What we're about
Hi and Welcome to Austin's Best Yorkie Meetup!
We are a fun group of Yorkie owners who care about our furry ones being socialized and playing well with others. I am Jessica Young who just took over the group, in January of 2017, from Belinda Mendoza who organized the First Austin Yorkie Group in 2008. I have one Yorkie, her name is Malani. We have a Facebook Page, Austin's Best Yorkie Meetup Group, please like and follow our page.
From Belinda: While it has been a joy for me to run this meetup for all these years, it’s time to move on and let someone else run the show. In January 2017, Jessica Young will be your new Organizer. She will schedule and host all future meetups. I hope to attend as a member as often as possible. Please support her by offering to help set up or take down at meetups, offering ideas of things to do at meetups, suggestions on spaces to meet, etc. With your help, it will continue to be one of the best dog meetups in Austin.
Our Mission:To foster healthy and happy Yorkies by having them socialize with their own kind. Offer educational resources and support for the breed and its owners. Offer networking and promotional opportunities for Yorkie owners within the group.
We do not allow breeders to join if the only reason is to sell puppies or find suitable studs or females. We promote rescuing not breeding. If you want another pet to add to your family, consider the many wonderful Yorkie rescue groups in Austin or ask other members. If you are not a breeder and join our group because you are looking to mate your dog, the same rule applies. You will not be allowed unless you have your own Yorkie you are bringing it to the meetups for socialization.
When and where we meet: We usually meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month. However, that sometimes changes to Sunday or another weekend depending on the month. I will try and have at least three months posted in advance. We try and meet at different places throughout the year. We meet in member's backyards in many parts of Austin and even Round Rock. Our members graciously offer their spaces. If we meet at a park, it is enclosed and one that is specifically for small dogs. Safety is our first concern so all areas are fenced in. If it is too cold or too hot outside, we meet inside at dog facilities. You can see some of our sponsors on the homepage. We are always looking for and needing spaces to meet so we love suggestions.
We are a Yorkie meetup. Yorkies and Yorkie mixes (under 20 lbs) are welcome. If you are a member with a Yorkie and have another pet in your family and would like to bring it to the meetup and it is not a Yorkie, it must not weigh more than 20 lbs. No Yorkie puppies are allowed until 6 months of age for health reasons. Most puppies do not have all their shots until 6 months.
We highly recommend your pups have all their shots (esp. rabies, distemper, and parvo). While we do not do checks, you bring them at your own risk if they are not up to date. We cannot be responsible.
If your dog is not neutered it is your responsibility to keep him under control at meetups so he's not humping the other dogs. If dog is in heat, do not bring to meetup at all until she has passed her period. At events it is your responsibility to watch your dog, clean up after your dog and stop your dog when they are displaying unacceptable behavior. Our members bring their pups clean and well-groomed to the meetups. Please leave your pet home if it is sick on meetup day. If it comes to a meetup and gets sick, please take it home immediately as it needs your care. Please keep pets on a leash when first arriving if aggressive. Allow it to settle down before letting it loose among the other Yorkies. We have a nice stable group and are often complimented on how well behaved our group of Yorkies are. If your Yorkie is aggressive or shy, it needs to come to the meetups. This is how they learn to socialize and get along. Don't be embarrassed if your Yorkie is not well behaved, it has to start somewhere. Our Yorkies have come to recognize each other and look forward to seeing their furry friends. Do let your Yorkie socialize instead of in your lap or sitting with you or staying at your feet. Walk around with him/her without a leash until they feel comfortable with the group.
Any meetup you attend is only $5.00 per dog. If you prefer to pay annual dues, they are $25.00 per dog and $5.00 additional per dog. You can attend as many meetups as you like. Your dues go to pay for our meetup website, activities, snacks, speakers, door prizes, etc. You can pay on this site or right at our meetups. Bring cash please.
What to Bring to Meetups: While we do our best to provide these, it is not always possible. Keep these things in your car just in case. Poop bags for your pet. You are responsible at meetups to watch your pet and pick up after it by disposing of waste. We like to leave the space we visit as clean as when we arrived. Water, food, treats for your dog, you, or the members. (Optional of course). Folding chair, Camera. We love candid photos of the meetups and the Yorkies. You can upload them yourself to our site. If you post them to Instagram please use #austinyorkiemeetup
Recycling at Meetups: Bring any unused Yorkie clothes, leashes, toys, fresh food, treats, etc. We have a recycle box at all meetups. Members can pick from the box or we donate to humane society at end of each quarter.
Contact me if: You own a business and want to promote your services, offer to sponsor a meetup by bringing refreshments or goodies for the pups and owners or donate your services to the group. You want to promote services at our meetup with a display table. You want to teach a class to the group and have it posted on our site. You want to write an article or posts tips that our members can benefit and get you some PR.
*The meetup is also for Yorkie owners to network, make friends, and socialize. Thank you for visiting our site and hope to see you and your Yorkie at a meetup soon!
Be sure to update your profile on our site with a pic of you and your pup(s) so we get to recognize you with your name at meetups. See you soon!
Thanks, Jessica Young & Malani