Every week a number of furkids become part of Bichon FurKids. They are in foster care - and some are not yet listed on our web site. While these little ones are living in homes with their foster families, these new FurKids are receiving lots of love, learning how to walk on leashes, ride in cars, frolic in the grass - and experiencing being around children, other dogs and sometimes cats! Our goal is for them to become the very best dogs that they can be - and to find their Forever Homes as soon as they are ready.
We add new FurKids to our family each week - so please check back often.
And remember, the first step to adopt any of our FurKids is to complete our Adoption Application - and then to schedule your home safety check.
Our 2015 calendar showcases the bichons whose photos took prizes in our recent calendar contest (via Facebook voting) along with a big handful of equally photogenic fluffs!
Please think of the people you love who also love bichons — and buy a calendar for them. They make great holiday, birthday and anniversary gifts, and the proceeds from each calendar go towards the medical needs of incoming FurKids. We look forward to sharing the calendar with you soon.
Like us on Facebook to be in the "know" about the latest news and updates about our furkids. Currently we have more than 4000 friends who post pictures, testimonials, and updates on their furkids and bichons who are not furkids, too! Don't forget to share and continue promoting our organization so that we can continue rescuing more and more bichons & bichon mixes. Thanks again for all your support.
“Making a Difference in a Dog's Life”
Hello Bichon Lovers,
Welcome to our December newsletter – and the busiest time of the year.
Every rescue is a special one – and certainly what transpired on the Friday after Thanksgiving this year will be one that we remember forever. At 9:00 that night, when the temperatures were in the 40s, we met (and saved) 10 bichons whose owner had been evicted from her home four days before. They were "living" in an unheated U Haul It truck in crates stacked on top of one another. Two of their siblings had already died from the cold and lack of nutrition.
The effort to rescue, groom, find fosters and transportation for 10 FurKids made the next 12 hours fly by. Please read about this amazing effort by so many dedicated and self-less volunteers. Our hats are off to all of you - plus our wonderful groomers/partners Brent and Pauline of Hairy's Pet Salon. We hope those of you in North County will show them how much you appreciate them as well - as they are amazing human beings as well as terrific groomers!
Hats off, too, to Girl Scout Troop 1682 of Oceanside and their leader, Lori. The girls made fleece blankets for FurKids who will certainly appreciate them as the whether gets colder and colder.
Our little Melody has found her forever family, Shadow and Rosie prepare for the Arizona nights in their doggy attire while Luca and Angel show their holiday spirit. Enjoy their photos and smiling faces!
Remember the Nanny Network as you make your holiday plans.The Nanny Network is an amazing group of bichon lovers who care for one another’s bichons. If you would like to participate, please contact Hilary Cramer (firstname.lastname@example.org). And Congratulations, Hilary and Charles, on adopting Gordie. He is one very lucky little guy!
We have a few more 2015 calendars for your holiday gift-giving and personal enjoyment. If you don't have yours already, there is still time for us to mail them to you.
As the year draws to a close, we want to be sure that you KNOW how much your support means to us. We have celebrated more returning adopters to BFK this year than ever before. That feels really good, as we know it means that you are returning to us with the confidence that we can find another perfect FurKid companion for your family.
So please sit back and take a look at the delightful photos from last year’s Bash. Click on the link below and read it online -- or print it out for reading offline.
See you next year!
Marti, Judy and the Editorial Team of Bichon FurKids
Please let us know if have an interest in helpimg us with home safety checks (HSCs) – and/or transports. Contact Jennifer (Jennifer@bichonfurkids.org) for HSCs and Mona (email@example.com) to help with transports.
Woof Trax: What Is It - and What Does It Do?
Woof Trax is a way to walk your dog and earn money. People who are tracking their walks with their dogs have walked over 550,000 miles in 50 states to benefit their local animal shelters and rescue groups.
If you walk your furkid (and we hope that all of you do several times a day), there is now a way to make your walk even more fun and rewarding. For every mile you walk your dog, Woof Trax donates to your chosen animal organization. Walk for a Dog provides a list of shelters and rescue groups. Once you choose Bichon FurKids, as you then take walks Woof Trax keeps track (hence the name) of how far you walk. (That gives you a sense of accomplishment - and validation. )When you choose BFK as your rescue group, Woof Trax then makes a donation to BFK based on the mileage our group has walked.
If you use the app each time you grab the leash, you will have a real sense of accomplishment. Woof Trax lets you report on how far you have walked (if you would like) or simply tells you the distance you have covered. It’s healthy for you and your furkid.
Start by installing the free Android or iPhone app, and choosing BFK as your charity. Then start taking your 'Walk for a Dog' every day. Be sure to tell your friends - and please help us get the word out! The more people walking for BFK, the more Woof Trax will donate.
We and your FurKids thank you!
To learn more, please visit WoofTrax.com
Fostering is the lifeblood for all rescue organizations, as it allows us to save lives and give those little fluffs we rescue a loving and safe home in which to transition. At Bichon FurKids, we can only rescue a bichon when we have a foster home ready and willing to embrace him or her.
Learn more about our Foster program and let us know if you want to become a Foster Mom or Dad. Email , please.
As our economy continues its roller coaster ride, more and more furkids are entering rescue each week.
Please visit our Available Dogs page to see all the furkids in need of forever homes.
See our Jr. Volunteers in action making soft personalized fleece blankets for FurKids like Snowball to enjoy!! We would like to thank and honor all the volunteers who dedicate their time and heart into these thoughtful gifts.
If you would like to become a Jr. Volunteer and help with this project, please email
Bichons and Bichon mixes need to be groomed regularly. When not tended to, their hair (not fur) tends to grow very long and then mat if not brushed or combed. The kindest thing we can do, when we take in a dog in this condition, is to shave it down.
In a matter of weeks, beautiful, white, healthy hair will grow. So, if you see a dog that's available and it's a little short on hair... know that it will be a beautiful white, fluffy, haired darling within a few weeks. Read Ace's story.
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