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                                                                                                           October 2019                           
" Every charitable act is a stepping stone toward heaven. "
                                                      ~ Henry Ward Beecher 

In This Issue
Autumn wishes by MaryElizabeth Dugmore
The Smoky Awards
Fundraiser for our little Rescues ♥
Happy Endings
Spotlight on Jane Fero
Donor Recognition
We would Love your support!
Supermodel Athena Maria
Neeko's Joke
Many Thanks to Lifeline4Paws...
Quick Links
Autumn wishes by MaryElizabeth Dugmore
Dear YTNR members and supporters

Nine members of our Board joined by video on October 12, 2019 for our annual meeting. One of our board members, Amalia, and and our bookkeeper, Karen, was not able to join. It was lovely to once again sign on early and catch up personally, before getting down to business and reviewing this year's accomplishments and challenges, and our goals as we proceed into the future. As a national organization, spread out across multiple states, we have been blessed with animal loving advocates and experts representing us from rural to city areas. Our volunteers have reached out to people needing to surrender, agencies needing to sign over vulnerable or high care dogs, and prospective doggie parents seeking for the love of their life adoptee. We have worked on helping to educate the public on Yorkie issues, and are always looking for options to be of additional assistance to the doggie parents of a breed we all love. 

During our meeting we were able to review our accomplishments and concerns.

We spent the morning discussing:
  • Our current foster situation and the decrease in foster homes and transporters across the states.
  • Our finances, and how to stretch every dollar to provide the care for not only the few high care or older animals we accept, but also the healthier (but still expensive) dogs we are blessed in accepting into rescue and placing. Thus far in 2019, we have spent ~$650+ per doggie we bring in, and for 2018, approximately $750+.  Our 2019 cost per dog will still  increase, because not all expenses are in, and the year is not completed as of yet. 
  • As of right now, we are looking for new volunteers and helpers in California, due to a change in representation in the Golden State.
  • Our board reviewed the income from our coloring book project, and Patti mentioned we have ~50 books left that can be ordered, should you need relaxation of gifts during the upcoming holidays.
  • We discussed possibly opening up our Smoky award to any Yorkie or Yorkie mix adopted across the USA, to highlight stories of recovery and resilience.

We also spent time engaging in strategic planning for the next year, to include:
  • Next future video and in-person Board meetings.
  • How to continue generating income and stay afloat as an organization who often take in ill animals needing high levels of care.
  • How to remain an effective national rescue organization in a changing landscape of animal, and specifically, Yorkshire Terrier rescue.

We had four seats up for Board election this year - Corrine Ellison, Stephi Jackson, Paula Fonseca, and Linda Connor. We are happy to announce, that Corrine, Stephi and Linda have been re-elected.  

Our hearts are heavy as we accepted Paula's Fonseca's resignation as treasurer and Board member, and said goodbye to her in our last Board meeting together.  Paula has coordinated California, pulled Yorkies from high kill shelters, or coordinated it happening and their transport into foster care, while also serving as a foster mother exemplary herself.  She continued effortlessly to support her large state and the paperwork that needed to be completed, while grieving the sudden loss of her father, Paul, in May 2019. Paula, you are a force to be reckoned with, and we are thankful to have had you on our team.  You have been an integral part of our organization for 12 years, and it has been beyond amazing to share in your expertise and volunteer ethic.  Your contribution to YTNR and Yorkies in need, has been life saving and awe inspiring.

Paula, thank you for honoring our organization with your love, your skill and your friendship. We are thankful that you will be remaining in touch and remain as a foster parent for Raffie for now. We wish you luck in your new endeavors, and we will always cherish you and what you have done for Yorkies. 

If anyone has the interest and time to learn more about serving YTNR in a leadership or foster capacity in California, feel free to reach out to myself or any of our current board members, or send us a general information to the contacts listed on our website. 

As the President of YTNR I feel so empowered being surrounded by such caring and innovative people, willing to go the extra mile, and I always hope for volunteers to bring us a new perspective. 

Additional updates included Corrine Ellison, our Vice President for Rescue Operations' report. This year we continued to notice a decline in our intakes of animals, with a continued high medical acuity. Corrine updated us on the 27 little dogs surrendered to us, and the successful placement of 37 up to date, which included dogs being surrendered in 2018.  She also updated us on our two beloved differently disabled little dogs' placement this year. Corrine has been able to keep up the coordination of our animals, as well as the database where we keep up with medical cost and medical grading of the animals we rescue, despite the sadness and heartache of losing her life partner, Stan, in April 2019.  Corrine, you are so giving and so resilient, an example of caring and leadership to all of us. Thank you for being a part of our group. 

Linda Conner, who was essential in developing the acuity model, and keeps up with the updated acuity graphs, from the data Corrine collects, will now also become our new treasurer again. Together with her, our Board plans to update the original article published in Top Notch Toys, and publish it in a future YTNR newsletter, to update all our supporters. We are also exploring community publication thereof, to encourage the use thereof, as well as possible refinement of it, by other rescues.

Our secretary, Patti Kushnir, who diligently keeps up our monthly minutes, our social media accounts, and keeps members up to date with our new dogs, as well as fund raising projects such as our coloring book that Ronnie and Jon published and donated.  She continues to alert our supporters to acute funding needs for some of our very ill animals, as well as explore general fundraising to continue to medically clear all our surrendered dogs.  Patti is currently in the process of moving across the country, to be closer to her family, after the death of her husband, Richard, in June 2017. Patti, good luck with the huge change in your life. We are excited for you to be close to your loved ones, and are looking forward to utilizing your organizational skills closer to the east coast!

Our Board member, Amalia Spaulding, has been publishing our monthly newsletter for years. She works with me and our contributors to gather the content, format it it cohesively, create appealing pictures (we all enjoy), and adds some humor to round it off. She has been able to keep to timelines despite a busy work-life balance. Thank you Amalia for the creativeness you bring to our group. We all enjoy catching up on the latest rescue news every month, and love the humor you add to it. Pieter, thank you for proofreading many of our newsletter articles, and for all the sound advice in general. Hannelie, thank you for writing and editing many of our articles, while also finding community contributors to share their expertise.

Ronnie Birdsong, thank you to both you and Jon for collecting the art, publishing our coloring book, and donating it to help help support our organization. Thank you also for providing so many of us with countless hours of fun and relaxation. Julie and Stephi, thank you for all your behind the scenes work and support. Karen Dugmore, our bookkeeper, thank you for your help with our bookkeeping with the quarterly financial update.

As a rescue organization spread about from coast to coast, we have been blessed with 10 board members and our bookkeeper, dedicated foster providers, supporters and our donors, who keep our organization afloat to provide Yorkies a second chance for love. I appreciate each one of you, your caring and compassion in serving our vulnerable canine rescues, but also your teamwork in supporting each other and our mission. Together we can rescue on, while also sharing in each other's sadness and happiness, and being there for each other in times of needing support.

I am proud of the work we have been doing together, and together with our Board, I celebrate all our volunteers and donors who power our mission. Thank you for the daily commitments, for your financial and emotional support, and and prayers you shower us with.  I am grateful for the opportunity to preside over Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue, to work with a experienced group of selfless volunteers and Board members, and most of all, to serve our little dogs together with such an incredible group of people. I am confident that together we can save many more Yorkies to come, for many more years to come. 

Please keep tuned, as we will update you in the months to come about planning changes in serving Yorkies and the rescue community in an ever changing rescue landscape. Should you have any ideas of changes you would like to see us make, that could benefit animals in need, please email any of us on the Board. 

As the holiday season nears, please enjoy, keep your loved ones close, and go forth and rescue on!!

With love and appreciation,
And a dream to educate and end petlessness.  

With Love

MaryElizabeth Dugmore
President and Founder, YTNR

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   


Now, May I hear the drum roll please......


Beatrice and Violet
By Jackie Wolfe
I would like to nominate Beatrice and Violet for the Smoky Award Rescue of the Year.
Beatrice and Violet were surrendered to YTNR by Monticello County officials after they were removed from their adoptive home due to abuse and neglect. The girls were placed in this home by different rescues; about a year apart. They both were originally rescued from puppy mills. Beatrice and Violet were adopted and living with a woman, her brother and her son in absolute squalor. The house was full of feces, roaches. fleas and filth. When the brother died in the home due to medical neglect, the authorities were called and when they saw the conditions of the home and the dogs, they confiscated them. The woman and son were charged with neglect and incarcerated. Two other dogs in the home did not survive and had to be euthanized. Beatrice and Violet were taken to a local veterinary hospital for care.   They had survived because they were "the favorites". They are true survivors!
Beatrice and Violet came into the loving arms of their foster mom, Nicki Durham, once they were released from the veterinary hospital where they were treated and started on the road to recovery. Slowly they got stronger every day.   They were so bonded they were never apart and always slept together in their little bed. Nicki began to recognize that Violet would not eat unless Beatrice scooped up food and brought it to her. A true definition of a bonded pair!
Both girls continued to thrive and after several months a woman flew into Chicago to take them to what we all planned would be their forever home. They blossomed and began to attach to the family. Unfortunately, one of her family members became seriously ill and the woman who adopted them was no longer able to give the girls the care they needed or deserved. So, back home on a plane they came to Nicki. They had been well cared for, but now they had lost another home. Nicki again began the process of looking for another wonderful home that would open their hearts to these two special little girls. Then another wonderful family appeared to rescue Beatrice and Violet and take them into their hearts. Nicki and Carson decided to do a road trip this time and drove them to Tennessee. The girls are now in their true forever home where they have thrived and continued to bloom. You can tell by their story written by their new mom, Lisa, they are not only loved, but truly cherished.
Way to go girls! You are two VERY special pups.

As told to Lisa Stoddard
Dear YTNR,
     Its Beatrice and Violet here! We know you are all very busy helping other dogs find forever homes! We are so glad to hear you want to celebrate your adoptees by honoring Smoky and William Wynne again this year! We seem to have similarities to Mr. Wynne as well as Smoky. We understand Mr. Wynne was in an orphanage just like we were! We have certainly had our share loneliness! We also understand that Smoky was purchased by Mr. Wynne from a soldier to pay for his entry into a poker game! Lots of people gambled on us but we never seemed to win! We wanted to remind you about our story and thank everyone who was committed to keeping us together! I (Violet) am going to type our nomination since Beatrice is taking a nap! She's a bit older than me and likes to sleep.
Our history of adoption from the puppy mill is a bit unclear. Our records indicate that I was adopted in July of 2014 and Beatrice joined me in June of 2015. Collectively, we have agreed to not remember how what appeared to be so good turned into tragedy at that home. We thought the worse thing possible was the puppy mill. Little did we know! The only thing keeping us alive at that house was that we had each other. Luckily, the police became involved when circumstances at the house involved people not caring for humans and we were confiscated and taken to the Animal Hospital in Monticello. As we recovered for our horrible living situation, the vet helped us with our health and contacted YTNR for assistance. They all had one goal in mind. KEEPING US TOGETHER FOREVER! The vet was sure Beatrice would not have survived if I had not taken her morsels of food to her when she was too weak to eat? I kept telling her, come on Beatrice! We have to be strong for each other! There is a family out there that wants and needs us! I knew it would not be easy to find our forever family but I stayed hopeful.
That is when we met Nicole and Carson Durham. Oh, how we loved them! They cared for us and continued the promise that we were bonded and would stay together. We settled into their home and enjoyed being there. We did not understand the foster part rescue but we got to fly to another home. I thought YEA! this part of our journey is to get to our forever home. When we arrived I told Beatrice to be quiet and be a good girl! You see we have both figured out how to survive. Sadly, it did not work out. We never seemed to understand why but there we were! Beatrice wanted to know if it was something she had done? I told her no SIS! It just wasn't the right home for us. Then I reminded her as long as we are together we will be OK! We settled back in with Nicole and Carson not bothering anything and sitting in our basket watching Nicole and Carson live life!
A few months later the strangest thing happened. Carson got a new car! A BMW in fact! We thought he just wanted to take us on a drive but WOW!!! It was a LONG drive. We had many potty stops! Our travel took us from Illinois all the way to Tennessee. We arrived to meet a nice man who was headed to work. Not knowing, with Nicole and Carson's blessing that he would soon be our forever Dad, Greg. We drove up the steep driveway to a house on a nice hill. A lady came down to meet us. She would soon be our forever Mom, Lisa. After meeting us we all went upstairs to meet two other dogs. You see, Greg and Lisa have adopted dogs in the past. Two from YTNR (Lulu and Jasper). DogDog and Bear were from a shelter and another rescue. We have even seen a framed award for Jasper who won the YTNR runner up Smoky award in 2012. They had never adopted two dogs at the same time so we were on our best behavior. We introduced ourselves to DogDog and Bear. We got along quickly other than me trying to be the alpha dog. I was a bit rough with DogDog. I learned quickly that we were all equal and our new Mom and Dad had enough time and love for each of us.
Time has marched on and we are more than settled in. Our Mom and Dad have strange work hours. Mom stays home when Dad works. Two nights a week Mom leaves and says she is going to make dog food money and our Dad stays home. They work opposite schedules to give us better lives! We like it when they are both home together but understand, we like our food! Every corner of our forever home has a water bowl or a comfy bed! We never have to worry about food or water again! We do remind or Mom and Dad that it is 5:00 TIME TO EAT! I don't have to remind Beatrice to be good. They never mind that we make a mess with our meals. They never complain about our potty accidents. They understand that it was our way of life for many years. We don't even have to fight for food! There is always plenty.
Beatrice and I have both had a few medical issues since we found our forever home. You see Beatrice yelped one night and had trouble walking on her good leg in May. Mom took her to our new vet and she had a pinched nerve in her back. It was difficult to watch her struggle since her other back leg already had a luxating patella. She has been a good girl and rested, took her medication and she is so much better. She can now roll in the grass in the back yard and even walks down stairs. It makes our Mom very nervous for her to walk down stairs but Dad says '' let her try and do what she can and wants to do!" I think they argue a little about that!
Then, I had to have surgery. Nicole and Carson had been keeping a close eye on a bump that I had. It started bothering me so, the same vet that fixed Beatrice has done the same for me. I don't have the bump anymore. I did not want to know what the bump was for a very special reason. It could be cancer. I can't worry about that! I have to take care of Beatrice. Part of my promise to be together forever has been eased. You see we are both safe and well bonded to DogDog, Bear and our forever family.
So, this is our forever story! We are the happiest "Survival Sisters" you could meet! We sit on the front deck on beds in the morning and evening watching the hummingbirds and deer. We can see the driveway that brought us to our forever home. We use our backyard for exploring, rolling in the grass and other personal reasons. We get to travel to our Gran's in Murfreesboro for overnight visits. We have never had a grandmother and WOW, have we missed out. She has special cookies and meals for us and we get to sleep in her bedroom in our TOGETHER BED! She has arthritis like Beatrice so her rubs are so gentle. We have an Aunt and Uncle as well as two cousins that spend time with us. Our other grandmother lives in New Mexico and we have not met her yet. She heard about our thunder fear and we got thunder shirts from her with essential oils in the mail just TODAY! She must be a nice lady!
We have, like Smoky earned our combat mission metals and are safe and cared for forever. Thank you to Animal Clinic of Monticello, Nicole, Carson and YTNR for being so patient with us. It took a long time but your timing was perfect. We were certainly in a "FOX HOLE" like Smoky! Please continue your mission "to find the best possible homes for Yorkshire Terriers". You certainly did for us!
Love, Beatrice and Violet Stoddard


We will be publishing the 2 runners up in the November Newsletter.

Fundraiser for our little Rescues ♥

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

Walt Colton, an Arizona based artist, and one of our supporters, knows just how to draw and color a Yorkie. You may have noticed some of his pictures in our newsletters in the past. He loves to play with color, as much as he loves to play with his dogs! He drew some of the art in our coloring book, and we're placing some pictures below to encourage you to wake up the artist inside of you too.

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!

Happy Endings
Buddy very happy with his new family ♥


Lilly with her new Mom, Leann ♥
Lilly will be heading home with her new Mom to Canada.


Pogo with his new Pawrents ♥
Our precious Pogo found his furever home with a lovely family.
We wish them a wonderful life together ♥


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

Spotlight on Jane Fero

Meet sweet Jane with Lucie ♥

I have adopted another rescue now.  Lucie one of two senior  breeding females turned over to the Humane Society in Miami. To be  transported  from Miami to Jacksonville,  the full length of Florida, I had to agree to take one of them.  I had been without a dog for about a year and a half and really wanted a fur baby again.
Lucie is functionally blind, with advanced cataracts and one receded eye.   She was spayed and microchipped  by Cocker Rescue.  I took her to a vet here, got needed  medications, and updated her shots.  She had 2 ear infections and a red, inflamed rear.   At the second visit, the vet decided that the eye would not require removal because it is not bothering her.  I apply eye drops every day.   At first she would not walk on a leash, then walked VERY slowly, and now she will walk with me at her own  pace.  I keep a clicker on her leash to help her know where I am.  I got various estimates on her age so I don't know her age-- I would guess abut 11.  She has mastered and the entire yard, made friends with neighbors and learned her walking route, and even mastered the carpeted stairs. She stands on her hind legs for a treat.   Lucie is a silver and blonde, 8 lb. beauty and is a real lap dog.   She and I are a good pair.  I had fostered a blind dog in Indiana, so I felt I was able to help her have a good life.  

You can read more about Jane's wonderful volunteer work for YTNR  here
Thank you so much Jane, for your dedication and support!

Special Thanks to this month's Donors 

Thank You to the Many Wonderful & Generous September

General Fund
Debbie Klinger for Teddy
Karen Roff in memory of PeeWee
Jenny McGee in memory of Cody
Hannelie Vermeulen and CoWorkers from the Recycling Money
Joe & Patti Hyman in memory of the beloved Yorkie of Steve and Sherrie Clark
Karen Whinnery

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* 
Paula Scott*
Lisa Ellison*
Julie Gedro*
 Patricia Johnson*
Jessica Damisch*
Paula Fonseca* 
Sandra Grumbein*
Carrie Unger*

* monthly donor 

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

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The Goddess of Wisdom and Love..... 

The New Reality: Marijuana Poisoning Calls Jump 765%
Analysis by  Dr. Karen Shaw Becker

Signs and Potential Lethality of Marijuana Poisoning in Dogs

Another California veterinarian in El Cerrito, Dr Benjamin Otten, has developed a list of symptoms he looks for in suspected cases of marijuana toxicity, including:
  • Wobbly drunklike movements
  • Urine dribbling
  • A dazed or glazed look in the dog's eyes
  • Low temperature
  • Nervousness
These symptoms occur because THC (delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive component in weed, is toxic to dogs. Fortunately, marijuana poisonings in dogs aren't typically fatal because the drug doesn't cause organ failure. However, as Black cautions, marijuana can so heavily sedate dogs that they inhale ( aspirate) their own vomit, which can be fatal.

Neeko's Joke

A burglar broke into a house one night. He shined his flashlight around, looking for valuables. And when he picked up a jewelry box to place in his sack, a strange, disembodied voice echoed from the dark saying:
"Jesus is watching you."
He nearly jumped out of his skin, clicked his flashlight off, and froze. When he heard nothing more after a bit, he shook his head, then clicked the light on and began searching for more valuables. After just a few seconds, clear as a bell, he heard:
"Jesus is watching you."
Freaked out, he shined his light around frantically, looking for the source of the voice. Finally, in the corner of the room, his flashlight beam came to rest on a parrot.
"Did you say that?" He hissed at the parrot.
"Yep," the parrot confessed, then squawked, "I'm just trying to warn you."
The burglar relaxed. "Warn me, huh? Who in the world are you?"
"Moses," replied the bird.
"Moses?" The burglar laughed. "What kind of people would name a bird Moses?"
Suddenly, he felt a giant shadow materializing behind him.
"The kind of people who would name a Rottweiler Jesus."  ~

Wishing you All a Pawsome and Spooky Halloween!

Love and Smooches,      
                                   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



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.