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                                                                                                           July 2020                           
"Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope." 
~ Maya Angelou   

In This Issue
In catastrophic events heroes appear among us
Happy Endings
Hi, My Name is Bosco
In Loving Memory ~ Dante Dugmore
Shop our Yorkie Boutique
Fundraiser for our little Rescues ♥
Donor Recognition
We would Love your support!
Supermodel Athena Maria
Many Thanks to Lifeline4Paws...
Quick Links
In catastrophic events heroes appear among us

When 9/11 happened it was Maria Boyle who was a New York cop. Her firefighter brother-in-law, perished in one of the Towers. She pulled her family together and moved forward with positive energy becoming a master quilter and daughter extraordinaire, among only a couple of her many accomplishments.


This year another warrior hero is emerging working hands on in a hospital in Portland. Oregon.
Hannelie Vermeulen. She's working over 12 hours a day as a clinician and taking care of all mental health patients 6/7 days a week with no breaks. She continues to participate in her other community activities and is always here for YTNR and our challenges.
I wanted to share her picture, it shines with positivity and makes me smile.


We have to also recognize Amalia Spaulding for forging forward ahead of her grief and the personal challenges she has endured through this pandemic, holding her family together and maintaining a healthy routine for them and still finding time, sometimes in the middle of the night to put our Yorkie Times newsletter together for our volunteers and friends.  
There are heroes emerging among us and Amalia is one of them.


Masking up for better days... it's okay to be safe. Let's do this together! love...

Teamwork!! A few more friends and family stopping the spread together.

Thank you to the very talented Dan Dugmore for creating this song for YTNR _

Thank you to the very talented Dan Dugmore for creating this song for YTNR ♥


"What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best days 
of our lives  haven't even happened yet." Anne Frank

Happy Endings

♥ Gigi, adopted one year ago celebrating her anniversary ♥  
Here she is with her parents and their daily walking pack.


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

Hi, My Name is Bosco

Hello everyone, my name is Bosco. I came into rescue the first time in January of this year. I stayed with the rescue lady for almost a month and then went on to my furever home. It was a nice place and my new owner was a nice lady, but soon after I got there, I started not to feel so well. My tummy hurt all the time and I had trouble eating. My new owner had some health issues herself so she couldn't take care of me anymore. It all just made me sad. So, she called the rescue and my foster mom came to pick me up. 

The next day my foster mom was there, and I was so happy to see her, but I felt so weak I couldn't even wag my tail. I noticed too, that my foster mom was crying. She pulled over on the side of the road and called Mary Elizabeth and told her that my ribs and hips were poking out, that I was listless and completely dull. She said that she was afraid I was so sick I wouldn't make it to tomorrow and I needed to be hospitalized. Of course, Mary Elizabeth said to take me straight on to the hospital. 

It took a little while, but we finally got to the ER. I was scared because I had to go in alone, but my foster mom kissed me on the head and reassured me I'd be fine. I was so sick I couldn't wag or anything. 

Three days later and miracle of miracles, I felt so much better! They gave me medicine and special food and my tummy doesn't hurt anymore, and now I'm hungry again. Foster mom picked me up and took me home with her. I had a warm bath, and lots of kisses, hugs, and pets. I saw my old pals, Ellie the Yorkie, and Millie the Poodle. They were so happy to see me, and I was feeling so much better I could wag again and let them know I was happy too. 

Foster mom says that I have to take it easy for a while because even though I feel better, I'm not all the way well. I still have 2 pounds to gain and energy to recoup. I noticed after all the excitement of coming home I got really tired. So foster mom wrapped me in a blanket and held me on the sofa the rest of the day. It felt so good to feel good again, to be held again, and to be loved again. I took a deep breath and settled into it. 

I've been with foster mom and dad for a month now, seen the vet a couple times and I'm making good progress. I've even put on ¾ of a pound. The vet says I have something called PLE which is Protein Leaking Enteropathy and a grade 3-4 heart murmur. The PLE makes it hard for my body to absorb nutrients which is why it's taken me so long to gain weight but I'm sure trying. I have a lot of medicine to take but I don't mind. One of the medicines makes me very hungry and thirsty so I eat and drink a lot. Boy is that nice!

All in all, I'm doing so much better and I'm thrilled to be living life. I have a home, friends, and love, and how much more could a guy want! 

In Loving Memory ~ Dante Dugmore 
It is with my broken heart that I write these words looking for the lessons one is supposed to receive on occasions like this, when living through the loss of a beloved member of our family, our sweet Dante, who came to us when he was only a few months old and diagnosed with liver shunt disease. He and his litter mate sister, Amora Dora both came to us when they were only a few months old.  We took them to the University of Tennessee and a scintigraphy showed both of them had extrahepatic  shunts, after their surgery they both came to live with us, we continued to monitor their progress. Amora Dora was diagnosed with severe MVD which meant she had to stay on a very strict diet and a careful eye for her condition to progress.  

Dante thrived and became a favorite of Dan's, he stayed healthy and active in spite of losing most of his teeth in the last couple of years.  He snuggled nightly with Dan and in the morning, they had a routine where in the morning Dan would tell him that it was morning but he couldn't open is eyes, so Dante would oblige with kisses on his face.  

On days that Dante wasn't feeling very good or we felt he might have something we needed to keep an eye on Dante came to me and would join my three on the bed at night, he would deeply bury himself under the covers and snuggle up close making sure to have body contact through the night, and once he was feeling better he would bounce right back into Dan's arms  and say "okay Dad, I'm better!"  
Everything was  going along smoothly, and all the dogs were happy.  A few months ago, there was a sudden onset of Yorkies being surrendered in Tennessee and we took on a few of  some very needy dogs, the dynamic  changed in the doggie room and our house in general. Instead of just having to offer love and care to just our 5 little yorkies and 1 Irish Wolfhound, there were 3 more rescues needing medical care and love.  It was a rush of constant activity keeping everything and everyone busy.  

One by one the little rescue dogs each found their new and forever homes and went off to a new life.   I was noticing that the dynamic hadn't really settled back into normal but was also attributing that because the covid19 had kept us homebound with Dan and myself home all of the time, so our normal routine changed again. There was more barking, and the excitement level just hadn't returned to normal again. We'd go check to see what was going on the little dogs would be standing on the no longer used cat tree's which were perfect perches to look out the window and bark at cats and ducks walking around outside.  

We don't know what happened to Dante but when we brought all the dogs in that last evening, Dante wasn't with them, we searched inside and outside and finally found him beside the cat tree, we believe he must have fallen off and hit his head but we were too late regardless of what happened.  

We are beyond devastated and will miss him forever.  He was a special little sweetheart that graced our lives for a few short years.  


"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

Shop our Yorkie Boutique

We recently received some lovely donations to help us raise funds for our little dogs.

Please browse our latest listings.  

Check back often as we are adding more things as we get pictures and descriptions.  

Thank you for supporting our rescue efforts. 

Fundraiser for our little Rescues ♥

We have just the creative outlet for you during this pandemic! 
A lovely Yorkie themed coloring book to put the fun back into your day. Grab your crayons, your pencils, your watercolors or markers, and expose yourself to art. Lower your stress and anxiety, and foster mindfulness. Enjoy yourself while you bring an adorable picture to life!

A few sheets from our coloring book

Make sure to get your copies to color, relax and spread some cheer, as we remain home in order to stay safe and keep those around us safe.

The price of the coloring book is $12.50, including shipping.  Please support the care of our foster Yorkies, and allow us to rescue more dogs, by buying one for yourself, and maybe a few as gifts!

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You can also send a check to:
1065 Lewis Road
Chapmansboro, Tennessee 37035 

Hope you will all enjoy relaxing while filling your life with color! Our little dogs thank you for supporting their care! And so, do all of us at YTNR!

Special Thanks to this month's Donors 

Thank You to the Many Wonderful & Generous June

General Fund  
Bill and Cathy Goff in memory of NOSY
Carlen Clement
Mylon at plant partners
Lauren Lochtefeld thank you to Sandy and John 
for watching Louie when my dad passed
Michelle Lyon in memory of Susan Hosey
Patricia Blackmon
Rebecca Wesser in memory of Scarlett
Yevgeniya Galatenko through a Disney Grant
Deborah Thompson
Cheryl Dodge for Bella's eye surgery
Sandra Bills
Michelle & Geoffrey Waterman 
c/o Renaissance Charitable Foundation
Christian DeGobbi
Dan Dugmore in memory of Dante
Lifeline4Paws for Bosco

Yorkie Angel Donors *  
Karin & Alan Nakashima*
Kathryn Schuller*
Pieter Vermeulen*
Hannelie Vermeulen*
MaryElizabeth Dugmore*
Mary Jane Sanders* 
Carla Pucket*
Betty Jo Williams*
Ron & Amalia Spaulding*
Lindsay Hardin*
Stephi Jackson*
Ann Sousa* 
Joan Willner* 
Bette Gae Dart*
Paula Scott*
Lisa Ellison*
Julie Gedro*
 Patricia Johnson*
Jessica Damisch*
Paula Fonseca* 
Sandra Grumbein*
Carrie Unger*
Karen Roff*
Linda Connor*

* monthly donor 

Become a monthly donor by visiting our web page @ 
Any donation large or small helps us help those more desperate cases that would otherwise be left in the system.
We can't do the things we do 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 very much appreciate your support.

We are a 501 (c) (3) organization, your donation is 100% tax deductible.

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♥ Yorkies across U.S. will Thank You, as will YTNR ♥

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

6 Reasons Dogs Get Depressed
1.  She's dealing with an undiagnosed medical problem
If your dog's behavior changes, even if you suspect you know why, it's always a good idea to check in with your veterinarian. Many changes in behavior symptomatic of depression, including lack of appetite, potty accidents in the house, sleeping more than usual, reluctance to exercise and sudden aggressive behavior in a dog who has never shown aggression, can also be signs of any number of underlying medical conditions.
2.  He's feeling ignored
A healthy dog who is feeling depressed may lose interest in eating or playing, become destructive, have accidents in the house or stop running to greet you when you come through the door. Like a sleepy, sluggish dog, a depressed pooch often just needs more quality time with his human.
Get into the habit of spending an uninterrupted hour with your dog each day engaging in physical pursuits, grooming rituals, training exercises and good old tummy rubs. It will lighten both your moods!
3.  She's not getting enough exercise
Sadly, some dogs become socially inhibited when they aren't getting enough exercise and playtime. This can take the form of a decrease in interaction with other family members, or choosing to isolate themselves in their crate or another room. If your normally happy dog suddenly isn't, consider the possibility that she needs more exercise.
Most dogs need much more physical activity than their owners realize. Your dog should be getting an absolute minimum of 20 minutes of sustained heart-thumping exercise three times a week. Thirty minutes is better than 20, and six or seven days a week is better than three.
Minimum exercise requirements prevent muscle atrophy, but don't necessarily build muscle mass, strengthen tendons and ligaments, hone balance and proprioception, or enhance cardiovascular fitness, which is why more is always better. If you can provide your dog daily walks as well as additional daily training sessions to meet your other exercise goals, even better! 
4.  He's suffered the loss of a human family member or pet
It's not unusual for dogs to grieve the loss of a person or animal friend they are bonded with. According to the late Dr. Sophia Yin, a veterinarian and applied animal behavior specialist, dogs feel the same basic emotions humans do, including grief, fear, anger, happiness, sadness and even possessiveness.
When a dog is mourning a loss, depression is common. Signs of depression in dogs mimic those in people - sleeping more than normal, moving more slowly, eating less and showing a limited interest in playing.
If your dog seems depressed at the loss of a person or animal he was close to, engage him in activities he enjoys, such as a walk, a game of fetch or a trip to the dog park. It's really a matter of distracting him with things he enjoys until sufficient time has passed and he's no longer looking around every corner for the one who is now absent from his life.
And it's best not to expect a quick fix. It can take from a few weeks to a few months before your dog's depressed mood begins to lift.
5.  Her favorite human is depressed
Your dog is very observant of your emotional state, which she can detect by observing the tone of your voice, your body language and other subtle clues, including your pheromones (how you smell). The way you move, speak and behave all send subtle signals to your dog that indicate your mood.
For example, when you're in a situation that's stressful to your dog, such as at your veterinarian's office, she'll look to you to help her calm down. If, however, you seem tense and nervous, she'll likely become even more anxious. Your dog is extremely intuitive; so if you're feeling blue, don't be surprised if she seems depressed as well.
6.  He's being subjected to punitive behavior training
Dogs who are punished for undesirable behavior instead of being rewarded for positive behavior may stop interacting with their owners in an attempt to avoid punishment. They adopt a depressive state of mind called "learned helplessness" because they feel powerless to avoid negative situations.
I can't stress strongly enough the importance of positive reinforcement behavior training, not only to help your dog become a good canine citizen, but also to preserve and protect the close and priceless bond you share with him.

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.