Friday, February 29, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
If you have a pet you can not care for, find someone who will.
You don't throw it away! This piece came from Vicoria Macchi
and the Naples Neopolitan News...
As a rule, The Humane Society of Naples does not take in strays. But when they discovered a shivering 4 pound Yorkie, toothless, and covered with bald patches, abandoned and left outside in a pet carrier, they had to take her in. “You could see the fleas crawling,” recalls shelter manager Karen Sesso, who took Pippin home at night so he could get round-the-clock attention.
His weight was stable, but his eyes and ears were badly infected. A skin condition meant bald patches covered his body. He had tapeworm, and all his teeth were missing."
Enter the Kaufmans. The Kauffmans visited the dog several times at the shelter. They knew they wanted a small, senior dog that could handle condo life. He was renamed "LUCKY" and they gave him a new home. His beige and silver coat, now shiny and healthy, covers the bald patches. He is down from six medications to just one for a cough he can’t seem to shake.
Despite any neglect he suffered, Lucky is living large now. He eats organic wet food (he can’t chew kibble), visits the groomer often, likes riding around in the convertible with the top down, and, at night, sleeps in a doggie bed between Amy and Jim.
“Life just went the wrong way for him,” says Amy, holding Lucky’s face up to hers.
“He’s got a lot of life left!”
Monday, February 18, 2008
THANKS FOR HELPING!!!
One: grooming. The Yorkie has a good deal of hair that requires high maintenance. You must brush every day and clip regularly. Though this breed sheds little to no hair, which makes it excellence for allergy sufferers or those concerned with ruining furniture, it still requires extensive care. Many owners chose to have their Yorkies professionally groomed, but this costs money. If you are not willing to take the time to have your Yorkie groomed, or to do it yourself, this is not the breed for you.
Two: health concerns. Though the Yorkie is a sturdy dog, it is still a little one and prone to certain problems. Its size makes it likely to get hurt more easily from a fall or roughhousing. This does not make it suitable for families with young children. Also, Yorkies can suffer from teeth problems. The best way to handle this is to use dry food only to build up strength, and have regular Vet visits. Finally, if you intend to breed Yorkies, you must realize that females can have problems delivering due to their size.
Three: exercise. Yorkies are, by nature, active dogs. Routine exercise will be at minimal since they will keep themselves busy during the day. Still, these dogs love to go for walks or to play in the yard. You must make sure they are secure, however, as they might run away. A Yorkie has high hunting instincts and is inclined to chase.
Four: training. The Yorkie is a bit of a contradiction. Though it can be easily trained, it will ignore that training when it sees fit. This can make it appear to be a breed of lesser intelligence. This is not true. Yorkies are actually quite clever and capable of handling most problems. They just also happen to be stubborn creatures. Training will be a constant thing and will require time and attention.
Five: temperament. Yorkies are blessed with that infectious, fearless Terrier temperament. This is both a blessing and a curse for owners. These dogs demand your time and attention. Also, they will do as they please--this extends to chasing down whatever animal happens to cross their path if they are able (including dogs as large as Great Danes). Because of this fiery nature, Yorkies require an owner with patience and a disciplined mind. Your Yorkie will be devoted to you; he just might not always listen.
If any of these characteristics seem too overwhelming, the Yorkie--or any other Terrier--is probably not for you. These are not timid animals and do not need timid owners. Instead, you must be willing to face the challenges of owning this breed for, with those challenges, comes a wonderful pet.
Friday, February 15, 2008
10. Dogs don't feel threatened by your intelligence.
9. Dogs are already in touch with their inner puppies.
8. Dogs are very direct about wanting to go out.
7. Dogs think you are a culinary genius.
6. You can house train a dog.
5. Dogs feel guilt when they've done something wrong.
4. Middle-aged dogs don't feel the need to abandon you for a younger owner.
3. Dogs mean it when they kiss you.
2. Dogs don't care whether or not you shave your legs.
1. Dogs obsess about you as much as you obsess about them.