Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Trixie seemed a little down - I think she really missed having Tigger around.
So after doing some research, we decided we wanted to get a Bengal cat - and found this beauty here in Chicagoland. Derrick named her Symba. She was born in May and when we got her in August, she weighed about 3 pounds - and last week she weighed 5.5! Growing like a weed!
Now the tables are turned on Trixie. Now she is 9, and trying to cope this ball of energy. The cat wants to play CONSTANTLY and Trixie is not really feeling it just yet. But I am sure, in time, they will be buddies. We're launching a site for the cat soon, BestChicagoBengalCat.com
Is she precious, or what???
Meet Lucy, the world's smallest therapist.
The adorable Mini Yorkshire terrier stands at just 5.7in tall, is only 7.5in long and 2.9lbs in weight.
Together with owner Sally Montufar, a college teacher from Vineland, New Jersey, she visits the vulnerable, sick and disabled in the area.
They claim a cuddle with her makes their problems temporarily
go away, and insist that she even knows when something is wrong.
Sorry we have not posted in a while - it's been a hectic summer. And we had to put down our 19 year old cat, Tigger. Tigger was about 9-10 when little Trixie entered the house! And all Trixie wanted to do, was jump and play with the cat! The cat was not amused. But finally gave in, and they were good buddies and enjoyed each others company. We'll miss him :-(
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Visit York have shot three short films - hosted on You Tube - featuring Yorkie travelling across some of the very best areas the region has to offer.
This world-first travelogue series shows ‘Yorkie’ dressed in a specially fitted adventurer’s outfit, complete with Visit York and Yorkshire Rose pin badges.
see more HERE!
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
HOW CRAZY IS THIS????
Yorkshire terrier jumps 30ft off cliff chasing seagull - and survives
A Yorkshire Terrier miraculously survived falling 30ft into the sea after jumping off a cliff while chasing a seagull.
The dog plunged into the water near Moryn in Anglesey (WALES) on Sunday, the Daily Post reports .
Moelfre ’s RNLI team received a call around 11.30am on Sunday with reports that someone had jumped in to the sea after their dog.
They dispatched their large life boat with a rib attached to the back and set out looking for those in distress.
“The dog was absolutely fine, it’s a miracle after falling from such a height.”
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
What is the Difference Between
Emotional Support Animals, Service Animals and Therapy Animals?
The main difference between emotional support animals, service animals and therapy animals have to do with training. With emotional support animals (ESA), the dogs are there to bring comfort as well as companionship. The animals do not have to get any specialized training and skills for this, except perhaps basic obedience and social skills, in the case of dogs or cats. It's enough that the animal is there and its owner draws comfort from its presence.
Emotional support animals are commonly dogs, but there also individuals who take cats, horses, rabbits or turtles as their emotional support animals. To some degree, emotional support animals are still considered pets. But unlike pets, they serve another purpose as they are relied upon by those with mental health issues (ie. Depression, PTSD, Anxiety, etc.).
Emotional Support Animals are extended some adjustments especially when dealing with housing or airline rules. The "no pets policy" does not apply in this case, but the person with an ESA has to have a letter signed and written by a licensed mental health professional.
On the other hand, service animals have been highly trained to master specific skills. These dogs have to perform tasks for their handlers who are unable to do a variety of things because of a physical or mental disability.
For instance, someone who is blind will need the help of a service dog in walking in public, so the dog should be trained to guide and keep his handler safe. Someone who experiences seizures will need a service dog who is trained to notice the triggers, as well as alert people concerned in order to save the life of his handler. Because of their vital role, service dogs can accompany their handlers wherever they need to be, even in public facilities (ie. Restaurants, stores, work places, etc.).
Therapy animals are similar to service animals in that they are required to be trained to perform certain tasks. The difference is that therapy dogs are also socially trained and well-adjusted around people. Hence, you see therapy dogs in various hospital facilities, rehab centers, schools and establishments or sites where the primary concern is psychological or emotional healing. Therapy animals are not entitled access to public places, airlines, or no pets housing situations.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Yorkies rescued from what Gulfport police said was the home of a "backyard breeder."
James G. Wright, 59, has a May court date in Gulfport Municipal Court on multiple animal-cruelty charges, Prosecutor Richard Smith said.
Police said they found the Yorkies, a retriever-chow mix named Buck and a cockatoo packed into his house on Fifth Avenue. Buck was in foster care, but has been returned to the shelter, West said, because he has behavioral problems.
Care for 28 Yorkshire terriers rescued from a Gulfport home was so expensive the Humane Society of South Mississippi decided to increase adoption fees for purebred dogs from a top price of $175 to $350 -- a 100 percent increase.
The fee increase went into effect Friday, Executive Director Lori West said, when adoption of eight Yorkie puppies began. She said some board and staff members discussed the high cost of medical care for the Yorkies -- up to $722 for one dog -- before deciding on the price hike.
Read More HERE
Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/news/local/counties/harrison-county/article73997677.html#storylink=cpy
Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/news/local/counties/harrison-county/article73997677.html#storylink=cpy
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016
A therapy dog is trained to provide comfort and affection to people. Therapy dogs are widely used at hospitals, retirement and nursing homes, hospices, schools and even disaster areas. People who have learning disabilities also use therapy dogs as a means of building their self confidence for learning. Research has found that therapy dogs help make people feel better. Interacting with therapy dogs is said to 'temporarily affect the release of some of the brain's neurotransmitters, including dopamine and oxytocin, while cortisol levels decrease.' Therapy dogs are either therapeutic visitation dogs, animal-assisted therapy dogs and facility therapy dogs. However, they also work alongside people who need a companion beside them at all times. Therapy dogs are typically well tempered dog breeds and don't shed excessively, which allows most people to interact with the dog. They're also well socialized with various environments and people. That lets the dog feel comfortable with traveling around and being exposed to different people and environments. In this article, we're going to examine what people should know when flying with therapy dogs.
Flying with therapy dogs in the United States
People are allowed to go flying with therapy dogs in the United States. There are, however, rules and regulations they must follow before boarding a plane with their companion. In order to fly with a therapy dog in the United States, the dog's owner must have appropriate documentation.
This documentation needs to be reported at least 48 hours before the person's scheduled flight departure time. Regulations concerning that matter require that requests to go flying with a therapy dog are reported during that time frame, allowing the airline to verify the documentation with the owner's doctor. In other words, the airline won't allow therapy dog owners who haven't previously contacted the airline in advance to board their flight with their dog in tow.
The therapy dog documentation letter needs to be drafted from the dog owner's mental health doctor and possess a professional letterhead. It also must not be more than a year old. The dog owner also needs to have a mental health disability, meaning their mental illness must physically and mentally impair them from regularly living their life. Other documentation to bring includes the dog's certification records, health certificates and vaccine records.
People who want to go flying with therapy dogs must take care of getting their pet cleared for flight before even boarding the plane. This allows both owner and pet to be prepared for the flight well in advance.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
A South Florida family got their teacup Yorkshire terrier back -- a decade after she ran away.
Ginger was found last week by a couple in Houston. They said the small dog was hiding under a car near a busy road.
The couple took the dog to a veterinarian, who scanned her for a microchip and contacted her original owner.
Yajaira Fuentes, who lives in South Miami, says Ginger escaped from her backyard in 2005.
After getting the good news, Fuentes paid for boarding and a flight for Ginger to return home.
It's not clear how the dog got from south Florida to Texas. Fuentes thinks someone may have taken Ginger from South Miami and moved to Texas. WATCH
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
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Monday, October 26, 2015
Poor little Mitchell; who could be so cruel?
The ten-year-old blind Yorkshire terrier is so afraid when he was picked up by New York City Animal Care and Control and brought to the Brooklyn shelter this past week.
Some miserable culprit had spray painted little Mitchell green on his face, in his eyes, and on his back soaking right into the skin of his caudal spine. (base of his spine) Mitchell was brought in on October 22, and is due out and ready for rescue on Sunday, October 25.
According to his medical notes, even though he is extremely stressed, Mitchell did allow handling although it is advised to move very slowly as this little guy must have been through more than most animal advocates even want to know. The emaciated, six-pound dog is heavily matted around his legs and face and has extensive dental issues, however no flea infestation or active parasites were noted.
A volunteer writes the following: "Mitchell is a 10 year old Yorkie mix who came in as a stray- matted and emaciated. During Mitchell's medical exam, it was noted that he is also BLIND. This little guy needs some TLC- Can you give him some?" When making inquiries about Mitchell, reference A1055686.
For more information on adopting from the New York City Animal Care and Control, click here. A Facebook page for Mitchell can be found here. To adopt from the General Adoption List, click here. To adopt from the At Risk List, click here. Please share Mitchell's story with friends, family and social media contacts. Sharing saves lives, and every life counts.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Friday, August 14, 2015
Larry Yepez, 66, said he startled a 200-pound black bear who was rummaging through his trash outside of his California home near Yosemite National Park.
The bear latched onto his arm, and Yepez tried punching him, but the animal wouldn’t let go. Yepez even kicked the bear off of him, but the bear came after him again.
That’s when Yepez’s dog started barking and distracted the bear. Wildlife crews are now looking for the black bear, who fled the scene.
Monday, July 27, 2015
Friday, July 17, 2015
My dog thinks she is tough at the beach when she chases seagulls - but beware.
Roo the Yorkshire Terrier suffered severe head wounds and a brain haemorrhage after a group of gulls attacked him while he was playing in the back garden of his owner’s home in Cornwall last Thursday.
Mother-of-four Emily Vincent, who owned Roo, said the little dog came running into the kitchen before collapsing in a pool of blood resembling a ‘murder scene’.
The family took the animal to the vet but his wounds were deemed too severe and he was put down.
The seagulls – which are herring gulls – had been nesting on the roof of Ms Vincent’s house in St Columb Minor. They are believed to have been trying to protect their nest when they attacked Roo.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Pet charity Blue Cross warns shih-tzus, chihuahuas, Yorkshire terriers, and pugs are now the most dumped dogs in Britain
Designer 'handbag' dogs made popular by celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Simon Cowell are now the most dumped in Britain, charity bosses revealed.
Research has revealed pocket-sized pets are now the most unwanted across the country because owners don't realise they need as much exercise as larger breeds.As a result dogs such as shih-tzus, chihuahuas, Yorkshire terriers, and pugs are now being given up in record numbers, according to the pet charity Blue Cross.
The organisation believes this is because the smaller breeds are seen as more of a fashion accessory and people think they are easier to look after because of their size.But when owners realise how much care, attention and exercise they need they decide they cannot cope and give them away.
The study found the number of "handbag" dogs handed in to the Blue Cross has increased by 120 per cent in the last five years.
The charity is now urging potential owners to do their research properly before buying a dog, rather than following the latest celebrity trend.
More at Telegraph.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
How to Fly with an Emotional Support Animal in the Cabin of an Airplane
Do your nerves bundle up the minute you step into an airport, more so into an airplane? You’re not alone! Millions of people feel the same way you do, and some address their anxiety by bringing along an ESA, otherwise known as an emotional support animal. Your pup may just be the answer to your problems. Here’s what you can do before taking your ESA with you on your next trip. If you’re looking for certification of service dogs, you can find more information at Service Dog Certifications.
Prepare Proper Documents
It is vital that your pet has the necessary registration, emotional support animal doctor letters, and identification to prove that it is a certified emotional support animal, most especially to present to authorities who might question you. Not all disabilities/mental illnesses merit having an ESA, so your particular disability should appear on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-IV implying that your pet’s immediate presence is necessary due to health matters. You may learn more about how and whether or not you may acquire certification for an emotional support animal by speaking to a psychiatrist. The moment you have all the right documents supporting your ESA, you’re set to go!
Bringing Your ESA on Your Next Flight
The first thing you should do before taking your ESA on a flight is to inform the airline you’re flying that you’ll be bringing your emotional support animal at least 48 hours before departure. They might need you to fax or email letters written by a licensed mental health professional. Don’t forget to bring your pet’s papers to prove its shots, as well as a health certificate issued by a veterinarian, just in case.
To avoid being late for your flight, as you may be questioned about your ESA, you might want to check-in online or leave for the airport extra early. Ideally, you should be checked in at least 90 minutes before your flight. Have the proper equipment that will aid you in holding and/or controlling your pet, such as a leash, harness, cage, or others. Check to see that it’s comfortable enough for your pet to stay in/wear for the duration of the flight as well!
While in the Plane
Is your pet well-trained? A dog that yips on the plane may be bothersome to other passengers, so a quiet, behaved pooch who understands commands is usually mostly appreciated. As for dealing with calls of nature, see to it that your pet urinates and defecates in a suitable place before boarding the plane. You may want to fit a diaper on your pup to lessen the chances of it making a mess while in-flight. Avoid giving your pet food or water during the flight, but keep a bit with you in your carry-on to give to your pet when you land. Remember to keep your animal with you at all times, and position it (or its cage) in an area that doesn’t block emergency exits. You may not be allowed to sit in certain rows of the airplane, but it’s only to make sure of the accessibility, safety, and comfort of you and your pet.
In case you’re still nervous about or during the flight, you may want to speak to a doctor/psychiatrist beforehand, so you can get prescribed medication to alleviate your anxiety. Depending on which airline you’re flying, it also helps to call the airline beforehand and inform them that you’re an “anxious flyer”, as the airline’s flight attendants become more aware about your situation and may check up on you every now and then.
Once you’re on the flight, take 10 deep breaths; each inhaling for the count of 5 heartbeats, keeping it in for 7, and exhaling for 9 to relax yourself. Once you’ve done that, try distracting yourself with your favorite music, book, or video game. Before you know it, the flight will be over, you’ll have reached your destination!