“Cool, that dog’s doing a handstand!” I looked up to see a woman next to us on the Elm Street Event Green watching Yogi “water the plants,” clearly in awe of his mad skills.
Yogi’s my 12-year-old, 10-pound, 3-legged chihuahua brother. He learned this potty trick shortly after one of his rear legs was amputated. The rescue group, Hightower Farm, figured he was in a car accident. Either way, he came to live with us as a foster a week later.
The first night in our home, Yogi escaped through an impossibly small hole in the backyard, and took off running. A chase ensued, but Mom and Dad figured he wouldn’t be too hard to catch. After all, he’d just had his leg removed. So, how fast could he be? Crazy fast, as it turned out, because within seconds, he was standing in the middle of East Cherokee Drive, frozen with fear as rush hour traffic whizzed by, swerving to avoid him.
It was a frightening sight, and Mom began pleading for help. “I promise I’ll give him a good life if you just let him live. PLEASE, God!”
Yogi eventually was caught that night, and, afterward, Mom and Dad made the decision to return him to his forever home — our home.
It turned out that Yogi’s “disability” had nothing to do with his legs, but everything to do with his mind. He was terrified of everything and everyone.
He bit out of fear, so it took weeks before Mom could touch him without wearing welding gloves, and it took months before he’d even be in the same room with Dad. But, with a lot of time, love and understanding, Yogi slowly began to trust us.
Today, he’s a happy little dude who lives a very full life. He walks and bikes on the trails, gets belly rubs from Dad, eats lunch at the finest restaurants downtown and enjoys long strolls with his lady friend, Miss Ellie Mae.
And, to top it all off, he’s a loyal friend. In fact, he even chaperoned my Valentine’s date with Brianna at Tiny Bubbles. Yep, he sat in the window all night staring at her to make sure she didn’t try anything funny. He even texted her after the date to make sure she got home OK, and then the next day to see how she was doing. Hey, wait a minute! Maybe he wasn’t there as a chaperone after all! Grrr…
– Teddy the Spaz Man, a social media dog and not-so-humble Hallmark star living in downtown Woodstock.
Yogi! You tried to steal Teddy’s girl! Yogi the Studman….
Mandy May says
Love you, Yogi!!
Elizabeth Hendricks says
Yogi, you really won the lottery in being adopted by your Mom and Dad. You are such a precious little creature. I’m so glad that you found a home filled with love, patience and understanding so that you could flourish there. Love you!
Angela Ball says
I just love Yogi , he is one special doggy and what a wonderful family
MaryK. Voumard says
Yogi you little Casanova! You make ALL the ladies swoon!!!! You are adorable ♥️
I would never have imagined Yogi as fearful or withdrawn. How wonderful that you could give him a safe place to let his true Cool Cat nature shine! Long live Little Brother!
Leslie Bond-Giacomazza says
I absolutely adore sweet Yogi! So glad he found a family with the patience to allow him to overcome his fears, in his own time. What a great story!
Beth Rodgers says
Wonderful to know his backstory. He landed in the perfect home
Judy O says
Yogi I just love you.
Jeri Evans says
Amazing little dog.
I enjoy reading all about you, Yogi and Violet. You bring a smile to my heart. Hugs and love being sent your way.
Judy Weaver says
Absolutely love Yogimeister and Teddy, Violet Willow and Momma Kitty. Arron & Diane are pretty cool fur parents. They rescued critters to the Best ever living circumstances. With all that love they’ve become a Wonderful Family. Not to mention the rescues before these 4. Love, Love, Love is what it’s about. Helps to have such a sense of humor. I’m a Super Spazzer Fan, more than that I and Jaspur James feel like part of their rescues. Keep on keeping on. We love y’alls.
Hey there Teddy, thanks for telling us all about your little stud muffin brother. I never knew his back story. I am so glad he came to live with your family.
Sharon Doyle says
I love Yogi, Teddy and Violet! Yogi is amazing and so cute!
Leigh Barrington says
Yogi, you are the best, cutest chihuahua I’ve ever seen! You are Star quality just like your brother. I love you! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Love you! How wonderful
. The best family ever!,,,
Amber Carter says
We love you Yogi, you smexy devil. We are loyal fans of you and your family. Keep living the life you deserve. 😍😘❤️Love Amber and Calli Carter and fur babies Bentley and Robin
Lorri Vails says
Love you Yogi ❤
Patricia Madden says
Dear Yogi, all I can say is that you are one lucky little pup to be adopted into such a loving family, Now,you have a handsome studly brother,two beautiful sisters and two humans who love you. p
Marsha Smith says
Yogi you are an amazing little dude love you and all your wonderful family y’all make my day with your stories ❤️
Carolyn Venditti says
My Paczki is a 65 lb. amputee (right rear leg) rescue. It is amazing how fast they can run!! We’ve never discussed her ‘missing’ leg; she prefers to refer to it as her invisible leg! She loves Yogi, Teddy, and Violet so much!! She thinks Mama Kitty is lovely – at a distance, lol! Thank you for all the wonderful stories and photos!
Love you Yogi …. you hit the jackpot !!! All I can say is …..Disability????? what Disability????
Candy Jones says
Wonderful story!!!! Love reading about Yogi, Teddy, Violet and Momma Kitty. Your house sounds like a wonderful place to live. There is a lot of love in that home. Keep telling your stories. We don’t have any dogs, (just 4 wonderful cats – they are brothers and sisters, also rescued) so by reading about your life we feel we have a dog or should I say dogs. Love you all. xoxo
Laurel Hageseth says
Teddy and his family are a huge part of my life. I am always happy to see what is up with this crazy bunch..when real life drags me down I rush to get a dose of their special love and kindness.
Victoria Yardy says
First of all thank you for allowing us to be part of the life of Yogi!!
Teddy spaz man, you are very humble in my eye’s the life you breath in to everyone is breath taking 😊!
My little min pin (Mac Yardy) was a tripod and yes tripods are very fast🐕 glad to know Yogi was captured safe!!
I see Yogi is aging with the humans who has loyalty and most of all a safe loving home!
Please hug Yogi for me, with a soft whisper
Tell him thanks for all he has give you and the rest of the world!
Sue Patnou says
Loved the article. So happy after such a rough start Yogi has relaxed and settled into a beautiful loving fur ever home. Love all the stories, videos, pictures. Very caring loving parents of all their fur babies. Always brightens my day to read the stories. Yogi you are adorable!! 🐶💛💛💛💛
Janice Griffin says
Love this family! Just goes to show you what love can do to anyone!
I LOVE Yogi, Violet & Teddy. Great article! Thank you for sharing your family with us!
Marcia Ann Kasper says
Yogi is one lucky little dude to be adopted into such a patient and loving family; it sounds like it was just what he needed! I’ve got a special soft spot in my heart for that little sugar faced senior, and I loved reading his backstory. Thanks for sharing it with us, Teddy!
Loved this story about my favorite Yogi, he is just so adogable!! So glad he found such a loving forever home & family.♥️
Interesting how Yogi was a biter because he was afraid. Maybe that’s what’s going on with my chiweenie who is friendly with maybe 4 or 5 people. I’ve had him 3 years and he still barely tolerates my son. Surprisingly he is better with some people in their homes than he is when they visit us
Kelly kirschner says
What a nice story! Love you yogi and all your siblings. Your stories are always so heartfelt and uplifting. 🥰
Marsha Farrell says
I am such a fan of all of you guys and Momma Kitty ! Loved reading Yogis Bio !! I followed you guys and it was actually a few months before I realized Yogi was a Tripod !! I cried with you all about Roxy Love and rejoiced when you got Violet ( Kudzu) !! Prayed when Grandma Woof Woof got sick and joyful she’s doing well !! You all warm our hearts and make us spit out our coffee laughing ! Our 3 are our hearts and their antics bring us joy and when they’ve crossed tears ! But richer for their love !!Please know how much we love you all — humans included 🐶🐶🐶💖💖💖
Selena Jordan says
I love the Yogmeister 😍
Loved the article. Yogi is a cutie.
Leah Wilkinson says
Wow! I had no idea how Yogi became part of the family. So glad he found you. And thank you so much for sharing Yogi (and his siblings) with us. Your posts/pics/videos always put a smile on my face.
Love this story! I love reading all your posts too. I could watch these dogs and momma kitty for hours. Your stories are so well wr itten that I can actually imagine the pups thinking and saying the the things you write. Thank you for sharing your fur babies.
Mary Stodola says
Love this article. Also love all your fur babes. Yogi is so cute in that hat! You guys are the best.
Laura Plescia says
Loved your article on Yogi. He is one specia dog.❤❤❤
Cheryl McDonald says
Oh Yogit you are one special pup. And it’s a blessing to see you over come all your issues. I love seeing you with your family. Thank you for all the smiles you all give me. Love and like you all God bless
What a great beginning for Yogi. He got the best fur parents in the world and the best pack there ever could be Violet, Teddy and Mama Kitty. What a strong little guy he is. Live long and well Yogi you deserve a good life.
Terry Casteel says
What a great story about Yogi! I didn’t realize how far he has came. Just thought he was super cool from the beginning! Love every member of this loving family!💕
loved your story, Yogi! yoi have a wonderful family! and I think you’re just adorable!
Melinda Bohnett says
Love this story and the fact that Yogi found a loving home.
Rescued is my favorite breed. I have five! I love your fur crew. Teddy and his antics always make me laugh. So glad you share Teddy, Violet, Yogi and Mama Kitty with us. I love seeing spoiled fur babies…especially rescues.
Brenda Alvarez says
Wow what an amazing journey Yogi has endured it is so sad people can be so cruel to animals. He is so lucky you took him in and showed him what real love it and a real home. I love all your posts and all your animal thank you for sharing by the way my daughter and I both bought one of Teddy’s Christmas ornaments we absolutely loved it.❤️
Love your stories of how the family came to be.
Beautiful story! What an amazing family! I’m at a loss for words! 💕🐾
Quiltin mammar says
I loved reading yogis story. Rescue is best – the best dogs come from rescue sanctuaries – both our dogs did and they are so loved (and spoiled now)
Can’t wait to read about everyone of you puppies
John Tackett says
Thank you Teddy for sharing Yogi’s story. I have learned many years ago that a disability does not mean “no life.” With time and love, Yogi came out of his shell and is experiencing the world around him and the enjoying the love he deserves.
Lisa Bookter says
Yogi, you landed in a good place! I’m glad some of you fear has abated so that you can live your best life!
I absolutely love your whole pack. Yogi is a poster boy for resilience and what a little one can do if given the chance. Thank you for giving him that chance and keep up the great adventures!
I absolutely love Yogi 💖 I had a very special Chihuahua in my life for 18 wonderful years so Yogi’s adventures always brighten my day..as do Teddy’s,Violet’s,Willow’s and Mama Kitty..this whole family is one of my favorite Facebook “stops”!
Becky S says
Love Yogi’s story and so glad it had an awesome ending with him ending up in your loving family. I look forward to seeing Yogi’s little frosty face in all the pics. I have 2 Chihuahua mixes that I love dearly.
Yogi, you are quite a guy…you’ve been through a lot and I see it doesn’t stop you from anything, even trying to steal Teddy’s girl. Great story!!!!
Robin Dassinger says
What a great rescue story Yogi!! I’m so glad you found your perfect forever family xoxo
Holly Hilt says
I’m so happy you decided to make your home his forever home. But I’d watch that little guy, Teddy. Looks like he’s got eyes on your girl!
OMG I adore Yogi and the whole family!!! They never fail to brighten my day!! 💖💖💖
Ah, Yogi, look at you getting all famous. You Stud you!
John wojcik says
Yogimeister. You are adorable. It figures mom and dad would be foster failures. You’re too cute to give up. So scary about you escaping.
I just love your handstands. You’re a good brother keeping an eye on Teddy on his date.
You couldn’t of landed in a more loving and awesome home. We love you Yogi and wish you many many more birthdays.
Big hugs love and kisses. 🤗❤️🥰.
Beth Newman says
Thanks for telling us all about Yogi. Yogi you found paradise, great pawrents that helped you through a lot. You are one handsome little dude.❤️
Ann-Marie Vieira says
First of all thank you Teddy for sharing such a lovely article! Yogi you are such a sweet little soul and so blessed to have found such a loving family. Happiness and blessings to your beautiful family always ! Love you Yogi ❤🐾❤
Debbie Hardin says
Yogi you are one lucky dude. You found a wonderful loving family. You have brothers and sisters and great parent who love you so much. Keep sending pages of all your adventures.
Linda Lord says
Love me some Yogi.
Donna Magee says
Yogi, I have followed you for some time on Teddy’s FB page but never knew your “background”. Fascinating! So glad to have an opportunity to know you better. Take care of yourself. *Hugs*!