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 November newsletter – and the start of the busiest time of the year. And please remember to set your clocks back Sat. night. (Losing daylight savings time is a sure signal that summer days (and nights) are now over – at least in California.)
Every adoption is always a special one – and for many of us, the adoption of our senior furkids is the most challenging and also the most rewarding. So very many senior citizens apply to us wanting to adopt a young dog – while there are so many senior dogs who never have a chance to leave the shelter. Fortunately for a little girl named Snuggles, a very loving senior couple decided to open their hearts and home to her. Snuggles joined the family and has already changed their lives in very significant and special ways. When you read their story, and hers, I hope it will bring you as much joy as it does us.
Another story-in-pictures that we want to share is a ‘five years later’ success story. McKenna has brought much love and light to Melanie and Henry. We are happy to share this happy update.
With the holidays approaching we often have different kinds of food around than at other times of the year. Please read the People Foods to Avoid article and keep your furkids safe.
Five years ago two adopters came together to create a very special network of bichon owners helping one another with dog sitting ‘trades.’ And we, as bichon owners, prefer leaving our precious fluffs with others who understand the breed, their uniqueness and who will care for them as we do. The Nanny Network is an amazing group of bichon lovers who care for one another’s bichons. If you would like to participate, please read the article and contact Hilary Cramer (firstname.lastname@example.org). We also hope that some of you who have the time and inclination may be able to help us with home safety checks (HSCs) – and transports. Please read the short write up on the HSCs – and contact Jennifer (Jennifer@bichonfurkids.org) if you can help! And if you would like to help us transport furkids please contact Mona (email@example.com)
As promised, the 2015 Bichon FurKids calendar is here for your holiday gift-giving – and personal enjoyment. It goes without saying that each of us proudly believes that our bichon is the handsomest/prettiest, smartest, most adorable, happiest and most wonderful bichon on the planet. The photos captured in this calendar demonstrate the essence of the breed we love so dearly. They will bring smiles to your lips -- and a chuckle or two as well.
For those of you who are planners (and know how to have a good time!) please put May 16, 2015 on your calendars for the 2015 Bichon Bash. This annual event and fundraiser will be held at the Irvine Animal Care Center on the Saturday after Mother’s Day. Save the date, please. Details to follow.
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 month!!
Marti, Judy and the Editorial Team of Bichon FurKids
P.S. 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!
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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