Newsletter for Yorkie Rescue
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy;
they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
What is Thanksgiving by Patti Kushnir
and what it means
Thanksgiving Day, as it is celebrated in North America, is a time to gather with family and friends to give thanks for the many blessings enjoyed by this nation; But to many people, its meaning is lost.
Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. On this holiday, we prepare a grand Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings; Turkey dinners, cranberries, candied yams, stuffing, let's not forget the mashed potatoes and the icing on the cake, Pumpkin Pie.
Families gather together and talk while others watch a game or the yearly Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with Santa Claus arriving at the end to start the Christmas Season.
Over time, the true meaning of Thanksgiving has been lost. In August 1620, the Mayflower set sail from Southampton, England. It was a difficult journey but her 102 passengers were to become the founding pilgrims of the United States of America and initiators of one of this nation's most popular holidays. Over half of the original pilgrims did not survive the cold winter of the New England Coast. The survivors built homes and planted crops, made friendships with the local Indian tribes and traded with them. Their crops flourished causing the colony to flourish.
After reaping their first successful harvest in the fall of 1621, the pilgrims dedicated a day for thanking God for this wonderful bounty with which he blessed them. The Governor, William Bradford, proclaimed a day of THANKSGIVING toward God. they prepared a great feast to enjoy with family and friends and with the neighboring Indian tribes.
On this Thanksgiving Day, let us be thankful to God, for all of our blessings, for the great nation we live in and the family and friends we are blessed to have in our lives. Let us not forget to be Thankful for our precious furbabies for they are our family as well. We are Thankful for our Wonderful Volunteers, Donors and Supporters; we could never do what we do without their help.
On behalf of Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue, we wish everyone a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.
The Smoky Awards
Background and History of Smoky
Smoky was a four pound Yorkie who was found in an abandoned jungle foxhole in New Guinea in early 1944 by a soldier whose jeep had stalled in the jungle.
The next day the Yorkie was sold for two Australian pounds ($6.44) to 20 year old Private First Class Bill Wynne. Bill and Smoky flew combat missions and went through many air raids together. She lived on rugged army tropical food including at times C and K rations, while they served 18 months straight in combat. They traveled 40,000 miles overseas.
One of the highlights of the Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue Annual Gathering is the announcement of the winners of the yearly Smoky Awards. All our rescues are special and we like to acknowledge them and their rescue stories. All rescues adopted between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 were eligible for nomination.
Since new people have joined our great group since the last time, it might be fitting to retell the story of WHO the Smoky of the "Smoky Award" is. We turned to Bill Wynne whose heart was stolen over 60 years ago by his four pound Yorkie, Smoky - his angel in a foxhole.
When YTNR was planning its very first rescue Ball in 1999, the first thing that came to mind was creating a special award for the Yorkie Rescue of the Year. It seemed logical to name the award after Bill Wynne's world famous Yorkie rescue. After nominations came in, it quickly became clear that each story was special and touching. Each rescue is a great rescue, just as Smoky was. She started a movement, in rescue, in therapy, in obedience that showed people what a four pound dynamo could do.
Announcing the year's Smoky Awards each year, is something we look forward to, through laughter and tears. It reminds us of why we do what we do, and how much it is so worthwhile.
We receive many nominations each year. It is never easy to narrow the field; each dog has its own story, fortunately ending happily with a new and loving forever family. Some of these little dogs are senior citizens; some have health issues requiring ongoing care; some never knew human love before; some were strays; and some came from families who loved them but could no longer care for them.
Yorkie Doodle Dandy by Bill Wynne the full story of this WWII hero is available in our Yorkie Angel Boutique
OUR SMOKY AWARDS WINNERS
Now, May I hear the drum roll please......
THE 1st RUNNER UP:
♥ SUZANNE ♥
by Hannelie Vermeulen
It was late spring 2018 - new life had sprung all around us. Our family had just grown by a new doggie that stole our hearts, and we were celebrating the joy. Meantime, somewhere in southwest Washington, a little lost soul was wandering around; matted, with patches of hair loss, a bad little back, rotten little mouth full of painful teeth, and a slew of other issues too long to list. Finally, she was saved by the area Humane Society, who evaluated and diagnosed her, and started comfort care. She didn't seem to have much of a future. They sent out requests for Pawspice care to local rescues. YTNR received a request as well. "Stray dog, no history ... severe periodontal disease, mobile teeth with severe calculus ... cloudy eyes, unstable on back legs ... bilateral patella luxations, 2/4, and angular limb deformities of hind legs ... slightly dazed ... greasy, slightly sparse hair coat throughout with generalized crusting ... incipient cataracts ... enlarged heart", accompanied by a sad grainy picture. MaryElizabeth thought we just could not leave her behind. Our friends all agreed.
Initially worried about bringing in another Pawspice doggie in our household of two terminally ill Yorkies, all doubts disappeared when we picked up a small bundle with soulful eyes, a list of diagnoses and concerns, and copies of care that had already been provided. A little boy walked by, asked to pet her, and told his parents he wanted one just like her. He smiled, we smiled, and we drove off into the sunset with her on my lap. She lifted her little head high, and the bits of hair blew in the wind. She sniffed the air filled with promise. She was noticed, saved, and safe again.
Never microchipped, and never claimed, we don't know her story. We do know there was a time she was loved - since she's trusting, sweet, and never afraid to fend for herself, or to reach out. We also know there was at least a period of her life she wasn't well cared for, medically neglected, and in discomfort and pain. We'll never know why - only that it's the same neglect faced by so many animals, for no fault of their own. But this little girl we could save.
They called her Mae at the Humane Society, but when she came home, she bloomed into Suzanne. The veterinarians and care providers at our local clinic healed what was possible. They pulled her bad teeth, treated infections, treated her skin, and discussed how to handle the non treatable issues. Mommy's shampoo, once wrongly prescribed, seemed to work miracles on her little skin, and soon her hair started growing back. A healthy diet and regular brushing transformed our little Suzanne into a beauty that everyone wanted. Initially up for adoption, we just weren't able to part with her, feeling bad about the emotional and financial cost that will await an adopter, and too sad to let our little miracle go. She had crawled too deep into our hearts, too deep into the heart of her babysitter-person Suzanne, and the hearts of our friends - and everyone else who came to meet her. We became foster failures for the second time in a year. And she became our little girl.
Today little Suzanne Vermeulen has a comfy life. She sleeps a lot, loves walks when she goes to the city, (but hates a leash), often misses the corner of the potty pad (but feels proud of the part she hit), and cheerleads loudly when dinner is being prepared, or late. She hates to be brushed, but loves to look pretty. She listens when she wants to, and sometimes really can't hear. She's always ready for a car ride, but never for her X-pen. As noted, not all her qualities are those of a poster child, but we are so happy that she feels safe enough to express herself any which way she wants, that she feels happy enough that her little tail cannot stop wagging when she's excited, and that she feels loved enough that she knows if she gets to a pillow on the bed first, it's hers for the night, and you have to make do!
Suzanne, and doggies like her, are the reason we support rescue, and adopt. Nothing like witnessing the joy of a little dog receiving a second chance, and nothing like experiencing the love of a saved life. Above all, there is nothing like knowing a little life once at risk due to being lost, then deemed shortened by
medical issues, is now extended because of rescue, love and care.
THE 2nd RUNNER UP:
♥ PETEY ♥
By Lisa Hanson
I nominate Petey: His owner was unexpectedly and quickly put into a nursing home and a few big-hearted friends of the family thought they could take care of Pete. On day 10 YTNR was called because he was in his 3rd home where two other doggies were beating up on him and he needed to be surrendered and picked up ASAP. Hannelie from YTNR in Oregon called me for quick assistance because he was so close to my home in Washington and she asked if I could foster him and I agreed. Within a half an hour, Petey was in his 4th (and final) home in 10 days. He was thin, scared, confused and very upset. I was told by the last home he was in; they did not think he barked because they hadn't heard a peep out of him. He had been crated for his own safety from the other dogs, which did not please him at all. Someone had attempted to cut matted hair from his coat, and he had his own waste and vomit dried in his fur, he was in dire need of a bath, dental work, vaccinations, stability and love.
On his second day, after trying to maul my mild-mannered cat, Petey's first lessons was "be nice to the cats" which took a couple weeks to get through to him. Pete struggled cohabitating with two Cats, but in time, he agreed to be nice. Within 3 days he'd received all his medical care and much needed grooming complete with Mani & Pedi and began to settle in and eat.
My heart quickly softened to him and I became a foster failure as Pete settled in and became a faithful farm dog, following closely behind me everywhere I went on our little 4-acre farm.
That voice of his that was missing in the beginning didn't take long to emerge when he met 28 chickens through the fence. Pete had a voice!! The chickens did not fear him, and he found that unbelievably frustrating because he was such a ferocious 4lb Yorkie (LOL).
He now looks forward to his morning run each day with me, out to fetch the paper at the road, the daily farm chores multiple times a day around the horses, while the cats sneak attack and pounce on him now, all in fun, which he takes in stride as he quickly runs back and forth along the fence line. He gardens daily & rides in the John Deere Gator with me during the day and gives my husband Ron (who has Parkinson's and is not very mobile) complete comfort and consistent love as his faithful companion at night. Pete has forever changed & enriched our lives and we are eternally grateful to have him with us. We think Petey would make a perfect Smoky Award recipient. Thank you for your consideration.
YTNR Congratulates the 2 runner ups!
Thank you for these beautifully written nominations
and for their Happily Ever After ♥
Fundraiser for our little Rescues ♥
CALLING ALL CHILDREN AND ADULTS!!!
We have just the creative outlet for you! 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
Laura Wozniak, an Oregon based dog lover, pictured with her Toby,
also contributed to our coloring book.
Both Laura and sweet Toby
enjoy the company of Yorkies and frolicking in nature.
Make sure to get your copies to color, relax and spread some cheer, as the winter keep us more indoors
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!
Adopting out by Hannelie Vermeulen
ADOPTING OUT ISN'T EASY
It's amazing to be part of rescue, rehabilitation, medical checkups and/or stabilization, and the final process of adopting out. It is rewarding to bring a little dog into a YTNR foster home, and even more amazing to find it just the right forever home.
Home at last...
It sounds so easy and much like a fairy-tale ending - but to "find the right home", where a little one can live happily to ever after, is extremely difficult, and at times heartbreaking to many who were wonderful, and hopeful. To me it is the most difficult part of fostering. As a rescue we often receive many applications for some of our doggies, and few for others. Often the teeny ones are swamped with interest, and once in a while not. Sometimes the older ones receive little interest, and the ones with chronic issues, are sometimes left behind - even if it's a small issue, easily managed with medication. These old doggies, or doggies with chronic issues, need the same love as the healthy ones, maybe even more.
The little ones who are blessed with many applications, have a foster parent trying to keep up with reading the applications, the reasons why someone fell in love with a specific little dog pictured, and responding back to all in a timely as possible manner. We are all volunteers, some retired, some working full time, and all with multiple responsibilities at home, including the care of our own dogs. While we are readying this special little one to be adopted out, we are also keeping up with our other rescue responsibilities.
Life of a foster parent
Personally, I so appreciate the personalized applications, the people who talk about their own doggies, still with them, or now across the rainbow bridge. I appreciate the time they take to tell us why they would be a good parent to a specific little dog, and I appreciate that they check back in. I love when I check in with people, and they gush about their animals, and when they ask a lot about the little one up for adoption. I love when they ask for more pictures, when they ask about their mannerisms, about how they are doing, why they came in, how they are adjusting, etc. It tells me they are interested in the little one, and if they are the right match, not just in love with a cute picture. As a responsible rescue, our adoptions are not done on a first come, first serve basis, we carefully review all applications.
Some of our doggies are very photogenic. They pose like pro's and take the best pictures. Others are shy, and don't look the camera in the eye, or don't stand still long enough for a great picture. It doesn't mean they are less pretty, or less sweet, they just have a different temperament. I so wish all future want-to-be adopters will understand beauty comes from within. Some of my little ones, both ones that were adopted out, or ones I have adopted, did not look cute when I first met them, but oh my!, did they become the sweetest little boys and girls once taken care of and showered with love. All doggies blossom when they have a loving parent and a stable home! In my eyes, all Yorkies are pretty, all Yorkies are sweet, some just come with a lot of baggage that they have to work hard on overcoming. For those little ones we need parents who are open to help them learn about love again, who are patient, and will support them when they start doing well, not focus on scolding them when they do not do well. Like humans, they grow with nurturance and with love. Unlike many humans, they never had a say, can't speak their little minds, and just have to trust and hope - and they do, which places a lot of responsibility on us.
When you're pretty and you know it
What I personally find difficult, when reviewing applications for my vulnerable little fosters needing placement, are the one liners: "does the dog have medical issues?", or "does it pee in the house", or "is it still available, if so, I'll complete an application", or "please contact me, I'd like to know more about her/him". If you are interested, please honor the little doggie with an application, since completed applications take president over inquiries.
I appreciate the questions, but I would hope that enquirers will understand that we are a rescue, who adopt out little ones that may not always be "perfect" in manners and training. They come to us, at times with no history, at times with a sad history, and very occasionally, well-loved and well cared for until the day of surrender. So yes, some may be fully potty trained, but even so, they are Yorkies, and they may have an occasional accident. Whether because you did not get up on time, because the potty pad got run over by Roomba, or they were very upset, or just could not hold it, it may happen. If your carpets are too expensive to have an accident on, then think again if a little dog is the right dog for you. If you are not able to continue training, then maybe do not consider a Yorkie. All dogs need reminders and ongoing work on their behavior, this includes Yorkies. If you are concerned about medical issues, maybe do not get a doggie. All dogs will eventually have medical issues. Just like humans, they grow old and their little bodies start to struggle. They will need to see a veterinarian when they appear to not do well, young or old, when they need their annual check-up's, when they need their yearly vaccinations, and especially in the case of Yorkies, their yearly dentals. It is cruel to have a dog struggle with tooth aches and rotten teeth, it's painful to them, and it's toxic to their little bodies. If you are not willing to provide adequate veterinary care, please do not consider adopting a dog because it is cute. It is a sentient being, that feels pain and struggle, just like we as humans do. They need more than love; they also need veterinary care.
Sometimes our histories are sad, and our medical issues many...
And for the inquiries who ask about "the dog", would you please read his or her little name, and ask about him or her. I would so appreciate that. My little foster doggie is special, she or he has a name, and is loved - she or he will not go somewhere and be "the dog". She or he will go home to be a family member. I believe how we think about an animal, influences how we act towards it.
Then there are the sweet family members who apply for grandma, without letting her know. Please, work with your family member when you apply for him or her and let us know it is the case. We can surely work with you and your family member to address it the right way - but we do need to start off from a position of trust.
Please also do not ask about adopting my little rescue as a birthday or Christmas gift for someone. A little dog is so much more and deserves to be so much more than a "gift". Some of the little ones we receive, were gifts once. Did not work out well for them. It will not happen to them again.
We're not holiday gifts, but celebrate it with you
When we receive applications, we review them and talk to possible parents on the phone, to get a better idea of how well they will be able to match him or her. Then we do home-checks. It
's important to see how a settled little dog will react to a new prospective sibling, how a little dog may be able to adjust in a home. Can they navigate stairs if need be, can they go outside, where will they be confined when you are not home, and do they appear comfortable in your surroundings, and with the prospective parent(s). And do you appear comfortable with them.
On the way to do a home check...
Finding the right match between a doggie and his or her potential forever family is very much like being a match maker. Sometimes the doggie doesn't show any obvious preference or aversion towards a certain person or people. When this is the case, we do our absolute best to choose on their behalf, taking into account their history, temperament, medical needs and personality, as well as those of the potential adopters. Other times the doggies seem to instantly know when they have found their forever person or family. We have seen this happen so many times over the years, and it is so heartwarming to witness the moment when both people and pooch recognize each other as forever family. Our little companion animals are not just part of the family, they ARE FAMILY.
Home check visit
We check in with prospective adopter's veterinarians, groomers and friends or family - references the prospective parent choose. This is the most difficult off all. There are so many lovely people out there, and sometimes only one doggie. It's a heart-breaking decision to only be able to make one person happy, but we all have to remember, it's all about this little rescue, who cannot make decisions for itself, and trusts us to do the right thing. I'm always so appreciative when someone tells me upfront, they hope to be the chosen parent, but they would want what is best for the little one - so to please do what I believe is right for the little doggie looking for a forever home.
At times there may be many "rights", and we are lucky, at times what appears right, may not always work. Our little rescues, just like the siblings they may join, may not always be perfect. They may not get along, they may not fit in, they may have allergies to the new environment, or there may be another issue. No questions asked, they are always welcome back. For me it's important to keep up with the new adopter, since I placed a little life in their hands. I so appreciate when new parents let me know how a little one is doing, how they are doing together, and I appreciate the honesty when they alert me to a struggle. Sometimes we can address a struggle, sometimes it is better to surrender the little one back. We do not have that happen often, but on occasion, we have a little returnee, that we welcome back with open arms. Personally, I cannot express my gratitude enough for a parent who chose the make the difficult decision, with the doggie's best interest in mind. It's so heartbreaking, for both them, and for me to witness the process. But it is the best for the little one, and doggies adjust again, they love again, and they become happy again. It does not mean they forget, or forget you, just that they live more in the moment than us and adjust to the here and now better than we do.
Waiting for my perfect home...
Luckily that happens very seldom. That is why it is so important to keep to our procedure of a completed application, reference checks, and home check. There's a lot of thought, a lot of work, a lot of miles, and a lot of emotion going into this decision and the check-ins. It's a hard choice to make, and I never envy anyone doing it, since I know how heartbreaking and worrisome, I find it. But the end goal pays off - a happy home is a home with a happy dog!
So, if the process seems tedious, and outdrawn, please bear with us, because at times it is just that. It can take time to address medical issues, even small ones, and it can take time to do home checks, since some are very far away from where we live. If you apply for other doggies, please honor us with letting us know you were successful in adopting another lucky little dog, so we can close your application, and rejoice with you for having found a new little love.
Dental time to get medically ready
Last, but not least, thank you to all who have opened your hearts and homes to a rescue, thank you to all who have forgiven us if you were not able to adopt our little one at the time, and thank you for those who hung in until the right one came along - whether through us, or another rescue. Having been there as a prospective adopter, with my hopes up and my heart full of love, ready to give, I understand the sadness when not selected. Please understand if I ever place you in that position - that I tried what I believe was best for our little one, and that having to make a final choice when the options are amazing - is so very difficult - and does not in any way reflect on you. If you have the love to give - please reach out again! Your little soulmate is out there somewhere - the universe just has to guide him or her to your home.
Lexi, the teeny princess ♥
Little Lexi had a rough start in life, but things only got better with age. She was initially saved by a very caring Good Samaritan and placed in a home with an older Chihuahua brother. A year and a half into it, our little girl was surrendered again, she did not do well with her daddy's long hours away from home. She went home to the same foster parents, who loved and spoiled her.
In no time she found her very loving forever home. Her mommy is home with her all day, and between mommy and daddy she gets loads of walks, attention and potty breaks. She's being spoiled to pieces, and her sister Poppy, also a rescue, is increasingly accepting of sharing the love and the limelight. Now she's trying to teach her how to play!
Melody and Dan, thank you for giving this little princess her own forever family! We love her updates and her progress and enjoy the happiness that ooze from the pictures!
Special Thanks to this month's Donors
Thank You to the Many Wonderful & Generous October
Seth Lynn in memory of Shelagh Ortiz
Karen Roff in memory of PeeWee
Helen Tompkins a donation from Tinker & LilBit's Mom
Yorkie Angel Donors *
Karin & Alan Nakashima*
Mary Jane Sanders*
Betty Jo Williams*
Ron & Amalia Spaulding*
* 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.
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What Your Dog Reveals About Your Stress, Health and Behavior
Dogs and their owners are so connected that even their stress levels are similar. While it's previously been demonstrated that acute stress episodes are "contagious" among humans as well as among other species, researchers looked into the long-term stress levels of 58 dog-owner pairs.
Significant correlations were found in long-term stress levels among the humans and their dogs. Further, certain human personality traits - namely neuroticism, conscientiousness and openness, significantly affected dogs' stress levels, as measured by hair cortisol concentrations. According to the study, "Hence, we suggest that dogs, to a great extent, mirror the stress level of their owners."
Veterinarians also commonly observe that pet parents often display many of the same health conditions as their pets, such as obesity or heart problems, which may be linked to similarities in processed food diets or lack of activity.
"The trend of processed foods and everything that occurs with industrialization is making us both sick," Dr. Joseph Bartges, professor of veterinary medicine at the University of Georgia, told the Seattle Times, adding, "As veterinarians, we often see pets who have the same health issues as their human companions or who are sentinels for a human health problem."
Dogs, for instance, are more likely to be
if their owners are, too. The good news is that having a dog in your life is beneficial to your health, physically and mentally. People who own dogs have a lower risk of heart disease and a lower risk of premature death than non-dog owners, with the benefit being particularly pronounced among singles.
What's more, for those struggling with mental illness, pets provide a distraction from distressing symptoms, facilitate daily routine and exercise, and offer acceptance and unconditional love. The data is so convincing that researchers have concluded:
"Pets should be considered a main rather than a marginal source of support in the management of long-term mental health problems."
In case there were any doubt, the close ties between humans and their dogs continue to be revealed, but if you're a dog owner, you don't need to be told that - just go spend time with your dog, and you'll readily feel it!
~ As the officer approaches the window he notices a bottle in a brown bag on the seat. Officer says, "brother, I pulled you over for swerving back there. You haven't been drinking have you?" "No sir, why would you ask that?" "Well I noticed the bottle on the seat next to you." "Oh, that's just holy water." "OK brother. So why is it in a bag?" "Well, that is to protect it from the suns rays." "Mind if I take a sip?" "Not at all." As the officer puts the bottle to his lips and takes a drink, he immediately spits it out... "Brother, this is wine." The pastor, "PRAISE THE LORD. HE'S DONE IT AGAIN!"
Wishing you All a Pawsome Thanksgiving!
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
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.