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Yorkie Central, Issue #010
November 01, 2006

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Issue: 10

November 2006

This month marks 11th month online.

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In this issue you will find:

  • Making A Dog Bed Out Of Your Old T-Shirts
  • Leishmania affects dogs along the Mediterranean
  • Halloween
  • Dog Food Recipe
  • Just added

How To Make A Dog Bed Out Of Your Old T-Shirts

A bed made from one of your old T-shirts will be especially appealing to your small dog, or, if you have an old sleep shirt, use this technique to make a bed for your large dog. Making your pet a T-shirt bed will be emotionally rewarding and save you money at the same time. All you need are one of your old T-shirts, some cotton batting or fibrefill, and thread.

1. Sew the armholes and neck hole of the shirt dosed.

2. Fill the top half of the shirt with whatever washable stuffing you choose.

3. Sew a seam across the midsection of the shirt just below the arms to trap the stuffing in the top half.

4. Sew another seam from the center of the midsection seam to the bottom of the shirt, creating two sections in the tower half of the T-shirt.

5. Stuff both sections, then sew the bottom shut. 6. Fold over the sleeves and hand-stitch them to the underside of the bed. You have created a dog bed with three pillowed sections. Place the bed anywhere your dog likes to sleep.

In the News

Leishmania affects dogs along the Mediterranean

Having already killed at least five dog in Gibraltar and leaving 4 on treatment the relatively unknown disease, Leishmania (Leishmaniasis) is becoming a worry for dog owners on the Iberian Peninsula.

As there is no vaccine or drug to cure it the disease is severe and often fatal to dogs. Primarily found in countries with hot climates such as Spain, Portugal, Algeria and Morocco the disease is carried by sand flies (nothing to do with sand).

Leishmania has some common signs. One of these is loss of hair, particularly around the eyes and on the muzzle. The dog will then begin to lose weight – while still maintaining a strong appetite – and skin sores may appear on areas where the skin is in contact with the ground when the dog is sitting or lying down. During the later stages of the disease claws can overgrow and become twisted.

Treatment does not solve the problem completely but can suppress the disease for a while. Drugs have to be injected and treatment can go on for a number of weeks.

The disease can remain dormant for any time between 3 and 18 months. Dogs that are well nourished and not physically over stressed can be resistant even if they are bitten by sand flies. However, the level of resistance is probably genetically determined.

Humans can also contract Leishmania, although only those with a damaged immune system are likely to be affected.

According to a Veterinarian Clinic based in Gibraltar the dogs affected are mainly those who have access to gardens and many wild plants. Also dogs that go to rural areas could be affected. However, the most likely time for your dog to get bitten is at night.

Sand flies rest during the day and come out at night. Around the Mediterranean area the sand fly season begins in May and ends in September. They do not like cold nights and although they do bite outside they are commonly found indoors.

Despite there being no treatment to rid dogs of the virus you can protect your dog from getting bitten, especially at night. Firstly, keep your dog indoors at night between the months of May and October. Make sure you get a blood test done if you suspect there might be something wrong – treatment should be started as soon as possible.

Courtesy of Vox (Gibraltar based Newspaper)


If you took your Yorkie out on Halloween and dressed him up as a superhero or even a bumble bee please send in a picture and he can become one of Harry’s friends!

Dog Food Recipe

Every month we are going to try and prepare a fun recipe for you to try out at home. If anyone has a recipe to share with us feel free to send it in.

Harry’s Cookie Tack!


  • 250 ml (1 cup) Water
  • 150 ml (1/2 cup) bacon fat
  • 1 ½ L (6 cup) flour


Mix all three ingredients by kneading them together. Prepare a floured surface and roll out the mix until it is 1/8 inch thick. Once rolled pierce the dough with a fork every ½ inch or so – make sure you pierce all the way through.

Once you have done the above its time to cut the dough into the shapes you want. You can use a knife to cut 3 inch squares. Preheat the oven at 160 degrees or 325 Fahrenheit. Place the squares on a greased cookie sheet and cook for an hour. Remember to turn the cookies once while cooking.

Leave in the oven to set and cool overnight. Enjoy!

Just Added

We have recently added some great new articles. Check them out:

However well you train your puppy you must remember that accidents do happen. Therefore, this article gives a few suggestions on how to reduce stains and odours when this does happen… Read more

For those of you who have decided to adopt a dog here are 3 training tips to help you. Most shelter dogs come with ready-made behaviour problems, and those that don’t will usually develop … Read more

We have also added a great page of clothing for your Yorkie. Remember it is important to keep your yorkie warm this winter. Browse through our yorkie apparel

You can also browse through some great Christmas stuff. Christmas is creeping up on us fast, help your yorkie join in the festivities…

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From all of us here at Yorkie Central have a great month! We look forward to hearing your comments and getting the next edition of Yorkie Central ready for you and your friends!


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