We Have A New Heart Murmur Puppy Who Needs Surgery To Save Her Life. Can We Please Help Her?


Wednesday Evening, April 24, 2019

Gem Of The Day: “One love, one heart, one destiny.” 
~Robert Marle~

See Vet Bills Paid by Small Paws Rescue for the first 23 days of April, 2019 coming to $24,897.11 which is an average of $1,082.48 per day.

Baby Chloey has a sick heart. She is only 20 weeks old.

After going several years without one, we now have another heart murmur baby.

For those of you who don’t know, we began a movement back in 1998 and through the years, of repairing over 100 PDA Heart Murmurs in Bichon Puppies.

It wasn’t that Bichons had more of this congenital condition than other breeds.

It was that there was a growing grass roots organization of caring Bichon lovers who were willing to help, to save one life at a time, called Small Paws Rescue! 

We first started out at Texas A&M and then moved to the Cardiologist who writes the journals on this topic.

It’s Dr. Thaibinh Nguyenba, DVM, Diplomate, ACVIM (Cardiology) at Medvet Columbus Ohio. 

Read about him and you will be impressed with everything about him.

This man is a very special and loving  man.

And, he loves our Bichons.

A PDA stands for Patent Ductus Arteriosus .

It means that Chloey was born with a hole in her heart that leaks blood. As she grows, her heart will leak more and more blood until she would eventually go into congestive heart failure and die, without this life saving procedure. This procedure involves going up through the femoral artery and inserting a plug, that Thaibinh, our cardiologist has patented, and releasing it into the hole. Then it forms a blood clot which becomes living tissue and the heart is repaired. The dog then has a normal heart with a normal life span!

See more about this amazing life saving surgery on our Animal Planet Episode.

One of our previous heart babies, Cassie Borders, is still with us at 18 years old! This is Cassie, today! She belongs to Pat and Joan Borders at jpborders@aol.com. We saved her life 18 years ago.

This is the estimate to save Baby Cassie’s  life. 

It’s for between $3,810.80 and $4,228.00 after the 20% rescue discount is applied. In fact, when we worked with Thaibinh on a segment for Animal Planet, he went to the powers that be and asked if in exchange for the publicity for their hospital, we could get a 20% rescue discount.

That had never been done at Medvet before.

Because of Small Paws and our Heart Murmur Baby Program, ALL 501C3 rescues, nationwide, now receive a 20% rescue discount working with ALL of the Medvets across the country. Thaibinh told me that we have helped so many more animals than just the Small Paws Bichons! 

Chloey has been tested, had an echocardiogram, blood tests, and more tests and she has been cleared for this life saving procedure this coming Monday morning, April 29, if we can raise the funding.

Our Ohio team Leader, Sharon King is on standby to take her if we can raise funds for her. I know this is a big ask but this little girl is going to give a lifetime of big love if we can do this together.

I feel 100% comfortable with the outcome as I have personally watched it several times. I’d let Thaibinh work on my heart if it needed it!

Do we have it in our hearts to fix this tiny broken one?

I’m here and will issue all matching donation challenges for our newest Heart Murmur Baby, Baby Chloey.

All My Love, Robin

See Vet Bills Paid by Small Paws Rescue for the first 23 days of April, 2019 coming to $24,897.11 which is an average of $1,082.48 per day.

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Welcome to the Small Paws®  Rescue Online Newsletter, especially to those of you who may have seen us over the years on our guest appearances on Fox and Friends in New York City, or on Animal Planet on “Dogs 101.”, or you may have read about us in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Happiness, 101 Stories about Finding Your Purpose, Passion and Joy . You also may have seen us on “Inside Edition” with Deborah Norville! (To see backstage photos of one of our trips to NYC and Fox & Friends, click here.)

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Humphrey Sisco
Dec 26, 1993~ Aug 30, 2006

When I first saw this beautiful picture of Cheri Sisco’s “Humphrey”, I thought it was truly the epitome of what we do, and why we do it. I wanted to use this black and white picture of Humphrey, taken only days before his death due to congestive heart failure, to let those who may be new to Small Paws, know what we do and why we do it. Without Small Paws, Humphrey would have never known love. He would have died in a kill shelter, sick and alone. Because of Small Paws, and Cheri Sisco, he lived, he loved, and he smiled.


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