One Last Amazing Matching Challenge from Mike & Cindy Bush for $1000.00./ Little Belize Is Being Adopted!

Thursday Evening, July 16, 2020

Gem Of The Day: “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

Hi Everyone, 

We have one last amazing and very generous matching challenge for the latest “Tropical Stay-Cation Bichons”.

It’s from Mike and Cindy Bush. I don’t even know what to say, other than “thank you so very much”, Mike and Cindy. I’m praying that someone is able to match you two! It would mean an additional $2000.00 for these Bichons.

From: Michael Bush <>
Sent: Wed Jul 15 20:39:55 CDT 2020
Subject: Matching challenges
Cindy and I will match all challenges ($1100 by my calculation) and
issue a $1000.00 matching challenge for all of these babies.

Mike Bush

If you are able to match Mike and Cindy, let me know.
Now the other great news is that one of our Co-Team Leaders, Michelle Morgan, is going to ADOPT Belize, and give her the hospice care she needs until God tells us it is time. She has experience with canine renal failure and she has a vet who will come to her house when it’s time.
Remember, Belize is the little 9 year old female with kidney failure, but she is still so spry and runs and plays. Thank you Michelle, so very much for giving one last home to little Belize. Our prayers were answered.
Thanks to all of you who have supported this rescue effort. We just couldn’t do it without you.
All My Love, Robin

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Wednesday Evening, July 15, 2020

I’m glad that so many of you enjoyed our trip to the islands, this morning! Wasn’t that fun?!

We have the following matching donation challenges for those Bichons and Bichon Mixes! I’m hoping that someone is able to match one of them.

What is a matching donation challenge?!


First, from Sheri Pizitz, we have a great matching challenge from the Islands! Thank you so much Sherri! Enjoy those balmy breezes!

On Jul 15, 2020, at 11:18 AM, Sheri Pizitz <> wrote:

Robin, I will take the Island vacation and pay the $800 vet bill for Princess!  

I will issue a challenge for someone else to choose an island and donate the cost of their treatment.

Loved the Calypso music and the Mango Smoothie!


And from Carolyn Whitver, we have this challenge for $500.00. Wow. Thank you Carolyn! I hope someone is able to match it! (Carolyn recently adopted a bonded pair named Ben and Jerry.) 

On Jul 15, 2020, at 8:33 AM, caroline whitver <> wrote:

Hi Robin,

Caroline, Ben and Jerry (from Austin, TX).  We’ll donate $500 – can anyone match this, please? 
                  Note from editor: Jerry is NOT up for adoption! Ha! He already has a Mama!
This is a picture of Jerry, just after coming back from the groomer and going outside getting dirt on his face.  Ben’s a bit camera shy… That blue thing in the background is Jerry’s small water bowl – he’ll only drink out of that.  

And from Dawn Bove, we have this generous challenge for $250.00. Thank you Dawn!

On Jul 15, 2020, at 8:47 AM, Dawn Bove <> wrote:

Good Morning Robin: All these poor little Islanders need fixing. I will make a challenge for $250.00. 
Stay well and safe.
As always sent with love. Dawn 
And from Ardys Adams at, one of our charter members from 1998, we have a challenge for $250.00 as well! Thank you Ardys! So Much for all that you do!
And from the Sunshine State of Florida, Deborah Berger and her celebrity Bichon, Boris Berger are issuing a challenge for $100.00! Thank you both so much!
On Jul 15, 2020, at 11:50 AM, wrote:

Put the big B and me in for $100.00 challenge. Deborah

And from Marge Gottesman, we have this matching challenge for $100.00! Thank you Marge!

On Jul 15, 2020, at 7:41 AM, Mgee5674 <> wrote:

Hi Robin,
I don’t know what I would do without my sweet (Small Paws) Abby during these crazy times…please issue a $100 challenge from me. 
Thank you for what you do, and stay safe!
Love, Marge Gottesman

Thank you all for going with me on our tropical stay-cation! Sometimes we all just need a little fun! All My Love, Robin


Wednesday Morning, July 15, 2020

(If you are able and ONLY if you are able, please scroll down to see how to help with our vet bills. We are needing to approve some pretty large vet bills. I’m here. (Of course I’m here. Where else would I be?) and I will issue matching challenge donations IF and only if you are able to help.

Quote of the Day: This is for all of you. The heroes of Small Paws Rescue. “A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”

~ Christopher Reeves ~

Dear Small Paws Family,

Who would have ever dreamed this would have happened to us? In our lifetimes?

While I don’t know what the future may hold, I do know the One Who holds the future.

Without that, I just don’t know how or what we would even do.

But I’ll tell you one thing. When it comes to these little precious dogs, Bonnie Ferguson, our Director of Adoptions and I are doin’ it with all the joy we can find in our hearts!

If you are new to our newsletter, normally we have lots of Bichons and Bichon mixes for adoption.

Since March, things have been slow with rescues all across the country.

Many shelters across the country aren’t even open to the public yet, so we aren’t seeing Bichons and Bichon Mixes in the shelters, and yes, we are looking. (If you don’t believe me, ask our Il. and IN. Team Leader, Sara Rhodes! I think she spends every waking hour that she’s not trying to save a human person’s life as a Nurse Practitioner, trying to find Bichons in any shelter, anywhere across the country!)

But in the last few days we HAVE gotten in some doggies! That’s the good news!

The bad news is that they are all mostly busted!

If you ask my husband Dale what I do, he will tell you, “She works with this amazing group that fixes busted Bichons.” I think that must be engineer talk. And when it comes right down to it, I guess we do.

Will you join me for a 100% completely safe trip, to the Islands? Get your sun hats and beach wear. I’ll be your personal tour guide. Here we go!

Meet the “Tropical Stay-Cation Bichons of Summer, 2020!”


First stop. Tahiti!

Meet little “Tahiti”. Tahiti was an owner surrender here in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He’s around five years old and he has tested as STRONG HEAVY for Heartworms. (Of course he has).

The first Bichon we get in Tulsa in months and he’s busted. And his heartworms are advanced so this is going to be expensive and it will take some time to get him clear for adoption.

And, he’s got allergies. His back was a bloody mess. And he’s not neutered. And he needs his teeth cleaned.

He won’t be ready for adoption for at least 90 days due to heartworm treatment.

But at least he’s fixable! Medicated baths and cool Island breezes feel so nice to his back. That had to have hurt. We have authorized the first $500.00 for his treatments.

Next, what’s that? Do you hear that Island music!? Listen closely. It’s Calypso!

Meet one year old “Calypso” from a shelter near Chicago! He looks perfect, doesn’t he! Nope! He’s broken too. The bad news is that he has a grade 3-4 out of 6 heart murmur.

The GREAT news is that it is probably a PDA heart murmur and one that I know how to REPAIR! (Well, not me personally. THAT would not be good, but we DO know the guy who does repair them! This is the YouTube video about one of the episodes that Animal Planet did on Small Paws, and it’s still showing in reruns, today! Dogs 101!

It’s about little “Bindhi” who also had a PDA heart murmur and she had the same procedure by the same Cardiologist who literally wrote the book and invented the little tool that repairs these heart murmurs, so that the dog is able to live a normal life with a normal lifespan.

It’s Dr. Thaibinh Nguyenba, DVM, DACVIM. ( Pronounced Ty-Bin Win-baw) at Medvet in Worthington, Ohio and he’s just the best.

“Thaibinh Nguyenba, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM (cardiology), of MedVet Medical and Cancer Centers for Pets in Columbus, Ohio, was one of the technique’s lead researchers. He calls the Amplatz Canine Duct Occulder, or ACDO, a significant advancement in veterinary interventional cardiology.

“[It] infuses novel biotechnology into a cardiovascular device designed specifically for dogs,” Dr. Nguyenba said. “With this device and procedure, patent ductus arteriosus occlusion success rates in dogs match those seen in similar procedures for people with the same disease.

“Within a decade of its development, this minimally invasive procedure has become the treatment of choice for correcting patent ductus arteriosus in dogs,” he added.” 

If we can get the procedure for this little one, he will join over 100 others with PDA heart murmurs that we have repaired over the past 22 years, with your help! These are congenital and not the same as age related heart murmurs. These can be fixed!

Team leaders Sara Rhodes, and Sharon King of Ohio, are working on transportation to get this little guy driven down from Chicago to around Columbus, Ohio.

First there will be testing that we will do up front for around $1500.00. I’m praying we can fix this little guy’s broken heart!

Ok! Let’s stop for a refreshing smoothie! Hmm..Mango!’

Meet 1-2 year old “Mango”! Isn’t he just delicious?! He’s mostly Bichon with a little Shih Tzu in there just to give him a little soft silver on his head.

And the best part is that he’s not broken!

Even so, he needs a heartworm test, fecal tests, vaccinations, neutering, and ten days of quarantine to protect his foster home from any shelter borne diseases. His vetting will be around $800.00.

Our next stop is Kauai! Aloha! Ancient island history tells us of Hawaiian Kings and Princesses.

“Princess” was an owner surrender to a shelter near Dallas, Texas. She is half Bichon and half English Bulldog. (Yup. That’s what they said.) She is around 5 years old and has severe ear infections that are antibiotic resistant right now, but we are getting her fixed up. She also has a cyst on her neck.

Her owners both lost their jobs due to the virus, and could no longer care for her. She has the Bichon sweetness.

This Island Princess needs the works and her vet bill will be around $800.00 as well, but she’s heartworm negative! Hallelujah!

Ok. It’s time for our last stop. And it’s Belize.

Normally, Belize is a wonderful place with luscious green islands, but our story today is a little bittersweet.

Meet 9 year old Belize. The shelter called when her owners surrendered her to the shelter. They said she had broken her leg and their vet said it needed to be amputated. Do WHAT??

So we got her to our vet and x-rays showed no fracture. She does have a dislocated hip that has been that way a long time.

We were consulting a surgeon to see if she needed surgery. It doesn’t seem to bother her, but when she’s running, she will hold it up occasionally.

That’s when we got the news yesterday that Belize is in stage 3 of 4, kidney failure. It’s definitely not time to put her to sleep. She just has so much life in her.  

We’ve decided not to put her through any surgery and to send her home to a Hospice Foster to live out her days and we hope they are many.

We are looking for another Hospice Foster Home in the Chicago area. If that sounds like something you may want to do, this is an application. It’snot for everyone, but if you have a calling for it,it can be very rewarding they tell me. It’s not my gift. Is it your’s?

You would never know she was so sick if it weren’t for her blood work and tests. We have this video of her playing like a puppy. Click Here to see the .wmv video of Belize. belizecacc

Now her back leg slips out sometimes but she doesn’t seem to be aware of it.

We don’t know how much time she may have left. We are doing all we can for her in the way of special food and meds.

Please pray that someone can open up their home to Belize. She is a sweetheart.

So there you have the “Tropical Stay-Cation Bichons of the Summer of 2020!”

Will anyone ever forget this time in which we live?

We know that some of you have lost your jobs and please know that we are praying for you.

Others of you have told us that you have been blessed to have kept your jobs and you are now working from home.

We have some pretty large vet bills aimed right at us.

If you can help, this is how to do it. 

(Remember, if you are able and ONLY IF you are able, this is how to help with our vet bills. I will issue matching challenges if any come in.) 



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I think that’s it for today. Stay safe, and know that YOU are loved. Robin 

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