News dog: pups in the news — 2

News dog: pups in the news — 2

A little news roundup for Friday. I get lots of alerts about dogs, mostly Morkies, and come across stories I think you’d like. Let me know in the comments if you like this new feature.

You think it can’t happen to you!



(WSVN) – It was supposed to be a simple four-hour flight for their four-legged friend, but one South Florida couple’s dog ended up 4,000 miles away. It’s a strange story that spans three continents.
7’s Brian Entin has our special report “‘Ruff’ Ride.”

Jessica and Sebastian got married last year. They met in Colombia, where Sebastian lived, but he moved to Miami to be with Jessica.

Married life was great, but one thing was missing: Sebastian’s Labrador retriever, named Yorkie, was still back in Colombia.

Jessica Dominguez: “So for Christmas, I figured that was the perfect Christmas present.”

To surprise her husband, Jessica paid $1,200 to have Yorkie shipped from Bogota to Miami on Avianca Airlines.

File this one under YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING!

But when she got to Miami International Airport to pick him up…

Jessica Dominguez: “That’s not the dog.”

Worker: “Are you sure?”

Jessica Dominguez: “Yeah, I’m positive!”

The dog inside the crate was not Yorkie the Lab.

Worker: “That’s the number I have here.”

Jessica Dominguez: “Nope. That’s not the dog. I am 100,000 percent sure.”

Jessica says she waited at the airport all night, worried about Yorkie.

Jessica Dominguez: “Finally, like at almost 6 o’clock in the morning, they told me, ‘Oh, we have good news and bad news. Good news is we found your dog. Bad news is he’s about to get to Spain.’”

Yep, you heard that right: Spain.

Jessica had to break the news to her husband.

Sebastian Alvarez (translation of): “I was in shock and desperate.”

Yorkie was accidentally put on a nine-hour Avianca flight from Bogota, Colombia to Madrid, Spain.

Then he was flown back to Bogota on another nine-hour flight … before he was finally put on an almost four-hour flight from Bogota to Miami.

Jessica Dominguez: “How many times a day did they feed him, did they walk him? Who knows?”

After three days of traveling, Yorkie finally made it to South Florida.


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News dog: pups in the news

News dog: pups in the news

A little news roundup for Friday. I get lots of alerts about dogs, mostly Morkies, and come across stories I think you’d like. Let me know in the comments if you like this new feature.

Boo, World's Cutest Pup, Passes Away From 'Broken Heart'

Boo survived to be 12-years-old in human years – which would be 84 in ‘dog years’. Boo, and his friend Buddy (who passed away last year), became viral internet sensations when their owners created Instagram and Facebook accounts showcasing their adorable antics.

The news of his heartbreaking death was recently posted on Facebook – to his 16 million Facebook followers. The sweet and adorable Pomeranian passed away in his sleep due to heart issues – many assuming it was a ‘broken heart’ due to the loss of his companion last year.


Little girl's special bond with her Morkie gets the local shelter $5,000

A bond between a young girl and her newfound furry best friend has won Posh Pets Rescue, a nonprofit organization that runs the Long Beach animal shelter, a $5,000 grant.

Nassau County resident Sondra Toscano submitted the story of how her seven-year-old daughter Lydia fell in love with Venus, a Maltese-Yorkie mix, from Posh Pets, to the Petco Foundation’s sixth annual Holiday Wishes campaign, which awards grants to animal welfare organizations across the nation.


Carol and Gary Heiner, accompanied by their dog, Buddy, brought stuffed dogs to the children at Emporia Child Care. The couple take Buddy for walks regularly near the child care renter, and the children, Buddy and the Heiners have formed a bond.

“We have been walking him there for about a year and a half, two, three, five times a week sometimes depending on the weather,” Carol Heiner said. “During the summer when the weather is nice and the kids see us coming they start yelling, ‘puppy, puppy.’”

Thanks to their generosity, each child received a Christmas Buddy of their own. What a couple!

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Awwww! "Shower Time" for two Morkies. Thanks Giselle for sharing the great pic!

Awwww! “Shower Time” for two Morkies. Thanks Giselle for sharing the great pic!

Let’s play! Thanks for the picture of your little cutie Macie!  

How smart are dogs? Check this!

How smart are dogs? Check this!

The family Morkie ran away and it took their other dog, to find her!

One New Castle, PA family got a scare when their Morkie ran away from home. A friend was minding Coco, the Yorkie Maltese mix, when she took off.

Immediately, the whole family sprang into action, searching for the dog, posting flyers and circulating Coco’s picture on Facebook and other websites.

“Every time we’d see a white bag in a ditch, we’d think it was her,” they recalled. “It’s nothing but farmland out there and we couldn’t find any sign of her.”

Still, the family was encouraged by the number of people who helped search.

Yet, when Coco hadn’t been spotted by 4 p.m., they feared the worst for the small dog who never leaves the house unless she’s on a leash. That’s when they thought of including Molly in the search.

Enter Molly, a year old German Pointer, and the family’s other dog.

Although the dog wasn’t trained for any search and rescue operations or even hunting, Molly had been known to capture a possum or two on the family’s 10-acre property.

Molly was given a small piece of Coco’s dog blanket, telling her to “go find Coco.” She actually put her nose to the ground, and took off away from the trails used by four-wheelers toward the swamp.

“She started running in circles and there was Coco stuck in the mud, buried up to the top of her legs,” the family said. “I actually think Molly started digging her out because she was able to get out when she saw us.”

Checked out by her veterinarian, Coco suffered no injuries from her ordeal. And all of the burrs and mud were removed by her groomer.

“If it wasn’t for Molly, I don’t know what would have happened to Coco,” they agreed, adding that they may look into training for their “hero” to help her find other missing animals or people.

OK, just how smart ARE dogs??

They’re very, very smart, says Dr. Stanley Coren, an expert on animal intelligence, but smart in a different way than us.

In his book, The Intelligence of Dogs, Dr. Coren writes that dogs have three areas of intelligence:

  1. instinctive intelligence
  2. adaptive intelligence, and
  3. working and obedience intelligence.

Instinctive intelligence refers to a dog’s ability to perform the tasks it was bred for, such as herding, pointing, fetching, guarding, or supplying companionship.

Adaptive intelligence refers to a dog’s ability to solve problems on its own. In other words, the dog’s ability to independently problem solve and learn from previous experiences.

Working and obedience intelligence refers to a dog’s ability to learn from humans. How well does he do when taught by a human?

Purebred dogs have very different skills, depending on what they were bred to do.


Top 10 Smartest Breeds

Border Collie
German Shepherd Dog
Golden Retriever
Doberman Pinscher
Shetland Sheepdog
Labrador Retriever
Australian Cattle Dog

Bottom 10 Smartest Breeds

Basset Hound
Chow Chow
Afghan Hound

Are some breeds really “dumb”

If smart is defined as doing what the dog is taught, then a good argument can be made that the so-called super smart dogs, like German Shepherds, aren’t necessarily SMART, but they’re GOOD at doing what they’re told. “Dumb” may really be independence or stubbornness, even aloofness.

How smart are Morkies?

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.




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