Bichons Rescued

How We got Started

I want to let those of you who do not know yet, know how we got started back in the Spring of 1998. WOW! How time flies!

At the time, the Co-Founder of Small Paws® Rescue, Susan Sebring, and I, had first applied to join an existing Bichon rescue organization.

We both got a form letter back, telling us that rescue work took more than just a good heart and that at that time we were deemed to have been not suitable for rescue work. (Yes, that's what the letter really said...)

Though we were discouraged at first, we decided if we couldn't go to the mountain... we would move the mountain to us, and thus Small Paws® Rescue was born.

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I just wanted to inform you I adopted Taylor from you 12-1/2 years ago from a foster mom in Oklahoma when she was 5 years old and her family gave her up because they were moving. I still believe otherwise that they were done with her past her breeding age. So sad for them but she has been the love of my life and she is now 17-1/2 years old and still acts younger than her years. Right now she looks just like the bichon photo on the bottom of this page. Small Paws Rescue is such a blessing for these beautiful fur babies! Thank you for all you do.

Peggy Dercole & Taylor

I started with in Texas in 2001 when my husband died. I needed someone to take care of and discovered SPR. I am 76 and no longer physically able to do as much as I did, but continue to do as much as I can. I have three senior boys that mean the world to me…Jack – 17, Sugar Bear – 14, and Bailey – 9. The words in your letter to Robin are such a wonderful and well deserved tribute to a superb organization. I know of no place else that would look at little Hobbit and see any kind of future for him. I want to give you my appreciation and respect for all that YOU do. It is the Good Lord’s grace and amazing and dedicated volunteers like you that make this all work. Thank you so very much for being there for the precious little fluffs that have been so misused. My prayers and blessings go with you.

Linda Norris & Jack, Sugar Bear, & Bailey
Chris Mummert - Gracie

Two years ago today I got my first dog from Small Paws—Gracie aka Phoebe. Thanks for all you do to help these sweet dogs and give people like me the opportunity to love and care for them. You are appreciated!

Chris Mummert & Gracie
Kathy Sullivan - Colby

Here is my sweet boy Colby who just turned 15 yrs old 9/9. I adopted him 14 yrs ago from small paws and he flew to RI airport to start his new life! He has been the love of my life!

Kathy Sullivan & Colby
Marge Gottesman - Abby

Hi Robin, in a few days it will be 3 years since Small Paws Abby came into my life. She was a "griever puppy" who I adopted shortly after losing my bichon of 16 years. Abby's mother, who said she was part bichon and you believed her, was rescued barefoot and pregnant, along with her male companion by Small Paws. Abby might not be a bichon, but she is a Small Pawser, and the sweetest, most loving, gentle dog I have ever known. Attached is her picture modeling her favorite leopard coat. This is her "Gotcha" Day!

Marge Gottesman & Abby
Sandy Hamel - Kelly

Haven’t sent any pictures in awhile so here are a few and a brief update on my precious girl. She will be 11 this month as best I can guess since she arrived to me at 8 months old in July, 2008. We recently retired from Pet Therapy at Oak Park School for Special Needs Kids. It was my choice after 10 years to retire (not Kelly’s) due to a rotator cuff injury I suffered last year which was preventing me from lifting her so that the kids could hold her. She did win 1st Place in the “Dog Days of Summer” contest at Heron Club, an Assisted Living Facility, where Kelly still does Pet Therapy with the seniors there who just adore her. She always wears a different dress each time we go so she knows that she is “working”.

Sandy Hamel & Kelly
Sara Rhodes - Cruiser

Cruiser came into my life when I needed him. He was a blessing sent from Small Paws. He is smart, funny and so loving ! He is my ❤️.

Sara Rhodes & Cruiser

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