February 4, 2002
Baby Gershwin, Heart Murmur Baby Number
(If Gershwin survives and is healthy, he is being adopted by Jeannie
Rogers. Jeannie is one of our volunteers, and recently lost both of her precious
Bichons, Mulligan and Sundae, within 2 weeks of each other. Mulligan to kidney
failure, and Sundae to diabetes.)
Baby Gershwin was born in a commercial kennel in
Misourri...with a grade 5-6 heart murmur. He was born 12/03/01. He is almost 8
weeks old. I drove today to get him, and folks, it is bad.
He does not feel one bit
We are going to go on faith...one more
time, and try rushing him to Texas A&M University to try to save his life.
That is all I know to do. That is what I am feeling led to do, yet again. He
weighs only 2.5 pounds. We would like to try grow him a little, but it appears
that his murmur is too bad to take a chance on waiting. He does not feel good at
WE DESPERATELY NEED YOUR HELP.
am requesting your prayers...We are presently under a Winter Storm Watch
(freezing rain and snow) for Tulsa, and areas to the south...which would be my
route if I were to drive. I am going to use one of our donated tickets to fly
little Gershwin to Texas A&M, tomorrow morning. He will be the tenth heart murmur repair baby we
have rescued. The others are listed at the bottom of this page. Thank you so
much for supporting this rescue effort. We love you and thank you, more than you
can ever know. More tomorrow night...from College Station, Texas.
FOR YOUR PRAYERS! THEY KEEP US GOING!
Wednesday Night, Feb 6, 2002
(At this time we have raised $980.00 of the needed $2000.00.
They have given us an estimate of $1800.00-
$2000.00 for this surgery including all meds, and hospitalization.
to those of you who have donated!)
Sharon and Eric Krask, our Fairy Godpilots, Gershwin and I were able to fly to
Austin. It started out well and then...well, Gershwin and I got stranded in the
ATLANTA Airport. That's why you have not heard from us til now. Our flight to
Austin, via Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Dallas, Texas, was cancelled due to a major
winter storm. (The same one that prevented me from driving) Over 200 flights
were cancelled in Dallas. So, they rerouted us all through Atlanta, where
everyone and their dog, (pardon the pun) was trying to get on down to Austin.
Gershwin is so sick that three different times, I put my hand in ths sherpa
bag..to make sure he was still here with me...he is so very still. Prayer got
this baby thus far. Of this I have no doubt.
While in the Atlanta
Airport, I met a very nice lady named Carol Dale. (Two of my favorite names!) We
hit it off, had dinner together while standing by for a flight, and in the mean
time, she fell in love...with baby Gershwin.
Here is my new friend, Carol Dale, feeding
little Gershwin his dinner in the Atlanta airport.
At the hotel. Gershwin
attempted to shred his very first klennex...he just did not have enough
made it to Texas A&M, where my buddy Lucy Wendt, met me at the door. Here is
Gershwin with his Aunty Lucy.
Next, here he is with his 4th year
Vet Student, Elizabeth.
Ok, here is the news you have all been waiting
for. The news is not the best, but we pray he is fixable. If you are a believer
in the power of prayer, PLEASE CALL UPON GOD NOW. THIS IS A 911.
a grade 6 PDA heart murmur. It is the largest one, out of ten that we have ever
presented for repair. He is scheduled for the crack-the-chest open surgery,
tomorrow morning, at 11:00 A.M.
There is another problem though. His murmur
is so bad, Dr. Sonja Gordon has a feeling, looking at all of the tests, it has
caused pulminary hypertension...damage to the lungs. I asked her if I made the
right call, to come right away, and she told me, it was right on the cusp of
almost being to late. His murmur is affecting his lung ability,
already...something they don't see in puppies, but usually in older dogs, who
have not had their PDA repaired, and are dying.
I believe in the power of
prayer. I believe when God hears over 2000 people, praying for the recovery of
one of His animals, He hears us. I am believing for a miracle tomorrow. I am
believing with you, they when they open him up, they can fix that hole, and he
is going to be OK and rarin' to go. That's right, I am believing for and
expecting a miracle. His doctor is hoping that when the hole is closed, the lung
problem will reverse itself. We will know after the first 24 hours have passed,
if this has happened. I will come and let you know when he is out of surgery.
Hopefully, I can get someone to take the camera in, and take pics for you guys.
Thank you all for praying. I plan on bringing this baby home with me Friday or
Saturday in perfect and complete health. You just hide in the bushes and
Update Thursday 1:45
Gershwin made it through surgery with flying colors!!!!! He is
waking up really well, on a morphine drip...(I thought about asking for one for
me too, after this waiting has made me plumb nuts...No, ....I mean more nuts
than normal!!! HAHAHA!)
We are 50% of the way there! The next 24 hours are
critical, as we wait to see if his lung problem has been reversed! KEEP
My digital camera is up at the hospital. They are taking lots of
pictures for us! My buddy Lucy, who one of the vet techs and the smiling lady at
the front desk, and I are going to dinner tonight. She will bring my camera to
me full of "BABY GERSHWIN'S life being saved" pictures!
We want to thank EACH
one of you for your prayers and your donations and just your love...for Small
Paws® and for Baby Gershwin. Praise GOD in the morning..he made it through the
surgery! Looks like we may come get to fly home on Saturday! More as it becomes
Update Friday Morning 12:20 AM
with Dr. Sonja Gordon this evening. Baby Gershwin is doing SO well, and so far,
is showing no signs of the lung problem! (His tummy would already be filling
with fluid, and as of tonight, and it is NOT!) Please Keep praying! Here are two
VERY GRAPHIC pictures of him in surgery, if you REALLY want to see!:) More
Friday Afternoon 2:30 P.M.
It's a miracle I do believe. Gershwin is now out
of the woods. The PDA repair reversed the pulmonary problem with his lungs. He's
VERY active, squirmy and making real live puppy sounds!
Here he is with Dr. Kelly
Gershwin just finshed licking the doctor's nose. He just wagged his little tail
to beat the band! (Gershwin...not the
to ALL of you guys, people who chose to support this rescue effort with gifts of
prayers, donations, the hotel room, the airfare, and the rental car...Gershwin
will be released tomorrow morning, to go home as a NORMAL Bichon, with a normal
Bichon life span. He is going to go home to his new Mama, Jeannie Rogers. His
new job title is: Gershwin Rogers,Executive Heart healer.:)
UPDATE Sunday February 10, 2002
is home with Dale and I and there is no "off" button. He GOES and GOES and GOES
somemore! He blitzes and makes puppy sounds and watches TV. Him is one happy
Here he is killing my hand, as we left Texas A&M. He seems to
have no idea anything was ever even wrong with him.:)
Gershwin says THANKS to all of
the Small Pawsers who helped to saved his life! He wears a bodysock, (engineered
by Dale), to protect his stitches.
They all like Dale. His tail
never stops. (Gershwin's...not Dale's)
Update Feb 12, 2002
Gershwin will be
flying to his forever Mom and home, in Las Vegas Next Monday. He will stay with
us till his stitches come out.:)
Gershwin has wormed his way into following Uncle Dale
Dale is just a mean ol' engineer. He doesn't like these little guys
at all. Can you tell?
Ok, I asked Dale if Gershwin looked thirsty to him and Ill be if he
didn't he offer him MY water glass! I am afraid we are spoiling him rotten. I
hope his new Mama can forgive us!:)This is one of the few shots where he is not
zooming past the camera.
Gershwin is flying home
today to his new Mom in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was hard letting him go. We got
attached!:) Here he is at the airport. I wished him a long, happy, and healthy
life! Thanks to all of you for helping to save his life!:)
Update 2/18/02 5:50 P.M.
Gershwin is home.
Jeanne's Son-in-law picked her up and drove her to the airport. Here they are at
his home, with Jeannie's little Grandaughter...and baby Gershwin, heart healer
extraordinnaire.:) Grow well my precious little Gershey.
9:58:04 PM Central Standard Time
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (jeannie
To: email@example.com (Robin Pressnall)
Hi, Mama Robin
Yes, I know - most of us Bichon rescues call you
"Auntie Robin" -
but I'm different. After all, you
were my first mama - and you will always be
mama. So no Auntie to me are you. No siree!
Are you surprised
that I can type and spell so well?
Being only three months old - and not
trained - I have at least learned a few things - among
to use a computer keyboard. What else would
you expect from a little guy who
belongs to a new mama
who makes her living with words?
And speaking of
words, I understand almost all of the
words that Mom says to me. I even know
the word, NO.
She says that a lot to me. A LOT, I tell ya!!!!! Of
I just ignore her and pretend that I have no
idea what she is saying.
Actually (and this is just
between you and me and Daddy Dale), when Mom says
and I ignore her, it gives me a little more time to do
what I'm not
supposed to be doing - like chewing on a
shoe, or eating a wicker chair, or
tearing up a throw
Truth be known, at first Mom didn't think I
NO meant, so she got a "spray bottle" of water to
squirt in my
face when she says the word NO. Her
daughter, Jill, suggested that she try
that. Jill has
a cat - and the spray bottle works with the cat.
showing the spray bottle to the cat makes the cat fall
But truth be known, cats and dogs are different.
PRAISE GOD!! I love
the spray bottle! I just look at
Mom and bark, "Bring it on. The wetter the
So Mom decided no more spray bottle. We're back to
The NO word in particular!
Hey, Mama Robin - you 'member how you and
used to watch television with me? Well, Mom does
except she only watches news in the
evenings on weekdays and golf tournaments
afternoons on weekends. What's a fellow gotta do to
get a change of
pace around here? I've tried runnin'
wild in the living room, biting on her
pants legs, and
zapping the remote, but to no avail. News and golf.
and golf. It's enough to make me want to say
this I am proud. I have learned to use
the doggie door! In and out, in and
out, in and out.
All day long. Of course, I don't always go in and out
do "you know what," but at least I'm trying. Mom
keeps saying, "Good boy,
good boy," and that keeps me
tryin' even more.
Anyway, Mama Robin, I
just wanted to let you how
things are going. GREAT!!!! You did a wonderful
when you rescued me - and an even better job when you
fixed my heart.
But you did the best job of all when
you gave me to my second mama. She and I
are in love.