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  • The Leo Dog July 23 - August 23

    Marking your territory. You've spent all this time leaving your scent in obvious places...places that are obviously yours...But now, somebody has gone and washed a few things or covered your scent. And you sure are displeased by this lack of respect. Time to go on a mission, but the time you are done, everything will smell as you intended and you'll be boss again.


    Happy Birthday from MalteseOnly

    Carbri930's Natasha 8/97
    Lisa's Holly 8/94
    Faye's PJ 8/1
    Edyie's Ms Precious 8/2
    Loretta's Miller 8/3
    Jen's Ali 8/3
    Lisa's Token 8/4
    Vivian's Daisy 8/5
    Bianco's What A Mug Muggs 8/8
    Judka's Chloe 8/10
    Sue's Sasee Landee 8/14
    LindaP's Truffles 8/15
    Joshopper's Mister 8/15
    Joy's Susie 8/15
    Linda's Bruster 8/16
    Robin's Mollie 8/16
    Matt&Lauren's Spencer 8/16
    Cindy's Kashi 8/17
    CathyV's Mandy 8/17
    TammyO's Precious 8/17
    MdVerb's Mandy 8/17
    Virginia's Hampton 8/18
    Michael's Bently 8/18
    KathyS Dolly 8/19
    Sue's Tuggy 8/20
    Annie's Chloe 8/21
    Beth's Buttons 8/22
    RickB's Poquito 8/23
    Shannon's Holly 8/23
    Elmer & Vicki's Spanky 8/24
    Nancy's Levi 8/24
    Teasermom's Chester 8/24
    Leigh's Miss Bacall 8/25
    Sondralee's Tiffany Jo 8/26
    MdVerb's Ziggy 8/26
    CathyV's Ziggy 8/26
    Cindy B's Heidi 8/27
    Joie's Milky 8/27
    Louise&Brant's Zac 8/27
    Boca's Selena 8/28
    Katy's Dolly 8/29
    Debbie's Toby 8/30
    Betiboop29's Crystal 8/31

    Happy Belated Birthdays

    Christina's Kabuki 6/15
    RickB's Suzette 6/28

    For AUGUST 1999

    Submitted by Jay Bianco

    The Imposters
    Bride & Groom
    Ashleigh & Cody
    Molly & Maggie
    Sugar Plum
    Hannah Bear
    Bee Bee
    Luv Lan's Just Call Me Fancy
    Raggy Muffin
    Archie and Zoe
    Sassi Little April Fool

    (Special Note: If your photo has not been posted please be patient. Jay has received an overwhelming amount of photos either by snail mail or e-mail. Your baby's picture will get posted. Your patience is greatly appreciated.)

    LittleG's Gina
    Deb's Ashley
    Rita's Mandy
    Jaclyn's Elisabeth
    Diana's Andi
    Gaye's Bailey
    ScottNG's Sammy
    BettyS's Lacee
    BevD's Heidi
    Neli's Buffy
    Chad's Vinny
    Donna's Tucker
    Heather's Anakin
    Taletha's Cody
    Lorraine's Molly
    Chuck's Daisy Mae
    Jeff's Lou Lou
    Garnett's Frosty & Kimmie
    Gracelia17's Casper


    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the following:

    Jay & Bev who lost their Miss Tiffany
    Lisa Wolfe who lost her Garbo
    Keith who lost his Mip
    MaryH who lost her Spencer
    Anna & Andy who lost their Sammie
    Barbara who lost her Chamois

    Note: Please visit our new Petloss & Tribute Page! Thanx to Robin McDonald and Jay Bianco for providing us with this wonderful page to remember our furbabies that we have lost and hold so dear.

  • Submitted by PK
    There is an Indian legend which says when a human dies there is a bridge they must cross to enter into heaven. At the head of that bridge waits every animal that human encountered during their lifetime. The animals, based upon what they know of this person, decide which humans may cross the bridge.... and which are turned away.

    For AUGUST 1999

    HOSTS: Libby & Buster
    Special Chats

    Friday, August 6, 1999
    Time: 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. est.
    Special Co-Host: Dr. Geraldine Hunt
    Topic: Liver Shunts

    Note: The MalteseOnly Chatroom is hosted every night, Saturday through Thursday from 8:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. EST (No Fridays, yes Jay gives me a night off!) Our chatroom is for Maltese dog discussion only.


    Rhino Touch Toys - The perfect toy for aggressive chewers. Not only are they tougher than almost any other toy, but they are covered with rubber studs which massage and clean the gumline to help improve the dental health of your Maltese.


    Submitted by DebbieB

    You can't buy loyalty, they say
    I bought it though, the other day; You can't buy friendship, tried and true,
    Well just the same, I bought that too .I made my bid, and on the spot
    Bought love and faith and a whole job lot Of happiness, so all in all
    The purchase price was pretty small .I bought a single trusting heart,
    That gave devotion from the start.
    If you think these things are not for sale,
    Buy a brown-eyed puppy with a stump for a tail.
    Author unknown

    Beau by Jimmy Stewart

    He never came to me when I would call
    Unless I had a tennis ball.
    Or he felt like it.
    But mostly he didn't come at all.

    When he was young
    He never learned to heel
    Or sit or stay
    He did things his way.

    Discipline was not his bag
    But when you were with him things sure didn't drag.
    He'd dig up a rosebush just to spite me,
    And when I'd grab him, he'd turn and bite me.

    He bit lots of folks from day to day,
    The delivery boy was his favorite prey,
    The gas man wouldn't read our meter,
    He said we owned a real man-eater.

    He set the house on fire
    But the story's long to tell,
    Suffice it to say that he survived
    And the house survived as well.

    On the evening walks, and Gloria took him,
    He was always first out the door.
    The Old One and I brought up the rear
    Because our bones were sore.

    He would charge up the street with Mom hanging on,
    What a beautiful pair they were!
    And if it was still light and the tourists were out,
    They created a bit of a stir.

    But every once in a while, he would stop in his tracks
    And with a frown on his face look around
    It was just to make sure that the Old One was there
    And would follow him where he was bound.

    We are early-to-bedders at our house --
    I guess I'm the first to retire.
    And as I'd leave the room he'd look at me
    And get up from his place by the fire.

    He knew where the tennis balls were upstairs,
    And I'd give him one for a while,
    He would push it under the bed with his nose
    And I'd fish it out with a smile.

    And before very long
    He'd tire of the ball
    And be asleep in his corner
    In no time at all.

    And there were nights when I'd feel him
    Climb upon our bed
    And lie between us,
    And I'd pat his head.

    And there were nights when I'd feel this stare
    And I'd wake up and he'd be sitting there
    And I'd reach out my hand and stroke his hair.
    And sometimes I'd feel him sigh
    And I think I know the reason why.

    He would wake up at night
    And he would have this fear
    Of the dark, of life, of lots of things,
    And he'd be glad to have me near.

    And now he's dead,
    And there are nights when I think I feel him
    Climb upon our bed and lie between us,
    And I pat his head.

    And there are nights when I think
    I feel that stare
    And I reach out my hand to stroke his hair,
    But he's not there. Oh, how I wish that wasn't so, I'll always love a dog named Beau.


    Cocker Spaniels were first bred in Spain as long as 600 years ago. The "Span" in spaniel is your first clue. "Cocker" comes from the fact that these long-eared darlings were trained by noble Spaniards to flush out woodcocks, a quail-sized fowl the Spanish greatly enjoyed on their dinner tables.

    Praise is essential for a job well done in training. In the end training involves an exchange. Your dog performs and you reward it with praise when it accomplishes its task.

    It is never wise to approach a strange dog and stare at it. The dog may consider that a threat and attack. On the other hand, ignoring a dog isn't necessarily a good idea either. It may make the animal suspicious of your activities. As you approach a strange dog, observe it carefully. Don't worry so much about barking. Even a friendly dog will usually bark a warning if you enter its territory. If the animal wags its tail as it comes towards you, even if it is barking, it is unlikely to attack. If it cowers or retreats, it considers you the dominant animal and won't usually attack. If, however, the dog stiffens, holds its tail high, snarls and stares at you, be on your guard. The animal might make a run at you.


    Submitted by Cathy Brown
    This fundamentalist Christian couple felt it important to own an equally fundamentally Christian pet. So, they went shopping. At a kennel specializing in this particular breed, they found a dog they liked quite a lot. When they asked the dog to fetch the Bible, he did it in a flash. When they instructed him to look up Psalm 23, he complied equally fast, using his paws with dexterity. They were impressed, purchased the animal, and went home (piously, of course). That night they had friends over. They were so proud of their new fundamentalist dog and his major skills, they called the dog and showed off a little. The friends were impressed, and asked whether the dog was able to do any of the usual dog tricks, as well. This stopped the couple cold, as they hadn't thought about "normal" tricks. Well, they said, "let's try this out." Once more they called the dog, and they clearly pronounced the command, "Heel!" Quick as a wink, the dog jumped up, put his paw on the man's forehead, closed his eyes in concentration, and bowed his head.
    Author Unknown

    The Taco Bell Dog
    Submitted by DebbieB

    The Taco Bell Chihuahua, a Doberman and a Bulldog are sitting in a doggie bar having a drink when a good-looking female Collie comes up to them and says,"Whoever can say liver and cheese in a sentence can have me." So, the Doberman says,"I love liver and cheese." The Collie says, "That's not good enough."The Bulldog says, "I hate liver and cheese." That's not creative enough." says the Collie.Finally, with his Mexican accent, the Chihuahua says,"Liver alone...cheese mine !"

    "SMILES FROM OUR WHITE FURBABIES" Question : What is the most important thing in life your Maltese gives to you? Answer: Unconditional love, companionship and support.

  • Submitted by Rose
    I know how busy everyone is and how much email you must get everyday. I just thought I'd share this cute, adorable thing Lacey does, with you guys. Once I let the gang outside into the backyard to do their business, I go out a side door of the house and spy on them (if I can do so undetected). I am trying to figure out who it is digging under the concrete. It doesn't take Dick Tracy to notice quite a few with the fresh dirt under their nails. haha! I just wanted to catch them in the act and scold them. Anyway, Lacey is usually involved up to her ears (ha ha) in anything going on. Reminds me of Buster entering his terrible twos, Libby. Well they usually spot me and all run to the fence and line up along it, waiting for my fingers so they can kiss and lick them. I always start from Right to Left. Lacey is always on the right, knowing she will be the first to receive the lovin' at the fence. After I move on to the next one, she runs on ahead and gets back in line at the far end. (We have 2 pups added now, so the line is longer). There she can get another dose of attention. While this is not new here, what is, is that she has learned something new. Instead of running to the end and getting back in line again, she has now started to grab the "newbies" back legs and pull them out of line and take their place, forcing them to the back of the line. Then after she gets her second dose of love and attention, she runs and gets back in line again at the end. She is just so funny. Sooooo cute and soooo smart. Just thought I'd brag a bit and share that with you. P.S..... It was Lacey who was doing the digging and teaching the newbies the "art of it". Figures!!! Love to all and hope your having a good day, Rose

  • Submitted by Carol Pitcher
    Mollee Anne is the daughter of our beloved Tafi Mae. She was born on January 10, 1999. She is a very special little "puppy". When we took Mollee to our Vet for her well baby checkup, so she could be placed into her new home, we found out that she had a very serious heart problem. The vet told us that we were lucky if she lived to be 6 months old. He also informed us that the problem had a high chance of being corrected. We now had the choice of paying the $1000 to get her better or have her put to sleep. The last choice was not really a choice. So we went though the surgery, which was very successful. This was when she was 2 months old and weighed 1lb 9 oz. She has grown a lot in the last 4 months and now weighs 3lbs 12 oz. Mollee was not placed in her new home. She is now our "little Girl" and we could not be more pleased with her. She is a very good companion for mom Tafi. Carol Pitcher Provo, Utah

  • Daisy's Story
    Submitted by Sue MacMahon

    In 1992 we lost our beloved little Maltese, "Fluffy" , companion to our sweet, Sheltie, "Molly". After several months of healing from our loss, we made the final decision that we needed another Maltese to hopefully take the place of our beloved, little "Fluffy". "Molly's" sadness was all too apparent, and so we embarked on a search for this new little Maltese ,that could make us all feel better. Of course, it took many months for us to get to this point, of realizing that we needed another dog, because " Fluffy " was so special to us, her memory so vivid, how could any dog replace that wonderful, joyful, little dog? Here is the story of "Daisy" the most wonderful little being that I have ever known. Throughout all of her difficult days, she was a remarkable gift to us.Searching for that "special dog" is no easy task. We looked for months, until finally, one day, we found a perfect little pup, whose parents were wonderful little dogs. It was immediately obvious, that this little girl was for us! We waited several weeks until she could come home to us, and during this time we began to heal from our loss, simply through the anticipation of having this playful pup in our lives. The excitement was mounting as we waited.

    We brought our little "Daisy" home on a cold afternoon in January. She was so beautiful and something was special about her from the very beginning. She was no ordinary dog and that was clear! Her love for the family was extraordinary from the start.

    As time went by, "Daisy" was always the center of attention. Her intelligence was almost uncanny and beyond that of any dog I have ever known. That's a lot of dogs! She seemed to feel every emotion we had, right along with us. If someone got sick, she never left their side. If one of us had a bad day, she sensed that she needed to cheer us up. Daisy's heart seemed so big at times that we all felt that she was a person, NOT a dog! Daisy and I became so close that I was beginning to think to myself that she WAS a human in dogs clothes! I recall a bout with a bad case of pneumonia in which I remained in bed for two weeks. Daisy never left my side and repeatedly licked my face to get my spirits up. She hovered, watched intently and lovingly saw to me, anxious to heal whatever ailed me. She did this with our whole family during every illness. She loved us all so much and seemed to sense that she could help. She was a nurse to our family in every sense.

    At one year of age something terrible happened. As I was watching her play one morning, she suddenly cringed and her whole body went into a spasm. I immediately watched in horror as this "spasm" took her whole body over for several minutes. Then, as suddenly as it happened, she was back to normal again. I was terrified and called the vet immediately. He saw her that day and gave me the sad news, "Daisy", had a severe form of Epilepsy and there was no cure. Medication might help, but the illness might be fatal. I almost collapsed that day. Here ,I had found this wonderful, expressive, little dog and I had fallen in love with her, AND WAS GOD GOING TO TAKE HER AWAY FROM ME NOW?

    The months passed and Daisy began to come and tell me each time a seizure was going to happen. She wanted to be held. She was just as afraid as I was. She always came to me as if to say, I need you NOW! I always held her until it passed. The seizures were getting longer and longer now, and I knew that our days together were becoming fewer and fewer. She was dying and I couldn't stop it! I cannot ever remember feeling so helpless. Within several months, her seizures were 4 or five times a day and all the medicines failed to work. I knew it was going to be soon. This was a very sad realization. Daisy died early one morning. She awakened me to tell me that another seizure was coming, and she was right, it did, only she didn't wake up this time. I held her for a long time and just cried. Why do these wonderful dogs come to us? Because they teach us in their own little way that LOVE is precious. I know I'll see "Daisy" again. She was truly my little light and her little heart was bigger than life. It's been years now and I still have her in my heart. She was the best! I miss her so much that words cannot say. Writing "Daisy's Story" is a healing for me. For all those who have lost a beloved pet, I know that we will certainly be re-united someday! I look forward to the day when I will see her again and we all know that the day does come! I now have another little FURBY, by the name of "Mandy" who has given birth to a beautiful little girl. Life goes on, and it's all so precious. By the way Mandy is a doll!

  • You've Come a Long Way Baby
    Submitted by KayeK

    Missy is now 14 months old and boy has she come a long way since I first brought her home. After a 4-month search I had finally found my baby. I had done my homework. I had a friend with a Maltese so I questioned him extensively about the bred. I wasn't on-line yet so I didn't know about MO. I also purchased 3 books on Maltese and read them cover to cover. I was ready to be a maltoid. Within the 1st two weeks I knew there were problems and it wasn't until I went on-line that I was able to figure out some of them. Her initial vet check went well I had a very healthy puppy. But you see, all was not well. I naively brought her home way too soon. The books I had didn't cover this. She had a few teeth but wasn't completely weaned yet. Her behavior was atrocious. All but one of her littermates had already been sold and had been gone for about a week. She had not had any socialization. She seemed to have three distinct personalities - any one of which would pop out at any time. 1st she was a sweet loving puppy, always wanted to cuddle and give kisses - but DON"T pet me. The 2nd was that of the puppy chewer - chewed everything in site. And thirdly, a vicious attack dog. If you petted her in any way other than to rub tummy, her favorite, she would viciously attack you. If you had something she wanted, she would attack. If she had something she shouldn't and you went to take it away, she would attack. At two months old she could attack and draw blood and it didn't get any better as she got older. It was like she had a multiple personality disorder - just as fast as she would attack she would begin to lick you as if nothing had happen. In the beginning everyone said it was puppy behavior - it wasn't - Missy was a biter. Even the vet didn't realize how mean she was until she attacked him. For the past year I have worked with her and loved her and did everything that was suggested to help her. Well, except for the women who suggested that I beat her every time she bit me. For a time it looked like I was going to have to find a new home for her because I couldn't have her attacking my semi-invalid mother everyday. I cried on the phone to Libby - probably the only person in the world who truly understood what I was going through because she had Spanky at the time. I used to tell her that they were brother and sister they were so much alike. Well now it's a year later and I have good news to report. About a month ago Missy began to "allow" me to pet her face, scratch behind her ears, etc. We will cuddle in bed and I'll scratch behind one ear, she'll turn her head so I'll scratch the other then tip her head up so I can scratch under her chin. Around and around we go - what fun! Two weeks ago she decided to sleep with her head on my pillow next to mine. At one point, she was curled up and tilted her head up and back so that it was draped on my neck - scratch me Mommy - under my chin - of course I did. What she did next made me cry. She moved her head over she that her nose was by my temple and we were "cheek to cheek". She gave me a couple of kisses and fell asleep like that. After a while I had to roll over - hated to move her. She scooted up behind me stretched out with her front paws tucked along my back and her head on my pillow. She put her head next to mine, kissed my ear and went to sleep. What joy!!! No, she's not a perfect obedient baby and if I let my guard down she will attack me just like she did yesterday. But she has come a long way and there isn't any turning back now. Isn't it amazing what a lot of love and patience can accomplish.


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  • August 1999 Bianco's Miss Tiffany
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    Welcome to MalteseOnly News! MalteseOnly went online in May of 1996. Created by Jay and Bev Bianco of Mt. Morris, PA. Today several thousand visitors daily find themselves at this website.

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    This August 1999 Issue of the MalteseOnly Newsletter is dedicated to: Bianco's Miss Tiffany June 14,1996 - July 13th, 1999

    "Beauty without vanity...courage without ferocity, and all the virtues of mankind without his vices..." Lord Byron's tribute to his dog Botswain


  • Thrown-away Heart
    There was a car that came down our road
    And stopped long enough for a pup to unload.
    As they drove off the pup tried to follow them
    They stopped for their "child" to kick the pup in the chin!
    My daughter a witness to this awful deed,
    She ran for the pup as the car picked up speed.
    Secure in her arms she brought her to me,
    "I can't keep this pup, can you help Moma, please?"
    I already have so many dogs of my own
    But I'll do my best to find this pup a home.
    A mixed breed she was, such a pretty little girl
    With the most beautiful blue eyes like ice blue pearls.
    My guess to her age, about 4 months old,
    How could they treat this sweet baby so cold?
    My husband said, "no, you can't keep this pup,
    If no home can be found then you give her up."
    For days I searched with no luck to be found,
    My only recourse was the local dog pound.
    I cried all the way there with the pup beside me
    And all the way home for the whole world to see.
    She'll always haunt me, her eyes I still see
    This little thrown-away heart that bonded to me.
    My heart is torn but not just for the pup
    But for the child that's taught cruelty as he grows up.
    A prayers said in silence for the pup and the child,
    How can parents teach children something so vile?
    The pup I'll never forget for she's etched in my soul
    For I know before long she'll be in God's hold.
    Safe from man and the cruelty he brings,
    Happy she'll be trying out her new wings.
    Those who've been through this can sympathize
    With one who is haunted by a little lost pups eyes.
    A thrown-away heart is a great sin to me,
    Be it canine or human, its God's gift you see.
    To abandon His creatures be it a dog or a child
    Is one of man's sins He considers most vile!
    Kathy Henderson 2-1999

    Please check out our new list of available rescues at:

    Submitted by Libby

    Popcorn -
    Cathy Brown through National Maltese Rescue was notified of a 3-year-old Male Maltese named Popcorn who was kept in the garage. When Cathy and the foster mom, Aggie, went to pick up the little guy they were shown the entire house but when time came to get the dog the owner had them wait on the deck while he went to get Popcorn. Popcorn, was not housebroken and not socialized. This little guy was totally shaved. Even his tail plume was gone. Cathy said she thought no one had ever said more than three words to him. (The guy said his wife bought him on an impulse-pet store!). The doglet thought Cathy was the greatest because she cuddled him and told him he was a good sweet boy and wanted to come with her when she left him with Aggie, the foster mom. We immediately got him to the vet and had him checked over and updated the shots that were needed. Mind you these people who have someone who comes to care for their absolutely perfect aquariums. They have an Au Pair. They have a housekeeper. However, not enough interest to take the little guy to obedience or even leave him with a trainer to be potty trained and taught basic stuff. The guy told Cathy and Aggie they thought their Samoyed dog would help potty train Popcorn. The day he was turned over to NMR his wife and kids had already gotten a Newfoundland pup! Unbelievable.

    Of course Aggie has gotten attached to Popcorn and has decided to keep him. She has changed his name to Boojie. After working with him he has had only two accidents indoors after the first couple of days. Second this little boy who was terrified and crawling on his belly when Cathy went to get him now is a bundle of energy who flies through the house, gives kisses to Aggie every chance he gets, wags his tail all the time. AND (drum roll.....................) when she says "bang" he plays dead, when she gives him a hand signal he rolls over, and he sits on command or hand signal. He does all of this stuff with this sense of absolute joyousness. You wouldn't believe it was the same dog.

    Amazing what a little love and attention can do. He is 3, but behaves like a puppy--guess he missed that part. This guy has gone from a pen in a garage to sleeping on the bed (satin sheets, no less) watching TV. He can do no wrong in Aggie's eyes. It is a nice, happy ending!!

    Congratulation to Cathy and National Maltese Rescue! A job well done.

    Submitted by Buster

    This month's training exercise is called "Sit!" Training your master to 'sit' is one of the fundamental exercises every human should learn. The main advantages of a seated human are:
    1. They're not so tall. (I don't know about you pups but I get a kink in my neck looking up all the time)
    2. A seated human is:
    A. Beg ready
    B. Play ready
    (Most likely they are eating something while in the 'sit'. If not they obviously want a toy to toss us.) 3. A 'seated' human is more 'manageable'. (Have you ever tried acting 'cute' while your human is waltzing around the house?)

    REMEMBER - A 'seated' human is more focused and truly attentive to our basic needs - hot dogs and toys! OK , so how exactly do we train a human to sit you ask? PATIENCE is the key to having your humans sit more. Ideally you want to work up to a full time seated human. At this advanced stage they grow to massive horizontal proportions and their main interest becomes eating and snacking which as you all know is the foundation of the ultimate human/canine relationship. Namely... they eat... they toss us morsels.... we're happy!! Simple. Let me explain how it's done.

    This may seem ridiculously simple but humans learn by imitating and watching. When you are walking on a leash your master may occasionally ask you to 'sit'. What they are really asking is 'Buster? Would you please show me again how to 'sit'? I've completely forgotten." Well... show them! It pays off in the long run. Humans have an expression: "I hate to eat and run....". This is bad and really one of the main reasons you want to train your master to sit. By reinforcing the 'sit' command you CAN and WILL gradually change that misdirected thought process to something more creative like this: "Hey guys, let's cook up some hot dogs, flop out on the couch and toss little pieces to the dog all night! What do ya say?" Now this is the direction we're looking for! S I T !

    Gossip column
    (Bianco's That's My Buddy)

    Note: When Libby asked me to do this gossip column I had to laugh. Ha! Me? Do a gossip column??!! My mommie (Bev) and my daddy (Jay) say that I am perfect for the job. Can't keep any secrets. So here goes. Daddy gave me my own email address so if you have any gossip worth printing please email me at: Now for the gossip!

    It was overheard that JayB dethroned LibbyJ in the chatroom on Friday nites! LibbyJ is usually off and showed up one Friday un-announced. She tried to take over the chatroom and JayB dethroned her. Stick to your regular Hostess Days Lib...Jay can handle it.

    Maltese says Libby has been giving him advanced copies of the MalteseOnly Newsletter which she denies. The allegations are currently under investigation. Its ok Libby...Malt says thanx for the advanced copies he didn't get. "Wink"

    I have it on good authority that SusanB's hubby named their little boy Duke. Susan's hubby didn't want to get caught in the yard yelling for "Sugar" or "Precious". Must be a "man thaang". That's why daddy Jay named me "Buddy". Duke also told me that his mommie got his surgeons email address from Ohio State. So Duke immediately sent the surgeon a Greeting Card from MO saying: "Roses are Red, Violets are Blue. My mom has your email address, that might be bad for you!".

    It seems MaryK's Bailey likes mommies new carpet. MaryK moved into a nice, new apartment and she got a brand new rug. Bailey likes it A LOT! Go Bailey! Go! Sorry Mary, he had to initiate it and make it officially his. Smiles

    Tiffany Baker told me that there is news around her neighborhood that Ben (a male dog who thinks he owns the place) is acting rather like a big baby since his family acquired 2 new pups. He was caught by a little Staffy who lives nearby and now the other dogs don't treat him with the same respect they use to, that's for sure.

    Missy Koehler emailed me and said: "Look Buddy, you've got it all wrong. Buster DOES NOT send Aurora love letters, he sends them to ME. Buster loves me - Missy. We've been together for some time now. He dumped Aurora ages ago. Why would he want that old dog when he can have a fine young one like me? Just wanted to make sure you got your story straight." Missy Koehler

    MaryP's Sparky continues to mark up the town. Spark seems to go on the pillow on the sofa after MaryP gets up. He even went in the bathroom where MaryP's granddaughter was taking a bath and hiked his leg on granddaughter's clothes! Watch it Sparky...mommies gonna get that wee wee wrap as promised!

    Little Stud Muffin Taylor was caught acting like a dog for once at the wrong time in front of the judge at a recent show. It seems there was a female Maltese just coming out of heat and Tay refused to walk with mommie. All he wanted to do is turn the other way and visit the ladyfriend. What a Stud Muffin! But mommie was happy. He did manage to take Best of Breed for 4 days and Group 4 one day. Ha! He showed mommie he can be smoothe and devonaire. Way to go Taylor!

    That's it for the gossip for this month. Stay tuned. I'll be watching and listening for more. Until next month...keep your head out the window and your tail to the sky.

    Submitted by Cathy Brown

    "Man is troubled by what might be called the Dog Wish, a strange and involved compulsion to be as happy and carefree as a dog." James Thurber

    "Generally, or at least very often, people with a deep interest in animals are the best people around." Roger Caras

    "Thus every dog will have his day ---He who this morning smiled, at night may sorrow; The grub today is a butterfly tomorrow." Peter Pindar

    "Try throwing a ball just once for a dog. It would be like eating only one peanut or potato chip. Try to ignore the importuning of a Golden Retriever who has brought you his tennis ball, the greatest treasure he possesses!" Roger Caras

    "To err is human; to forgive canine." Unknown

    Dr. Jan Bellows, DVM

    Dr. Bellows specializes in the treatment of small animals, and is a Diplomate to both the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and the American Veterinary Dental College. His practices, All Pets Dental Clinic and Pet Health Care Center, have been caring for your pets since 1977. All Pets Dental Clinic is located in Pembroke Pines, Florida just north of Miami and west of Fort Lauderdale.

    QUESTION: I have a Maltese female, 1-yr. old who never grew (she is only 4 inches from floor to shoulder) and is only 1.75 pounds. She was slow to mature and now it appears that she is getting a couple of teeth ( lower) behind her baby (?) teeth. Should I have these teeth pulled. Since she has hyperglycemia, and used to have seizures, I worry about anesthetics. What should I do? She is not a show dog and it doesn't seem to affect her eating. Donna Noto-Diaz
    ANSWER: Yes have the retained baby teeth extracted.

    QUESTION: Recently, I noticed that my male Maltese (8mths old) have a protruding bulge on his upper gum, behind his two front tooth. I do not know if this is normal or it may require some consultation by professionals. Please enlighten me. Thanks Melissa
    ANSWER: The bulge may be an impacted canine tooth. Best to have a veterinarian take a peek.

    To submit questions for "Ask the Dentalvet" email


  • The problem: Ear Mites
  • The cure: Garlic and olive oil

    Itchy ears sometimes signal the presence of ear mites-tiny, eight-legged pests that can take up residence by the thousands in your Malts ear canals. Without treatment, some pets have been known to scratch themselves raw, sometimes causing skin infections. Next time your Maltese gets an earful of these bugs, soothe his/her itch with a garlic-and-olive-oil solution. Crush 4 cloves of garlic and let them steep overnight in 1 cup of olive oil. Discard the garlic, then heat the oil until it's warm to the touch and put several drops in your pet's ears. Repeat as often as every other day or as seldom as once a week, depending on the severity of the problem. If this does not solve the problem consult your veterinarian.

  • The problem: Flatublence (Gas)
  • The cure: Yogurt

    Though gas is a natural part of digestion, no one wants to be around an overly winded pet. Many yogurts contain digestion-friendly bacteria that can help decrease gas. 1 1/4 tsp. plain yogurt to cats and small dogs, 1 teaspoon to dogs that weigh 15 to 20 pounds, and 1 tblsp to larger dogs. Most pets like the taste of yogurt, so you won't need to hide it in their food. Even pets who can't handle lactose can usually enjoy yogurt without any problems.

  • The problem: Matted Fur
  • The cure: Cornstarch

    Unless your Maltese wears a buzz cut, or puppy cut-you'll probably have to deal with hair mats at some point. But it's easy enough to smooth them out, if you know this trick: Sprinkle a little cornstarch on the mat to make it easier to pull apart. It helps the hair glide right out of the mat. As you work deeper into the mat, add more cornstarch as needed.

  • Shut The Door on Pooch Escapes!
    Does you Maltese try to slip out the front door every time it's opened? It's understandable; being outside is much more exciting than being in. Some Malts just want to explore and play, while others may want to defend their territory. Some simply want to go where you're going. The solution is easy: * Always tell your Maltese to sit and stay before opening the door * Praise your Maltese when he/she sits still and doesn't make a run for it * When leaving the house together, make certain your Maltese stays and allows you to pass through the doorway first, then call him/her to follow.

    Got a Maltese who doesn't listen...ever? Perhaps it's time to enroll him/her in obedience school. Chances are his behavior - on both sides of the door-will improve with a few lessons.


    The National Animal Poison Control Center has a 24-hour toll-free number to assist with poisoning problems -- 1-800-548-2423.

    Submitted by Libby

    As you know KoKo and Shayna always go on a summer adventure with mommie and daddy. So far they are having a terrific time. They visited with some friends in NY. KoKo and Shayna love running around their big house and playing with Muffin and Spunky. Spunky wasn't spunky because she had eye surgery but doing great. KoKo and Shaynas friend from Florida, Dusty met them also. Shayna was out of her mind with excitement. Dusty finally popped the big question. He is looking for a Diamond Collar and talking wedding.

    While in Rochester, NY mom and dads RV had problems but only a slight delay. We, KoKo and Shayna just snoozed the time away. We knew mom and dad had the situation well in hand.

    Our visit to Wisconsin was short but had a very special visit with MaryP, Diva, Fancy and Sparky. What a great time having 5 of us Maltys playing...

    On to Chicago where KoKo celebrated her 4th birthday, July 8th while on the road. They celebrated with a Pup Cake for KoKo, candles and all her guests, dusty, Muffin Spunky and Shayna. They all had mimi pup cakes. KoKo had a great birthday! While in Chicago we learned something very interesting. While we were out walking with mom and dad we mat a nice lady walking her Bichon. We stopped to talk and she told us a story. See if you can get the riddle.

    What Famous Retired Basketball player has 3 dogs? One for each of his 3 children? Answer: Michael Jordan
    What kind of dog does each child have?
    Answer: All 3 are Maltese!

    To Be Continued. . .

    by Vanetta Gibbs

    QUESTION: Shane was trained by a personal trainer. The only problem he has left (as far as training goes) is: When you call him, he comes; If you attempt to pick him up at that point or reach to pet him, he either backs off or runs away. How can we correct this behavior? What may the cause be? Broker100

    ANSWER: This situation makes me wonder what that trainer did to Shane because if he was trained properly you wouldn't be having this problem with him. Try kneeling down when you command him to come because getting down at his level will be a more inviting and friendly position than standing up. Don't immediately reach out to pick him up. You should just put out one hand and if needed slap your hand against your leg or patting on the floor to encourage him more. Once he gets to you and he is practically in your lap then you can pick him up. Immediately picking him up just as he gets to you, may be scary to him.

    QUESTION: My Bailey is perfectly housetrained. He eliminates on wee wee pads and my husband says he does everything but flush!! He is 16 months old and was neutered at 6 months of age. When he goes out for a walk he will invariably run to a specific tree in our yard and "mark." I know it is not regular elimination since 1) his bladder could be "empty" - he may leave only a few drops at the tree! and 2) he lifts his leg ( when he uses the wee wee pads he always squats to urinate). My concern is: he has on rare occasions marked in the house. I have not seen him do it, but there have been drops of urine by the end of our bed (on the carpet) and near a chair in the den. I could try a repellant. I wonder if when he goes to stay with a friend who has a spayed female Maltese, whether he will mark in her house. Do you have suggestions re eliminating the marking both in my house and hers? It is not an elimination issue since the behavior, cause, and posture all significantly different from urinating. Since the marking is so rarely done (once in 6 weeks since he turned one) I cannot see confining him. Can you offer any advice? Thanks! Linda R.

    ANSWER: Linda, It would be best to catch him in the act of doing it but I realize this is tough since he rarely does it. All you can do is show the pee to him and in a firm voice verbally scold him with, "NO!", "BAD DOG!" and "Shame on you!". Then see if this will cause him to stop doing it altogether. If you ever catch him in the act then command, "NO!" and then immediately take him outside and command, "Potty here" or whatever word(s) you use here to mean to go to the bathroom. Once he has done some or has tried to, then you can bring him back in. It is a natural behavior to lift up their leg so don't expect to be able to have a none leg lifting male dog. Continue to allow him to do it outside. It would be hard to stop the behavior, which could be an inborn trait from the parents. I don't really know this for sure.

    Submitted by LibbyJ

    The Most Caring Person of the Month award goes out to TMason, Spunky & Pepper!

    TMason pulled into the bus garage and witnessed a Bulldog get hit by a car. The car drove away. The owner just shrugged his shoulders and left this poor dog lying in the garage. Evidently the owner had been walking the dog on a leash and must have gotten away. TMason and a few others went to help the poor dog. This little guy was a mess. TMason and the others took the Bulldog to the vet. The vet after checking the dog over said there was nothing that could be done and that it would have to be put to sleep. TMason and the others being very upset most generously paid for all of the vet bills. Our thanx goes out to TMason and those that helped in this sad situation.

    What To Look For In A Groomer
    by Sharon Larson

    "Muffin" is a valued part of the family. How do we find a competent person to approach her with dangerous, sharp implements like scissors and electric clippers? As well a groomer may be dipping or bathing her in insect repelling chemicals and soapy water. We surely aren't going to trust her to "just anybody". Here is what I would advise anyone to do who is seeking a careful and competent groomer.

    1) First of all... ask around. Every time a dog leaves the groomer, it is a walking advertisement. Talk to your veterinarian, your kennel manager, your neighbor. If you see a dog on the street with a style you like, stop the owner and ask where the dog was groomed. People are usually very willing to talk about their pets, especially their new "do". Some veterinary offices have policies not to refer clients to any certain groomer or breeder. Don't despair; ask more specific questions like "Have you treated any problems from this groomer, such as cuts or clipper abrasions? Have you had any complaints about this groomer?"

    2) Call the groomer you are interested in using. Ask him/her questions. "Did you go to grooming school or apprentice with a professional groomer?" "How long have you been grooming?" "Do you have much experience with Maltese?". "Do you have a problem putting poodle feet on a cocker? {Or some other non-standard clip} "Are you a member of any professional grooming organization?" There is a national organization called National Dog Groomers of America Association and many states have their own groomers' organizations.

    3) Some states require that groomers are licensed and certified in flea/tick applications. Ask if she or he is properly certified. Keep in mind that groomers are usually on an extremely tight schedule. Ask him/her if they would be able to call you back to answer these questions when they have ample time to talk. It's hard to answer questions while fluff drying a dog. You should be able to develop a rapport with the potential groomer that will give you an overall impression. Hopefully it will be a good impression.

    4) Then trust your intuition. Just by asking around you will be able find answers to most of your questions. Using a groomer for the first time can be a disconcerting experience. If you've done some research by asking around and then place your trust in your groomer and then see a good result... then you can pamper yourself, too, like "Muffin" was pampered.

    Sharon Larson has been involved in animal health care since 1979. She attended the Wisconsin School of Professional Dog Grooming & has been grooming professionally since 1986.

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