Please Stop, Drop, & Pray. One Of Our SPR Team Leaders Has Just Been Diagnosed With Acute Leukemia. Urgent.

May 19, 2021

Gem Of The Day: “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.”

Psalm 121:1-2

Small Paws® Rescue will turn 23 years old on May 31.

From the very beginning, on the old AOL Bichon Frise Board, there were 25 of us who banded together and we became what would come to be the largest breed rescue in the country.

One of our Team Leaders was there from the very beginning.

It’s Lori Foster. She and her husband, Andy, are SPR Team Leaders for the Great State of Tennessee.

This picture of Lori (on the left) and I was taken at our home, the night before the last Bash before the pandemic, in October, 2019. Andy and Lori never missed and Okie picnic for Small Paws.

Lori had been feeling lethargic and had been diagnosed with A-fib, so she and her husband, Andy, thought that was what was wrong.

Her Cardiologist started her on an antiarrhythmic drug last Thursday. Plus she was on blood thinners. Of course they both thought this was what was making her feel so bad.

The same day as the new drug started, Lori collapsed and passed out.

Andy called an ambulance. They put Lori in ICU and gave her 4 units of blood. She was bleeding from somewhere.

The testing began and pointed to her bone marrow.

Yesterday, Lori was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia. There are two kinds and they will find out which one it is, later today. Both are serious and require immediate chemotherapy. 

Today, she is starting chemo for 5-7 days to try to knock this down before going on to other treatments. The goal is to get her into remission for many, many years!

Andy and Lori are coming to their Small Paws family and asking for prayer. We know the power of our Prayer Warriors! We’ve seen it too many times!

Dear Lord God, our Heavenly Father, we come to you today from all over the world, asking for healing for Lori Foster. Please be with the doctors, nurses, and anyone who touches her. Let them know there is something different about Lori. Let them see You in her. Please relieve her fear and anxiety as she enters emergency treatment for this disease. We ask for strength for Andy as he cares for his beloved wife that he has loved so much, for so long. And we ask for strength for Lori during these chemo treatments. Strengthen her body, Lord. Strengthen her immune system. Grant healing to her from the top of her head to the tip of her toes! Let he know that You are in the room with her. That You will never leave her nor forsake her. And let her feel that all of us are praying for her! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

When one of us hurts, all of us hurt.

Andy and Lori have rescued and fostered so many Bichons, I can’t even count them all.

Thank you so much for praying. You may e-mail your prayers, thoughts and good wishes to Lori at 

Please understand she may not be able to answer you, but she said to tell you that she loves you all.

You may share this with your Facebook friends. Andy told me last night that they appreciate all of the prayer they can get.

God’s got this!

All My Love, Robin