New Matching Challenges for 21 Years Of Small Paws Rescue! One is for $1000.00!

     Friday Morning, May 31, 2019

Happy 21st Anniversary to Small Paws® Rescue! 

Gem Of The Day:  “See the invisible, believe the incredible, achieve the impossible.”

~ Joel Brown ~

We have the following matching donation challenges for 21 Years of Small Paws!

First from Mike and Cindy Bush at, we have this generous challenge for $1000.00! Is there anyone who is blessed enough to be able to match them? Mike and Cindy, thank you both so much for your support over the years!


Your mission in life has been this rescue of Bichon Frises, fluffs who likely would have died had you not intervened in saving them. We’ve adopted four from you over the years and they have been the light of our lives.
Here’s a $1000 challenge to celebrate this Mission of Life that you have so unselfishly led. We love you and cherish the devotion you have to these wonderful dogs.

Cindy and Mike Bush

And from Dawn Bove at we have this matching challenge for $250.00. Dawn just lost her baby, Wesley, and yet she is still issuing this challenge, in honor of little Wesley. Dawn, our hearts are breaking with your’s.We are praying for you and your husband. We are so very sorry. Bless your heart.

Dearest Robin: I thank God everyday that he chose you, Dale and little Chipper to get a very important job done and you most certainly did.
I pray you never give up because I know the pressure to help these innocent little fluffs is constant.
A week ago yesterday my husband and I had to rush our precious Havachon little Wesley from our home in Southern Oregon down to the University Calif at Davis. They have the top Veterinary School in the world. After a five hour drive we arrived at 3:00 am in the morning to their emergency clinic. Wesley had surgery and the Internal Medicine Vet and surgeon felt he would be fine. Unfortunately he declined quickly and passed away at 3:40 PM last Thursday.
We took him with us and headed home with our hearts broken. During our trip home on I-5 Dave tapped me and pointed towards the East. There was the most beautiful cloud formation with an exquisite rainbow heading directly into the clouds. I’m sure it was Wesley crossing over the rainbow bridge.
The grief is great, but I know it softens with time.
Wesley was only seven years old. He was a rescue that we drove down to Long Beach California to get him. He and his four other brothers and sisters were just dumped on a street as puppies. Thank God a couple found them and they went to a rescue group.
So in Memory of our Wesley I would like to make a challenge of $250.00 for Small Paws Rescue.
You are absolutely the Best.
As always sent with love, Dawn
And from Andra Heitzman at we have this challenge for $100.00 per Small Paws Bichon that you haveadoptedfrom Small Paws. Thank you Andra and Steve, so very much.

Two SPR rescues..Cameo (8/24/2001-8/24/2017) and Sunny (12/22/2015-)..I would like to challenge everyone to make a simple $100 for every SPR rescue they have ever been owned by! For me, that’s $200.00. How about everyone else?


And from Heidi Peter at, we have this challenge for $25.00. Thank you Heidi!

Hello Robin,

I would like to issue a matching challenge of $25.00 for each of their SPR rescue pups and hope that many will follow this challenge. I so wish that people will step up to the plate for the smaller donation challenge. This is such a worthy cause. I appreciate you.

Thank you.

Best regards, Heidi

Thank you all so much for issuing and responding to these matching challenges for the Bichons of Small Paws Rescue 21st Anniversary! All My Love, Robin 




Thursday, May 30, 2019

Gem Of The Day:  ” Do not follow where the path may lead.
Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail. “
~  Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

Happy 21st Anniversary to Small Paws® Rescue!

From the book, Chicken Soup For The Soul: Finding Your Happiness:

The Story of Small Paws® Rescue Written by Robin Pressnall

“Chipper Pressnall” Feb 19, 1998- October 29, 2015.

Chipper was the first Small Paws Rescue.

He started it all for me.

It’s now been 21 years ago, tomorrow, that my husband Dale and I found ourselves on the steps of one of the worst commercial kennels in Missouri. There, we also found the first Small Paws Bichon, Chipper Pressnall. In horrible condition, living in a place with a dead horse in the front yard. Children were playing inside of the carcass.

I found many other things there on that fateful day in May, too.

Though I didn’t know it yet, I found my purpose in life. One which I had prayed for, for years. I found a way to tell hurting people of God’s great love for them, no matter who they were, what they’d done, or where they were in this journey we call life.

I learned about all of the atrocities of the commercial kennel industry and also about how to tell the masses by using national media to tell the story.

Animal Planet alone, is seen in 57 Countries and our story still shows in re-runs, even today.

I learned how precious Bichons end up in shelters through no fault of their own. Shelters which have to euthanize due to a lack of space and too many abandoned animals.

I learned about love and loss. After over 15,000 adoptions, not a day goes by when I don’t receive several e-mails, texts or phone calls, telling of a recent loss of a Small Paws® Bichon who was adopted many, many years ago. Recently, it was 18 year old Cassie Borders, one of our original Hear Murmur Babies.

I learned that I would end up going to places that I never dreamed possible, meeting people I never knew I could ever meet, all giving me the enormous blessing of being able to tell the world about Small Paws and about rescue in general. About the importance of spaying and neutering your pets. About Heart Worm Disease and Preventative.

It’s been the journey of a lifetime and I still can’t believe that He chose me to be the one to tell our story.

Read Robin’s Bio 

But most of all, I learned about an amazing group of people who would become family to each other throughout the years. A family on whom I could depend. That family would become known all over the world as Small Paws® Rescue. A family that would become my personal family, because I didn’t have one of my own.

I want to thank you all, every one of you, for everything you have done for these Bichons, and for Small Paws. Thank you!!

Have you loved or been loved by a Small Paws®Rescue dog? If so, would you consider making a donation to help the others who don’t yet have the kind of home that you gave?

If anyone wants to issue a matching challenge in honor of  21 Years of Small Paws Rescue, I am here and I will issue it.

Really, Truly and Most Sincerely, After 21 Years, With All My Love, Robin

See Vet Bills Paid by Small Paws Rescue for May, 2019 coming to $18,254.24

which is an average of $651.94 per day. 

To make a one time donation, or a monthly donation to Small Paws Rescue, you may use your major credit card securely, at this site. Enjoy our new, user friendly, secure site to make your credit card donations.

If you’ve made a past donation by credit card, you may e-mail Louie Bertolino at to let him know the amount of your donation for the Bichons.

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

Support SPR by doing your shopping at Amazon with this link! If you are going to shop AMAZON anyway, why not help the Bichons while you do it! We get checks from Amazon Smiles quarterly! Small Paws Rescue Inc. has received $11,818.27 as of October 2018 since Amazon Smiles began!

How to Become a Much Needed Small Paws Rescue Foster Parent! South Texas, North Texas, and Chicago are most in need! 

Dear 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! 2018 was our 20th Anniversary Year!

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

Support SPR by shopping at Amazon with this link! If you are going to shop AMAZON anyway, help the Bichons while you do it!

Dear Robin,
Dear Charity Administrator,

Your current charity Small Paws Rescue Inc.
has received $11,818.27 as of October 2018 since Amazon Smiles began!

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

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.)

(Always remember. God loves you more than anyone else ever has,
and more than anyone else ever will!)