Monday, January 24, 2011

Alpha Yorkies - Owned By A Yorkie

I found this cute shirt! OWNED BY A YORKIE! It's available online for about $16

I think many of us are owned by our Yorkies! They love to try to be the Alpha! But we really should have some boundaries with them, so they know who is boss!

Yorkie and Dog Expert SHADA BAKER says - No one says Patting and hugging your dog is wrong, but if you want to be alpha, be advised before you spoil your dog too much. Usually the fussing is done over the alpha dog while the dogs lower down in the pack have to be doing the entire show of licking and groveling. Physical cuddling is a show of subordination.

So if you are constantly picking up your puppy and cuddling it all the time, and leaving the training of simple dog obedience commands till later, you could be on the way to losing the alpha spot. Pat your dog or puppy, but first teach him or her to sit down. Once they learn the sit command, call them to you, make them sit and then do the patting.

Use the “no” and the “sit” commands from the beginning. If he comes up to you with a wagging tail, wanting some attention, don’t rush to cosset him. Sit him down and then pat him.

Touch your dog, as in roll him over, rub his belly, feel his face, stick your finger in to feel his gum. All these actions will not only help you when you groom him, these are also acts of submission on the part of your dog. If he lets you handle his body without growling, it means he has accepted you as the alpha.

Grooming your dog is a great way of establishing a bond with him or her and a way of showing you care and also a way of showing you are in control. Handle your older dog patiently, as he or she might object while a puppy would be more accepting. Trixie used to HATE to be combed or brushed. But I used Treats! To get her to be submissive, and now she waits patiently, while I comb her, knowing treats come at the end!

Increase the handling of the dog gradually and soon you will see that he or she is more comfortable with your touch, because they trust you as the alpha.

Vicious Yorkshire Terrier Terrorizes Postal Carrier in England

HOW ON EARTH CAN A 6" little 3# pound dog, terrorize ANYONE?

The Royal Mail (London) has stopped deliveries to a street in Northampton after claiming that a Yorkshire terrier attacked a postman.

Residents were sent a letter informing them that no post would be delivered after December 7 because of the actions of the 15cm dog named Peggy, who has been dubbed 'The Beast of Dorset Gardens', AFP reports.

"Because of the dog's behaviour, [the postman] believes your mail cannot be delivered safely and in the circumstances I have instructed him not to deliver mail to your address," the letter read.

However, owner Kathleen Joyce, 49, told the Northampton Chronicle: "Peggy has barked at the postman but she wouldn't hurt anyone. She is only little.

"She has been in this family for ten years and there is no way we are going to get rid of her."

However, an unnamed neighbor who has been forced to make a 22km journey to pick up his mail claimed: "It is a vicious little thing and I have seen it going for the postman."

The local council has warned that Joyce and her family may lose their rented home if they refuse to rehome Peggy.


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Trixie's Lazy Dog Days in the Sun...with Tigger

You know what a beach bum I am! I love the summer in Chicago and going to the beach and playing in the sand......During the winter, I lay in sun whenever I can. Dad leaves the blinds up on sunny days, so I bask in the heat waves!

And when there is no sun, sometimes Tigger and I lay together!
I love Tigger! :-)

Gigolo - Giggy The Pom - Real Housewives Beverly Hills

We are big fans of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. And I adore Gigolo! (aka Giggy!)

Giggy is an adorable and sexy little POM that belongs to Lisa VanderPump.

Of course, Giggy has a site and blog - like MOI! And he Tweets on Twitter.

Giggy and I email each other - we even have the same pink IPAD! LOL

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Faith A Two Legged Dog With Lots of Love

This dog was born on Christmas Eve in the year 2002.
He was born with 2 legs - He of course could not walk when he was born.
Even his mother did not want him.

His first owner also did not think that he could survive and he was thinking of 'putting him to sleep'. But then, his present owner, Jude Stringfellow, met him and wanted to take care of him. She became determined to teach and train this little dog to walk by himself..
She named him 'Faith'.

In the beginning, she put Faith on a surfboard to let him feel the movement. Later she used peanut butter on a spoon as a lure and reward for him for standing up and jumping around. Even the other dog at home encouraged him to walk. TREATS can teach a dog anything!

Amazingly, only after 6 months, like a miracle, Faith learned to balance on his hind legs and to jump to move forward. After further training in the snow, he could now walk like a human being.

Faith loves to walk around now.
No matter where he goes, he attracts people to him.
He is fast becoming famous on the international scene and
has appeared on various newspapers and TV shows.
There is now a book entitled 'With a Little Faith' being published about him.
He was even considered to appear in one of Harry Potter movies.

His present owner Jude Stringfellew has given up her teaching post and plans to take him around the world to preach that even without a perfect body, one can have a perfect soul'.

In life there are always undesirable things, so in order to feel better
you just need to look at life from another direction.
When I Googled TWO LEG DOG - Actually A LOT of dogs came up! Some even had wheels!

Faith lives in Inidana. So stop by and Give Faith some love!
Faith has her own site of course, called FAITH THE DOG

and book. Faith Alone: Stories of an Amazing Dog.

Faith is also in negotiations with a publisher for a brand new educational book!
A memoir called FAITH WALKS.

They are trying to get as many people as possible to know about this exciting book and express your love and interest! Check Out the FAITH WALKS SITE, and you can send an email to saying you're willing to buy the book "Faith Walks" when it comes out. If you are on the list you will receive the discount and pay actual shipping. No handling charges will be assessed.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Codi's Journey - A Heartwarming Story About An Amazing Best Friend


We told you about this book last year, and now it is starting to become available for to the public. Currently it is available as a downloadable eBook, from AMAZON, Barbes and Noble and soon through iTunes.

Early in his relationship with his beloved Border Collie, author Jeff Maziarek had a sense that “beneath the fur” there was a sentient being with far deeper insights into life than commonly thought. And, in their last year together some mystical events completely confirmed the accuracy of that feeling. In Codi’s Journey, Jeff describes these events within the context of an entertaining and heartfelt narrative illustrating the very challenging circumstances Codi faced during the final 12 months of her life. Any dog owner who has ever shared stories about the “humanness” of their pet, as well as anyone who have ever loved and lost a beloved animal companion, will surely find this work captivating.

To provide even greater depth into Codi’s story, Jeff details how this feisty canine became a part of his family. He likewise shares many engaging anecdotes about her personality and several of her more memorable adventures over the years. A charming photo gallery with 42 captioned images further brings Codi to life, featuring snapshots from the night she arrived as a 10-week-old puppy to the final week of her life.

"This book captures the dynamics of being a pet owner and the guilt, grief, and commitment that many pet owners go through in loving and losing a pet. As someone who has "been there," it was reassuring that I am not the only one to feel those things, to do whatever it took to save them and, when the time came, to let them go. Any book that can stir laughter as well as tears is a wonderful story. Codi’s Journey is awesome."

– Terri Wernert, Great Lakes Border Collie Rescue

"For anyone who has experienced a spiritual canine connection, Codi's Journey is a must read. It’s a touching tribute to a man’s search for a very special pup and the heart-warming life journey they shared."

– Eugenia Last, Renowned Internationally Syndicated Astrologist and Author

"Codi’s story is one told with great heart; you will care about this dog as you think about your own dogs. Anyone who has ever loved and lost canine companions will definitely identify with this work."– Steve Dale, host of the nationally syndicated "PetWorld" on WLS Radio in Chicago and of the "Pet Minute"

Author's Personal Note: My foremost intention in telling this story is to share two key messages. First, that our pets (dogs in this instance), actually are “sages with fur” who have a far greater understanding of life (and us) than commonly thought. Second, that it’s perfectly normal to feel intense and long-lasting grief at the loss of a pet. This is particularly so when that animal served as one’s primary companion for many years.

In this regard, I sincerely want any reader who also has experienced such a loss to know that someone truly does understand the sadness and emptiness they felt when their beloved pet passed on. Finally, it’s my hope that such readers come to understand how important it is to fully process their feelings of grief by really feeling them rather than keeping them locked up inside.

Check it out! Soon available in paperback!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Over 1 Million Pigs...Buried Alive

There is so much terrible news every day
that we see, and do not share,
because we try to keep this site light and fun!
BUt when I read this article, I felt compelled to
share it with our animal lovers here.

In an effort to control the country's worst outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in history, South Korea has ordered the killing of 1.23 million pigs and hundreds of thousands of cattle, goats and deer in the past 40 days. Sparking international outrage, photos of pigs being buried alive by the truckload have been appearing in news reports around the world.

According to the AFP, South Korea has lost about seven percent of its cattle and pigs at an estimated cost of $890 million. Shockingly, this tragedy could have been averted by a relatively inexpensive vaccine at only a fraction of the cost of the current slaughter efforts - but at the risk of a longer export ban by overseas buyers.

Read More at MFA and see how you can send a message!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Big Birds Attack Little Dogs and Yorkies

In the news again - Big Birds and Little Dogs - Carolyn Kerton, Canada, has been cautious about letting her six-pound Yorkshire terrier outside since last summer when several cats disappeared and coyotes were spotted in the area.

Carolyn points to one of the wounds that her dog Cookie sustained during an owl attack in her backyard last week. But never did the Pokiok resident believe an owl would be the one to attack her 11-year-old dog, Cookie.

Kerton was taking the small dog outside to use the bathroom. Kerton was on the step waiting for the dog to do its business only about two feet away when she saw something dark fly down from the corner of the house.

"I could hear the movement of the wings," said Kerton. "I figure it was on the roof of the house because it happened so quickly." She said the large owl completely covered the dog.

"Its wings were spread out and the owl was covering the entire dog. I heard the dog yelp when the owl landed on her and then nothing."

Kerton said she thought the dog was dead since she could not see any movement.

Kerton, clad only in her pajamas and socks, rushed to help Cookie.

"I ran out and kicked snow at the owl to scare it off the dog," said Kerton, but she said the bird continued to cling to the dog.

She grabbed a plastic shovel near the house, while hoping that the owl would not fly away with her dog. Kerton started beating the owl. The owl finally let go of the small dog and landed in the snow a short distance from them.

The dog was taken to the vet and received an antiobiotic shot and treatment. Cookie sustained two large wounds on her back where the claws dug in, another small wound on her back and one on her head, . Cookie also suffered a concussion. The dog is now back home recovering from her close encounter.

Cookie doesn't seem to be afraid to go outside but Kerton says when she does, Kerton is right beside her. She wants other people to be aware of their surroundings and that this can happen to their small dogs or cats. Kerton says she had an adrenaline rush during the attack and did what she had to do to save her dog.

"My dog is old but I wasn't going to let her die that way."

In Wisonsin, Elizabeth Todd cradles her chihuahua "Poppy" like a baby.

"They become part of your family, part of your life." Last year, Poppy had a run in with a big bird. "It tore my heart out to think something had happened to him," said Elizabeth.

Her 9-year-old son Tim was there. He remembers hearing something awful.

"It was a terrible yelp," said Tim. "Real loud and we heard wings flapping and we looked back and Poppy was flying right up there."

Some kind of large bird had picked up the 3-pound chihuahua.

"It kinda looked like he was in both of his talons and the bird was flying up and he was looking down and whining," said Tim.

The family spent hours searching the nearby streets and neighborhoods for Poppy, but they couldn't find him. "It was a very sleepless night because everything that kept going through my mind was my little dog being torn apart and it was hard to imagine that he was going through that," said Elizabeth.

"When I went to sleep, I lost a little hope," said Tim.

After a night of tossing and turning, relief showed up right at the front door as Elizabeth's dad was leaving for work. It was Poppy, running to Elizabeth's arms.

"I just broke down in tears because my little Poppy was back," said Elizabeth.

Poppy was in one piece, despite being a little dirty and scratched.

"He just wanted to love on someone," said Tim.

"Miracles still happen," said Elizabeth. "Prayers get answered even for little dogs."

Wildlife experts say attacks like this one are rare and almost always lethal.

The best advice for owners of small dogs is to keep them on a leash or just stay close by when they're outdoors.