6 Reasons to Attend a Pet Writer Conference

It’s been over a week since BlogPaws 2017 in Myrtle Beach, SC. As always, we had a great time there learning new things, meeting new people, getting to see new places and oh yeah….the pets. If you are a pet lover, there are so many wonderful reasons to attend a pet writers conference whether you write about pets or just love them.

  1. PETS

Oh, the places we will go…in a stroller.










YapTalk’s “T.K.” & “N.G.” of DearMishu.com












Kim Delaney


Like minded pet lovers












A wide array of interesting topics












Free goodies from the wonderful BlogPaws sponsors












We cannot wait until next year’s conference. BlogPaws 2018 and Kansas City….here we come!

Until next time,

T.K., YapTalk

Get Ready Now!

Be prepared to evacuate with your pet during an emergency

FEMA has declared May 13th, 2017 as National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day. YapTalk has partnered with Hill’s Nutrition and the SPCA of Texas, to raise awareness on this important topic. Let’s discuss the topic of evacuating your home with your pet.

If you evacuate your home, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND! Pets most likely cannot survive on their own; and if by some remote chance they do, you may not be able to find them when you return. An easy way to get started is to create your own Pet Emergency Go-Kit with supplies, food and water in the event that you and your pet need to leave your home.

The good folks at SPCA of Dallas also recommend making the following preparations BEFORE an emergency evacuation:

International Women’s Day – Goodbye Darlene

International Women’s Day

March is Women’s History Month and today-March 8th is International Women’s Day. This entire month of March and this specific day is celebrated around the world to demonstrate respect, appreciation and support for women’s economic, political and social achievements. That being said, I could not think of a more fitting way to honor the day and have our first post of March than to honor an extraordinary woman who heavily influenced not only the pet industry-but strongly influenced this blog as well. The pet world recently lost a wonderful woman, pet author and advocate Darlene Arden, to ovarian cancer.

I met Darlene only once. It was at BlogPaws 2013 in D.C. It was my first BlogPaws and I’d only just decided to start a blog on the care and ownership of small breed dogs. While researching the existing material out there on the subject, I discovered that the best book about the often special care and considerations of owning a small breed was written by Darlene. I decided early on that I would eventually want the topics covered in these posts to be published as a book. So, I was delighted when I saw that Darlene would be conducting a session at the conference on writing book proposals. The session was called ‘So You Want to Write a Book Proposal’ and it was phenomenal. I learned so very much from her during that session. At the end of her talk, she mentioned that she had brought with her some signed copies of her book small dogs, big hearts. I remember stealthily stalking her around the conference for the rest of that day trying to work up the nerve to ask her for a signed copy of her book. I am usually a very confident woman but Darlene had such an incredible aura about her that I found to be, quite frankly, very intimidating. Not only did she have what has been described by her friends as a “biting sense of humor” she could command a room just by sitting in it which she did quite well during her BlogPaws session. I did eventually get up the nerve to approach Darlene and ask her for a signed copy of her book but she said that unfortunately she’d run out and suggested that I mail her a copy and she’d be happy to sign it. I never did and now I very much regret that.

Darlene Arden, author of small dogs, big hearts and an inspiration for YapTalk.

After the conference, I wrote a post about how much I enjoyed BlogPaws and specifically…her session. A few weeks later, I saw that she’d left the sweetest comment on that post. Still, I could not get enough nerve to reach out to her to ask her for advice or yet still, get her to sign a copy of my book which I went out and purchased immediately after the conference.

When I met Darlene, I did not know that she was battling ovarian cancer with which she was apparently diagnosed with in 2010. I realized this only after her passing on February 27th from an obituary post by her dear friend Steve Daly. Darlene was not all about dogs though, she also had a couple of bestseller books on cats. I didn’t know her well but I got the impression that cats were indeed her preferred companion animal. I guess nobody is perfect, right? In all seriousness though, she seemed to be a great lady and her work on the subject of small breed dogs is the best out there. In addition to small dogs, big hearts, she had also written a previous guide for small breed owners called The Irrepressible Small Breed. Darlene Arden is someone to be truly admired and we do very much admire her here at YapTalk. We only hope that we can contribute half as much as Darlene did to the people who choose to share their lives with a small breed dog.

Goodbye Darlene and rest in peace, you’ve earned it!

T.K., YapTalk


Small Breed Puppies

Hypoglycemia and small dogs is a very serious issue.

Hypoglycemia and small breed puppies is a very serious issue.

In celebration of National Puppy Day  I want to discuss a very important consideration that could mean life or death for your small breed puppy. A few months ago, a family member called me in a panicked state because her daughter’s new Pomeranian was acting lethargic. I talked to her for a while running through a checklist of what could have gone wrong throughout the day. Long story short, they rushed the dog to the puppy’s vet and turns out, the dog’s blood sugar was dangerously low. I’m happy to report that all is well, the dog was treated and is being held for observation.

This reminded me of a very important factor of owning a small breed. Low blood sugar  or hypoglycemia in a small breed puppy is just one of the things that makes them special.

If you are considering a small breed dog please be aware of this condition and be prepared to treat it if it does happen. As always, consult a veterinarian for the care of your dog.

The post below is a great information source on hypoglycemia in small breeds.


Article Credit: PurinaProClub.com


5 New Year’s Resolutions For Your Dog

What is your new year resolution for your dog?


RESOLUTION #5 – Start a pet savings account

Just as parents save money for their children to go to college, pet owners should start a special account just for pet-related expenses down the road. Having some extra cash will ensure that you never have to compromise when it comes to getting your pet the best care possible.

RESOLUTION #4 – Update their tags

No pet owner ever wants to be in a situation where their pet has wandered away. But you can at least be sure that they will be returned to you as quickly as possible by keeping their pet ID up to date. If ANY of your contact information has changed… don’t wait — update their tags and microchip information today! It’s the best way to ensure a lost pet makes their way home safely.”

RESOLUTION #3 – Measure their food

Make your pet’s health one of your biggest priorities going into the New Year. Part of this involves paying close attention to how much food you give them. Too many owners, ‘eyeball’ their pet’s daily intake and pour that into a bowl, usually resulting in overfeeding and weight gain.”  Using a measuring cup to ensure your pet gets just the right amount of food is the best way to go to keep them at their optimal weight and healthy.

RESOLUTION #2 – Make time to play

Your pet undoubtedly loves you and loves spending time with you. Make it a priority to play with them more next year. We often have good intentions when it comes to making time to play. But we don’t always do it. Carve out certain hours of your week that can be devoted entirely to playing with your pet. It will give them some much-needed exercise, and will provide you both with some crucial one-on-one time.

Does this Dog Have a Soul?

Play with your Yapper. It’s good for both of you

RESOLUTION #1 – Set up Playdates

Resolve to bring more joy into your pet’s life easier next year. One easy way is by setting up pet play dates. Call up a friend with a similarly size pet and get together at a nearby park. Interaction with other animals is great for your pet’s mental health, and can help vastly improve their social skills.


A Happy Ending


I almost lost Bella today! I came back from taking a run around my neighborhood and she was waiting on me…outside, when I got home! I don’t know what happened because my doors were all locked when I got home. The only thing that I can think of is that she ended up on the wrong side of the door when I left for my workout.  A few weeks ago, I wrote about the importance of microchipping your pet  I am glad that I often take my own advice.

Close call with Bella today

Close call with Bella today

I am fortunate enough to have some great neighbors who know how much I love my little dog so it set off alarms right away for them when they saw her roaming around me. However, I cringe to think about what might have happened if  I didn’t have such great neighbors. YapTalk has partnered with Petstablished to help drive home these three extremely important things:

  1. Microchip your pet.
  2. Register that microchip with a reputable company.
  3. Keep your contact information updated so that if your furbaby does get lost, they will be able to get in contact with you ASAP!

Not all stories like Bella’s end happily but Petstablished and YapTalk want to ensure that we get as many happy endings as possible.


10 Thanksgiving Foods That Are Toxic To Your Dog


When it comes to your dog, use caution when giving cooking this Holiday season.

When it comes to your dog, use caution when giving cooking this Holiday season.

These are a list of 10 food that you SHOULD NOT feed your little Yapper while your are preparing your Thanksgiving feasts…no matter how much they beg for it:

  1. BONES
    Giving your dog a bone, no matter what the size, can mean a trip to the vet, and even possible surgery or death. She recommends making sure you throw out bones from your own meals so your dog can’t get to them.
    The threat of salmonella in uncooked turkey is terrible for your dog’s stomach (and yours, of course).
    You may love the turkey skin and gravy—but fatty foods like those are tough for your dogt o digest. In fact, your dog’s pancreas can become inflamed, resulting in pancreatitis.
    Raw dough plus your dog’s body heat can actually make the dough rise in its stomach. That can cause your dog to vomit, while at the same time suffering abdominal pain and bloating. Plus, the batter you use for those cakes and cookies contains raw eggs, which could contain salmonella bacteria. Make sure to clean up any scraps or droppings that hit the floor right away.
  5. BEER
    Keep the cold ones to yourself. Some dogs might love beer, but it can really mess with their stomach. And if the dog has too much, it can cause a fever, rapid heartbeat, seizures, liver damage, or even death.
    They’re very bad for dogs, and can cause a reaction called macadamia nut toxicosis. Symptoms can range from lethargy to vomiting to your dog being unable to stand up.
    Fungi are good for you, but very bad for your dog. If your dog eats mushrooms, the dog may experience vomiting, seizures, or even coma and possibly death.
    Your dog can get very sick from eating onions or garlic, because they contain sulfides—which are toxic to dogs and can cause destruction of red blood cells, leading to anemia.
  9. SAGE
    It’s in countless Thanksgiving Day recipes, but it shouldn’t be in your dog’s bowl. Sage contains oils and resins that can upset your four-legged friend’s stomach and do a number on its central nervous system.
  10. NUTMEG
    Pumpkin and sweet potatoes are good for your dog—but make sure they don’t contain nutmeg. It has mild hallucinogenic properties that, when ingested by your dog, can cause seizures, tremors and central nervous system problems.

Article Credit: http://www.fox5dc.com/health/53500961-story


5 Reasons to Own a Small Breed Dog

5 Reasons to Own a Small Breed Dog

5 Reasons to Own a Small Breed Dog

  1. They are portable – You can throw them in a bag and take them anywhere
  2. Their poops are smaller and arguably less disgusting
  3. They get you a lot of attention
  4. If you are single, you always have someone to sleep with
  5. They are just too cute for words

Music to Calm Your Anxious Dog During Fireworks

This time of year can dangerous for pets-specifically, with the fireworks that are used during this country’s July 4th tradition. Many pet owners are desperate to find ways to calm and soothe their frightened pooches during this time.

I was fortunate enough to attend the BlogPaws 2016 Conference in Phoenix, Arizona last week. The attendees received swag bags with all kinds of great stuff for dogs (and cats). One of the items in the bag was a sample CD of  ‘The Ruff Cuts: Songs for Dogs and People Who Love Them

Music for anxious dogs

Music for anxious dogs

Songs like “I’ll Always Come Back for You”  and “You’re a Good Dog” are all good songs and the lyrics are relatable. If you really love your little Yapper…and I’m sure you do, you probably have said some of those things to your own dog.

The songs are veterinarian recommended and are perfect to play for your dog during anxious times like fireworks, separation anxiety or just when playing with or while grooming your pooch.

‘The Ruff Cuts: Songs for Dogs’ is available at iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify, Tidal or most other streaming music services. Download a copy today. Your dog will love it!

Until next time,