Thursday Morning October 11, 2018

Gem of the Day: Psalm 73:26 “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

We have lost two dear, dear Small Paws friends over the past three weeks.

I didn’t tell you sooner as I was waiting on obituaries and online guest books for you to see and be able to sign.

In both cases, I’ve just learned that both of them did not want an obituary, guest book, or a memorial service.

But their families said it is ok for me to come and tell you.

On Sept 16, 2018, Brant Cramer went home to be with the Lord.

Brant was my friend and mentor. He served on our Board of Trustees from 2003-2011, when he retired due to health issues.

He was very ill in April, and I flew to Leesburg, Florida, to say goodbye. This was the picture taken when I surprised him by walking into his hospital room. Amazingly, he rallied and lived five more months.
Brant turned 85 years old in July.

He is survived by his wife, Edie, and a son, Michael.

I loved this man. This man loved Small Paws Rescue with all of his heart.

I remember one morning early, at a kill shelter in Florida, a couple of hours from his home, a young healthy BICHON GOOD LORD was scheduled to be euthanized.
Brant was our Florida Team Leader at the time. It was 0:00 Dark Thirty, and Brant himself drove to the shelter at 4:30 in the morning, to make sure he got there before ANY employees.

The “guy” came in at 6:00 A.M. to complete euthanasia.

Brant wasn’t taking any chances. He got on the road EARLY.

But first, he stopped at a local donut shop and got a dozen donuts.

Then he drove to the local police station, explained that he was from out of town, what he was doing, and that he didn’t know if he felt comfortable sitting in the shelter parking lot, in the dark, all alone. (Yeah, right. He told me he had his two best friends with him. Smith and Wesson. Hey. That was Brant.)

So the police went with him and together at 5 in the morning, they sat in the parking lot, eating donuts, until THE GUY arrived.

With lights flashing, the police car pulled beside his car, and Brant almost jumped him, right there in front of God and everybody.

Brant left that morning with that dog and two others, (for other breed rescues) and the “GUY” didn’t get to do his job THAT morning on ANYONE.

That was Brant.

Brant wasn’t a man of faith, until nearly the end. He thanked me for telling him how to let God into his heart, along with sending this picture.

Brant Cramer (1933-2018) Trustee Emeritus
Leesburg, FL.

Brant held the title of Trustee Emeritus. Brant spent several years in the military, stationed in the Far East and in Europe. He worked in the automotive industry for many years. He retired from a project management assignment. Brant has proudly served Small Paws Rescue for more than 13 years before retiring again. Brant instigated the concept of “Team Leaders” for Small Paws, many years ago. His wisdom and guidance are still appreciated, daily.

Brant wrote this on August 12, 2018, for me to send to you.

“This is an open letter to all Small Paws Members, Trustees, Volunteers, and especially those of you who have never

In my last days, I reflect on my adventures, and accomplishments. The thirteen years I spent fostering and rescuing stand out as the most rewarding. I urge all of you reading this newsletter to foster one of our Bichons. You will find it to be one of the best decisions you have ever made.

My best regards to all the Small Paws family
Brant Cramer”

We will see you again, Brant. Our prayers are with Edie and Michael.

Many thanks to Pat and Chris Smith for keeping me updated daily, during those last months.


Jane McDonald (1943-2018) of Fairview, TX. and “Irving” back in 2007.

Jane McDonald, of Texas passed away on October 8, 2018 after a nearly year long fight with cancer.

You will remember Jane as the Mom of the infamous “Irving” of Irving, Texas, from back in September of 2006.

Read About How We Fought City Hall and WON for Little Irving

Jane was a good friend to Small Paws Rescue.

Upon hearing of her diagnosis last November, I drove down to Dallas where Vicki Furstenburg and I took Jane to lunch. We were all still in shock. She had just been diagnosed with lung cancer, though she never smoked. A persistent cough made her go to the doctor. She was supposed to leave on a cruise in just two weeks.

She seemed very healthy on that bright November day in 2017.

But things began to decline. I went back to see her last summer, but the cancer had already gone to her brain. I wasn’t 100% sure that she knew me at that lunch, but she always seemed happy and never complained.

Jane wasn’t married and didn’t have any children. She is survived by a brother and two nieces.

She fought the good fight and she won that fight. I know where she is, and now she is no longer in pain.

The older we get, the more loved ones pass away, it seems.

These two within three weeks was hard for us, but glorious for them.

Brant is with Duffy and Charlie and Jane is with her beloved Irving.

Jane requested to be cremated with the ashes of her three previous dogs, including Irving.

There will be a day when each of us will close our eyes for the last time on this earth.

Do you know that you know that you know, where you will open them?

It’s time to think but these things now, as Brant and Jane did.

You all know that you always have all of my love, Robin

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.

See Vet Bills Paid by Small Paws Rescue for the first nine days of October, 2018coming to $6,416.44 which is an average of $712.94 per day.

If you’ve made a past donation by credit card, you may e-mail Louie Bertolino 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

Click on the Bichon puppy to see page 2 of the Small Paws Rescue Newsletter, including fostering and adoption information.

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 inChicken 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 20 years ago! 2018 is our 20th Anniversary Year!

If you missed our previous newsletter, this is the link!

If you would like to share this newsletter, this is the link.

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,

This email is to notify you that Small Paws Rescue Inc. has been issued a $949.31 donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation as a result of AmazonSmile program activity between April 1 and June 30, 2018. The donation was deposited to your organization’s bank account on or before August 15, 2018. It may take several days for the donation to appear in the account.

Your current charity Small Paws Rescue Inc.
has received $10,934.47 as of August 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 there 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!

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

Prayer Requests and Reports

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.