Saturday, December 22, 2007

Any Potty Training Ideas For Yorkies???

Any ideas for yorkie puppy potty training?
Our new little girl is about 11 weeks old.
The breeder said she used the
pads and was crated regularly. During the day,
she is out with us in the house
most of the time. She uses the pads once or twice a day then
the rest of the time, squats wherever!
At night, I know she cant hold it all night, so of course
she is having accidents in her crate - which
she has hated from day one. She cries constantly.
any thoughts???

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

More Info on Pet For Sale Scams

This last week was sure enlightening!
BEWARE when purchasing a pet online.
now we have also learned...
NEVER use Western Union or Money Gram to
purchase a pet. Most scammers use Western Union to
steal hundreds and even thousands of dollars from
innocent people just trying to find that perfect Dog
to bring home to their family.

states they are from Africa, Lagos, Nigeria, Cameroon or London.
Request Personalized Photos: Require the
seller to send additional pictures of the dog you are
interested in. Require a specific item to be in the photo.
Make sure this item is something you request
(not the seller suggest) such as your name on a piece
of paper, or anything creative you can think of to ensure
the puppy exists. If the seller refuses to send additional
pictures or state their camera is broken, or they do not
have a digital camera, or are unable to for some
reason to send the photos, BEWARE.

Our new little baby arrived today!
1.5 pounds bundle of energy of love!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Schmitty Calendar Video

Watch the new Schmitty video which
captures wonderful images from the 2008
Hurry, there is still time to order yours!

Sunday, December 9, 2007


Brrrr…it’s cold outside! The following guidelines, from ASPCA, will help you protect your companion animals when the mercury dips.

1. Keep your cat inside. Outdoors, felines can freeze, become lost or be stolen, injured or killed. Cats who are allowed to stray are exposed to infectious diseases, including rabies, from other cats, dogs and wildlife.

ALSO, cats sometimes sleep under the hoods of cars. When the motor is started, the cat can be injured or killed by the fan belt. If there are outdoor cats in your area, bang loudly on the car hood before starting the engine to give the cat a chance to escape.

2. Never let your dog off the leash on snow or ice, especially during a snowstorm—dogs can lose their scent and easily become lost. More dogs are lost during the winter than during any other season, so make sure yours always wears ID tags.

3. Thoroughly wipe off your dog's legs and stomach when he comes in out of the sleet, snow or ice. He can ingest salt, antifreeze or other potentially dangerous chemicals while licking his paws, and his paw pads may also bleed from snow or encrusted ice. - Booties look goofy, but they can really help.

4. Never shave your dog down to the skin in winter, as a longer coat will provide more warmth. When you bathe your dog in the colder months, be sure to completely dry him before taking him out for a walk. Own a short-haired breed? Consider getting him a coat or sweater with a high collar or turtleneck with coverage from the base of the tail to the belly. For many dogs, this is regulation winter wear.

5. Never leave your dog or cat alone in a car during cold weather. A car can act as a refrigerator in the winter, (and an oven in the summer) holding in the cold and causing the animal to freeze to death.

6. Puppies do not tolerate the cold as well as adult dogs, and may be difficult to housebreak during the winter. If your puppy appears to be sensitive to the weather, you may opt to paper-train him inside. If your dog is sensitive to the cold due to age, illness or breed type, take him outdoors only to relieve himself.

7. Like coolant, antifreeze is a lethal poison for dogs and cats. Be sure to thoroughly clean up any spills from your vehicle, and consider using products that contain propylene glycol rather than ethylene glycol. Visit the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center more information.

8. Make sure your companion animal has a warm place to sleep, off the floor and away from all drafts. A cozy dog or cat bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.

Turbo Tagger

Saturday, December 8, 2007


The man convicted of kicking a dog like a football and killing it will spend some time behind bars.

Chad Crawford faced up to a year in jail after he was found guilty of aggravated animal cruelty for kicking his neighbor's dog Gizmo, a two-pound miniature Yorkshire terrier, to death in the Nashboro Village Apartments in 2004.

He was found guilty in October.

Friday, he was sentenced to 30 days in prison. Not NEARLY long enough - but at least the judge did not let him off with a slap on the hands.

During the trial, the dog’s owner, Jelani Lewis, told the jury he watched as Crawford got a running start before kicking Gizmo, while another man held the dog in place.

Crawford denied the incident.

Turbo Tagger

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Look out World, I am coming to Chicago!

It's official!
I have been adopted by
Michael and Derrick!

I was born in Oklahoma 10 weeks ago
and will be jet-setting to the Windy City on Dec. 20th to my new home!
I only weigh 1# right now.
And they said I have to gain at least
another 1/2 # before I can fly.

My dad's are not sure what to name me.....These are the choices...





What do you think? Let us know your thoughts and I
will be back soon helping to write this blog!


Monday, December 3, 2007

Male Yorkies vs. Female Yorkies


We're getting a new Yorkie in our family! After much hunting this weekend, I think we have found a very nice male to bring into our home!

There is much debate about Male Yorkies vs. Female Yorkies an I found this good information online....let me know if you agree....

Over at Elvis Yorkies, they said, " Many people feel that female yorkies make better pets than male yorkies. This conclusion is usually based upon inaccurate information. In discussing these differences we will be speaking in terms of generalizations. These generalizations of female and male yorkies traits are like that of generalizations of female and male human traits. For every generalization there are always exceptions.

Female yorkies are sweeter and more affectionate that male yorkies.

Our experience is that male yorkies are usually more affectionate, exuberant, and attentive as compared to females. They seek your attention and are very attached to their people. They also tend to be more steadfast, reliable, and less moody. They are more outgoing, more accepting of other pets, and take quicker to children. When we have company we invariably have to put the females in another room until the company leaves. The female may be less likely to wage a dominance battle with you, but she can be cunning and resourceful in getting her own way. She is much more prone to mood swings. Most females will usually come to you for attention, but as soon as she has had enough, she will move away. Males are always waiting for your attention and close by.

Female yorkies are more docile as compared to male yorkies.

In the dog pack framework, females usually rule the roost. Therefore they determine pecking order, and compete to maintain and/or alter that order. The females are, as a result, more independent, stubborn, and territorial than their male counterparts. Most fights will usually break out between two females.

Female yorkies are easier to train than male yorkies.

Because female yorkies are, more independent, stubborn, territorial and male yorkies are easily motivated by praise, and are very eager to please, training a male can be easier than training a female. However, males can be easily distracted during training, as they just want to get to playtime!"

What do you think? Agree or Disagree?