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What do I do with my dog when I intend going on holiday next year? My yorkie is 1.3kg and a very loving, spoilt little dog. We have never been parted, I have a job that I only do part time from home, so going away on holiday, is of great concern to me. Do you do doggy-sitting or offer babysitting services? Any ideas?

We have a yorkie we bought here in the Cape a few months ago. She has a problem ear, it hangs lower than the other ear, and I have noticed a bad smell from that ear, what is the problem?

If you can not help me with a TEACUP sized pup, please refer me to a breeder who can�..

What do I do with my dog when I intend going on holiday next year? My yorkie is 1.3kg and a very loving, spoilt little dog. We have never been parted, I have a job that I only do part time from home, so going away on holiday, is of great concern to me. Do you do doggy-sitting or offer babysitting services? Any ideas?

Good day ! I find your site very informative and what to thank you as you have provided so many answers that i\'m sure peopl regularly ask, i just have one question to ask you as it is bugging me... i feed my yorkie Hills but i read on another website that yorkies have a longer life expectancy if fed home cooked food? is this true and if so what home cooked food do i feed my yorkie as i only want to give her the best hope you can reply and keep up the good work :) lauren

How old must a pup be before you can estimate its adult weight?

I am more than concerned over my yorkies teeth. The time they were sterilised my vet took out additional baby teeth. They were due for their annual inoculation and again they needed their teeth cleaned. Some teeth were also extracted, can you please advise if this is normal, or am I as the owner doing something wrong. They eat tinned food and at night eat normal dog cubes.

I have a small yorkie that I have had for about 6 years now. She is not spayed, could this be a problem to me in the future, I have read your article on sterilisation

I need advice on inoculating my puppy. I was told by the breeder to take it to the vet at 8 weeks of age for the first shot, and four weeks thereafter for the final shot. Is this correct, the time I bought my first yorkies, the first shot was done by the breeder and at 6 weeks. Your advice would be appreciated. Thanks John

To: mijoy@wam.co.za Sent: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 2:37 PM Subject: Chinchilla food Hi Joyce, I read on your website that you have contacts for proper Chinchilla food. I am buying Chinchilla Nature, but it is very hard to find or get someone for me to order it from the pet stores. We are living in Cape Town. Can you please help me? Also, we are looking for a black (male) Chinchilla. We have a 3 month Standard Royal Persian Angora female and would love to get her a friend. Do you have any babies available? I would really appreciate your help. Regards, Clarissa

Is a yorkie a suitable pet - dog for young children?

I am having a problem with my yorkie and my neighbour. My Husband won an overseas trip for the highest sales in the company. We went on our holiday last month and we have a charming little yorkie, Lady. Our neighbour, very kindly offered to look after Lady, as she has known her since a pup and always fusses over her, and Lady is more than at home with her. So I had no worries in that department. We have been home more than a week and Lady is still hankering after the neighbour, jumping up against the wall and yowling. How can I stop this behaviour? Why has she all of a sudden taken to my neighbour? I feel betrayed to say the least? What can I do?

Hi I have just bought an apartment about 108 sqm and I am dying to have a little dog. My routine is such that I am out at work 7am - 6pm Mon-Fri. Pls can you advise on the following concerns: 1. What kind of dogs are suitable for keeping in an apartment with a balcony but no garden? 2. If I should get one, what kind of training or preparation would I need to do to prepare the dog? Regards, Michelle Lee

I have three yorkies. ALL have totally different coat texture. The one is almost woolly and mats constantly, the other is a bit on the wiry side and does not grow properly, the third was has a silky smooth coat that is a pleasure. My yorkies were purchased from all different breeders. Any advice on how to cope with the not so easy coats??

Is a yorkie a suitable pet - dog for young children?

Hi Mijoy. I wonder if you could give me some advice please. I purchased a lovely little yorkie now 1.5kg from a breeder, we keep in contact and I always said to her, if she got a really small one I would be interested and now she has a tiny one. She has said he is now 6 weeks old, and will not weigh more than 800gms. I am just writing to you to ask if this is a good weight for a teacup. Much appreciated, thanks Anne.

Hi Joyce I just want to thank you for your total honesty with me regarding the Teacup Yorkie. My daughter of 17 years of age, has been after the tiniest of Yorkies possible, as her father has promised her a Yorkie for her 18th Birthday, coming up in January. Her friend has a yorkie and of course, now she is yorkie mad. My sister recently went overseas and brought her back the most fantastic outfits, but they are definitely too big for a teacup. We have made contact with a good few breeders, some maintain they do not breed the Teacup and we appreciate their honesty as well, but a couple of others, who claim they did made no mention of 24/7 care. No mention of it being a very hands on dog to rear and own. Nothing, all they were interested in was us coming to collect the pup. I have now realised that as a result of discussing the Teacup at length with yourself, that it is definitely not a suitable size for my daughter or our family. We travel extensively and a tiny scrap would not be at all suitable. Once again, thank you for advising me against a teacup � and keep up the good work. Sincerely yours, Beryl

Dear Mijoy A good few months ago I came to see you with my friend Sam who bought the most adorable tiny little yorkie from you. I watched this baby grow up and I fell in love. My 30th wedding anniversary was approaching, my husband said I could have a tiny yorkie. You at the time told me I would have a good wait, I was stupid and in a rush and phoned every breeder I could. I found a yorkie. The breeder told me she only got the very small one�s seldom, but she had one. We went to see the Breeder and my Husband was not prepared to commit and told the Breeder we would get back to her. He told me to be in no rush, and to contact you again. I was so stupid, I carried on and on until my Husband bought that tiny dog for me. Well I have had a party second to none with that pup. Sam would not bring her dog anywhere near me or my pup. I won�t tell you all the problems I have had with that pup. My Husband was not very happy and told me that he advised me against buying it. The Breeder was very co-operative in the beginning, but as time has gone by she has been less and less impressed with my constant phoning. I feel this woman should do something about this sickly pup she sold me for a fortune. Can you give me any advice what I could do � please I am really sorry I did not wait for a pup from you. Please help�. SK.

We live in Alberton and my niece has two yorkies of her own and we have two of our own. Both of hers are not sterilised and neither of mine are. I know this could cause a problem. We have had a litter from our two, but her female is very small and her male is huge. What would you advise? Do you think they could fight with each other? I am not quite sure how I should handle this. My niece will be gone for two years overseas on business and wants her dogs back on her return. The male is a year and the little female 18 months? I am so unsure what the right thing would be to do. Have you any ideas what would you suggest? Thanks E vZ

I am an elderly retired Lady and have recently lost my treasured yorkie of many, many years. I lost my husband last year and this year my yorkie. I live alone, in a townhouse complex, we are allowed a small dog. My family, (son and daughter) tell me I am now too old to take on another pup, and enforce this by saying they will not be in a position to take it over if I should pass on. I am pretty healthy. I can not imagine living out my life without a dog for companionship. Please advise. Many thanks. Beth L.

Hello. I am a mother of a 13 month old baby boy. He is crawling all over at present and trying to walk. My problem is I have a yorkie of four years of age, not big and not small in between. The yorkie was given to me by my husband when we got engaged. He has been with us since then, we take him on holidays, we take him out visiting, he has been a joy to own, but now, we have hit a problem. I love him to bits and don�t want to be one of those that has a child and ditches her dog. The last thing I would consider or want to do. The yorkie Josee, has taken to biting my child. He waits till he thinks we are not around, races out snaps at him and nips him and when he sees me or my Husband dashes under furniture we can not get him out from under, He is so good at this now, that it is almost a game. My son has all these little bite marks on his legs and arms. What can I do? I am not the most patient of people and this is getting to me. Thanks Esme.

I am 20 years of age. Have qualified in my chosen profession recently, and have got an apartment and am leaving home in the new year. The apartment I am renting has a fully enclosed garden. Totally private, there are upstairs units to mine, and the walls surrounding my garden are very high. There is brilliant security in my complex, etc. My problem, is my YORKIE, she is my life, I had a very bad horse riding accident, that left me in bed for quite a lengthy period of time, she lay by my side every single day. She was my 16th Birthday gift from my parents. She sleeps at night with me, has been by my side when I study. She goes in a carry bag with me most places, and now � that I am going off on my own, my mother has just informed me BB must stay with her.. I am shattered � I can not for a minute imagine life without my YORKIE. What do you suggest? How could my mother even consider taking my companion of four years from me like this. Please tell me what to do�.. You know how they get into your heart. I can not sleep at night thinking of the future, and possibly without my dog. Please��

Hi Joyce Remember me, I bought two yorkies from you over the years. Gypsey now 10 and Xana now 6. They are both a huge blessing in my life and my constant companions all these years. I received very bad news this last week, I have MS. This year was the last my Husband intended working, from 2010 we were to start travelling extensively. I was concerned for my dogs, as we have no children, and my dogs have been my children all these years. Prior to Gypsey and Xana, I had a 15 year old yorkie. I worried what would happen to my dogs, with us being away so often and for such long periods at a time. I was very unhappy with my Husbands yearning to travel so much, but accepted the fact that he has worked all his life, and now wants to start living his life, as he puts it. This diagnosis has changed all that. I just want to stay in my own nitch of the world and value what time I have, when I will not be in a wheelchair. IF I end up in a home or a wheelchair will you take my dogs? I am dreadfully unhappy and unsure of the future and what lies ahead, and uppermost in my thoughts are my YORKIES���

Could you please tell me what weight a teacup pup should weigh at 6 weeks of age?

I bought a very small yorkie pup that lasted a week, the Breeder would not even discuss the matter with us? Does this happen to you?

Are your Tcup dogs all a kg or under?

I have read your site and find you repeatedly mention the use of glucose with pups as being a bad idea - can you please elaborate?

How many pups are in your teacup dogs litters?

If I visit a kennel for a really small pup � future adult dog? How can I guarantee the pup they show me will be small?

I have been told by many Breeders that the very small yorkie is a runt and its life expectancy is far less than the normal yorkie. Is this your findings?

Do you mind the public viewing your dogs at anytime?

I have phoned just about every breeder in SA only to be told, there is no such thing as a Teacup or they have teacups at 600gms at 8 weeks of age. What is your take on this.

I would like to buy a pair of adult breeding TEACUP sized Yorkies?

Can you guarantee the size of a dog at 6 weeks of age?

I visited a Breeder recently and according to her, she only has Pocket sized dogs and only breeds Pocket sized dogs - can this be possible?

I recently purchased a very small yorkie pup, and was told by the Breeder it would not exceed 1.5kgs in weight as an adult. It now weighs 2.5kg at 4 months of age? It was very small when we bought him, why does this happen?

We have never owned a yorkie and would dearly love to purchase one, we want a small one as it must be a house pet, papers and looks are not important, possibly something that is not as good as it could be, that you would consider letting go at a much reduced price. Can you assist.

I would like to start breeding YORKIES and would be more interested in breeding the really small one's. Where can I buy quality breeding stock?

I have been told by many breeders that the tiny or smaller yorkie suffers with major ill health and does not have a good overall profile?

Last year I purchased a Miniature yorkie and am very disappointed my pup which I bought from an established breeder of a number of years has turned out to be 2.7kg in weight - I distinctly said I wanted a Miniature.

I recently made contact with a breeder who advertisied Teacup and Pocket yorkies, since the time I contacted her, she has continuously called me and has become quite irritating. She offered me a 500gm 8 week old pup, and said it was a teacup and would not exceed 1kg as adult, can you confirm that this pup at that weight, will indeed be a teacup.

I am looking for the yorkie that has the shorter coat, do you breed this type?

I purchased a yorkie pup (small size) from a breeder in the Pretoria area - I was referred to them by my friend who has a dog that came from that Kennel. My friends dog and mine are like chalk and cheese. Hers is stunning in everyway possible, mine is an absolute disaster. I am really an unhappy bunny.

A breeder told me to get an accurate future pups weight you double its weight at 10 weeks of age. Is this the case? They also mentioned the dogs ear size and small nose etc? Do you agree?

I travel 6 months of the year - mostly overseas to family and a lot of business is done overseas as well. I am considering buying a teacup as my constant companion, do you think this is the best sized yorkie for my needs.

I recently got married, Both my husband and I grew up in families that loved pets, and ideally we want to buy a yorkie and a fairly small one at that. It will be home during the day, we leave early morning and I am home by four and my Hubby 5:30. We will have the evenings and early mornings with the puppy and the weekends. We live in a cluster development.

My question refers to Chinchilla's. Is there a club of sorts in South Africa, and where can one get more information on them etc.

Is it the norm to put down a deposit, I see that is the only way you operate. Could you tell me why you do this.

Hi, if i put a deposit down for a teacup puppy, realistically speaking and from your own experience when can i expect one? (taking into account the number of people on the list and the likely hood of a teacup being born)

Hi. I would like to know at what age is a Yorkie fully grown?

Please help�. We have a property at the coast, and at every opportunity we go down. Our two yorkies, were full of sand fleas, last summer and the one ended up with a terrible allergic reaction � we use flea powder on a regular basis.

Do we have to sterilise both of our dogs, or if we just do the one is that sufficient, We have a male and female.

I want my Yorkie (on order) to be a Companion to me in every sense of the word. She must be with me all the time, work, church, shops. How do I train her to do this?

We have a very old yorkie and desperately would love another, is it wise at this stage to introduce a new pup?

My daughter will be going to Varsity from next year, but will still be living at home. She desperately wants a very tiny yorkie, the teacup, will this work, she obviously is going to spend a lot of time studying and she wants a little companion.

My mother frequently visits us with her "CANINE CHILDREN". They wee all over my home, and race around, pulling and tugging, totally out of control. Chew up my kids toys, I have got I hate her visiting. What would you do? I do not want to offend my Mom but my husband says this can not be allowed to continue. At least one item has to be replaced or repaired once the mob have left.

I took over my sisters three year old yorkie when she left the country a few months ago. This dog BABY as it is called, is very demanding, very cute, very spoilt. How do I change her behaviour? Her and I do not speak the same language when it comes to dogs.

We have the bigger sized yorkies, a five and eight year old, spayed, is it wise to bring in a very small sized yorkie, or could we, without a problem?

My Mom has a very old yorkie, 14 years, and my Mom is not at all well, what do we do with the dog, (we are not in a position to take it) when my Mom passes on.

My yorkie barks non-stop. Any suggestions on how to overcome this?

I have a 6 month old yorkie and the ears are staying down, what is the reason for this. My daughter has a yorkie as well, and hers are totally upright?

I have a well behaved, mature ten year old daughter, wanting a teacup yorkie, good idea?

Thank you for such an informative website. I am hoping you can give me some advice. I live at the coast and have been offered a tiny yorkie pup. The Breeder has three bitches and a stud. The one pup from the one female is extremely small. I have been offered this pup at a fairly good price in comparison to the going rate. She says however, that it is the first ever small pup, and she is not responsible for anything that is possibly wrong or could go wrong with it. She is also going on leave, and wants all the pups gone by the time they are six weeks old. I am nervous about that, as I am inexperienced rearing such a small pup. I am very tempted on one hand and very guarded on the other hand. Can you give me any advice. Cecilia.

My 7 month old pups jaw is incorrect. The lower jaw is considerably further back than the top jaw. Is this a problem.

If I find ticks on my pup, does this mean he will get Biliary?

I bought a small pup recently, and have had one problem after the other. I have literally spent thousands at the vet on this pup. The dog cost me thousands, and the Breeder is never available to discuss any of these problems with me. Last weekend we took a drive out to her place. According to the maid she was not home, but the cars were all there. What can I do, I am so nervous over this pup, please assist if you can. Sandra.

My Yorkie keeps on getting sick, some days it is worse than others. My vet tells me the Yorkie is prone to digestive problems, what can I do?

Do the Breeders have to abide by the ruling of tail docking? I am originally from overseas and my parents bred the yorkie. Now years later I have my own two yorkies and am looking for a third, but this tail is something I find awful. It makes the dog look totally out of proportion.

My girlfriends and I all own YORKIES, it is almost a competition to see who owns the smallest dog, I now want to purchase from you the TINIEST you possibly can give me. What are my chances and when will the dog be available. Female please. Tanya. Melrose.

I live on my own and my daughter recently got divorced, she has a yorkie and I have two of my own. My complex is over the top with rules and regulations and under no circumstances will they agree for me to take on my daughters dog. I know there is nothing you can do, but I am just writing about my frustrations, as her yorkie is very young, very well behaved and my one is already twelve years of age, You would think they would compromise.

My dog will note allow me to give him the medication from the vet, what do I do? It is in tablet form.

I purchased a pup for breeding purposes, he only has one testicle, the breeder concerned says I should just go ahead and use him, is this an accepted practice?

Is sterilisation of the pet I bought compulsory - I was told by the breeder it had to be spayed. I am now thinking of letting her have a litter. I did not buy her from you. Thanks.

We bought a pup with so many problems we do not know where to start? Can you give us any advice?

I have three yorkies. ALL have totally different coat texture. The one is almost woolly and mats constantly, the other is a bit on the wiry side and does not grow properly, the third was has a silky smooth coat that is a pleasure. My yorkies were purchased from all different breeders. Any advice on how to cope with the not so easy coats??

Can you stop a yorkie from biting children? I have an eight year old small yorkie. My husband and I do not intend having children of our own, and the yorkie is our child. My sister has two children, she has returned to SA from abroad. My yorkie bites her children all the time � have you any idea what I can do to stop this, or why it has even started in the first place. My dog is my child, I am not prepared to lock her away as my sister has suggested when they visit. Any suggestions please. Avril B.

I recently purchased a yorkie pup with a long tail. I was totally unaware that one could no longer dock their tails, the breeder who was a lady with just three yorkies said she just had not bothered to have it done. She also had not bothered to have them dewormed or inoculated. We purchased the pup, and took her to our vet, who immediately did all the necessary. He then informed us that they were no longer allowed to dock tails. However reading the pet columns I repeatedly see adverts for yorkies with docked tails? I am really confused. Could you give me your feelings on this please�. Do you dock your dogs tails and if so, does your vet do it. Look forward to your reply. Thanks Dee.

My son and his wife had split up and my son has returned home to us with two massive bull mastiffs. I am petrified my yorkie is going to be taken out.....

My yorkie - addicted to junk food. Please do not laugh. Pronutro and milk for breakfast, toast at tea time, biscuits Marie or Tennis as a snack. Toasted sammie for lunch, snacks mid afternoon, and chicken breasts diced up with a touch of gravy for dinner. My husband says I am nuts. I am killing my dog.

I recently purchased a yorkie pup with a long tail. I was totally unaware that one could no longer dock their tails, the breeder who was a lady with just three yorkies said she just had not bothered to have it done. She also had not bothered to have them dewormed or inoculated. We purchased the pup, and took her to our vet, who immediately did all the necessary. He then informed us that they were no longer allowed to dock tails. However reading the pet columns I repeatedly see adverts for yorkies with docked tails? I am really confused. Could you give me your feelings on this please�. Do you dock your dogs tails and if so, does your vet do it. Look forward to your reply. Thanks Dee.

I have a yorkie neutered male now everyone is telling me I have to get a bitch and spay her, two males is a No-No?

WE live in a suburb of Johannesburg. Is it necessary to constantly, treat our pets for ticks and fleas? We have not had a problem for quite sometime. We have cats, two yorkies and a Labrador. Thanks Jane. Northcliff

I am not sure if I want to spay my Yorkie or not, my mother has a spayed maltese which is very fat after her spay - you advocate spaying and neutering - will my dog get fat? Thx Jill.

Will my dogs temperament change once is has been spayed?

Will my dogs temperament change once is has been spayed?

We live in an area where crime is on the increase. I have two little yorkies, but my husband now feels the need for watch dogs? Will my yorkies be okay with large breed dogs? I am petrified something goes wrong.

We live in an area where crime is on the increase. I have two little yorkies, but my husband now feels the need for watch dogs? Will my yorkies be okay with large breed dogs? I am petrified something goes wrong.

I found this very interesting. We have just moved into our home, high walls, good security, etc and now we decided on getting pets, a cat and dog. We wanted pedigreed, if you are going to own an animals, buy the best. We made enquiries about cats and found a Breeder that was more than happy to show us her kittens available. On arrival we were showed adult cats, we could look but not touch, kittens we could also look but not touch. We chose a particular kitten and then our hands were sprayed, left to dry and then the kitten was handed to us. We were asked not to put it anywhere near our clothing. We found this a bit over the top, but could see just how fussy this breeder was. We purchased that kitten after signing a contract with the Breeder, and the kitten being sterilised prior to us obtaining it. The reason I am writing to you, your website makes mention of signing a contract when purchasing a pup. I have only come across your website now, that we have purchased our yorkie, and I am a regular visitor. The difference between the cat breeder and the dog breeders we visited was chalk and cheese. We went to three yorkie breeders. The first one we could do as we liked, pick up pups, view adult dogs, which I must be honest, were not in the most hygienic conditions. So we left. Yorkie breeder number two, at any cost wanted a sale, and was down right pushy to say the least. My Husband was very put off, and we left. Number three � we purchased our pup, once again, we could do exactly as we pleased. The only thing that was of concern, she had a female on heat, and two studs were trying to cover her at the same time - the breeders answer � �It happens all the time� ??? her pups were in very nice condition, in general her dogs were healthy, and my only concern was if I would have the correct father listed on my papers, I would get at a later stage. The dog is only a pet, and will be spayed when the time comes, but I am quite sure, one should monitor who sires your pups? None of these breeders enquired what our purpose was on wanting a yorkie pup � to have pups, as a pet? None of the three. None were fussy about handling the pups etc. We will be getting another yorkie down the line, and would like to approach Breeders with ethics like the cat breeder of our Persian. Can you give me guidance about this � we will be considering another dog in about 6 months time. Thx Belinda E.

Hello. I am a teenager of 18 years of age. I am at college at the moment, and worked part-time for pocket money etc. My parents divorced three years back and my Mom has since married � someone with two children that are brats. I was very close to my Dad and he bought me a little yorkie as a gift at the time of the divorce, that I would always have this dog with me, and that would remind me of him, and that he would always be there for me. All was perfect until my mother met my step-father. IT was not a problem in the beginning, his children lived miles away from us. They then moved and came to live closeby. They are not permanently here, but most weekends, as their mom works weekends. The problem first started a few months back, when I came back from work my yorkie had a sore leg. She could not use the leg, and I took her to the vet. He thought she had possibly jumped from a chair and hurt her leg. The next weekend I came back from my part-time work and my yorkie had pieces of fur that had been cut off and glue in her coat. I was so upset. I went and complained to my Mom. She in turn complained to my step-father and then the fights began. My Mom sticking up for me and my step-dad for his kids. I started locking my bedroom door when I went out, and of course my yorkie would mess. This upset the step-father and I was told to leave the yorkie out of my room. I told him he then must not have his kids anywhere near my dog. This started a huge fight and he suggested I get rid of my dog. I then spoke to my Dad who offered that I live with him. His new wife said NO, I was at the age where kids took drugs and drank alcohol and that was definitely not going to become a problem for her. My Dad tried to defend me saying that was not the case but then she said, why was I locking my bedroom door? I have since stopped working � have no pocket money, because I would rather be home for my yorkie than have those kids hurt her. Please print my letter. I just want my parents to see, that I will do anything to keep my dog safe, I am not a kid that drinks or parties it up. All I want is a happy home life and a happy yorkie.

HI Mijoy I had a bad experience recently. I purchased a yorkie pup from a breeder, the pup was eight weeks of age, and not inoculated. I took the pup to my vet who then checked her over, did the inoculation, deworming etc. The pup was fine. A few days later, I had a sick pup on my hands. I was back at the vet and from the symptoms he advised me he thought she had cat flu. Cat flu � otherwise known as Parvo virus. I did not understand the implication of this and he then explained briefly to me, that he doubted whether the yorkie would make it. She was put on a drip and passed away the following day. I contacted the Breeder who assured me he had never had a problem like this in his life, and he was very sorry, but he had sold me a perfectly healthy pup. Could you give me any idea how this has happened? I do understand how the Breeder feels he did sell me a perfectly healthy pup. I am not sure what to do now, the vet says it is airborne and could cause me a problem in the near future if I decide to buy another young pup. Have you any idea what he is talking about and what are the implications of buying a young pup in the near future. Thank you Melanie S

My Husband and I lived quite happily alone, until the day his daughter moved in � yorkie and all. This dog is her shadow, and follows her but everywhere. The problem, he lifts his leg everywhere, he is not neutered. The more I complain, the more the daughter lets the dog, follow her.. My Husband owns his own Company and we do a considerable amount of entertaining. I have made our home a showpiece, and rarely is anything out of place. We get a lot of overseas visitors from other Companies, and we offer them accommodation while in SA. This of course was never a problem till the daughter and dog moved in. Can this dog be trained to behave better? My Husband, as a father obviously does not want to rock the boat and upset his daughter. I need to know how we can overcome this bad habit. My vet suggested some product, you can spray everywhere, but that has definitely not been useful. No improvement. Thanks D. L.

Hi Joyce I hope you can advise me. We are farmers. We have two rather small yorkies, we bought from the same breeder, a year apart. The one has been fine, no problems, but the other one, gets sick at the drop of a hat. We live quite a distance out of town, and to get to my vet takes me 45 minutes. The vet I use does a lot of farm animals and is more a large animal vet, than the normal dog and cat vet. I am really in a difficult situation, he does not seem to know what to do with Minnie. Minnie sees him at least once a month but on average twice a month. He gives her antibiotics everytime. She has a very sensitive stomach and brings up regularly. We used to travel with both dogs quite a lot, but the last few months the minute Minnie goes in the car she gets car sick. She was fine before. If I want to see a cat and dog vet it will take me another 30 minutes from the other vets place to reach him. I can not imagine it is healthy for Minnie to have all these meds, and sometimes twice a month. She eats well when on the meds, and once they are finished for a day or so she is back to bad eating, runny tummy and throwing up. Is this common in the smaller dogs. What would you suggest I could try. Thx T.

Hello. We have placed an order for a yorkie, with the same breeder we bought our ten year old yorkie from. I have just one thing I am concerned about. I have been faxed the diet for the new pup who will be available the end of this month. We also got a diet sheet when we purchased Bengie, our ten year old from this breeder. The problem I had at that stage was that he refused to eat my cooked food, and ended up on a drip at the vet, with dehydration. It did not matter what I offered him, he refused to eat. It took me a good three weeks before he was eating normal dog food and eating properly. I am really concerned that I will go down the same path again. I have discussed it with the Breeder and he is not at all happy about me complaining about his cooked food, and says his dogs are far better off with home made meals, than commercial dog food. Any suggestions? Why would he not eat my cooked food?

Hello to you at Mijoy. I have a rather sad story. We have a precious yorkie girl small, but not tiny, I guess maybe 1.8kg. A real little fatty. She has been part of our lives for a good few years. I recently have gone back to work. My husband has taken a job overseas, he was retrenched here, and the only work he could find at the time was overseas. He is here for two weeks and there for two months. Not nice way to live. I just had too much time on my hands and felt very down, so work was the solution. My daughter of 16 is home a lot after school and does have the odd friend around. Two months back, I got a phone call from my daughter saying the yorkie had been hurt. She would say no more, but that the neighbour would take her to the vet with Miss York as we call her. I left work and went to the vet, knowing it had to be pretty serious for my daughter to ask the neighbour for assistance. I found my yorkie unconscious in a kennel in the vets hospital. My daughter�s friend had picked her up and stupidly thrown her up into the air, and failed to catch her. Seemingly she often did this to Miss York. I asked my daughter why she had never stopped her and she said no one tells Debbie what to do�.. well I could have murdered Debbie. My yorkie was unconscious for most of the following day and then gradually came out of the coma. Very obviously brain damaged. I cried for days, my happy go lucky, bundle of life, was a dead pan face, the light had gone out, no one was home. She does not respond to her name, you have to hand feed her. She sits around, and walks minimally around, lying down and looking into space most of the day. I can not bare to see that girl anywhere near my home. What on earth possessed her to be so irresponsible? My life I feel is beyond repair right now. Husband overseas, daughter alienated from her best friend because of me and Miss York, a brain damaged little dog. I am really at a loss to know what to do. I have considered giving up work, but then I will be more unhappy than before, because I will have to nurse a little dog, that I barely know anymore, and who most certainly does not know me. My Husband has suggested to let her go and get another baby. I can�t not now, and if I put her to sleep. I doubt whether I will ever get another puppy. If you were my friend and knew me personally, what would you advise me to do? Each day the pain gets worse instead of better. Thanks for your help. Edna.

HI Joyce Me again. Sorry to do this to you, but I feel embarrassed calling you so often, so here is a mail for a change. As you know I am wanting one of these really tiny babies of yours, but just can not imagine having to wait a few months. I have phoned around and then came across a Lady carrying a very cute Yorkie in the shopping centre. It was only 8 weeks old and not particularly tiny, but I spoke to her and she told me the breeder of hers, has the very tiny pups. I could not believe my ears, took the number, went and sat at the Coffee bar and made the call. I was very impressed with what I heard on the other side of the phone. The Breeder had three real small babies, and said she would only keep them or one of them for me with a deposit. The pups were two days old. All three in the same litter. Mother was small and dad as well. Previous litter pups were small so these had to be small ringing in my head. I went to see the pups, and they are indeed small, how small I would not know. The parents are reasonably small, and she showed me a male from the previous mating, that is now 8 months old, he is small, but not that small. . The Breeder went onto mention about at this age you double the weight, and then the alarm bells started ringing in my head. I have read your website time and time again, as I really want a very small yorkie, but having read your site so often, it has wizened me to the fact that there are Breeders out there that will say anything to sell a pup. I thought her wanting a deposit at birth on a pup somewhat ridiculous. She also mentioned she could guarantee they would be small pups, but reading your site you say it all totally differently. Do you think I am wrong in not putting down a deposit the day the pup is born or shortly thereafter, or is that an acceptable practice by breeders? I can not tell you just how frustrated this has made me. Best wishes Susanne A.

Dear Mijoy I am 60 years of age. I had a yorkie as a child. I had two when I was first married, they passed on after a good few years and I have had NO dogs for the last 26 years. I am retiring now, after working for many years. I lost my husband five years ago. I have decided to buy myself a yorkie again. I was shocked at the prices they sell for these days. I was also shocked at the veterinary fees. I went to see some Breeders, but was not overly impressed. What is the acceptable price for a yorkie today? The prices I have been quoted, it is more like buying an investment than a pup. Are they all so pricey? I was hoping for something around R1 500-00. Look forward to your response. Regards L D Smythe

Comments: Good day Joyce, I just wanted to say hi and to comment on your lovely website! I have been a yorkie owner now for nearly 22 years! - starting out as a student working just to buy my very first little girl. She was a real tiny one - weighed only 920 gr and lived to be 13years old. Since then I have always had at least 2 yorkies, but never managed to find such a little one again. Last year I was very fortunate and bought a little girl who now weighs 880 gr ( 15 months ). Minki - is a real Flerrie and the love of our lives! She is lively, spunky and has everyone wrapped around that little body. I laugh when read about your precautions with such little ones as I am a real pain with mine as well. Nobody are allowed wearing shoes near them when they are so small and I have yorkie proofed all stairs and possible dangerous areas! Thank you again for all the info and I would love to come and see your yorkies in real life. Greetings D Steenkamp

Dear Joyce I have been watching your site for a good while now, reason being, I want to give my Mom a pup for her next birthday. We lost my Dad two years ago, and it has been very difficult for both her and myself. I am an only daughter, single, no children. I live in close proximity to my Mom who is now 69. I want the pup for her 70th. She is in excellent health, and had a parrot till recently. Polly died in Feb last year, and was with my Mom for 45years. We always had dogs, but they were the large variety and slept in kennels outside. We did have a very old stray Maltese, that was in the house at some stage but she passed on shortly after we found her. I think you will be honest with me, about whether this is a good idea or not. What size would be most suitable for my Mom? We have a shopping centre down the road, and this has been wonderful for my Mom, she can go whenever she likes, no need to go by car. I think a companion yorkie would make her life. She is so lonely. Please give me your views on this. I look forward to hearing from you and have a wonderful day. Kind regards S J V.

Toilet training my dog. I have three yorkies, and two are fine with the toilet story, but one not that good. The two go outside, but the smallest just puddles anywhere. She does the main story outside, but the puddles, all over. How can I train her? I am not very good with the getting up in the night story and I think that is where I hit a problem with her. Thanks P.A.

I recently took over some breeding Yorkies from a friend of mine who is moving to London. She has bred the dogs for about six years now, and they range in age from one year to 7 years. My concern, is they are all so timid, and scared, that I am finding it very hard to get them to trust me and my family. They all hide away in the garden. She had them in kennels, I would love them to be house dogs, but I think I am going to have a problem with that. They are very scared and we live on a busy road, and the odd truck noise and they bolt and shiver and shake. If I pick them up and take them into the house, they wet themselves. I am beginning to think I have made a huge mistake. My Husband says to give them time, but how long should it take? They have been here almost two months with no change in their temperament. I am also concerned for their safety, they attempt to dig their way out at every opportunity. Please give me some advice? Sincerely yours, Rowena.

Comments: I am looking for a female pup. Must weigh about 2.5-3kg when fully grown. I do have a pocketsize female(1.2kg) at present. she is 7 years old and lovely.But one yorkie is never enough!!!! Regards

What can we do? My Mom recently bought a yorkie pup from a breeder in Gauteng. I myself have two of your dogs, that are now going on 4 and 6 years of age. They are well and truly my life, I work from home, my kids are grown up so they are my children. My mom wanted a yorkie for a long time now, but kept complaining the prices were high. She went to see some breeders but did not want to pay their asking price. I was quite embarrassed when she started bargaining with one breeder in particular, and we were actually almost thrown out of her place. My mother reckons, the dog will have a wonderful life with her, and so she should be almost given the dog for nothing. Total embarrassment to me. She had an accident and her car was out of action so I was the taxi driver recently on her visits to Breeders. One breeder in particular had a reject pup, small but had a problem with her jaw. My Mom of course jumped at the chance, a small yorkie, cheap, problem jaw � How bad can it be???? So off we went. The little pup, and it was little was brought to my MOM, she was very cute, but the jaw to my mind was a massive problem, It had been damaged as far as I was concerned. The mouth sort of hung open on the one side. I asked what had happened to the dog, and the Breeder said, well the Females had pups and both got into a fight in the box where the one�s pups were and that particular pup got hurt. My mother of course jumped at this pup, the Breeder of course encouraging her at every turn, because if the pup was sold, it would no longer be her problem. She told my Mom she syringe fed her four times a day, she found it hard to lap. We bought the pup and headed home. My Mom got out the puppy food, the pup was ravenous, it was quite obvious but simply could not eat. The rest of that day, the pup tried continually to eat with no luck. Come two the next morning, my Mom who was now out of her mind with worry, calls me and we head for the emergency clinic. The vet on duty is shocked to see the pups mouth, he takes an x-ray and shows us what the jaw looks like, it is actually in pieces, there is a jagged piece of bone that is protruding into the jaw under the tongue. No wonder the dog can not eat. He also remarks on the size of the dog, and my Mom of course says, well that is why she bought her, because she is a small dog. The vet comments, the reason she is small is she has not been able to feed, and is actually malnourished. My Mom of course is now emotionally involved with this pup, and has been to the specialists about operating. Firstly she is not physically able to withstand an anaesthetic until such times as she has at least doubled her weight. So she is being tube fed, every so often in the clinic, by a veterinary nurse. She will remain in the clinic until her weight has been reached, and they feel she is stable enough to undergo surgery at which time they will do their best to repair her jaw. The Surgeon has advised that the jaw will never be anywhere near perfect, it is too badly damaged, and has been left too long without being repaired, and the fact that the dogs physical health is not good, it will be even longer before anything can be done to repair it. The worst of all, she is so undernourished that her size is not her true size at all, she will be a much bigger dog. NOW there the Breeder lied to us. So the moral of the story is be aware of these cheap dogs. The price my Mom has been quoted to have this pups jaw repaired, and all the hospitalization that is going to go with the treatment and op etc, she is looking at this pup having cost her R12 000-00 to R15 000-00. We will not even consider the possibility of the pup not surviving the op, and all that money down the drain�.. How can a breeder consider selling a pup with a problem like this at a reduced price? Does she have no feelings? What can we do? Thanks for your help. DKD

Hi Joyce I receive your Newsletter monthly which I must thank you for. I do not own a Mijoy yorkie although I am sure I will in the future. I contacted you before about a problem I had with my one yorkie, and you very kindly assisted me with that. I received one of your Newlsetters advising people to be aware that Yorkies can fight and can actually kill or seriously injur each other. I remember thinking how awful, and I never thought of it again, until this weekend. My Husband and I had some of his work colleagues around for a get together, year end, braai, celebration and my dogs who are always free to run all over, were closed up in my room. I checked on them periodically and as the time went by they started getting more and more agitated as they are not used to being kept locked up. I was scared to let them run free, especially as it was getting dark and some of the guys, as is common on these occasions had maybe one too many, I did not want my dogs picked up. I fed them their normal Royal Canin Yorkie for dinner, I waited till that was all eaten. I then left and went back to my guests. I noticed my Husband giving me a look, as if to say WE HAVE GUESTS � the dogs are fine. So I felt guilty and left the dogs for an extended period � more so than I usually would. The people were dancing, the music loud, and the people in high spirits. They all started leaving and I was more than happy and as the last people waved their goodbye�s I rushed into my dogs. My blood ran cold, as I noticed my smallest of them all, lying on the floor, blood everywhere. She was still alive, her eyes wide open, but in obvious shock. I picked her up rushing to find my Husband. We were at the Emergency Vet in next to no time. She was treated for shock, and her hind legs, bitten really badly. She had been bitten all over in so many places, I could not believe it. As time went by her one eye was swollen closed. She could not stand. It was a really terrifying experience for me. She was my first and oldest yorkies, and is eleven years old. The vet said she would be fine, but it would take time, her bites were really extensive. He explained, that all it takes is one dog to start and then they all join in and they get almost HIGH so much so that they do not comprehend what they are doing � they get caught up in the moment. All I can say, is I did not believe my dogs capable of the injury they caused my little girl. She can not walk and I actually hold her and sort of prop her up to be able to relieve herself. The vet advised me to reintroduce her to the rest and scold them for their action, but to keep her away unless I was there with her. I will have to invest in pens now, I will never trust my dogs, to leave them all together again. I am just sorry now that I did not take your warning seriously. Thanks for the newsletters and the effort you go to for people like myself � even if we do not heed your warnings, I at least know that this happens, and it is not that I have a bad lot, but that it is normal for Yorkies in numbers to behave like this. Much appreciated. Seasons greetings to you � your family and your adored collection of animals. Warm regards Maureen L.

Dressing up your yorkies? My name is Gina and we are from overseas. We are here temporarily for two years while my Husband sorts out business deals. Overseas it is the IN thing to dress up your dogs. My dogs have more clothes than I have. I have had the two girls, as I call them, for the last three years. They have been dressed up since day one. My problem � here I do not see dogs dressed at all. I hardly see any dogs out and about. Could you tell me do you dress your dogs? My vet and I had a huge argument over this last week, and I ended up storming from the rooms. My one girl has developed a very itchy, skin and sometimes she scratches badly. The vet says because she is hot and I am trying to make her a child when she is actually a dog. What do you think?

Hi Joyce I spoke to you maybe 5 years ago, about buying one of your really tiny dogs. My cousin, has a really cute one from you, which she treats like a child. I think her kids which are 15 and 19 think the dog is better treated than they are. At the time we spoke, you advised me not to buy a teacup or pocket, that I did not have the lifestyle required. Fate stepped in and I met a Lady in our church, that breeds Yorkies, and I noticed her advertising pups on the notice board. I bought my little girl from her, she is not that small over 2kgs somewhere. I then took this dog back to her for mating, (I was stupid � I realise it now). She at that stage had the tiniest little yorkie pup, which I purchased for R------- . Originally she was fine, but then started having the odd problem. She has been diagnosed with a stomach disorder of sorts. She is not a healthy dog, she is extremely frail and if I do not constantly watch her, I have problems with her. She is definitely more than a handful. My own girl I mated, had three pups by Caesar. She was spayed at the same time. The pups, I kept them all. I am now getting divorced, my finances will be under pressure. Do you possibly have buyers for me for my yorkies? Sadly they have all cost me quite a bit of money, which I need to get back. I definitely need a very good home for the tiniest one, she needs around the clock care, which I can not give her now. I know you do rescue, is there anyway you can take these dogs, and sell them for me? I would be in your debt if you could help me out. Many thanks.

Dear Mijoy URGENTLY LOOKING TO BUY QUALITY SMALL YORKIE FEMALE PUP. I cannot believe what has just happened to me. My daughter turns 21 on Saturday, (this Saturday) We have two aging Yorkies, which she absolutely adores. She has mentioned to me she would love her very own Yorkie one day. She has been a wonderful child, matriculated with distinctions, has just completed advanced education and passed with flying colours. She will now work with my Husband in one of his divisions at work, and of course she would be able to take a YORKIE to work, being the Boss�s daughter. I have been planning this for over a year. I contacted a large Breeder, and went out to meet with her this time last year. She showed me around, and told me she would definitely be in a position to assist me, as she had a lot of pups regularly for sale. My husband was put off by the lots of pups story, but I continued to work with this breeder, calling often, to remind her, and she had not forgotten me. I phoned her in September and she advised me to see her in October to choose a pup. I went round with my other younger daughter, There were four litters of older pups, and two newborn litters. There was one pup in particular that appealed to me, she thought that one was sold. I then noticed a younger, pup very pretty, there were two pups in that litter. The small one and a bigger one. I asked her if I could take the smaller one. Not a problem at all, I could collect her the Friday, being tomorrow. We went to see the pup at the beginning of this month. We agreed on a price, and I offered to pay her for the pup. I could pay on collection. I said to her to please take a deposit � no she did not want a deposit. I could collect the pup on the 27th. I was rather surprised because when we first spoke last year, she told me she needed a deposit to secure. I called yesterday, and the phone went unanswered. I used my Husbands phone and she picked up. Told me she had been offered more for the pup and was selling it to someone else. I could not believe my ears. I said well let me match the price, it is my dog for my daughter. She would not hear of it. I asked if she had any other suitable pups, she had pups but they were considerably bigger than that one. My Husband Frank, and I decided to pay her a visit, to see if we could not bargain for the dog. On our arrival, her gardener was busy in the garden, and he immediately recognised me. I had remarked to him, what a good person he was handling the dogs at my last visit. I asked him if ---- was in, she was out. I asked if at all possible I could see the pups. He had no problem with that, and showed me into the puppy room. LOADS of puppies, I was shocked. I asked where my baby was, thinking he may not have known of the situation that developed and once I had the dog in hand, could then bargain with the Breeder. He looked most surprised and said that dog was long gone, the weekend before last????? The litter sister however was still there, and she was indeed a big puppy. We looked at the other pups, nothing was what I had in mind for my daughter and we left. We were in the car going down the road when we noticed her pull into her driveway. We went back and challenged her, all she said was sorry. Surely if you decide to sell the pup for more money, you have the common courtesy to advise the person. I know you can not help me, but can you recommend some Breeders, I got no sympathy from Frank, he said in the beginning not to do business with this Breeder. I have exactly two days to find the perfect pup. Outrageous to think I planned this from November 2008. I would appreciate your recommendation of good breeders. I was told to look in the newspaper but a friend of mine bought from the newspaper and the pup died shortly thereafter. PLEASE I need your help. Many thanks Alicia

Mijoy I was referred to you by my vet. I bought a yorkie two weeks ago. I am totally unfamiliar with the breed. I have had the Min Pins in the past and still have a really old girl. I phoned around at the time I was looking for a pup, and found one, down country. I collected the pup. The Breeder gave me no info sheet, no diet sheet, NOTHING. I told her I was not familiar with yorkies and could she please help me. She said they were very easy dogs, never problematic, and to feed them table scraps with the odd doggy biscuit. Her dogs she fed mielie meal, it was in the bowls with gravy and some dog chunks on the top. They all seemed in good health, their fur was cut off to the skin. So not much to see from that point of view. I really wish I had done my homework. I now see from searching the net, that my dog is actually a poor quality yorkie. I did not pay that much, and my vet was more than surprised I had bought a yorkie when visiting him last week. The pup would not eat, was dehydrated and after three days in the clinic I finally got her home. She also has a problem with her one hind leg, she has sustained an injury of sorts, and the leg has been broken, and not set properly. Health wise, she is much better now, but a real scruffy little dog. She had bad fleas, bad worms, and was not bathed. My husband of course told me I should have left without purchasing a puppy, and I really should have, but she kept telling me, she wanted them sold, they were about to go on leave, and if they were not gone by then, the maid would have to take care of them. I just thought I would write to you and ask you to put this letter on your site. The public are really taken for rides, especially if you are not clued up on the yorkie. I would rather have paid double and bought a quality dog, than have bought the pup I have. She is a dear little thing, but is not going to be a stunning dog by any manner. Her leg, well the breeder maintains that must have happened while I have had her. She just did not do much walking when I went to see her, and she also was very timid and nervy the first few days, so I never noticed a problem with her leg, she was hiding away most of the time. The leg was x-rayed and it is an old injury. My Husband is livid, but there is not much I can do about it. I bought a PUP as they say. The Breeder of course was saying if the dog had a problem I would have complained the first day, my husband reported her to the authorities and they came back to us, saying they had no problem, with the dogs, their accommodation or their condition, or feeding and there were no puppies. My poor dog is the one now that suffers. She will limp the rest of her life. IGNORANCE is no excuse, I am cross with myself that I was taken like I was, I am normally wide awake when purchasing anything, but knowing nothing about the breed, I was really taken for a ride. PUBLIC do your homework. If I had done mine I would have walked away and reported the back yard breeder instead of buying the pup and landing myself with expensive vet bills. Thanks for this opportunity of airing my views. Continue your good work. Thanks Yvonne -

To: mijoy@wam.co.za Sent: Wednesday, December 02, 2009 10:33 AM Subject: Yorkie Good day I bought a Yorkie the other day from a lady in Rustenburg. She advertised in the Rustenburg Herald that she had a Yorkie for sale, but the female is pregnant. For R1600. We took her to the vet - Dr Bailey in Centurion, and she told us that this dog wasn't in a good condition, although she is pregnant. The lady in Rustenburg now just disappear, and we can't get any information from her, we don't even know if the dog is registered. According to her the female got pregnant between the 3 - 5 October. When will the babies then be due? This last few days my yorkie just don't want to eat. I tried everything, but don't give her food from the table. I bought special food from Dr. Bailey just for pregnant dogs, to help them with that extra vitamins. How will I know if she is ready to give birth. It is the first time I have my own dog, and I'm not sure how to handle this new babies and birth. Can you please perhaps give me a little more advise on this situation? Regards D.VR

Hi Joyce Thanks for your help once again. You are welcome to put this on your site, but please remove all names etc. I went back to the Breeder of my first pup, and she maintains my second Pup picked up all the stomach problems from my first pup. She does nothing but blame the other Breeder. The Breeder of my second pup is so upset over this and wants to take action against the first breeder, this Lady is actually very nice and most helpful. I am beginning to wish I never met the first breeder. Just to say, the pups are both on the mend, and I am well and truly grateful for your assistance and referring me in the right direction. Have a wonderful Festive Season. Best Wishes to you and all your family and pets. L S

Hello I would like you to put this mail on your site please. I would like my parents to view your opinion on this subject, hopefully you agree with me, even if you do not, at least I have tried. I am a student, I am going into my third year at Varsity. I go to lectures some days and the balance of the time, I am home swotting. My Gran also lives with us, and we all take turns during the day to care for her. We read to her and take her for walks etc in the garden, she has lost her site so life is not very easy on her. My father promised me a Yorkie for my birthday this year if I excelled in my First year exams, which I did. I continued to have good results this entire year, and in October I received my long awaited yorkie pup. She is the love of my life, I can not imagine life without her, and there is not a minute in the day that does not pass, that I think of her. She is my constant companion. She is now coming up for five months old. My problem which I am hoping you can assist me with, MY PARENTS�.. they have planned for us to go on holiday just before Christmas and stay into the new year. My Gran and her helper will also come along. My parents have planned for us to go to our Holiday home at the coast, BUT, and this may sound silly and childish to people, my pup must stay home. Why? We will all be busy enjoying ourselves, and swimming, and braaiing etc, and looking after our Gran and we all will not have time to watch a puppy. The puppy must stay behind, my cousin will pop in daily after work and the maid will be there all the time. The maid � same maid, did a duck last year for four days over Christmas, and that worries me because what if she does it again, or leaves the gate open or the door? We live in a cluster development with guards etc, but still, the dog could be stolen by a visitor, or do you think I am being silly? My mother made enquiries a few weeks ago about the pup going to the boarding kennel and they refused her because she is pretty small. I would rather stay home than go on holiday, if my yorkie is to stay behind. My mother tells me I am an ungrateful spoilt brat for even mentioning this. What would you say if you were my mother and I your daughter in this position? I am hoping you are on my side. Hoping for good news. Cheryl G.

I have a yorkie of six months of age. I bought her at two months old. She was sent with her diet sheet. I have had problems with her stomach, it is never solid. I have tried everything on the diet sheet, and the Breeder can not understand what I am doing wrong because I have this sticky bum with her all the time, and she drags her rear end all over. Is this a sign of worms? The diet consists of mieliepap or pronutro with puppy milk for breakfast. A meat bone at mid morning. Chicken and veg for lunch, a chew mid afternoon, and a cooked meal of mince and rice for dinner. Puppy milk before bedtime. Your help please.

How do I know if my dog has worms? Can my child get worms from my yorkies?

HI Joyce Me again. Sorry to do this to you, but I feel embarrassed calling you so often, so here is a mail for a change. As you know I am wanting one of these really tiny babies of yours, but just can not imagine having to wait a few months. I have phoned around and then came across a Lady carrying a very cute Yorkie in the shopping centre. It was only 8 weeks old and not particularly tiny, but I spoke to her and she told me the breeder of hers, has the very tiny pups. I could not believe my ears, took the number, went and sat at the Coffee bar and made the call. I was very impressed with what I heard on the other side of the phone. The Breeder had three real small babies, and said she would only keep them or one of them for me with a deposit. The pups were two days old. All three in the same litter. Mother was small and dad as well. Previous litter pups were small so these had to be small. went to see the pups, and they are indeed small, how small I would not know. The parents are reasonably small, and she showed me a male from the previous mating, that is now 8 months old, he is small, but not that small. . The Breeder went onto mention about at this age you double the weight, and then the alarm bells started ringing in my head. I have read your website time and time again, as I really want a very small yorkie, but having read your site so often, it has wizened me to the fact that there are Breeders out there that will say anything to sell a pup. I thought her wanting a deposit at birth on a pup somewhat ridiculous. She also mentioned she could guarantee they would be small pups, but reading your site you say it all totally differently. Do you think I am wrong in not putting down a deposit the day the pup is born or shortly thereafter, or is that an acceptable practice by breeders? I can not tell you just how frustrated this has made me. Best wishes Susanne A.

Hi Joyce I have been looking at your website for a good while now. I must congratulate you on your site, yorkies are your passion, and the effort and lengths you go to in assisting others and passing on info to help others, is greatly appreciated. I belong to a book club, and we meet every second week. There are about 18 of us most meetings, and a lot of those Ladies have yorkies. I have a yorkie of 13 years of age, and will definitely contact you once she has passed. She has been my only baby now for so many years, my other yorkie died years ago, and at that stage I was nursing my elderly mother, and a pup was the last thing on my mind. I feel now it would be most unfair to bring in another pup when Milady is in her senior years. She has been a very healthy little dog, more than can be said for the other little one. There was not a month passed but that dog from day one was at the vet. I can not imagine, what that cost me in vets bills for her. She was a very small yorkie, and the Breeder was very unconcerned about all the ill health I had suffered over the years with her. She still breeds today, and I thought I would contact her again, and mention I would be on the market for a yorkie sometime in the future � in my madness, I thought considering the pup from her had been at the vet since the day I bought it, she may consider reducing the price on another, well � bad idea. The pups of hers are now more expensive, really pricey, the small sized one�s have no guarantees, she says as you take the dog from her hand, it becomes your responsibility. She has got it so far, how much further you get it is your own business. She says all the public want is the smallest dog, and they all have problems. I am actually quite shocked at her attitude. Why I am writing to you, and explaining all this to you, the one Book Club member has a sister with one of your prized smaller yorkie versions, and she has nothing but good things to say about you and your dogs. Her little yorkie is now 7 years old, weighs 1.2kg and has been spayed �inoculated and dewormed. NEVER been near a vet otherwise and she is also a solid little girl. So I am glad they do exist. I have noticed that a lot of Breeders I talk to or contact, bad mouth the smaller sized dogs. I was most surprised about one persons comments. It is obvious to me, what the problem is of course. Shame. As they say No smoke without fire. I just want to take this opportunity of wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic New Year from myself and all the girls at the Book Club. Keep up the good work. I will be in contact with you regarding a pup, but I do not see that in the short term. My little Lady is very healthy and happy go lucky at this stage. Please remember me. Warm wishes Angela L. Sandton.

Hello Mijoy. I was so excited to come across your website. We are from England, and are in S A because of a family matter, but will be here quite sometime. I have two of the most adorable yorkies in England. They have stayed behind with my sister and I really miss them. I would love to come and view your yorkies sometime before going back to England. I met up with a lady with a small yorkie living in the same complex as ourselves and we have become friends. She has had quite a bit of problems with her yorkie healthwise, and has almost lost it on a couple of occasions. The reason I was looking at the internet because she is keen to get another one. She does not want tiny, as I think the problems she has experienced with this one, has put her off. I was astounded to see her vet bills, they run into the thousands, and not just one or two thousand either. Do you have any yorkies forsale, and another thing, your tinies, do you experience continual health problems with them? Mine in England are small but nowhere near the size of yours. Do you have a recipe? Looking forward to your reply soonest. Warm wishes E H

Hello Mijoy. I was so excited to come across your website. We are from England, and are in S A because of a family matter, but will be here quite sometime. I have two of the most adorable yorkies in England. They have stayed behind with my sister and I really miss them. I would love to come and view your yorkies sometime before going back to England. I met up with a lady with a small yorkie living in the same complex as ourselves and we have become friends. She has had quite a bit of problems with her yorkie healthwise, and has almost lost it on a couple of occasions. The reason I was looking at the internet because she is keen to get another one. She does not want tiny, as I think the problems she has experienced with this one, has put her off. I was astounded to see her vet bills, they run into the thousands, and not just one or two thousand either. Do you have any yorkies forsale, and another thing, your tinies, do you experience continual health problems with them? Mine in England are small but nowhere near the size of yours. Do you have a recipe? Looking forward to your reply soonest. Warm wishes E H

I have noticed my two month old yorkie pup has fleas, what is safe to treat him with?

I have noticed my two month old yorkie pup has fleas, what is safe to treat him with?

Hi Mijoy I am totally devastated. We purchased a yorkie for Christmas and went on leave. Two weeks later the pup was off colour, we battled to find a vet being the holidays and down at the coast, we were along the coast, even worse to find a vet. The pup was really not well, and we went off to have breakfast and to find a vet. On our return the pup was really cold, and non-responsive and making jerking movements periodically. We did everything to find a vet and when at last we were successful, the pup was hardly alive. The vet took the pup in and put it on a drip but told us things did not look good, the pup had gone to far. Hypoglycaemia. I could not understand what went wrong. The pup is small but not tiny. We are really devastated at this loss. We have no children and can not have children and this was to be our baby. Are you in a position to tell me in plain English what caused this, as the vet completely baffled us with words out of a text book that sounded greek to us. I look forward to hearing from you. Elaine.

Hello Joyce I am hoping you can give me advice. I have spent close on R60 000-00 in the last four years buying yorkies. Sounds unreal, but the truth. We travel extensively on business and pleasure, the reason my dog needs to be small. We smuggle them in, if necessary where not allowed. I had one a good few years ago, that died at eleven, she was my dream dog. Since then I have bought pups which have all grown to be considerably bigger the smallest out of them all, reaching 2.2kg, although I bought them as supposed small dogs. My children � all grown up now have these yorkies, in their homes. The moment, I see them heading to be bigger I give them to one of my children. Sounds like I am a bad owner, but I long for another Sadie and to try and hide a 2.2kg dog is not an easy thing to do. I am sure you understand. Can you help me and if not, can you refer me to anyone, or if you can not do that either, what should I be looking for when I go to view a pup? I have got to the stage that people mention small, and my blood runs cold. My Husband says I should just forget about the story and move on dogless. We both had a terrible time accepting Sadies death, so in a way it is a defence mechanism for him, not to get so besotted over a dog again. Please point me in the right direction. I was referred to you by a young Lady who I met in Sandton, who was carrying two yorkies, yours, both pretty small dogs. They were four and six years of age, and they were just too beautiful. I can not remember what her name was, but I was most impressed. Please come to my rescue. Many thanks Louanne.

Hello Mijoy I am faced with somewhat of a dilemma and am not sure why I am writing to you about it. I have a yorkie female who is now 9 years of age. Pretty small, very healthy, has been my companion since she was 8 weeks of age. I do not work, never have since I got her as a pup. I am an artist and have my studio at home. My yorkie is with me from morning till night. If I go out so does she. My husband is facing being retrenched, and we thought that meant, we would be able to get on with our lives, face early retirement and make the best of it. The package he would receive would sort out all our debt. He has been made an offer by a rivalry company to head up one of their overseas offices and train someone to hold that position. He is very keen to go and I am not. It would mean leaving my dog behind. If I took her with me, she would have to be quarantined and neither her or I would survive that. My sister is adamant she wants her, no question about that. I do not want my sister to have her. She has big dogs and they are not used to small dogs and on the odd occasion when I visit her with my yorkie, her big dogs would kill her given half a chance. My sister says it won�t happen, but I would never forgive myself if something terrible were to happen to her. I was considering having her put to sleep, I would at least know that way, she was not suffering or missing me but can I bring myself to do it? NO. I cannot very well say to my husband he must go alone. We would not be able to finance two homes anyway. I am so down I just wish we had never heard of this overseas opportunity. I cannot blame my husband for wanting to take this job, it is an excellent offer, and he has assured me once we are there, he will buy me ten Yorkies if that is really what I want. It is not the ten Yorkies, it is all about my one yorkie, that I love so dearly. This employment overseas for my husband will not be permanent, possibly two or three years. We will then return to SA. Since we have heard this news I have not been able to sleep properly, my waking hours are consumed with worry and concern for my dog. I wish I would wake up to find this a terrible dream. What would you suggest, because I am past being able to see reason or think straight. Please give me some advice. Desperate Housewife Wsk

Dear Joyce Happy New year to you. We were on holiday and all I did was google yorkies. I came across your site and was most impressed. We lost our old girl, Chihuahua in June, and because of us going away we did not look for a replacement. I knew my colleague at work had a yorkie that she talks about non-stop, the reason I started looking into the breed. I came back to work yesterday and could not believe it when she told me to buy from the breeder of her baby, small world, it is a Mijoy Yorkie. Very pretty and awfully cute. I have seen loads of pics of her and she is like a child to Claire. Can I please place an order for April, my birthday? I will be in contact with you shortly, I just want to talk to Hubby about the sex and size and what he would like etc. Best wishes for the year ahead. Claire D.

Hi Joyce I have just read your latest blog and must confess I am one of those mothers, that is petrified a dog or cat will harm my child. My first born came into the world, and we had both a cat and dog. We often found the cat in the cot, so the cat went to the SPCA. The dog would bark when the baby cried or a car hooted in the road. This of course upset both myself and the child, so the dog went to the SPCA as well. Our dog was the normal sized yorkie. I have felt guilty ever since I did this, and the guilt has got worse, instead of better. I have been considering getting another yorkie, the reason I am often on your site. I have two children now, and number three will be here in the next few months. I do not want to become one of those mothers or parent that denies their children the pleasure of a dog in the home, what do you suggest? At the time I sent those pets to the SPCA my husband was shocked, that I could be so uncaring. He has never really forgiven me, and now tells me to forget about getting more animals, as he and those pets suffered enough. He is not prepared to chance that happening again. What would you suggest I do? I need to regain my Husbands trust, he is animal crazy and I am not, and we do butt heads on the subject of animals. I just feel there are times I can not handle a dog near me, and this really causes havoc with me and my Husband. Thanks Best wishes Sam

Hi Mijoy I am hoping you can help me out. I have a small yorkie. 1.4kg she goes everywhere with me, and is never left alone. I also take her to work, where she has her own playpen, grass to walk on for the toilet � the works. I have a problem, I have to go on a course for a week, this means going away by plane, staying in a hotel for so many days, flying back. I made enquiries about her being allowed to go with me, and received a flat NO. I am very concerned as to what to do with her. I have no immediate family close by. No doggy orientated friends. What would you suggest? Could you possibly help me? I hope you can. Sarah J.

Hi Joyce I have noticed on your site recently a letter about a dog dying when it went for an op. I too had this problem some years back, when I had a small Chihuahua sent In for her teeth and spay and she also did not survive. I was heartbroken at the time, I now have two Yorkies and they are both female and both unspayed but I will not take the risk of having them die as well. My vet thinks I am being stupid about this. What would you say? Thanks Lilly K

Hi there Your website has given us hope. We are yorkie fans supreme. Over the years we have had two �small� Yorkies, I do not think anywhere as small as yours appear to be, but nonetheless small. Both dogs had health problems, both dogs liver problems, both dogs died at very young ages. We as a family were devastated at the loss of both dogs in such a short space of time. They were purchased months apart and died just months apart. The two were from totally different breeding back grounds. My father is happy for us to go ahead and try, third time lucky � hopefully. My Mom, well she took the biggest blow, she was the one who reared them �was with them 24 hours a day. They never stayed home, they were with us all the time, on all our holidays. The one survived to just past her 2nd birthday and the other one managed 2 years and three months. My mother has not given us the go ahead, she is adamant no more dogs, but we know all it will take is for her to see that baby and she will be smitten. How do we go about ensuring the next one will be healthy? We do not want to put our mother in that situation again. We are twin girls and now in varsity and she keeps telling all her friends she is now alone � we want to be able to know she has that little something (yorkie) to keep her happy when we are not around. Please advise.

Hi Mijoy I note your website is very tiny yorkie orientated. I would like to know what you would consider to be suitable for me and my family. I do not work, when I did, it was from home, and if I ever intend working again, which may happen once my children are older, it will be again from home. I do interior decorating. I want a small dog, the smaller the better, but I do realise after reading your information that the tiny is possibly not the answer. Prior to coming across your site, I contacted a good few breeders of Yorkies, and not one of them, who claimed to breed the small, small yorkie, asked me any questions about my circumstances, nothing about my having children, told me nothing about the pitfalls of owning the smaller yorkie, as you put it in your one article. I have to admire the fact that on one hand you are breeding these really tiny dogs, and obviously need to sell them and on the other hand you are warning people in some situations and with certain circumstances not to buy them. I therefore feel pretty safe with your advice and suggestions. I was actually referred to your site, by a lady walking with a yorkie in a shopping centre. She told me the problems she had encountered with her own yorkie, she had bought from the Cape and how you went out of your way to help her. I am sure you will advise me what is in my best interests, I would dearly love to own that very tiny yorkie but will obviously take your advice seriously. Looking forward to your earliest reply. Best Wishes Janice D

Hello Mijoy � Chin question please� I love going to your site, my sister is yorkie mad and I am thinking of buying my friends pair of chins. My husband is not keen however. They have had these chins for around two years now. Grey in colour, they had babies once, three and all died within a couple of days. They seem to have endless problems with these chins, the reason my friend wants to sell them. I will get them at a very good price. Do you think they will be healthier with me? I know that sounds weird but I really would love to get them? Please help me convince my husband?

Relocating ? Can you please give me some advice. We are relocating to the Cape from Johannesburg, and will be there a year or maximum two years, when we will then go overseas and live in England for a good few years. This is all business orientated, and quite disrupting to our lives I might add. Our children are not little anymore, but teenagers and varsity students. On our arrival in the Cape we will be moving around as well. We will be renting as no point in purchasing our own property if it is only for a year or two. My problem is my yorkie. She is only two years old. Very much a baby in the house, taken all over, although not that teensy. We do however manage to hide her when necessary � sometimes with great effort, and sometimes quite laughable how we do it. Nevertheless, my situation is somewhat of concern to both me and my husband regarding Snookums�.. Do we rehome her now, or move her to Cape Town with us for a possible year or two, and then rehome her when we are certain when we will be off to England. I have very mixed feelings on the subject, my husband reckons rehome her now, I almost want to agree with him, because then the heartache is behind me, moving her to the Cape with us and knowing that sometime down the road in a year or two I will have to say goodbye, is going to eat into me. The kids of course say she goes and we do whatever it takes to get her to England�.. I really wish it were that easy. We will be on the move for the first year or two when overseas, and this again will be disruptive�.. I wish life were easy, but that appears to be something I can only look forward to quite a few years down the road. To make matters worse, the person dead keen on taking Snookums over, I feel is not a suitable owner, how do I get round that one? Do you have a possible solution�.? I am more than stressed over this situation�.. Sandra G

Hi Joyce I am hoping you can help me out of my predicament. My Husband wants us to go on leave later this year. I have 9 yorkies. They are all on the small side, and I am very reluctant to put them into a kennel, well, I will not put them in a kennel. Can you suggest who I could approach to look after them, how do you go on holiday � do you take your small Yorkies with you? Do you have a responsible pet sitter I could use? I originally bought a male and wanted a friend and got a little girl but when I went to collect the little girl she had a small sister, and we then had three Yorkies. My husband lost his job, and I became the bread winner overnight. My husband spent his life at the gym. We could not afford to sterilise the dogs and they both became preggy. I kept the entire first litter, much to my husband�s disgust. Mindie had a baby and even my husband could not part with that. We both agreed the next litter would be sold and in due course the next litter was born. It has caused major havoc with my marriage. My husband insists they leave, and I am breaking my heart. I will do whatever I have to, to keep these two babies. My husband has suggested if I want to twist his arm, I make arrangements for us to go on holiday later this year, this holiday will be the first in four years. It would appear a holiday is the only out, and I am now most concerned about my dogs, and my husband has made it more than clear, one can go. Mini Mindie the rest stay home. Mini Mindie of course is Daddy�s little girl � she can twist my husband right around her little paw. One thing I need to say to put your mind at rest, before you think I am a totally irresponsible female. My husband has told me my bonus, will be given to the vet to sterilise all these Yorkies. My bonus is paid midyear and not in December. My husband of course is really lapping this up, no body massages, facials, body wraps, for me, just sterilizations to pay for. I really do not mind. PLEEEEEEEEEEASE� what can I do�. My life is in your hands at this stage.

---- Original Message ----- From: To: 'Mijoy Yorkies' Sent: Saturday, June 05, 2010 8:36 AM Subject: RE: Enquiry Form submitted from website | Mijoy Yorkies and Mijoy Biewers Hello A few weeks back I mailed you about my problems with a skin infection etc. I developed this problem as a result of being involved with a certain breeder. I am in the same area as this breeder. She knew I was unhappy about the situation developing but I went no further after having mailed you. I have since had another litter of pups which I have advertised and have found people answering my ad, referring to me as being a trouble maker etc. and that they have been advised not to purchase my pups etc. I found out from one of these people, after getting into a heated argument with them, that they were told to do this by this breeder. Have you any idea what I can do about this?

OUR YORKIE Jojo is three years of age and has started lifting his leg and trying to run out the gate the minute it is opened. He used to lift his leg in the garden but now has started doing this in the entrance to our home. This is obviously a bad habit how do I stop him from doing this ? He is not neutered.

I purchased a female yorkie last year for myself as a pet. I paid the asking price and the breeder has subsequently approached me and asked me to allow her to have a litter. She will use a male of hers and if she has more than three pups those will be mine, if she has up to three pups those will be the breeders . IS THIS NORMAL PRACTICE? My vet says definitely not and that I am not obliged to have her mated.

----- Original Message ----- From: Susan To: 'Mijoy Yorkies' Sent: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:20 PM Subject: At last I am amazed at the difference of opinion of the breeders regarding the really small Yorkies. One for example told me I would buy trouble if I looked at a small pup. Another said they do not exist. They are starved to be small. I came across a Lady in Sandton City carrying a very small yorkie. She has had her for six years, and she is well and truly a tiny yorkie with flowing coat. I stopped her and we had a long chat, as that is what my heart is set on. She commented that she had not as much as had a single day�s trouble with her. Who bred the dog? Mijoy. So here I am � at last. Can you help me with such a pup? Any further info you may have at hand will be greatly appreciated. I look forward to hearing from you. Yours Susan K

----- Original Message ----- From: Nicole To: 'Mijoy Yorkies' Sent: Monday, July 26, 2010 7:33 AM Subject: Liver shunt. Hello Mijoy I must congratulate you on your website. You are dedicated for sure. Such a pleasure to know breeders like you exist. I purchased an adorable yorkie last year, but sadly she died some months later with a liver problem. My vet said we could risk having her operated on but he felt the risk would be too great. We did change her diet and give her medication but seemingly she was one of the unlucky one�s and her shunt was really bad. A friend referred me to your site when she noticed you have articles on your site from an owner who writes her Yorkies life story about living with liver shunt. The loss of my yorkie, shattered my heart. I had at that stage just lost my Husband and am a breast cancer survivor. So to be landed with this problem, was almost too much. The breeder originally was very sorry for me, and I really thought under the circumstances she would replace the dog or at least give me a good discount on another. All she had to say was how sorry she was. I parted with a healthy amount of money for that pup, needless to say I still long for a yorkie and will in all likelihood be contacting you in the very near future. Many thanks Nicole S A.

----- Original Message ----- From: Yolanda To: Joyce Mijoy Yorkies Sent: Monday, July 19, 2010 10:20 AM Subject: RE: MIKI-SHU Dear Joyce, I hope that you and all your babies are doing well in this cold weather. I received my baby from you on the 13th of March 2010, and it was probably one of the happiest days of my life. Miki is such a sweet, loving and mischievious little girl - I cannot imagine my life without her. She also bonded immediately with my Dachsie, Zippy, and they are inseparable. Attached is a recent photo of little Miki, isn't she just precious! She just turned 6 months old on Friday, weighing a healthy 2.5kg and I am happy to say that so far she has been doing very well. Your monthly newsletter and website has helped me a lot and made me aware of conditions that are common in Yorkies and I am also constantly on the look-out for any signs (maybe a bit paranoid too!). I wanted to wait to have her sterilized untill she was a little bit older (maybe at one year), especially after reading about all the things that can go wrong during and after operations. Unfortunately, her milk teeth are causing problems to the new commers, and some of the new teeth are growing completely scew as a result. Dr. ------- suggested that these milk teeth be removed sooner than later, in an effort to still correct the new teeth's growth. Also, that Miki be sterilized at the same time. However, as I said, Miki means the world to me and I still have my reservations. I do not want to make any hasty decisions and having to regret it afterwards. With all your knowledge and experience, could you please give me advise as I do not know whether I should wait a little bit longer before subjecting little Miki to such a traumatic experience? Also, if you could recommend a reputable vet in the area? PLEASE HELP! Looking forward to receiving your much needed advise.... Thank you for your dedication to animals, I believe that you are making a difference, not only to the animals but also to people like myself who can learn from you. Best regards, Y

We recently lost our yorkie we had had for 8 years. We want to get another one, but the family is very undecided as to what size to get. I would love that really tiny dog, but my husband is totally against it, saying we will step on it, or fall over it. I have three teenagers, 13, 15 and 17, so they are not babies, but I have a little girl of 7. She is very loving and dotes on her pets of which she has a few. Rabbits, guinea pig and hamster. She was also very careful with my previous yorkie. He was 2kg in weight. Very lively. What would you suggest? We spend a lot of time away on the weekend, and go down to our holiday home at the coast, and we also have a place at the Vaal. Our yorkie just loved to go on the boat. What size yorkie would you suggest? A tiny? Yours sincerely, Donna L

Hello MIJOY I am green with envy. On Friday afternoon, my sister returned home from work with a yorkie � adorable cute and small. The woman at her work had a litter of pups and Tammy was the tiniest and my sister bought her. The woman who had the pups says this is her third litter and the first time, one this small has popped out, the others have been considerably bigger. I phoned everywhere this weekend, only to find out that these small yorkies are not that easy to find. I was referred to you by another breeder I contacted, and would love to know how long is your waiting list? I would also consider a Biewer in a tiny size? Can you help me there possibly? I am looking forward to hearing from you. The envious sister Janine

Hi Mijoy I have my name down for a yorkie from a breeder. I have seen the pup and it looks too cute for words, the only concern I have, the breeder cooks for her dogs, and that worries me. Do I have to continue cooking or will I be able to change to a dog food that is in kibble form. Thanks for a super site Colleen.

HI Mijoy We are a family of four. Two daughters and two parents and ONE yorkie. We would split the dog into four if we could. We are dying for another yorkie, but the parents say NO. We are family orientated, and we keep together as a family. We are still in high school and thereafter it is varsity and years of studying ahead. So it is not as if we are going to run off and leave home two years down the line. Our yorkie is so spoilt. It was originally meant to be mine, and over the years has become the families dog. I have begged and pleaded for my parents to buy another one, so we all can share in the fun of the yorkie. My Yorkie ha ha- is actually my Moms dog. If my Mom is not around, then he is with us all the time, but when Mom returns home, the dog vanishes. PLEASE �� tell me what to do? Can you advise my parents that the yorkie here needs a friend. Anything you can suggest we will be happy with. We sooooooooo want another yorkie pup. Please help. Louise & Emma

----- Original Message ----- From: Margaret K To: Mijoy Yorkies Sent: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 8:40 AM Subject: RE: Enquiry Form submitted from website | Mijoy Yorkies and Mijoy Biewers THE EXTREMELY TINY YORKIE PUP�� (THE �MINI� TEACUP) Margaret writes, Hi there MIJOY I am very interested in a teacup yorkie, and would even go as far as to say the tinier the better. Could you please advise me what the qualifications would be from my side, to qualify as a suitable owner for such a tiny dog. Thanks Margaret - South Coast.

From: Kwikwap No Reply To: mijoy@wam.co.za Sent: Sunday, August 22, 2010 7:50 AM Subject: Enquiry Form submitted from website | Mijoy Yorkies and Mijoy Biewers Jackie from PE writes: Dear Mijoy I know this may sound stupid but how do you breed the really tiny Yorkies? I have read through your site but would like you to answer me directly if you have the time. I have no intention of breeding Yorkies, but I am interested as I have purchased one of those supposedly very tiny dogs � but when the pup arrived it was anything but tiny. The Breeder assured me it will not grow. I would also like to ask you, if you have a very tiny pup if you could hold onto it for a few months and then sell it to me, so I am assured it is going to be very tiny. Many thanks Jackie

----- Original Message ----- From: Sonia J To: 'Mijoy Yorkies' Sent: Monday, August 23, 2010 9:24 AM Subject: Hello Mijoy My YORKIE recently had a terrible bout of diarrhea � we were away at the time, and my parents who were babysitting left it, thinking the dog would overcome the problem. On our return home some days later, we rushed the dog to the vet. He was put on a drip, and very fortunately for us, he survived. My vet was very annoyed with us, and I in turn with my parents. When should one take a pup with an upset stomach to the vet? Is there any medication one can administer at home? This situation has us all up in arms. Sonia

From: Kwikwap No Reply [mailto:norelpy@kwikwap.co.za] Sent: 29 October 2010 10:19 PM To: mijoy@wam.co.za Subject: Enquiry Form submitted from website | Mijoy Yorkies and Mijoy Biewers I recently purchased a yorkie. The pup turned out to be ill and I lost him a week later. The Breeder is not prepared to do anything about this. I have a postmortem result proving he was ill. What can I do about this?

i recently was gifted a very loving little yorkie girl as a mate for my 10 month old yorkie boy. my boy (willow) is registered with kusa, but now this little girl (milley) is registered with SA Dogbreeders ass. her mother was kusa registered and also has a SA DOGBREEDER ASS registration. If I want to breed with my dogs what is the best thing to do with my pups? do i register both with Sa Dogbreers? or will Kusa be able to help me?

i recently was gifted a very loving little yorkie girl as a mate for my 10 month old yorkie boy. my boy (willow) is registered with kusa, but now this little girl (milley) is registered with SA Dogbreeders ass. her mother was kusa registered and also has a SA DOGBREEDER ASS registration. If I want to breed with my dogs what is the best thing to do with my pups? do i register both with Sa Dogbreers? or will Kusa be able to help me?

i recently was gifted a very loving little yorkie girl as a mate for my 10 month old yorkie boy. my boy (willow) is registered with kusa, but now this little girl (milley) is registered with SA Dogbreeders ass. her mother was kusa registered and also has a SA DOGBREEDER ASS registration. If I want to breed with my dogs what is the best thing to do with my pups? do i register both with Sa Dogbreers? or will Kusa be able to help me?

i recently was gifted a very loving little yorkie girl as a mate for my 10 month old yorkie boy. my boy (willow) is registered with kusa, but now this little girl (milley) is registered with SA Dogbreeders ass. her mother was kusa registered and also has a SA DOGBREEDER ASS registration. If I want to breed with my dogs what is the best thing to do with my pups? do i register both with Sa Dogbreers? or will Kusa be able to help me?

Varying sizes and bad health. From: Kwikwap No Reply [mailto:norelpy@kwikwap.co.za] Sent: 10 April 2012 08:01 AM To: mijoy@wam.co.za Subject: Enquiry Form submitted from website | Mijoy Yorkies and Mijoy Biewers Dear Joyce, Samantha has requested more information about your products and services. Here are his/her details: Name: Samantha: Cell: 082 722 Email: happy Hello I would just like to make a comment or two regarding those precious teacup pups you speak so much about on your excellent website. I met up with one of your Genuine Teacups I believe is what you refer to them as, some three years back. My good friend is the proud owner of one of your real tinies. It was as a result of seeing this magical little yorkie that I became interested way back then, but the cost, as well as my lifestyle did not allow me the pleasure of owning such a cute little dog. I was tempted however. A divorce and relocation some year later, put my dream further on hold. I then was employed where I could take a dog to work, super environment, lovely people and I contacted you. You advised there was a waiting list. I did not take you seriously at the time when you warned me that it was important to ensure any tiny yorkie was properly bred and I rushed out and bought a very tiny yorkie from a well known breeder. I was assured it would be every bit as small as my friend�s teacup dog. I had my little scrap for a month before she needed to visit the vet for her follow up inoculation. It was at this time that I learnt that the pup had a very bad bite, she had problems with both knees, she had a heart murmur. You can imagine I was devastated and on my return home contacted the breeder. I was advised by this breeder that that is a chance one takes when buying these very small dogs, that she does not guarantee any of her dogs, she breeds pups and the public buy them and from the moment they leave her property, she is no longer responsible for them. I was shocked. My vet did advise me that the knee problem is well known to the breed, so I can accept that, but the bite which is pretty bad I might add and the heart? How did this pup get past her vet without him picking it up? Him or her should I say. You refer repeatedly to REPUTABLE BREEDERS on your website I am inclined to refer to them as responsible breeders, this breeder I purchased my Twig from is neither. She is nowhere near as tiny as my good friend�s teacup. She is very lightweight, although the teacup of my friends is solid, healthy. I was advised NOT to sterilise my girl as the anaesthetic may kill her with her heart condition. Your teacup has been sterilised by my friend and she said it was a walk in the park for her dog. I love my Twig so much, but I do wish I had listened to my good friend and waited for one of your babies. The wait would have been worth it as this little Twig of mine has so many problems that my heart aches for her and worst of all, the jaw can never be sorted by an op, she cannot have her knee problems operated on either because of her heart or be spayed because of her heart. I take Twig with me everywhere and get lots of inquisitive people saying how cute she is and where did I buy her and trust me I tell them exactly who I bought her from and to keep miles away from that particular breeder. I have to say a big thank you to you for putting it out there for people like myself. Unfortunately so many of us have no idea how some breeders operate, we take their word for it and like myself and I am sure I am by far not the only one that has suffered with this type of thing. Once my Twig leaves this earth and goes to Doggy heaven which I pray is in many years to come, I will most certainly only consider MIJOY for a teacup pup. Many thanks. Thank you Samantha for your mail.

Sonet asks at what age should a pup leave its breeder?

Peridontal disease in a three year old yorkie.

Peridontal disease in a three year old yorkie.

do the tiny yorkie pups have hypoglycemia and why do you have to hand raise the pups

Hi. I would like to know at what age is a Yorkie fully grown?

Hi, we bought two Yorkies in February from 2 different breeders. The one was meant to be a mini but he was very sick so he either underdeveloped or was in fact a pocket. But he grew an unbelievable personality. Him and his 'brother' became best friends. The small one passed away this weekend which has left our house feeling empty and now leaving the brother (LEVI) extremely confused and sad. He is 11months old and our 4 year old doesnt like playing with him. Im not sure whether time will make it easier for him or whether by not getting him a friend will suppress the playful personality that he had when his brother was still alive. I'm very worried about him!

Hi i was looking at another website and it said that you rescue yorkies and have an adoption fee of R500. Do you have any available at the moment for adoption as i would really like to get one. Thanks.

Hi, I have been longing to get the small type Yorkie for a very long time, and only now do I feel responsible enough to be a "hands on" mommy. I'm 22 , married, can't have children and absolutly adors animals. Do you think I can have a Tcup Yorkie? I do work, very quiet job, not hectic at all, and am alone at the office which is secure with fencing and lovely big yard (not my home), If I do get a Tcup Yorkie, he/she would most deffinitly come to work with me as I just love their companionship and temprament.

Is it safe to take the tinies to a Doggy Poulor? I find the thought of that a little unsettling :-(

My yorkie het brandsiek gehad en haar hare is baie kort sal haar hare lank word/

Hi Joyce. I recently bought myself a chinchilla and I really want to get him an exercise wheel which is safe. I saw your advert for the plastic flying saucer wheel. I am worried about the fact that it is plastic as my chin chews everything and I have read that it is very dangerous for them if they swallow plastic pieces. Do you know where I could get a metal flying saucer wheel? I see these advertised on American websites and wondered if these were also available in SA. Thanks. Regards, Michelle. PS- your website is lovely. I also have 2 yorkies and your website is very informative. Keep it up!

Ek het 3 yorkies tussen 4 en 5 maande. Die oudste 1 is die kleinste 1.8kg en die ander 2 2.7kg. Ek gee hulle Royal Canin kossies volgens die inligting op die pak. Die kleinste yorkie eet stadig en net tot sy genoeg gehad het parykeer nie eers alles nie maar die ander 2 eet vinnig en soek dan nog kos. Moet ek vir hulle nog gee tot hul genoeg gehad het of nie? Byvoorbaat dankie!

Dear Joyce What is your opinion on the little yorkies and flying? My mother has two small yorkie girls, the one 5 months and the other 4, weighing approximately 800 and 700grams. She wants to bring them to cape town on holiday from JHB but is very concerned about having them fly. Do you think it is dangerous and that a better idea would be to rather drive down with them? (or that maybe they are too young to travel at all?) Her vet thought it would not be a problem but that she should not give them any sedation as then they would be unable to regulate their own body temp. What do you think would be best? Your input would be very much appreciated!

My Yorkie of 3 months is smelling terribly. We took him to a parlour today as we thought maybe we did something wrong when bathing him ourselves. But one hour after getting him back; he started smelling again We only feed Royal Canin

My yorkie of nearly 5 months normally come to work with me. Sometimes I do leave her at home alone. Will she have panic attacks or any problems if she do stay home sometimes..

Hi there. I have a female Yorkie, 6 weeks old. She started to vomit this morning and I've noticed that her tummy was a bit runny this morning. Should I take her to the vet and what can be the reason for this? Your advise would be much appreciated!

Hi Joyce, me again! I've got another question. My mom is babysitting my 6 week old Yorkie during the day while I'm at work. She too has a Yorkie and since she's been babysitting Gabby her Yorkie is drooling terribly. Do you have any idea why?

Hi Joyce! I would just like to know at about what age will my Yorkie puppy sleep through the night? Do you have any idea?

Hi Joyce. I take my 4 months old Yorkie everywhere with me, either in her stroller or in her carry bag. Do you think I can take her to the movie cinema with me or do you think the noise of the sound system will be to loud for her? I really do take her with me everywhere. There are even a few restaurants that allow me to take her in if she's in her stroller.

Hi Joyce. I would just like to know whether teething can upset my Yorkie's tummy?

what adult weight is a teacup, a pocket size, a miniature and a standaard size yorkie?

Hi Joyce. What an informative site!!!!! I had so many of my questions answered. However, I would like your opinion. I would like to add a yorkie to our family. my kids are grown up (the youngest is 14) but I already have four dogs: Fox Terrier - 11 years old male Rodesian Ridgeback - 8 years old spayed female Terrier - age unknown as I got her from the spca, but I would guess about 6-7. have her 4 years now - spayed Maltese - 6 years old male neutered All of them are still very playfull. Will I have to keep the yorkie puppy seperate? for how long? I am thinking of getting a female. Is his a correct choice taking into account the dogs at home?

Ek het n Tea cup Yorkie by my. Die yorkie is 8 weke oud en eet baie min. Haar eienaar wil haar vorseer om maalvleis ens.. te eet. Is dit reg? Hoeveel en wat moet n teacup eet.

Hi, What are your thoughts in duying a Yokie at the pet shop? Good idea or should i rather go to a breeder?





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