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26 Acts of Kindness

Inspired by the random acts of kindness from everyday people in the wake of the Newtown tragedy, our friends at Daily Kibble are giving away 26 prizes for pets and pet-lovers to 26 people – yup, you read right: each person wins all 26 prizes!

We’re thrilled to be the featured giveaway today! Learn more here how to win a handcrafted personalized Gangs of New Yorkie Collar here:


While Hurricane Sandy had devastating effects on our area, here at the Gangs of New Yorkie headquarters, it brought us little Darla.  She had been living on the streets of Brooklyn until she was rescued by the awesome people at Dog Habitat Rescue in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The shelter had to be evacuated due to the hurricane and some the puppies needed a place to stay… It turns out that Darla was one of them so we cleared with our CBO, Steve the Yorkie, and we had a new roommate to ride the storm. After deciding to take over our bed, Darla became very comfortable with the spa treatment she was receiving so we kept her on as a foster. Then one day our friend from Tokyo flew in for work and instantly fell in love with Darla’s sweet smile and laid back attitude. She made such a good impression that our friend put in the papers to adopt her and Darla would wait out the quarantine time at our house until she is able to board a flight to Tokyo, Japan.

In the meantime, we took Darla to the vet to get her quarantine process started and found out that she had mammary gland tumors that needed to be removed, along with her spay surgery. While doggie insurance does not cover it, we decided to go through with the fairly expensive surgery. In order to recoup some of the cost, we want to hold our version of a Darlathon: we are offering offer our Gangs of New Yorkie custom made collars and harnesses at a discounted price with 100% of the sales going to Darla’s recovery. If you would be interested in purchasing one of these products through our store or at etsy and donating to the Darlicious’ cause, please use the code DARLATHON for 20% off at checkout (or email us at Darla will be happy to provide an autograph free of charge, by the way.

The 13 Project

The 13 Project is a Pretty Fluffy initiative that involves 13 acts of kindness towards animals in the 13 weeks left of this year. No matter how big or how small the action might be, it all makes a difference! And sharing your ideas can also inspire others to do something great, so we would love to hear your list of achievable and worthy goals before 2013.

We put our nuggets together and these are the goals we came up with (granted, we missed a week for being procrastinating terriers, but we will try to make it up):

1. Go through our closets & donate blankets, towels to the shelter kids. We are in NYC, we donate via Creatures Comforts (it is a non profit organization that gather the goods & take to ACC – also including toys & rugs. Plus they even do pick ups).

2. Our wonky schedule prevents us from fostering, but not from sharing doggies in need of homes. We will take advantage of facebook, twitter and our big mouths to get the word out for more kids.

3. I know Momma loves chocolate. I know Momma loves Rescue Chocolate. I foresee a bunch of Peanut Butter Pit Bulls & Mission Feral Figs in this household. She says the chocolate is not only super tasty, but the quality is so freaking good that she says it fits right in with her diet.

4. Support local rescue groups with loot for fundraisers and by promoting them as much as possible. We are truly grateful for the tireless and most times heartbreaking work they do. We would love to help more, so if you are with a rescue please feel free to hit us up!

5. Keep kibble & treat sample packs always available in the bag for whenever we run into a homeless person with their pooch (or when possible, give them a full size bag of kibble). It might not solve the problem but it is one less thing for them to worry about.

6. Keep on boycotting any pet stores that sell puppies. We refuse to set paws in establishments that promote puppy mills.

7. Advocate for a No-Kill NY and volunteer to help in an upcoming adoption event. We are so embarrassed we just missed Adopt NY‘s event in our own stomping ground!

8. Walk the kids from the local shelter more often. Oh wait! We can bake some super tasty and healthy treats to take to the shelter and then go walk the pups. Double yummy!

9. Spread the word on spaying & neutering and share any information we get on low cost services we hear of (that goes for microchipping as well).

10. Help promoting pet toy drives like the awesome upcoming Santa Paws Drive.

11. Share all the good health tips that comes our way (Daley’s Dog Years is an amazing source of info for senior pups, by the way).

12. Be thankful of what we have & remember to take the time to have an extra super snuggle with our pups and doggie friends.

13. Read all the other entries & get inspired by all the great ideas of #The13Project!

Pedigree’s Write a Post, Help A Dog

Here’s how you can help add more kibbles to the bowl: for the third year, the Pedigree BlogPaws bloggers are hosting a blog hop to help raise awareness to the plight of shelter dogs and to promote adoption. With the “Write a post, help a dog” effort, each post mentioning the PEDIGREE Foundation until today at midnight ET will result in the donation of a 17 pound bag of dog food in shelters nationwide. Just make sure to add your posting to the blog hop. If you need more info, please feel free to use the postcard below. Now get those wagging tails to work!

The Beautiful Game

Are You Ready For SuperBowlWow?!

Super Dog Sunday is here!!! The folks at DogTipper & All Things Dog are hosting this pawesome blog hop benefiting the Petfinder Foundation! Big paws up for the event sponsors: Gringa Loka, PetHubTom Bihn, and Wag! Not only are the supporting Petfinder Foundation but they’re providing over $1000 in prizes to today’s lucky winners!

Have you entered yet? You can enter your photo until game kickoff at 6pm ET (or, if you’re a blogger, you can link up your post until 9pm ET), details here or here. You’ll see photos being published today, all linked up in the linky below. You can vote for the MVP – Most Valuable Pup – and that kid with the most “thumbs up” votes will win one special prize. You’ll see adoptable dogs below, too; please take a moment and share some of these listings with your friends and help find some of these adoptable kids some forever homes! works with shelters, rescue organizations and animal welfare organizations across the country to help ensure that no adoptable pet is euthanized for lack of a good home. There’s NO fee to enter Super Dog Sunday but, if you have a moment, we’d love for you to consider a small donation to Petfinder Foundation… You can click on the Petfinder Foundation link on this post or you can text 4PETS and your email address to 20222 to donate $10 to Foundation!

Now let’s get ready for the SuperBowlWow!!!



My yorkie jaw hit the floor when I first saw these pictures: the camera adores our newest gang member (and supermodel) Tessie!!! How can you possibly resist that smile?! Sorry for all these exclamation points, but Tessie is absolutely stunning!!!

We ♥ Nico The Adorable Adoptable Yorkie!!!

I have to start by saying bow wow wowzwer!!! Nico is an AMAZING little yorkie looking for his forever home in Brooklyn: he’s eight years young (my age!) and an absolute dream of a dog. He is being fostered by an awesome family in Greenpoint – his foster brother Louis XIV is already part of the gang and gave us the scoop: we can vouch that pretty boy Nico is absolutely cool with other dogs & with cats. Oh, he is totally vetted and had a dental where some of the teeth were removed so he just got a clean bill of health. He is an incredibly sweet and loving dog who follows his foster mom everywhere. She adores him! Please contact us if you are interested in adopting this gorgeous, perfect boy and we will connect you to his peeps.

Yes Little Fluffa, There Is A Santa

Have you heard of the Santa Paws Drive? Santa Paws Drive is an amazing effort dedicated to helping shelter animals around the world have a little holiday love too. While waiting for their forever home, these furry friends are often overlooked during the holidays and it is their goal to make sure they get the love, attention and gifts that other pets are lucky enough to get. For their third year, Santa Paws Drive is doing the first “virtual toy drive” for pets: choose to donate either cash or gifts and the Santa Paws elves will divide up the goodies and money and send them off to six shelters across the world. The goal is $900 plus oodles of toys and treats for each shelter! Now let’s go help those furry elves…


A Dog’s 12 Days Of Christmas

Here’s how us dogs yelp that famous holiday song (get your cheat sheet from this dishtowel):

A Peekapoo in a Pear Tree

Two Chewed slippers

Three Chased Cars

Four Guarded Doors

Five Golden Retrievers

Six Flowers a-Flying

Seven Westies Walking

Eight Legs a-Lifting

Nine Hounds a-Howling

Ten Fleas a-Leaping

Eleven Labs Licking

Twelve Leashes Tugging