Thursday, February 23, 2012

Yorkie Yorkshire Terrier Rescues and Adoptions

We have talked about this before - but I want to stress again - there are YORKIE RESCUES full of sweet Yorkshire Terriers that need homes!!


PLEASE consider adopting a Yorkie. So many dogs need homes.

YORKIE RESCUE ME - is in the North East areas of the US

YORKIE RESCUE - national site


ADOPT A YORKIE - will check your area for dogs

YORKIE HAVEN RESCUE - national site

Saturday, February 18, 2012

SOJOS Homemade Food - Made Easy

A few weeks ago, I received some samples of this dog food - and had never heard of it. SOJOS. It's a powder sort of food - Simply add meat and water to the natural food blend and you've got a fresh, homemade pet food in minutes.

"Our foods offer the superior nutrition of naturally-occurring vitamins, minerals and enzymes that you can't get from a cooked, processed pellet. No preservatives. Nothing artificial. Just the finest, all-natural, ingredients.

We also bake fresh batches of all-natural dog treats daily.

Trixie seems to like Turkey. Made with USDA freeze-dried raw turkey, you simply add water to this wholesome, grain-free mix for a fresh, homemade dog food in a snap! It's all natural. Nothing funky and no fillers. It's fit for human consumption. - Except it is unseasoned for the human palate. - They make a beef - or just a plain formula that you can add your own meat too.

When I first saw the price - I though it seemed expensive. But a little goes a long way - especially with small dogs. And it the healthiest food I have ever found!

I was told from one Yorkie owner, that her dogs coat improved and her eyes stopped that tearing/running, that some dogs experience.

I have to tell you, it has made her poop a LOT and more regular!

So if you want to give your dog healthy home-cooked food - THIS IS IT!
SOJOS from Sojourner Farms.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Yorkie Killed While Protecting Owner in San Jose

Police in San Jose Need Help Finding Men Who Stomped Mini-Yorkie To Death

Police are looking for several men who stomped to death a 4-pound mini-Yorkshire terrier that was trying to protect its owner from an attack in San Jose over the weekend, authorities said Monday.

The dog's owner said he was walking the 6-year-old dog, Shadow, at Winchester Boulevard and Colonial Way about 2 p.m. Saturday when three men approached and asked if he was a gang member.

The owner, a 32-year-old floor installer who asked that his name be withheld for safety reasons, said he had denied gang involvement, but the men attacked him anyway.

The owner said he had tried to run with his dog but tripped, and the men began kicking and hitting him. He heard the small dog barking and trying to protect him.

The men beat him for about a minute. Once they ran off, the man said, he looked at his dog and "just saw a big puddle of blood."

The dog died on the way to a veterinary hospital, he said.

"He wasn't making too many noises, but I could see his eyes and that's when I broke down," he said. "They were still blinking a little bit, but so much blood was leaking out of him. I knew the moment he died in my arms. I heard him take his last breath and just kept thinking, 'There's no way this is happening.' "

Capt. Jay Terrado of the San Jose Animal Care and Services agency said necropsy reports showed that Shadow died of head trauma and suffered injuries "consistent with being stomped and kicked."


"You can imagine the type of damage a full-grown adult can do to a small dog," Terrado said.

Witnesses told police that the men had been waving signs for a nearby car wash before the attack, Terrado said. The car wash was a fundraiser for the family of Ramon Ruano, a 20-year-old who was shot and killed Feb. 5.

Terrado said investigators were looking at all possible motives, not just a gang attack.

The owner said he had been wearing a red sweater and a red Boston Red Sox hat, which may have been a rival gang's colors, but that he is not part of any gang.

"I've lived at my place for six years, and I've never had any problems," he said. "I've known that there were gangs around here, but come on - you see me walking a little mini-Yorkie down the street, you're not going to think, 'Oh hey, look at this guy.' "

He took care of Shadow since he was a puppy, he said. He named him Shadow because the small dog followed him everywhere - "he was my shadow."

"He was so small," he said. "He was just a little baby dog. I can't believe it."

Anyone with information should call San Jose police at 408-277-8911.


A Sacramento nonprofit animal protection organization is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for attacking a San Jose man and fatally beating his Yorkshire terrier.

RedRover announced the reward Wednesday in an effort to generate tips that could lead to a break in the case, which is being investigated by the San Jose Animal Care and Services and the San Jose Police Department's Gang Investigations Unit.

Anyone with information in the case is encouraged to contact Capt. Jay Terrado of San Jose Animal Care and Services at 408-794-7270. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-7867 or go to

Monday, February 13, 2012

A Dog's Purpose? (from a 6-year-old)

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker 's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.
Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ''I know why.''

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

He said,''People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?'' The Six-year-old continued,

''Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.''

Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you're not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.