“Pup’s” Surgery Has Been Postponed Until Next Monday, December 5, 2022. See Below.

“Pup” came down with a light case diarrhea and her surgeon, Dr. Michael Orencole, DVM, DACVS-SA at the The Dallas Veterinary Surgery Center, postponed her surgery, for the mass on her spine, until next Monday, December 5, 2022. She’s being treated and in the mean time, she is on meds for pain. She’s doing well. They just don’t take any chances with surgery like this.

I’ll update you all after her surgery next Monday. Thanks everyone! Robin




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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Dear Small Pawsers,

Thanks to all of you, we were able to schedule little Pup’s surgery for Tuesday, November 29, 2022.

We would have done this sooner but her surgeon was out all of this week for the Thanksgiving Holiday. They have been keeping her free of pain, in the mean time. 

I will let you all know after she is out of surgery and has been awake for a while.

It may be early Tuesday evening, so don’t worry if you don’t hear anything any earlier. Like the surgeons always tell me, “No news is good news.”

We have one last challenge to issue from  Judy DeAngelis at judyadea@gmail.com. Thank you Judy! 

Hi Robin ,

Please issue a matching challenge for Pup for $200.  I am thankful and filled with gratitude for all the joy my SPR fluffs have brought to me and my family in the last 11 years.  I will be doing a text donation. It  makes it very easy to donate. 
Happy Thanksgiving and I am very thankful for all you do for the beautiful dogs that need help. 
Judy DeAngelis 

I also want to remind you guys what NOT to feed to your dog on this Thanksgiving weekend! They can get bones stuck or pancreatitis. Emergency Rooms are full after Holiday dinners. Here’s the do and don’t list!

From AKC. Which Thanksgiving Foods CAN I Give My Dog.

Ok. That’s all for now.

I’m putting up a Thanksgiving Auto Responder, but I will still be checking for emergencies.

Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving! Love You All, Robin 

A Thanksgiving Poem

I give pause to my paws on this day of Thanksgiving,

Whether wide-eyed, or doe-eyed, or with eyes that seem hidden,

They’re focused on you,

As I watch for a clue

Just a wink or a touch,

Says I’m important to you.

But my words sound like woof

My voice kind of gruff,

So I know that

My thanks may seem never enough,

But this secret I share

With you on a whim

All dogs speak best with what’s farthest from them,

Whether fluffy or skinny, full-sized or “a la carte”

Always watch for our tail,

It’s attached to our heart.

(Author unknown)


Later Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Dear Small Pawsers,

We have five new matching donations for little “Pup” to have spinal surgery.

First, from Jackie Kolb, at jskolb225@gmail.com, we have this very generous matching challenge for $1000.00 for Pup’s surgery, Thank you Jackie, so very much for issuing this. I hope someone is blessed enough to match it!

“Dear Robin—

I so hope that Pup, after this surgery, will leap up the stairs or walk the yard or play with a toy without pain. At this season of gratitude, I’m have so many things to be grateful for, including knowing that dogs can live a much better quality of life with the great vet skills available.  I am trusting this will work!! I will pledge to contribute $1000.00 to match one of our contributors.  Let’s get this done for Pup!  Blessings to all, Jackie Kolb”

And from Dawn Bove at d.bovefcpmllc.com,  we have this challenge for $200.00! Thank you so much Dawn! Is there anyone who can match Dawn?

Hello Robin: Yes we absolutely have to get that mass removed. I will make a $200.00 challenge and hope someone matches me very soon.
This would be a good opportunity to  be grateful for our own healthy little fluffs.
As always sent with love, Dawn

And from our Texas Team Leader, Michelle Morgan, at mrmorgan@kw.com, we have this challenge for $200.00! Michelle, thank you for all that you do! I hope that someone is home and can match your challenge for little Pup!

“Robin, I’d like issue a challenge of $200 to help little Pup get her surgery so that she can live her best life!, Michelle” 💗

And next, from Deborah Berger at normenski@aol.com, we have this challenge for $100.00! Thank you Deborah! Is there anyone who can match Deborah?

I’ll do a $100 challenge. Deborah 🌺

And from Mary Jo Coc at maryjocox@me.com, we have this challenge for $100.00! Thank you Mary Jo! Is there anyone who can match Mary Jo?

I will issue a $100 challenge to help Pup have a pain free Holiday Season.

Mary Jo
Thank you all! All My Love, Robin


Gem of the Day: “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.”

~Martin Luther King, Jr .~

Dear Small Pawsers,

First of all, thanks to all of you who participated in our recent online Holiday Auction, which raised $10,533.00! Thank you to Jody Ferraro for being our great Webmistress!

So for those of you who have been following the auctions for years, you know it takes a while to get the funds into our Small Paws Rescue account.

Second of all, it’s Thanksgiving week and many of our people are already leaving to visit friends and family.

That’s why I’m trying to get the word our about this while we still have people who are home and can help.  I’m praying there is someone home who can help.

We have a situation and her name is “Pup”. She was already named “Pup” and we didn’t want to take that from her. She’s being fostered with Mike and Sally Montgomery at jmikemontgomery@gmail.com.

I first told you about Pup, who weighs only 9 pounds, when she was surrendered to a shelter in Texas for extreme pain, back in the summer.

We raised funds for her to have a CT scan to see if we could find out what was causing constant pain in her back.

It was inconclusive. Boo-Hiss.

So we have had her on major pain meds, including compounded pain meds due to her small size, just to keep her comfortable, until we could get a certain diagnosis.

We did an MRI which was around $2,400.00 and there it was.

Pup has a large mass extending the length of three discs L4, 5, and 6.

But here’s the thing.

There is a 99% chance it is BENIGN. YES!

The surgeon, Dr. Michael Orencole, DVM, DACVS-SA at the The Dallas Veterinary Surgery Center, says he does up to four of these types of spinal surgeries a week and he that feels he can get it, without paralysis. He feels she can be a normal dog without pain.

He said if it was malignant, with as large as it is, she would be dead already.

And she is very much alive, but in pain. The estimate for the surgery is for $4361.92 -$4999.14.

This is a video of Pup, shuffling along in pain. She cries out. The mass is growing and will continue to grow until she is paralyzed, but in too much pain to keep her going.

We HAVE to do this surgery to relieve her pain, or we would need to be having a serious discussion about her quality of life.

I can’t tell you how many times over the last 24 1/2 years that I’ve asked you all to climb the invisible staircase with me, building a step at a time, until we can all walk to the top.

This time, with little Pup walking up with us.

I don’t know how many times I’ve asked, but by climbing that staircase with me, we have accomplished many beautiful and wonder filled things, over the years.

With God’s help, we’ve put dogs back together, when no one else would have even tried. But you tried. And no, many of you are loving and living with those dogs, today.

She deserves a chance to be out of misery and live her best life. Will you walk up that staircase one more time, so that we can give her that chance? I’m here and will issue all matching donation challenges.