Hi I’m Cathy and I have been a dog lover all of my life. I grew up with poodles and had never heard of Yorkshire terriers until the day I came across a painting of one in a dime store.

Cathy Bendzunas with yorkie and yorkie mix

I must have been about 11 and I spent my whole allowance on that painting of that Yorkie. I kept it in my room and went to sleep every night looking at it and telling myself that one day I would have a real live Yorkie of my own.

That day came when I was 19, I bought my first Yorkie from a local pet store (don’t shame me, that was the only way I knew how to get one back then). Anyway, his name was Ernie and he was a love bug. I was immediately hooked.

For a pet sore dog, Ernie was actually a surprisingly good specimen with a sweet disposition. Later on I got Chassie and other Yorkies came after that.

For awhile in the 80’s I showed them and bred that but gave it up once I became a working mother.

I have had many dogs since then but have never lost my love for the Yorkshire Terrier. I also have a deep love for Chihuahuas and have a well known site about them called I Love My Chi.

Currently I have Ziggy, who has the sweetest and quirkiest personality I have ever seen in a dog. He is just so much fun!

yorkshire terrier looking up in grass with blue flowers in background

I also have Lucas, who originally came from a hoarding situation. He’s Yorkie-Chihuahua mix. He tends to be fearful a lot and I have to wonder if it comes from his early beginnings. Still, he’s a sweet boy.

And last but not least, I have Bear. He’s still a puppy and he’s all black except a little white on his chest and toes.

I decided it was high time to start a site about my first love-Yorkies.

Though I no longer breed yorkies, I still know a fair amount about them. I have lived and worked in the dog field for many years. I have been a dog groomer, worked in a kennel, worked in a dog hotel and volunteered for the SPCA.

I’m an experienced  dog mom that shares what I know about Yorkies and  dogs in general. Some of what I share are researched facts; some of it is what I have  learned from living and working with dogs all my life; and some is just my opinion or the opinion of other pet parents. Please check with your veterinarian before taking medical advice, introducing a new food, treat or supplement, or to confirm  anything else I suggest here to be sure it is a good fit for your dog.

Feel free to get in touch with me at cathy@yorkieuniverse.com if you have any questions or concerns.

Cathy signature with Yorkie drawing