From: Martie H
Sent: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 9:48 AM
To: Mijoy Yorkies
Subject: Rocky and Ivar
I just want to share with you my two spoilt brats so that you can see how well they are doing. These photos were taken when they were on a “playdate” J. This is their hotel whenever I go away and I cant take them with.
They are both doing very well. Ivar is the busiest little dog and irritates Rocky sometimes beyond believe.
Thank you for trusting me with them. They are my pride and joy!
Preparing your Pet for Winter
Our furry friends are part of our family. We need to make sure they are cared for and prepared for winter, just like we do for ourselves.
- Many people do not understand what an animal’s fur coat is about. Even though it may be plush and bushy, it is not always the perfect insulator. If your pet has less or no hair/fur, then they are even more vulnerable to the cold. I feel that if it is too cold for me outside, it is too cold for my dogs and cats.
- Shelter is a basic requirement for any outdoor pet. Make sure you have a kennel that can be kept dry and draft free. The kennel needs to be of a sufficient size for your pet to get in and out easily and stand up in.
- Most pets love an old blanket and it is a great way to keep them warm. Use one or more blankets inside the kennel to provide some insulation. This is especially important for older arthritic animals.
- Cold, damp weather aggravates arthritis in cats and dogs. If your pet is having trouble getting up or laying down, is crying when picked up, rather take him/her to see the vet. Many new arthritis treatments are available.
- Using a doggie jersey depends on how tolerant your pet is, but can be a good idea. Especially for the little ones. Cats will probably not appreciate being dressed up and usually seek warm places to sit or sleep in.
- Having a little cat house or enclosed basket will hopefully prevent the cats from seeking warmth elsewhere, like under the bonnet of a car! If your cat likes sleeping here, make sure you give the bonnet a loud bang before starting your car. This unfortunate accident causes many cats' deaths every year.
- Antifreeze is also is real threat to our pets. They are attracted to its sweet smell and taste and will often sample it if left out or spilled. Antifreeze is highly toxic. Please don’t leave this lying around, even in the garage.
- Outdoor pets need to have extra food to help keep up their strength. Not so much that they become obese, but enough to help them generate extra body heat. If you are not sure about this, rather consult with your vet.
- Cats that go outside to toilet may be less willing to do so in the colder months, especially if we have had a ground frost and the ground is hard. Give them a litter tray in a “private spot” in the house.
- Continue to walk your pet during winter weather. The exercise will help keep their circulation up and increase their stamina. As always, exercise is important.
- Winter weather can be harsh and lower an animal’s resistance to disease. If your pet seems ill or out of sorts, rather take him/her to the vet for a checkup.
It doesn’t take too much to keep our pets safe and warm when things start to get a little chilly. If we can do things to keep ourselves warmer in winter, we can take the time to make sure our furry friends are just as safe and protected.
Tips for Keeping your Pet warm during Winter
Coat. Pets with short coats may need an extra layer of clothing to keep warm. Remember to keep watch for shivering.
Cars. Cats like to hide underneath the hood, so be sure to hoot or make a noise before starting the engine so they can escape safely.
Older Pets. Aging pets need extra care as their bodies are more sensitive to temperature changes.
Paws. It is important to wipe your pet’s paws after they have been outside. Remember your pets can get frostbite especially between the paw pads.
Appetite. Pets that are more active will need more food as they are burning more calories. Likewise, pets that are inside and are more sedentary will require less calories. Adjusting your pet’s meals according to his activity may be a good idea.
- If your dog is a long coated one, remember grooming is essential if you put jerseys and jackets on your pet.
- Paws it is essential to trim the fur around the pads on a regular basis if your dog is a long coated breed. IF the fur grows too long mats over the paw pads, it is not only slippery and difficult for the dog to get a grip on a surface but also will keep the dogs paws cold and damp or wet, in the winter months.
- IF you have your dog shaved in summer and you want to continue with that in the colder months you will have to use additional ways of keeping your pet warm in the colder months.
HAPPY, HEALTHY WINTER EVERYONE….
The reality of the teacup dog…
In recent days I have been inundated with people having been scammed looking to buy a teacup dog ….. Pekingese’s, Chihuahuas, Yorkies etc.
If you are on the market to buy any breed of teacup dog DO YOUR RESEARCH find out what the going price is for this size dog… I have no idea what pekes or Chihuahuas that are ultra-tiny sell for. However the breed itself is a far cheaper dog than the yorkie is. QUALITY YORKIE THAT IS.
People who are scammed and paying out R2 000-00 and R3 000-00 for a teacup YORKIE dog to a SCAMMER are scammed simply because they do not know any different, if they did contact breeders for genuine teacup dogs of which there are very few, I am still to find the first breeder in SA other than ourselves who produce dogs reaching adult weights of one kilogram or less on a reasonably frequent basis. Most breeders selling teacups to the public are selling them POCKET sized dogs that are considerably cheaper than a genuine teacup dog.
When I speak about a genuine teacup pup and dog. I am talking about a tiny dog, that is well built, has weight behind it no matter how little that pup or dog weighs it is a solid robust pup, not a dog or pup that one gust of wind it is blown clean off its feet, there are a good few pups and dogs out there that fit this description. We are not one of those breeders. Our dogs may weigh 1kg but in comparison to a light weight 1kg dog, dramatically smaller.
If you want that ultra- tiny dog, MICRO TEACUP dog, genuine teacup dog, call it what you want, you need the lifestyle to cope with that size dog.
If you are sold a TEACUP dog and there is no night feeds, pajama drill it is not a teacup dog. Teacups do not survive if not fed night and day. IT is months of around the clock feeding.
I get calls from the public every other day one Lady for example said her pup did not eat from the day she took it from the breeder till the following day midday. The Breeder said it was because the dog was dewormed, this was normal. Sold as a teacup, at three months of age already weighing 1kg, not a teacup dog. I did not want to burst her bubble when she told me this as immediately I knew this could not be a teacup dog it would not survive without solid food all that time.
It is the fashion anyone selling pups adds the label of teacup to their advert, the pups fly out the door, but the public have been suckered in once again.
Tell your breeder of choice what size dog you are expecting to be a teacup, the weight of the dog you want, ask them what weight they consider to be a teacup size dog. You yourself may not be sure what size dog a teacup should be. I am told we have one 1.8kg. The best way you can ensure you get as close to as what you want is to talk weight, but then so many breeders say they do not weigh their pups, this again to my mind is a story.
Buying a genuine teacup, micro teacup whatever, is no walk in any park even if your pup has no hiccups at all along the way. It is a huge responsibility, it is not for a month or two but for months and months to come, it is no fashion statement, or something you can flaunt as owning. This is a breathing, little life. We go all out to ensure who buys these pups are indeed clued up first and foremost and realise what it takes to raise that tiny.
I do my utmost to ensure no pup of mine becomes a statistic in the wrong hands. Some of the public do not like it, if I have reasons for not selling them a dog, or pup should I say, that is their problem not mine. There is no grey area when it comes to owning this size dog, it is as clear as night is night and day is day, black or white, you either go all out and handle this pup like a baby or you buy something else.
People who want this size dog yesterday are what we call IMPULSE buyers and those are not the right buyers in the majority of cases. Most people wanting the genuine teacup dog are people who have longed and dreamed of owning this tiny dog most of their lives and when they are finally in a position to do right by that pup, have the right lifestyle to own and raise that size pup and dog, they decide to buy one.
We NEVER have teacups available they are placed with people who have joined a waiting list.
We have bred and owned adult dogs of weights of 550 and 600gms dogs that live long healthy happy lives.
If a pup of ours turns out to be ultra- tiny we will think long and hard before we pass it on.
It is always about the pup – not about anything else.
We have produced the ultimate tinies for the last twenty years.
OUR TEACUP PUPS – GENUINE TEACUP PUPS.
- Weighed at birth and weekly thereafter.
- We expect to see certain milestones reached at certain ages.
- Once we have ascertained the pup in question is a genuine tiny, it remains with us for four months
- All inoculations are done, first at six weeks, second at ten weeks, third plus rabies at fourteen weeks of age.
- Microchipped, registered, pups carry health guarantees.
- Our pups are monitored throughout the day and night, fed solids from an exceptionally young age, far younger than normal sized pups, they are also with their Mothers far longer than normal sized pups. Fed around the clock for months and months.
- The reason they are not cheap to begin with, it takes far more to raise a tiny than any other sized pup hence, the dedication required by the breeder.
Patience is required when joining a waiting list, this is not a pup you come across every other day. They are NEVER available in numbers. They are bred as nature intended.
We do not interbreed nor do we breed with small sized dogs.
Teacup sized dogs are not capable of breeding. We only sell our pups as pets.
REGISTERING A PUPPY
This last week, a Lady called me asking if I do what other breeders do, sell my pups registered or not registered. I said no I don’t. My pups are all registered. I asked her what her reason was for asking me that question. She said well registered is one price, unregistered dramatically less? I said when you get told that STORY, you must see red flashing lights. To register any pup is inexpensive, roughly R100-00 tops R150-00 so why would a breeder halve the price of a pup if they did not register it. ??? Makes you think? Well the answer to that is simple enough – the pup cannot be registered the reason it is a cheapy to begin with.
It must also be taken into consideration when purchasing a pup the quality of that pup. This makes quite a difference to the purchase price of a pup. Something like buying a Merc and a little run around.
Again some may not like my take on this, but a lot of dogs bred from should not be bred from, they are anything but breeding quality dogs.
We do not profess to sell TOP SHOW DOGS at all but we do profess to sell quality, healthy, robust pups.
The quality of Yorkshrie Terriers and Biewer Terriers out there in a lot of cases leaves a lot to be desired. I am often told we do not want to pay a lot of money as we are not looking to breed.
We do not sell any pup irrespective of its size for any form of breeding whatsoever. Sold to the public to homes where they are a forever member of that family.
We tell it like it is, we may not be liked for it, but that is just too bad.
I am happy to assist the public where i possibly can, in buying a teacup dog but i do not and will not comment on other breeders or their dogs. Some breeders delight in ripping others apart that is not who i am. I am very proud of what i own and what i breed. I do not have to resort to bad mouthing anyone, if i lived another lifetime i could never supply the pups i get enquiries for and that most certainly goes for the teacup dog.
Just remember you should be asking your breeder of choice why they are selling a partiuclar pup as a particular sized future adult, bearing in mind that it is not an easy thing to be a 100% accurante allt he time, sometimes we get it wrong but most times we get it right.
Below pic sent in by Mirella from Durban, daughter photographed with their MIJOY little yorkie girl.
Mirella's comment - THE CUTEST!!!!! Loved by all she meets - Little HEART stealer
Below VERONIQUE her BIRTHDAY Baby...
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated"
- (Mahatma Ghandi)
The Genuine Teacup Dog….. Read all about them
Before reading this information ask your Breeder of choice what do they define a teacup pup and adult dog as…..
To the seasoned BREEDER a miniature is not the small sized yorkie but an adult weight dog of 2.5 to 3.5kg in weight.
As I have said repeatedly there is no breed standard for teacup and pocket sizes therefore it is the Breeders interpretation of what they consider these sizes to mean.
Below is a few guidelines you may like to consider when looking for the ultimate tiny pup and future TINY ADULT DOG.
However it starts with you as that future owner, are you the right owner?
Do you have the lifestyle to own and raise that ultimate tiny sized pup and dog?
The public contact me and advise we have a teacup or three, I ask what is that dogs weight - in my book MY BOOK, anything but teacup sized dog…… The GENUINE TEACUP PUP is a rare sized pup.
I am regularly asked how does one know if the pup at hand is a teacup?
What should it weigh?
What should it have weighed at birth etc ?.
It now weighs X at this age X weeks, is this a teacup dog?
The answer to these questions is simple. WAIT AND SEE.
There is no RECIPE to produce this size dog, some breeders do some real strange things in order to breed them or rather should I say “attempt” to breed them.
(1 )They starve them,
(2) Ration their food intake
(3) They interbreed them
(4) Breed with very small dogs.
A proper teacup pup cannot be starved or its food rationed, as it will never survive as simple as that. The smaller the pup the more frequent that pup has to eat and if it does not get that food to sustain its sugar level, you have one problem HYPOGLYCAEMIA.
Over the years I have heard of people buying these small sized dogs and a container of glucose powder given when the pup is handed over. This is not a safe practice for any pup. Once the glucose powder is withdrawn the pup will either eat up a storm or possibly not survive that much longer.
One has to wonder why anyone with a heart would deliberately UNDER FEED a pup to make out it is something it is not.
INTERBREEDING comes with a whole set of problems, I have heard Mother is bred to son, Father to daughter I have been told before this is the recipe to produce teacups. WELL all I can say is pups bred this way are at risk of developing all sorts of health issues as any PROBLEMS in their bloodlines are doubled up on if bred in this way. Producing pups in this manner produces, sickly, unhealthy problem pups that become problem adult dogs. Never away from the vet.
Last week a member of the public told me they were sold a pair of teacup breeding dogs, well there is NO SUCH THING. They are way too small to breed with. Needless to say the person telling me said both dogs ended up far larger than expected and have never produced the first pup. ?????
Breeders work to a growth chart and in some cases it is spot on and in other cases anything but correct.
There is only one way you can guarantee any pup is a teacup pup and when I say TEACUP I mean the genuine tiny dog. WAIT AND SEE.
It does not mean because a pup was born at a very low weight it is going to be a very small dog as an adult, it may be, it may not be.
When it comes to teacup pups and dogs, there can never be a rush attitude. I get so many people well let’s say I did many years back, wanting their pup at a young age and then when the pup did not turn out that small it was a huge story in their lives and all I can say DOES NOT HAPPEN NOW, has not happened in years. They now leave us at 4 months of age and at that age we KNOW they are a tiny.
A tiny pup genuine tiny pup does not grow in leaps and bounds, it picks up a regular amount of weight it is not one kilogram at six months of age and then four kilograms at a year of age, as some person actually thought I would or could believe. The Professionals out there, say IMPOSSIBLE and I have to agree.
Hence these bundles remain here till four months of age. In this time they are fed around the clock start solid food at a very young age. FAR YOUNGER than the bigger sized pups would.
They are far more advanced to the normal sized pup. They take that much more effort to care for by the breeder.
There is no such thing as a teacup litter. I get asked that every other day, WHEN DO YOU EXPECT YOUR NEXT LITTER OF TEACUP PUPS TO BE BORN?
There is no such thing.
NO ONE worldwide is an expert on this sized dog NO ONE.
WE do our utmost to ensure if our buyers want that tiny dog, ultra-tiny dog, have the lifestyle to care for it, are prepared to go that extra mile, we will consider them as being future parents to this precious bundle.
Again I must stress this is not a child’s dog, puppy. A lot of these pups are 400 odd grams at four months of age, while some are bigger but not much heavier and our pups are solid, robust pups, not something that can be blown over in a gust of wind.
This sized pup is a pup that needs around the clock attention, not a pup you leave home to go to work and come back to at the end of the day. This is a pup you handle as you would a baby. You would not leave a baby home while you go out to work, it would have a responsible caregiver, but here again, the teacup pup will differ to a human baby. They bond with their owner, caregiver the reason so many people have an issue with them. They are not prepared to give up their lives to own such a tiny dog. They want the dog as a fashion statement, etc, something to brag with but are not prepared to do what it takes to raise that pup as it needs to be raised.
We have also overcome this situation as well. Some fifteen years back we had people hounding us for this size dog, to most of those folk a fashion statement.
We have stamped this out completely. If people want this size dog they must prove to us they have done their research have the lifestyle to own such a tiny.
We have also been down the road (years back) with the know it all’s. Who own a bunch of Yorkies as pets, have had Yorkies for years, and make a total disaster of attempting to raise a proper tiny pup. We have stamped that out as well.
The bottom line to owning a GENUINE TEACUP PUP.
Ours will leave our care once all their shots are done and we feel that pup is stable and will not be a problem to their future owner. Shots at 6 weeks, 10 weeks, 14 weeks plus rabies.
All our pups carry health guarantees, all are micro chipped and registered.
HOWEVER when I say a problem to their owner, the future owner has to realise, this is not just a pup, this is a way of life.
The pup must be monitored around the clock.
Most of the public who come to me tell me they bought a tiny from whomever and it died, the majority of the time the pup in question died from HYPOGLYCAEMIA. Read up on it, if you are in the market to buy a tiny. Do not blame anyone for your ignorance.
Owning a teacup pup and dog is not for everyone, in fact for a very few.
Most people referring to their dogs as teacup are referring to dogs sold as teacups that are anything but teacup pups.
In South Africa very few dogs are the genuine teacup dog. The majority sold as teacups are pocket sized dogs and told that is the size of a teacup. In some instances are told anything up to 2kg is a teacup dog. ????
Breeders are all human, mistakes can and do happen, so before jumping up and down, take that into account.
We keep our teacups till they are four months of age, this way we know what size that pup is going to become as an adult dog. This is not cast in stone, but this is how we operate as we believe a pup that remains tiny for all this time has been fed correctly from a very young age, around the clock, no ill health, has a very good chance of being a tiny adult, a genuine tiny adult.
I have records on hand of pups born some twenty years ago that were teacups lived very long, healthy and happy lives.
DON’T be fooled…. This is all hogwash…
I have heard, all tinies are sickly, die at young ages and that is total HOGWASH.
I have also heard via the public and on so many occasions, the mother weighs X the father weighs Y therefore the pup will be within those weights HOGWASH.
However the longevity of any pup and especially a tiny lies in the hands of its owner, if you are not prepared to go the extra mile, handle that pup, as you would a human baby, don’t buy it in the first place.
A pup needs a routine and if you follow the rules you are given when buying a tiny from us, you are not going to hit a problem, however do it for a while, then get too clever, you will hit a problem. This sized dog is not for a few weeks of full hands on, it is for a lifetime of FULL HANDS ON.
We do not expect our tinies to suffer from any ill health, or visit a vet on a regular basis as seems to happen with a lot of the smaller sized dogs out there.
We do expect our tinies to live full, happy, healthy lives with the right human owner.
We have had many a tiny we kept live way past ten and twelve years of age with not as much having had an upset gut.
Bred the correct way they are healthy dogs. We have bred them as small as 550gms as an adult healthy, happy dog. The mother of that dog a 3kg girl the Dad a 2kg boy.
As I have said this is not a child’s pet. No matter how well behaved your child may be this is not the pup for a child. This is a pup and dog suited to an adult, who handles that pup as an extension of their human family. Someone who goes that extra mile, someone who has researched these tiny dogs. All owners of our pups are advised and educated as to how one handles a tiny and we are very happy to say, right owner, with this sized pup, very happy situation. In the majority of cases they buy a second in time to come. The pup/dog has an amazing life. It forms part of that family.
HOWEVER not all people see an animal as precious, a life as precious and people who think an dog is just an animal, if we can afford it – we buy it – THANKS BUT NO THANKS. I would rather never sell the first pup than sell to this sort of owner.
I have been told a good few times over the years, IF WE CAN AFFORD TO BUY A TEACUP, WHO ARE YOU TO TELL US YOU WON’T SELL US ONE?
I guess a lot of breeders could not care who buys their pups what life that pup leads after it leaves them, but we do care. Hence prove you have the lifestyle to care for that baby.
There are many people out there who have the lifestyle for this sized pup and dog.
This is a pup that needs around the clock feeding and monitoring and hence pajama drill to be taken seriously – not done for a week or three and then the owner gets comfortable and forgets this is a serious commitment owning this sized baby.
INFO to be considered when searching for that ultimate tiny out there…
I get this every other day as well.
I have no objection at all to helping the public try and find their dream dog however these are a few guidelines in doing that….
A proper tiny eats around the clock, no pajama drill advised to be done NOT A TINY
The pup is bred from teacup sized dogs again HOGWASH not possible unless of course the breeders idea of teacup is miniature or large pocket size.
There is NO such thing as a cheap teacup dog or pup should I say – raising them is hard work for any breeder. It means pajama drill for months on end, so many times a night. NOT most people’s idea of fun and definitely not many breeders idea of breeding either.
We go way beyond the NORM when raising our pups we are not the normal run of the mill dog breeders. We do and have produced teacups for many, many years. Bred as nature intended.
Thank you for your time. I hope if this is your dream BABY you are more informed and possibly realise that this size dog is not suited to you or your family, on the other hand this sized dog may be ideal for you and your lifestyle.
From: Caron Oosterberg
Sent: Saturday, April 02, 2016 10:53 PM
To: Joyce Mijoy
Storm says hello! Love her to bits! Annual check up today vet said she is perfect, weight perfect 2.2kg, said he has never seen Yorkies with such perfect clean teeth, he also said she is so cute and adorable! Thanks again!
SO YUMMY ............
Thanks Caron always good to hear from you, thanks for the latest update on STORM too adorable for words....
Pet Care 911
Pet owners are sometimes faced with emergencies involving their animals. A lack of understanding of what to do can cause more harm than good. In this feature we will try and help pet owners deal with some of the more common emergencies and provide some tips on how to deal with them.
Poisonings are one of the most common emergencies seen by companion animal veterinarians and knowing basic first aid can help save your pet’s life.
What is Toxic to my Pet?
The list is endless but it’s also quite simple; all products that are harmful to humans can be harmful to your pet. For example, household bleach or weed killers. But this is obvious right?
A list of toxic tasty food also exists (including chocolate), and the favourite plant “chew toy” in your garden can also be harmful or even fatal. A handy list of toxic foods for your pet can be found at www.petpoisonhelpline.com
Pets (dogs more than cats) mostly ingest toxic substances due to their scavenging nature. You name it they’ll eat it! The first line of treatment in some cases will be to remove the toxin from the body. This is achieved by inducing vomition. This can be a big no-no in certain situations and it’s therefore very important to consult with your veterinarian first before this is attempted.
What Information will my Vet require?
Have the following information available if possible:
If your veterinarian agrees that vomiting is a wise next move then do the following:
Some pets can get dermal or ocular exposure and the best tip will be to read the product label. This will give you a good starting point on what to do next. For example, if the label instructs you to wash your skin with soap and water if you’re exposed, then wash your pet’s skin with soap and water (be careful not to get any into its eyes, mouth or nose) or if the label tells you to flush the eyes with water, do so for your pet and call a veterinarian immediately.
Illegal use of aldicarb (carbamate pesticide) to maliciously poison animals for criminal intent is a major problem in South Africa. Survival can unfortunately not be guaranteed but early and aggressive treatment by your veterinarian can improve your pet’s chances.
The following symptoms should alert one of possible aldicarb toxicity:
Please avoid direct contact with a toxin containing bodily fluids by wrapping your pet in a blanket. This will also help keep your pet warm and calm while rushing to the nearest veterinarian.
Hopefully this article will help pet owners be heroes but it’s very important not to substitute first aid for proper veterinary care.
The genuine TEACUP DOG, so much more than a tiny dog
A WAY OF LIFE...
Such a cutie, thanks for the Pic LEONIE a real Teddy Bear in looks and in nature.
SKUDO Pet: An alternative solution to ticks and fleas.
Protect pets with Ultrasonic Repellents that are chemical- and toxin free and therefor more environmentally friendly! Ideal for pets prone to allergies and sensitive skin, it is even safe to use on puppies, kittens, pregnant, lactating or older pets.
How does it work?
The unit emits a range of ultrasonic sounds. Supported by clinical tests and trials, the sounds emitted are perfectly safe for humans and pets, but intolerable to ticks and fleas. These insects are repelled from your pet and close surroundings like sleeping areas. SKUDO Pet covers a range of 2m² and is perfect for continuous treatment or as a prevention programme to avoid re-infestations. Parasites cannot build a resistance to its ultrasonic sounds.
A convenient and small attachment to the collar of your pet. It can be used all year round as a preventative or as a disinfectant treatment.
It is a small weatherproof device that emits harmless ultrasonic pulses intolerable to ticks and fleas. These ultrasounds are completely safe and undetectable to the pet. The Ultrasonic Tick & Flea Repellent is chemical- and toxin free and highly recommended to pets with sensitive skin and to use on older, sick, pregnant or lactating animals, and especially on puppies and kittens.
• Lasts for up to 12 months
• Completely harmless to pets and people
• Chemical and toxin free
• Covers a range of 2m²
• No accidental misapplication
• Parasites cannot build up a resistance
Developed and tested:
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This unit complies with CE standards