Wednesday Evening, February 17, 2021
Gem of the Day: How do you spell love? ~ Piglet~
You don’t spell it. You feel it. ~ Pooh~
Dear Small Pawsers,
We are searching for a special needs home for little Buddy, the smiling Bichon from our last newsletter.
The previous owner’s vet said he had a “slight” heart murmur that was probably nothing to be concerned about. After all, Buddy is asymptomatic and still acts like a puppy.
Their records show that he was born on Feb 3, 2013 and just turned eight years old.
Before I put my name on any adoption, I want to make sure these dogs are healthy. It’s how I would want to be treated. That’s why our vet bills are high. We go the extra mile and always will.
So his Foster Mom took him for a complete cardiac work up with a Veterinary Cardiologist at:
VCA Aurora Animal Hospital
2600 West Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506
This is the news that we got back.
“Today, Buddy was diagnosed with myxomatous valve disease;
In Buddy’s case, his disease is still in the early stages, and while the valve is not working properly, the heart is handling the problem very well and is otherwise normal in size and function.
In this stage of disease, there is no evidence that starting any medications is beneficial, and we instead focus on monitoring.
As is the case with many acquired diseases, there is progression over time. However, the rate of change to the valve and heart is variable and often hard to predict.
In some dogs, disease remains mild and never becomes a clinical issue in their lifetime, while in others it will eventually start to cause clinical signs and require medications.
We generally monitor for heart enlargement with routine x-rays, and I would recommend performing these in 6 months, to start.
In the more advanced stages, this type of valve disease can cause fluid accumulation within the lungs (this is called CHF, or congestive heart failure), so we also watch for this on x-rays.
At home, I encourage you to start tracking sleeping breathing rate now, as an increase in rate can indicate fluid build-up within the lungs.
While not expected in the near future, now is a great time to get a baseline in Buddy.
Medications: None recommended, although routine heartworm prevention is advised year round.
Diet and exercise: No specific recommendations or changes necessary. Avoid highly salty snacks/treats, which can contribute to fluid retention. Most pets will self-regulate activity, and specific restriction is not necessary. Avoid activities that are not tolerated.
Follow-up recommendations: Thoracic radiographs are advised in 6 months. If heart murmur is unchanged and no heart enlargement noted radiographically, it is okay to then wait 12 months to repeat thoracic radiographs (an echocardiogram would also be advised at that time, 18 months from now).
A recheck echocardiogram or more frequent radiographs may be advised if disease appears progressive at the 6 month mark.”
So we are looking for a special adoptive home for Buddy. Buddy is located near the Chicago area and if approved, you would need to be able to drive or fly in to get him.
Remember, In some dogs, disease remains mild and never becomes a clinical issue in their lifetime,
His Foster Mom says he runs like the wind and you’d never know anything was wrong.
If you think you may be Buddy’s forever home, this is an application.
We raised only $739.00 for our five newest dogs below. Three of the five are needing or have had special either cardio or GI workups.
The good news is that we have two new matching donation challenges!
First, from Jeanne Montross in the Great State of Florida, we have this challenge for $250.00. Thank you Jeanne!
“Just so you will keep off of the ice, don’t want anything to happen to you, I am issuing a matching challenge for $250.00. My Isabella turned 14 on February 2. She has lived longer than my 10 other bichons. Stay healthy get vaccine and don’t forget the mask!”
Next, from Dawn Bove, we have this matching challenge for $200.00. Thank you again, Dawn! On Feb 12, 2021, at 11:46 AM, Dawn Bove <email@example.com> wrote:
Good Morning Robin: Such a cute batch of little fluffs.I would like to make a challenge for $200.00 to help get them all fixed up for forever homes.Stay well and safe.Happy Valentine’s Day.As always sent with love,Dawn
That’s the news for now. I’m praying there is a forever home for Buddy. All My Love, Robin
Friday Morning, February 12, 2021
Gem of the Day: “While it is February one can taste the full joys of anticipation. Spring stands at the gate with her finger on the latch.” ~ Patience Strong
Good February Morning Small Pawsers!
Many parts of the country are covered in snow and ice, but here at Small Paws warm fuzzy hearts abound!
I’m going to tell you about them now and yes some are up for adoption!
But I also want to talk to you about something else.
As I’ve been telling you, since Covid, there is a small dog shortage, both in shelters and also regarding Owner Surrenders.
But as the article says, when people go back to work and school, look out and KATY BAR THE DOOR!
The little furry one that kept them company during a pandemic, will then be rushing into our waiting arms.
We, as well as every other small dog rescue, will be bombarded.
But as for now, we are very low on dogs. We are getting an average of 25 applications to adopt, each and every day. That’s an average of 150 a week. 600 a month. My heart breaks for these people who are so desperate to find a dog to love.
We don’t have 30-40 Bichons like we used to have.
So I have made a decision and I hope you all will understand.
With so few dogs and so many hundreds of applications, our Small Paws people who have supported us, are going to be considered first for adoptions.
Foster Parents, Transporters, Application Processors, Team Leaders, Adopters, and Donors, have shown that they have supported this organization through thick and thin, and that they should be considered first.
I can’t guarantee that you will get the dog that you want or that you will even get a dog. (sigh)
That particular dog may not be a match for you and if there is one thing in which we take much pride, it’s matchmaking for a lifetime!
But I can tell you that if you are a supporter in some way of Small Paws Rescue, you will be considered first. We need to take care of family first, when possible, during these difficult times.
Ok! Are you ready to see our newest babies? But first an update on little smushed (is that a word??) almost flat by a car Emmie near Chicago!
Remember Emmie? We repaired her busted little self with extensive surgery and now she is starting to walk! Wanna see the video?
Aww, ok! Here you go!
Thanks to all of you who helped little Emmie! It will be a couple of months until she is fully rehabbed and ready to be adopted.
Next meet 2-3 year old “Bella” who came from a South Texas shelter. We are calling her a Bichon Mix. She seems to approve, giving you a smile as big as Dallas! She is still in quarantine but will be up on Petfinder’s soon!
While our volunteer was picking Bella up at the shelter, (this is sounding like a game of Candyland) they said they had another small dog that had just been surrendered. DETOUR!
She was sitting RIGHT THERE LOOKING AT BELLA so I know for a fact she had met a Bichon Mix who had once met a Bichon, so of COURSE we grabbed her, ran and never looked back.
Meet Skye. This was her name when she came in so she gets to keep it. On the phone the shelter said she was a shih-tzu. (Kind of like when Bichons are all called p**dles.)
Welllll, I said in my finest southern accent, (cough, cough, wave wave,) I do believe this child may have some Bichon Havanese in her. Skye is between 2-3 years old and is located in Texas. She’s a cutie! She’s still in quarantine and it will be a couple of weeks until she is ready to be adopted.
Next, look at that smile! We have 7 year old “Buddy” (yes, that’s his real name) near Chicago. He was abandoned at a veterinarian’s office and they knew who to call and Buddy seems to be thrilled. He has a very slight heart murmur, but we are getting it checked out with a complete cardio work up. Ok. No fighting over Buddy!
Next, way down yonder in Alabama, we have an owner surrender named “Missy”. She is four years old. She is a Bichon in a p**dle haircut. She TRIED to tell them but they just kept shaving her face. How embarrassing. Missy is having some GI upset so we are going to get that worked up and then she will be ready for adoption, IF you can drive towards Birmingham AL. to get her.
Next, meet “Bedford”. We got this little guy from a shelter in south Texas.
They told us he was seven years old but the vet says he’s more like ten. (Bedford, not the vet tech).
He has a grade two heart murmur so we did a cardio consult and the Cardiologist said it is benign and will not cause any problems.
Bedford also has the very start of kidney disease which can be controlled with a special diet. I think someone dumped him for getting old. 🙁 Would that all of our beloved dogs would someday get old.
Bedford also lost five rotten teeth with two of them falling right out during his dental.
He is a lover and needs a home with a lot of love to give. His foster Mom says he is a real lap dog, preferring to lounge on the couch and watch Soap Opera’s. (She didn’t really say that about the soaps. I just made it up. He looks like a “The Young and The Restless” kind of guy to me.) Is Bedford your new boy?!
As you my know, we don’t just rescue perfect dogs! In fact, that doesn’t happen a whole lot these days. What with Bedford and Buddy’s heart murmur work ups, Missy’s GI work up, Emmie’s upcoming rehab work, well, their bills are higher than the $1000-1500 that we normally spend per dog if nothing’s wrong.
We spay or neuter, do heartworm testing and treatment if needed, do fecal exams for parasites, do dentals if needed and they are almost always needed, we remove questionable lumps and bumps and send them to pathology, and we quarantine every dog for ten days to protect our Foster parents own dog in case one of our dogs breaks with a shelter disease like kennel cough or parvo. Yes, it’s expensive to do that, sometimes $25.00 a night, (Didn’t they use to have a cheap Motel Six?) but our own dog’s safety must come first.
I’m here (where else am I going to be? There’s a pandemic and the roads are covered in ice here in Tulsa. I live in Oklahoma. We don’t have a clue what we’re doing driving on snow and ice. If we are already out, driving, and the roads start getting slick, we just try to get home, keep driving and cover our heads. For your own safety, STAY AWAY! We are dangerous here!) But I am here is there are any matching challenge donations for me to issue.
All My Love on this Blustery February Day, Robin
We have also now added 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!
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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.)
Also, Small Paws Was Featured on a “The Chicken Soup for the Soul Podcast”. It’s was an interview of how Small Paws Rescue was born, over 22 years ago! 2020 was our 22st Anniversary! We are so happy to have you join us! Robin
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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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