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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2006, 11:44:13 PM »

Oh this is gonna be good. Thanks Susan! thumbsup
I'm going to go grab my kleenex while everyone get's their stories posted!
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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2006, 01:51:44 AM »

Such a wonderful idea Susan!  thumbup
 It's always so  nice to read about a doggie rescue of any kind, but to have our very own heartwarming stories of Bichons here, finding their 'forever homes' within our community... is certainly to be honoured by each individual and special, story!  flowers
A special 'Yey'  thumbup to all our Bichon rescuers!!!!
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« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2006, 11:17:49 PM »

Well....I know we have a bunch of rescuers here.   Don't Get It
I'm looking forward to your stories...patiently....
Everyone must be gone for the long weekend,  closedeyes Lucky Ducks!
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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2006, 08:26:41 PM »

Come on rescuers, where are you??   confused  I don't want to be the only one here.  Fear  Let's here your  stories! Stick Out Tongue
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« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2006, 02:28:46 PM »

Luana your story about Scruffy was sooo sweet......... How wonderful of you to take in a stray...... I bet Scruffy changed ur life just as much as u changed his  innocent

and Susan... Wrigley is one lucky guy to come into such a great family...and I bet you feel just as lucky to have him  Stick Out Tongue I cannot believe that Lance wasnts to foster... GOOD FOR HIM!!! But I have a feeling he would have a hard time letting go of the babies  whistling

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« Reply #13 on: September 12, 2006, 12:44:40 PM »

This chicken soup is soul-satisfying!! blush blush

Thanks Luana for sharing Charlie's story!
I enoyed reading all over again Wub how he came to 'own' you & Cliff! clapping
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« Reply #14 on: September 12, 2006, 01:30:55 PM »

Thank you Luana for sharing Charlie's story... It is amazing how much he has changed... good for you for not giving up  thumbup Hug flowers
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« Reply #18 on: September 13, 2006, 09:01:50 PM »

Waldo was rescued June 23rd.  Our local humane society had gotten 25 small dogs from a raid in Ga.  I had my heart set on a cute little Schnauzer.  I brought my other dog, Jack(lab mix) to see how they got along.  Not well at all.  I was ready to come home when I decided to walk through the regular adoption kennel.  Waldo was a mess.  His hair was long, matted, and stained.  He had a 4 inch cut down the middle of his back and his hair was shaved there.  I brought him in the socialization room to meet Jack.  We were all home within the hour.

The first week I kept saying I couldn't believe no one had reported him missing.  By the second week I was sure someone had thrown him out.  He peed and pooped in the house.  He dug out under the fence in a matter of minutes. 

We've completely resolved the housebreaking issue.  We fixed the fence so he can't dig out.  He's learned to sit.  We started obedience tonight.  The only thing he seemed to know was grooming.  He'll go to sleep while I'm drying him.  I

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« Reply #21 on: September 14, 2006, 12:59:50 PM »

Thank you for sharing Waldo's story with us....  Stick Out Tongue Stick Out Tongue Stick Out Tongue

I am soo happy we have people like you in this world  Hug Hug
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« Reply #24 on: September 14, 2006, 03:36:20 PM »

Jen.. it breaks my heart to hear that Chase had such a terrible first five years........  Crying This man should be killed.......... preferably attacked by a bunch of pitbulls  Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad I wish something more could be done about these puppy mills........ they really need to be put to an end..

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« Reply #25 on: September 26, 2006, 05:05:59 PM »

Snow Angel and her Mom innocent flowers,  Our Story!!!



I had always wanted a Bichon, from the first time I saw one in a Dog Show, I just fell in love with them  icon12 and said, I have to get one of those one day. 

I could not have a dog while I was married to my first husband Crying, but after the divorce and when I found the man of my dreams inlove, I was finally getting to a place that we could get a dog one day and one day soon, I could not wait!!! Kicking

One day, my husband and I were going to go to Home Depot to fix up the house, when I saw some puppies in a pet store right next to Home Depot!!
I asked him if I could go look in the pet store, while he goes to Home Depot to get what he needed.  He said, of course you can, so I did!!

I saw the cute puppies playing in the front of the store, but I did not see a Bichon and the others, though they were cute, just were not what I was looking for.  I walked around the store and made my way to the back, when,  there they are "Bichon Puppies"  !!    I could not believe it, they were so cute Stick Out Tongue thumbsup

I asked the girl that worked there if I could see one of them.  She bought out the cutest tiniest little baby girl I have ever seen!!! innocent original
I held her in my arms and I was instantly in love with her. inlove  I could not put her down for anything!!   The sales girl said I have more for you to look at and hold if you want.   I said NO I have found the one I love already!!!   She said that one is sort of small and the others seem to be a little bigger, I said no, that is ok, I love this one!!

Well, at that time my hubby came in and I said HUN!, can you believe it???  I found her, the dog of my dreams!!!   I felt like a little girl, talking to her daddy and I said , can we get her??? confused   He smiled and said are you sure, are you sure this is the one and I said Yes!!

So that was it, we paid for her, got her food , collar, leash , a couple toys and a crate.  We all got in the car and started home.

Poor Snowy was shaking and so tiny, I tried to keep her close to me as we drove home.  She seemed so listless and tired , I was worried about her.   Oh My

When we got home, almost right away she started making a horrible sound No, I called the pet store and they said she is probably hiccupping, new babies do that alot and try not to worry!!

Well, the whole weekend she just kept on doing it and finally on Monday, I called the Vet.    We took our baby in and what had me worried became true.  She was very sick, she had what the Vet said was Kennel Cough sick

We had to give her medicine to start , to see if she would start to feel better and gain some weight, since she was just too small for her size.  After about 2 weeks, she was getting worse and was not gaining, only about 1 oz. So we had to have Xrays done of her lungs.  At that time we were told she had pneumonia!!! Fear   I was really worried then.  They told us to buy  a nebulizer to help her breath and continue on some stronger meds.   She was still not really getting much better, though she was better then she had been.  So we were told that they could do a Trans Tracial Wash, which would clean out her lungs and help her to heal faster.   

So here she is our tiny angel and we had to take her in for surgery already!!! Injury  Now we were both so worried and so was Snowy's new family, we all prayed hard she would be ok.   She came through the surgery well and we were able to bring her home!!   Boy, was I glad to see her and hold her again!!!

Finally about 1 1/2 months after the surgery, Snowy was gaining weight fairly well and eating much better.   She was even starting to look so much happier and healthier clapping   After months of different medicines , surgery and daily breathing with a mask and nebulizer , with medicine in it, she was finally getting better Clap

I was so glad  thumbup   and  she was even so much more playful then she had been too, it was so nice and we were all soooooo happy original

Today, you would never guess that Snowy went through any of that No   She is a beautiful baby that is about to be 2 years old this year and she has brought such joy to us all!!!!   We just love her!!!

And that is my story!!!   The story of our Sweet Snow Angel!!!   I forgot to add that we found out that Snowy was from a puppy mill and then sent to the Pet Store!!

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« Reply #26 on: September 26, 2006, 05:25:29 PM »

The stories I read were so beautiful and heartwarming!!!    WE have our name on a list for rescued Bichon's , they have not been available in our area yet though.  WE may have to travel to get one, but that would be ok


I hope it was ok to put Snowys story on here, since she was not really a rescue dog, we just had to get her through how sick she was, the rest was easy!!

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What alot you had to go through to have your Snowy Crying .....good on ya for not giving up on her. thumbsup

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Poor SNOWY went through so much as a pup  Crying.......... If it wasn't for you who knows how she would end up.... I definately think you rescued her  flowers flowers
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« Reply #31 on: September 27, 2006, 12:56:46 PM »

Hi Del original


Thanks for posting the rescue site. thumbsup


I have a question       Isn't there one or some in Toronto Canada or other parts of Canada as well???   confused


Toronto is actually closer to me then most places in NY State, since we are right on the  Canadian Boarder.


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« Reply #32 on: September 27, 2006, 01:00:34 PM »

there is Kristin original 

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« Reply #33 on: October 14, 2006, 02:59:15 PM »

Dylan isn't exactly a proper rescue- he was given up by an old lady because his grooming was horrible as a puppy. Go figure, another person who didn't realise how much grooming a Bichon takes.
Anyway, we got him through Bichon Frise Rescue (UK) and there we go Smiley
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Dylan is one lucky boy to have found his forever family, but I bet you feel even luckier to have him  Stick Out Tongue Stick Out Tongue Stick Out Tongue
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Dylan is amazing although he has a lot of problems..which won't be solved but we'll cope with them Smiley We are lucky to have him.
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« Reply #41 on: October 24, 2006, 11:36:50 PM »

Carolyn... I am soooo sorry about Penny.. breaks my heart that she passed at such a young age.......

And it breaks my heart hearing about Nadia, and what she has been through  Crying But I am soooooooooo happy she has found her forever home... and I am soo excited that she will soon be a BIG sister  Clap Clap

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Carolyn, here is an article I found on being Alpha.. hope it is of some help  flowers

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« Reply #45 on: November 10, 2006, 01:54:23 PM »

My heart is so warm from reading your stories.  Thanks!

Henry isn't from a rescue center, but I feel that we did rescue him from a potential horrible life.

Last year we had a very beautiful and wonderful cat (Gracie) that died.  The house seemed so lonely, but we didn't want another cat.  A girl I worked with was constantly telling me about her bichon.  I had no idea what kind of dog this was, but I was interested in the stories she would tell me about her dog's unconditional love and sweetness.  She showed me pictures of bichons on the computer and then was showing me web sites where she would buy clothes for this little girl and how she wanted to get another one.  I'd never heard anyone speak so lovingly about their dog, like it was her own child.  I thought for sure this must be the best dog ever!

So, after Gracie was gone, Dan and I decided to get a dog and I told him all about the bichon and we decided that this would be the perfect dog for us.  We scoured the internet for any kind of information about bichons and became overly excited about wanting one to the point where we found an ad in the newspaper one night and were at the lady's house with cash in our pocket a few days later.

As much as we read about bichons, we never read anything about the importance of a reputable breeder or good or bad things to look for.  We were just too excited to have a little ball of fluff in our lives.  The woman had 5 adult bichons in her house and a German Sheppard!  I thought, wow, she must really love dogs!  In her basement were 6 puppies.  They were as cute as they could be and they were so excited to see us!  They jumped behind their find and yapped and I was in aw.  She said the one female had had 6 puppies, but she had sold one and the other female had had just one puppy.  She owned the male and the other 2 adult bichons were retired.  The puppies were all 17 weeks.  I found this odd for someone to have puppies this old, but there were several other breeders in NE Ohio, so I thought that might be why.  She also mentioned the puppies had never been outside, which I also thought was strange, but I thought that was maybe how it was done to keep them clean or something.

We chose the one puppy that was the single litter and took him home and named him Henry.  The first night was horrible!  He screeched and cried and I wondered if someone would call the cops because they thought we were murdering a child!  haha  It went on like this for 2 more weeks every night.  We were getting no sleep and our little Henry was beside himself.  He hated the crate. He hated to be alone and he was under the assumption that he could poop or pee wherever he wanted because that's what he'd done the first 3 months of his life.  For the first month, we had many questions about him and his behavior, but unfortunately the breeder would not call us back. Sad  We have never spoken to her since the last time we saw her.  I thought this was a shady practice. 

Henry's separation anxiety has subsided somewhat.  He no longer scratches at the crate until his nails bleed, but he still can't stand for me to leave him.  He's very attached to me and is sometimes scared of Dan and we don't know why.  He is about 99% housebroken, so that's good, but I wish we could have taken all of those puppies home because I know their situation was not ideal and who knew what kind of operation she had going.  I know so much more now and I wish I knew what I know now, back then because there were red flags all over the place with this breeder.
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« Reply #46 on: November 10, 2006, 02:31:05 PM »

Looks like you rescued Henry from a not so great breeder.. I can't believe that at 17weeks her puppies still didn't have the opportunity to go outside.. that is CRAZY!!! No wonder housetraining was tough....

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« Reply #47 on: February 04, 2007, 11:24:18 AM »

Hi  original

Thought I'd share Buster's story with you all again. original

After our dog of sixteen years passed away we decided we'd adopt a dog from a rescue centre. We knew we'd like a smaller dog this time but we didn't know what breed or sex to get so we just visited all our local rescue centres hoping we'd find our perfect dog. On Sunday 16th April 2006 we visited a rescue centre we hadn't been to yet and asked to look at a dog named 'Dandy' he came out with over-grown hair which had been sprayed pink but still looked very very cute and was immediately affectionate towards us.  Hug We took him a little walk and as soon as we got back to the centre we told them we'd like to adopt 'Dandy' It would be another week before we could bring him home and they told us they'd take him to the doggy salon for a well needed cut and shampoo!  Clap
We decided on a name change too as we didn't think 'Dandy' suited him much and decided on Buster. For all UK members he is named after Paul O'Grady's Shih Tzu/Bichon Frise cross who also happens to be a rescue dog. thumbsup
When we finally were able to pick up Buster he looked a completely different dog, his fur was neatly cut and was glowing white and like we'd hoped for he gave us a welcome kiss and wagged his tail in delight!
A day after we'd brought Buster home however he got very poorly sick he wouldn't eat or drink and what he did eat or drink we had to force feed him. He was painfully skinny, we didn't think so much at the time but looking back at pictures of him he was very underfed. He didn't play and did nothing but sleep or lie down looking very sorry for himself.  Crying After a trip to the vets we found out he was suffering from kennel cough and a high temperature. sick But after lots of love and care from us all he thankfully got much better and is know a very happy, hyperactive and loved Bichon.  Hug Clap clapping

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« Reply #48 on: February 04, 2007, 01:24:31 PM »

Another Bichon gets the best forever home for him. thumbsup

Thanks for sharing your story there are so many sad stories cry2 out there it's heartwarming to hear about the successes. clapping

I think you posted pics of poor Buster all covered in pink vain didn't you? thinking  Poor little fluffer looked like a "clubkid". Crying


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« Reply #49 on: February 04, 2007, 04:46:53 PM »

cry2 I just love Wub these "happily ever after" stories bouquet ... thanks for sharing your story again, Skyler! Hug
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« Reply #50 on: February 04, 2007, 07:35:47 PM »

Skyler, thank you for sharing your story....  Buster is soooo lucky to have you for his mommy.... 

The little ones that come from the rescue places come sometimes with their problems, but when you work them out with them, it is so rewarding. 

I know that I have a special bond with my little girl.  There was a time that I didn't know if I could stick it out with her, but I am so happy that I did because she is so very extra special to me.

Thank you for sharing your story....
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« Reply #51 on: February 11, 2007, 09:01:31 PM »

That was a great story.
I think he makes a "Dandy" Buster!!! (sorry, I couldn't resist) blush2
I love these stories. Forever homes are the best!
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« Reply #52 on: April 08, 2007, 08:35:45 PM »

Ollie came to us on October 29th 2006.

I had always wanted a dog growing up, but was never allowed. My mum's Dad (my grampy) was a police dog handler so my Mum had grown up around dogs all her life and didnt really want one of our own. However last year we bought a house together, and as she had split up from her partner and i had split up with mine - we decided we didnt need men and would have a little dog instead!! Much more reliable nodding

We had originally decided on a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and were looking for a breeder, when one day someone where my Mum works mentioned that she had a little 2 year old dog who she adored but could no longer keep as her husband had started being cruel to the dog - confining it to the kitchen and kicking it  mad1

We decided to have him for a 2 week trial to see how he got on with us. She told us he was fully trained, fine with sleeping downstairs, had KC papers and full medical history etc. When in fact he turned out not to be house trained, barked and cried all night, didnt even know the command "sit"!! Anyway despite all this we couldnt bear to put him back in his previous environment and kept him. We recently needed his medical history and asked for his papers so we would know when his birthday is but they failed to produce them, and it's recently come to light that we are in fact his THIRD owners, not his second.

Anyway, this was 6 months ago, and now we have overcome the majority of his problems - he is well behaved (most of the time lol), house trained, sleeps at night, knows lots of commands, has been neutered, and is on the whole a happy healthy little dog - who we wouldnt give up for the world! Wub
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« Reply #53 on: April 09, 2007, 07:25:35 AM »

Thank You Louise for sharing your story! flowers

I cannot begin to imagine Oh My how someone can be cruel toward furries (Mad), especially one as affectionate, beautiful and cheerful as the Bichon Frise fluff.  It is indeed fate (God's doing I always say blush) that you and your mom came to know of Ollie's plight Jail Bird 2 and saved him from that wretched man (mad1).

And about Ollie fluff now being house-trained, happy, healthy etc... just goes to show what TLC Hug can do for a fluff!  Kudos rock to you and your mom for rescuing! thumbup





... thanks for sharing your story again, Skyler! Hug
nodding I thought stars I had read Skyler's story about Buster fluff before.... must be (in another thread and) why I didn't post Bag Head after her post in February.  Reading his story again, and seeing that avatar+siggy pics of him makes me Happy 2 wanna 'see' Buster fluff again.  I hope Skyler returns again to let us know how Buster fluff is doing. swing

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« Reply #54 on: April 09, 2007, 11:49:03 AM »

Jeez Louise, I am so happy you got Sweet Ollie out of that torment.   fluffcry
I can understand why he had such a rough start with you and your Mother,
The poor little guy didn't have trust in humans.  No
But happily that is all behind him now, and he'll no nothing but loveword2: for the rest of his life!   fluffdance
I can't thank all you rescuers enough for saving these precious babies.   Kiss
You take them in with all their problems and work together to overcome what ever horrible past they have endured. I think there's a special place in heaven for folks like yourselves. nodding
be proud of yourselves, We all are so very proud of you. (and thankful)
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« Reply #55 on: April 09, 2007, 12:13:55 PM »

Wow, you guys are amazing, helping these little bundles through tough times.

But the rewards are definately worth it.

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« Reply #56 on: May 26, 2007, 05:35:46 PM »

  The Short Story of Milo. original

 I grew up with dogs, my husband never had a dog.  One day I thought I would really like to have a dog. nodding  I have no idea where this came from, but i wanted to rescue a dog.....  I was looking at rescue dogs on craigslist.  Then I saw a post about Milo and fell in love! loveword2:  I had never seen a bichon before but he seemed like a great match for us!   thumbup

Milo was in a family for three years until they got divorced.  Mom took the kids no one wanted the dog.   sad
He was then turned in to Small Paws and fostered in PA for almost a year.  The family had 2 bichons who were ganging up on him and not getting along with him.  He was then sent to a foster home in VA for a month and we adopted him!   Laugh and Bounce  He is so sweet, I have no idea how anyone could give him up!

 I also have come to realize that Bichons are not dogs!!  original
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« Reply #57 on: May 26, 2007, 05:40:32 PM »

daisy Thanks for sharing Milo's story Hug , Karen.. and for giving Milo a forever home! Wub
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« Reply #58 on: May 31, 2007, 06:04:24 PM »

  ...no one wanted the dog.   sad

I can't even tell you how much that surprises me!  How anyone could have any pet and decide they just didn't want it anymore I will never know, but a BICHON?!  They must be mad!  All the better for you though - and Milo if you ask me! nodding
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« Reply #59 on: May 31, 2007, 06:40:03 PM »

Thanks!  We do think Milo is better off  thumbup  We are enjoying the fluff!   fluff  He is so sweet and quiet and a major lap dog.  I have NO idea how anyone could part with him.  sad
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« Reply #60 on: September 05, 2007, 05:15:01 PM »

Here goes Maurice's story.

My husband and I had been working for years traveling around the country, so we could not properly give an animal enough attention that they need.  So when I retired....time for an animal to love.  Still, my husband tried to keep putting me off, telling me that we would be tied down with caring for an animal...so I said nothing, but continued to search the papers and visit (horrors) pet shops and look at bulletin boards about an animal.  One day I came across an ad about a Bichon, so I called, and the lady said the dog had just been brought in and would not last, due to its breed.....so I told my husband we were going for a drive (no, I did not tell him we were going to go look at dogs).  We arrived at the center and were taken outside to some cages to preview several dogs.

There in one cage was this dirty, matted, scared dog...didn't even look like a Bichon.  To tell you the truth, I was not impressed and was ready to leave, when the lady asked us if we would like to see him up close (as she was opening the door)...she handed him to my  husband and he held Maurice...and there was really no connection. (as Maurice was so scared). Then he went to put the dog back in the cage and Maurice started to wimper....well, hello!!! the heart was melted in that instance.  We still looked at another dog down a few pens (one growled at my husband), so then the lady said he would be $300.....well for a rescue, I thought this was high...and they only took CASH.  I don't know about you, but I don't carry around that much cash normally.  As we stood there looking at this dog, Maurice looked into my husband's eyes and my husband would have sold the house to get this dog, his heart was melted so much. 
 
After admitting to one another that we each had "stashed" some money away, we each came up with $150 and now he is equally ours.  So into the office we go, to sign papers...then she pops us with his rash.  He was so stressed and had such bad allergies that he had licked his pen** raw, the entire lenth...what a mess he was...besides being dirty.  Maurice came with all his papers (he is registered) and all the vet visit papers, medication, his kennel, a brush, and a pillow.  Now to have all Maurice's papers does say something about his previous owners...but to give him up???  I just can't imagine it.  I would give my life for this boy.

Next day we take Maurice to the groomer (first one we thought of) one of the larger chains...he went in a brown dog and came out a white dog.  I did not even mind that they did not groom him properly...but he was so changed.  He was cage dried...ugh, please tell me no!!...but he was washed and clean.  Still you could tell his heart was broken because he was in new surroundings with new people.  It took time for him to become adjusted, but now he has seperation issues when we leave.  He now knows he is HOME and even though it changes from time to time...we will always be there for him.

Maurice was and is the most mellow boy I have ever seen.  He just loves attention and to be next to you.  He is not fond of strangers and needs to be told that someone new is okay, so he can sniff for a while...he has never shown his teeth or been agressive at all.  He will share his food with any other dog...just not a chew bone!!!

We take Maurice back and from from Nevada to Indiana twice a year and to many places in between.  He is the best traveler...NOW....we have learned not to feed him in the a.m. when we are on the road and he is just fine...in fact he loves to travel in the car.  I have a traveling tea cozy, tea & Red Hat business where we travel all around in our 5th wheel or car and he just loves to go with us.  He used to bark when he heard a doorbell....but since we do not have a doorbell at either home, he no longer barks....but he does bark when he hears a car coming in our driveway now.  One of his favorite things to do is ride in our golf cart on our 3 acres....he will do that for hours.

We had Maurice for one year, when during a vet visit, the Dr. said he had a cataract and the closest vet to handle it was 4 hours away (one way)....so off to Indy we went....where it was confirmed that surgery was needed.  The cost is not cheap if you have ever had it done, you know.  We had the surgery done after about 4 pre-op visit, then the after visits....I know we put a ton of miles on our car during that time going back and forth.  The worst part of it was the night of the surgery when I knew Maurice was in pain with him whimpering...so I held him to try and console him....I swore then that I would never put him through that pain again and no one would ever hurt him. 
 
So when we were in Las Vegas and I went to see another specialist about the other eye, he confirmed that the retina had detached from the eye we had the surgery on and yes, the other eye was getting a cataract....which eventually, if not fixed would make him go blind.  After many hours of prayer and talking and back and forth...we decided that we now had  a blind dog.  #1 the vet could not guarantee that if we had another $5,000 surgery for the new eye that the retina would not detatch....so we decided not to have he surgery.  We were told he could function just fine with being careful with him.

This boy trots out just like he owns the world....he has learned that if I say to him "over here" to slow down and change direction because there is something in his path.  He also knows to step up or down when I use the word "step".
He came to us being trained, as he is so well behaved and knows how to sit, lay down, shake, sit pretty, and now I have taught him to roll over and play dead when I go..Bang-Bang.

The only "problem" we have had with him is that he "marks" everything...no matter where we are, so we have to keep an eye on him or put him in diapers to avoid being embarrassed.

I am like others here, in that I cannot imagine my life without this loving, gentle little boy.  How anyone could have given him up is beyond my understanding...I am torn between wanting to shoot his former owners and sending them a million dollars for the gift they allowed me to have and that is his love.  He takes everyone's heart that meets him, as he is such a love.

Then came Winston as a puppy into our lives....what a whirlwind he has been.  We got him to be a "guide dog" for Maurice....but Maurice is the Alpha dog and he leads where the two of them go, right or wrong.  Winston has been a wonderful companion to Maurice...they play like any two dogs would, maybe even more so...they love playing tug-of-war with one another with a stuffed toy.   I believe someone could see right away....Winston  is a clown...he is an "in your face...I want attention and I want it NOW" sort of boy...and the fact that these two boys love one another is the best thing in the world, and that I get to share their lives is a blessing.

I will stop now, as I could go on for hours and hours about my boys.  Thank you for listening to our story.

Sharon...Maurice & Winston
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« Reply #61 on: September 06, 2007, 01:16:32 PM »

Sharon, Thank You for taking the time to share Maurice's story with us! Blow Nose

It must've been FATE nodding..... that day when you saw the ad and subsequently visited the shelter.  Who knows Oh My what would've happened to Maurice (I wonder thinking what the lady meant when she said he wouldn't last "due to his breed" Don't Get It) if you & your husband didn't have the cash that day.
(is it common practice unsure to be "paying" for a rescued dog at the shelter? Mellow)

I'm nodding with you in that I don't understand Don't Get It how his previous owners could have given him up after having had him for 3 years (assuming he only had 1 previous home).  Maybe it was his marking issues shrug... but like you said, their loss thumbdown, your gain thumbsup.  And it's so sad sad that Maurice contracted cataracts at 4 (a young age considering this breed's lifespan can hit the mid-teens).  There was another member here before whose Bichon had cataracts at 2 (she had surgery, on both eyes I believe, and is doing well actually). 

Like I mentioned in your introduction post, it's amazing clapping isn't it..... what we can learn from these flufferbutts Wub.  Maurice may be blind in both eyes Cool 2, but like you say, he trots out Kicking like he owns the world.  He sure has taken everything in his stride swing, including a younger fur-brother under his wing clapping.  You & your husband are angels innocent, having done what you did for this special boy Wub.  I hope come November this year, we'll be able to celebrate partyhat his 7th happybirthday with him Hug (in other words, do stick around flowers).

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« Reply #62 on: September 06, 2007, 01:24:44 PM »

Del, when we adopted cat Abby from the municipal shelter they also were a "cash only" operation and it was $200 for a cat that had not been seen by a vet, spayed, or treated for the numerous iinfections she had Mad The "due to his breed" comment was most likely because small dogs, particularly small fluffy dogs tend to get adopted rather quickly (as opposed to larger dogs like shepherd mixes, rotties, and pit bulls).
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« Reply #63 on: September 06, 2007, 01:39:04 PM »

Thanks for the info Danielle.  Over here in Singapore, our SPCA just requires that the adopter pays for the furry's spay/neuter surgery (just a little over a hundred Singapore dollars, which is about 60 or 70 U.S. bucks, depending on the fluctuating exchange rate).  And oh, that the WHOLE family must be present during adoption thumbsup.

Okay blush, back to topic topic about our precious rescued fluffs Hug.....




....Milo was in a family for three years until they got divorced.  Mom took the kids no one wanted the dog.   sad  He was then turned in to Small Paws and fostered in PA for almost a year.  The family had 2 bichons who were ganging up on him and not getting along with him.  He was then sent to a foster home in VA for a month and we adopted him!   Laugh and Bounce  He is so sweet, I have no idea how anyone could give him up!  I also have come to realize that Bichons are not dogs!!  original
I realize Doh I had missed Karen's post/story on the preceding page blush2.  How true about 'em not noway being dogs! Laughing  Bichons Rule 

Kudos rock to you for rescuing too Karen.  I hope you & Milo fluff come back and visit us sometime original.



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« Reply #64 on: September 06, 2007, 02:31:14 PM »

I will stop now, as I could go on for hours and hours about my boys.  Thank you for listening to our story.

Sharon...Maurice & Winston


blush Oh, I loved your story Hug .. especially the part where Winston was supposed to be the "guide dog" for Maurice - but it's the other way aroundLaughing  What an amazing little guy Maurice is! Wub  It is always such a great "pick me up" to read stuff like this  bouquet thanks for my cup 'o "Chicken Soup" for today! blush
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Ok, here is the Tory fluff story from the verrrrrrrrrrry beginning. Rolled Eyes On Jan 31, 2001 I had to send my beloved friend, Maui(Gordon Setter/cocker mix) to Rainbow Bridge angelwings. I got him as a puppy & he was just short of 18yrs. I thought I would never be able to replace him nor did I want to. Well a year later I just couldn't stand one more day of coming home with no one to greet me. sad I had heard of a pet store that would take in puppies that no one wanted so a friend & I went to have a look. I found a darling, aren't all puppies darling, Dalmatian/chocolate lab mix. daisy They gave me 24 hours to make up my mind & get all my supplies. Something kept bugging me all night & in the morning I went for a long walk. Not only did I decide not No to get it but a voice said "get a Bichon" fluff. The interesting part of that is I knew no one with a Bichon nor did I know where to get one. I did know I wanted a rescue so I went online & got a phone # of someone that had a show Bichon.I asked if there was a rescue organization for Bichons.  He told me there was no such thing  thumbdown as a rescue Bichon(he obviously didn't know about Small Paws). I eventually got the number of another person that showed Bichons & she had just received a litter from an elderly couple. They had bought her at a pet store Bichon & didn't know she was pregnant. I was so excited Clap, however, she said they were too young to be seen & to call back. Long story short she kept putting me off & I never saw them but during this time I kept looking in the paper. I just knew that if I supposed to have a bichon I would. One Sunday morning I was looking in the LA Times & there was an ad put in by Lifeline for Pets for a 2 yr. old Bichon. I called & was told he was in a kennel about 45 min. from me. I went up that day & met this scared little boy covered with newprint.  hidden I knew immediately that he was the one. I called immediately to tell the lady that I wanted him & was told that I would have to make an appointment for her to bring him out & inspect my house. I named her the "doggie social worker". As the story goes this little man was found December 1, 2001 paralyzed in the street.  Injury He was taken to a local vet clinic where they tried to find his owner but he had no identification. The vet kept him for 6 weeks while he healed. They also gave him all his immunizations injection , neutered him, cleaned his teeth & named him Popcorn. fluff When he was ready they turned him over to Lifeline & he was kenneled for another 6 weeks & his name was changed to Cassidy as he still has some problems due to a compressed disc so he has a little hop at times. Here is where I entered. I guess I was the first of 35 people that called about him. As I said I was meant to get him. He arrived on February 28, 2002 in a crate  New Here & I passed the test  yahoo although the "doggie SW" was a little apprehensive  unsure about the 2 steps to my porch. Tory wasn't concerned at all. Yeah  I chose Victor Victorious as his name since he had been victorious over his injuries. Anyway it is all history now. He did spend the first few days hiding  hidden behind & under furniture as he is definitely a "den dog". When he came his little behind was so weak he walked with a swish. He has gained 5 pounds since then & you would never know that he had been injured. He still can't jump but that is sometimes a good thing. He lets me know when he wants up on the couch, bed or whatever. As my friends say he fell into the honey pot. woohoo  We are members of the mutual admiration society. I hope I didn't bore you with this lengthy history. I truely believe There Are No Accidents!  Love Eyes I have inserted a picture(I think) of what he looked like when he first came to his forever home.
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Here i go.....i had been thinking of rescue after reading the BICHON RESCUE SITE, i toyed it over and thought long and hard ....about what i had to give to a wee fluff.
I contacted Diane and we talked and talked,she told me fluffs were few and far between in this part of the U K .
i was going to the USA to visit my son and daughter inlaw ad would cotact her when i returned.
I returned on the 8th Jan and she called me that weekend to do a home visit....that went well


Last sunday Diane called to say she had an 8mnth old girl in need of some TLC,would i like to come and see her....so Mr Harry and i hightailed it through to Edinburgh...thr moment i saw her my heart melted, oh the wee soul was indeed in need of TLC...i brought her home called lainey to tell her .....honestly i was soo up and down ....worried about my boy and this wee scrap of fluffness...

was that just a week ago ............no surley not ...........Miss poppys been here a life time inlove  inlove


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These stories are so inspiring and heartwarming.  God bless you all for sharing your stories.  Thank You 
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« Reply #68 on: May 06, 2008, 01:36:13 AM »

Well here is Luna's story.

I decided in December that I wanted a dog, I have four kids and 2 cats and my husband said no way. But it didn't take him long to see I had my heart set on it so he gave in. begging In the meantime I had been researching breeds and breeders. I had spoken to a lady at breed rescue (not bichon) and she gave my info to a breeder who had a show dog that the testicle had not dropped so she needed to find a forever home. Pictures and emails went back and forth. A telephone interview and If I could pick up the guy in person (11 hour car drive each way) he was mine. I could.. original nodding hyper

Then..

She wanted to know if I might be interested in a rescue instead. I said no I have my heart set.

Then..

the night before we were going to leave she hit us with an email bomb that I might not have found until after we got home from a long drive. The dog was losing huge amounts of fur and she figured it was low thyroid. I called. Would she run him to the vet in the morning and get him checked. NO she couldn't afford to. This was a woman showing champion dogs, and she wasn't vetting them.

So.. my husband said what else is not true, is he really good with children or not. Has he really been properly socialized. important for this breed. sad

We didn't go.. I cried myself to sleep,  :crybaby:I had worked and waited for six weeks.. I only slept two hours that night.

The next morning my husband took me to many shelters.  angel We were looking for a medium sized dog. I didn't even look at the smaller ones until the next to the last.

The shelter was kinda dark, a cinder block building with small high windows. The dogs wher two and three in a small kennel run. and watch were you step!!!! There were drainage ditches on each side of the walkway down the middle.

We thought there's no dog for us here. Then I asked "is this all", and they said there was another building for small dogs, I said lets go look. When we opened the door the yapping was loud and echoing. And these little dogs were jumping at the kennels too. All except this cream color girl, she was sitting in the back and quiet. We asked to see her, her time for being held as a stray had just expired, so we took her out to the grassy area and she was more interested in us then being outside. (all the other dogs were more intrested in trying to break out then us)

Luna came when I called her, I asked about kids and she pulled at the Luna's fur and skin and said she'll be fine, I said what about cats.. so off we trotted into the cat room and first she took out a cat that liked dogs and they were fine together then she took out a cat that doesn't like dogs and Luna hid behind me.

So as not to make a rash decision,  Laugh and Bounce we left her there and went and looked at other shelters. We also selpt on it over the weekend. The shelter was closed Sat and Sun anyway.

I spent Saturday exchanging large dog toys, crates, collars and leashes for small.  blush

So bright and early Monday morning I took my oldest and youngest (17 & 3) down to the shelter and brought Luna home.  swing First we took her to the grassy area agin to make sure her and the littlest would be ok.

No rash decisions here Laugh Hysterical Laugh Hysterical

We brought her home and called petsmart and they wouldn't groom her because she hadn't had her rabies yet. She had thrown up in the car so I bathed her myself and when I was done I thought she's lighter then I first thought with darker socks and muzzle. I found a groomer the next day that only works on one dog at a time and she said bring her right in. I asked her not to cut more then neccessary to get the mats out. she reccommended that we shave her but I was like no. She she washed her took mats out did her ears and nails and glands and then a feet, face and fanny. Her fanny she did have to buzz. Poor Luna looked like a target on our walks for weeks.

She told me Luna's all white, not much if any poodle, and explained staining to me. We bought some Spa facial scrub, treats and food with no chicken, wheat or corn and were on our way.

Our groomer was right about having her shaved though she was so choppy I ended up going back in and having it done before her spay.

Luna would mouth me when ever I brushed her, now she tries to tuck as much as she can underneath her or mouths the brush.

She has learned some basic commands, we had a trainer come to our house.

Is not so fearful, and she is teathered to me while working on housetraining.

whew.... sorry so long but it's still so fresh in my mind, like it happened just two months ago.

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« Reply #69 on: December 03, 2008, 01:40:13 AM »

Somehow I had never noticed this thread before.  I just read through all the wonderful stories, and now I will share ours. original

My 12 year old son had been asking for a dog for about as long as I can remember.   However, I really did not feel ready to take on that responsibility when the boys were younger.  There was also one other glitch -- my younger son (now 10) was very afraid of dogs.  He has had several fears, and I know that he only overcomes them when he is ready to tackle them.  Finally, he announced that he was ready to have a dog.  This decision led us to a quick and ill-advised adoption of a young, very active, very mouthy large breed dog.  He was not here more than a few hours before my son sobbed that he had made a mistake and was NOT ready for a dog.  He was terrified of him, and spent all of his time sitting up on the back of the couch out of his reach.  I told my son that we needed to give him a chance and that he could learn how to behave.  However, over the next two days things only got worse.  His nipping escalated to the point where he very nearly broke the skin, and left me with a bruise that took months to heal.  As a first time dog owner, I did not have the experience or confidence to help him learn appropriate behavior.  We were on the phone to a trainer almost constantly, but things only got worse.  After the second night, when he basically kicked me out of my own bed and growled and snapped at me when I tried to take it back, I knew this was just not the right home for him.  I was scared of him, and he knew it, and try as I might, I just couldn't fake it.  We could not give him what he needed, and I really did not foresee the situation getting better.  We felt it was better for him to go back to his foster home before developing an attachment to us.   With me in tears over the guilt and sense of failure, my husband called the rescue and he was returned to his foster home later that day.  When he left, my son, the same one who had sobbed the night he arrived, the same one who was still terrified of him, now sobbed because he was gone.  It's tough being a kid.  It absolutely broke my heart, but I knew I was making the best decision for the safety and well-being of my family.

In my heart of hearts, I knew that we needed to try again, but that we needed to do it right.  We needed to research breeds and choose one that would be a good fit for our family.  We needed to work with a rescue that would make a real effort to place the right dog in the right home.  We needed to do it over the summer, when the boys and I would be home more.  However, my husband was quite reluctant to try again.  Assuming that I would eventually convince him, I began researching dog breeds online and after visiting many, many sites I decided that a bichon would be a great fit for our family.  I bought a book on bichons.  I spoke with a neighbor who owns a bichon.  I was more convinced than ever.  I slowly worked on hubby.  Finally, one day, my son announced to me that "Daddy said okay to a bichon!"  I was so happy!

I found the Delaware Valley Bichon Rescue and filled out an application.  Over the next couple of months or so I inquired about several different dogs, but it just never worked out.  Either someone beat us to them, or they did not feel we were the right fit for one reason or another.  I was getting very discouraged.  Then I happened to check the website of a local shelter on the off chance that they might have a bichon, and to my shock, they did.  We piled into the car and went to see him.  He was friendly, and adorable, and lovable, and .... already promised to another owner. sad

At this point I am more discouraged than ever.  I decide I am going to go on Petfinder and print out every bichon within a two hour radius of us, and inquire about them, starting with the nearest one and working out from there.  The nearest one was a 7 year old female at the Sean Casey Animal Rescue in Brooklyn, NY, about a 45 minute to an hour drive from us.  I send an email asking for more info, and receive an email back that same evening.  The dog is described as "sweet", "playful but not hyper", their most requested dog to take out on walks.  She had been surrendered a month earlier by her previous owners, suffering from pyometra and requiring an emergency hysterectomy.   But at this point she is fully healed and healthy.  She sounds wonderful, but I am afraid to get my hopes up.  By the next morning the rescue has called my references and calls to tell me we have been approved and that they really think this would be a great fit!  But, we are leaving that day to visit my in-laws for a couple of days, so we make arrangements to meet her and bring her home when we get back.  I spent the next couple of days worrying that somehow she will go home with someone else before we get back, and repeatedly checking her Petfinder listing to make sure she is still there.

Finally, the day comes and we meet our girl. Out walks this scraggly, shaven dog covered in newsprint, who is barely recognizable as a bichon.  She looks like a moldy bologna, with her chubby, pink body covered by only a short layer of fuzz.  And I fall in love.  Things are just about crazy at the rescue.  They actually specialize in exotics, so there are all manner of animals there, including a two-headed turtle.  There is a large bird squawking almost continually as loud as can be.  There is a flock of little birds who get loose from their cage and being flying into the air ducts, requiring a search and rescue operation by the staff.  There is a local who apparently likes to hang around,  reeks of liquor, and decides to start chatting with my son.  There are families from the neighborhood coming in to take some of the dogs for walks.  It was absolutely insane, but that's a Saturday afternoon in Brooklyn for you!  Finally, we get all of our paperwork taken care of and we bring Pippi home.  Wub

And the rest, as they say, is history.  I feel so, so lucky with Pippi, because we really haven't had any major issues to deal with.  She came to us housebroken, though she did have a few accidents in the first few days, which is to be expected.  She is timid and afraid in new environments, but is getting much better.  We have had issues with her being mouthy, but she has never tried to bite or even really nip, and even the soft mouthing has decreased significantly.  I really never understood how much you love a dog until Pippi came into our lives.  We have had other pets, but there is something different about a dog.  And I can't imagine a more wonderful dog than Pippi.  All our disappoinments were worth it in the end, as they led us to her.

(And, by the way, I followed the Petfinder listing for our first adoptee for a couple of months, and finally he was listed as adopted!  I was so happy to see that he had found a home, and I hope that it is his forever family, the family he was meant to have, just as Pippi was meant to be with us.)

I am posting some before and after pics of Pippi.  The first is from the day she came home.  The second is from a couple of weeks ago.  It is really hard to believe it is the same dog!




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« Reply #70 on: February 15, 2009, 11:23:07 PM »

I am new to this site, and I've just spent some time reading these wonderful stories. Each of you is to be commended for rescuing your lucky fluffs. This is by far my favorite thread!  thumbsup
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« Reply #71 on: February 15, 2009, 11:35:34 PM »

blush Thanks for "bumping" this thread up! blush ... I always love to book read through these stories when I am needing a little lift. blush  We sure have a lot of wonderful  angel angels here, don't we! Hug
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« Reply #72 on: February 16, 2009, 12:07:08 AM »

blush Thanks for "bumping" this thread up! blush ... I always love to book read through these stories when I am needing a little lift. blush  We sure have a lot of wonderful  angel angels here, don't we! Hug

I agree! These stories lifted my spirits.
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« Reply #74 on: March 29, 2009, 02:42:03 PM »

Oh my!

Thank you, Bree, for posting your / Lucky's story. flowers  I truly enjoyed reading every word of it. nodding  I'm so happy you and your family were able to commit to taking in this precious wee soul. Wub  Funny how a fluff can so easily melt a heart, huh? Love

The kewlpics  were awesome! daisy   Thank You
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« Reply #75 on: March 29, 2009, 03:03:17 PM »

What a heartwarming and very special story, Bree. Thank you for sharing it - I love to read about how everyone found their  bichon. Sounds like you have wonderful, caring parents too. Lucky is indeed, a very lucky  fluff
(I have found Georgetown on the map, looks like it is not too far from Brampton)
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« Reply #76 on: March 29, 2009, 04:04:50 PM »

Awesome story Bree, got tears in my eyes when I got the end and saw the cute pics of Lucky. He really is very Lucky to have such an awesome family.
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« Reply #77 on: March 29, 2009, 08:02:33 PM »

(I have found Georgetown on the map, looks like it is not too far from Brampton)

Awesome, It's not too far from Brampton. My mum isn't sure if she wants to move %100, but she does like the idea of a bigger backyard. I'm secretly hoping we do move, I like the country living.

Thank you everyone for the kind posts.  I'm glad you enjoyed Lucky's story. He is one tough fluff
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« Reply #78 on: March 29, 2009, 11:18:21 PM »

 clapping What a wonderful story! Lucky is certainly one lucky pup!!!  thumbup
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« Reply #79 on: March 29, 2009, 11:21:20 PM »

 clapping What a wonderful story! Lucky is certainly one lucky pup!!!  thumbup
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« Reply #80 on: March 29, 2009, 11:32:27 PM »

 sad  Ooops! Sorry for the duplicate posting!  whistling
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« Reply #81 on: March 30, 2009, 06:31:35 AM »

What wonderful stories about all these lucky  fluff 's who have found wonderful humoms & hudads  thumbup  and most importantly new forever homes.  cheerleader I glad I had my tissues ready as they made me  Crying   Thank You for sharing bouquet
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« Reply #82 on: March 30, 2009, 09:05:40 AM »

I spent a lovely while yesterday evening reading through all these awesome stories  cry1.

I have the highest admiration for you all and the love that shines through in your actions towards these adorable bundles of  fluff that needed you.  bouquet
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« Reply #83 on: March 31, 2009, 07:03:25 AM »

Bree, that was wonderful thumbup good old Pops cheerleader cheerleader

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« Reply #84 on: March 31, 2009, 12:24:48 PM »

What a wonderful thread! I greatly enjoyed reading all of the rescue stories. I don't know who is luckier the bichons rescues or the rescuers! They  are equally lucky, I guess, to have found each other. Congratulations to all of you  who have taken a rescue dog.
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« Reply #85 on: February 15, 2010, 03:11:11 AM »

If anyone knows how can I find a bishon for fostering in southern california please let me know.
my email is ghandishay2002@yahoo.com
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« Reply #86 on: February 15, 2010, 01:11:19 PM »

I replied via email also, but wanted to let others know what I wrote incase they had other great ideas!


Go to Small Paws website  ( http://www.smallpawsrescue.org/) and fill out a form to become a foster. The are based in Tulsa Ok, but will fly at there own expense a foster to a foster home anywhere in the US. They are the largest bichon rescue in the US. They pay for all medical expenses (pre approved) and you pay for food, toys and give love and training... just becareful, we have several bichon.ca members that failed fostering 101 and ended up adopting their foster bichons. Smiley
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« Reply #89 on: June 13, 2012, 06:58:50 AM »

Thats such a happy outcome for Abbe.I'm so glad she will have such a wonderful rest of her life thanks to you.Alison
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