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OCTOBER 1999 | Subscribers: 3,826 | Issue No: 016 - 16th Edition | 1999© All Rights Reserved





























  • MALTESE HOROSCOPE The Virgo Dog September 23 - October 23

    Your Libra Maltese has a wonderful month to look forward to. It's even more charming than usual. And because of this, your Maltese may see a dream come true. If your Libra Maltese is even more attentive and affectionate than usual it's merely trying to show its gratitude for all you've done for it.


    Happy Birthday from MalteseOnly

    Moe's Snowflake 10/98
    Carrie's Coconut 10/95
    Debbie's Armoney 10/1
    Nancy's Fred 10/2
    BarbO's Gisele 10/2
    Charlene's Matisse 10/5
    Elaine's Casper 10/5
    AngelPaw2's Angel 10/6
    Edi's Misti 10/7
    LizF's Cody 10/8
    DawnL's Princess Ellie Noel 10/10
    Dee's Ellie 10/10
    Linda's Mo-Baby 10/10
    Melissa's Zoe 10/11
    SandieB's Evie 10/12
    Chanson's Abbey Gail 10/13
    JanP's Cleo 10/15
    Midikin's Frosty 10/16
    Shelley's Ruby 10/16
    SandieB's Teddy 10/17
    MaryS's Maggie 10/18
    Lupie's Eddie 10/18
    Brienna's Comet 10/18
    Jodi's Sugar Bear 10/18
    Loren&Dan's Mystie 10/19
    MaryC's Cody 10/19
    Kay&Lindsey's Sugar Plum 10/19
    Halen's Comet 10/20
    VivianM's Cody 10/20
    Charlene's Maestro 10/20
    BevC's Katie 10/20
    Eileen's Jack Nicklaus 10/21
    Erna's Mickey 10/21
    MaryK's Bailey 10/21
    Kelsi's Kelsi Rose 10/22
    Rick's Tasha 10/22
    Biddle's Effie Mae 10/22
    AmyC's Apollo 10/22
    Belle's Mr. Bo 10/22
    Shelley's Shayna 10/23
    Carole's Benson 10/24
    Bayridge's Gia 10/24
    Marjorie's Dylan 10/25
    KarenF's Tuffpuppy 10/27
    Spud's Cuddles & Jackpot 10/28
    Angel's Annie 10/29
    Chris's Sargent Pepper 10/30
    AmyM's Neelix 10/30
    TammyL's Tiny Lady 10/30
    Andrea's Auggie 10/30
    LisaM's Bailey 10/30
    SherryS's Ozzie 10/30

    Happy Belated Birthdays

    Lynn&Ed's Bogie Bear 9/7
    Susan's Max 9/29
    Leslie's Heidi 9/24


    MaryH's Skipper
    Tanglewood's Ms Tee-Zee
    Anne Heath's Gizmo
    FranT's Oliver
    Oscar's Sam
    WayneS's Chicklette
    Jeanne's Rocky
    Stephanie's Kristmuz
    Maureen's Pamela
    Donna's Mikki
    Graham's Oliver
    Tamra's Toby & Trouncer
    Michelle's Gracie
    Kem's Tucker
    Bev's Cody
    Lori's Chantel
    Ruby's Angela & Precious
    Michelle's Gracie


    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the following:

    JudyK who lost her Camae
    HelenV who lost her Pumpkin

    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.

    HOSTS: Libby & Buster

  • Special Chats

    Thursday, October 14th
    Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. EST
    Special Guest Hostess: Mary Swinyer
    Topic: Behavior and Training Tips

    Mary lives in San Mateo, CA where she teaches levels of pet & show obedience training. Classes cover behavior issues as well as basic training. She also does private, in-home training & behavior consultations on the San Mateo Peninsula. After high school graduation she began working as a veterinary assistant. She got involved in formal obedience training in 1990 & began attending training & behavior seminars. She started instructing classes & doing private (one on one) training in '92. I completed my first obedience title on a dog in '92. She competes in obedience, agility, tracking & is involved in Pet Assisted Therapy work with her Malamute. She has been volunteering to answer training & behavior questions on Best Friends website since 1997.

    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.


    Buddy Glow Ball

    - Glows in the dark for nighttime play. Buddy Glow Balls glow bright green for more than 25 minutes with just a 10 second exposure to any strong light. Made from industrial-strength rubber, they're virtually indestructible! Small size is great for your Maltese.


    Old Dog In A Locket

    Old dog in a locket That lays next to my heart I will always love you As I did right from the start. You were right beside me Through the darkest of my days It was your kind and gentle nature That made me want to stay. Now I hold you in my arms Your breath still warm against my hand Our hearts still beating together And I wonder if you understand Through the hours that I held you Before the light did leave your soul I knew a way to keep you Forever in my hold. I snipped the hair from around your eyes So I would always see The beauty that surrounds me Even in times of need I snipped the hair from around your ears So I would always hear Music in the distance To quite any fears. I snipped the hair from across your back To bring me strength in time of need And that the power of your essence Would always be with me. I snipped the hair from around your heart That beat in time with mine So love would know to find me At some other distant time. And so, your life slipped out of mine On a quite spring like day But I knew that part of you Was always here to stay. Old dog in a locket That lays next to my heart I will always love you Even though we had to part.
    By Bobbie Hefner

  • Who can think what a puppy is for?

    I know for sure, They make messes galore.
    They lift up their leg, and mark on the chair,
    Chew on your slippers, Cause they just don't care.
    Ticks and feas make a home in their hair,
    You wash and you shave them, Until they are bare.
    Teeth fall out as they chew up the house,
    No buttons are found on your favorite blouse.

    They bark at the telly, and let up a roar,
    Sometimes you push them right out of the door.
    They run up the road and won't even come back,
    You trudge on down and give them some flack.

    To bed you go and they're right in the middle,
    You wait and pray you'll not feel a piddle.
    They lick at their body parts, then kiss your nose,
    And deposit their breakfast, Right on to your clothes.

    Well I guess puppies are to wrap arms around,
    When all in world seems dismal and brown?
    Yes, the simple joy of petting this hound,
    Makes us all happy he's out of the pound.
    ~By Linda LaRae Adsitt


    By ShelleyJ
    Observation: Why does your dog want his head out of the car window enjoying the breeze on his face, even in a Hurricane? But when you blow in his face he turns his head. Maybe it's your breath?


    Dogs will imitate our attitudes. If you appear happy and excited you can count on your dog jumping right in with you. Feeling sad and blue, what better comfort than that cold wet nose snuggled up with you. And besides your dog doesn't tell your secrets.


    Submitted by CathyB
    A sad Bassett Hound was telling his troubles to his friend. "I'm depressed. I think negative thoughts. I'm always bored and always tired." "Why not go see a psychiatrist?" suggested the friend. "Well, I would," said the Bassett Hound, "except that I'm not allowed on the couch."

    Halloween Joke
    Submitted by Carrie

    Question: What do you call an empty-tummied Dachshund?

    Answer: A Hollow-Weenie

    Submit your dog jokes to


    We are now accepting orders for the the 2000 Maltese Only Calendar.
    Details are here on how to get yours.

    Quanities are limited so don't be shut out. All net proceeds will benefit NATIONAL MALTESE RESCUE.


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


    by Mary Palmer

    Thought it was about time someone wrote a piece about our Chatroom. I have been logging onto the Maltese Only site for a bit over 2 years now. I have peeked and poked into every crevace here. There is so much information on our wonderful site. I use the term our I hope that is ok with Jay....Hee hee.

    My most favorite spot here is the MO Chatroom. I want to tell you about some of my personal experiences with the chat room and the wonderful people there. Of course I wouldn't be honest if I didn't admit to adding my fifty cents worth into every conversation, anyone who goes there knows that. It is a given. And we will not go into the typing/spelling thing. This is about what I have gotten from all of you.

    At one point in time I had a terrible experience coming close to loosing my 1st Maltese, Diva. She was my baby and for what seemed like forever, she went down hill loosing weight and becoming more and more lifeless. The friends in the chat held me up and supported me through that terrible time. Offering advice and comfort at a time I really needed it. We made it through, thanks gang. Then of course the fact that I have been trying to show my dogs for all of this time and only in the last month earned first points on my newest addition to the family, Sparky. Here again I got unconditional support through wins and losses. What would I have done with out the help of all of the wonderful folks here. I would have quite, that is what, a long time ago. Instead I keep plugging along and looking forward! I have to, with so many people pushing me from the PC screen.

    Helping me to welcome Fancy into the family, and being there through all of the reserve wins to date, what can I say. Then of course, all of the encouragements, with the rescue work that I have been involved in. It is not always easy to save and then send off these little ones. But who has been there to cheer me on and make me want to keep doing the work that is at hand. Again thanks gang. I would be remiss if I didn't at least mention the personal battle I have been fighting. Through the shock of finding out what the results of my yearly mammogram showed, yes they were there for me. Through the two surgeries, yes they where there. The wonderful people at the chat have been there. Invisible to the eye but present in the heart, the strange relationships that we have developed over the years. Thank you Maltese Only, thank you. Mary Palmer


    by Mary Butler

    Chance & Ellie are Maltese who are certified pet therapists. They volunteer at the local county home for abused children. The children at the shelter vary in age from newborn to 18 years. The children of all ages LOVE both dogs. It's obvious these two are suited to therapy as they adapt to the moods & personalities of the children. When a child is sad & crying, the dogs are quiet & gentle. When the children are more outgoing, the dogs become very playful. Chance does tricks for the kids & makes them laugh.

    They participate in making "trick" requests to Chance, which he frequently carries out. As she deems appropriate, Ellie lays her head on the shoulder of sad children while they hold & cuddle her. She is especially sensitive to the children who have just been taken from their parent's & left at the shelter. She will sit perfectly still while the child hold her & cries into her fur & she always waits for the child to indicate they are ok before she goes to another child. The two little Maltese are perfect partners as their skills & interests are in different areas. Chance & Ellie participate in activities with the kids such as picnics, walks & outings. Some people ask about the safety of these small dogs with the children. (Ellie weighs 3.2 pounds & Chance weighs 4.4) but both Mary (their driver) & the dogs realize that these children are those who have not had much of a chance in life & are wonderful people. They show great love for the dogs! They often talk about things to the dogs (while petting & cuddling them) that they won't tell therapists or counselors. No child has ever shown fear or dislike for these two little Maltese. They are such a great gift to the children & Chance & Ellie seem to show that being with these abused children is a gift to them as well. Mary says that visiting these children with her two perfect little Maltese is by far the most rewarding activity she has ever participated in.

    PS..Ellie is 4 years old & Chance is 1 & 1/2 years old.


    Submitted by Jill & Buster

    The sixth annual SPCA Dog Walk was sponsored by the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals New Jersey. A parade of canines and their best friends made its way through Red bank NJ on Sunday Sept 25 raising more than $28,000 to help homeless and abused animals. More than 337 dogs and their owners turned out for the event. The Monmouth County SPCA provides shelter for strays, offers low cost spaying and neutering services and educates the public about animal welfare.


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

    Lucky's Story

    As told by Luck Peluso

    I knew she was my Mommy the moment I laid nose on her-Ronnie. She spoke to me in those sweet tones, you know-not to loud for the ears of a little one like me. She said, "Hi, sweetie I'm going to be your new Mommy." See, some humans can give unconditional love too. And this lady looked at my little skinny body and my tearstains and my medication stained ears and still zapped me with the love rays. She could see me for whom I was underneath: beautiful, adorable, modest-what the hell-A MALTESE!

    I wagged my tail-in that irresistible circular wave we Maltese do. I went right up to Ronnie. Then I did something that totally surprised my foster mother. I leaped onto the sofa and snuggled right up against Ronnie. "Oh my God!" my foster mother exclaimed. "I've never seen Lucky do that with anyone before. It's as if she knows." Of course I knew. Whaddya think I am-stupid? I wanted a choice in the matter. Just because I'm a--you know-"dog"-- doesn't mean I have to take any old person foisted upon me. No, by going over to sit near my new Mommy, I chose her. I CHOSE HER! And that's all I'm going to say about that.

    My new Mommy had a guy with her. She said he was John and he was going to be my new Daddy. Guys scare me. He looked friendly enough, but he would have to win over my trust. Still, he did drive Mommy and me all those miles home. I gave him a sniff when we got home-hmmm-carnivore-like me. Maybe we CAN get along. That night I slept on a large pillow my foster mother sent along-right next to the bed where my new Mommy was sleeping. And the next morning excitement really broke out. What was that scent? Oh yum! My new Mommy cooks! She was making MEATBALLS! The aroma was divine, I tell you. And when I sank my loose teeth-I needed a lot of dental work-into those meatballs, I really knew I was home. I wasn't going to be that shivering, scared pathetic little figure that was found in the middle of the street in the midst of winter. No, I was really home now! Mommy said it was time for Daddy to make friends-to win my confidence. She handed part of a meatball to Daddy to give to me. YUM! Woof! Yes, I barked for the first time in my new home. I decided right then and there that I loved Daddy. I barked for more meatball. He gave me more! I started following him all over the house. The meatball totally changed my personality. If only Freud had known about meatballs!

    Daddy asked Mommy if he could take me for a walk. At first he was reluctant to have anything to do with my pink leash. It's a macho guy thing, Mommy had explained to me. The helped me bond with Daddy even more. Then before I knew it, Daddy was sneaking up to me, making kissy noises and snapping photos. The next week was a stressful one. I had to see the vet for a complete examination and shots. I was so nervous. I shook and shook. Then we had to come back several days later-I think it was several days-see, as a dog-I lose track of human time. Anyway, we went back to the vet. I had 14 teeth pulled and a scaling done to save the rest of my teeth. I was asleep-so I'm only telling you what the dentist told Mommy. I have a funny smile now, but Mommy thinks I'm the most beautiful pooch in the world. Such is a mommy's love.

    The vet told Mommy she could feed me a couple times a day because I was underweight. A week later, when we went back, I had gained 3 ounces-from 5lbs 8 oz to 5 lbs. 11oz. Mommy also had me on an exercise program. I tell you I am feeling so strong now. I bark at big dogs. I chase cats-as far as Mommy lets me without getting my face scratched. I am Maltese hear me roar! I'm not afraid of other animals anymore. I'm not so afraid of people, either. I'm even finding some men are nice-like Daddy-like the doormen on our block--I'm a Manhattanite now--like the waiters at the outdoor cafes where I sit and watch the world go by. Ah, La Dolce Vita!

    Fun at the Mall

    By MaryM

    We live a ways north of Minneapolis in Minnesota. One day we went to the Mall of America there and rather than leave Krystal in the car while I shopped, I cradled her in my arms & proceeded to explore the Megamall with my furbaby. Well, to make this story short, we were escorted out of the mall my 4 policemen. What a sight! Krystal just layed sweetly in my arms while the policemen (or security) met us at each intersecting corridor till we were at the exit door. One said, "didn't you read the mall rules?" and pointed to a 5 foot list, in little tiny letters of proper mall etiquette. I hadn't seen the list, but would have gone in with here anyway, if I'd had.

    Brownie & Spotty...
    A True Story

    Submitted by Christine/Mia

    Brownie and Spotty were neighbor dogs that met every day to play together. Like pairs of dogs you can find in most any neighborhoods, these two loved each other and played together so often that they had worn a path through the grass of the field between their respective houses.

    One evening, Brownie's family noticed that Brownie hadn't returned home. At first, they weren't too concerned because he had disappeared before. Assuming he was just out roaming, they didn't look for him. But Brownie didn't show up the next day and by the next week he was still missing. Curiously, Spotty showed up at Brownie's house alone, barking, whining, and generally pestering Brownie's human family.Busy with their own lives, they just ignored the nervous little neighbor dog.

    Finally, one morning Spotty refused to take "no" for an answer.Ted, the father of the family with whom Brownie lived, was steadily harassed by the furious, adamant little dog. Spotty followed him about, barking insistently, then darting toward the empty lot and back as if to say, "Follow me! It's urgent!" Ted followed the frantic Spotty across the empty lot as Spotty paused to race back and bark encouragingly. The little dog led the man under a fence, past clumps of trees, to a desolate spot a half-mile from the house. There Ted found his beloved Brownie alive, one of his hind legs crushed in a steel leghold trap. Horrified, Ted now wished he'd taken Spotty's earlier appeals seriously. Then Ted noticed something quite remarkable. Spotty had done more than simply lead Brownie's human to his trapped friend. In a circle around the injured dog, Ted found an array of bones and table scraps -- which were later identified as the remains of every meal Spotty had been fed that week! Spotty had been visiting Brownie regularly, in a single-minded quest to keep his friend alive by sacrificing his own comfort. Spotty had evidently stayed with Brownie to protect him from predators, snuggling with him at night to keep him warm and nuzzling him to keep his spirits up.

    Brownie's leg was treated by veterinarian and he recovered. For many years thereafter the two families watched the faithful friends frolicking and chasing each other down that well-worn path between their houses.

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  • October 1999
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    redbullet.gif - 0.1 KEditor's Note:
    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.

    The Maltese Only site provides a multitude of information on the health, care and training of a Maltese. The Discussion Forum is the #1 Dog Discussion on the Internet.

    Maltese Only has the most dedicated fans on the Internet. This Maltese Only News is dedicated to them.

    To unsubscribe from the MalteseOnly Newsletter, simply go to then enter your email address and check "unsubscribe" and submit. You will be removed immediately from any future mailings and announcements.

    Libby Johnson, Editor

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    Jay and Bev Bianco - (724) 324-9401
    Mt. Morris, PA

    Interested individuals may now subscribe to the National Maltese Rescue email list of announcements. To subscribe or unsubscribe, point your browser to:

    NOTE: National Maltese Rescue welcomes Mary Palmer as a new member of the Rescue. Mary has helped out on several rescue placements and fostering in the Midwest and has been actively involved and donated a lot of time and energy into helping these furbabies. Join us in welcoming Mary who is a true asset to National Maltese Rescue.

    ALERT: It has been brought to our attention that an individual operating out of South East Texas has begun recently using several names all sounding very similar to "National Maltese Rescue". We are in no way affiliated with this person or group although we do appreciate any individual that dedicates themselves in honest rescue work.

    Please don't be misled by sound-alike names such as the one most blatantly used, "Maltese National Rescue". The official website of National Maltese Rescue is at


    By Barbara Pietrangelo

    Recognize and accept that you cannot save every animal. "Rescue work is an emotional roller coaster," she said. There is little or no use in making it worse by giving yourself undeserved guilt trips."

    Stand by your convictions. "Don't try to second-guess yourself; make your decision and stand by it."

    Use common sense. "If you have no room for just one more dog, don't take just one more dog."

    Learn to say no. "Don't allow yourself to be coerced into saying yes to something that you can't do and do well. That 'yes' could be the very one that blows your already well-worn fuses. Say no, accept the responsibility for saying no, and try to find someone else to help. But say no and don't feel guilty because you did."

    Don't be judgmental. "Accept people for what they are. I used to hate every person who gave up their dog. I used to hate every breeder who wouldn't or couldn't take their dog back. Then I realized that I was wasting so much time brooding and hating that I was giving myself an ulcer. . You can't change people, you can only change what you have control over."

    Learn to take action. "Put your time and effort to constructive use" by contacting AKC, the media, the USDA, and the state and local agencies in charge of animal care when appropriate and by sweet-talking breeders who won't take back their own animals.

    Ask for help.

    Ask for money.

    Accept euthanasia in necessary cases. "Providing a humane end to an animal's life is part of what we do."

    Learn to prioritize. "Make time for your family and friends. Make time for your own animals. Please don't allow your friends, family, and your own animals to fall by the wayside because of rescue. Keep some time aside to have fun!"

    Be patient with callers.

    Know when to quit. "The world got along after Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. The rescue world will get along without you.

    You will know when it is time to quit. Some of the signs? Making errors in judgment. Depression. You aren't feeling as good about rescue as you used to feel. The signs are many and varied."

    Those who follow these guidelines stand a good chance of a successful stint in rescue.

    By Getting involved in purebred rescue - It's an emotional roller-coaster, not a stroll in the park

    Submitted by Libby

    LUCKY - National Maltese Rescue was notified on July 3, 1999 of a Maltese that was found on the street in Staton Island, NY. The foster parents did everything possible for several months to find her real parents. The foster parents told us that they could not keep Lucky because they worked all day and didn't have the time to spend with her that was needed. Lucky had been fighting an ear infection and her teeth were bad. She needed someone special that would give her the love she deserved. Along came RonnieP. Ronnie went to see Lucky and immediately fell in love. Lucky took to Ronnie immediately. She even allowed Ronnie to brush her, wipe her face and apply petroleum jelly under her eyes. The foster mom commented that she thought Lucky was not a lap dog. Well Lucky showed her..Ha! right up on Ronnies lap. After quite a lengthy visit Lucky went home with Ronnie. To see Luckys side of her new found home see below under "Smiles From Our White Furbabies".

    Another successful placement by National Maltese Rescue!

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    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!

    I hear Janines' Alex was chewing on one of his terry cloth toys the other day. When he went to drink from his water bottle the toy was still stuck between his teeth. Daddy realizing something was wrong had to cut the toy from Alex's mouth and pull the rest of the strings with tweezers. Watch out Alex. Mommie and Daddie do not have Dental Insurance! But that's a great way to floss.

    Well you just won't believe this! AnneS' Chloe has learned that a child with an open mouth while sleeping is the perfect french kissing target! Way to go Chloe! Cover that kid with wet, sloppy puppy kisses!

    Well you just won't believe this one. Halen's Comet told me that mommie gave him a sample of vanilla yogurt and he liked it so much he ate the whole paper cup! Needless to say Halen was very upset. Don't worry all comes out in the end.

    Well...its seems that Janine's Alex is sleeping on daddys recliner these days. Just maybe mommie and daddy snore too much. When they go to bed Alex plays With daddy for about 5 minutes then stops and goes to the recliner. Poor Alex. Maybe you need some earplugs so you don't hear mommie and daddy snore.

    I heard MaryP was trying to take some cute pictures of Diva, Fancy and Sparky. Well Mary, Diva told me she didn't appreciate being dressed up in a baby dress. Quit with the clothes already. Diva is a grown up woman.

    Well the rumor has finally been confirmed! Terryl and Shelley Johnson, Forrest and Bunny Heller, proudly announce the engagement of their Maltese furbabies, Shayna Johnson and Dusty Heller. The couple will be married Jan. 01, 2000, @ 12:01 AM. Dusty finally popped the big question Labor Day and gave his bride to be a beautiful "Diamond" Collar. Shayna was very shy, but placed her paw in the Yes Box in the written proposal. Everyone there shared in the couple's excitement.

    I have it on good authority that MaryK got thrown out of a taxicab on the way to taking Bailey to Doggie Day Care! Bailey, in his Sherpa bag, decided he needed to voice his opinion and start barking. Mary couldn't quiet him down. She tried everything, i.e. petting him, talking to him, etc. Bailey finally squeezed out of his Sherpa bag and barked really loud. The taxi driver immediately pulled over and told MaryK ... "Your dog gave me a headache!" MaryK of course had to walk several blocks home. Mary, do you think Bailey just wanted to stay home with you?

    It seems Buster Johnson still doesn't like getting a bath. He told me that he has finally fixed mommie. This time when she got those towels out and came to pick him up he got the bright idea to have mommie chase him around the coffee table. Ha! That was really fun. Mommie got mad and sat down on the couch. She tried to get Buster to come up on her lap ...but no way! Then mommie played a dirty trick and went to the cubbord and got one of Busters favorite yummies. Well folks, yes, he gave in! Caved in over treats! Geeze Buster. Don't let your stomach get the best of you.

    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 MaryP
    You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, "My God, you're right! I never would've thought of that!"
    --Dave Barry

    Submitted by ShelleyJ
    Acquiring a dog may be the only opportunity a human ever has to choose a relative!
    -- Mordecai Siegal

    Submitted by Libby
    "There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face"-Ben Williams


    Avoid leaving your dog (or cat) alone in your yard, on your property, or in an Outdoor kennel on (and around) Halloween. Keep leash walks brief, especially on Halloween evening. Some sick and sadistic individuals have been reported to frighten, harrass, injure, steal or even kill friendly unsupervised dogs and cats when left alone unprotected outdoors. Even horses, livestock, and zoo animals are at risk.

    Keep holiday foods, desserts, candy and beverages away from dogs, because they can cause digestive upset, diarrhea and vomiting. Food packaging (such as cellophane, tin foil, and food- or dessert-laced wrappers) can also cause choking or intestinal obstruction.

    NEVER give your Maltese chocolate as a treat, or leave chocolate within reach of your dog. Chocolate contains Theobromine, a substance which can be poisonous to your Puppy or dog. Dark, semi-sweet and Baker's chocolate can even be lethal if ingested by your pet. (Smaller dogs such as Maltese can die from eating much smaller amounts of chocolate that large dogs.)

    Keep your Maltese confined to another room when people come trick-or-treating. Dogs may become frightened and/or aggressive towards strangers wearing costumes, or may suddenly run out of your home when you greet trick-or-treaters at your front door.

    Never bring your Maltese to a Halloween parade or wild Halloween party. Masks, costumes and strange animated figures may frighten your dog, or s/he may get loose in the crowd and run away. A defensive dog may also bite an innocent child or trick-or-treater.

    Keep pets away from burning candles (which may burn your Maltese or start a fire if knocked over) and any Halloween displays or ornaments which may injure or be swallowed by your pet.

    Halloween can be fun for all members of your family -- both two- and four-legged members -- if you take some simple precautions which include keeping your Maltese safely inside. Happy Halloween!

    (Do's and Don'ts)

  • Do dress your Maltese in something that allows him/her to move and breathe easily (the Godzilla head is out).
  • Do watch your Maltese closely for chewing or discomfort when dressed up.
  • Don't dress your dog or cat in anything decorated with loose or small objects.
  • Don't put anything on your Maltese that may trail on the ground and get caught up in his/her feet.
  • Don't dress your Maltese in anything that would cause him/her to become over-heated. Remember that he/she >is already wearing a thick fur coat.
  • Don't force your Maltese into a costume. Remember that it's supposed to be fun! If your Maltese doesn't want to be a fairy, don't force the issue.
  • Be careful not to obstruct his/her vision.


    Watch out for these pet horrors at Halloween: Candy wrappers -- keep these away from your pet. If ingested, contact your veterinarian immediately.

    Open doors -- make sure you keep your pet from slipping by your feet when trick-or-treaters call.

    Trick-or-treaters -- make sure any nervous dogs or cats that would be disturbed by strange ghosts and goblins at the door are tucked away safely in the house.

    Jay & Bev, Libby, CathyB, MaryP & TraceyW

    by Vanetta Gibbs

    QUESTION: I have an 11-month old male Maltese, Casey. My question is what can I do to control his uncontrollable barking? He barks at anything he sees out the window from people to birds. He even barks at other animals mostly dogs on the TV and they don't even have to make a noise for him to bark at them. I am at my wits end, NO just isn't working. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer...Robin in NC

    ANSWER: For barking there are several things you can try. One is wrapping your hand around his muzzle and maybe command "QUIET!" instead of NO. Repeat this every single time he does this. Another may be having a leash on him all the time while he is supervised, so you can correct him with a jerk and command "Quiet" each time he starts to bark. And you can also add the muzzle hand wrap at this time too, if needed. Another thing you can try is to make some kind of noise like slapping the newspaper down onto couch or something to maybe stop him. And also command "Quiet", when you do this. Your voice must be firm. And tell him to be quiet. Do not ask him to be quiet. Some people tend have this problem. Voice tone is very important for commands. Too much anger can cause some dogs to either fear you or ignore you, while for other dogs they need this anger voice. If you were to start laughing it might just get your dog's attention enough to stop his barking as if you've gone nuts or something. I know this is really weird to do, but if it stops the barking it's worth doing that weird behavior.

    QUESTION: Its me again, Casey is the first dog I have had on my own and I would like to know if he will ever not run away if I let him off of a leash? He is 11 months old and in the beginning I never used a leash and it got to the point that he would just dart off to wherever interested him at anytime so I started using a leash and it works great. Is that okay or should he be going out without a leash and able to walk around with me and not run off. My biggest fear is he will run out in the road and get hit by a car! ...Robin in NC

    ANSWER: Try the following method to for teaching "Come" both on and off leash: To teach the come on leash you can do it when the dog is occupied with something and then command, "Come!" Right after you give the command, pull the dog toward you and happily praise your dog when the dog is right in front of you. Do this repeatedly until he or she responds to the come command immediately. Then with the long line on your dog you can work on the come from a further distance. Once your dog does this very well, try the come without long line or leash in an enclosed place in case your dog doesn't come. Any time I walk with my dogs I have them on leash except maybe around the house property but this is a risk. The best thing is to use a leash or long line. The retractable leashes are good for this but the thing is to keep it with slack as much as you can because many dogs don't like the tightness. Tightness in a leash can cause tension, fear, and aggression in some dogs. I had one retractable leash but I never use it anymore, as it pulls too much. I prefer the regular leash, which one can keep from being taught much easier. If you can find an enclosed area for him to run where he can't get out of, this is the best for giving him exercise off leash.

    QUESTION: Hi Libby, we have finally settled in. The plane ride with Petie was not all too bad. He got a little restless about an hour to go. I took him out of the carrier and hid him under a blanket on my lap, and no one noticed! We are finally getting settled in and Petie has forgotten what his newspapers are for. He will go outside, but when we are not home he used to go on the newspapers. Do you have any suggestions on how to get him back on track? We have started over with Wee Wee pads, but it only works sometimes, I am trying positive reinforcement but it's hard because he is rarely doing any good! I was considering starting over with a gate and keeping him in closed quarters in the kitchen when we are not around and not permitting him run of the house. Thanks for your help!! Scott

    ANSWER: Moving is a traumatic experience, especially if they have not traveled far before and it's not uncommon for dogs to relapse to past behavioral problems in these times. I think you'll just have retrain housebreaking as you did before since it had worked previous to the move.


    Tara Lapinski, shown here with Maltese Dog Coco, will appear in "IceAngel" a comedy about a hockey star that is killed and comes back in the body of a 17-yr. old female figure skater. The movie will air on cable's Fox Family Channel in January.

    By Martin Scot Kosins

    If you ever love an animal, there are three days in your life you will always remember....

    The first is a day, blessed with happiness, when you bring home your young new friend. You may have spent weeks deciding on a breed. You may have asked numerous opinions of many vets, or done long research in finding a breeder. Or, perhaps in a fleeting moment, you may have just chosen that silly looking mutt in a shelter--simple because something in its eyes reached your heart. But when you bring that chosen pet home, and watch it explore, and claim its special place in your hall or front room--and when you feel it brush against you for the first time--it instills a feeling of pure love you will carry with you through the many years to come.

    The second day will occur eight or nine or ten years later. It will be a day like any other. Routine and unexceptional. But, for a surprising instant, you will look at your longtime friend and see age where you once saw youth. You will see slow deliberate steps where you once saw energy. And you will see sleep when you once saw activity. So you will begin to adjust your friend's diet--and you may add a pill or two to her food. And you may feel a growing fear deep within yourself, which bodes of a coming emptiness. And you will feel this uneasy feeling, on and off, until the third day finally arrives.

    And on this day--if your friend and God have not decided for you, then you will be faced with making a decision of your own--on behalf of your lifelong friend, and with the guidance of your own deepest Spirit. But whichever way your friend eventually leaves you--you will feel as long as a single star in the dark night.

    If you are wise, you will let the tears flow as freely and as often as they must. And if you are typical, you will find that not many in your circle of family or friends will be able to understand your grief, or comfort you. But if you are true to the love of the pet you cherished through the many joy-filled years, you may find that a soul--a bit smaller in size than your own--seems to walk with you, at times, during the lonely days to come. And at moments when you least expect anything out of the ordinary to happen, you may feel something brush against your leg--very very lightly. And looking down at the place where your dear, perhaps dearest, friend used to lay--you will remember those three significant days. The memory will most likely to be painful, and leave an ache in your heart--As time passes the ache will come and go as if it has a life of its own. You will both reject it and embrace it, and it may confuse you. If you reject it, it will depress you. If you embrace it, it will deepen you. Either way, it will still be an ache. But there will be, I assure you, a fourth day when--along with the memory of your pet--and piercing through the heaviness in your heart--there will come a realization that belongs only to you. It will be as unique and strong as our relationship with each animal we have loved, and lost. This realization takes the form of a Living Love--like the heavenly scent of a rose that remains after the petals have wilted, this Love will remain and grow--and be there for us to remember. It is a love we have earned. It is the legacy our pets leave us when they go.

    And it is a gift we may keep with us as long as we live. It is a Love, which is ours alone. And until we ourselves leave, perhaps to join our Beloved Pets--it is a Love we will always possess.


    Annual Maltese Only Christmas Photo Contest!

    Enter the MalteseOnly Christmas Photo Contest. 10 Winner's pictures will be selected and put in the Greeting Card Section. Christmas Photo Contest Rules:

    1. All entries to be mailed to Libby Johnson, 39286 Buchannon Gap Road, Aldie VA 20105 (no scanned photos or emails accepted)

    2. Photos must be submitted by November 20th, 1999.

    3. Any photo that you want returned must have a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) included.

    An impartial judge not affiliated with MalteseOnly will judge the photos. Good Luck!


    The 2nd annual Maltese Letters to Santa - Let's hear what your Maltese Furbabies want for Christmas! Have your Malts get out the computer and let Santa Claus know what they want for Christmas. Look for the letters to appear in the Nov & Dec issue of this newsletter.

    All submissions should be emailed to me no later than Nov. 20th, 1999.

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