Wednesday Morning September 26, 2018

Gem of the Day: “Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.

~ Vicki Harrison ~

This was how Hobbitt looked yesterday.

I need to tell you all about our little Hobbit and it is not good news. Yesterday, I spoke to Dr. Paul Blasso at Plainfield Veterinary Clinic.

Hobbit wasn’t getting better.

The main issues were that he had some sort of underlying disease, maybe cancer, maybe advanced Addison’s Disease, something that was causing his hematocrit range to be dropping.

Normally, 35% to 55% of the normal dog’s blood will be red blood cells. Hobitt’s count was down to 15,000. That’s the number where they do blood transfusions on dogs.

Blood transfusions only work if you know the underlying cause.

He just had so many issues. It may have been why he was left abandoned in a box by someone who just didn’t know better or had no money.

We also could not stabilize his temperature. A normal dogs temp is between 101 to 102.5 degrees.

His was hovering around 97-99, no matter how many warm fluids or warming blankets we used.

He felt so bad that he was trying to bite, but he didn’t even have enough energy to do that.

Dr. Blasso said there were more times when he wouldn’t eat, than when he would.

Our Board of Trustees voted unanimously for humane euthaniasia and that was done last evening.

Julie Lynn, who pulled him from the shelter in very critical condition, rushed him to emergency, and over the next week, brought him homemade food in an attempt to get him to eat, went up to be with him. Also, another vet tech who had fallen in love with him, went in on her day off to be with him as well.

He was surrounded by love.

Afterwards, as Dr. Blasso was driving home, he sent us a text.

“This is currently in our sky. Couldn’t help to think maybe it was a message to us about Hobbit.”

I’m so sorry. We have had a couple of losses lately. And several really sick Bichons. We have pulled most of them through.

When we do lose one, I know that I know that I know, that God catches them and they will never be sick again.

Godspeed little Bunny Hobitt. You were loved by thousands.

And you’ll know us when you see us again.

Revelation 5:13
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:

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

All My Love, Robin

P.S. Obviously we spent more on little Hobitt than we planned. We have three others needing to come in that I’ll tell you about later. If you would like to help us with vet bills, this is how to do it.

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 25 days of September, 2018 coming to $17,237.90 which is an average of $689.52 per day.

(This number doesn’t included all of Hobitt’s Bills.)

If you’ve made a past donation by credit card, you may e-mail Louie Bertolino at 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 in Chicken 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.) 

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