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Cole Has a Liver Shunt

This week, in support of Petfinder‘s Adopt a Less Adoptable Pet Week, I am posting adoptable Small Paws Rescue pooches every day. Don’t you need a Fluffy Friend?

9-20-11OK, so this little guy has a small problem with his liver–so his condition is managed with medication and a special diet. Not to difficult to handle because the medication is not expensive, and Cole likes the special diet he needs to eat.

Cole is a kisser and a lover. He likes women, but he loves men. He gets along very well with other dogs, and will need another socialized dog in the family. He’s only 2 years old–so he’s still very young. To be honest, his foster family is still working on his housetraining.

Even though Cole has some challenges, he will make someone a very wonderful furbaby. Maybe that someone is YOU!

 

9-2011 senior pet

Small Paws Sunday: A Wrap Up!

Happy Easter everyone! Or Happy Springtime if you prefer!

Bailey would have been very pleased with what we have accomplished for Small Paws Rescue this past month. Like all of those Hollywood awards ceremonies, I have a list of people I would like to thank for their contributions.

FURPOWER RomeoFirst and foremost is our good friend Romeo. Thank you Romeo, Puglsey, and all the staff for making Small Paws your March fundraiser. I love you guys!

A really huge THANK YOU must also go out to the company I work for P&G Pet Care. I found out on March 31 that my company will be sending a check to Small Paws for $1,000 in memory of Bailey!! I love you guys, too!


I also want to thank Romeo’s fundraising sponsors, Wellness and Feline Pine for their generous donations. And a big thanks to Romeo’s staff, who sell really cool Rescue Mom and Rescue Dad magnets!

This is Tuffy and Lil Joe--a bonded pair so you get 2 for the price of 1!

Tuffy and Lil Joe--ADOPTED!

Next, I want to thank the following people who went to Romeo’s site and made a contribution:

Kim, Bunny Jean Cook, Christina Capadona-Schmitz, inezmj, Sanjee and Georgey, Jacky O, lyzzal, Gracie & Bob Canedo, Skeezix the Cat, James D. Wood, Mac’s Mom, Di & Howie Siegel, DaisyMae Maus & the Feline Americans, KaBooM, Lesley, Yvonne Ostby, Aunt Colleen and Zeus, Mandy Kelley, Ginger Geronimo, Rena (The Pet Wiki), Sue, Chris, Shelley, Amy, Julie, Jen, Marti, Cathy, Kim, Em

 Your generosity and kind words are greatly appreciated! 

Mr. B and Mugsy are a father and son pair. Mr B is a Bichon/poodle mix and his son is Bichon/poodle/Jack Russell Terrier mix. Mr B is very playful and loves people. He loves to run around the fenced yard with Mugsy. Mugsy is a cuddle bear and he loves to sleep next to you in your bed.

Mr. B and Mugsy--ADOPTED!!

I also want to thank the bloggers and tweeters out there who helped us spread the word. I tried to keep track of who was posting what during the month of March, but I know this list is incomplete:

The Poodle (and Dog) Blog, Dog Show Poop, The Cat’s Meow,  DaisyMaeMause and the Feline Americans, Petside, The Fantail, Dogs and Dames, @TeenysFriends, @ThePetWiki, @FrugalDougal, @1SassyChick

Together, we raised over $2,400 for Small Paws Rescue.

Thank you all very much!

Today’s Featured Fluffs!

THE BICHON BASH ENDS TODAY!

SMALL PAWS BICHONS ARE LOOKING FOR FUREVER HOMES!
Are you looking for a sweet, fluffy, charming companion? These little dogs are looking for people who will love them and a family they can join!

Buffy is extremely bright, catching on to things very quickly. Buffy gets along with everyone he meets. He is in a foster home with cats, and he is fine with them. He's very laid back and mellow. He'd be a perfect apartment dog because he's great on a leash! He stays right by you, and looks up to you for direction, instead of dragging you along.

Buffy is extremely bright, catching on to things very quickly. Buffy gets along with everyone he meets. He is in a foster home with cats, and he is fine with them. He’s very laid back and mellow. He’d be a perfect apartment dog because he’s great on a leash! He stays right by you, and looks up to you for direction, instead of dragging you along.

Shaundra is a very sweet and friendly girl who really loves people. She is a bichon/ poodle mix with long legs and a long tail. She has cream and apricot coloring. Her favorite game is chasing a ball around the house, but she also likes to sort thru the toy box to pick out a stuffed toy.

Shaundra is a very sweet and friendly girl who really loves people. She is a bichon/ poodle mix with long legs and a long tail. She has cream and apricot coloring. Her favorite game is chasing a ball around the house, but she also likes to sort thru the toy box to pick out a stuffed toy.

In memory of Bailey, join our online Bichon Bash by clicking and donating to Small Paws Rescue. No donation is too small, and every donation will make a difference in a dog’s life.
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Today’s Featured Fluffs!

Two Days Left to the Bichon Bash Fundraiser!

SMALL PAWS BICHONS ARE LOOKING FOR FUREVER HOMES!
Are you looking for a sweet, fluffy, charming companion? These little dogs are looking for people who will love them and a family they can join!

Hi my name is Liza (Ly-za) and I am a female Bichon/Lhasa Apso mix. I have pretty brown eyes, brown nose and lips, and a cute under bite. I tend to be a slow eater because of my under bite, but that doesn't stop me from the goodies.

Hi my name is Liza (Ly-za) and I am a female Bichon/Lhasa Apso mix. I have pretty brown eyes, brown nose and lips, and a cute under bite. I tend to be a slow eater because of my under bite, but that doesn’t stop me from the goodies.

My name is Star, a male Bichon/Poodle. I get along well with other dogs and cats but would also do well as your only pet. My favorite time of the day is when I get cuddles and kiss' from my foster mom. I have so much fun when the grandchildren come over, they play with me or just let me sit in their laps.

My name is Star, a male Bichon/Poodle. I get along well with other dogs and cats but would also do well as your only pet. My favorite time of the day is when I get cuddles and kiss’ from my foster mom. I have so much fun when the grandchildren come over, they play with me or just let me sit in their laps.

In memory of Bailey, join our online Bichon Bash by clicking and donating to Small Paws Rescue. No donation is too small, and every donation will make a difference in a dog’s life.
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Today’s Featured Fluffs!

Three Days Left to the Bichon Bash Fundraiser!

SMALL PAWS BICHONS ARE LOOKING FOR FUREVER HOMES!
Are you looking for a sweet, fluffy, charming companion? These little dogs are looking for people who will love them and a family they can join!

It’s another 2 for 1 day! These bonded pairs must be adopted together. You get 2 great dogs for the price of 1.

Mr. B and Mugsy are a father and son pair. Mr B is a Bichon/poodle mix and his son is Bichon/poodle/Jack Russell Terrier mix. Mr B is very playful and loves people. He loves to run around the fenced yard with Mugsy. Mugsy is a cuddle bear and he loves to sleep next to you in your bed.

Mr. B and Mugsy are a father and son pair. Mr B is a Bichon/poodle mix and his son is Bichon/poodle/Jack Russell Terrier mix. Mr B is very playful and loves people. He loves to run around the fenced yard with Mugsy. Mugsy is a cuddle bear and he loves to sleep next to you in your bed.

Penny is a Bichon and Chewey is a Lhasa Apso (who thinks he’s a Bichon). Both are seniors who were surrendered when their owner became ill. Both love to cuddle and go for walks.

Penny is a Bichon and Chewey is a Lhasa Apso (who thinks he’s a Bichon). Both are seniors who were surrendered when their owner became ill. Both love to cuddle and go for walks.

In memory of Bailey, join our online Bichon Bash by clicking and donating to Small Paws Rescue. No donation is too small, and every donation will make a difference in a dog’s life.
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Small Paws Sunday: Where Does Your Donation $$ Go?

More Small Paws Sunday reading.

This month, in memory of Bailey, I am working with Romeo the Cat to raise money for Small Paws Rescue.

Just FOUR days left to our online Bichon Bash for Small Paws!

It’s important that everyone who donates money to our online Bichon Bash fundraiser understands just how much of a difference their donation makes in the lives of these little fluffy dogs. As Bonnie Ferguson (Director of Adoptions for Small Paws) says,

“Small Paws provides care to needy Bichons that would otherwise not be helped. Small Paws has saved the lives of homeless Bichons, Bichons people no longer want for various reasons, puppy mill Bichons, Bichons scheduled to be euthanized at shelters and many more. Small Paws often takes in the ones that other rescues won’t help because of illness or old age… Knowing that we do the best we can each day and have given it our all, in any situation, puts a smile on my face.”

RELIEF FOR PUPPY MILL DOGS

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Click to read about Regis, the puppy mill cull.

No matter what position you occupy in the dog world, you know what a puppy mill is. Unscrupulous people wanting to invest the least amount of time or money with the intention of making the maximum amount of dollars house their dogs in disgusting conditions. Their dogs do not receive adequate veterinary care. They breed their dogs indiscriminately without thought of congenital health issues, and at every opportunity. Puppies are sold away, when they should still be nursing. And none of the dogs are socialized.

Small Paws makes a point of rescuing Bichons from puppy mills by purchasing them.

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Click to see some example photos

The mighty warriors of Small Paws regularly attend puppy mill auctions—sometimes in disguise. They have developed relationships with some millers, so that they can get the dogs out of the system. Some rescues do not see the value in purchasing dogs that they rescue. But Small Paws members know that pulling the “livestock” out of the puppy mill system might ultimately lead to fewer dogs being bred. It certainly means that the little souls on the auction block will eventually have better lives if Small Paws is there to purchase them. And the membership has never hesitated to contribute money when the word goes out that there’s an auction coming up.

It should also be mentioned that Small Paws has acquired much expertise in the rehabilitation of puppy mill dogs. Their adoption process is a proven success.

Dogs who come into rescue from a puppy mill situation nearly always have health issues because of lack of veterinary care. Their teeth are always bad and in need of a major cleaning. Many times they have congenital issues that require surgery. Sometimes they have heartworms. By far, the biggest bill that Small Paws pays each week is the veterinary bill.

THE VETERINARY BILL

An example of the vet bill

An example of the vet bill

Every week, Small Paws diligently pays the vet bill and then reports the spending to the membership through the Small Paws Newsletter. Each Newsletter includes a detailed accounting of where the veterinary money is going, including a “Transaction Detail By Account” bookkeeping form and an explanatory update on each dog currently receiving medical assistance. The vet bill is (to my knowledge) where most of the money goes that is raised for Small Paws. As an example, for the first 22 days of March Small Paws averaged $1,284.49 per day in veterinary costs.

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Click to read about Maggie, in hospice.

Small Paws is a “no-kill” organization and will go the full measure to make sure that any Bichon entering Small Paws Rescue receives the medical help needed. If the health issue can be fixed, it’s done. If the health issue has progressed to the point that it can’t be fixed, the Bichon is placed in “hospice” where it will live comfortably until quality of life dictates that it’s time to cross the rainbow bridge.

Any Small Paws dog up for adoption has been fully vetted and is in the best health possible.

TEETH

An example of teeth that have not had any dental care.

An example of teeth that have not had any dental care.

Why do clean teeth matter?

Teeth grind up food, which make them important in the digestive process. But (as with people) if teeth are not brushed and cared for, plaque builds up which leads to tartar. Tartar builds up below the gums and bacteria grows which causes inflammation. The bacteria causing the inflammation can enter the dog’s bloodstream and cause or aggravate lung, kidney, liver and heart problems.

Nearly every dog that comes into rescue, but especially the Bichons from puppy mills, need a “dental.”

HEARTS

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Click to see some heart surgery photos

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Click to read about the Small Paws Heart Murmur Fluffs!

Patent Ductus Arteriosus is a congenital heart defect in dogs. Before a puppy is born, it gets it’s oxygen from mom. The fetal heart pumps blood, but the blood is not oxygenated by the fetal lungs so there is an opening called the Ductus Arteriosus that bypasses the lung. After the puppy is born and starts breathing on its own, the Ductus Arteriosus is supposed to close. And when it doesn’t, it causes a heart murmur. There is a really good explanation of this is on the Veterinary Partner web site.

Puppies with PDA heart murmurs don’t live very long. So far, Small Paws has saved the lives of 67 Bichons who were all born in puppy mills and had severe PDA heart murmurs.

EXAMPLES OF SOME OTHER VETERINARY EXPENSES

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Click to read about Melody and her hip surgery.

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Click to read about Marley, who needed a liver shunt.

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Click to read about Elvis, who needed braces!

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SO WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
The money goes to the Fluffs–mostly for their vetting. There are some rescues that will not invest money in a dog that needs extreme medical care, but not Small Paws! Saving Fluffs is what it’s all about! Making sure that they have the best possible start on their new life is the goal! What a great investment!

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Today’s Featured Fluffs!

Four Days Left to the Bichon Bash Fundraiser!

SMALL PAWS BICHONS ARE LOOKING FOR FUREVER HOMES!
Are you looking for a sweet, fluffy, charming companion? These little dogs are looking for people who will love them and a family they can join!

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Artie is a senior Fluff who loves to be loved and promises to follow you around the house, wait to welcome you

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Snowy is a very happy little guy. He seems to have completely forgotten that he lived his first years in a puppy mill., and it’s important that he find a family who already have a dog. Snowy is a true joy and is sure to bring smiles to all who are lucky enough to meet him.

In memory of Bailey, join our online Bichon Bash by clicking and donating to Small Paws Rescue. No donation is too small, and every donation will make a difference in a dog’s life.
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