Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Happy New Year !

Hi, I wish you all a happy New Year! My favourite quote abou New Years Eve ;-) “Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” ― Brad Paisley This is the first New Years Eve of my dog - she stayed with my father for this night, I know she is afraid of fireworks and loud music :-( and my neighbours include mostly young people who party hard! I hope you protect your dogs today cause dogs are very senstive and are afraid of loud noises. This year defintely was a nice year for me cause of Pippi :-) I have spent nice time with her, and I am happy I have a pet which now is a member of family. Yorkies are not an easy breed to take care of. I must admit that before I had my Yorkie I used to think that because Yorkies are small they do not need so much care. The truth is they really need much attentiom! They are very sociable and energetic. May you and your Yorkies have a good and happy New Year Kisses

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Pippi with a friend :-)

Some Pics (captured with my Nokia) of Pippi and a friendly dog living nearby:-) I like when Pippi has fun with other dogs, she is a very sociable dog. Nonetheles, sometimes she is frustrated cause Yorkies have shorter legs than other breeds and run a bit slower ;-)

Cute Xmas pics! Cute Yorkies!

I hope you All have peaceful, Merry Christmas ! Wishing you an abundance of friends, happiness, and fun this holiday season. May your Yorkies be also Happy :-)

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Some pics of Pippi

Pippi enjoys rest in my bed during the day. Weather in my country is really changeable, so some days ago we had snow and on Monday it was like in spring (global warming? pole shifts?) Below I post some pics, which have been taken recently :-)

How to travel with a Yorkie by car??

How to travel with a Yorkie by car? According to animal.discovery.com
Small dogs can make wonderful travel companions, but the American Automobile Association estimates that 30,000 auto accidents are attributed to unrestrained pets each year.
Certainly, you will have to do everything to ensure safety on a road both for you and your dog. Basically there are two options:
  • a harnesses
  • a well-ventilated crate or carrier
Below I present some examples of dog carriers appropriate to use while travelling by car.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recommends a carrier with enough room for your dog to stand, sit, lie down and turn around. Just make sure you secure the carrier with a seatbelt in the back seat of the vehicle.
If you are planning a longer trip, which will last a couple of hours don't forget to take breaks for a walk! It is crucial to reduce the anxiety of your dog, you should familiarize your dog with your vehicle and his seating accommodations before the trip takes place! Your dog will not be stressed because of the new situation. How do you like the pics below? :-)

How to clean a Yorkie ears

Because of Yorkie's constant hair growth you need to pay close attention to your pet's ears. I have already written about the proper way of trimming and grooming Yorkies ears, but today I would like to focus on cleaning.
  • inspect your Yorkie's ears once a week
  • remove hair from the inside of a Yorkie's ears
  • For this purpose you can use tweezers, but do not put them too far inside of the ear and be carefull
  • Do use an ear cleaner that is made for a dog's ears
  • For hygienic reasons clean your Yorkies ears in a bathroom
  • Do not get water in your Yorkie's ears when bathing
E-How provides us with a step-by-step instruction on how to clean your Yorkies ears. You will need:
  • Tweezers
  • Cotton swabs
  • Cotton balls
Instructions 1 Look at the ears to locate signs of infection. A brown or red discharge or a strange odor coming from the ears can indicate an infection. Stop grooming the ears and contact a veterinarian immediately. 2 Pluck loose hair from the inside of the ears with tweezers. Remove loose hairs or hairs that have matted inside the ears. Smooth the hair out with a comb or your fingers. 3 Dampen a cotton swab with water. Wipe the inside of the ear with the cotton swab and exchange it for a new one when it becomes dirty. Clean the ear leather, but avoid pushing the cotton swab inside the ear canal. Wipe the crevices and small areas of the ear. 4 Soak a cotton ball with an ear-wash formula. Squeeze out any excess ear-wash formula. Insert the cotton ball inside the dog's ear. Rub gently to remove dirt. 5 Let the dog shake off the excess moisture. This will help prevent ear infections. Read more: http://www.ehow.com/how_6907886_clean-yorkie_s-ears.html#ixzz2nwo4Zz7C
Seems not so difficult :-) Remember to take care of Yorkie's ears regularly!

Saturday, 14 December 2013

ribbons

Pippi is suffering from false pregnancy, but still I want to make her feel and look good ;-p I try to encourage her to have more movement and today we have had a bath day :-) after brushing her I took a pic of her with pink ribbon in her hair. However, she does not walk like this around cause I prefer her to feel more free when running etc. :-)When she is running fast the ribbon would pull out her hair causing some pain.

false/ phantom pregnancy (pseudopregnancy) in female dogs

Hi, my dog has had some strange symptomps recently and I had no idea what could it be. She has not been spayed yet. I was waiting to do this, not really realizing what the consequences might be. She is now taking medicine. I post the pics below. After we finish the bottle of this medicine we will have a control visit and the vet will decide whether to continue the treatment or is she now ready to undergo spaying procedure. I am a bit sad about this all, cause she was suffering and I had no idea why is she so anxious, nervous and aggressive. This is my fist female dog. Fortunately, medicine is now helping, she is so much calmer now. Nonetheless, she still has small appetite and she does not want to enjoy long walks. Below I also post a film from youtube, where a vet actually clarifies why false pregnancy occurs in female dogs. This is a remnant from the times when dogs lived in a pack of wolves and all the female dogs where taking care of "alpha" female dog's offsprings. In this way, this biological mechanism allowed for the survival of wolf herd. Clever, as it was, not it creates only problems for dogs. Actually my dog has had milk, and treated her toys as little puppies. Symptoms of flase pregnancy:
  • Behavioral changes
  • Non-pregnant female dog may show symptoms of mothering activity, nesting, and self-nursing
  • Restlessness
  • Abdominal distention
  • Enlargement of mammary glandsi
  • Vomiting
  • Depression
  • Loss of appetite (anorexia)
  • Brownish watery fluid or water secretion from the mammary glands
Fortunately, my dog did not vomit. But the other symptoms were visible. http://animal.discovery.com/pets/how-to-tell-if-dog-having-false-pregnancy.htm
False pregnancies occur six to 12 weeks after a dog has been in heat. False pregnancies generally last up to three weeks, and during this period, the dog's hormones are the same as they would be if she were pregnant. If your dog's symptoms persist beyond three weeks, it's probably best to have her seen by a veterinarian. The vet will carefully examine your dog, and might perform some blood tests and diagnostic imaging before making a final diagnosis. Pseudocyesis normally goes away by itself. However, your veterinarian may advise you to limit your pet's food or water intake as a way of decreasing her milk production. On rare occasions, the vet may prescribe medication to help relieve your dog's symptoms
findavet.us
False or phantom pregnancy (also called pseudocyesis) occurs in an estimated 60 percent of female dogs that have not been spayed.