Medical Update on Lucy With Parvo In The E.R./ Matching Donation Challenges for $500 and $100./Help Is Still Needed.

Gem of the Day: Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Lucy Small Paws, in Isolation ICU this morning at Medvet Dallas 24/7 Emergency and Critical Care Hospital in Dallas.

Dear Small Pawsers,

I just spoke to Dr. Olsen and this is a medical update on our little Lucy.

The good news is that she was able to walk around outside for them.

But she still has diarrhea and she is still not eating, so they are going to put a NG (nasal-gastro) tube down her nose to be able to feed her, to empty bad fluids from her stomach, and to put in fiber and probiotics.

Also, her Albumin is low. If it drops any lower they are going to need to do a blood transfusion.

Dr. Olsen said she is being a typical parvo puppy and he’s not worried at this time.

As you know, her estimate at Medvet is for between $4,500-6,500 for three days of hospitalization.

After that, she will need to be in isolation at our vet’s office, Roanoke Animal Hospital for 3 weeks, because she will still be shedding the virus.

She will for sure be contagious for two more weeks. We add an extra week just to make sure she isn’t contagious to any of our foster homes own dogs on the advice of our Veterinarians.

If other dogs in the home are adults and vaccinated for Parvo, the vets tell me that they will be fine.

This is mostly a disease of puppies and very young adults, or dogs with compromised immune systems.

With little Dickens, our last Parvo puppy, the cost for isolation and continued care at the vet’s office was $2,844.49 and that included a 30% rescue discount. And he made it just fine.

So all in all, Lucy’s estimate for both Medvet and Roanoke, is for between $7344.49 – $9344.49.

So far we have raised $3,735.00, so we are about a third of the way there.

I hope that you all want us to still save the Parvo pups, even though it is expensive. There is only one other alternative for them and it’s assuming room temperature.

I’ve always said that you can always make more money, but you can never make more life.

We have some matching donation challenges this morning for Lucy.

What Is A Matching Donation Challenge?

First, from Janet Bartos at, we have this challenge for $500.00! Thank you Janet so much! If anyone can match Janet, we will have $1000.00 to put towards Lucy’s vet bills.

“Please issue a $500 matching challenge from me to help save little Lucy’s life.  We know they can be saved from this dreaded illness, so this is for the best for her!

Love you all!  Janet Bartos, Little Rock, AR (From Robin. Please pray for the people of Little Rock, AR. Catastrophic tornadoes hit them last week. Janet is ok, but not far from her, many people lost their homes. Several people are still recuperating from severe injuries.)
Secondly, we have a challenge for $100.00 from Deborah Berger at < Thank you Deborah! I hope that someone can match you! You are always so faithful to help!
“On Apr 3, 2023, at 5:03 PM, normetski <> wrote:

I’ll do a $100 challenge🌺

Sent from my iPhone”

Next, from our Texas Team Leader, who was instrumental in getting little Lucy picked up from the shelter and taken to the E.R., Michelle Morgan at, we have this challenge for $100.00. Thank you Michelle for all that you do. I hope someone can match you.

“I’m issuing a $100.00 challenge to help pull our little Lucy through. Michelle”

Lastly, from my sister friend of almost 30 years, in Oklahoma City, Barbe Von Netzer at, we have this challenge for $100.00 in honor of my Bichon neice, Mattie Mae Von Netzer, whom we just lost to kidney disease.

“I’ll issue a $100 matching donation Robin, in honor of my sweet Mattie Mae, who I lost this year.. love Barb.

So you can see that we are in an uphill battle, both for Lucy and for funds to pay her bills.

Those of you who know me personally, know that I’ve never been afraid of making my own path and leaving a trail, the bigger the better!

I think the Lord gives me a confidence that I wouldn’t ordinarily have, because I can’t explain it. And I have that confidence in Lucy’s recovery and in provision coming for Lucy’s care.

Will you make that path with me and let’s leave a HUGE trail, together! All My Love, Robin


No Time For a Gem Today. We have a critical medical emergency.

We rescued little “Lucy”, from Dallas Texas Shelter about 90 minutes ago. She tested positive for PARVO and she is sick.

Thanks to our volunteer, Cindy Carolle, under the direction of our Texas Team Leader, Michelle Morgan, Lucy is now at Medvet Dallas 24/7 Emergency and Critical Care Hospital in ICU.

 They do feel they can pull her through. The Estimate to save her life is for between $4500-6500.00 for three days of hospitalization. She may be a year old, possibly younger. The ER vet hasn’t aged her yet.

This is her Dogtor.

Daniel Olson, DVM, MS is an Emergency Medicine Veterinarian at MedVet Dallas, where he has been part of the team since May 2020. Dr. Olson received his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.



We have added our Text-to-Donate feature! It’s simple and secure. You can use any major credit card as well as Google Pay and PAYPAL! Text the number 44321 (how easy is THAT number to remember?!) and type the letters SPR ( all capitals) in the message area. A secure link will come up with simple instructions. After that, you can text a donation of any amount to Small Paws anytime without filling out your information again! We hope you enjoy the ease and security of Text-to-Donate, to help the Bichons!






What is Parvo?

Canine parvovirus

“No specific drug is available that will kill the virus in infected dogs, and treatment is intended to support the dog’s body systems until the dog’s immune system can fight off the viral infection. Treatment should be started immediately and consists primarily of intensive care efforts to combat dehydration by replacing electrolyte, protein and fluid losses, controlling vomiting and diarrhea, and preventing secondary infections. Sick dogs should be kept warm and receive good nursing care. When a dog develops parvo, treatment can be very expensive, and the dog may die despite aggressive treatment. Early recognition and aggressive treatment are very important in successful outcomes. With proper treatment, survival rates can approach 90%.

Treatment will include 24 hour ICU Care, IV Fluid Therapy, Intra-Nasal Tube Therapy, Electrolyte Therapy, Central Line, etc. It takes a lot of support to pull one through Parvo.

We need your help to bring Lucy through this, so she can give and receive love for many years to come.

What Is A Matching Donation Challenge?

I am here and will issue all matching donation challenges. We don’t ask unless we need help. We need help.  All My Love, Robin