Newsletter for Yorkie Rescue
"Dogs, for a reason that can only be described as divine, have the ability to forgive, let go of the past, and live each day joyously. It's something the rest of us strive for."
~ Jennifer Skiff
Pictured are Jerry Wolfe, Ronee Bergman (with her YTNR rescue, Dax), and Jackie Wolfe holding our foster dog Molly at the PAWS Chicago, Angels with Tails event on May 20th
PAWS graciously invited us to partner with them at this annual event on Oak Street in Chicago. As you can tell from our winter coats the weather did not cooperate and was about 41 degrees with at least a half hour of drenching rain. Despite this, we had a large number of people come to adopt Yorkies and stop by our table to talk with us. We received several wonderful applications for sweet little Molly who has now gone home to her wonderful new family.
We want to give a big THANK YOU to PAWS for inviting us again and to Escada who welcomed us into their store during the downpour and gave us a place to warm up. I hope to continue our partnership in the Angels with Tails events coming up on July 7th in Winnetka and October 14th In Roscoe Village, Chicago. We will all hope for better weather!
Coco has been adopted!
Coco with his new mama, Karen. She is very excited to have sweet Coco join her and her Cockapoo, Phoebe, who is waiting at home for his arrival.
Opie and his skin brother, Geoffrey, are very happy together ♥
Daisy with her new Mommy ♥
Daisy has been adopted to a wonderful couple.
Here she is with her new mom.
Mom is disabled and is home alone 15 hours every day, Monday - Friday when Dad commutes to the bay area for work. Daisy's new mom says, "Thank you so much. We can't believe how much this little angel has taken over our lives when we just met her a week ago.
She is such a blessing."
Sweet Molly went home to her new family today.
Grandpa is home full time and Molly has a fenced back yard and a friendly Shih Tzu living next door.
Zack with his new Mommy ♥
Here we are on the deck in the garden. Life is good.
Thanks for all you've done. He's an absolute delight.
Thank you for opening your hearts and homes for these
precious rescues and for making their dreams come true!
In Loving Memory
All rescues are etched into our memories, but some of their stories stick to our hearts like ticks. Little Sunshine's heart rendering rescue was one of them.
Merely a few pounds, with a rotten little mouth that made it hard to eat, she joined our YTNR family on a freezing cold morning in the winter of 2014. A Good Samaritan found her wet and cold, on the edge of a small town, near the Canadian border, where no one knew her name ...
By Christmas 2014, she had her own family - mommy Lisa, daddy Ron, and sister BeBe, another teeny Yorkie.
Over the next few years she was spoiled and pampered, loved, and even hand fed. As she grew older, she became deaf, blind, had increased cognitive difficulty, and her breathing became increasingly labored.
Her little sister, Bebe, became her "guide dog", until she herself unexpectedly crossed the rainbow bridge in January 2018. Poor Sunshine was "lost", but her mommy and daddy guided and loved her through her last few months on earth, until it became too hard to breathe. On May 23, 2018 she crossed the rainbow bridge, eased by veterinary care.
Now her mommy and daddy have empty laps, a quiet home (she was quite the talker), and sad
hearts. She is dearly missed.
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN
Nico and Eloise joined our family on December 28, 2012. They went directly from a small humane society in rural Washington, to our veterinary clinic in Oregon. A few miracles later, and lots of treatment over the next few months, they both stabilized and settled into a comfy country life. They loved each other, and loved being loved by us (and all). Nico was always the the sweet little grouch, while also being the medically vulnerable little boy. Eloise, the seemingly strong little girl, watched over him - and together they comforted each other. On January 13, 2017, she unexpectedly crossed the rainbow bridge when her trachea collapsed. Our brave little Nico fought on for almost another year and a half, until his veterinarian helped him cross the bridge in peace on May 8, 2018. He's now reunited with his little sister.
♥ Nico and Eloise ♥
Nico (L) and Eloise 2 year's after adoption, with big brother Palemon
Big brother watching over him during his last weeks ♥
We so miss our little boy. May you Rest In Peace Nico. Breathe easy and run free. Love, daddy Pieter, mommy Hannelie, and your doggie and kittie brothers and sisters.
"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
LET'S ALL SAY A BIG HELLO TO GUS!
(fostered in Illinois)
Hi there! My name is Augustus, but my friends call me Gus!
I love people, and I get along well with other dogs and cats. I love to wear one of my many sweaters while I sit and look out the window during the day, and I sleep under the covers in the pack bed at night.
My foster home is very calm and I really like that. Though I am very cute, i
f you make a big fuss over me when you come and go, I will not do well. I need a calm environment with assertive leadership-one that accepts me for who I am, and will continue to work with me. You see, I have a lot of anxiety that I take medication for twice a day; I am very reactive to what is going on around me. When I hear and see things for the first time, I will probably start barking. To help me with this issue, my foster family introduces me to whatever it is I'm scared of, then tells me I'm okay and helps me to settle back down.
I'm a very quick learner and would love to go to obedience school to boost my confidence. My foster mom is still working with me on riding calmly in the car instead of yipping and climbing all over the seats like an American Ninja Warrior. I do have luxating patellas, but they don't bother me at all. My tongue sticks out all of the time-because one side of my lower jaw is a little underdeveloped-and it adds even more to my cuteness! I enjoy walks, like to play fetch and tug indoors, and know how to sit and gently take a treat when asked. I really enjoy walking around and smelling all the smells in my foster family's yard. Though I am potty pad trained, my foster mom gives me lots of praise and a treat if I do my business outside. I will do best with someone active who works from or stays at home, who can keep ME company! Oh, and I don't do crates.
I am UTD on all of my shots, neutered, microchipped and ready to go home. I am 2 ½ years old and weigh 4.8 pounds. Be sure to mention my name when you fill out your application. I can hardly wait to meet you.
In November of 2017 YTNR launched our Pawspice program, for doggies with life limiting
The current doggies in our program are Kaycee, Ebony and Lou.
In May of 2018 we received our first external Pawspice referral from a West Coast Humane
Society, who asked us to take in an ill little Yorkie they considered terminal. Little Mae, who
was promptly renamed Suzanne, came with a long slew of medical conditions. Her hair was
greasy, with thin patches, and her skin scaly, crusty, and smelly. Her little tail was swollen to
more than double its size and had a slightly yeasty smell. She had severe periodontal disease,
chronic ear infection, incipient cataracts, bilateral luxating patellas, stiffened hind legs, with
some neurological and back issues, vision concerns, and an enlarged heart. She coughed and
coughed, worse at night. And these are the issues that were obvious and mentioned....
YTNR picked her up, and the stinky, oily little mess drove home on top of a volunteer's lap,
directly to a doggie self-wash to clean away some of the griminess. A few days later our
amazing veterinary team removed her remaining 21 rotten and infected teeth, and started
treatment to clear up her ear infection and address skin issues. She received an ultrasound,
and was given amazing news. Yes, she's a pretty ill, and older (10-12 y/o) little doggie, and she
has an enlarged heart and the above issues, as well as most probably a chronic bronchitis that
we are treating with antibiotics,
BUT SHE'S GOING TO LIVE!!!!
Little Suzanne is now on the mend, she coughs a whole lot less, and smells so much sweeter.
The empty patches on her back are filling in, her ears don't itch anymore, and she runs like the
wind with those stiffened little legs kicking out to the side. She "talks" her way out of her Xpen,
and eats like a champ.
Learning to share
Being spoiled ♥
Getting to know her Foster famiy
She crawled from her foster family's laps into their hearts. As soon as her last few treatable
ailments are controlled, she will be up for adoption to a very lucky family of her own. If you
would like to be considered, please go to our website, www.YTNR.com, and complete an
application, mentioning SUZANNE. She can't wait to hear from you - and promises to enrich
your life and give you lots of love and kisses.
Speaking of riches, our little love, cost YTNR a pretty penny at a time we were also treating
multiple other sickly little dogs and provided surgeries to others in need.
helping us out with a few dollars towards her recovery, by donating through our link:
Suzanne and YTNR thank you for your support!
Special Thanks to this month's Donors
Thank You to the Many Wonderful & Generous May
Ronee Bergman for Suzanne's medical expense
Vicki Gechelheimer for Emma
Melinda Miller for BooBear
Janis Kuykendall for Emma
Suzanne Ditsler for Emma
Sherry Miller for Emma
Antoinette (Toni) Lowery for Emma
Multynalysis & Development, Inc.
Karen Roff in memory of PeeWee
Nugget donated $200 from his Piggy Bank Jar
Lynn Terrell for Emma
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.
Miss Penny Pockets
A Blast from the Past ~ from my ancestors.dug
My name is Michele Dawn. I live in Temecula, Ca with my companion of 6 years, Miss Mary-Margaret O'Brien. We are private investigators, licensed in the state of California. I am, anyway. She works under my license. We also manage service of process locally and nationwide.
Sneaker Doodles was my first Yorkie. He was pure bred, papered and the most adorable, easy going dog ever. He was also not particularly bright, but that only added to his charm. When we brought his "wife" home (Susie the Chihuahua) she was not the type to be left outside. She figured out how to make her own doggie door in the slider screen and went in and out as she pleased. Sneakers, on the other hand, would just sit there and cry as he watched her come and go. She even went outside and tried to push him through the screen to no avail. He was a "good boy" and never did anything without express permission from his humans.
Sneakers also had a love affair going with our automatic pool sweep. Whenever "Mildred" would come alive to do her duties, he'd race around the pool following her, totally smitten with her abilities. After a while he'd jump into the pool and paddle around the surface above where she was doing her job. To make things a bit easier for him we got him his own boogie board. He'd take a running leap onto it, sail across the pool, and gaze lovingly at "Mildred". I think it broke his little heart when we moved as some of the joie de vivre left his little soul after that.
Mary-Margaret O'Brien was nine weeks old when she first spotted me walking into the pet store. Her predecessor, Rose Anne, had passed away a week earlier and I hadn't healed very well emotionally. I was in desperate need of puppy kisses and had only planned to stay long enough in the pet store to get my "fix". I played with every dog there, but not the Yorkie. I just couldn't play with the Yorkie. Rose Anne was half-Yorkie and half-Chihuahua and I was too wounded to pick up the Yorkie.
Two hours later, the only dog I hadn't played with was the Yorkie. Since she was placed into the "play pen" along with her cubicle mate, a Maltese, it really wasn't up to me. The Maltese was picked up and put back into her apartment, leaving me and "the Yorkie" (who later informed me that she was Mary-Margaret O'Brien) alone and we communicated. Spiritually, silently ...we bonded unexpectedly and permanently. We left together and have been together 24/7 ever since.
Yorkies are more like little people in tiny dog suits. To someone who didn't know about Yorkies, they look like pups. But to someone who has conversed with them and seen their souls through their eyes, they are more like messengers from Heaven. They connect to our hearts and our beings as only an angel could. They feel what we feel and know what we think. Yorkies are incredibly intelligent and sensitive....and religious. They are pretty much non-denominational, so they follow whatever religious beliefs their humans have.
Mary-Margaret is a devout Catholic and probably a better one than I am. She's been to three funerals in her little life and I swear she prays when we pray, stands when we stand, and knows better than to try to sing when we sing. Sneakers, on the other hand, loved to "sing" along with the radio when riding in the car. And I'd be singing around the house for no particular reason and he'd start singing right along with me. I think his favorite song was "Tomorrow", from "Annie" and he'd hit the notes right on key.... usually.
Whether singing, playing, watching television or stalking cats, Yorkies give 100% of themselves, never holding back nor hesitant to express their feelings. They are polite, friendly, loving, non-judgmental, supportive and have an uncanny sense of humor.
The world is a happier place when it's populated with Yorkies. It's often said, "From a Yorkie's lips to God's ear!", and I believe this with all my heart.
Love and kisses..... Penny
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Messages from our Happy Readers
"Thanks to all that took part in a great May 2018 Yorkie Rescue newsletter.
Great as always!!!!!"
"Wonderful newsletter. Eva Ortiz is truly an angel of mercy. I know there are many more out there that we don't know about. I miss having a yorkie so much but I am not able to take care of another dog. We still have two senior non-yorkie rescues and we love them both. One is 16 1/2 yrs old and insulin-dependent diabetic so I don't know how much longer she will be with us. The other is 12 and has two leaking heart valves and is in early kidney failure but is doing well. Loved all the stories about the rescues."
"Yes... I loved the newsletter!!...thanks Y'all" ~ Barbara
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.
~ A man goes to his doctor and says, "I don't think my wife's hearing is as good as it used to be, what should I do?"
The doctor replies, "Try this test to find out for sure. When your wife is in the kitchen doing dishes, stand fifteen feet behind her and ask her a question, if she doesn't respond keep moving closer asking the question until she hears you."
The man goes home and sees his wife preparing dinner. He stands fifteen feet behind her and says, "What's for dinner, honey?"
He gets no response, so he moves to ten feet behind her and asks again.
Still no response, so he moves to five feet. Again, no answer.
Finally he stands directly behind her and says, "Honey, what's for supper?"
She replies, "For the fourth time, I SAID CHICKEN!"
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.