Newsletter for Yorkie Rescue
When we adopt a dog or any pet, we know it is going to end with us having to say goodbye, but we still do it. And we do it for a very good reason: They bring so much joy and optimism and happiness. They attack every moment of every day with that attitude."
MEET KAREN ROFF
AND HER LITTLE RESCUES
Karen is a devoted Yorkie lover and an YTNR family member.
Her little "Lucky" recently passed over to the Rainbow Bridge. He was found by a garbage man and taken to the vet by this man. Karen's vet notified her and inquired if she would like to rescue him. And of course she did. She realized that Lucky needed her, and truth be told, Karen needed him. With the tender care that Karen gave Lucky he prospered and he had 3 beautiful years with Karen. They both were blessed.
Karen also rescued PeeWee who she rescued from a bad situation. PeeWee was blind but so loved and so well taken care of that he lived with Karen for about 3 years.
Karen now has a new little rescue. She calls her "Baby". Here is Baby's story in Karen's own words.
Baby is 12 years old and weighs 3 lbs. Some people had her from a
puppy but they had some real big dogs that used to step on her so they
put her alone in the hall and left her there and she would pee on the
floor. Because of this I guess they didn't want her anymore so they took
her to my former vet's clinic in Lincoln City and asked them to put her
The vet could not do it, as Baby was not sick or suffering. Her teeth
were mostly gone and they had to pull the remaining four little ones, but
her blood tests showed her to be in pretty good shape, so they asked me
if I would take her. It was so soon after losing Lucky, and I had just
suffered a bad back injury, so I was told by many people "you should not
take that dog!" However, I could not forget about her and I think God
wanted me to take her. I felt so sorry for her. She had been thrown away
and needed a new "forever home". So I told them I would take her and
they sent her over to Salem with a client who was driving back from
Lincoln City to Salem.
Baby is very shy and was quite anxious at first. I thought maybe she had
been struck by the people because she would cringe when I picked up a
yardstick to measure her little "piddle pad". She would go hide until I
put it away. How could anyone strike this precious tiny little angel?
Now she is beginning to relax some. She wears a tiny collar with a
little bell on it, and the other day I heard her little bell and I woke
up and saw she was dancing around for her "beffast". She was wiggling
around and licked my hand and then at dinner time she stood on her hind
legs and did a little jig. Then she kept bumping against my leg to get
my attention. She was so cute. Most of the time she sleeps, and she is
still using piddle pads but is no trouble at all. My big cat, who is 4 x
bigger than she is, tries to touch her and scares her and I have to go
get her but then I cuddle her and tell her I won't let the "bad kitty"
hurt her, and she licks my hand and gets happy again. I think she still
has a few good years, and I hope to make her feel safe and loved in her
new "forever" home.
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, 2017 and June 30, 2018 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......
YORKIE RESCUE OF THE
YEAR IS: GRACIE
I was scrolling through Facebook one day and there she was. This tiny Yorkie in YTNR. I looked at her sweet face and read her profile, feeling a tug at my heartstrings. A couple days later, I returned to Gracie's profile and knew she would soon become my girl.
I contacted Corrine Ellison, who was fostering Gracie, to inquire about her. I knew Corrine previously, and she was very happy I was interested in Gracie, especially since this 3-year-old, 2.5# Yorkie had several health issues, a cloudy past, and uncertain future. Gracie had a history of a fractured leg, eye ulceration, neurological disorder with seizures, and she was blind. She also had a leg injury that was being treated with daily to every other day dressing changes.
Lucky for Gracie, I am a retired RN, so knew how to change the dressing, administer her eye medications and daily oral prednisone. I've also had to hold her during seizures to prevent any harm coming to her and also to ascertain she had an adequate airway until the seizure subsided. I met Gracie and Corrine at AA Vet Care for one of her treatments and to learn how to change the dressing. I quickly learned that the 2.5# princess quickly became a 100# beast when she did not want something done. Nevertheless, I prevailed, and Gracie learned to enjoy the attention during these one-on-one sessions. I ordered all the supplies needed from Amazon and had fun changing the color of the coban to the color of her dress or shirt that day. Her leg healed completely and one would not know there was a problem.
Gracie might not be able to see, but her other senses took over, and her hearing is impeccable. She quickly learned to navigate the layout of my home. Rug to potty pad, to another rug, and then a pad where the water was located. She wanted in my bedroom, but the baby gate was in her way. Noooo problem! She just squeezed through the bars!!!! At first, she stayed in a mesh playpen when I was gone and at night. Then, she worked her magic, so she was sleeping on the bed with me, her teddy bear, and two other Yorkies. With pillows on the floor around the bed, just in case, Gracie slept near my side so she could feel me at night. She also likes to sleep with her head on my shoulder. She has a favorite bed at the side of my bed where she sleeps during the day and sometimes at night. I put potty pads down in my bedroom and hallway into the bathroom. Now, she rarely misses them. There is also a water dish available for her by the bathroom for when I am on the computer or at night. During the day, I prop the gate open, so Gracie and the other Yorkies can move about. She is fed in her playpen, as she thinks I am starving her. The prednisone makes her hungry, and she would eat her food and also the other's food if allowed. She is now up to 3.5#. Remember her hearing? Gracie can be sound asleep in my bedroom and I can put a dish of food down and here she comes. The other Yorkies in the kitchen have learned to eat when she is up in her pen. Their "grazing" came to an abrupt halt.
When Gracie wants to be held, she will whimper till I pick her up. When she wants her breakfast or dinner, or if she hears the doorbell, that 100# beast comes out. Gracie can actually beat me into the kitchen from the bathroom. To watch her in action, one would never know she could not see.
Gracie is a wonderful traveler. I have shown Yorkies since 1992 and she goes with me to all of the shows. In the hotel, I show her where the water and potty pads are located. At the shows, she rides in style in the trolley.
Gracie also has a growing wardrobe, and unless it is very hot, she wears her harness or dress. And of course, a matching bow.
She also likes her stroller so we can go for walks or to the Crazy Yorky Ladies Jamboree each spring. Our theme this year was a Western theme and Gracie had her red plain harness and little cowboy hat that quickly was removed by her. But she allowed me to add a bow instead. Next year will be "The Rocking 50's" and her costume for the parade is already being designed. Gracie, along with two others, will be rocking in the "Yorkie" skirts and leather jacket.
Gracie has enriched my life by being Gracie. Her future is no longer uncertain. She is well loved and she knows it. Together, we can face anything life throws at us. Special thanks to Corrine and YTNR for allowing Gracie to become a part of my family, as she had my heart at first sight .It would be an honor for Gracie to be the winner of the 19th annual Smokey Award. Gracie and Smokey: two little Yorkies fighting adversity and an uncertain future. Both rescued, adopted, and loved allowing their fighting spirits to overcome any obstacle or situation life put in their path.
1ST RUNNER UP ~ CODY
(by Jackie Wolfe)
Sweet little Kodak was an owner surrender. When the owner contacted YTNR she told me he was thought to have a Liver Shunt and she couldn't afford the surgery so the vet recommended euthanasia. The owner had rushed him to the emergency vet when he started having seizures, had a high fever, and could not eat. Kodak was living in Ohio, so I agreed to take him. The owner and I met half way for me to pick him up. Kodak was four months old and weighed barely 1 pound. When I met with the owner I was shocked, poor little Kodak couldn't even raise his little head.
I said nothing to the owner but thought this little one would not make it. I had to feed him every two hours throughout the day and night for a couple weeks. Kodak was a fighter though and had a zest for life. The two hour feedings did the trick and soon he was moving around like a normal pup. I decided to wait to do a bile acid test because he was too weak to endure any type of blood work at first. When the bile acid test came back it didn't show a shunt, thank God, but his levels were a little high so he was kept on the special liver diet. When he was in foster about a month, I let him interact with my other pups to see what he would do; he had been in an X pen for his safety. To my surprise he was the one that approached my other dogs to play, and from that day on play was nonstop. I waited until he was 7-8 months old to have him neutered because he still was too small for surgery until then. Now it was time for him to be adopted.
Kodak (now Cody) became our new furbaby in November. I first met him when Corrine and I got together to pick up another dog and thought he was adorable! I was not in the market for a new puppy at the time, so did not have any plans for him to join our family. I kept up with his progress though and knew he was growing into the most beautiful Yorkie I have ever seen. I was extremely impressed with Corrine's efforts to save this sweet baby and watched from afar his eagerness to live life and his growth into a mischievous ball of energy. In the fall, it became clear that our other puppy, Ruby, a one year old Toy Poodle, needed a playmate. We had lost one of our senior dogs and another one had congestive heart failure and did not want to be bothered by a puppy who wanted to play non-stop. In talking to Corrine one day about this dilemma and the need to adopt another dog, Corrine suggested we think about Cody. I was honored that she would trust us with "her baby" and after discussing it with my family, we became the proud parents of little Cody and Ruby got her new best friend!
Ruby and Cody bonded the first day and have been "connected at the hip" since then. It has been delightful watching them chase one another down the hall, through the kitchen and then into the yard once weather permitted. Where you see Ruby you now see Cody. They enjoy walking together, playing tug of war with their toys, and sleeping together. Cody has learned to follow Ruby's lead since she is the bossy "older sister".
It has been exciting to watch Cody's continuing development into his own little "person". He is playful. super smart, and very loving and cuddly. Whenever I sit down you can expect Cody to be on my lap. At least once a day he smothers me with kisses and greets me every morning with a big kiss as if to say," Here I am, I love life, so let's get up and live it". Cody has been involved in 'Nose Work' at our local dog training facility and is showing great progress. He is involved in an obedience class as well now that he is an adolescent and thinks he can outsmart us! We are looking forward to continuing to watch sweet Cody grow and develop into a beautiful, sweet, and loving companion who would have become an angel at only 4 months of age without the decision of his first owner to surrender and the loving care and sacrifice of his foster mother, Corrine. This is truly what rescue is all about!
2'ND RUNNER UP ~ LEO - LOUIE
(Adopted by Donna Pfiester)
As told by Jane Fero
Leo needed a new home because of the arrival of a new baby. The new mother could not provide her lively, but nearly blind, 6-year-old Yorkie with the attention needed. Her new baby took priority, so Leo was sent to her mother. No longer housebroken, they kept him in belly bands. Finally, mother and daughter agreed it was best to surrender him to YTNR.
In January 2018, I met them out of town in a parking lot and got Leo. Leo was an energetic silver-blonde Yorkie with white eyes, who needed a bath and a trim. It took him a few days to find himself around in my home. He could play for hours with his ball, despite near blindness. He loved to chase his jingle-ball and bring it back-again and again and again. When it rolled under furniture, he barked and "dug" for it until I retrieved it for him with a broom
Leo did not answer to Leo, so I tried other "L" names. He responded to "Louie Louie" and that was what I called him. He could find me by sound and leap for me. To improve his landing chances, Louie jumped extra high at his target and landed "coming down"-- in your arms, your lap, or your bed.
Housebreaking was a priority to help place him. It was the dead of winter, but he needed to learn to use the pet door and potty outside. I taped open the dog door flap for him. The COLD blew into my kitchen, making it pretty frosty. So I made a tunnel with chairs and rugs, to give him a passageway and keep the cold air from blowing in. Outside, I used my patio table for a roof to keep the snow out.
Training began. I laid full length on the kitchen floor with my head and arms in the "tunnel" and pushed him gently through. He made a U turn and came back. We did this over and over, me freezing on the floor, pushing his rear, and him U-turning. He got a treat for success. Soon he got the idea.
Several times each night, I left my warm bed to lie on the cold kitchen floor and nudge him out. He became very speedy at taking care of business so he could come back inside. Louie was a quick learner.
He adjusted amazingly fast to his new environment, despite his vision problems. He needed a safe home to find his way around, a secure yard, and someone to snuggle with and retrieve his ball when he lost it. He trained me to take care of his needs. I padded the furniture bases with pillows and I searched pet stores for toys with bells inside so he could find them. I held doors open for him because he bonked into any white door, missing the opening. I was a slow learner. I learned to extend my arms, call his name, and he would jump to me. Next we began walking on a leash with guidance. To keep him close, I sang. Passing cars terrified him, so I patted my thigh for him to stand and cling to my leg with his front legs until the car passed; then I gave him an OK and we resumed. We paused for every car, and I sang for him as we walked. I grew immensely fond of this feisty, spirited dog. He could charm you by sitting up and begging, and he never tired of playing ball.
I had done my job. Louie Louie was ready for a new life. I took a cute photo in a cowboy vest for his internet debut. Louie Louie was to be adopted by a lady who had owned a blind dog. My YTNR friend Ann was a second foster until his new adopter got him. Ann's husband fell in love with Louie Louie too, in the short time before going to his new forever home.
Weeks later, I got an e-mail from Ann that made my heart sing! His new owner had taken him to a veterinary ophthalmologist who removed the white cataracts from his eyes, restoring his sight! I was so happy that I called all my friends with the good news. Louie Louie was playing like a puppy and could see!
The remaining nominee letters that were submitted for the Smoky Award will be published in our November Newsletter.
Each one of our nominees are very special and each one is a winner. Congratulations to all of you, you deserve it. We wish all a very happy life. .
I want to thank everyone who found it in their heart to give these little rescues a loving home and thank you for sending YTNR their very special stories so we all
could enjoy their success.
Packer has found her forever home in the loving arms of Nancy
Nancy is planning on taking this cuddle bug to nursing homes to bring
some smiles and love and cheer up those who are animal lovers.
visits the "Big House " toy jail
Thank you for opening your hearts and homes for these
precious rescues and for making their dreams come true!
In Loving Memory
♥ RIP BEAUTIFUL ELEANOR ♥
Eleanor passed over to the Rainbow Bridge very peacefully on October 5, 2018.
She was born in Dromcollegher, County Limerick, Ireland On September 30, 2005
Her personality was unbelievable and can be described as unbridled enthusiasm.
She struggled with Kidney and Pancreatic problems for a while and she will be missed
forever and I will carry her forever in my heart ♥
She was my Wild Irish Rose!!!
"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
HI EVERYONE, WE ARE STILL AVAILABLE
(fostered in Illinois)
♥ WE ARE BEATRICE AND VIOLET ♥
My name is Lady Bug Béatrice. I am 12 years old, weigh 8 pounds, and am quite shy and almost completely silent (my foster mom says I bark when I'm dreaming). My foster mom says I am very sweet, and she loves that I march in place when I'm excited. I love sitting in my dog bed with my best friend Violet. She and I are friends for life and are looking for a forever home that will welcome both of us. When I came to my foster home, I was very unsure of everything except for the faithfulness of my friend Violet. With lots of praise and encouragement from my foster family, I am becoming more confident every day!
Hey there! My name is Violet, and I am 11 years old, weigh 10 pounds, and am very quiet and sweet. My friend, Lady Bug Béatrice, and I are looking for a forever home. We really complement each other, like Laurel and Hardy. We've been through some tough stuff together and are looking for an attentive person who will give us a bath once or twice a week and continue to encourage us to live without fear of ever being neglected again. I need a drop of medicine in my left eye twice a day for dry eye, and I do have a hard time seeing small treats.
We are both spayed, dental, UTD on all of our shots and microchipped. We promise to love you and will be forever grateful to you for keeping us together. We know you are out there, and we are waiting for you to come and get us.
If you are the "golden ticket" for these precious girls and you would love them to join your family, please fill out an application with their names on it @
Special Thanks to this month's Donors
Thank You to the Many Wonderful & Generous September
Karen Roff in memory of Lucky
Jeanne Caldwell for Help the Helpless
Jeanne Caldwell for surgery for Yorkies
Michelle Dawn in honor of Mary Margaret's Birthday
**omitted in error last month Karen Roff for PeeWee
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Karin & Alan Nakashima*
Bette Gae Dart*
Mary Jane Sanders*
Betty Jo Williams*
Ron & Amalia Spaulding*
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Halloween Safety Tips from
Halloween can be the spookiest night of the year, but keeping your pets safe doesn't have to be tricky. The ASPCA recommends taking these simple, common sense precautions to keep your pet happy and healthy all the way to November 1.
Stash the Treats
The candy bowl is for trick-or-treaters, not Scruffy or Fluffy. Several popular Halloween treats are toxic to pets. Chocolate in all forms-especially dark or baking chocolate-can be very dangerous for cats and dogs, and sugar-free candies containing the sugar substitute xylitol can cause serious problems in pets. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, please call your veterinarian or the
ASPCA Poison Control Center
at (888) 426-4435 immediately.
Watch the Decorations and Keep Wires Out of Reach
While a carved jack-o-lantern certainly is festive, pets can easily knock over a lit pumpkin and start a fire. Curious kittens are especially at risk of getting burned or singed by candle flame. Popular Halloween plants such as pumpkins and decorative corn are considered relatively nontoxic, but can produce stomach discomfort in pets who nibble on them.
Be Careful with Costumes
For some pets, wearing a costume may cause undue stress. The ASPCA recommends that you don't put your dog or cat in a costume unless you know he or she loves it. If you do dress up your pet for Halloween, make sure the costume does not limit his or her movement, sight or ability to breathe, bark or meow. Check the costume carefully for small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that could present a choking hazard. Ill-fitting outfits can get twisted on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.
Be sure to have your pet try on the costume before the big night. If he or she seems distressed or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting your pet wear his or her "birthday suit" or don a festive bandana instead.
Keep Pets Calm and Easily Identifiable
Halloween brings a flurry of activity with visitors arriving at the door, and too many strangers can often be scary and stressful for pets. All but the most social dogs and cats should be kept in a separate room away from the front door during peak trick-or-treating hours. While opening the door for guests, be sure that your dog or cat doesn't dart outside. And always make sure your pet it wearing proper identification-if for any reason he or she does escape, a collar with ID tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver for a lost pet.
~ One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink.
She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head.
She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, "Why are some of your hairs white, Mom?"
Her mother replied, "Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white."
The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, "Mommy, how come ALL of grandma's hairs are white?" ~
Wishing you All a Pawsome & safe Halloween ♥
Love and Smooches,
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we experience nothing less than heaven on earth.
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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.