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


He Doesn’t Even Have a Dog!

#DOTUS (Dog of the United States)

As National Love Your Pet Day comes to a close, we want to reflect on an issue that is very important to our Country-President Trump doesn’t even have a dog! Since before he even took the Oath as the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump has kept this country and the entire world entertained. Whether you love or hate the man, you have to admit that he is never boring. One thing that could possibly instantly improve his approval rating is to bring a dog into the White House. However, this is probably unlikely since he can’t even get Melania to move there, we’re just saying…

In any case, we here at YapTalk, don’t trust people who don’t like or have dogs and our President is not an exception to this rule.

The World’s Best Quotes About Dogs

Truly, Man's Best Friend

Truly, Man’s Best Friend

We could not think of a better way to end a 30-day blog challenge than with 10 more quotes about dogs. They are wonderful creatures and as these quotes will show-truly are Man’s Best Friend.

Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog.
—Sidney Jeanne Seward

Even the tiniest poodle is lionhearted, ready to do anything to defend home, master, and mistress.
—Louis Sabin

The psychological and moral comfort of a presence at once humble and understanding—this is the greatest benefit that the dog has bestowed upon man.
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

Dogs really are perfect soldiers. They are brave and smart; they can smell through walls, see in the dark, and eat Army rations without complaint.
—Susan Orlean

There’s just something about dogs that makes you feel good. You come home, they’re thrilled to see you. They’re good for the ego.
—Janet Schnellman

Love is the emotion that a woman feels always for a poodle dog and sometimes for a man.
—George Jean Nathan

A dog can express more with his tail in minutes than his owner can express with his tongue in hours.

Whoever said you can’t buy happiness forgot little puppies.
—Gene Hill

I don’t trust anybody in my life except my mother and my dogs.
—Cheryl Cole

No animal I know of can consistently be more of a friend and companion than a dog.
—Stanley Leinwoll

5 New Year’s Resolutions 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.


Gift Ideas For Your Small Breed

Looking for gift ideas for your pampered pooch this holiday? Here are are 10 products to give your little Yapper a spa day at home and they can all be found on Amazon!

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Paws For Thoughts



I’m convinced that petting a puppy is good luck.
—Meg Donohue

It is scarcely possible to doubt that the love of man has become instinctive in the dog.
—Charles Darwin

If your dog doesn’t like someone you probably shouldn’t, either.

The friendship of a dog is precious. It becomes even more so when one is so far removed from home….I have a Scottie. In him I find consolation and diversion…he is the one person to whom I can talk without the conversation coming back to war.
—Dwight D. Eisenhower

Any man who does not like dogs and want them about does not deserve to be in the White House.
—Calvin Coolidge

One of the happiest sights in the world comes when a lost dog is reunited with a master he loves. You just haven’t seen joy till you have seen that.
—Eldon Roark

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.

Buy a pup and your money will buy love unflinching.
—Rudyard Kipling

The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.
—M. K. Clinton

The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog.
—George Graham

2016 National Dog Show


Skye Terrier “Charlie” 2015 Best in Show Winner National Dog Show

Skye Terrier “Charlie”
2015 Best in Show Winner
National Dog Show

Did you get to check out the 2016 National Dog Show today? Each year following the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC, the National Dog Show airs and the country’s top dogs take to the ring to show off their stuff. Hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, the show marked its 15th anniversary in 2016, cementing itself as an official can’t-miss Thanksgiving tradition. In the words of John O’Hurley, the program’s host, the National Dog Show has “become an extraordinary family tradition on the greatest family day of the year.”

Last year’s Grand Champion was none other than “Good Time” Charlie, the Skye Terrier who trotted his way into the hearts of the judges. It’s not easy winning the treasured Best in Show award at the end of a long day of grooming, preliminaries, and group rounds. The judges of the competition are looking at the dog that best exemplifies what is known as the breed standard based on bone structure, shape, movement, temperament, and condition.

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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.

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Why Does Your Dog Circle Before She Pees?

We all know that dogs have super hearing but did you know that your dog can also see many things that we can’t? One of these things are the earth’s magnetic field, they like to align themselves with the north-south axis. This is why they often circle several times before they pee.

This great article from BarkPost lists 10 other things your dog can see that we can’t.

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11 Things Your Dog Can See That You Can’t





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