Two New Matching Challenges For Lilibet And A Bit of Good News. Please Keep Praying.

 “Lilibet” came from a Chicago shelter on Wednesday We have new matching donation challenges for Lilibet and a little good news! Read Below!

We have added our 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!






Friday Morning, October 14, 2022

Gem Of The Day: “You are what you are, not because of your looks or the color of your fur—but because of the heart that beats beneath.” Author Unknown

Dear Small Pawsers,

We may have a little good news.

She is a tad bit better this morning which might be a sign that antibiotics are working against a double pneumonia.
We are still awaiting radiology results, but since she’s getting better I’m prone to think this is pneumonia rather than congestive heart failure.
Dr. Blasso changed the radiology order to STAT since it’s taking so long. They must be backed up like everyone else.
Please keep praying!
We have two matching donation challenges this morning for our darling Lilibet, named in honor of The Queen.
First. from Deborah Berger, we have this challenge for $100.00. Thank you again, Deborah! 

From: normetski <>
Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2022 6:56:29 PM
To: Robin Pressnall <>
Subject: Re: Precious Female Bichon Is In Trouble. Help Needed To Try To Save Her. Meet Darling “Lilibet.”

Please issue a $100.00 challenge❤️

Next, from Tammy Mauriello, we have this challenge for $100.00! Can someone match Tammy for Lilibet?

From: Tammy Mauriello <>
Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2022 9:37:44 PM
To: Robin Pressnall <>
Subject: Re: Precious Female Bichon Is In Trouble. Help Needed To Try To Save Her. Meet Darling “Lilibet.”

Hi Robin,

Pls issue a $100.00 matching challenge from us, because this darling girl deserves a chance to be loved as all Bichons should be. Our Timbit says let’s band together and fight for Lilibet. We need to try to save this sweet little girl! I always hug my girls a little tighter when I read your e-mails. Thank you so much for all that you do!  Tammy Mauriello (Piper, Fallon & Carlie, too)

She was stable enough not to need to be hospitalized last evening, but with the weekend coming, and the clinic closed, I think we are going to need to hospitalize her.

We can count on $1000.00 a day at one of the VCA’s. That’s just for her to be there. If they need to do anything else, well, we all know how veterinary costs have risen, like everything else.

Thank you for loving a little dog that you haven’t even met yet. That’s why I love you all so much. Because of our love for these precious creatures, entrusted to us. All My Love, Robin


Later Thursday Evening, October 13, 2022

Gem of the Day: “It’s okay if you’re scared; it’s okay if you’re sad; it’s okay if all you want to do is cry; it’s okay if all you want to do is scream; it’s okay if all this seems like too much weight for your doggy heart, but please know that we’re here for you when things feel overwhelming and hopeless.” Author Unknown

Dear Small Pawsers,

We have a Matching Challenge Donation for Lilbet, in the amount of $500.00!

What is a matching donation challenge?

First from Randy Bowers at rbowers, we have this challenge for $500.00! Thank you Randy and I’m praying that someone is blessed enough to match you!


$500. Challenge

Randy Bowers>

And, from Dawn Bove at : , we have this challenge for $100.00! Thank you Dawn, again!

“Hello Robin: Wow this darling little girl sure needs some help. I will make a $100.00 challenge and hope someone will match me soon.

As always sent with love,


That’s it for now. If anything changes you know that I will let you know. All My Love, Robin


Thursday Evening, October 13, 2022

Gem of the Day: “No Time For A Gem. We have a medical emergency.”

Dear Small Pawsers,

We were contacted by the CACC shelter in Chicago yesterday about this little female. There were no medical notes with her, which was odd. 

She was found on the street as a stray, recently groomed, with a pink bow in her hair, yet with no identification, no owner was contacted so they could come to claim her, and her stray hold time was up.

SPR Volunteer, Davis Rann, went to get her and he knew she was sick by her cough. He got her to our vet, Dr. Paul Blasso immediately.

We knew something was terribly wrong.

X-rays revealed fluid on both lungs and our vet was thinking this could be congestive heart failure.

“The most common clinical sign of congestive heart failure (CHF) is persistent coughing accompanied by difficulty breathing. This is due mainly to pulmonary edema or the accumulation of fluid in the lungs.”

So he started her on Lasix.

But she has other issues going on and we are trying to save her. She also has a grade 3-4 out of six heart murmur. 🙁

That’s another reason we were thinking congestive heart failure.

She has labored breathing. Last night her respiration was 96 breaths per minute. Normal is 15-30 breaths per minute. Lasix has brought it down to 60, but she is still having labored breathing. Not open mouthed breathing, but labored.

Then this morning, Dr. Blasso got her labs back. Her white count is 34,000. Normal is between 6,000 and 17,000 per microliter. Her’s is 34,000 which tells us she is fighting an infection of some sort.

The fluid is in both lungs. She may have double pneumonia.

We are waiting for radiology to tell us if they can tell which one it is.

Regardless, we are treating her for both. Lasix for the fluid in her lungs and four kinds of antibiotics if we are fortununate enough for it to be pneumonia. That’s curable. Congestive Heart Failure isn’t.

If it isn’t CHF, and we can get the pneumonia, after recuperation, we could biopsy the two masses on her mammary glands. There is a 50/50 chance that they are benign.

We may need to take her to one of the Emergency Hospitals for observation tonight.

We’ve recently taken in several dogs that didn’t have anything out of the ordinary wrong, and we were almost able to pay to vet them using our monthly donations.

Now, Lilibet needs extra help. I think I know you well enough by now that I think you would at least want us to try.

And, after all of these years, I think you know me well enough, that you know that I don’t ask if we don’t need help.

I’m here and will issue Matching Donation Challenges.

What is a matching donation challenge?

Now, none of us know how this is going to turn out. There are so many ways it could go wrong.

But we need just ONE way for it to go right.

And, we happen to know the Master of Miracles on a first name basis!

He’s given us so many miracles over the past 24 years, for both our dogs and for the people who love them.

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to ask the Great Physician for one more of His miracles. All My Love, Robin

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
    be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!”