same.

As his little body kept losing the fight, his little heart and soul never lost hope. He was happy to be loved, happy to have good meals and fresh water, happy to have the run of the yard as he tried to pee and tolerated loads of medications and tests. He never complained. His little face lit up when he saw you, and his body crawled tightly into yours when you held him. He was a little rag doll, always ready to be hugged, hang in your lap, and love you back. And he loved to go to bed after dinner, often asking if you wanted to join him, or at least put him on the bed and nap with him for a little. Sleep brought relief. We so wanted to save him. He so deserved happiness and health, but his bladder issues became acute when his displaced bladder herniated and could burst at any moment.
We will never know how his medical issues started, or how long he had to cope with it, but too soon we had to hold him for the last time and say our final goodbyes. After eight short months of being family, our boy would go to sleep one last time, when we were able to honor him with humane euthanasia, at a time he had no options left, quality of life disappeared, and pain had to constantly be dulled by medication.
His time with us may have been short, but our brave boy's memory will live on in our hearts forever. Rest In Peace little Andy. We love you forever.
In memory of our sweet Andy, we will donate $10 for every donation YTNR receives this January. Please consider helping in the care of another Yorkie who may have a chance at a happy and healthy life.


"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   

Special Thanks to this month's Donors 

Thank You to the Many Wonderful & Generous December

General Fund
Dan Dugmore in honor of my wonderful wife MaryElizabeth 
and all the yorkies we save
Christopher L. Kaufman
Patricia Johnson in memory of Andy
Terry Lowe in honor of Andy
Karen Roff in memory of PeeWee
Sandra Flolo for Emma
Sandra Flolo for Emma
Patsy Huggins for Emma
Patricia Bussy
Debra Moore in honor of Julie Boyer, PhD
Hannelie Vermeulen Small Change Donation
Roger Cissell
Ronee Bergman for Bella
Denise Nelson for Bella
Chena Spears
Samantha Guihan on behalf of Marilyn Leary
Susan Sullivan in memory of all my yorkies especially Willow and Honey
Jessica Damisch Holiday Donaton
M. Kathleen Reha-Cline in honor of my beautiful sister Susan Sullivan and in memory of her beloved Honey
Dona Reiffenberger
Sandra Flolo for Emma
Jennifer Blandford
David Mendelson
Hannelie Vermeulen in memory of Andy
MaryElizabeth Dugmore Small Change for Andy
Danny and Kirsten Dugmore Small Change for Andy
Karen Dugmore Small Change for Andy

Yorkie Angel Donors * 

Karin & Alan Nakashima*
Kathryn Schuller*
Pieter Vermeulen*
Hannelie Vermeulen*
MaryElizabeth Dugmore*
Bette Gae Dart*
Mary Jane Sanders*
Carla Pucket*
Betty Jo Williams*
Ron & Amalia Spaulding*
Lindsay Hardin*
Stephi Jackson*
Ann Sousa*
Joan Willner**
Roz Carella*
Paula Scott*
Lisa Ellison*
Julie Gedro*
 Patricia Johnson*
Paula Fonseca*

* monthly donor

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

Dogs and Cats Are Capable of Feeling Profound Grief

Helping Your Pet Deal With a Loss  Written by  Dr. Karen Shaw Becker

1. Closely monitor your surviving pet - The process of grieving isn't well-understood in either humans or companion animals, so it's best to pay special attention to your surviving pet for signs of a distress reaction. Knowing what to expect, and how to react, can be very helpful during a time when everyone in the family is feeling a deep sense of loss.

2. Keep daily routines as consistent as possible - Pets do best when they know what to expect from one day to the next (this is true for all pets, not just those who are grieving the loss of a buddy). Try to keep mealtimes, exercise, walks, playtime, grooming, bedtime and other daily activities on a consistent schedule.

3. Keep your pet's diet and mealtimes the same - Your pet may not have much of an appetite in the days following the death of a housemate, but continue to offer him the same food he's used to, at the same time each day. Store what he doesn't eat in the fridge, and offer it to him again at his next regularly scheduled mealtime. Use his hunger to help him get his appetite back by resisting the urge to entice him with treats.
If his appetite doesn't pick up after several days or he's refusing to eat anything at all, make an appointment with your veterinarian to rule out a health problem. Cats, in particular, should not go without eating for more than a couple of days or they risk developing a potentially fatal condition called  hepatic lipidosis.

4. Take care not to inadvertently reward your pet's depression - This is a tough one, because it's only natural to want to comfort your surviving pet. Unfortunately, especially in the case of dogs, giving attention to a pet who is displaying an undesirable behavior can reinforce the behavior. Obviously the last thing you want to do is reward a lack of appetite, anxiety, inactivity or other types of distress reactions in your pet.
Instead, I recommend distracting her with healthy activities that provide opportunities for positive behavior reinforcement. This can be a walk, short training sessions, a game of fetch or  exercising together.

5. In multi-pet households, allow surviving pets to establish their own revised social structure - When there are more than two pets in the family, each member of the group has a specific relationship with every other member of the group. When an animal dies, it creates temporary instability within the group.
This can result in conflicts that are disturbing to human family members, but unless one of your pets is becoming a danger to the others, it's best to let them re-establish group dynamics on their own. If there's a lot of growling, barking, hissing or attacking that isn't subsiding as the group settles into its "new normal," I recommend consulting either your veterinarian or a  veterinary behaviorist for guidance on how to resolve difficulties between pets.

6. Think twice before quickly adding a new pet to the family - Don't automatically assume that acquiring a new pet to "replace" the lost pet is the answer. Dealing with loss and grief is a process that is individual for each of us and each of our animal companions, and while some family members may be ready immediately for a new pet, others may not be.

7. Take care not to further upset your pet with dramatic emotional displays in his presence - Our pets pick up on our emotions so encourage family members who are dealing with their own grief to be sensitive to your pet's state of mind. It's okay to seek comfort from your surviving pet as long as you don't frighten him or cause him additional distress.

8. Give it time - It's hard to know how long our pets' memories are, but based on anecdotal evidence, it seems that dogs in particular do remember companions for some time. Your pet's grieving process may take a few days, weeks or even months, but eventually most pets return to their normal lively selves.
If at any point you feel your pet is suffering unnecessarily or there is something more going on than simply missing his friend, I recommend discussing the situation with your veterinarian.

9. Consider having your pet present at his companion's death - Some pet guardians feel it helps to have the surviving pet present during or after euthanasia, or allow them to see and smell their friend's body once death has occurred.
Your pet may have no obvious reaction to his friend's body in death (most pets sniff and walk away), but it may help him to comprehend there is no need to search the house for the animal that has passed. I have found this to be very helpful for remaining pack members, especially if they have a very strong bond.
10. Use natural grief remedies, if needed - There are some excellent homeopathic and Bach flower remedies that can be easily administered to your grieving pet until you see an emotional shift in a more positive direction. Some of my favorites include homeopathic Ignatia, Jackson Galaxy's  Solutions, the Bach flower remedy  Honeysuckle and  Green Hope Farm Grief and Loss.

Using  Applied Zoopharmacognosy has been one of the most helpful ways of helping animals over their grief that I have experienced as a practitioner.

Neeko's Joke

Deep within a forest a little turtle began to climb a tree. After hours of effort he reached the top, jumped into the air waving his front legs and crashed to the ground. After recovering, he slowly climbed the tree again, jumped, and fell to the ground. The turtle tried again and again while a couple of birds sitting on a branch watched his sad efforts. Finally, the female bird turned to her mate.
"Dear," she chirped, "I think it's time to tell him he's adopted.  ~

Wishing you All a Pawsome New Year ♥

Love and Smooches,      
                                   Neeko S. Spaulding ♥                                                   
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.