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                                                                                                                       April, 2013                                  
"Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?"  
                                                                                      ~ Neltje Blanchan                                                                      
In This Issue
Join us in Nashville
Yorkie Times Spotlight
Donor Recognition
Mary-Margaret O'Brien
Rick Caran & Jilli Dog
Happy Endings...
All Star Thank You
Neeko's Joke
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Editor's Message - 
Buzzy Gedro Transitional Periods   




All of life, if you stop and think about it, is a transition. First I was a tiny little puppy at a breeder's house in Waco, Georgia. Then, I spent my puppyhood and early adult hood living it up in midtown Atlanta. My brother Max and my Mom and I would walk across Piedmont Road to Piedmont Park, every morning before work and every evening after work (my Mom's work, that is). In the Summer, my brother and I wilted from the heat and humidity and we would end up on each of my Mom's shoulders. Those were awesome times. My Mom dragged us down to Seaside, Florida, and she eventually gave up trying to turn us into beach lovers like her. She let us hang out in the air conditioned condo while she 'enjoyed' the sand, salt and sweat of the beach. I have never understood her fascination and passion for the beach, but there it goes. When the three of us moved to upstate New York, we rented a little carriage house that had a real barn door for the front door, awesome wall to wall carpet, and funky neighbors who loved dogs. We moved again to the University district, equally funky, and now live in a crazy cool fun little cottage. My brother has since passed, and I have been the torch bearer for Gedro Yorkies, welcoming new guys and girls into the house, helping my Mother decide who stays, and who gets to be adopted (and to whom). Even though I have a frailer build than my brother (God rest his soul) Max, I turned out to be heartier than him. I will be 16 years old this June, and I am still the alpha male of this house. My hearing is gone, and my eyesight is dim, but I still rock it. Or so I am told. My transitional period into my elder years has not been difficult for me, mentally, at all. Although I permit my Mom to put 'clothes' on me (her favorite lately is my hoodie with the phrase "I didn't do it!" on the back), I prefer to go outside in just my God-given fur coat. Once in a while, my Mom gets upset when she pets me, and feels the thinning of my body and my coat. She keeps a close eye on me, and she stays in close touch with Dr. Congel, who has been my doc for ten years (as long as we have been in Syracuse). I know it troubles her to see me age, but I try to console her with the fact that I am comfortable and content. I am just a bit slower and mellower than I used to be. I am trying to model for my Mom, how to accept transitions with peace. After all, the beauty of life is its breadth and depth, not a relentless fast pace. She is learning to slow down a bit (ok, everything is relative, I'll admit) and enjoy the little things, too. The warmth of my brothers and I piled on top of each other in the pre-dawn hours, snoring our Terrier snores, and enjoying the feeling of safety, security, and contentment, is heavenly.

The sun that comes up in this late winter, and peaks through the trees from the east, is breathtaking and we all take time to soak it in.


Speaking of enjoyment, I hope you enjoy this month's Newsletter.


Buzzy G




Join us in  Nashville  September  5 - 8 
Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue is going to have the
Second Annual  Weekend of Fun in September 5 - 8, 2013.  
We would love for you to join us. 
It's not too late to book your room and join us for a Weekend of Friendship and Fun!!
We have a limited number of rooms reserved for Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue at The Sheraton Music City in Nashville TN.   The hotel has said that they will continue to add rooms to our block as long as they have rooms available.  Please call the hotel 615-885-2200 and tell them you are booking your room with Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue.  

Thursday evening, depending on how many people have arrived, we will have an impromptu dinner to be decided at that time. 

Friday 8:30am - 2:30 pm Annual Board Meeting
Friday evening we've suggested a dinner and dancing at the Wild Horse Saloon. 

Saturday 11:00am  Tea Party at HatWKS, a wonderful little Hat Boutique where we can visit and try on some of her beautiful and curious hats!  

Saturday night  September 7, 7:00 pm we will be having our Smoky Awards Banquet in the hotel.  Dinner will be $65.00 pp.  Please send your payment to:  YTNR Yorkie Event. 1065 Lewis Rd, Chapmansboro, TN 37035.  

Saturday night after the dinner some will go dancing again! TBA! 

Come Join Us if you can.  So far on our list:

Stephi and David Luken
Linda Connor
Corrine Ellison
Pam Mindt and Hannelie
Tara Sampler and her husband
Julie Gedro
Jon and Ronnie Birdsong
Priscilla and Lowell Byars
Amalia and Ron Spaulding
Patti Kushnir and Kathy Dunn
Tina Ann Byers
Michelle Dawn and Mary Margaret
Barbara Buechele
Jessica Frias
Peggy Munke
Karen Dugmore
MaryElizabeth and Dan Dugmore
Karin and Allan Nakashima
Jackie and Jerry Wolfe 
Paula and Brittney Fonseca
Bette Gae Dart 
Nancy Nicoulin  

Lobby of Sheraton Music City Hotel

Their charming courtyard

Yorkie Times Spotlight on Marge Williams

I live in Old Towne Orange, Ca.  I moved here 23 years ago to be close to my work which was designing electrical signage.  At the time I had a dog who was a Lhasa mix. After just a few years my work transferred me to Reno.  My Lhasa mix, Bugsy Siegel, had been with me for 15 years, was slowing down and I felt the need to get another pup that had a bit of energy.  
Years before, I went to visit a friend at her mom's home and a 4 year old 
granddaughter met me, along with the tiniest, feistiest, noisiest dog I had ever met....of course a yorkie !  
This tiny pup was so bitty I asked the little girl..."what is that !!?" 
Well, she looked at me like I was the dumbest person in the world and said,...."a dog ....!!!"  
Bugsy didn't much like the interference of other dogs so I thought if I get a little bitty female like that, he might not mind.  So, I checked the 'pets' ad and found Yorkies for sale.  After talking to a breeder at a dog show about the personality of the yorkie I called and went to meet the breeder that had advertised.  I met my little soulmate. They had named him Zack and, at 7 months, he was totally attached to them.  
My friend held him on the way home and I put him down to meet Bugsy and my cats.  Cats were good... Bugsy, big deal.... He wasn't so sure of me......
Second day I called him Cracker Zack, showed him about chasing a ball and 'ball was good ' !!! I had a friend for life.....  Cracker was my best friend.  He cared naught for anyone else. From then on I was in love ... as was he.
After 11 years Cracker suddenly got sick.  I rushed him to an emergency hospital and he stayed there for several days and was diagnosed with an enlarged heart.  They stabilized him but within 4 weeks I lost best buddy.  
It took me 3 weeks to dry my eyes long enough to search the shelters for a yorkie or yorkie mix.  It occurred to me to search rescue groups and it was then I found YTNR.  I figured that if I fostered I just might find another great little friend and would enjoy meeting and caring for the different personalities. It is going on 6 years now and each one I have welcomed to our home has been unique.  I can't imagine life without being surrounded by these babies.
I adopted Scooter who at 18 months was in his 3rd home. He had so much anxious energy that he was hard to control on walks.  He seemed to be difficult to place because of this so I decided to adopt and work with him myself.  It really took about 2 years to get some semblance to him but he has become my so good boy.  The one that always makes new dogs feel at home and has taught a number of them how to play.  My good will ambassador.  
I had a friend that gave me her 3 lb yorkie because she had injured her back and couldn't care for her any more.
Arielle had been injured at birth.  She was stuck coming out backwards and so they pulled her out by the legs.  They must have torn the ligaments because she only walked on her front a little circus dog.  I walked her every day so now she walks on all fours even though she is hunched over like a little hedgehog.
I shouldn't be asked about Yorkies because I have too much to say.  So I've got to edit myself here and only add that YTNR has given me the opportunity to meet and love many pups and also to meet and work with wonderful volunteers who have given so unselfishly of their time, money, energy and love to these wonderful little companions !

Special Thanks to this month's Donors 

Thanks to all the generous February contributors.
March Contributions
General Fund - Unrestricted
Bette Gae Dart *
Pieter Vermeulen *
Karin and Alan Nakashima *
Brenda Jasper *
Sandra Flolo *
Pam Mindt *
MaryElizabeth Dugmore *
Darlene Kanuch
Monthly donors = *
Liver Shunt Fund for Wynce's Medical Care
Rosemarie Ellison
Payment of Otis' Veterinary Bill
Jackie Wolfe
We couldn't do it without you... 


The Yorkshire Terrier National Rescue Inc. is run solely on private donations and fund raising efforts made by people like you who love this Breed. We appreciate your support


We are a 501 (c) (3) organization, your donation is 100% tax deductible.
A Little Update on Wynce

Wynce came through her liver shunt surgery very well,  the doctors at the University of Tennessee found a single shunt and were able to close it with an ameroid constrictor.   
They also found the remnants of a blue plastic toy in her stomach and they estimate had been there for at least a year.   She is recovering in ICU and should be released soon to her foster home. 
A very special Thanks to all who are helping to support her medical care. 

~ This is great news for Wynce. When I think about all the volunteers that came together to get Wynce to Tennessee and then UT, I am so proud of this organization as a whole and of the people individually.  Also the fact that Wynce isn't the first not the last tiny dog to benefit from the kindness and the pocketbooks of people who will never actually see and touch her.

Congratulations to MaryElizabeth for founding this charitable organization. 

Kudos to Corrine, Julie, Elaine, Patti and all the board members that give so readily of their time and talents to keep YTNR running.  Special thanks to Barbara for taking on yet another very ill fur baby and putting her heart into making sure Wynce gets the care she needs.

  As for all the other YTNR volunteers out there that drive to shelters at a moments notice to pull a dog, or drive hours to transport one, and those that foster these sweet babies and allow them to sleep in their beds at night then turn them over to a new family never to see them again, I'm so proud to be associated with all of you. We may be Crazy Yorkie people- but in this case, Crazy is Good!


Paula L. Fonseca ~

Mary-Margaret O'Brien ~ Dear Diary....

Time for our Spring check-ups!  I went to the doctors yesterday.  


Rabies Shot - check
Temperature is fine; ears are fine; butt is fine; weight pounds.   Ye Dogs!!  I could use a little help here.    Must lose a bit to squeeze into Summer Bikini.  Sit ups are a bit awkward, so I found a workout video just perfect for me:   

April 1st is the day we honor Cesar Chavez this year.  State offices in California will be closed.  Paws together, heads bowed - "Lettuce pray!"

FYI, Cesar Chavez was an American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist, who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association.   We celebrate him with an official state holiday in California, Colorado and Texas.


Love and kisses.....and blessings! 

Mary-Margaret O'Brien 
Lt. Chaplain - Yorkie Brigade Chapel 
"Yorkie prayers are Angel's wishes!"



Rick Caran & Jilli Dog

Two Generations of YTNR Goodwill Ambassadors

Hello to our wonderful Yorkster Loving, Rescuing friends of YTNR

Happy Spring! I love Spring! The pupsters love Spring! They RUN out the back door to enjoy the warm breezes and play like kids at recess! They rarely went out willingly all winter, most of the time sticking their noses out the door to get a feel of the frigid temps, and then looking up at me as if to say: "Uhhh, no thanks, Dad..."  But as cold and as uncomfortable as winter is, it sure helps us LOVE Spring all the more, with the mild breezes, the budding, aromatic blossoms and the landscapes starting to turn green again! I realized at some time in my life that life would be great, if each and every one of us were able to experience that 'First Day of Spring' feeling all year round. And I realized that I do just about every day, when I play with my pups! I know that sounds corny, but it's true! The more FUN things that I train them to, the happier they become, because they see me smiling and enjoying it, and that's what they live for, to be happy with us! Sometimes I ask Judy to come in to see something cute we're working on, and even if she's busy, once she watches these little rascals doing their routines with great enthusiasm, she starts smiling and laughing and takes a little 'happy time break'... Coco is 2 yrs, Ruby is 4, Spidey is 9 and Jilli is 15 (and retired from public shows), and they ALL love to train.

We recently put together a short video of the pups' performances that we use to show prospective clients and as I watched it myself, I saw what fun the pups were having.  Then I remember how I felt during the performances, and I realize that even after all these years, these pups still give me great joy.  

Here's the video.  You'll see the NEW TRICK: DOGGIE BOWLING, and you will even see the new pup, Coco (she's bowler # 2), who's doing great! Hope you enjoy the video! Hope you have a wonderful Spring!

Team Jilli Dog Trick Show Highlights - Smartest Dogs
Team Jilli Dog Trick Show Highlights - Smartest Dogs

Much Love, 
Rick, Jilli, Spidey, Ruby, Coco, and the kitties, Delilah ad Lacey

Happy Endings...

Peyton living happily in Illinois with his two dads Joseph and Kevin. It was love at first sight for all three.

This is a photo of Mick with new family member Buddy on the left and his other Yorkie, Charlie Brown on the right. 

told by supermodel
 Athena Maria  Aphrodite The Goddess of Wisdom and Love..... 

"April showers bring May flowers"


The Romans called the month Aprilis. It may come from a word meaning 'to open', or it may come from Aphrodite, the Greek name for the goddess of love.

* April's Birth Flower is the Sweet pea; Birthstone, the Diamond.


Small animals that hibernate are usually coming out of their burrows in April. 

* The birds fly back northward or they settle down to have their families. 

* The bees and butterflies begin to gather nectar from the first flowers of the season.

* In some parts of the world, it's planting time. In other parts, it's the harvest season.





All Star Thank You  
We couldn't have done it without you
Thanks for making us a 2012 Constant Contact All Star

We wanted to share the great news and express our gratitude to you, our wonderful members, for receiving this honor. Our emails and events are made with our members and supporters in mind, so Thank You for engaging and interacting with us.
Neeko Red
Neeko's Joke ;o)


~ A three-year-old boy went with his dad to see a new litter of Labrador puppies. On returning home, he breathlessly informed his mother: "There were three boy Labrador puppies and four girl Labrador puppies." 
"How did you know that?" his mother asked. 
"Daddy picked them up and looked underneath," he replied. "I think it is printed on their bottoms. ~  




Love to all, 

Neeko :o)                                                                                         BackToTop

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 over 120 of our dogs since 2007.