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.
Welcome to the 2014 Bichon FurKids Calendar. The calendar is now available! Order Now using the "Buy Now" link below.
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.
$20 plus $5.60 Priority Mail shipping
Each month a very special little angel comes into rescue – a little bichon whose needs are greater than the others. Each of these little angels has a special story to tell and is an inspiration for those of us that rescue and love them.
Three years ago this month, a very special little angel named Nicholas became a FurKid. His story is probably the most dramatic rescue for Bichon FurKids yet. “Nicky” was hit by a car, dragged behind it and thrown into a dumpster to die. His will to survive, however, was so strong that Nicky cried out – and a homeless man with a huge heart found him and called animal control. The story that follows is a unique and very special one.
Click here to see and hear Nicky’s story in his special feature. Maybe you will be the forever family this special angel deserves and is waiting to meet.
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”
Hi Bichon Lovers,
Welcome to our November 2013 newsletter. We hope you and your FurKids are getting ready to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday, as we now head into a very busy and fun-filled time of year.
Because this week is Thanksgiving, we give thanks for the wonderful community of bichon lovers that you are! We also want to recognize two special families and two special FurKids.
Princess Gianna and her parents, Vicky and Tom, are the first of the families we want you to get to know. Little Luna and her foster Mom, Cheryl, is the second. I think your heart will be touched, as mine has been, as you read their stories.
One of our volunteers, Pam Kranig, has put together a cruise for next fall. She calls it Cruisin' for FurKids. Think about what fun it will be to spend four days in the sun surrounded by like-minded, bichon-loving people. Please call Pam for more information and to sign up for the cruise!
The Fall Bichon Bash was a lot of fun, for humans and FurKids alike! In addition to some amazing new vendors we got to hear about therapy dog training, doggy nutrition and a listen to a presentation on communicating with your FurKid. We had a great time mixing and mingling - and our MC, Tod Howarth, was outstanding this year.! Hats off to Tod and thanks!
The 2014 Calendar is ready to purchase for your Chanukah and Christmas gifts -- as well as to enjoy darling and sometimes silly bichons throughout 2014.The calendar cost remains the same as previous years - $20 plus $5.60 postage if we need to mail them to you. Please click on this "Buy Now" link to order yours today.
Please sit back and enjoy our newsletter. Click on the link below and read it online -- or print it out for reading offline.
Marti, Judy and the Editorial Team of Bichon FurKids
P.S. If you want to share your adoption story, please email and we will be happy to feature your story in a newsletter.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. A bazillion thanks to Natalie for keeping the content fresh, exciting and inviting. Hats off to you!
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.
Liz Gibson passed away quietly in her sleep last Monday morning. She is already missed – not only by her family and friends, but also by her FurKids —and those whose lives she touched, so willingly and graciously, across time and geography.
Liz was a special person whom I was fortunate to call my friend. As her brother Dan said in his eulogy, she was ‘an optimist and a peacemaker, a resilient woman who was also a very determined one.’
I have no doubt that Liz achieved whatever goals she set for herself in life- and did so with a quiet resolve. Her compassion, desire to help and her kindness to creatures large and small was always evident. The two FurKids whom she adopted, Jack and Davey, were recipients of her love, care and concern. They, and bichon brother Casey, spent many hours in the company of Liz and her special friend, Sheila. There was never a doubt that Liz would do whatever it took to care for her boys — and she did so with determination and compassion.
Yet it did not stop there. Caring for other FurKids was something Liz also undertook. On behalf of bichons with special needs, Liz established and helped to fund BFK’s Forever Foster program. That program has helped four special needs ‘kids’ to live better, healthier lives as a result of her generosity.
On behalf of BFK, Liz conducted home safety checks, met and evaluated bichons at local shelters, recruited volunteers and drove countless miles to transport the little ones she wanted to help. One week-end she and Sheila drove a FurKid from Sacramento to the northern side of the Grapevine, where they met another volunteer who brought that little guy to San Diego; they then made the four hour return trip to Sacramento. If it meant helping a little one in need, Liz was ‘at the ready.’
It is always so difficult to lose a friend – and Liz was far too young! Another friend helped me to put her passing in perspective when he said, “The good go sooner —and faster.” Perhaps that is the only consolation we have in Liz’s leaving. For she was truly good - and she went far too fast!
The FurKids were so fortunate to have known you and to be the beneficiaries of your kindness and generosity, Liz. You were truly an angel then – and now. Our commitment, going forward, is to Sheila and the boys – and to the good works that you established. We miss you and will always hold you near to our hearts - and we will cherish the memories we created together.
Marti and the FurKids
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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