Matching Donations for Linus. We Are Right At Half Way To What Is Needed. Letter From The Neurologist. Surgery Scheduled Monday Morning If We Can Raise Funds.


4:00 p.m. Friday Afternoon, January 17, 2020 

Gem Of The Day: “No Time for a Gem. We STILL Have A Medical Emergency.”


This is Linus, shaved. Today was a long day. He has NOT had surgery yet because of all they had to do today and he needs the weekend to heal from those things and from so much anesthesia. He was under for about four hours today.

We were already planning to do the recommended MRI, but we learned today that they also needed a CT scan, so they combined those two tests, today, one after the other, with Linus under anesthesia.

Here is what the neurologist told me on the phone. It was Dr. James Cellini. ( He said the picture was taken years ago and he has some gray now. I told him that makes me feel better .)

The fracture of L7 on his back shows to be worse with imaging that with just xrays, and Linus has a blood clot near the spine which they will go in and remove during surgery. Right now his spinal column is VERY unstable. One wrong twist or move and that would be it. They are keeping him in hospital over the weekend, on meds for pain and so that he stays still.

To do nothing would be a “guarded” prognosis. The grade these by excellent, good, fair, guarded down to poor. Guarded isn’t good.

This is his letter with two options.

Hi Robin.  Here’s a summary of options for Linus, now that we’ve diagnosed an L7-S1 luxation:
Medical management:
  • 6 weeks of strict crate rest, carrying outside for eliminations as needed
  • oral pain and anti-inflammatory medications
  • goal is to allow time for the luxated vertebrae to stabilize via scar tissue formation
  • prognosis is unpredictable and essentially guarded.  
    • i suspect that relative to surgery, the recovery would take longer, be less complete, and stands a higher chance of relapse in pain or weakness going forward
Surgical stabilization:
  • goal is to realign the L7-S1 vertebrae and place surgical pins and bone cement into the bones to stabilize the spine at that location.  we would also perform a laminectomy to access the spinal canal and remove any blood or bone fragments causing nerve compression. after surgery we would perform another CT to evaluate implant placement and make sure its where we want it to be.
  • prognosis would be considered good overall given the current level of function, and recovery would still involve a 6 week strict rest period post-op, with pain medications for a couple weeks to start (then as needed). residual weakness, pain, or urinary/fecal incontinence issues are possible
  • physical therapy may also be recommended depending on level of recovery by week 2 post-op (recheck at that time)
  • risks of surgery:
    • damage to nerves upon implant placement
    • hemorrhage which has potential to be life threatening, though unlikely
    • infection 
    • chronic pain despite stabilization
    • implant loosening, failure or migration – basically the pins can move around or sometimes break after the fact. i’ve had this happen once and required re-explore to remove the pin
    • seroma formation – not a huge deal but requires some time and warm compressing to get it to go down
Let me know if there is any further information you need!
Dr. Cellini

He said that the surgery will take TWO Neuro surgeons because they physically have to move that bone back into place before they can put pins and surgical glue in it.

This surgery is to stabilize his spine and to relieve the pain from a chipped bone that digs in to the spinal cord when he moves a certain way and it is PAINFUL. Also the blood clot needs to be removed.

Now here is where we are financially. We added a CT scan to the bill today and two more days of hospitalization over the weekend.

We are right at half way there of where we need to be for surgery to take place. He said with his spine as unstable as it is, for Linus, he needs this surgery to be out of pain.

We need help. It’s a weekend and right after Christmas. We need help.

We have these matching donation challenges.

First, from Dawn Bove, at we have this generous challenge for $250.00. Is there anyone who can match Dawn for this baby? Thank you Dawn!

Date: Fri, Jan 17, 2020, 9:13 AM
Subject: Re: From Robin: 9 Month Old Precious Bichon Hit By Car. MRI And Fractured Spine Surgery Needed. Time Is Of The Essence.
To: Small Paws Rescue, Inc. <>

Good Morning Robin: I will make a $250.00 challenge for little Linus. I  pray the surgery will be successful inspite of the delays.

I hope someone will match me soon.
As always sent with love, Dawn<
Next, from Judy DeAngelis at, we have this challenge for $100.00. Thank you Judy!

From: Judy DeAngelis <>
Sent: Fri Jan 17 13:44:37 CST 2020
Cc: “” <>
Subject: Re: From Robin: 9 Month Old Precious Bichon Hit By Car. MRI And Fractured Spine Surgery Needed. Time Is Of The Essence.

Hi Robin,

I will issue a $100.00 challenge for his surgery.  
Thanks for all your help.
Judy DeAngelis>
Next, from Gisella Towner at, we have this challenge for $50.00. Thank you Gisella!

From: Gisela Towner <>
Sent: Fri Jan 17 15:27:52 CST 2020
To: “Small Paws Rescue, Inc.” <>
Subject: Re: From Robin: 9 Month Old Precious Bichon Hit By Car. MRI And Fractured Spine Surgery Needed. Time Is Of The Essence.

Oh Robin — this poor baby!
Please issue a $50 challenge from Bugsy, Meryl and Beamer.  They want his story to have a happy ending too! 
Gisela Towner
Small Paws Rescue Volunteer
So this is where we are. I know it is right after Christmas and January is tough. Little Linus didn’t plan for this to happen and much less, in January.
The Neuro surgeon gives him a GOOD prognosis with the surgery. There are always risks with any surgery, but we obtain as much information from these skilled surgeons as we can.
It is the Neuro Surgon and our Board’s opinion that in order for Linus to have a chance at a normal life, he needs this surgery.  Help is needed. And soon. All My Love, Robin


We received a call from an employee at Blue Pearl Pet Hospital, Northfield Il. 

Meet little “Linus” and he needs more than a security blanket. He needs us.

He weighs only 11.6 pounds and he was hit by a car. He was brought in by a good Sam who found him lying in the road of an intersection near Chicago. He is about 8-9 months old (he still has his puppy teeth) and he is very sweet.

Unfortunately, preliminary x-rays show that one of his vertebrae is cracked near his spine. L-7. He is on something for pain until we can get an emergency MRI done when the Neuro Team comes in, in the morning. 

He still has bowel and bladder control, which is good news when there is a spinal injury.

As you can see, he was banged up. I’m just thankful he survived being HBC .

Linus is alert when someone speaks to him and wags his little tail. He just hurts.

They have posted everywhere, online and at shelters, to try to find an owner, to no avail. There was no I.D. or microchip and so far, Linus hasn’t said a word. This happened on Monday night. We learned about him on Wednesday and got custody of him yesterday, on Thursday.

He needed a Neurological consult but they did not have a neurologist at this Blue Pearl.

One of their surgical techs has been approved to be an SPR volunteer and on her day off, Thursday, she took him over to VCA Auroro Il. where she had worked in the Neuro department, so they know her. There are two neuro surgeons there. (Thankfully, she is also going to foster Linus.)

So on Thursday, late afternoon, Linus was seen by veterinary neurologist Dr. Randy Cochran at VCA Aurora IL.

Dr. Cochran has recommended an MRI and surgery, hopefully today, Friday.

The problem was that neither of their two neurologists DO this kind of surgery, spinal fracture repair. 

So they said we had to move him to a hospital that DOES Spinal Fracture Repair.

Medvet of Chicago, the same folks who saved our little Elf last month, DOES do Spinal fracture repair.

Linus is there now. He was checked into emergency there at around Midnight, about 10 minutes ago.

Linus is still able to use the bathroom both ways and he can wag his tail a bit, so this isn’t a case of lost deep pain sensation, yet, but they told me with each passing day he may lose more motor and neurological function, if he doesn’t have this surgery by today or tomorrow, Saturday.

The estimate for the MRI and surgery, with our rescue discount is around $6,000.00.

Medvet has been good about staying on the lower end of estimates for us.

I have known many of you for almost 22 years now and I believe you would want Small Paws to try to save this precious little 9 month old Bichon. 

I will issue all matching challenges. This is most urgent. Time is of the essence they tell me.

All My Love, Robin

P.S. Little Elf, who was thrown from a moving car in December, is doing wonderfully! His Foster Mom will be adopting him! And she’s a police-woman. No one is ever going to hurt this baby again, Here he is enjoying a Puppachino.

You may also call Louie on his cell phone at 1-337-3Bichon (1-337-324-2466)

Louie is on Eastern Standard Time!
(Please leave a message and Louie will return your call if he is not available!)

You may also send a check or money order to:
Small Paws® Rescue Inc.
3316 S. 72nd. W. Ave.
Tulsa, Ok. 74107

If we already have your credit card on file, please e-mail Louie and let him know the amount of your donation.





Dear robin,

This is your quarterly AmazonSmile donation notification. Your charity, Small Paws Rescue Inc, recently received a quarterly donation of $921.54 thanks to customers shopping at

To date, AmazonSmile has donated a total of:

  • $15,817.74 to Small Paws Rescue Inc
  • $156,109,909.51 to all charities

Thank you for supporting Small Paws Rescue Inc by shopping at You can track your impact throughout the year at your My Impact page.

AmazonSmile is also available in the Amazon Shopping App on Android. See how to activate here.

  Go to  
  • Thank you for supporting Small Paws Rescue Inc by shopping at

How to Become a Much Needed Small Paws Rescue Foster Parent!

South Texas, North Texas, and Chicago are most in need! 

Dear New Small Pawsers,

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, almost 21 years ago! 2019 was our 21st Anniversary! We are so happy to have you join us! Robin


Companies Who Match Employees Donations


If you are going to shop at great stores anyway, why not help SPR at the same time and use Join now for free and select Small Paws Rescue Inc. as your cause!

This is the link to sign up for Small Paws Rescue!

The iGive Support Team

P.S. If you want to track how your cause is doing, please visit

We have links up here to our SPR Cafe Press Store for SPR Logo Items.

Try as your search engine and as your online shopping portal!
Small Paws is signed up and each time you use it, either to search or to go to an online seller, funds are sent to Small Paws for the Bichons! You can buy those shoes at Zappos and those books at Amazon *AND* donate to Small Paws Rescue! Try it out! So far, Small Pawsers have done over 100,000 searches and have shopped to raise $$2,641.38 for Small Paws Rescue!

How to Become a Much Needed Small Paws Rescue Foster Parent!

See how we REALLY feel about our volunteers!

Florida Charity Registration # CH37698

Humphrey Sisco

Dec 26, 1993~ Aug 30, 2006 Pet Loss Link

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.

(All recipients of the Small Paws Rescue newsletter receive it voluntarily. Small Paws never gleans e-mail addresses from other e-mail lists. Small Paws never solicits e-mail addresses or shares them with other “lists” or organizations.)