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 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 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.


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?!