Top 25 Non-Shedding Dogs

Guess which breed is listed as number 1???

You got it…Yorkshire Terrier!

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Artie, Coby, Buddy

Check out the other 24 breeds, especially if you are an allergy/asthma suffer.

http://dogs.petbreeds.com/stories/5014/25-dog-breeds-shed-least?utm_medium=social.paid&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=ao.sp.fb.dt.5014#25-Yorkshire-Terrier

Best Dog Breeds for Asthmatics

According to research, the 4 best dog breeds for people with asthma are Shih Tzu, Poodle, Bichon, and Airedale Terrier. The first three are small dogs, whereas the last breed, Airedale Terrier, is a large dog. Although, these breeds have been shown to invoke the least amount of symptoms in asthmatics, every person is different. No dog breed is completely hypoallergenic. To find out more about these breeds, see the article below.

http://www.dogvills.com/4-best-dogs-breeds-for-asthmatics/

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$25 Pet Adoption at the Michigan Humane Society (October 21-23)

For a limited time (Oct. 21-23), finding a lovable pet to adopt is very affordable. For just $25, you can rescue any dog, puppy, cat, or kitten from the Michigan Humane Society.

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All adopted pets from MHS come with:

• Sterilization

• Age-appropriate vaccinations

• Basic medical exam

• Behavior assessment

• Microchipping (cats and kittens)

• MHS Adopter Support Services

Use this link to search all MHS adoptable pets. If adoption isn’t for you at this time, please pass on the $25 certificate to someone who could use it.

The Dogs Behind A, B, and C

My dogs are the love of my life. I can’t imagine life without them. They bring me so much joy and laughter. Dogs are companions that seem to read your every emotion. My dogs sense when I’m not feeling well, when I’m sad, when I’m mad, and when I’m happy or excited. They know what I need depending on my mood. I love how they comfort me when I’m not feeling well. They will lay on my lap or next to me when I’m not well. If I am sad or upset, they cuddle close to me or will lick my tears. If I’m scared, they are scared with me. I continue to be amazed at their sensitivity and smartness!!!

Artie is my dog with anxiety. He tends to be very anxious about situations. He doesn’t care for car rides, being away from home, or being left without mom and dad. He is also submissive. He is often the dog that lies down on the ground for other dogs or doesn’t “tell” other dogs how he feels. We are having an issue with Coby showing some dominance over Artie, and Artie doesn’t “fight” back. Artie doesn’t need a lot of attention. He is happy just sitting on our laps. He rarely likes to cuddle or be held. He loves to chase birds, bunnies, and squirrels. He is definitely the hunter in the family! He was our first dog and the “A” of the family.

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Buddy “B” is our second adopted dog. He has the same mom and dad as Artie, so they are blood brothers. He was born just 6 months after Artie. Buddy was originally named Beast because he was a big boy! He had a sister named Beauty :). Buddy continues to be a BIG boy. I imagine he must weigh close to 10 pounds. He likes to eat! I should say he devours his food. He’s gained some weight now that we have Coby because he often finishes Coby’s food. He loves to have his belly and neck rubbed and he loves to cuddle. We call him our “Attention Hound”.  He’d like to have attention all the time.  He is less active then Artie when it comes to playing with Coby. He enjoys watching or barking when Artie and Coby play.  He is “Momma’s Boy”.

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Coby finished our family as the “C” of the group. He will be 10 months old on July 11. He shares his birthday with 9/11. He is wound up and has two speeds – go, go, go or sleep!! He loves to chew on bones. He also loves to play, especially with Artie. He’s helped both Artie and Buddy come out of their shells. When we go to the dog park, Artie and Buddy play or wander around instead of hanging out by mommy and daddy (like previous years). We call Coby “Mischief” or “Trouble” because he likes to find both! He lacks his dominance when outside of the house and instead is quiet and calm. I plan to have Coby tested to be a therapy dog just after he turns one year of age. I have no doubt that he will cheer people up and bring a smile to their faces.

 

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All three of my dogs touch my heart in their own special way. Many people ask me how I manage three dogs. I can’t imagine it any other way. They are a blessing to me and I am thankful every day for them.

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Coby AKA “Stinker”

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Coby is our puppy at almost 9 months of age. He is as cute as can be, but man can he be a stinker!!!! He has definitely changed our family dynamics. Before Coby came along, Artie and Buddy spent most of their time lying around or eating. There wasn’t much play between the two unless Dave and/or I were involved. They also rarely left our sides at the dog park. Both of these situations have changed. Artie and Coby play a lot, whereas Buddy stands by to be the “referee”.  He barks like crazy as he hangs out next to the wrestling. There are times when Buddy will join in, but he doesn’t play nearly as much as Artie. Their dog park behaviors have changed too. Instead of hanging by us, they venture off more and take part in dog type activities. It brings us so much joy to see Artie and Buddy interact with Coby. It’s like they have new life!

Now…to the stinker part!!! Coby is a puppy and puppies can be mischief!! We rarely let him out of our sight. If he gets quiet, we get suspicious. Although Coby hasn’t destroyed anything major, we don’t take our chances. He’s torn up plastic bags, tissues, napkins, newspaper, and other papers, but nothing of importance. It’s just a nuisance to clean up. Now for the biggest issue we’ve had…potty training! He’s been a difficult one! Our dogs ring a bell, which is hanging at the sliding door, to tell us they need to go outside. This works great for Artie and Buddy. For Coby, it’s like “The Boy who Cried Wolf”.  He rings the bell so often we don’t know when he really needs to go. Sometimes we take him (and the other two) out and he doesn’t go one or two! Other times we ignore him and he goes potty in the house! Frustrating to say the least.

Not only is going potty in the house an issue, but Coby has a NASTY puppy habit right now. Are you ready???? He likes to eat poop – his own or his brothers. Can you say GROSS?! I’ve done some research and this appears to be a common puppy behavior. The best thing we can do to stop the behavior is to keep him away from any poop. This means cleaning up the yard frequently and keeping him away from any temptations. We are hoping he grows out of this habit quickly. Sorry if this was TMI (too much information). Although these couple of things can be frustrating, we couldn’t be happier that Coby is apart of our family!!! He is a bundle of energy and joy! He keeps us on our toes and he keeps his brothers young. So blessed by this 5 pound bundle of cuteness! Thanks to Homeward Bound Rescue League for allowing us to adopt Coby.

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Bark in the Park 2.0

Today my husband and I took Coby to the Bark in the Park event in Farmington, MI. The event took place at the Sunquist Pavilion in downtown Farmington from 12-3 p.m. The pavilion area is a centralized gathering place for events such as their farmer’s market, concerts, and more. It is a quaint area surrounded by small restaurants and stores.

When we got to the event around 1 p.m. we were happy to easily find a parking place near the park. There were dogs of all sizes (on leashes) with their owners. The first thing that caught our attention was the dog costume contest. It was just ending, but we got to see which dog earned first place. It was a large black dog dressed as a spider. He was so cool, although maybe frightening to some!!! The spider costume was handmade by the owner who commented that he made many trips to Home Depot. Check out the dog below and be sure to watch the short video (9 seconds).

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After the contest was over we ventured over to find out more about Therapy Dogs Inc. There were volunteers from both Therapy Dogs Inc. and an organization called Doctor Paws, Inc. This group was completing on the spot testing for dogs who met the requirement of one year of age. Coby will be one year of age in September and this is definitely something we want to pursue. I will be looking into various groups to join, but this group sounds promising. They test the dogs free of charge but ask people to consider making a donation of $25 to cover the Tee-shirt (with logo below) for the handler and bandana for the dog. Also, this donation allows handlers and their dogs into special functions during the year such as the Make-A-Wish events and others events. I could feel the energy and excitement of these volunteers which lets me know that Doctor Paws is a good organization to join. Can’t wait!!!

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These two poodles are therapy dogs for Doctor Paws, Inc.
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There were many vendors at the event some of which provided services and others who were selling their goods. There were also some animal rescues. Although we didn’t purchase anything, it was interesting walking around and a good experience for Coby as he met many new dogs and got lots of attention from people.  Thank you to the city of Farmington for hosting this event.

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Adoption of Artie

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Tammy and Artie the day we adopted him.

Let me tell you about Artie, our oldest dog. Artie was born on February 18, 2009 in Tennessee. Our friend’s, Ron and Tammy, had three litters of dogs by their two dogs, Beth and Nicky. Artie was one of the dogs from their first litter, and he was the last dog in his litter to be adopted. I don’t think Tammy was in a hurry to give up Artie. That was until Beth became pregnant again (TOO soon). It was then that Tammy posted on Facebook that she had this dog named Artie (King Arthur was his full name) that needed to be adopted before the new puppies came along. I don’t remember looking for a dog, but when this chance came along, I was thinking HARD about it. I knew little about Yorkies at the time, but I could see that this dog was stinking cute!!! And if Tammy said he was a great dog, I knew it had to be true!

So with careful thought and some persuasion from my friend, Julie, we decided to adopt Artie. The question was…how were we going to get him from Tennessee? It turned about that my parents were going to be moving from Michigan to Georgia. So in late August 2009, Dave and I traveled by car with my parents to help them with their house search. It was on the way back from this trip that we stopped to pick up Artie. I remember being so excited that whole week! I could hardly wait to head back home.  On August 30, we met Tammy at Cracker Barrel near one of the exits in Tennessee for the exchange. It was an exciting day for Dave and I, but Tammy had mixed emotions. She had grown very close to Artie who was 6 months old at the time. She also knew that Artie would be in good hands with us. So with a few hugs and some exchange of goodies, we started back home to Michigan with Artie, our 6 month old baby.

We didn’t know what to expect during that long drive home. How would Artie react to leaving Tammy and his doggy mom and dad?  I remember he whined just a little at the beginning but that was short lived. I’m sure the love and attention of four adults helped him feel secure.  He also quickly went to his place of comfort behind mine or Dave’s neck, something he started with Tammy and still does to this day.

Dave and Artie the day we got him.
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The day we adopted Artie is forever a good memory. Yes, taking on the responsibility of a pet can be scary, but it can also be life changing.  We know it was one of our best decisions.  Artie filled a gap for us. You see…we were not able to have children. That was a difficult thing to bear as we both had a desire to love on a little one. Although our little one turned out to be of the dog type, Artie has brought us an extreme amount of joy and happiness. We truly can’t imagine life without him.