Diseases from dogs

Diseases from dogs

Owning a dog is proven to be really good for you… lowering your blood pressure, encouraging exercise and even reducing depression. But there’s a downside too. There are some diseases that we can catch from our pets, and some of them are serious.

Diseases you can get from your Morkie

The Center for Disease Control says that the most common diseases you can get from your Morkie are:

  • Campylobacteriosis
  • Dog Tapeworm
  • Hookworm
  • Rabies
  • Roundworm
  • Brucellosis

These diseases aren’t that common, and you can’t always blame the dog.  You can get Campylobacteriosis for example, by eating contaminated food, drinking contaminated water, or having contact with infected animals.


This one is fairly common, but can be caused by bad food, bad water or an infected pet or another animal.  Cross-contamination of foods, eating raw chicken or not washing your hands well are other causes of Campylobacteriosis – which is a leading cause of diarrhea. 


Read more at the CDC

Campy – what???

Break this word into three parts for easier pronunciation – Campy-lo-bacteriosis

Here’s how from YouTube:

Dog Tapeworm

Again stay away from the raw meats if you don’t want to end up with tapeworms. (We’re looking at you, steak tartare). To get tapeworm from your dog or cat, you’d have to swallow an infected flea.


Read more at the CDC


Keep your shoes on and you’ll be safer from hookworm.

These intestinal parasites are more common in dogs and cats, especially puppies. They’re spread from poop and infected soil, so walking barefoot is a no-no. A child might accidentally eat the worm eggs (we don’t even want to know how!)  Hookworm can cause itchy, painful skin or a queasy stomach.

By the way, puppies not treated properly for tapeworm can die.


Read more at the CDC

More worms you COULD get from your Morkie


This one is more serious: roundworm can cause a disease known as toxocariasis, which takes two forms:

  1. Ocular toxocariasis – which can result in vision loss, eye inflammation or damage to the retina when the creature invades the infected person’s eye. Typically, only one eye is affected.
  2. Visceral toxocariasis: this results when Toxocara larvae migrate to various body organs, such as the liver or central nervous system.

Roundworm larvae are fairly common in puppies. This is another reason to ensure your puppy is wormed at the Vet’s and for doubling up on handwashing.

Read more at the CDC


OK, we have to admit: Ringworm is not a worm, it is a contagious fungal infection.

Ringworm shows up as a ring-shaped rash on the skin or a bald patch on the scalp. It passes easily from pets to people, and from people to people, who can get it from direct contact with an infected animal.

Read more at WebMD

Read more at the CDC


Rabies has been all but eradicated in the western world, but it is still found in wild animals like bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes. In other countries, however, dogs still carry rabies.

A virus, rabies is spread by saliva from the infected animal so is spread by a bite. The rabies virus attacks the central nervous system, heads to the brain and eventually causes death. By the time the symptoms have appeared it is often too late to treat the victim.

Vaccinations for rabies keeps the disease in check. Unfortunately, we tend to over-vaccinate our pets and this includes annual or bi-annual rabies shots when one vaccination at the beginning of your dog’s life is usually sufficient to prevent rabies.


And two more – Lyme Disease and Leptospirosis

According to the CDC, it is highly unlikely you’d get either of these diseases from your pet.

Although dogs and cats can get Lyme disease, there is no evidence that they spread the disease directly to their owners.

However, pets can bring infected ticks into your home or yard. Consider protecting your pet, and possibly yourself, through the use of natural tick control products for animals. You can read more about this in my book Ticks on Dogs: Small Dog Nightmare.


Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that your pet COULD get from drinking water contaminated by infected wild animals, mostly rodents. In humans, it may produce no symptoms, or it may come with many, including high fever, headache, chills, aches, vomiting, jaundice, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and rash.

To catch Lepto directly from your dog, he would have to be infected, then you would have to have direct contact with urine through broken skin. You CANNOT get the Lepto virus through saliva.

Because there are so many strains of Leptospirosis, and vaccines have proven ineffective, most dog owners are not vaccinating their dogs – and especially not small dogs.

Three sensible ways to control diseases you can get from your dog




1. Hygiene

  • good hand washing goes a long way in deterring these zoonoses
  • keep your dog clean as well – regular bathing and combing helps and it also lets you check on the condition of his skin and coat, often leading indicators of illness in dogs
  • clean up dog poop and urine right away
  • wash your dog’s bedding regularly
  • keep water and food dishes clean, and separate for each pet


2. Common sense

  • get your pets wormed regularly and consider heartworm medication
  • make sure they have veterinarian check-ups at least annually
  • feed your dog a quality diet
  • infants, the elderly or anyone with a compromised immune system, should be extra vigilant about exposing themselves to dangers


3. Watch your dog

  • keep an eye on your dog:  don’t allow him to eat garbage, dead animals or birds or hang out at bird feeders (birds can a number of zoonoses)
  • beware of pet food recalls – especially pet snacks like jerky treats. They are often recalled because of salmonella dangers (visit DogFoodAdvisor.com for regular updates)
  • don’t let your dog eat poop or drink out of the toilet (which would be quite a feat for a Morkie!)


Read more

You can read about all 14 possible diseases and infections you can get from your pets (zoonoses) here at MotherNatureNetwork.com  for more details.

How often should you walk your dog?

How often should you walk your dog?

How often should you walk your dog?

Lots of people get a small dog because they don’t think they need long walks. But small dogs need walks just as much as big ones – so how often should you walk your dog?

There are plenty of benefits for both you and your Morkie, and fall is a perfect time to start a healthy habit like daily walks.

7 Reasons to walk your Morkie every day

  1. Exercise is great for everybody: canine and human. This is a no-brainer reason to walk.
  2. Weight control is easier with regular walking, again, for both you and your Morkie. Small dogs tend to put on weight more easily, since it doesn’t take much and because owners often don’t exercise them enough.
  3. Walking can help relieve constipation.
  4. Gentle, regular walking is a good way to ease arthritis pains.

5. A well-exercised dog is less likely to be destructive at home because he’s had a chance to burn off that excess energy.

6. Walking on a leash is a great way for your Morkie to learn discipline, and to understand that you are the leader of the pack.

7. A walk is a good way to give your dog some mental stimulation too. Dogs love walks because they get to sniff out all sorts of new scents, and maybe socialize with other people and dogs. While you want to keep your Morkie moving, don’t be so extreme that he never gets to “stop and smell the roses.” Those scent trails are VERY important to dogs – they are like their twitter or facebook.

The best leash and collar to use to walk your Morkie

The best collar to use when you walk your Morkie isn’t a collar at all, it’s a harness.

Because both Yorkshire Terriers and Maltese can be prone to collapsing trachea (windpipe), it’s important that your dog doesn’t pull on a collar.

A collar is fine for keeping your dog safe via up-to-date i.d. tags, but for walking, look at a harness to minimize the risk of throat and neck injury.

Pulling on your Morkie’s neck can make tracheal collapse – or collapsing windpipe – worse. Morkies are prone to this disease, because both parents are too.

collapsing trachea illustration

say no to retractable leashes

Just say NO! to retractable leashes

Retractable leashes get the thumbs down from most animal experts. Even Consumers Report has warned how dangerous they can be.

Although they will give your Morkie extra freedom to sniff and poke around, they break more easily; they can wrap around your legs easily, and they teach your Morkie to pull because that’s what releases more leash.

A retractable leash lets your dog get too far away from you, too quickly.

Does your Morkie go crazy when you pick up the leash or mention the word “walk”?

My own dogs can make going out very stressful.

The Yorkie, Tinkerbell, SCREAMS she’s so excited. I’ve finally learned how to manage this. When she starts with over-the-top yelping and screaming because she thinks we’re going for a walk, I say (calmly) No, no. Then stop all actions that will lead to a walk. I put down the leash and go into another room and sit calmly.

Then I try it again. Still going crazy? Then I repeat the actions: say No, drop the leash and go into the other room quietly.

It only took two times and now, she’s just fine when we start out on our walk.

How often should you walk your dog?


Finally, to get back to the question of this post: How often should you walk your dog?

Daily is important. Shorter more frequent walks are often better, but longer walks work too, provided your Morkie has built up to them. Like us, dogs need to ramp up to exercise, not jump in all at once.

Experts say that a brisk walk that is 15 to 20 minutes once a day will mean real benefits for your dog… and for you.

Start slowly, keeping your Morkie’s age and health level in mind. Then build to one or two 20-minute walks a day.

Why do dogs have whiskers?

Why do dogs have whiskers?

Whiskers are long, coarse hairs that act like a dog’s GPS. Whiskers are sensitive to air currents, touch or vibrations so can help your dog find his way, especially in the dark.

Dog’s whiskers, or feelers, are called vebrissae.

They are sophisticated devices to help him get around.

Part GPS, part antenna and part sense of touch, whiskers are long coarse hairs that are packed with nerves at their roots or follicles.

a dogs whiskers are like antenna

 A dog’s whiskers are like antennae.

The nerves at the base or follicle of each whisker are highly sensitive, and send messages to the dog’s brain.

When a whisker touches a surface or is moved by wind, it vibrates right down to the nerve which transmits that message to the brain.

Whiskers are SO sensitive, that they can pick up small changes in air currents.


Whiskers themselves have no feeling, but when they are touch or moved, the nerves at their base send signals to the dog’s brain.

Whiskers help a dog determine how smooth or rough a nearby surface is. This is helpful because dogs can’t focus well on close up objects.

whiskers on dogs

Whiskers can be hard to see on a Morkie, but they are there.

Rats, seals, walruses, and monkeys all have prominent whiskers.

Most mammals have whiskers. Biologists think they first developed to help the animal in the dark, especially cats who tend to be nocturnal.

Did you know that a cat’s whiskers grow out to be exactly as long as a cat is wide/high? This is because cats use them to figure out if they can fit somewhere.

most mammals have whiskers

When kids draw cats, they always include whiskers; but they rarely include whiskers when drawing dogs.


drawings of cats by kids

drawings of dogs by kids


There are FOUR types of whiskers on dogs and each one has a special function

A dog’s superciliary whiskers – basically very long eyebrows – have another function. When they touch something, the dog’s eyes automatically close, so he doesn’t get poked in the eye.

Mystacial whiskers on either side of the upper lips pick up shifts in air currents. A dog can have up to 20 on each side. They’re sometimes called moustache whiskers.

That little tuft of whiskers under your Morkie’s chining — called an Inter-ramal Tuft – help him figure out how far away the food bowl is, and what’s right under his nose, which is where most dogs have a blind spot.

What happens if you cut a dog's whiskers?

Don’t ever cut your Morkie’s whiskers. But if you do by mistake, you should know it can leave him feeling disoriented and lost. The stress of that might make him cranky and growly.

It doesn’t HURT a dog to cut his whiskers but it does limit hunting and playing for a while. Dogs NEED their whiskers to get around their environment.


More questions about dog whiskers

1. What are whiskers made of?

Whiskers are the same as hair, but they’re about three times thicker. Whiskers and hair are made from keratin, a strong fibrous protein.  These specialized hairs are called vibrissae because they vibrate.

2. Can I pluck my Morkie’s whiskers?

NO, definitely not. There are so many nerves at the base of a whisker that pulling one out will certainly hurt. Quite a bit. Plus each whisker is deeply embedded, much more so than a regular hair.

3. Do dogs’ whiskers fall out?

They do fall out from time to time and it’s nothing to worry about. A new whisker grows in to replace the old one. However, if your Morkie is losing a LOT of whiskers at once, it’s a good idea to see your Vet. This could be a sign of something else going on, such as mange or ringworm.

4. Why do groomers sometimes cut off a dog’s whiskers?

Some groomers think that whiskers look scruffy, so cut them off for a clean look. Dogs who are in shows sometimes have their whiskers trimmed off too. But it’s not a good idea. Whiskers are much more than cosmetic, they serve a purpose. 

How to find a lost dog

How to find a lost dog

What’s worse than realizing your dog’s been lost? Just about nothing. But here are some tips on how to find a lost dog.

Why did my Morkie run away?

You can usually narrow the reasons to just 3:

    • fear – of thunder or fireworks
    • extreme boredom or loneliness
    • sexual urges because your Morkie has not been neutered or spayed

Nearly 20% of dogs run away during fireworks or a thunderstorm. They’re so freaked out by the loud noises, they run away. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), nearly 1 in 5 pets goes missing after being scared by loud noises such as fireworks and thunderstorms.

During fireworks or a thunderstorm, make sure your Morkie is VERY securely contained inside your home, ideally within a kennel cage or a small room. Play music to reduce the overall noises scaring him. Check on him frequently.

The 3 Most Important Things to Do if Your Dog is Lost

 According to the ASPCA, the three most important steps are: 

    1. Start Searching IMMEDIATELY
    2. Put up flyers locally and online
    3. Checking local shelters the first day your Morkie has gone missing

Tip #1

Don’t panic

93% of lost dogs are found, so don’t panic. Act quickly but don’t panic.

Tip #2

Start searching immediately!

Leave someone at home for the phone, or forward your home phone to your cell phone number and head out.

Walk or drive, and take a favourite squeaky toy to make noise. Continually call to your Morkie. Don’t forget your flashlight for when it gets dark.

PETA recommends changing your voice mail in case you miss a call. Try something like this:

If you have information about my missing [cat], I need to speak with you. Please leave your name and number and repeat them. If you don’t have a callback number, this phone should be answered by a live person between [x] and [y] today. You can also reach [someone you absolutely trust] at [another number you are absolutely sure of]. If I don’t call you back, it means that I couldn’t hear your number clearly, so please try me again. Thank you

Tip #3

Make Flyers

PAWBOOST.COM has a template you can easily fill out and print. Basic services are free and there are some upgrades to get your message sent out to a wider audience (mostly via Facebook).

lost dog poster

The Lost and Found Poster

Ideally, say “LOST MORKIE” not just “lost dog.” This gets right to the point.


    • a large, color photo. Don’t have a good one? Get the closest copy from Google images.
    • his gender, size, and name
    • the date he went missing
    • where he was last seen
    • your phone number large – and be sure to say call ANY TIME
    • include REWARD OFFERED but don’t say how much

Print at least 50 copies and put them all over your neighborhood, especially where there are people gathered, such as a bus stop.

When you walk your neighbourhood be sure to take the posters with you to hand out to people you meet, even kids.

Keep Your Poster Simple

Lost Morkie + description + your phone number + REWARD

Tip #4

Visit animal shelters, the humane society and rescue organizations.

You need to actually visit, because you could be fluffed off on the phone; volunteers at shelters are VERY busy.

Tip #5

Search online for lost and found pets.

Also check Pets for Sale, in case someone has taken your pup to sell him

Don’t forget social media.

Don’t be a victim of dog theft

Lost or Stolen?

Up to two million animals are stolen each year. Dog theft is increasing and there are a number of reasons why. Some thieves take your pet to sell. Others take him for a gift for someone, and still others steal a dog to keep for themselves. Whatever the pathetic reason, cut their chances by:

NOT tying your dog outside alone, ever

NEVER leaving your dog in a fenced yard, even in the backyard.

DON’T leave your dog in the car with the windows down. Don’t leave him in the car period, since on a moderately warm day, the interior of a car can heat up to more than 100 degrees in a short time.

LEAVE OFF your Morkie’s name on his tag. Instead, use the valuable real estate on a tag to say REWARD and your current phone number. Don’t give a thief the chance to call your dog by name to avoid suspicion.

TAKE up-to-date photos of your Morkie, clearly showing him from all sides, with a clutter-free background. Keep them stored somewhere secure.

Tip #6

Put ads everywhere

Put notices for your lost dog in Craigslist, Missing Pet Network, FindFido.com, center for Lost Pets and your local paper.

Post your flyer on your facebook page.

More online help to find your Morkie

These sites have tips and often feature lost pets. 

  • Missing Pet Network
  • Petfinder – tips
  • Pet FBI has a database of lost pets, including their own and that of Helping Lost Pets; its’ good although not yet comprehensive. They also have templates for Lost pet posters.
  • Find Toto or Lost My Doggie will call or email thousands of your nearby neighbours to let them know your pet is missing. Both offer free and paid services.

Tip #7

Got a microchip? Keep it up to date.

Check with the registry office as soon as your Morkie has been chipped, to make sure they have the right contact information. You’ll see who to contact on the paperwork itself.

ALWAYS give the registry your updated phone numbers, address and email information. Otherwise, microchipping is useless.

How big is a full grown Morkie?

How big is a full grown Morkie?

We get lots of questions about the size of full grown Morkies. The answer varies, depending on the adults. But here’s some information on how big a full grown Morkie is, and how to figure out how big your Morkie puppy will likely be.

Meet the Morkie

Morkies are the result of breeding a purebred Yorkshire Terrier with a purebred Maltese dog.  Now that Morkies are more popular, they’re also the result of breeding one Morkie to another.

Second, third and fourth generation Morkies are being bred together. However, there is still no standard or ideal coloring for Morkies who are a combination of the Maltese’s pure white coat, and the Yorkie’s brown, black and “blue” hair.

More About Yorkies

Yorkies are active, bright little dogs with very big personalities. In fact, they need plenty of socialization and training to keep that big personality on track or they can become too assertive and even bossy.

Though small, the Yorkshire Terrier is active, loves attention and is protective of his owners. The Yorkie is no lapdog.

More About Maltese

Like the Yorkie, the Maltese features a beautiful, flowing coat – but pure white. No other colors are allowed in a purebred Maltese.

Bred thousands of years ago, Maltese dogs were developed to be pampered lapdogs, and they take that job seriously. They are among the most gentle of all dogs, and are sweet natured and affectionate. Maltese are the ideal companion – loyal, vigorous and devoted.

About "Breed Standards"

The American Kennel Club, or AKC, was founded by just 12 people in 1884 in Philadelphia. The group met to talk about dog breeds, set standards for them, and to run dog shows and exhibits. 

Today, kennel clubs all around the world set detailed standards about each of their recognized breeds. 

In the USA, there are 193 recognoized breeds, including the Yorkshire Terrier and the Maltese. The Morkie is not a registered breed.

To read more about the breed standards for Yorkies, click here. And here for Maltese breed standards.

weight of yorkies and maltese

Here’s what the Breed Standards say about weight


The AKC Breed Standards for Maltese call for dogs which are under 7 pounds, with from 4 to 6 pounds preferred. However, Overall quality is to be favored over size.

Here’s how the body of a Maltese is described:

Body: Compact, the height from the withers to the ground equaling the length from the withers to the root of the tail. Shoulder blades are sloping, the elbows well knit and held close to the body. The back is level in topline, the ribs well sprung. The chest is fairly deep, the loins taut, strong, and just slightly tucked up underneath.

For the Yorkshire Terrier, the  Standards say, “Weight: Must not exceed seven pounds.”  The Yorkie is shaped a little differently than the Maltese:

Body: Well proportioned and very compact. The back is rather short, the backline level, with height at shoulder the same as at the rump.

A full grown Morkie should be under 7 pounds, likely 4 to 6 pounds.

But QUALITY – a healthy, sturdy dog – is preferred over size.

Can your Morkie be “too small?”


Far from being preferred, so called Teacup dogs are actually runts, usually sickly. The worst part – they don’t live as long as a proper sized dog.

Disadvantages of dogs that are too small

Dogs that are smaller than they should be, are vulnerable in 5 ways:

    1. First, teacups have more health problems in general. They are more sensitive to potential hazards around the house; for example, a jump from the couch can break a leg. Plus small dogs often suffer from chronic diarrhea.
    2. A super-small dog faces higher risks if an operation is needed, even common neutering.
    3. Very small dogs are harder to potty train. Their bladders are that much smaller and owners say it takes at least 6 months to housetrain a teacup.
    4. Teacups normally need a lot of attention and can’t be left alone for a long period of time. They need food more often – 3 or 4 meals a day minimum. They can be high strung and are more prone to separation anxiety.
    5. Teacups don’t live as long. Most toy dogs live 14 or more years but teacups typically live just 5 or 6 years.

How big will YOUR Morkie puppy be?

Please check out this page to find out: How Big Will My Morkie Get?

Dog Facts: Cool Things About Our Canine Friends

Dog Facts: Cool Things About Our Canine Friends

Dogs have been our faithful companions for at least 20,000 years, and during that time we’ve learned a lot about them. Here are some new dog facts you may not know. Let’s get started.

A dog’s sense of smell is 10,000 to 100,000 times stronger than a human’s.

Your Morkie is as smart as a 2-year-old. He can probably understand about 250 words and gestures but can be taught up to a thousand words and gestures.

Maltese and Yorkshire Terriers are the only dogs that have a natural part down their back.

Salukis are the oldest dog breed

The oldest surviving dog breed? A Saluki, which appears on Egyptian tombs that go back more than 4,000 years.

More dog facts

Dogs are the most diverse animals on the planet; there are more than 300 dog breeds and they range from 6″ high to 33” high, and 3 pounds to 175 pounds.

There are about 600 million dogs in the world; 400 million are strays.

The United States has the most dogs in the world, at approximately 76 million.


American flag bandanas for dogs

Chow Chow dogs have blue tongues.

Also known as Chows, Chow Chows are one of the world’s oldest breeds. They look like lions, and are prized as exotic companions.

Why they have a blue tongue isn’t known, but when some Chows were exhibited at the London Zoo in the 1820s, their caretaker noticed their unusual mouth coloring. From that point on, these “wild dogs of China” were selectively bred to ensure they maintianed that blue-black tongue.

The first heating pads?

Known as the ancient dog of Malta, pampered Maltese lapdogs were kept in the sleeves of royalty, to keep the person warm.

At night, several Maltese dogs were put in the owner’s bed to keep feet warm.

In San Diego, officials were very concerned about falling light standards. Lampposts have been falling over, damaging cars and nearly hitting people. When they analyzed the problem, it turned out to be — dog pee!

A dog’s urine is highly corrosive. Combined with the rainy weather in San Diego, the lampposts didn’t have a chance.

Authorities are now urging neighbors to have their dogs pee on the fire hydrants instead, they are made of cast iron and won’t rust.

Worst dog hoarder ever

Kublai Khan, grandson of Ghengis, is said to have owned more than 5,000 dogs! His preferred breed, the Tibetan Mastiff. The Chinese Tibetan Mastiff is the larger cousin to the ancient Tibetan Mastiff and is bred to look like a Lion. The Tibetan Mastiff is said to possess real Lion’s blood. Some dogs have been reportedly sold for in excess of two million dollars in China. Most weigh more than 200 pounds.

He reigned from 1260 to 1294 and during that time, is credited with uniting China, taking a census and introducing regular taxationand post offices.


An Australian dog named Maggie lived to 30 years old, a record for any dog.

Some water-loving dogs have webbed feet, including The Newfoundland.

Dogs curl up in a ball to sleep to protect their vital organs from predators.

Dogs can actually see in color, not just black and white. They see mostly in green, yellow, blue and grey and cannot see red.

Dogs sweat through their paws – the only place where they have sweat glands.

Labrador Retrievers have been the most popular purebred dog in the United States for the last 26 years.

More cool facts about dogs

  • A dog’s nose print is as unique as our fingerprints and can be used to identify a single dog.
  • Mother dogs are pregnant for 58 to 68 days.
  • Scientists say dogs can’t feel guilt. Those guilty looks are a learned response to us being mad. Dogs CAN feel jealousy, however.


  • Basenji dogs cannot bark; instead, they yodel.
  • Breeds that bark the most include Miniature Schnauzers, Cairn Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers, Fox Terriers, and West Highland White Terriers.

Timmy’s fallen into the well!

“Pal” the original dog to play Lassie,  lived to an exceptional 18 years old (1940 – 1958). Several generations of Pal’s descendants continued to play the role on various Lassie TV shows and movies — 7 movies and two TV series.

Royal Dogs

Queen Elizabeth II has owned more than 30 Pembroke Welsh Corgis since she as a child. The Queen’s first cousin, 13 or 14 times removed, is Queen Elizabeth I who reigned from 1558 to 1603. She was very fond of Maltese dogs and had several, often pictured in paintings of Her Majesty.

Aristotle also had a Maltese dog that  he adored; he mentions it in a poem he wrote in 370 B.C.

An adult dog has 42 teeth; we have 32.

Puppies have 28 teeth, which fall out starting in the 12th week. By the fourth month, most dogs have their permanent teeth. And no, dog’s teeth do not grow back!

Cavities are rare in dogs, but they can suffer from fractured and broken teeth and deep infections that call for a tooth removal. Smaller dogs have more problems with their teeth, thanks to plaque and tartar build-up in their jammed jawlines.

Dogs are mentioned 35 times in the Bible. References to dogs are rarely flattering – for example in Revelation 22:14 “dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.” The only breed mentioned in the Bible is the Greyhound, one of the “four things stately” in the Proverbs.

Dogs have 3 eyelids. The third eyelid, called a haw, helps keep their eyes moisturized.

Dogs align themselves with the Earth’s magnetic field when they poop. What?!

The average litter is 4 to 6 puppies. Yorkies, Morkies and Maltese typically have 1, 2 or 3 puppies.

cracker jack dog called Bingo

The dog on the Cracker Jacks box is called Bingo.

worlds smallest dog was a yorkie


The smallest dog on record was a Yorkie, at 2.5” tall and 4 ounces.

A dog’s mouth is NOT cleaner than ours; in fact, it’s brimming with bacteria.

Dogs have about 1,700 taste buds, but we have 9,000.

Three or more pugs together are called a grumble.


photo: pugminded.com

More than 3,000 dogs participate in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, held each year in New York.

Dogs have a special membrane in their eyes that’s like a mirror. That’s how they can see so well in the dark.

The Monopoly people have changed the Scottie Dog token to a Labradoodle, reflecting the popularity of doodles.

labradoodle token

The tough, swaggering Taco Bell dog was actually a female Chihuahua, called Gidget, who also starred in Legally Blonde 2.

taco bell dog

Does Your Morkie Love You?

Does Your Morkie Love You?

Dogs are just about the most loveable creatures on the planet, but how do we know that my dog loves us as much as we love THEM? Scientists have validated that all the signs are there by studying dogs’ brain waves. How they react to various scents, from strangers to their humans, confirms the fact that we make our pets very happy.

Does my dog love me?

Here are some signs your Morkie loves you:

♥ Loves sleeping in your bedroom, or even on your bed. It’s the pack thing.

♥ When you look at your Morkie, he holds your eye contact. This shows strong affection, say experts.

♥ Your Morkie brings you his favorite toy.

♥ You yawn, he yawns. Copying you yawning is a sign of two souls really in synch.

Your Morkie wants to climb on top of you to rest, or press hard against you for cuddles.

Speaking of sleeping…

Your Morkie insists on sleeping in your room, if not in your bed.


dogs love sleeping with us

Now, that’s love!

A 2008 study conducted by Petplan health insurance for dogs, showed that more than two-thirds of Americans would rather be stranded on a desert island with their pet than with their partner!

who would you like to be stranded on a desert island with

If your Morkie copies you yawning, that’s a sure sign of love.

On the other hand, if a dog starts yawning at the Vet’s office or during training, it can be a sign of stress. In those situations, dogs will often lick their lips, shift their eyes and yawn.

More Signs Your Dog Loves You

♥ Tail wagging is an obvious sign your Morkie is happy

 Brings you his favorite toy

 Is delighted when you get home. Whether you’ve been out for 5 minutes or 5 days, your Morkie welcomes you with gusto! An enthusiastic hello is a sure sign your dog loves you.

 Leaning against you is another sign your dog is totally comfortable and trust you fully. Leaning against you makes your dog feel safe and secure.


your dog's adorable tilted head is a sign he loves you

When your Morkie tilts his head and perks up his ears, he’s trying to hear every little sound you make. It makes it easier for him to really, really listen. So ya, that would be a sign of love.

Wriggly eyebrows

dogs with funny eyebrows

Researchers in Japan have just determined that when hour dog wiggles his eyebrows or lifts them when you talk, that’s a sign of deep affection. In fact, any sign of facial expression in a dog is an advanced form of communication that indicates trust and love.

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Six Bad Things Good Dog Owners Do

Six Bad Things Good Dog Owners Do

There are millions of pages online about bad dog behavior, but what about bad dog OWNER behavior? Here are six things that bad owners do and they probably don’t even know it.

If you spot yourself in any of these, it might be time for a change.

1. You treat your dog like a baby.

We all love our Morkies a ton, but sometimes it gets a little weird. You know the type of owner I mean: her Morkie’s name is embroidered on her pillows, and there are dog toys of every kind, scattered from kitchen to bedroom to bath. The dog is so spoiled that she would do well on ‘Toddlers and Tiaras.’

If you want to act silly like that, it’s ok. But what about the effect you have on your Morkie? She is a dog, and she wants you to treat her like a dog. It’s in her DNA. Despite how different they seem, your Morkie and a wolf in the wild are closely related and have the same interests: running, sniffing, chasing, barking, rolling in bad smells, and more.

Like the wolf, your Morkie is a pack animal and needs structure and discipline to feel fulfilled, and not frustrated. Your dog wants and deserves your affection, but he also deserves training and exercise. And to be treated like a dog.

your dog and a wolf are the same

2. Your dog is under-exercised and bored.

If your Morkie has bad habits like chewing or barking too much, it could be a cover for something else: he’s bored. Animals have pent up energy, and it needs to be burned off with activity.

That activity includes plenty of exercise even for toy dogs.

It also includes mental stimulation in the form of training and games.

Dogs have had jobs for centuries, from rounding up cattle to hunting or hauling. Even the little Yorkshire Terrier started out earning his way as a ratter in the mines and factories of Victorian England.

Dogs get frustrated if they can’t meet their instincts, and that’s when they start to show signs of aggressive or bad behavior.

So give your dog a job. Two good long walks a day, sniffing out the neighborhood, is a good start; or tossing a toy to fetch, or learning a trick. These are all ways to use up his excess energy and engage his brain.

3. You're acting like your dog's playmate, not pack leader.

If you’ve watched the Dog Whisperer or read any of Cesar Millan’s books, you know how adamant he is that:

• Dogs are pack animals.
• Someone will be the leader of the pack (the alpha dog).
• It better be you.

You’ve just abdicated being the pack leader, and now you’re the follower. Your dog is calling the shots, not you. Instead of following your dog’s lead, make it clear that play begins when she is calm and responsive, and you are ready.

As Cesar Millan reminds us, “Being a pack leader is not a part-time occupation; it’s all the time.”

Being a pack leader does not mean using aggressive, dominant behavior. It simply means you’re in (calm, controlled) charge.

Follow the example of the mother dog. Mother dogs eat before feeding the puppies. They don’t allow puppies to jump on them, and they make it clear when they need some alone time. Take some leadership lessons from the mother dog.

4. You're inconsistent with your dog.

Sometimes you let him jump up on the couch, then you don’t. You have no established daily routine.

You don’t use the same commands, and instead, try to talk to your dog in full sentences. Then you’re surprised when the dog doesn’t follow instructions.

Dogs love routine, and they respond best when they can anticipate what’s coming.

5. Instead of teaching your dog, you punish bad behavior.

When you don’t have the patience to teach your dog proper behavior, chances are you end up frustrated and punishing your dog. Physical punishment is ALWAYS wrong, and it will always result in the loss of trust between you and your dog.


a trained dog is a safe dog

6. You're tense and nervous around your dog.

Because they can sense so much about us, dogs know if we are tense, angry, tired, nervous often better and before we know it ourselves.

Dogs communicate with you and other dogs through hundreds of non-verbal signs, including reading your body language, tone, facial expressions, scent, and much more.

When they’re upset, dogs have two primary responses: fight or flight. If they’re thrown off by your jangled nerves, then chances are the answer will be “fight.” Your Morkie may become aggressive, whiny, bark too much or even nip and bite.

Can Dogs Thrive on a Vegan Food & Treats Diet?

Can Dogs Thrive on a Vegan Food & Treats Diet?

Special Post by Chris Holzhauer
Chris is a freelance writer and pet specialist. His website is www.simplypets.com Chris can be reached at [email protected]

If you are reading this post, most probably you are a vegan or your dog has meat allergy to certain types of meat. You are looking for an answer to the question “can dog survive on a vegan food & treats diet?” Well, it depends on many factors. It is possible for a dog to consume vegetables. But you cannot expect your dog to get rid of meat completely.

Many studies suggest that dogs can digest vegetable protein. People, in general, consider the dog to be carnivorous. But they have the characteristics of omnivores.

There are some animals from the Carnivora order who frequently consume plants. To defend the omnivorous nature of the dog, people present the example of the panda., which has the physical characteristics designed to eat meat, but they prefer plants and eat mostly bamboo. 

There are debates over the total vegetarian dog. It might seem cute to hear the word “Vegetarian dog,“ but ithere is some considerable health risk involved. Because, most of the dog from very early age, are accustomed to eating animal protein, vegetables without any meat might be stressful for their digestive system.

Some dogs are allergic to certain types of meat. So to compensate for the lack of nutrition, you can add vegetables to your dog food. Vegetables that are rich in protein will be good for the dog’s nutrition.

Can Dogs Survive on a Vegan Food & Treats Diet?

A vegetarian diet system for the dog is a new idea. Many people are thinking of being vegan. Although it had started as a healthy diet change, now for some, it’s a way of life. So they also want to add their beloved pet in that lifestyle.

It isn’t completely impossible for a dog to have a moderate vegetarian diet. But the diet should contain the proper amount of meat. It is natural for the dog to go for the meat if meat and vegetables are presented to the dog at the same time. You can’t just turn your dog into a vegetarian overnight.

So, if you truly want to serve vegan food to the dog, you can do that by following these instructions.

A Vegan Menu for Dogs

Dogs have the ability to consume a variety of vegetables. As mentioned before, vegetables that are rich with protein should be your first choice. Vegetable such as pulses, bean, carrot, broccoli, and other vegetables which are rich with proteins can be considered for dog food.

Protein is easy for the dog to digest and turn them into amino acid. It is tough for the dog’s stomach to digest vegetables that have no protein. Then the stomach has to collect Amino Acid from other kinds of components of the vegetable. It is both stressful and not enough for dogs.

So you should always look for vegetables rich in protein. To provide the daily requirement of protein, you can try adding an egg, which is an excellent source of protein. Adding an egg is not a true vegan diet; it’s called an ovo-vegetarian diet.

You need to take some precautions if you want your dog to be vegan. Although they can consume various vegetables, some could have a harsh effect on your pet. Bunch of vegetables has components that are harmful or non-consumable for dogs. So do a thorough study before choosing a vegan diet for your dog . If you keep giving vegetables that your dog won’t like, it might eat less. That is not what you want for your dog. Another critical issue is that you have to ensure that your dog gets the right amount of neutrinos from its food. So choose the correct mix of meat and vegetable to ensure the good health of your dog.

You can find vegan dog food in the market. There is some good brand of vegan dog food which you can get for your dog.

Provide supplements

Naturally, vegetables don’t have the same kind of components as meat. There are some proteins, that is almost impossible to find among vegetables which exist in meat. Lack of these proteins will cause some pretty nasty disease.

These missing protein can be compensated with supplements. Even if you make sure that your dog gets proper protein, vitamin, and mineral, there is a fair chance that your dog might miss other essential compound needed for its body. So you may give supplements to your dog with the consent of a vet. It will make up for the ingredients required for the dog’s immune system.

Whatever you do, don’t do anything without consulting with the doctor.

If your Morkie doesn’t want to eat the food, don’t force it. First, try adding a little bit of vegetable with the meat. Then gradually try to increase vegetable. Always keep a certain amount of meat in the dog food. Do not go for a vegan diet, if your dog totally refuses to eat vegetables.

check with your vet before making changes

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