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.
Please make this Independence Day fun and SAFE for your furkids! While many people love big gatherings and loud noises. they can be very frightening for our pets. Here are some Safety Tips for Independence Day that we hope will help you to keep yours safe and calm:
Make sure your pet is microchipped and that the registration has your current address. In addition, make sure your dog is wearing a license tag and, if it's a FurKid, his or her BFK tag. Having the dog's name, your name, address and phone number are very important should your little one get 'spooked' and somehow escape.
Keep your pets inside. If you are having guests over, and are concerned about someone not remembering to close a door or a gate (it happens!) keep your pet(s) in a room that is off-limits to guests, with plenty of water and food. Add sound (TV or radio) for 'company.'
Surround your pups with their favorite toys and other familiar objects. Play soothing music and keep the room as quiet as possible by closing doors, windows and blinds. You can also buy and use ThunderShirts (available for purchase online and in most pet stores). Like a baby wrapped securely in a blanket (think papoose!) ThunderShirts wrap/embrace your dog in a flannel-like fabric that provides a very calming, comforting environment. Developed originally to calm dogs in thunderstorms, many of us use them on the 4th and have had wonderful results from pets who have been previously shown fear or anxiety.
Even if your pet does not seem obviously upset by fireworks, they can still cause harm to pets. Avoid potential burns, injuries, or possible ingestion by keeping all pets out of the vicinity of fireworks.
The fourth of July is a time shelter that all shelters receive a sudden influx of lost and frightened animals. Our shelters are already over crowded.!!! In preparation for this influx ,the shelters euthanize the animals that are there to 'make room.' It's not something they want to do - and it's something that all of us hate to see happening. If you can foster to help us save more lives please call/text/ email Marti and say "I can help!"
“Making a Difference in a Dog's Life”
Hello Bichon Lovers,
Welcome to our June post-Bash newsletter. We had such a wonderful time at the event - and wanted to share some photos of the Bichon Bash with all of you. As you flip through the pages you will see our furkids engaged in what they do best: smile, greet, give kisses, sit on laps and play.
Please look to if you recognize any of our wonderful guests and their furkids! You might even see your photo in the newsletter!
If you have a photogenic furkid or two (don’t we all?) please read the information on the last page of the newsletter regarding our 2016 calendar contest. We are announcing it now so that you have time to gather those special photos and enter your divine little creature into our contest.
We are also (always) looking to share happy adoption stories and photos- as well interesting tidbits you have learned about your furkid. If you are interested in sharing photos, stories, anecdotes and tidbits, please email .
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 next month!
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.
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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