A Yorkie-friendly home

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Ugh, moving. A scene I will be happy to never see again.
Ugh, moving. A scene I will be happy to never see again.

After recently moving, I’ve got some tips for you on making your home yorkie-friendly.

It’s been a while since I posted, and I want to apologize for that. It’s been a pretty hectic last few months for me. I don’t typically spend much time talking about my personal life because, let’s face it, you came here for the Yorkies, but I wanted everyone to know, I haven’t forgotten about you.

So, what’s been going on with me? Well, first was the separation in August, the move in October, and then the divorce finally happened in early March. Then this week, I moved, again. When I first moved in October, I signed a 6 month lease because I wasn’t sure what was going to happening in my life and I didn’t want to make a long commitment. The 6 month lease was at a duplex and I now know I’m just not built for that. I’m a country gal and I like having my space, washing the dishes at midnight, and sometimes Catherine barks at the nothingness. Sharing a wall with another family, I was so afraid of what the people next door were thinking when they heard the strange noises coming from my side of the wall. I got so nervous imagining them being mad at “the lady who just won’t sleep” that sometimes, I’d put the captions on the tv and turn the volume down to a barely audible level to ensure they could sleep peacefully. It was exhausting. I had to move.

Now it’s April 5th, Easter Sunday, and I’m spending my third night in my new house. Yes, house. It has a huge back yard with no holes in the fence through which Catherine can escape, an extra bedroom that I use for my office and my girls’ homeschooling area, plenty of counter space for making my famous dog treats, and best of all, no shared walls with anyone. It’s amazing. I love it. 4 bedrooms of bliss.

So, over the course of the last 6 months, through the moves and restructuring my life, I have spent some time maximizing the Yorkie-friendliness of our living space. Catherine has been happier than ever with our new life, and this most recent move didn’t stress her out at all. I wanted to share a few things about what we have set up for her so you can make your home a little more Yorkie friendly.

yorkie crateFirst is the crate – this is a a must. While we were moving, there were tons of people in and out of the house Catherine was safely crated and not getting stepped on or escaping. I have a DocBob crate that I picked up at Tractor Supply a while back. I don’t generally keep her enclosed in it, she can go in and out as she pleases, and she likes to go in her crate and sleep when it’s hectic around the house. She also likes the privacy the crate creates for meal time. We have another dog and a cat and neither of them bother her food when it’s in her crate. Keep a puppy pad on the bottom of your crate for accidents or spills, something soft to sleep on, food and water, and keep it clean. Fairly simple. You can also cover the crate with a blanket when things are especially hectic, like on the 4th of July, or if your Yorkie gets nervous during storms.

yorkie pet stairsNext is the Pet Steps – also a must for little Yorkies and big beds, or even tall couches (Okay, no one make fun of my skirtless bed. I have one coming from Amazon. hahah). Pet stairs are essential for keeping your Yorkie’s joints healthy. Whether your Yorkie has a condition like Luxating Patella or not, it’s important to reduce the impact jumping has on their joints. My Catherine is just over 4 pounds and she’s got a very small frame. She also has a low grade Luxating Patella on her right hindquarter. Catherine is capable of jumping fairly high, but when she jumps down, it’s rough on her joints, and that impact, over time, can create problems. It’s like Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Take Ben’s advice and take steps early on to reduce or prevent damage to the joints and you’ll avoid many joint issues later in your Yorkie’s life. The pet stairs I have are perfect for Catherine, and I got them on Amazon – Pet Gear Easy Step.

dog toys yorkie toy binFinally, the toy bin – this makes life so much easier. It seems like such a small thing, but it does make a big difference. Catherine knows where her toys are and when she wants to play, she knows right where to go. It’s easy to keep they toys off the floor and out of my way (I’m notorious for tripping over things, I guess I don’t ever look at the path in front of me, I wonder what that says about me… ). Even during the move, Catherine knew where her toys were and I think that was comforting to her. All of her “things” were right where they were supposed to be. She’s a little OCD with her toys, and she knows which ones she likes… it’s pretty cute to watch her dig though the bin to find the one she’s looking for.

So, those are my three tips for making your home a little more Yorkie-friendly – crate, pet steps, and a toy bin. I’m sure there are more things that you can do to make your house the perfect Yorkie home. What suggestions do you have for other Yorkie owners to make their home more Yorkie friendly?

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