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."
Reflections by Sally Reboul
Happy June everyone,
I know things in the world aren't what they should be. We've been stuck at home doing things we never considered we'd have to do like homeschooling our children all while missing our extended family and friends, our support system. Sometimes the lack of human interaction is overwhelming bringing with it sadness and perhaps even depression. I've struggled with those things myself. While I don't have little ones at home anymore, I miss my children and grandchildren dearly.
When you're on your computer working, or on your phone surfing, or watching television seeing all the negative world events, those are the things that become your reality. It's hard to see past viruses, riots, death and destruction when you're bombarded with it day after day and sometimes hour after hour.
That being said, it struck me just recently as I looked down and into the face of my little four-pawed children that I need them as much as they need me. I have one 40 lbs poodle mix, a rescue from Spokane, Washington, my precious Yorkie, Ellie, who I fostered and adopted through YTNR, and my current Yorkie foster, Bosco, who was recently diagnosed with PLE and came to me in critical condition. He's on the road to recovery physically, mentally and wiggly-wise. Not only that, it looks like he already has a home! Praise God!
These little babies don't care how much money we make, what color our skin is, nor how we vote. These are innocents who truly need rescuing in every conceivable way, and they depend on us for it. What we do is worthy, important, difficult, and sad at times, but it matters. It matters that we can save a life and turn it around 180 degrees. Yes, these are just little dogs some may say, but think of the impact not only on them, but on the people in the homes in which we place them. Think of the joy they bring, the happiness, and in some cases the completion of a family unit.
We may not be saving the whole world, but maybe, just maybe, we're saving more than we think in our little corner of it... and that's something to feel good about and cherish.
In these most difficult of times, let's try and concentrate on the positive as much as possible. Let's look into the faces of our little charges and the families they've blessed and perhaps we can feel blessed too.
|Bella's Eye Surgery
When I first got Bella, she had some eye discharge, and redness of her left eye. The vet at the shelter said he didn't know what was wrong with her eye and offered 2 options. He could remove the eye or we could use over the counter eye drops. With no clear diagnosis, removing the eye did not make sense. I used the eye drops but there was no improvement. When Bella went to the rescue doctor, I pointed out the left eye. This vet offered prescription eye drops. I used them as directed. Though I didn't notice improvement, I also didn't see any deterioration.
A year went by and we went back to a rescue vet for annual vaccines. Again, I asked about the left eye. She did a test for an abrasion of the eye, which was negative, and the vet said she had never seen anything like it. She had no idea what was wrong with Precious Bella's eye. She recommended Bella see an ophthalmologist veterinarian. She said the office would call me with a referral.
While I waited to hear back, my friend told me her dog was having eye surgery for "Cherry Eye."
When I saw what her dog's eye looked like, I was sure that's what was wrong with Bella's eye. I contacted my friend's vet, and made arrangements to take Bella in.
Because of the pandemic, the vet tech comes out and takes your pet away. It is incredibly frightening, and painful to let a stranger take your beloved 4-legged friend away. I was comforted by the belief that we would shortly be scheduling a repair of cherry eye for my Bella. When the vet called me waiting in my car, the news blew my life up shattering my heart. The vet told me that yes, the eye looked like a cherry eye. But it didn't act like a cherry eye. Then he told me that it's a malignant tumor growing on her cornea. My heart stopped. He told me that the eye needed to be removed ... sooner rather than later, as it was localized to the eye, but if you wait, it would move on to other organs. The surgeon agreed to do the surgery that same day.* It was awful for me, and I cried for hours, fearing I might not get my sweet Bella back.
When I finally got her back, poor little Bella's face was swollen, disfigured, and stitches with a drain stuck out the left side of her face. The first week was harder for me than for Bella. I spent so much time checking her breathing while she slept, checking her wound constantly. Then she got the drain removed, and her face started to look better. Finally, the vet removed her sutures, and she is now looking good. She was cleared for grooming, and that's what I did. She's walking on a leash now. She's looking good, and feeling good again. I think she's happy now.
eye surgery was over $1000
Any donations towards it would be greatly appreciated ♥
♥ Axel with his new family ♥
He's doing great in his new house
Thank you for opening your hearts and homes for these
precious rescues and for making their dreams come true!
Update on Precious "BOSCO"
Thank you all for all your support and help.
Here is an update from Bosco's foster mommy.
I'd like to give you an update on sweet little Bosco. For those of you who may not know or perhaps have forgotten, I fostered Bosco and placed him in a home in late January 2020. As it turns out, he became quite ill and his owner was no longer able to care for him due to her own physical limitations. When I picked him up, he was far worse than I expected. Normally he's a spunky little guy but he was limp as a dish rag and every bone in his body was showing. After receiving permission from Mary Elizabeth, I took him over to Blue Pearl where he remained hospitalized for 3 days. His diagnosis is PLE, (Protein Leaking Enteropathy.) As the name connotes his intestines leak valuable protein which he needs rendering him lethargic, anorexic, and critically dehydrated due to extreme diarrhea. In short, he was literally an extremely sick pup.
Thanks to the staff at Blue Pearl, he was treated and able to come home with me after only three short days. He continues his medications and special diet and finally he's turning the corner. His spirits are up, his energy is returning, his stools are improving and he's eating and drinking like a horse. He's still got some weight to gain, but I'm sure that'll come as he continues to progress.
We have a follow-up appointment with my vet on Tuesday, June 9th and If she says he's strong enough, I'll write him a bio and have him put on the adoption page per the admins.
Thanks to all who donated, prayed or otherwise supported this super sweet boy. I look forward to updating you more after our visit on the 9th.
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.
Fundraising for YTNR our Grandgirls sold prepackaged cookies and cans of sparkling water and raised 100.00.
We are putting it in the mail today.
Fundraiser for our little Rescues ♥
CALLING ALL CHILDREN AND ADULTS!!!
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!
or click on
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 May
Ann Sousa for Bosco
Mary Jane Sanders for Bosco
Carlyn Clement for Bosco
Stephen Beck for Bosco
Amanda Murray for Bosco
Catherine MacMaster for Bosco
Karen Roff in memory of PeeWee
Ronee Bergman for Bella's eye removal
Antoinette Lowery for Bella
Deborah Thompson in memory of Neeko
Patti Olsen for donating miscellaneous Yorkie items for our boutique, i.e.,Yorkie note pads, embroidered hand towels, figurines.
Michelle & Geoffrey Waterman
Yorkie Angel Donors *
Karin & Alan Nakashima*
Mary Jane Sanders*
Betty Jo Williams*
Ron & Amalia Spaulding*
Bette Gae Dart*
* monthly donor
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.
We would Love your support!
Just click on the above image and you will be ready to shop
♥ Yorkies across U.S. will Thank You, as will YTNR ♥
Supermodel Athena Maria Aphrodite
The Goddess of Wisdom and Love.....
Keep pets safe in the heat
from The Humane Society of the United States
How to keep animals cool when temperatures soar
The summer months can be uncomfortable-even dangerous-for pets and people. It's difficult enough simply to cope with rising temperatures, let alone thick humidity, but things really get tough in areas that are hit with the double blow of intense heat and storm-caused power outages, sometimes with tragic results.
We can help you keep your pets safe and cool this summer. Follow our tips for helping everyone in your family stay healthy while hot.
Practice basic summer safety
Never leave your pets in a parked car
Not even for a minute! Not even with the car running and air conditioner on. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Your pet may suffer irreversible organ damage or die. Learn
how to help a pet left inside a hot car
by taking action or calling for help
Watch the humidity
"It's important to remember that it's not just the ambient temperature, but also the humidity that can affect your pet," says Dr. Barry Kellogg, VMD, of the
Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association
. "Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels-very quickly."
Taking a dog's temperature will quickly tell you if there is a serious problem. Dogs' temperatures should not reach over 104 degrees. If your dog's temperature does, follow the instructions below for treating heat stroke.
Limit exercise on hot days
Take care when exercising your pet. Adjust intensity and duration of exercise in accordance with the temperature. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours, and be especially careful with pets with white-colored ears, who are more susceptible to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets, who typically have difficulty breathing. Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet's paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible. Always carry water with you to keep your dog from dehydrating.
Don't rely on a fan
Provide ample shade and water
Pets respond differently to heat than humans do. (Dogs, for instance, sweat primarily through their feet.) And fans don't cool off pets as effectively as they do people.
Any time your pet is outside, make sure they have protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cold water. In heat waves, add ice to water when possible. Tree shade and tarps are ideal because they don't obstruct air flow. A doghouse does not provide relief from heat-in fact, it makes it worse.
Cool your pet inside and out
Whip up a batch of quick and easy DIY pupsicles for dogs. And always provide water, whether your pets are inside or out with you.
Keep your pet from overheating indoors or out with a cooling body wrap, vest or mat. Soak these products in cool water, and they'll stay cool (but usually dry) for up to three days. If your dog doesn't find baths stressful, see if they enjoy a cooling soak.
Watch for signs of heatstroke
Extreme temperatures can cause heatstroke. Some signs of heatstroke are heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure and unconsciousness.
Animals are at particular risk for heat stroke if they are very old, very young, overweight, not conditioned to prolonged exercise, or have heart or respiratory disease. Some breeds of dogs-like boxers, pugs, shih tzus and other dogs and cats with short muzzles-will have a much harder time breathing in extreme heat.
How to treat a pet suffering from heatstroke
Move your pet into the shade or an air-conditioned area. Apply ice packs or cold towels to their head, neck and chest or run cool (not cold) water over them. Let them drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes. Take them directly to a veterinarian.
Prepare for power outages
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.