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.
“Making a Difference in a Dog's Life”
Hello Bichon Lovers,
Welcome to our August newsletter and the end of summer! How did that happen (already)? Hope yours was a delightful one!
Over the summer, we had a lot of happy adoptions – and brought a larger-than-ever number of furkids into foster care. Our amazing community opened its arms and homes to these deserving furkids –for which we are always so very grateful – and there are some amazing stories that we want to share with you over the next few months.
The cover article, A Tail of Two Furbabies (pun intended) is one such story. It talks about how life can change overnight as a result of the unconditional love of a pup. Or, in this case, two pups. The tagline “Who Rescued Who?” comes to mind for many of us every day – for as much as we rescue these precious little ones, they rescue us equally!
September is enrollment month at Ralph’s (one month only for the entire year)! We hope that you will take the time to register and list Bichon FurKids as your charity. We would be so very grateful if you did. There is one young couple, with no children, who have been (whether they know it or not) a major source of the quarterly donations that Ralph’s makes to BFK. And they don’t have a party every week-end, honest! Registration is easy, the produce is always fresh and competitively priced, the salad and olive bars (at least the ones near us) are great for snacks and/or meals – and a percentage of everything you spend makes its way back to BFK through Ralph’s.
One of the questions we are frequently asked about is how to make the appropriate provisions for our furkids. We are reprinting the article on Estate Planning for Pets – and encourage you to make sure that you (!) decide how and by whom your furbabies will be cared for. Sadly every week we are asked to rescue Aunt Mary or Grandpa Jim’s bichon, who was dropped off by an (uncaring) family member at a local shelter – basically because no provisions were made, no instructions as to future care were made. PLEASE do not let this happen to your precious pup!!!
Fundraising is key to our mission of saving lives – so we are announcing an online auction that will take place this fall. Please read the article on Page 6 for preliminary information. If you have items you want to donate please email me (email@example.com) and we will make arrangements to add your items to the auction (New items only please.)
If you submitted photos of your furkid for the 2016 calendar contest you won’t have long to wait to see if in living color. The calendar is in production now. We will let you know as soon as it is available to order!
So please sit back and enjoy our newsletter. Click on the link below and read it online -- or print it out for reading offline.
See you at the next event!
Marti, Judy and the Editorial Team of Bichon FurKids
PS Please like us on Face Book to be in the ‘know’ about the latest news and updates on our FurKids. You will find us at http://www.facebook.com/bichonfurkids. And for those of you who make recurring donations to Bichon FurKids, we appreciate your support and promise you it is used only for the care of our FurKids!
Like us on Facebook to be in the "know" about the latest news and updates about our furkids. Currently we have more than 6000 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.
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.
Many of our adopters (and bichon owners in general) are concerned about tear staining, We take a homeopathic approach and recommend cooking chicken (or beef) livers in quality water (RO, alkaline etc.), cooling the liver then adding the crumbled liver to our pups food once a day. I add baby carrots to the livers when I cook them, as my pups are not great veggie eaters. I also add the broth (at room temp) to uneaten kibble - and it gets happily lapped up by my furkids.
Many people, however, have used off-the-shelf products that purportedly remove the tear stains. We were alarmed when we noticed that the first ingredient in most of those products is an anti-biotic; the second ingredient is usually (you guess it...) liver.
Last year the FDA issued a warning letter for unapproved tear stain removers. Following is what those letters stated:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued warning letters to companies manufacturing unapproved animal drugs to remove tear stains in dogs and cats. These products, including Angels’ Eyes, Angels’ Glow, Pets’ Spark, and exported products Glow Groom and Health Glow, have not been reviewed by FDA for safety and effectiveness. These tear stain removers also contain the medically important antibiotic tylosin tartrate, which is not approved for use in dogs or cats, nor for the treatment of conditions associated with tear stains. Tear stain remover products are used to treat tear staining conditions around the eyes of animals, which, in particular, is associated with a condition called epiphora, mostly in cats and dogs. FDA has serious concerns about unapproved animal drugs. Unapproved animal drugs are not reviewed by FDA and may not meet FDA’s strict standards for safety and effectiveness.
These tear stain drug products may be subject to additional enforcement action should the products continue to be marketed, such as seizure of violative products and/or injunction against the manufacturers and distributors of the violative products.
Please do not use those products to treat tear staining in bichons. A topical product that you can use, in combination with cooking the liver, is Eye Envy. Many of us have used that product successfully and had good results.
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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