Newsletter for Yorkie Rescue
God said, "I need somebody strong enough to pull sleds and find bombs, yet gentle enough to love babies and lead the blind. Somebody who will spend all day on a couch with a resting head and supportive eyes to lift the spirits of a broken heart." So God made a dog.
Doggie Love - Unconditional Love by Hannelie Vermeulen
We all have that story. The one who sold us.
As a new 8-year-old in town, a family living close by took in a stray dog with puppies. One of them, Toffie, became my shadow. This black little mutt, who had a silver beard in her senior years, saw me all the way into college. She knew me, my family and friends, the loves of my childhood life - and the secrets I wouldn't trust anyone else with. Every child needs a Toffie. Her sweetness cemented my love for dogs. She remains a memory I carry with me.
Over the years I was able to continue bringing dogs home - who built on her memories. They explored with me, had fun with me, supported and comforted me - and saw me through good times and sad times. They still stand by my side - and I am a stronger woman for it.
Our dogs teach us so much and ask for so little in return. They are loyal to the point of heart break. When we adopted out little Nala, (through YTNR), a few years ago, she looked back through the window of the car, and cried as her new mommy and grandma drove her into her future. I cried when they told me - and hoped she understood, after she was all settled in and spoiled rotten.
Little Eric, a lost little soul from a shelter, turned out to be the most compassionate therapist assistant, while recuperating from his own severely broken leg. He selflessly and unconditionally loved my clients who struggled emotionally. His lasting impact on so many, remains awe inspiring.
Aubrey, who knew nothing but being hurt, learned to accept love, to give love, and to cuddle, as he trustingly overcome the demons haunting him from his past. Little Pieter followed in his footsteps. Crippled by neglect and abuse, and struggling with medical and emotional concerns, he rose from the ashes like a phoenix. He inspired all around with his resilience. He blossomed emotionally, as he learned to look you in the eye, and walk independently into loving arms.
Jack, the caring little bundle of joy, maneuvered his way into nursing every animal in our home back to heath, while also being the life of every party we threw, and the warm spot in your lap at the end of the day. He played well with others, and never gave up. His endurance stood the test of time - and he fought a battle of wills to provide all the comfort he deemed necessary.
Eloise and Nico, bonded as can be, supported each other through sickness and health, and during six months of in-home confinement after their adoption. They provided each other with comfort, shared well, and explored together after entering a healthy phase. Years later Nico struggled with grief after Eloise's death, but he was able to continue adjusting and loving, proving that an old dog can learn new tricks. He died in peace, after a brave fight with tracheal collapse. Together they taught us the value of companionship and love when faced by adversity - yet the importance of independence when growing into your own and facing life after the loss of a loved one.
Caroline persevered until teaching Rowdy how to enjoy company and how to play. He nervously accepted the guidance, never having had that from another dog (or initially from a human) before, since he spent his first 18 months in isolation. In turn she became more self-assured and grew to love to share (some). They helped heal each other's' fears.
Recently little Andy walked wobbly into our home and our hearts, struggling with longstanding infections and overall poor health. As our vets work to address his issues, he continues to live in the moment and to enjoy what he has. Sweet as pie, he walks proud to be loved, tries hard to teach us bed time and food time routines, while he struggles desperately to potty - something other doggies take for granted. No matter what, he keeps bouncing back, and moving forward, in the process teaching us humans how to handle life's challenges mindfully. Suzanne followed shortly behind him. Supposed to be in Pawspice, she had too much spunk in her to give up. She's stealing hearts as she's getting ready for her own family and home, and led the way for a new little girl, Ellie, to join the YTNR family. Ellie is just a little munchkin, who still has to learn how to play well. But at eight months old, she has time ... As Nelson Mandela said, "The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall".
Over the years there were others, like blind little TJ, who loved to be held, as much as he loved to hike. Tuffy, who's heroism taught us how full a life can be in six remaining months, and how much love can be passed through soulful eyes. Julia, who remained positive in Pawspice, and spread love and shared happiness until her last little breath. And so many more little loved ones, that I can write volumes ...
As doggies continue to enter our home, the stories, love and learnings grow, and the wonders never cease. We are reminded of faith (in the good of most of our fellow humans, and all of the animals we come in contact with), hope, that we may be the person our dogs believe we are, and in love, that overcomes all.
Doggies in our homes and our hearts
May our dogs always inspire us to love unconditionally and passionately, be selfless, patient, loyal and resilient! May we be THAT person in their lives, and in the lives of others around us.
has been adopted!
♥ Gus with his new family, Jon & Ronnie ♥
PoGo has been adopted!
♥ PoGo is very loved by his new family ♥
Thank you for opening your hearts and homes for these
precious rescues and for making their dreams come true!
In Loving Memory
RIP Mick Arndt
Another YTNR Angel is in Heaven!
YTNR is sad to announce the passing of one of our wonderful volunteers, Mick Arndt.
Mick lived in Southern California and fostered many dogs for us. He was the proud Dad to an adorable yorkie, Charlie Brown.
This is a tribute to Mick from our California State Director, Paula Fonseca.
Mick began fostering after he adopted Buddy back in December of 2012. Charlie Brown wasn't too keen on sharing Dad with another dog. Mick didn't want to uproot Buddy, so he signed up to be a volunteer and foster Buddy until he was adopted. After that Mick fostered 3 other dogs. He didn't consider adopting any of them- he knew Charlie was an only child at heart. Mick had the most positive outlook and was pleasant and lovely to talk to. Mostly we communicated over Facebook, sending sweet 'doggie' posts to one another.
He was always willing to help and never turned down a request to transport or foster a dog in need. He will be missed.
Beth Steeno was one of our wonderful adopters who adopted Sparky,
a 12 year old
Senior Yorkie on March 5, 2016. She was a yorkie supporter and lover of the breed.The picture is when she adopted Sparky. She passed away in May. YTNR sends their condolences to her family and her good friends.
"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
PLEASE SAY HELLO TO ELLE!!!!
(fostered in Oregon)
Sweet little Ellie is not even a year old. She is a lovely, lively little pup, who loves her humans, and cuddles well with her doggie siblings. She also loves chew toys, squeaky toys, and your shoes will do too ;-) She's not crazy about cats but is OK with them in the house. Being a puppy, she may chase them if given the opportunity.
At almost 5 pounds, she runs like the wind, and needs her own very well fenced yard. Outside of her yard she does well on a leash. She can be a bit barky but quiets down fast. Ellie has had basic obedience training and responds to commands, but being a young terrier, she will need reinforcement and ongoing training.
Ellie needs a very loving home with some terrier experience, and a long-term commitment. If you are interested in being a new doggie parent(s) to the most amazing bundle of joy, have time for daily play and brush, and willing to do some more training,
please apply soon!
Elle is microchipped.
Adoption Donation is $700, includes microchip.
Special Thanks to this month's Donors
Thank You to the Many Wonderful & Generous June
Hannelie Vermeulen for Suzanne
Pieter Vermeulen for Suzanne
MaryElizabeth Dugmore for Suzanne
Summer Ashley for Caroline's Recycling Fund
Jordan Hendrickson for Caroline's Recycling Fund
Marilyn Arentz for Caroline's Recycling Fund
Deborah Blaker for Nina White in memory of CoCo
Patti Kushnir for Charlie Brown
Marge Williams for Charlie Brown
Patricia Bloodgood for Charlie Brown
The Steeno Family in memory of Beth Steeno
Thad Jaynes in memory of Elizabeth Ann Steeno
Jamie Simpson In memory of Elizabeth Ann Steeno
Emily Laird in memory of Elizabeth Ann Steeno, from Cindy Bedrick, Adrienne Henning Scott Milkey & the Law Firm of McNeely Stephenson
Robert Preston in memory of Elizabeth Ann Steeno from SIFC 06 girls team
Daniel Huge in memory of Elizabeth Ann Steeno
Robbin Sinatra from Cowboy and Robbin Sinatra
Karen Roff in memory of PeeWee
Vicki J Bechtelheimer for Emma
Jacklyn Cosenza Bebe
Tina Thorsen Ellie
Yorkie Angel Donors *
Karin & Alan Nakashima*
Bette Gae Dart*
Betty Jo Williams*
Ron & Amalia Spaulding*
* monthly donor
We couldn't do it without you...
The Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue Inc. is run solely on private donations and fundraising efforts made by people like you who love this Breed. We appreciate your support
We are a 501 (c) (3) organization, your donation is 100% tax deductible.
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Messages from our Happy Readers
This June newsletter is absolutely wonderful. Loved all the pictures, the stories, and felt my heart beat faster at a couple of the stories of sad times for the little furbies. All of you out there are just the best for taking care of these precious babies. I will of course reread the letter again. Do not want to miss one picture or anything about the little ones. Thanks to all you very nice people for adopting these little rascals. They are loved deeply I know by everyone of you. Be sure and keep us up to date each month as to all that occurs with each one of them if you can or pictures. These pictures were all superb!!!
I agree with Helen. Great newsletter.
Thank you all so much who work to make this a great organization
Supermodel Athena Maria Aphrodite
The Goddess of Wisdom and Love.....
Hot Weather Safety Tips
provided by ASPCA experts
- Visit the vet for a spring or early-summer checkup. Make sure your pets get tested for heartworm if they aren't on year-round preventative medication.
- Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it's hot or humid outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful not to over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it's extremely hot.
- Know the symptoms of overheating in pets, which include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.
- Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.
- Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. Not only can it lead to fatal heat stroke, it is illegal in several states!
- Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool-not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from his fur, and try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals.
- Open unscreened windows pose a real danger to pets, who often fall out of them. Keep all unscreened windows or doors in your home closed, and make sure adjustable screens are tightly secured.
- Feel free to trim longer hair on your dog, but never shave your dog: The layers of dogs' coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. And be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.
- When the temperature is very high, don't let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close to the ground, your pooch's body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.
- Commonly used rodenticides and lawn and garden insecticides can be harmful to cats and dogs if ingested, so keep them out of reach. Keep citronella candles, tiki torch products and insect coils of out pets' reach as well. Call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Centerat (888) 426-4435 if you suspect your animal has ingested a poisonous substance.
- Remember that food and drink commonly found at barbeques can be poisonous to pets. Keep alcoholic beverages away from pets, as they can cause intoxication, depression and comas. Similarly, remember that the snacks enjoyed by your human friends should not be a treat for your pet; any change of diet, even for one meal, may give your dog or cat severe digestive ailments. Avoid raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate and products with the sweetener xylitol. Please visit our People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets page for more information.
~ Teacher: Please use the words "letter carrier" in a sentence.
Student: Yes, ma'am. "My dad said that after seeing how many things my sister was bringing on the camping trip, he would rather letter carrier own luggage."
Wishing you All a Blessed Summer ♥
Love and Smooches,
Many Thanks to Lifeline4Paws
Every time we remember to say "thank you",
we experience nothing less than heaven on earth.
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
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.