Prepare Yourselves. It’s Ok. You Can Look. We Got In Two Sets Of Littermate Brothers. Thank God we Have Them./ Lori Foster Leukemia Update


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Thursday Morning, May 20, 2021

Gem of the Day:  “The poor dog, in life the firmest friend. The first to welcome, foremost to defend.” 

~Lord Byron, Poet~

Dear Small Pawsers,

I’m not sure what else to say. Meet Sawyer and Finn,

These two are suspected littermates, brothers, 3 years old.

My guess is that they have never been groomed.

Even in their condition, they still smiled at us when we picked them up from a shelter near Chicago.

They knew that life as they knew it, had ended that day. They knew they were going to be loved and cherished, together. 

They need everything. The works. And in addition, from our vet:

SAWYER- estimate 3 years. Ear infection left ear. Will need dental.

3. FINN- estimate 3 years. Has underbite. End of tail irritated. Suspect “happy tail”. Will use ointment for 2 weeks and recheck.

What Is Happy Tail Syndrome?

Happy tail syndrome occurs when a dog repeatedly whacks his tail against hard objects (walls, doors, furniture) until the end of the tail becomes an open wound. 

It will run about $900.00 for each one to be fully vetted.

Do you want to see what they REALLY look like? Ok. This is what was underneath all of that. They are white!

And one of them does the wave and says “Thank You!”! The other one does the happy dance just to be rescued by Small Paws!


Meet Teddy and Bear.

Then, if one set of littermates wasn’t enough, we got an owner surrender form from a gentleman whose health and finances were failing. He had two eight year old brothers who had only seen a vet for a rabies shot. Ever.

They have never been apart and are extremely bonded. They are located in North Carolina.

Teddy doesn’t have anything major wrong, other than a mouth full of bad teeth. But Bear has bad teeth AND other issues. He weighs twice what Teddy does at nearly 24 pounds. All tests are pointing to Cushing’s Disease.

We have already spent almost $600.00 on exams, heartworm tests, fecal tests, their other vaccinations and Cushing’s Disease testing for Bear.

We get the Cushing’s test and thyroid test results back, tomorrow, but he looks Cushionoid to me.

For two 8 year olds who have had no vetting, including what we have already spent, we are looking at around $1500.00 per dog.

If Bear does have Cushing’s, that treatment is expensive but Cushing’s can be medically managed. That’s the good news!  These boys are precious!

So for just these two sets of brothers, we ae going to need almost $5000.00 to vet them due to a lack of vet care in their previous lives. (Have you ever noticed we don’t get perfected coiffed Bichons, with perfect teeth, who have been fully vetted and are house trained, into rescue?)

I’m here and will issue all matching challenge donations.  All My Love, Robin

Lori Foster Update

Please keep praying for our TN. Team Leader, Lori Foster. Here, she is holding her precious “Matteo”, which means “Gift from God.” The leukemia tests came back as a very dangerous and aggressive type. She had her first of five straight chemo treatments, yesterday. She and Andy do so appreciate your prayers. In fact, they are counting on them.   

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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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, over 22 years ago! 2020 was our 22st Anniversary! We are so happy to have you join us! Robin


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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.

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