Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Impatient Yorkie

I hate waiting for my sheets to come out of the dryer! What's up with that!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Don’t forget your puppy during hurricane preparations

Since we're here in Fort Lauderdale, FL forcasts say tropical storm Faye may be a catagory 1 hurricane and may hit Fort Lauderdale next week. So here are some reminders to stock up on your puppies/dogs needs just in case. Always better safe than sorry.

#1 Food – Make sure you have at least a weeks supply, and some canned food - Keeps longer even if can gets wet.

#2 Wee Wee pads – Your dog may not be able to go out for a while due to debris in yard and downed power lines.

#3 Carriers – If you may evacuate with your puppy.

#4 Chew toys/treats – You may need to keep puppy occupied if no power, and unable to go outside.

#5 Collar/harness and leash – many times fences are damaged, make sure you can control your puppy and keep them close.

#6 Meds/vaccines – Check with your vet before a hurricane and make sure puppy is up to date on all shots, and you have enough meds if needed.


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Pet Insurance Questions

I have been researching the different pet insurance companies, until my mouse finger cramps up, on almost a daily basis.

There is so many companies, and all have different protection levels, emergency only, partial maintenance, full coverage etc.

Does anyone with pets have personal experience with any of the companies. I have two dogs, so not too crazy on the rates.

Please leave a comments with your experience, especially if they pay claims in a timely manner and their customer service.

Thanks for any help you can offer


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Monday, August 11, 2008

The Yorkshire Terrier


SPECIAL SKILLS: Historically a rat-catcher but nowadays usually a family pet.

WEIGHT: The weight is about 2 - 3kg (4 1/2 - 6 1/2 lb).

COAT: This breed has very long, silk-like hair, colored golden-brown with steel grey. As puppies the grey hairs are black.

CARE REQUIRED: The Yorkshire Terrier needs intensive daily grooming with brush and comb. If you do not have the time or the inclination to do this, you should have the coat trimmed by a professional. The hair is normally kept out of the eyes with a rubber band or a ribbon tied in a bow. Show dogs' coats are usually protected to keep their condition by being rolled up on curling papers. Check the ears regularly and remove loose hairs from the ear passages.

CHARACTER: This is a lively, intelligent, sometimes too-brave dog, which is loving, vigilant, and becomes attached to its family. Yorkshire Terriers are very alert and bark whenever they sense danger.

TRAINING: The Yorkshire Terrier is a fairly quick-learning pupil. Provided you are consistent in your approach and ensure the lessons are positive, enjoyable and varied, it will soon learn to obey.

SOCIAL BEHAVIOR: Provided children do not treat them as a toy and do not invade their territory, these dogs will not cause any problems with them. Some of this breed can be rather foolhardy in their courage towards other dogs but usually get along very well with cats and other household animals. Strangers will always be announced by loud barking.

EXERCISE: This breed adapts its exercise needs to the family circumstances and the dog can readily be kept in an apartment.

SPECIAL REMARKS: The beautiful long hair of this breed is much admired at dog shows but to keep such a coat in good condition requires considerable work. Most Yorkshire Terriers which are kept as pets go through life with shorter clipped coats. Although purists may find this upsetting, it is better for the dog than an unkempt coat with tangles which hurt and bother the dog.