One Matching Donation Challenge for $100.00/ Personal From Robin: My Health


Early Wednesday Morning, September 8, 2021

Gem of the Day:” Try to remember the kind of September
When life was slow and oh, so mellow
Try to remember the kind of September
When grass was green and grain was yellow
Try to remember the kind of September
When you were a tender and callow fellow
Try to remember and if you remember
Then follow, follow”

~Songwriters: Jones Tom / Schmidt Harvey~

Dear Small Pawsers,

We had just one matching donation challenge come in for the six dogs from yesterday, (Scroll down to see them.)

What is a matching donation challenge?

It’s from Deborah Berger in the Sunshine State of Florida. Thank you Deborah!

On Sep 7, 2021, at 11:27 AM, normetski <> wrote: 

“I’ll issue a $100 challenge! Deborah”

We raised enough yesterday to cover the vetting for about 3/4 of one of the six dogs, Motley, Theo, Cali, Kiki, Reggie and Otto.

Each dog we rescue ends up costing between $1500.00-2000.00 in vetting costs,  and that’s if nothing else is wrong. 

We start with ten days of quarantine, to make sure our new rescues aren’t going to pop with a shelter disease like parvo, kennel cough or distemper, and take it home to our Foster Parent’s own personal Bichons. Our own dog’s health must come first.

The national average for quarantine boarding, is around $27.00 a night, including our rescue discount.

Then, after an exam and bloodwork, we start surgeries. Rarely does a dog come to us already altered, so they are either spayed or neutered. Any lumps or masses are removed and sent to pathology. Heartworm testing is done and preventative started. Vaccinations and fecal checks are done to check for parasites. In most cases, dentals are done. In older adult dogs, many times there are extractions. In rare cases, we are referred to a Canine Dentist when oral surgery is needed to get a dog out of pain.

As you all know, veterinary costs are going up.

That’s why it’s so expensive to rescue just one dog.

Lastly, on a personal note, I want to let you know that I will be out of pocket for a few days. (My e-mail will be checked often for emergencies.)

I’ve been dealing with some heart issues for the past year.

I don’t have heart disease, thank God, but I did receive a Pacemaker back in April. My heart rate was dropping into the 30’s and I was going down like a rag dog doll who needed winding up, and for those of you that know me, that’s just not me!

I came out of the procedure feeling like everyone should get a Pacemaker! I sounded like Oprah! You get a Pacemaker! You get a Pacemaker! Ha! I named mine “Thumper” and I take him everywhere. What a difference! Ok. One problem solved!

The other problem is pretty severe A-fib. It’s when your heart beats out of rhythm. Some people barely notice it but when it happens to me, it’s just not pretty. Sometimes it’s been happening up to 21 hours at a time.

So, I will go into the Oklahoma Heart Hospital tomorrow morning to have a heart ablation in the Cath Lab,

I did this the first time back in 2014. And it lasted for several years. The first ablation you get has a 75-85% chance of fixing the problem.

About 30% of patients require a second ablation which carries an 85-90% success rate.

Though I’m older now, age 64, other than having Sick Sinus Syndrome, I’m actually healthier than I was seven years ago. After years of morbid obesity, I’ve maintained a healthy weight, (Thank God for THIS miracle) and my blood pressure runs on the low side, so they are expecting a great outcome.

But since you are my family, I just wanted to let you know why I’ll be away for a few days. All prayers are welcome!

I guess that’s all for now. I am here today and will issue any other matching challenges if they come in.

All My Love, Robin


Tuesday Morning, September 7, 2021

Gem of the Day:

Dear Small Pawsers,

Happy September and we’re really busy again.

Before I show you our newest rescues, I want to share a few of the vet bills we have paid from the last few weeks, so that you can see what’s happening. They are falling from the skies again.

So by now, you are probably wondering why I am proclaiming, yet again in my illustrious career, that I’M NOT CRAZY!

Let me ‘splain, Lucy.

So Team Leader Extraordinaire, Sara Rhodes, tells me about this dog in a shelter near Chicago.

When I checked on him, he said he had definitely met a Bichon and I believed him. Wouldn’t you?

Seeeeee? Coat that grows instead of shedding? Matting from not being groomed? Curly hair? Some WHITE??

You DO see it, don’t you?

Then the shelter shaved him. Prepare yourselves.

Yes it’s the same dog and when he grows out he will be curly again. I know he looks like a chihuahua-gerbil-min-pin mix here, but I’m counting on a beautiful two tone Bichon-a-something coat to grow out so I’M NOT CRAZY AND HE’S OURS NOW!

Guess what I named him.

You’ll never guess so I’ll tell you.

His name is Motley. “Motley” Meaning: “incongruously varied in appearance”. 

He has bright eyes and white teeth and I’m going to make his famous. Just hide in the bushes and watch!

Ok, here are some of the others.

Meet “Theo”, also from a shelter near Chicago. He was one solid mat. 

Then the same talented beautician that got to Motley, got hold of Theo.

Here they are on their freedom ride, I’m sure feeling much better and wanting to stop for Tee-Shirts and Puppuccinos on the way to the vet’s office.

Officer Lauren Throm, also known as SPR Volunteer and Elf’s Mom, drove to get them both and they do look quite relieved to be outta there, if I do say so myself. Thank you Sara and Lauren!

Next, meet “Cali”! 

She just came into rescue. Another Chicago stray that went unclaimed. She is about 10 lbs, and has long legs. She said she once met a Bichon Havanese and I believed her.

Next, meet “Kiki”! She is now with SPR! She escaped the Barber of Seville!

Both Kiki and Cali were picked up by volunteer Linda Oschenfeld.

Kiki was found by am amazing rescue friend, who caught her rooming the Chicago streets, and she was taken to CACC. She is now safe at our vet’s office. She is around 15 lbs.

Next Meet Natasha – IN.

Natasha is a typical puppy running around and adventurous. She looks to be a Bichon/terrier mix. (Is she pointing with that tail??!)

She’s between 3 and 4 months old and weighs about 10 lb.

Next, meet 3 year old Reggie and 5 year old Otto, in North Carolina. Yes, Otto is a bit fluffy, even though he is shaved naked. But we’ll get that weight off of him and get him healthy again. He also came in with an eye infection in one eye and cherry eye in the other eye. They are very bonded so they must be adopted together. Reggie and Otto and his Mohawk.
These are but a few of our newest rescues.
Next, remember before Covid, how Linda Gonzoles and Diane Piskur of the Small Paws Rescue Blanketeers, would make gorgeous quilts for us to raffle to be won at the Oklahoma Bichon Bash?
Well, Linda is putting something together for us again and she is asking if any of the previous winners may have pictures of their quilts! Is so, please send them to me at Thank you!
Lastly, we have a message from Elizabeth French, Mom to Ella French who was killed in the line of duty as a Chicago Police Officer. 
Small Paws was represented at the funeral by fellow Small Pawser and Police Officer, Lauren Throm, whom I’ve come to love as if she was mine.
You may also know her as the Mom to “Elf” who made news around the world after having been thrown from a moving vehicle. After we put him back together, we knew he’d be safe with a Police Officer, where he now has the life of Riley, today!
“The three-year-old white bichon had to undergo surgery to fix a fractured pelvis ad a dislocated hip suffered following the shocking incident which happened in the neighborhood of Englewood.”
Eerily, Elf was thrown from the moving car just a few blocks from where Ella French was murdered. This is from Elizabeth, Ella’s Mom.
“Dear Small Paws Family:
From the bottom of my heart I thank each and every one of you for the donations made in Ella’s name.  We are honored.  More importantly, thank you for your beautiful words, prayers, and outpouring of love and support.  I will remember your kindnesses for the rest of my life.  God bless you all.
Elizabeth French and Family”
Elizabeth, we love you and are holding you close. All of us. All My Love, Robin
P.S. I am here and will issue all matching donations for Motley, Theo, Cali, Kiki, Reggie and Otto.

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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