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                                                      October 2020  
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Amalia Spaulding
Laura Morrisey

MaryElizabeth Dugmore
Joan Willner
Athena Maria Dugmore

Autumn Greetings from MaryElizabeth Dugmore

My dear fellow Yorkie and animal lovers,

Summer 2020 has been challenging for so many of us in our animal loving community. As if a pandemic was not enough to deal with, we have members and supporters who have been struggling with winds, hurricanes, tornadoes, fire and smoke issues - as well as personal and family related health issues. To each and everyone, my prayers are with you.

Having left a piece of my heart in my old home state of California, I watched the destruction of life, nature and property with utter sadness, as fires raged from California up the coast to Washington. I worried about the endangerment and displacement of people, their pets and their livestock, as well as the wild animals in the surrounding environment. The sadness of those not spared, are foremost in my mind, as in all of our minds. May they Rest In Peace, and their loved ones be supported and find peace.

Nature has been harsh and unforgiving in 2020. Many have experienced hardships and stress from hurricanes such as Isiah, Laura, and Sally, and more, which caused extensive damage and power outages in the Caribbean, Gulf Coast, and across the East Coast, from Florida, to South Carolina, and all the way to Connecticut. Tornadoes, earthquakes, high winds and storm damage also ravaged our beautiful United States over the past few weeks. Here in Tennessee we’ve watched the high winds sweep across our state. We hunkered down, but we have been spared from serious fallout. I am thankful.

Amidst the harshness of nature, a global pandemic, and social unrest, as well as the sadness of so many, it has also been heartwarming to witness the outpour of support for each other. Hearing about our YTNR family checking on each other, and the communities and country in general supporting each other, has been the positive news we have all been craving. Empathy in times of need brings us together, and provides us the support to move ahead, even if it is one step at a time. Now, more than ever, it is time to practice kindness and share gratitude.

Thank you for all your support and for staying connected. Thank you for everyone who reached out to, and honored the ultimate price paid by the family of one of our own, Maria Boyle, who served as a police woman in New York City on 9/11, and who lost her brother in law, a firefighter, in the towers that day. This year was the 19th remembrance thereof.


Thank you for all who are praying for those who serve and protect us, for everyone supporting others in times of need, for all who are praying for those who suffered from the destruction caused by the wrath of nature we faced across the county this year. Thank you for all who do their share to help themselves and others remain safe during COVID-19. Thank you for all who are praying for our members and supporters who are struggling with their own illnesses, that of their family members, and of their companion animals, and for keeping them in your hearts and minds.

Personally I value you, and as an organization we thank you. As fellow animal lovers scattered across our beautiful country, let us stand tall for each other. Let us keep reaching out to support one another. Let us also celebrate our accomplishments, the devotion of our foster families, the generosity of our supporters, the resilience of our little rescues, and the kindness and love of our adopters. In this issue we will highlight our Smoky award winner for 2020, who now has a new lease on life, and next month we will tell you the stories of our runner-up’s.

With love I burn my angel candle to honor you.

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, 2019 and June 30, 2020 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     www.YorkieAngelBoutique.com   


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

♥ HENRY ( was formerly known as Pogo/Bentley) ♥


Hi! I am a 3-year old Yorkie. My name has changed several times (Pogo/Bentley) because the start of my life was a bit ruff. My mom tells me she changed my name shortly after she adopted me because she felt like it would be a great new start for the beautiful life we were going to share. I am pleased to introduce myself, Henry or Oh Henry. I used to need a wheel cart for my back legs which the Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue paid for through donations, thank you from the bottom of my heart. The Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue also gave me the most amazing foster family that took such great loving care of me that I don’t need the wheel cart anymore. I was super attached to my foster dad, Steve Beck, because he was an extra special human that loved me so much until my furever mom adopted me. I think of my foster family often and will never forget how they brought me into their home and healed me in many ways. Now I have my new mom who treats me like her only child. She lets me sleep in the bed with her and take up more room than any dog my size could ever need. She has taken me to doctors like a neurologist plus world renowned therapist to make sure I have the best care because of my prior injury. We wish we knew what happened to my spine but when I arrived at the rescue (I was in the rescue more than once) my medical records had been lost. But it is okay, now I run super-fast up the stairs in my new house, and I love going on long walks with no problems at all. I live with my mom and my grandparents who are 88 and 91 years-old (they are the oldest humans I have ever seen). I stay out from under their feet because I don’t want to trip them, yeah for me! I have a wonderful aunt that comes to see me, just me, once or twice a week, and she gives me tons of attention. I love my furever family because the way they treat me, I feel like the most important one in the house. My mom takes me everywhere, so I have seen lots of neat places in addition I get to sleep on her lap all day long while she works. I was even on a Zoom meeting! I am pretty attached to her. If she leaves the house my grandmother tells her I just lay on the ground facing the door waiting for her to come home. My favorite toy and blankie came from my foster family, it ensures that I never forget how they provided endless love while dealing with my special needs. My mom bought me a stroller so when my back legs start to get tired during our walks, I still get to stroll with her to see the views. I have a bff named Oscar. He is much older than me and is having a lot of medical issues that is why I try not to be too hyper around him. But when I go to visit him, I can tell he is happy to see me. My life before my new furever home had a lot of moves, I think I lived in TN, IN, Los Angeles CA and the desert in CA. I now live in So Ca in a city by the ocean. I have walked on the sand at the beach but have not ventured into the water because it looks scary.  Life is great for me and I am so grateful for the Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue for helping me find my furever mom. She tells me all day long how much she loves me. My heart is full just like my belly. I didn’t let the past change me into a grumpy dog, nope, I am always super friendly and loving. I hope I win this award not for me or even for my furever mom, but for my foster family, Steve Beck and family. I want them to know that I know they were there when I needed someone to care for my special needs and I will always be in-debt to them for their kindness and will never ever forget them.

 Pogo / Bentley / and finally Henry

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

Wildweir's Jesse James, aka, Jesse's Challenge with Protein Losing Enteropathy by Joan Willner
I was asked to write this article by MaryElizabeth Dugmore to enlighten all our members about PLE.

Jesse, my third Yorkshire terrier developed this chronic disease at 8 (eight) years of age. Symptoms were stomach bloating, lose stools and lethargy.

My regular vet suggested I go to a small breed specialist. The specialist wanted to do a biopsy and I did not consent because Jesse was 8 years old. She did, however, aspirate approximately 1 cup of fluid from his stomach and advised me to give him the prescribed meds. His diet was changed to home base meals. I began to give him, as per the vet's orders, any baked, white flaky fish, with microwaved, butternut squash.

It was suggested I buy a mineral supplement for the homemade food, as there are none in a home based meal. I was told to see www. Balanceit.com. This site specializes and is run by a vet nutritionist that creates homemade meals without preservatives and other additives for dogs and cats that have diseases such as this.

Jesse recovered and returned to his old self and lived to 17 years of age.

Do not give up if your dog gets this disease, as it is treatable.

PLE is widely attributed to lymphangiectasia.
Dogs can receive lifelong therapy for this. Some improve and some do not. Those that improve can live a normal active life with the guidance of a knowledgeable vet.


Yorkshire Terrier Club of America has ongoing research for this at Cornell Veterinary School of Medicine and also at University of Florida Veterinary School of Medicine. I think UC Davis also has the ongoing research.
Yorkshire Terrier Club of America has a foundation that helps fund the AKC Health Fund that gives grants to Cornell School of Veterinary Medicine.

You can contact the various vet schools and send in a sample of your dog's DNA to help the research that is ongoing and help others by doing this.

The purpose of this research is to identify the genetic marker by utilizing a DNA test to see if the marker for this disease is present.

Then there is no breeding done with dogs that have this marker. This will eliminate this disease. This disease is being researched by many vet experts to help our breed, the lovable YORKIE!

It was my pleasure to write this article and enlighten all the members of Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue.

If anyone has any questions, feel free to contact me at: www.topknotdogsitting/training.com

Written by Joan Willner

Happy Endings
Zoey just loves her new mom and family so very much. She is a lucky girl!


Happy 6th birthday to my beautiful baby girl, Izzy! I am so proud of the fierce yappy watch dog aka ankle biter you have grown into! I love how you can play outside for hours, watching & chasing squirrels but still run inside to go to the bathroom! You are an amazing tattle tale & do a great job alerting me when your sister, Karma, is getting in the trash or doing something wrong! I love how you are a Seeing Eye dog & watch out for your blind & deaf older (almost 19 yr. old) brother, Joey! You are my light & my cuddle bug! Don’t go changing!


Some of you may or may not remember Ebony. He came to YTNR at 8 weeks old in July of 2015 from Georgia and flown to Indiana by Eva Ortiz to his foster mom. Ebony was born with a disability making him unable to use his back legs. After taking Ebony to a specialist it was determined something happened during his birthing. The foster mom was also told he would never be housebroken, because of nerve damage. Surgery was not in the cards for him; his foster mom was heartbroken when she heard the news.

He was on the website for adoption for a long time, hoping he would get a forever home, and had lots of applications because he was a beautiful boy. But the fact that he would never be able to control his body functions was a dealbreaker for everyone that the foster mom talked to. Ebony had to be bathed every day because of his lack of control so there was a lot to taking care of him.

Ebony was taken off the adoption sites after about two years and placed in Pawspice. The foster mom had growing concerns for Ebony if something happened to her, what would happen to Ebony. The foster mom and the President, MaryElizabeth, discussed what to do about Ebony. The foster mom had him for almost 5 years.

It was decided to put him back up for adoption. A miracle happened shortly after Ebony's picture and bio were back on the adoption sites. Someone in Indiana wanted to adopt Ebony, after many conversations and a home visit Ebony had his new forever home. His new family purchased him a very lightweight cart so he could move around freely. He is one happy boy; loving life. His new family had also adopted a little girl that was unable to use her back legs and was in a wheel cart; this adoption was prior to getting Ebony.

Don't you just love happy endings?????


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

In Loving Memory
Sunday the Rainbow Bridge got another Angel. Lexi came to me about 14 years ago as a beautiful little girl. During her life she had many medical issues but always came through them. Lexi had a non functioning tear duct so We had her saliva gland rerouted to the duct. Lexi survived a stroke, her eye almost burst but with hourly care for two weeks her eye was saved. Lexi’s last battle was cancer. She was doing so well with her chemo treatments, her tail always wagging, barking at everyone as usual that people who saw her were surprised that she had cancer. Sunday early I woke up to her struggling to breathe. I rushed her to MedVet but after being in an O2 cage and meds. with no change or reason I made the decision to ease her pain.
I miss her with all my heart as she was my shadow. RIP Lexi, I love you. No more pills or eye drops!

Kathy Schuller


"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

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We received some lovely donations to help us raise funds for our little dogs.

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Special Thanks to this month's Donors 
Thank You to the Many Wonderful & Generous September Contributors

General Fund 

Cathy & Jeffrey Grimes in honor of Bob and Sugar
Anita Hammond-Hammitt
Cynthia Perkins
Daniel S. Weisgarber
Esthela Dempsey
Louise Saruk
 Ruth Meinhart for help with medical bills

Yorkie Angel Donors * 
Sandra Flolo*
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* 
Bette Gae Dart*
Paula Scott*
Lisa Ellison*
Julie Gedro*
 Patricia Johnson*
Jessica Damisch*
Paula Fonseca* 
Sandra Grumbein*
Carrie Unger*
Karen Roff*
Linda Connor*

* monthly donor 

Become a monthly donor by visiting our web page @ www.YorkieRescue.com 
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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The Goddess of Wisdom and Love..... 
Halloween Safety Tips from  ASPCA

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.

Many Thanks to Lifeline4Paws 
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.