Meet Small Paws Rescue “Latte”. Her Tooth Ruptured and Came Completely Through Her Cheek.

Wednesday Evening, June 17, 2020

(If you are able and ONLY if you are able, please scroll down to see how to help with our vet bills. If you can’t help right now, we understand! Take care of you and your own dogs! )

Quote of the Day: “When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place.”~ Unknown

Dear Small Paws Family,

I hope this finds you well!

We, on our Board of Trustees, are all doing well!

While the numbers of adoptable pets has dwindled in shelters all across the country, rescue groups are no different.

We continue to work daily, rescuing Bichons and caring for those who we already have in foster homes and hospice care.

Recently, several bonded senior pairs have come back to us, after having been in their adoptive homes for over 10 years.

Sometimes, people are older now and just can’t manage to take care of them anymore.

Sometimes, sadly, an owner has passed away and the remaining spouse just can’t do it any longer.

We always take our dogs back. Any reputable rescue group will always take their dogs back.

Vickie Furstenburg and Maxx.

We once took a dog back named Maxx who was 16 and 1/2. He went to Vickie Furstenburg’s house in Northern Texas where he lived an additional 2 1/2 years and that dog was so loved!


Maxx lived to be 19 years old. Vicki had this gravestone made for him and he is buried on her property. Well done, Vicki.

Amitra and Milo are up for adoption in Florida!

Next, remember, I told you about a bonded 10 year old pair that came into rescue in Florida, back in May. Amitra and Milo.

Both lost nearly all of their teeth and both were in pretty bad shape. They were an owner surrender.

Well, at the beginning of June, that SAME owner called me at 11:30 p.m. on a Friday night. (In rescue, nothing good ever happens after dark. Your Mother was right. )

This owner told me that she had the 8 year old daughter of Amitra and Milo and her eye was bleeding. DO WHAT??


She said that Latte was the last one. She wanted to keep her because she was tiny, only 10 pounds, and cute. She just didn’t want to pay for health care for her. (I’M NOT MAD. I’M NOT MAD.)

The picture the owner sent to me from her phone that night of Latte’s bleeding eye.

This was a medical emergency, and I was thinking that maybe we could save her eye, so at MIDNIGHT, our Fearless Florida Team Leader, Vickie Inglee, took off into the dead of the Florida night, alligators probably hiding everywhere, to meet with this owner, get the owner to sign the owner transfer papers, and take little Latte to the Emergency Room. (CHA-CHING.) 

What the ER Doc told me at 2 in the morning was unbelievable.

It wasn’t her eye after all that was bleeding.

ALL of her teeth were abscessed and full of puss.

ONE of them had RUPTURED and had actually poked clear through this poor baby’s FACE and no I am not kidding. THAT’S what was bleeding!

The only good news was that since it wasn’t her eye, her vision wouldn’t be impaired.


So we had to remove every single one of her teeth and do major antibiotics and wound treatment.

Thank God she is ok now. She is more than ok now! She’ll be available for adoption soon!

We have also taken back a 12 year old and a 10 year old, another bonded pair whose Mom passed away in October. Their Dad said he just couldn’t take care of them. But they were ours, so they have a home for life.

When these older Bichons come back, many times it is for a lack of finances and they haven’t seen a vet in some time. Chase has some benign tumors that need to come off. Both need extensive dentals.

Their names are Chase and Maxine and they are in Foster Care in North Texas.

          Lynda DeHart and her beloved Scooby.

Then, some of you may remember one of my best friends in this life, Lynda DeHart. She was both a Board Member, and a Foster Mom, many times over.

She was with us from day one, in 1998 from the old AOL Bichon Frise Board.

Lynda passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack, two years ago last October.

Lynda’s son called and told me that his Dad just couldn’t keep up with Buddy and Bentley and that they needed to come home to Small Paws.

They are in Nevada. One is 10 and one is 11. They are such sweet boys.

So as you know, the shelters are pretty empty as are the rescue groups.

Even so, since the pandemic began in March, we have paid $35,716.71 in vet bills.

See Vet Bills Paid for March of 2020 Coming to a Total of $16,481.17, an average of $610.43 Per Day.

See Vet Bills Paid by Small Paws Rescue for April of 2020 coming to a total of $12,399.09, an average of $442.82 per day.

See Vet bills paid by Small Paws Rescue for the first 19 days of May, 2020, coming to a total of $3052.86 which is an average of $160.67 per day

See Vet Bills Paid by Small Paws Rescue for the First 16 Days of June, 2020, in the amount of $3,783.59 Which Is An Average of $236.47 Per Day.

 (Remember, if you are able and ONLY IF you are able, this is how to help with our vet bills.) 



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That’s the news for now. So far everyone we’ve rescued is in one piece!

We love you and are praying for you! All My Love, Robin

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


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