The great state of Texas

We live in the great state of Texas, it is to us home. Texas sometimes gets bad a wrap for being too conservative and all people think about is white guys in boots and wranglers. Funny thing is that it is not at all like that in the cities. You see a wide array of different people of all cultures. The weather is great, you can get to the Ocean in no time at all, and there is an awesome restaurant scene. Texas really has something for everyone.

Last weekend we went to see the “Sculpted in Steel” exchibit, which was great! I really suggest going to see all the neat old cars, that is if your into that kind of stuff. We then went out afterwards to a couple nice bars in the area and had some drinks. Overall it was a pleasant evening with the wife.

Texas is one of the largest states in the country and is bordered by Mexico, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and the gulf of Mexico. There are deserts, mountains, and beaches. It was an official state in 1845 after the annexation from Mexico. It has always been known as a rugged and tough area where ranching has always been a staple to the economy. Now days however tourism is becoming a prominent force in the economy representing over $15 Billion dollars of annual revenue. The surge of tourists has been a great driving force in creating some really good venues for us locals as well. If your looking to visit Texas, check out the Travel Tex site and you can plan an entire trip.


Crate Training

Hello!!! Well its been a while since I have been online to make any posts, life has been taking over for sure. On this post I wanted to talk about crate training, we cate train all out dogs and have found it to be very beneficial to our overall management of dogs. If you research dogs in the wild, you will find that they like to sleep in a “den”, a secluded dry place with that they will come to time and time again. The great thing about the den is that they will not poop or urninate in this space and they like it clean. (well as clean as a dog can get). So it’s only natural that dogs will become accustomed to a crate and think of it as their den. It’s a place of solice that they will feel relaxed in.

Getting a dog trained to love their crate is really quite simple, and we feel that it should start at a young age. Choosing the right size crate is also important, to learn more about choosing the correct size crate click here. Once you have found the right crate than its time to start!!! We had a dog that continually was exscaping from the  store bought crates, we once actually put a camera in the room to see how he was doing it and it was amazing at how he would figure out the latching sytem, at one point I finally had to do to my local fabrication shop and have one made with special locks that he could not meddle with.

Below is a couple key items to keep in mind while training your dog:

  1. Never use the crate as punishment!! This is very important as it will give the dog a negative view of the den and they will not want to be in it.
  2. Never leave your dog in the crate unattended for too long, we have found that 4 hours is pretty much the max time we will have them in it. If they need to go back in the crate we wait at least 30 minutes before they go back.

We like to start the crate training at night, with a break in the middle for them to go the bathroom. This should last just a couple months and they will be able to hold themselves for the night. Our dogs all followed a pretty good routine of out for a break around midnight and then until about 5-6AM before they have to go. During the day every couple hours we will crate them for two hours as puppy and slowly increase the time as they get older. Now we understnad that this may not be possible for those of you with full time jobs, so maybe look at other alternatives like kenneling for a few months until they get used to it.

We understand that this may not be the optimal process for every pet owner, if you get a puppy on friday evening and have to rely on a crate starting monday for a full 8 hours than it might be time to rethink having a dog until your schedule allows it. As we mentioned in our earlier post, choosing to have a dog is a big decision, and you should take your work schedule into account before adopting.

Crate training your dog has so many benefits and if done appropriatly can be a positive expierience for the dog as well. It allows you a little down time from them and keeps the expierience enjoyeable for all.


Hope you enjoy!



Crate training

Crate training your dog offers manu advantages. Just to name a few would be peace of mind while your away from your house and travelling with them. If done properly, your little friend will see the crate as a place of peace and relaxation. We have crate trained all our dogs and they love going into their space. A couple key items to consider, never treat the kennel as a place to punish your dog. They will not react the way you would expect, their dogs, not humans. Also do not leave them in the kennel for any longer than three hours when your away. Although they should not after time relieve themselves in the kennel (they do not like to do this where they sleep), they might if your leave them in it for long periods of time unattended.

Start by having your dog spend the nights in the kennel/crate, when they start to whine or act like they want out let, let them out and take them to go the bathroom. After they are done, put them back into it. They may cry and whine just because they want to be with you or dont initially like it. If that is the case it’s up to you if you want them to stay in it, were more of a tough love kind of family and will let them cry it out for a while.

Rest assured your dog will get used to it and it will leanr to love the crate, if after a few weeks of consistant crate training your little friend is not taking to it, you may want to consult a vet to see if there are any other issues.


What to expect when adopting

Adopting a new dog can be as easy as going to the shelter, picking out a cute little furry friend and thats it! We however would suggest that you put a little more thought into the process before hand. Dogs , alot like children can be a lot of work. Below are some key questions that you should take into consideration prior to:


  1. Is your house big enough for the size of dog you desire? If you live in a one room apartment, it may not be wise to get a great dane. Maybe a yorkie is the best fit (like that plug?)
  2. How much does the dog shed? And will you be able to handle the hair everywhere if it does? We are lucky enough to have a house cleaner who comes twice a month. This is obviously something that it is luxury, however it also affords us the capability to handle the mess.
  3. Do you have any other pets already? How well do they interact with other animals, especially dogs?
  4. Do you have a robust social life that would take you away from home and leave the dog by itself? Or how much do you work? This is most common area of concern we see in new dog owners, they get their dog, and then realize a few months (or weeks) down the road they just do not have the time to be at home with or cant take it with them enough and have to re-home it.
  5. Do you have kids? Are the allergic?

These are just a few examples, there are obviously other questions that should be asked based off your current situation. The moral of the story here is that you should think about your decision thorooughly to ensure that you are making the best decision for both you and your new friend. 5170590074_066e255655_o


What to get before you adopt

Adopting a dog can be a very big decision, no matter what size and type of dog you are adopting there should be some key items to aquire prior to adopting a dog or puppy. Below is a brief list of items we have always gotten prior to picking up a new friend.

  1. A crate- We crate train all our dogs, mainly because we both work full time and like to sleep throughout the night 🙂 If you choose to crate train than you want one that is going to be big enough for the dog to sit up, stand and move around in a circle with ease. For Yorkies that leaves almost anytime of crate to choose from, but for larger dogs it would be best to get one that will fit. If your dog is really big than pen might be the best option.
  2. Poddy pads- If your new friend in not trained to relieve themselves outside than you’ll want to invest in some absorbent pads and have them out often. We had a little collapsible pen we put in the kitchen where the pup would hang out for bit if we needed some free time where we weren’t watching him/her.
  3. Small dog treats- These are perfect to give to the dog as leverage to do something. They should be very small and healthy, you don’t want them to replace a meal with the treat.
  4. Dog food of course- We like to use a taste of the wild  as it has all natural ingredients. Once you settle on a brand and flavor it is good to sitck with it. Changing up a dogs diet and can cause stomach irritability.
  5. Bedding- Dogs are pack animals and they like to be with the pack. Our dogs follow my wife around everywhere and sometimes I wonder if I’m even apart of the pack. Having bedding in the room where you spend most of your time will help to comfort the dog. They sleep a lot so if you tend to spend most of your time in the kitchen, placing a bed in there will give them a place to hang out.

I’m sure there are many more items that you can get, but these are just the basics that we have found really help to acclimate not only the dog to the new environment, but you to the dog as well.



A little about Yorkshire terriers

Yorkie’s were introduced in Yorkshire England in the 19th century, they were mainly used to hunt rats in the textile mills. Not a lot is written about them at the time so the history can be a little spotty as of their origins. The foundation breed for them is the Scotch terrier, not to be confused with the Scottish terrier. As time went on other breeds were mixed in like the paisley terrier, Skye terrier, and possibly the Maltese. They were brought to the U.S. in the mid to late 1800’s and became very popular show dogs of the time.

The coat on the Yorkie is known to be hypoallergenic and they do not shed much. The hair can grow to be quite long (down to the feet), however unless the owner is prepared to brush the hair frequently (almost daily) and other regular maintenance it is not advised to let it grow. The hair can become easily knotted and causes painful issues for the dog.

The most typical color of the yorkie is tan with a blue back, however other colors can be seen but are more atypical like blue/gold, black/tan, and black/gold. It is worth noting that the color of your dog does not necessarily mean it will have health problems.


Thanks for visiting (woof woof!!)

yorkiepicThank you for visiting our page dedicated to Yorkshire terriers. The cutest and most loving little friends you could ever ask for. Our family have been proud owners of these little guys for many years and we just love them so much. So we thought it would be a great idea start writing about them on our very own website in the hopes on educating people like you on what it takes to raise a happy and healthy yorkie. As you can see from the name of our website we live in the great state of Texas, so you may from time to time see some posts on that as well.

There is a lot to consider when making the decision of becoming a parent of a yorkie, and hopefully this site will help the process be a little smooth. One of our pet peeves is people who do not do some homework before taking on the responsibility, resulting in rehoming or giving back there loving little friend, or even worse taking them to a shelter. So with that said, we felt that we would have a mission statement of some sort to help direct our thoughts and writing. “Our mission is to help families make the right decision, so that they can get the most from their furry little friends. Reducing or even eliminating the number rehomed and sheltered dogs in the U.S.” So with that said, if this website saves just one dog, we have fulfilled our goal.

We truly hope that you enjoy reading about Yorkies.