The cycle of (dog) life

The cycle of (dog) life

Last week’s news brought two intertwined dog stories:  Queen Elizabeth is mourning her last Corgi; meanwhile, Meghan Markle’s rescue dog has gone from rags to riches in a true-life Cinderella story.

Two stories in the news today speak to the bittersweet essence of loving a pet.

Queen Elizabeth has lost her last Corgi and she’s taking it hard. She is reportedly heartbroken that her beloved Willow has died. Willow was the last in the long line of Pembroke Welsh Corgi dogs, so beloved by the Queen.

The National Post recently reported,

[Willow] had been suffering from a cancer-related illness and was put down at Windsor Castle last Sunday (April 15, 2018), just days before the Queen’s 92nd birthday on Saturday.   In the dog’s final days, the Queen, who was reportedly hit “extremely hard” by the death, was still feeding and exercising Willow, to no avail.

Originally bred to herd cattle, sheep and horses, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi is an intelligent, affectionate little dog, ideal for families.

While still Princess Elizabeth, the Queen received her very own Corgi on her 18th birthday. The dog, called Susan, was a gift from her father, King George VI.  Susan the Corgi formed the basis of the Queen’s extensive line of Corgis. In fact, since 1952, Queen Elizabeth has raised more than 30 of her favourite dogs, Corgis. She stopped breeding the Corgis in 2015 so that none would be left behind when she died.

Princess Elizabeth with one of the Royal Family’s Corgis; photo from about 1936.

Left, the Queen greets some Corgis in a crowd in England. Right, on the cover of Vanity Fair, May 2016.

Another photo of the Queen and Corgis, published in the same issue of Vanity Fair. Taken on the steps of Windsor Castle’s East Terrace.

Corgis on vacation. Left, with Queen Elizabeth at Balmoral in 1976. Right, at Balmoral in 1994, the Queen and Prince Philip. Balmoral is ideal for dogs; the Queen and her family spend time there every autumn, enjoying the castle and its 50,000 acre estate.

The next generation: Meghan Markle’s Rescue Dogs Rags-to-Riches Story

Meghan Markle’s two rescue dogs. Left, Guy a beagle-mix and Bogart, a Labrador-Shepherd mix.

Guy has already made the move and settled in England. At first, it was uncertain if Bogart would make the trip. It’s now reported that Bogart was considered too old to adapt to the big move from Toronto to London, and that it would be kinder to let him continue to live in Canada. He’s with friends of Ms. Markle’s. Although she’s taken some heat for her decision in the gossip columns, she says it was a very difficult choice to make.

Queen or commoner, prince or pauper....

Pets are unique and hold a special place in our hearts. They love us unconditionally and it doesn’t take much to make them happy. Their loyalty is only matched by the way they care for us — perhaps even more so than we could ever care for them. Dogs can sense how we’re feeling. It doesn’t matter whether we’re happy, angry, or sad, they just inherently know what to do.

Read more about Welsh Corgis

Mark the dates

Mark the dates

Two dates of interest to dog lovers — Feb. 12, 13, 14, 2018. The 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Feb. 16 – 18, 2018 PetSmart’s adoption weekend at their stores. Check your local store for more details.


Westminister Kennel Club Dog Show


  • it’s the ritzy-est of the ritzy dog shows! The Westminster at Madison Square Garden, New York.
  • but save that $567 each for seats, and watch it on TV
  • fun to hear about the breeds and breed standards, and of course, the Yorkshire Terrier and the Maltese will be of special interest to Morkie lovers
  • here’s the website for more information 


And for THE BEST satire on purebred dog people, check out the classic mockumentary, Best in Show. Seventeen years old, it’s still hilarious and is the perfect send up of the doggy-dog crowd.


15 Prized Facts About Best in Show

Best in Show


Best in Show ratings



PetSmart’s fabulous National Adoption Weekend 

Gotta love an organization that gives SO much back.

Four times per year, PetSmart Charities works with Animal Welfare Organizations across North America to host pet adoption events within PetSmart stores.

When you attend, you’ll find dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and small pets all in need of a lifelong, loving home.

The amazing organizations they work with ensure each pet is spayed and neutered prior to adoption, giving adoption parents added peace of mind as they search for a new best friend.

Check it out at your local PetSmart.



Petsmart adoption weekend



Celebrity Morkies, Yorkies & Maltese

Celebrity Morkies, Yorkies & Maltese

Who doesn’t love little dogs? The rich and famous, who could have their pick of ANY breed in the world, are certainly fond of Yorkies, Morkies and Maltese. Here are just a few celeb pups!


Famous Morkie owners – singer songwriter Jann Arden

Jann Ardens morkie  Jann Arden and her morkie midi

Jann and Midi


This is Jann Arden‘s little Morkie called Midi (it’s a musical term). Jann has had a number of adventures with her, including being kicked off a CN Train on her way to a concert in Canada’s capital, Ottawa.

Part way through the trip, a porter noticed little Midi in a kennel cage, and gave the singer two choices: stow her Morkie with the rest of the luggage (!!) or get off the train.

Rumour has it Jann pulled the stop cord, and got off!




Rocker Steven Tyler

Steven Tyler and a yorkie and a morkie

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler credits his dogs with keeping him sane in an otherwise insane industry.

Here he is with his Morkie AND an adorable Yorkie. They’re called Sundance and Butch Cassidy.

Check him out on YouTube here – with his dogs on Late Night with Seth Meyers. 



Modern Family Star Jesse Tyler Ferguson




Here’s actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson with his Morkie Leaf.


Last year on the Golden Globes, he said goodnight to his beloved pup!



And, the latest celeb Morkie lover …..


Above, Drake in Toronto with his new Morkie puppy, and the breeder whose kennel provided the dog.



Famous Yorkie owners – actor Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp and Yorkie


You may remember the big deal when Depp and his partner Amber Heard, went to Australia so he could complete filming on the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

Seems the couple “forgot” to notify customs and immigration that they were bringing in animals, and the Prime Minister exploded.  He even threatened to “execute” the two dogs since they weren’t put into quarantine, as is Australian law!




The late Whitney Houston loved her little Yorkie Doogie. When the singer passed away, daughter Bobbi Kristina took over care of the Yorkie, and added two more of her own.

Whitney’s sister now looks after the remaining dogs.




Above, left to right. Academy Award winning actress Natalie Portman; Rocker Ozzie Osbourne and wife Sharon with their baby; tennis superstar Venus Williams.




Molly Sims and her pair of Yorkies, Chloe and Poupette. She takes them everywhere – along with her baby – in their own doggy stroller!










Presidential Pup

President Richard Nixon in the White House, 1970, with the family’s pet Yorkie Pasha. The dog was bought for his daughter Tricia, but Nixon seems to have loved the pup just as much.









AND…. Celebrity Maltese dogs go waaaaaay back!  

Maltese dogs are one of the oldest breeds still around today. It’s believed they were pets to Ancient Greeks including Aristotle, a whopping 2,600 years ago!

Many members of the British Royalty were very attached to these loving lapdogs, even centuries ago.

Left to right; the Duchess of Alba with her Maltese, painted by Goya in 1797; Marie Antoinette around 1780; Queen Elizabeth I in the 1580s; Mary Queen of Scots, with her Maltese in the 1590s. 




In THIS century, fans of the Maltese included Elvis, left, who bought several for girlfriends and for his mother. Diana Ross had a Maltese dog, as did Marilyn Monroe – hers was a gift from Frank Sinatra and was called Maf, short for Mafia.

Another 60s star who loved her Maltese – Elizabeth Taylor.






Left to right: Demi Lovato; Susan Sarandon; Jane Fonda and Halle Berry.


Real men love Maltese too!

Left to right, with their beloved Maltese! Ashton Kutcher; Russell Brand and Snoop Dog.




Morkies in the news

Morkies in the news


I’ve been gathering some articles and news lately that feature Morkies. Enjoy!

New Dog Park will feature separate runs for large & small dogs

Town counsel in Bellmore (New York) have welcomed suggestions from pet owners about where a new dog park should be, and some of the details. One thing everyone agreed on was two different, separate areas. One for big dogs and one for small dogs.

In the excitement of off-leash play, a large dog can seriously injure a small one, just by stepping on him.If you take your Morkie to a dog run or dog park, be sure and watch carefully for large dogs. Your Morkie might start barking wildly, as Morkies will do, and push the bigger dog into play that’s too rough or even aggressive behaviour.

For more on dog park safety, please check out this blog:


picture of a yorkie and a boxer

Thor (left) and Max the Morkie, cool off at the Newbridge Road Park in Bellmore last month. Next year, town officials hope to have a new dog park finished which will feature totally separate runs for large dogs, and for small dogs.


Morkie a star at Paws on Parade on Halloween

Benji, a Maltese/Yorkie mix, donned his chef outfit for the costume contest. He took second place in the “Dashing Dudes” division, edged out by an adorable long-haired Chihuahua dressed in the theme of the movie Up.

dog costume contest

Paul Bandong photo.



Sadie the Morkie looks after her owner

Heart attack patient Tim Secrease credits his Morkie Sadie, with helping him get back on his feet faster.
“It’s wonderful,” he said. “I’m not healthy. She sleeps on my pillow next to me, tends to me. She’s my emotional support dog.”

Tim Secrease credits Sadie, 2, his Morkie, with helping him cope with serious medical issues. In this photo, Sadie was visiting Secrease in the hospital, where he was being treated for a heart attack.

“She was there to comfort me after my fourth heart attack,” said Secrease of Crystal City. “I’ve had a fifth heart attack since then.”

First support dog was a Yorkie

Many (including Animal Planet researchers) believe that Smoky, the war hero dog from WWII, was the first therapy dog.

Found wandering in the jungles of New Guinea by an American soldier, Smoky was a full grown 4 pound female Yorkshire Terrier. Not able to find the owner, eventually Smoky turned over as winnings in a card game, won by American Corporal William Wynne. (Value: about $6)

She served with Wynne for almost 2 years, living in primitive conditions, running on coral in equatorial heat and surviving on army rations. Smoky was so smart and easily trained, that she performed many valuable functions for the army.

During her service, Smoky even parachuted!

After the war, Smoky was so talented, that Corp. Wynne began taking her to see wounded veterans in hospital. One of her first visits was to the Mayo Clinic where she cheered up servicemen. She soon became a regular visitor, as doctors noted her positive effect on the patients.



Burbank writer is inspired by his German shepherd-collie mix and the family Morkie

These stories can serve to inspire us to act better as people.

Fifty-four year old Mark Rickerby has already contributed 17 stories for the successful series “Chicken Soup for the Soul.” The family’s German shepherd-collie mix, Charlie, was often the source of inspiration for his success. Although Charlie is a large dog, he’s nicknamed the Gentle Giant.

Mark and his wife adopted a second dog, tiny Pixie, a Yorkie-Maltese mix. Pixie turned out to be much more aggressive than Charlie and would bully him without mercy. But the big dog never retaliated.

“We all have room for improvement,” he said. “We can all be kinder and gentler. I think dogs just teach us in general. Charlie’s my teacher, but I think every dog is kind of a teacher to a receptive student.”




Maltese-Yorkie mix is her best friend, says KidsDay reporter Leanna Tortorella

One Sunday in December a couple of years ago, Leanna came home from a sleepover with her friend, Sabrina. She went upstairs to unpack and that’s when her mom screamed her sister’s name, her brother’s name and her name. The kids all thought they were in trouble!

But, their dad was standing there with a new dog. Leanna had longed for a replacement for her older dog, Bruno, who had died the year before. But the parents were adamant, no more dogs.

“My mom said we were not going to get another dog, but she plays with Gino the most — like wow, mom!” says Leanna.

She continues, “Now when I leave for school, Gino knows and goes in his little doghouse, and it makes me so sad. When I get home I play with him and let him outside. Gino will grow to be only 10 pounds. At the moment he is 6 pounds. Gino is a Morkie, which is a Maltese and a Yorkshire terrier mix. I love him so much.”


thompson park day morkieMorkie is a Superhero

The Monmouth Park annual festival is a great play for families to enjoy displays, rides and games. And of course, pet costume competitions.  Here’s The Kessler family with their little superhero Wonder Woman Morkie.



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More sad news about animals in storms

More sad news about animals in storms

Florida media is reporting that pets have been abandoned in huge numbers as Hurricane Irma approaches Florida. And even worse than just let out, some dogs have been chained to cars. These cars will be underwater within hours.

Animal Cruelty Charges Considered

As Hurricane Irma bore down on the Florida Keys with 130-miles-per-hour winds Sunday morning, Florida animal control officers were scrambling to rescue dozens of pets that had been abandoned by their owners before the Category 4 hurricane raked up Florida’s west coast.

Palm Beach County Animal Care reported animal control had found – and rescued – more than 50 dogs and cats abandoned outside ahead of Hurricane Irma. Given the danger of the approaching hurricane, many have characterized the pet owners’ abandonment as animal cruelty.

Besides the obvious danger of rising water and winds, even sand – blowing at over 100 miles per hour – can do serious damage to a dog.

Florida State Attorney Dave Aronberg is furious. He told CNN:

“This is a prime example of animal cruelty,” Aronberg said. “We will find you, and we will prosecute you.”

A harder but more humane choice was made by many other owners, who surrendered their pets to their local County Animal Shelter. Once surrendered, there’s no guarantee that owner will get his dog or cat back.

Officials across Florida are asking the public to be on the watch for abandoned animals and if it is safe, to please take them in and shelter them during the storm. Once winds reach 35 mph, animal control officers can’t go out and rescue, because of their own safety.

Not a chance of survival

This poor guy would have drowned for sure, locked in this cage. Luckily he was discovered before the storm surge, and taken to a shelter.

Also don’t shoot at the hurricane

OMG, who does this??? Well, the same people in Florida who think it’s OK to tie up a pet to inevitably drown during a hurricane,  was also told, no shooting bullets into the storm. They’ll come back around and can of course, kill.


don't shoot hurricanes


Very sad that people need this message:



Bad news: fireworks scare Morkie away from home

Bad news: fireworks scare Morkie away from home

Very sad story about a runaway Morkie in Marion County, Florida. Seems the family’s Morkie, “Tuttles” was frightened by July 4th fireworks.  He somehow slipped out the front door and ran away. Now, more than 2 weeks later, Tuttles is still missing and let’s face it, the chances of finding him are very slim. YOUR Morkie’s fear of fireworks could be fatal, unless you take these steps to safety.



Fireworks are bad news for dogs

Fireworks are particularly scary for small dogs. In fact the ASPCA says that the days after July 4th each year, are the biggest for reporting runaway dogs. Seen from a dog’s point of view, you can understand it…. Very loud, banging sounds, lights flashing in the sky, a moment’s peace and then it starts again.


more dogs run away july 4th than any other day



Protect your Morkie’s safety during fireworks

Here are 7 ways you can make fireworks less threatening – and safer – for your Morkie.


Take your dog to another location. If the fireworks are planned for right in your neighbourhood why not drop your Morkie off at a friend’s or relative’s where the frightening sounds and lights won’t bother her.

Provide a safe haven for your Morkie at home. Put him in a room as far from the fireworks sounds as possible and close the door. Move his bed here, along with some food and water and leave a radio on at a fairly high volume.


Try a Thundershirt.  They are specially designed to apply gentle, constant pressure to calm anxiety, fear, and over excitement in your dog. It calms during fireworks, thunder, separation, travel, vet visits, and much more with no training and no medication so your dog stays drug-free. Thundershirt comes with a money-back guarantee, so if it doesn’t work with your Morkie, you can get a refund. Check it out here.


Give your Morkie a low dose of children’s Benadryl. For small dogs like Morkies, Yorkies and Maltese, the dosage is quite low. Start with the children’s version of Benadryl, in liquid form, since tablets contain too much medication.  DO NOT USE “Benadryl Elixir,” a liquid product for adults – it contains alcohol, very dangerous for dogs. Instead, use the children’s liquid – NOT SUGAR FREE. For the right dosage, take your pet’s weight in pounds divided by 2.5 = ml’s to be given.

Benadryl dosage sheet for your Morkie

So an  8 lb. dog would get 3.2 ml (8 ÷ 2.5 = 3.2 ml’s) HERE’S A HANDY CHART YOU CAN DOWNLOAD AND PRINT as a guide, and review with your Vet:  CLICK


Keep all exits to/from your home secure. By secure, I mean, take extra, extra precautions that your Morkie cannot access the door when you’re going in or out. You’d be surprised at just how quickly your dog can dart out the door if he’s been frightened by something like fireworks. When you’re opening your door, put your Morkie in another room, with the door closed, or have someone hold him.


And finally, don’t baby your dog when he’s afraid, but don’t punish him either. One extreme or the other will only lead to more frightened behavior; instead, act normally as you give your Morkie a little bit of soothing.