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    Gloria Lyon, Treasurer
    YTCA Foundation
    526 N West Avenue PMB 46
    Arlington, WA 98223
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Accomplishments of the YTCA Foundation
for the Year 2015


The year 2015 was very productive for the YTCA Foundation. We began by increasing membership to accomplish more goals while planning for the future. The Foundation has been gradually building the Board as workload demands. The Current By-Laws provide for the Board of Directors not to exceed twenty (20) people. As always, we continue striving for a better quality of life for the current and future generations of our beloved breed.

The Foundation continued the third of a series of educational webinars under the direction of LaDonna Reno. Dr. Larry Snyder presented “Advances of Stem Cell” Research. Dr. Snyder, a practicing veterinarian, has been using clinically, and advocating for adult stem cell therapy in animals since 2010. He is currently involved in 50 adult stem cell cases in dogs, cats, kangaroos, and donkeys, and even a black bear many with positive results. Also Dr. Snyder is actively involved in basic stem cell research at Kansas State University. These are not embryonic stem cells (that are controversial in human medicine) but are healing cells from the actual dog (animal), in a concentrated and activated form, ready to start the healing process with no chance of a negative reaction. Hip dysplasia, degenerative or injured muscles/tendons, osteoarthritis, autoimmune disease and cognitive dysfunction are just a few diseases that adipose stem cell therapy treats. This state-of-the-art research is critical to both man and dog. Dr. Snyder discussed the latest advances in stem cell research, presenting several cases and the positive healing that occurred in each dog. A colleague of Dr. Snyder’s did a very promising case study in 2014 on a dog with MVD. His colleague treated an 8-year old Pomeranian “Stormy” who had MVD, (form of liver shunt) bile acids of 104, and a very small liver. On July 14, 2014 “Stormy” was given adipose derived stem cells, 65 million IV and 26 million IP. Approximately 5 months later, bile acids tested at 9 and an x-ray showed the silhouette of the liver area to be much more normal in shape. They are not sure why this happened or whether it is permanent, perhaps blood flow was re-established around or through the liver, but this is very exciting since liver shunt is in the Yorkshire Terrier breed. We are always excited with any new research that can benefit our beloved animals. After each segment of Dr. Snyder’s presentation questions were answered. We were happy to have new attendees at this very successful webinar. We will continue to explore this avenue of education for Yorkshire Terrier owners and dog owners in general. Our webinars are free of charge but do require pre-registration. A disk of this very informative webinar is available for purchase at a cost of $15 postage included. Please contact Gloria Lyon at lynworth2@comcast.net.

This year the Grants Committee looked at two Tracheal Collapse studies. One study was from Michigan State University and one from North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine. Both Universities are quite far along in their research having both affected and unaffected Yorkshire Terrier samples. We are very excited to see this advance with the goal of a DNA test to enable breeders to base decisions on. We anxiously wait for MAF or CHF to accept these important studies. In addition, we looked at a grant proposal for Protein Losing Enteropathy. This is also of great interest to our breed. The researchers are in process of reaching out to other breed clubs to help fund this PLE study. We are awaiting more information on this study. As always, we continue to check MAF and CHF for any research of great interest to our breed. We studied and investigated a vast number of research, but none met the required criteria for funding.

The AKC Canine Health Foundation’s 2015 National Parent Club Canine Health Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, sponsored and co-hosted by the Nestle’ Purina PetCare Company was attended by Linda Grimm and Janet Jackson in August. AKC/CHF is celebrating 25 years and $44 million in research and educational programs since 1995. We were proud to represent the Yorkshire Terrier Club of America Foundation as several of the presenters represented grants for which our Foundation has been a sponsor. Researchers from all over the world presented twenty different topics during the three-day conference. Presentations of particular interest to Yorkshire Terriers were Canine Cancer (particularly lymphoma), Stem Cell Therapy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease, and Senior Cognition and Brain Aging. Dr. Kenneth Simpson specifically used the Yorkshire Terrier in his slide presentation on PLE. This form of IBD is currently 50% fatal with current treatments available. Many of us have been advised to use medium chain triglycerides (coconut oil, etc.) for dogs with IBD and it was interesting to hear these are a component of new senior dog foods. Medium chain triglycerides were also mentioned as very important in the presentation on Senior Cognition and Brain Aging. They help as an energy source for the aging brain’s ability to use glucose. The programs that included stem cell therapy were also of particular interest since the Foundation has had the privilege of working with and producing webinars on stem cell therapy with Dr. Larry Snyder from Topeka, Kansas. Canine researchers seem to be at the top of the field when it comes to stem cell therapy and many are now working along with human researchers in this area of an intriguing and innovating approach to regenerative medicine. The conference left them with a renewed enthusiasm for the importance of preventing, treating, and curing canine disease.

Donations, memorials, and auctions produced an income of $4,559.12 for the year. Our expenses incurred were $1,819.79, down from the previous year due to the fact that grants we studied did not yet meet the criteria for 2015 funding. The breakdown of income and expenses is shown in the following pie charts. The Financial Committee plans to continue next year’s budget priorities and allocation of funds with the approval of the Board members.

The AKC Canine Health Foundation’s 2015 National Parent Club Canine Health Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, sponsored and co-hosted by the Nestle’ Purina PetCare Company was attended by Linda Grimm and Janet Jackson in August. AKC/CHF is celebrating 25 years and $44 million in research and educational programs since 1995. We were proud to represent the Yorkshire Terrier Club of America Foundation as several of the presenters represented grants for which our Foundation has been a sponsor. Researchers from all over the world presented twenty different topics during the three-day conference. Presentations of particular interest to Yorkshire Terriers were Canine Cancer (particularly lymphoma), Stem Cell Therapy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease, and Senior Cognition and Brain Aging. Dr. Kenneth Simpson specifically used the Yorkshire Terrier in his slide presentation on PLE. This form of IBD is currently 50% fatal with current treatments available. Many of us have been advised to use medium chain triglycerides (coconut oil, etc.) for dogs with IBD and it was interesting to hear these are a component of new senior dog foods. Medium chain triglycerides were also mentioned as very important in the presentation on Senior Cognition and Brain Aging. They help as an energy source for the aging brain’s ability to use glucose. The programs that included stem cell therapy were also of particular interest since the Foundation has had the privilege of working with and producing webinars on stem cell therapy with Dr. Larry Snyder from Topeka, Kansas. Canine researchers seem to be at the top of the field when it comes to stem cell therapy and many are now working along with human researchers in this area of an intriguing and innovating approach to regenerative medicine. The conference left them with a renewed enthusiasm for the importance of preventing, treating, and curing canine disease.

Donations, memorials, and auctions produced an income of $4,559.12 for the year. Our expenses incurred were $1,819.79, down from the previous year due to the fact that grants we studied did not yet meet the criteria for 2015 funding. The Financial Committee plans to continue next year’s budget priorities and allocation of funds with the approval of the Board members.


In the early Fall, we held our annual YTCA Foundation Online Auction which was again very successful. Lucky bidders purchased many vintage and collectible items. We made a profit of $2,700. We were again fortunate this year to obtain generous donations from two estates of yorkie fanciers and former collectors. We look forward to presenting more of these wonderful donations and highly collectable artwork/sculptures in an additional auction planned for the summer of 2016. The online auction is our biggest source of annual revenue so we are always delighted with donations from our supporters of the Yorkshire Terrier. A special thank you to our generous supporters who placed bids and donated the wonderful items. Anyone wishing to donate items please contact Linda Grimm at Linda@Parkaveyorkies.com.

In September, The Central Florida Yorkshire Terrier Club allowed us space at their 2015 Specialty to display the goals, health information, and research being supported by the Foundation. Cynthia Garrett, a CFYTC member, set up an auction table ($200) along with the YTCA Foundation informational board. Various brochures, prior YT health survey, and information on grants funded were on display in the main showroom with many visitors/exhibitors expressing interest in the works of the Foundation. We would like to thank everyone who stopped by to view the information and those who bid on our auction.

During the month of December, The YTCA Foundation Informational board and the “Smoky” Canine Cancer Campaign were displayed at the AKC “Meet the Breed” Yorkshire Terrier booth at the Eukanuba Dog Shows in Orlando, Florida. Gloria and Jennifer shared our info with many visitors. They had great intentions of presenting the “Advances of Stem Cell Research” webinar by Dr. Larry Snyder; but the lack of electricity and space made it impossible.

Charter Foundation member, Deloras Maas, MSW, ACSW, a widely respected and admired breeder of Yorkshire Terriers, retired from the Board in 2015. We are pleased that she will remain active as a Consultant to the Board and continue to share her vast experience and knowledge. We thank Deloras Maas for her 24 years of serving on the YTCA Foundation Board since its inception and her dedication as Treasurer from 2000-2015.

LaDonna Reno, another respected breeder retired after serving on the Board for 6 years. LaDonna supported us in many avenues; she oversaw and implemented the webinars, attended the CHF Seminar in St. Louis, represented the YTCAF and manned the table at the National Roving Specialty. We thank LaDonna for her valued contribution to the Board through her knowledge and experience.

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Cookie Rogan (LA), Susan Lingevitch (VA), Neil Feerrar (PA), and Gloria Lyon (WA) as new members to the Board. Cookie, a longtime yorkie owner and breeder, has been active in Conformation and Obedience since 1965. She served as Webmaster for the YTCA website from 1999 until 2013 and also served on the YTCA Board from 2013 to 2015. She is also Webmaster for the Louisiana Kennel Club, YTCA member, and Vice President of the Pontchartrain Kennel Club. Susan, a nurse manager for Aetna, earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Penn State. An avid Yorkshire Terrier owner and fancier she is also a member of the YTCA. Currently she is actively training her yorkie for pet therapy certification. Susan is very interested in the health and welfare of our breed. Neil Feerrar has been raising and showing yorkies for the past 35 years, a hobby he enjoys. Neil was impressed with the work of the Foundation and pleased that he can be part of the work to resolve health issues within the Yorkshire Terrier breed. He is a member of the YTCA and Delaware Valley Yorkshire Terrier Club. We welcome Gloria Lyon as our “new” Treasurer. Gloria Lyon is a breeder/exhibitor, with her husband Robbe under the Lynworth name. She joined YTCA in 1979 and has always been an active member of her local yorkie club. Now retired from veterinary hospital management, she lives in Arlington, WA where she serves on the County’s Animal Advisory Board, supports the Lake City Food bank with clerical skills, and keeps up with frequent family activities. A complete audit of our books took place in August under the direction of Sharon McCadam, Doreen Hubbard, and Robbe Lyon. This benefited the outgoing Treasurer (Deloras) and the incoming Treasurer (Gloria) who is now bonded.

We are looking forward to a successful 2016 as we move forward to a healthier future for our Yorkshire Terriers. Step by step, dollar by dollar, grant by grant, the YTCA Foundation continues to support research-seeking answers to problems within our breed. We welcome your comments, questions, and of course any donations you may wish to contribute. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.