Thursday, 29 October 2015

Helping Yorkies (and other dogs)

Check out the page of Yorkshire Terrier Rescue Ireland - a Non-profit Organisation helping Yorkies. If you live in Ireland you may consider adopting a Yorkie instead of buying a puppy from a person breeding them. Please check this page, it is regularly updated, I am following them on facebook: YorkshireTerrierRescueIreland and I really think they are doing a good job!

If you live in another country, google search any non-profit organisations helping Yorkies. If you hesitate about this, there are many ways in which you can help animals. If you are unable to adopt, you can ask them what kind of help do they need. Sometimes they need people walking the dogs, helping with administrative stuff like paperwork or with some physical job like cleaning. Often, they also need some dog food, blankets, leashes, dog collars etc. If you are unable to provide any of those, you can also send them simply money.Just ask them about this and they will give you information. I found the page of a Polish non-profit organisation and sent them some dog clothes. You can visit their page by clicking on the link below. Feel free to send them sweaters and jackets for dogs as winters in Poland are really cold and they need clothes for dogs. https://www.facebook.com/fundacjaczlowiekdlazwierzat/?fref=ts

Below pictures of cute little fellas wearing sweaters from Pippi (my Yorkie):

I believe that each person can contribute to helping dogs (an other animals) and make this world a better place to live

Streszczenie postu po Polsku: Istnieje wiele form pomocy zwierzakom - świetną pracę wykonuje YorkshireTerrierRescueIreland w Irlandii. Oni zajmują się adopcją i opieką nad Yorkami. Istnieje oczywiście wiele organizacji Non-Profit także w Polsce. Odwiedzając stronę https://www.facebook.com/fundacjaczlowiekdlazwierzat/?fref=ts

można sprawdzić czego psy pod opieką tej fundacji aktualnie potrzebują. Nie mając możliwości adopcji, można zdecydować się na inną formę pomocy, taką jak przesłanie ubranek, kocyków lub karmy.

Can dogs eat pumpkin??

As it is the Halloween season and pumpkins are everywhere, it is worth mentioning that pumpkin has numerous health benefits also for dogs. The best option is to give your dog a cooked fresh pumpkin or canned natural pumpkin - without added sugar, be careful not to choose pie filling for example! You may pick the organic canned pumpkin for the highest quality.

Pumpkins have numerous health benefits for your dogs, below I list 5 of them. All of them apply also to human health. Enjoy eating pumpkin together with your dog.

1) Digestive Health: Pumpkin is a fabulous source of fiber, it can help dogs (and also cats) with both constipation and diarrhea. Adding a tablespoon or two (in proportion to their size) to their regular meal is known to help keep them regular.

2) Urinary Health: pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and antioxidants, and the oils in pumpkins’ flesh and seeds are believed to support urinary health. They are also an excellent source of Vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium and iron.

3) Weight- loss A fiber-rich diet helps both people and dogs eat less, and thereby shed pounds. Adding vegetables to diet of your dog makes it well-balanced and healthy.

4) Pumpkin keeps eyesight sharp - vitamin A aids vision.

Pumpkins are also rich in carotenoids, the compounds that give the gourd their bright orange color, including beta-carotene, which the body converts into a form of vitamin A for additional peeper protection.

5)Cancer prevention Like their orange comrades the sweet potato, the carrot and the butternut squash (to name a few), pumpkins boast the antioxidant beta-carotene, which may play a role in cancer prevention, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Autumn Yorkie

October! My holiday in Poland, peaceful time off work, spent in Cracow. A beautiful autumn day, sunny and warm - perfect for a long walk with my Yorkie! Pippi really loves autumn. She just hates those leaves sticking to her hair, I bet I would hate them too if I were a Yorkie :-) I haven't found a solution to this problem yet :-) I love such days as they help me to relax, especially after sitting many hours in the office. Below some pics :-)

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Happy Pippi on a walk - new hairstyle

It has been a busy time for me recently, as I was travelling a lot, I went to Italy and Belgium for example. I needed also to learn at home Italian and German language. I hope that this week I will have more free time and I will be able to publish all the recent pictures of my cute Yorkie Pippi. The photos, which I publish below, were taken by my father, who is also interested in photography. Pippi has been to hairdresser and she looks much better now with a new hairstyle. Her hair on stomach are longer and this creates an optical illusion - her belly seems to be smaller :-) Of course we are paying much attantion not to overfeed her and to make her as active as possible everyday single day. Nonetheless, she has gained some weight. Maybe because autumn is coming? Below I post pictures of Pippi on a walk. She enjoys time spent outdoors a lot. She loos very happy and weather is still good and great for a nice walk and relax :-)

Friday, 28 August 2015

It's Friday!

Happy Friday to everyone!

enjoying summer - dogs' playground

Pippi enjoys summer and has great fun. Below, pictured lying on grass and running - having good time at dogs' playground. Looking at her, I guess that Yorkshire Terriers should have special dogs' playgrounds designed for small dogs only. Yorkies also like to train and to exercise. They have loads of energy, but they need smaller equipment. Playground for dogs is a great way to keep your best friend in shape. You can also make a dog's playground yourself, especially as it seems that most of playgrounds are designed for larger dogs. Materials needed to create a playground are:
  • tires
  • plastic pool
  • balls
  • tires
  • hoola hoop
  • balls
in my next post I will write more about how to prepare area for dogs' playground. However, if you do not have a garden large enough, you can also use dogs' playground available in your town/ city. Even if your Yorkie will not be able to jump, she/ he can run like Pippi does :-)

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Safe snacks - can dogs eat cabbage ...?

Pippi loves eating cabbage, she looks like a small rabbit chewing on it. I was just wonddering if it is safe and healthy for her. I mean, it is healthy for people to eat cabbage because of antioxidants and lots of vitamin C and vitamin K. It is low in calories and contains lots of nutrients. They prevent nerve damage, boosting your defense against Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia. Red cabbage is the most beneficial. The natural red pigments of red cabbage, called betalains help to lower blood sugar levels and increase insulin production. Red cabbage has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Sounds great! So what about dogs ... Is it healthy also for them? Yes! And many dogs simply love it. Dog's ancestor, the wolf, is a carnivore, but domestication has turned dogs into omnivores. Cabbage aids their digeestive system and prevents cancer. You should give small amounts of it to your dog, the best cannage is off course raw cabbage or steam cooked. Otherwise, it is not as rich in nutrients. If you give too much cabbage to your dog it can cause gas. Raw cabbage is perfectly fine in smaller quantities but it contains a natural compound thiocyanate suppresseing the thyroid gland. So if you want to feed your dog with large quantities of cabbage cook it (steam pot is the beest.
Dogs can digest meat as well as grains, fruits and vegetables. While there isn't anything wrong with feeding your dog small amounts of safe vegetables and fruits, be sure they're not more than a third of the dog's daily consumption of food.
below some links if you want to read more on this toopic:

Monday, 24 August 2015

Coloring Yorkie's hair

I have been used to people dying fur of poodle, but I have never thought that somebody may actually dye hair of a Yorkie. The natural coloring of a Yorkie is very interesting. Yorkies are born black with tan areas: on the muzzle, on the legs, the ears, and the underside of the tail. As a Yorkshire terrier transitions from a puppy to an adult, the coat changes its color. As an adult, there are 4 categories of colors, these colorings are:
  • black and tan
  • black and gold
  • blue and gold
  • blue and tan
However, some people want to change the color of a Yorkie for fun :-) Some popular dog colors are:
  • Pink dog fur for Valentines Day
  • Green dog fur for St. Patrick’s Day
  • Red & green dog fur for Christmas
  • Red/white/blue dog fur for an election year or 4th of July in US
  • Colorful circles on dog fur for the Olympics
  • Colorful circles on dog fur for the Olympics
The important thing to know is that human hair dye should never be used on dogs as it is toxic. The safest way to do this is to use organic fur dyes for dogs that contain only natural ingredients. here is a short tutorial showing how to do this properly: and some pictures illustrating end results:
and a colored poodle: