Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Holidays to Yorkies Everywhere


I buy this weekly Yorkie calendar every year - it is SO CUTE. Over 50 Yorkies.

Yorkshire Terriers 2012 Hardcover Weekly Eng Calendar

and it's under $10!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

YouTube Video Exposes Nurse Beating a Yorkie

I JUST DON'T GET IT!

How can someone be SO ABUSIVE?

I try not to post anything depressing or sad on this site. Because I read lots of horrific abusive stories - unspeakable acts you can not even imagine - and I just refuse to post them. It's too sad.

Today this story came across my desk- and I will not post the video - because it is too graphic - but this woman is SICK. This made me sob.

A Brazilian nurse, who is married to a doctor, was caught on camera repeatedly attacking a yorkie, which later died of its injuries. When Police refused to take action, the neighbor who shot the video, posted it on YouTube. The nurse now has gone into hiding after receiving 40,000 threats! Her apartment block was surrounded by a mob throwing stones. There have even been people offering money for someone to kill her.

After a national outcry, an investigation was quickly launched, and hundreds of thousands have joined Facebook groups or signed an online petition demanding that the 22-year-old be brought to justice.

When officers arrived at de Moura's home she reportedly tried to explain her actions by saying she was ‘having a bad day, going through some family problems and an attack of nerves.’ - ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? You throw and beat and abuse a helpless animal, cause you're having a bad day! She should be JAILED!


A police spokesman said the investigation is expected to conclude on Wednesday and could result in de Moura being sentenced to up to a year in prison for animal cruelty.

The brutal attack was witnessed by a child, so she could also be charged under the Children's Act for 'exposing a child to shame or embarrassment, the maximum penalty for which is three years behind bars,' he added.


This is so sad. And so sickening.

The ASPCA has posted 10 ways to prevent Animal Cruelty.
Signs to watch for and how to report cruelty in the US.

PLEASE - BE AWARE. I BEG YOU.


And if you feel inclined to donate to a group - I recommend two -
Best Friends and ASPCA

Happy Holidays from Our House to Yours

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Trixie Lee and Coco Chanel Holiday Gathering

This past weekend I was in Michigan, and got to visit Miss Coco Chanel - the Yorkie who started this blog, about 6 years ago.

Miss Coco is about 17 years old now, and not doing real well. She is pretty much blind, and deaf, and has a hard time getting around. But it was so nice to see her and visit. Her house was a glorious display of Holiday Magic! - I got a new holiday t-shirt!!





The shots below are of Coco. She does not seem to be in any pain - her doctor says she is still very healthy! But you can tell her quality of life is not what it used to be. I wish she would play with me - but she just is not up for that. She is such a sweetheart! I just want to snuggle with her and hold her.





After a few hours of visiting, we had to head back home, and I was pretty tired out!
In just a few days, Christmas will be here. I can't wait!


Happy Holidays!

Miss Trixie Lee Deluxe

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bergdorf Goodmans Holiday Dog Video UNLEASHED


To me, Bergdorf Goodman is one of the greatest stores - with the greatest holiday windows in New York City.

Last year they gave us a sneak peak behind the scenes look at how their amazing windows come to life.

This year, they have created a wonderful little video with a cast of dogs! UNLEASHED.

The Holiday Windows are up, lights are hanging on Fifth Avenue, and there’s a line at the airport — it must be time for our holiday video. “Unleashed” is here and it’s ready to rumble around the internet. BG has always been a dog-friendly store but for “Unleashed” we got downright intimate. Dogs had free run through the store (the filming took place at 5am) and as you’ll see, they took full advantage.

We were very happy to work with the Humane Society of New York, which has been helping animals in need since 1904. We hope you enjoy it — and we want to see photos of your dogs for an upcoming project, so start planning your portraits.

Now it’s time to meet Salty and the rest of the pack. WATCH NOW

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Yorkie QR Technolgy Cards - and Holiday Adorable Video


Have you seen these QR codes around and wondered what they heck they are?

If you use a smart phone, chances are you are using QR technology. The code usually consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded can be made up of any kind of data.

So what does this have to do with Yorkies, you ask??

Julie Stewart is from Kiss and Punch Designs. A small design stationery studio in Southern California and they have a growing line of greeting cards.

On this clever holiday card, when you scan the QR code to this letterpress card, it links you to a special holiday video starring her yorkie, Lil' Tyke, called "A Yorkie Christmas Story". Scan the card with your smartphone or check out the YouTube video now.

It is so Adorable!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Male Yorkie in the Neighborhood

While out walking this summer, I noticed a new Yorkie in my neighborhood! His name is Dodger! And even though my daddies think I have no interest in male dogs, something about Dodger gets me all hot and bothered! He is scruffy and sexy! - With winter coming, I don't get out much....so we may not see each other til next spring :-(

- Trixie

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Chicken jerky treats may be Linked to Mysterious Dog Illness and Deaths


Chicken jerky treats may be to blame for dozens of new reports of mysterious illnesses and some deaths in dogs, prompting a renewed warning for pet owners by the Food and Drug Administration.

At least 70 dogs have been sickened so far this year after reportedly eating chicken jerky products imported from China, (as many products are, these days) FDA officials said. That’s up from 54 reports of illness in 2010. Some of the dogs have died, according to the anecdotal reports from pet owners and veterinarians. - But sadly, the report does not mention any brand names.

We have given our little Trixie DOGSWELL, Happy Hips Chicken Breast for 3 years now - with no issues.

The bag says made with cage free chicken, no hormones, no antibiotics, no fillers and no byproducts. But who knows ...is this really regulated?


I called Dogswell for a comment - a spokesperson for the company said they were aware of the article - but promise, "their products are safe and tested by third party labs in the US - to make sure their products are safe and the ingredients are what they claim they say to be - they also conduct unannounced factory visits in China, to make the facility is up to FDA standards. "


Dogswell have never been involved in any recalls or unsatisfactory reports.


Good to know!

Friday, November 18, 2011

McDonalds Cruelty to Chickens




A new Mercy For Animals undercover investigation, which just broke on Good Morning America, and will be featured this evening on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer and then profiled on 20/20, gives a never before seen look inside a McDonald's egg supplier - exposing the fast-food giant's secret ingredient: shocking cruelty to animals.
Hidden-camera footage, taken at Sparboe Egg Farm facilities in Iowa, Minnesota and Colorado, reveals:





Hens crammed into filthy wire cages with less space for each bird than a standard-sized sheet of paper to live her entire miserable life, unable to fully stretch her wings or engage in most other natural behaviors





Workers burning off the beaks of young chicks without any painkillers and callously throwing them into cages, some missing the cage doors and hitting the floor





Rotted hens, decomposed beyond recognition as birds, left in cages with hens still laying eggs for human consumption





A worker tormenting a bird by swinging her around in the air while her legs were caught in a grabbing device - violence described as "torture" by another worker





Chicks trapped and mangled in cage wire - others suffering from open wounds and torn beaks
Live chicks thrown into plastic bags to be suffocated





Veterinarians and animal welfare experts confirm what common sense already tells us: Egg-laying hens, like all animals, should be given the freedom to walk, stretch their limbs, turn around and engage in natural behaviors. Yet, this McDonald's supplier deprives hens of even these most basic freedoms.





Barren battery cages are so cruel that the entire European Union and the states of California and Michigan have banned their use. Additionally, leading food retailers, such as Whole Foods, Hellmann's, Wolfgang Puck and Subway, and hundreds of colleges and universities refuse to use or sell eggs from hens subjected to the inherent abuses of battery cages.








But Not McDonalds.






Sadly, not a single federal law currently provides any protection to birds at the hatchery, on the factory farm, or during slaughter. Further, most states - including those in which this investigation was conducted - have sweeping exemptions for farmed animals, which allow abuses to run rampant without prosecution.



As the largest egg purchaser in the United States, McDonald's has enormous power in effecting improved standards of care for egg-laying hens. Click here to sign MFA's petition urging the fast-food chain to uncage hens.



While McDonald's has the moral obligation and purchasing power to lessen the cruelty suffered by the millions of hens who are abused and exploited to produce eggs for its restaurants, consumers also hold enormous power of their own in preventing animal abuse by adopting a compassionate vegan diet.



Click here to make a tax-deductible donation in support of MFA's vital work on behalf of abused and neglected farmed animals.




WATCH THE VIDEO - IF YOU HAVE THE STOMACH FOR IT. It's Sickening.


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Do All Yorkshire Terriers Run and Try To Hide their Bones??














Whenever we give our little Yorkie a new bone, she loves to run around the house and try to hide it and bury it, the first day! What's up with that??











Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Worlds Biggest Dog GIANT GEORGE










The Worlds Biggest Dog! Can you imagine??




Imagine taking him for walks! How about cleaning up after him??




George the Great Dane is 7ft long, weighs 18st (252 lbs) and is the world's biggest dog... but he's terrified of Chihuahuas . And Yorkies. Gentle George on Facebook.





Of course, he has a website - and see can video of him.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Worst Pet Food Brands for your Dog

Pet owners should know how to read nutritional labels.

But nutritional labels and ingredient labels ARE SO IMPORTANT! If you don't know, the words "by-products" are something you want to avoid in your pets food. What are "by-products" ? You Ask? You don't really want to know, trust me! But you don't want ANY FOOD that contains "by-products." By-Products are not fit for human consumption - so do you want your dog eating them??

Before I show you the names, know that at one time, some of these companies had THE BEST pet foods. Then the compnies were sold and the ingredients altered, so now they are on the WORST list. They focused on marketing the pet food rather than concentrate on keeping the original high quality ingredient that it had.


-Beneful Dog Food
-Eukanuba Dog Food
-IAMS Dog Food
-Alpo Dog Food
-Pedigree Dog Food
-Kibbles 'n Bits
-Purina One


here are just some of the ingredients that some of the pet foods listed use, that are bad for dogs;

BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytolulene) which is known to cause liver and kidney problems

Ethoxyquin which is one of the ingredients that is suspected to cause cancer.

Propylene glycol is an ingredient that can causes problems for our dog’s red blood cells.

I have been told Royal Canin for Yorkies is a great food. But it does contain some corn and gluten. (which is not great). Others brands I have been reccommended include Blue Buffalo Wilderness, Life's Abundance has all natural human grade ingredients and NOTHING bad in it, Merrick is also rated very good. Evangers is really good and all natural meats and gravy.

There is a site called DOG FOOD ANALYSIS, that rates food. ARTEMIS comes up on top. And many of these companies WILL SEND YOU A FREE SAMPLE, if you want to try it.


So lets eat! What's for dinner?!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

911 Dog Hero? The James Crane Story




ALLEGEDLY - James Crane worked on the 101st floor of Tower 1 of the World Trade Center .. He is blind so he has a golden retriever named Daisy.



After the plane hit 20 stories below, James knew that he was doomed, so he let Daisy go, out of an act of love. She darted away into the darkened hallway.



Choking on the fumes of the jet fuel and the smoke James was just waiting to die. About 30 minutes later, Daisy comes back along with James' boss,
Who Daisy just happened to pick up on floor 112. (?) I thought there were only 110 floors....



On her first run of the building, she leads James, James' boss, and about 300 more people out of the doomed building.



But she wasn't through yet, she knew there were others who were trapped. So, highly against James' wishes she ran back in the building. On her second run, she saved 392 lives. Again she went back in. During this run, the building collapses. James hears about this and falls on his knees into tears.



Against all known odds, Daisy makes it out alive, but this time she is carried by a firefighter. "She led us right to the people, before she got injured" the fireman explained. Her final run saved another 273 lives. She suffered acute smoke inhalation, severe burns on all four paws, and a broken leg, but she saved 967 lives. Daisy is the first civilian Canine to win the Medal of Honor of New York City.






It's a tear jerker - but is it true?




This email circulated right after the tragic 911 day. And it has resurfaced. Try as I might, I have not been able to locate a single published news story mentioning a World Trade Center survivor named James Crane. And though there were indeed many canine heroes who participated in rescue operations at Ground Zero after the September 11 terrorist attack, I could find no golden retriever named Daisy listed among them.



ALL THAT SAID, there were at least four real-life examples of guide dogs escorting their blind owners out of the burning twin towers to safety. Roselle, a Labrador retriever, led Michael Hingson down from the 78th floor of the north tower and to the home of a friend several blocks away. Dorado, also a Labrador, guided Omar Rivera down 70 flights of stairs, an ordeal that lasted over an hour but ended with both man and dog a safe distance from the towers when they collapsed. - also - "Salty" another guide dog, was also awarded the medal for guiding his owner from the WTC. New York Police dog, "Appollo" was another to receive the medal on behalf of Ground Zero Search and Rescue dogs. Although these animal heroes helped to save lives on 9/11, none of them repeatedly returned alone to the building to lead hundreds of people to safety.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Evangers - the BEST Natural Dog Food




Evanger's Dog & Cat Food Company is the oldest natural pet food manufacturer around. Since 1935, Evanger's Dog & Cat Food Company, Inc. has been the finest natural dog food company in the United States.




NATURAL, is the keyword here.

Founder Fred Evanger raised champion Great Danes. He was a fervent believer that his dogs' health and the health of their offspring were dependent on wholesome, nutritious dog food - dog food without any preservatives and free of harmful additives. Frustrated with the pet food available to him, Mr. Evanger built our canning factory at his kennels. Almost 70 years later, we know that he was a man ahead of his time.




You know when you are eating a delicious chicken dinner, and poor Fido is sitting there drooling...and you SO want to give him a taste. But you know you shouldn't...you have added salt, pepper and other stuff - that are probably NOT good for your dog. Well you can give him Evangers and it IS GOOD for him. You can even eat it. It's real chicken, real beef, with no additives. Lots of gravy.


100% “Human grade” meat
Free Range, Grass Feed meats, Wild caught Salmon
Hormone and antibiotic free, no steroids, no growth promotions
Animals raised in a human manner
Most meat we get locally that we pickup with our own truck.
No byproduct, fillers, corn, wheat or soy or salt


Your dog will love it. And they will love you!


(Amazing dog treats as well! Trixie gives them 5 stars!)




EVANGERS



Monday, October 3, 2011

UK Site May Help Find Missing Dogs

DOG loving Jill Neary has devoted herself to reuniting pooch owners with their lost pets... after turning internet sleuth to track down her own beloved Yorkshire Terrier.

Jill was heartbroken when her dog Indy went missing. And, after a five-week hunt that involved tip-offs and sightings posted on a Facebook page she set up, she was reunited with him.

Now she hopes her story will inspire others never to give up, and also that the website she set up on Facebook will leave a lasting legacy helping to reunite other owners with their dogs.

Even though Indy has now been found Jill’s page www.helpfindindy.co.uk has more than 1,100 fans.

And innovative techniques including sighting maps of any spotted stray dogs and places to upload missing posters have already helped others to track down their pets.







Wednesday, September 28, 2011

BirthDay Party for Miss Trixie Lee Deluxe, Chicago's Fabulous Famous Yorkie

So the top photo of me, I was aboout 12 weeks old. And had just arrived in Chicago.
Below is me yesterday, on my fourth Birthday!


For my birthday, I was presented with this very cool, rainbow colored plush birthday cake!
Next, my dad's put this awesome big brownie cake in front of me! My mouth was watering over this!! After they sang Happy Birthday to me, I was allowed to dive in!









At first I had a hard time getting a slice out - but boy when I did, I RAN WITH IT!!




The next day, I was exhausted from all the excitement. What a great birthday!







Saturday, September 24, 2011

Is Your Mini Yorkshire Terrier Ready for Halloween?

























Is your sweet little pooch ready for Halloween?!


Send us photos of your Yorkie in their costume!


dsorles (at) gmail.com





Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The Yorkie and The Pig at Chicago's Hollywood Beach

Technically, animals are not allowed at the Chicago's Hollywood Beach. But it is really only enforced Memorial Day thru Labor Day.



A few days ago it was 85! So we headed to the beach with Trixie and she loves to walk along the sandy shores and get her feet wet, and drink from the crystal clear water!






This week she got to meet her first pig!



I don't think either of them knew what to do!





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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Yorkie's batteries Must have died - and she is Pooped Out



We joke, that after a long walk or an exhaustive play time, our little Yorkie Trixie Lee just plops on her side, exhausted - and we joke, that her little battery must have worn out. So other day she was laying there, with her eyes open, but not moving - so I put a couple batteries next to her, to shoot this picture. I thought it was kind of funny!



Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Boo the Yorkshire terrier watches his favourite show, Spot the Dog.






CATS and dogs are digging digital TV.

Pets can now pick out images on digital that they could not follow on the old analog boxes.

Melbourne animal eye specialist Andrew Turner said his cat Milo always tuned in to the TV when he watched golf on a pay TV sports channel.

"He sits there watching the ball fly through the air and when it lands on the green, that's his cue to whack it," he said.

One of two specialists at All Animal Eye Services in Mt Waverley, Dr Turner said that far from being colour blind, dogs saw blues and yellows.

And while analog images were shown at speeds too slow for dogs to identify, digital let them pick out the pictures.

"There is no harm in allowing an animal to watch TV, so long as their viewing habits are matched with an adequate exercise program," Dr Turner said.


Monday, August 8, 2011

5 Best Hygiene tips for Yorkies and other Small Breed Dogs







As all dog owners know, every breed is different. They all have their own little individual quirks and behaviors, needs and issues. When it comes to the hygiene of a Yorkie or other small breed dogs, there are a few things you have to look out for to keep your little one safe and happy and most of all, healthy.

1. Grooming. Vet checks are a given. Every dog needs a check up, regular shots, but a trip to the groomers can be just as important. Because they have hair rather than fur and don’t shed, it keeps on growing just like ours does. Consequently, they need regular brushing and hair cuts so they don’t become a tangled mess. Not only will it look bad, but it’s also very itchy and uncomfortable for your dog. Tangles and mats don’t dry well when wet and can hold moisture close to your dog’s skin for long periods of time and can actually promote wounds in those areas.


2. Eyes. Many small breed dogs have issues with “weeping eyes” and you can see it clearly on light colored animals that often have a dark stripe leading from their eye to their muzzle. This is perfectly normal and helps to keep their eyes flushed and clean, but does require a little bit of regular maintenance. Picking off the dry pieces and not letting it build up is important. A gentle cleaning with a warm wet cloth can keep the area free of hard and itchy build up.







3. Ears. Any dog, small breed or otherwise, should have their ears checked and cleaned on a regular basis but for breeds with continually growing hair rather than fur it’s even more important. The hair in the ears needs to be clipped or plucked on a regular basis to avoid infection. It’s also much easier to clean out dirt and debris if you can actually see inside the ear. Clean with a moist cotton swab along all of the visible areas. NEVER put a q-tip inside your dogs ear canal past the point that you can see it. This should be left to a vet as you can do serious damage.


4. Teeth. Small breed dogs seem to have far more problems with their teeth than larger breeds do and good teeth are essential to your dog being able to eat properly (and avoid painful rotten or abscessed teeth and gums.) Brushing their teeth regularly is the obvious solution but some animals are simply not interested in letting that happen! Taking a “finger brush” available at any pet store and rubbing a small amount of dog toothpaste over their gums and teeth can also help, as will crunchy dog bones. Your annual vet check should also always include an oral exam.


5. Body temperature. Again, because of the difference between a non-shedding dog versus a shedding one, it’s important to understand that your dog can overheat or get dangerously cold very quickly. As they can’t grow a dense winter coat, Yorkies often need some type of sweater in the colder months, even for short trips to pet waste stations. Always grab a warm garment along with your dog waste bags for trips outdoors. Once indoors, the garment should be removed to allow the skin to dry. In the summer months, keep them well hydrated and well groomed to avoid overheating.



Everyone wants their furry friend to be safe and healthy and as long as you know the specific things to watch with whatever breed your dog may be, there’s no reason that they can’t live a long and happy life by your side.