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 colorful 2016 calendars are $25 which includes shipping. To order a calendar using a credit card or PayPal, please go to www.bichonfurkids.org/donations/. If you would prefer to send a check, please make the check out to Bichon FurKids and mail it to 6965 El Camino Real, #105-425, Carlsbad, CA 92009.
“Making a Difference in a Dog's Life”
Hello Bichon Lovers,
Welcome to our
October newsletter and the start of the holiday season! However did that happen (already)? With Halloween fast approaching, we wanted to share some photos of adorable bichons in costume of course. (What could possibly be cuter.) See if you recognize your furkid - or ones that you know.
And if you submitted photos of your furkid for the 2016 calendar contest you won’t have long to wait any longer to see them in living color. Our 2016 calendar is now available to order for those on your holiday list. What family member or friend who knows you and your furkid would want to go through an entire year without seeing those darling happy little faces? As in past years, the price of the calendar is unchanged ($25) and is tax deductible. We will be happy to mail one or more to you when you order.
One of the questions we often hear (and it's music to our ears) is how can we help? There are always lots of ways to assist, as we are an all-volunteer group.
We are always in need of drivers - for short or longer journeys (mostly short and local though) and we need volunteers to take photos. We also are in need of more blankets for our incoming furkids. Please see the article on page 3 for more information.
Lately, and sadly, we are seeing an influx of older bichons being dumped at the shelters by their owners. This week alone there are EIGHT in Southern Cal shelters - ranging in ages from 8-12 (although the shelters are usually 'off' by anywhere between 2 and 6 years in their estimates.) You can see some of their photos on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bichonfurkids. If you ever wanted to truly make a difference in the life of a furkid, fostering one of these older fluffs would be the way to do so. They are in our care longer - but they DO get adopted. The oldest one we have adopted so far was Magic, age 16, to the Cross family. They made a HUGE difference in the quality of his life for those last few years. He, and we, were truly blessed by their love.
We are also preparing to participate in the Home for the Holidays event on Dec. 6th in Irvine. If you want to help, please email . If you want to come just to see other volunteers and furkids, the information regarding the event can be found on page 2.
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 Home for the Holidays!
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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