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! The calendar will be available soon to order from our website at http://www.bichonfurkids.org. Please be on the lookout for the announcement.
The calendar will also be for sale at the “Music, Memories and Motown” fundraiser on September 19 at Longshadow Vineyard and Winery, along with many other “gift-able” items.
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 September newsletter - and, by the way, how did it become September already? Hope your summer was filled with lots of fun, furkids and friendship.
In less than three weeks we will be hosting our first annual Fun and Fundraising for FurKids at the Longshadow Ranch Winery in Temecula. The date is September 19th and festivities start at 5:30. The Satinettes will perform live that evening with songs from Motown that will have you tapping your feet and singing along. Please join us for dinner (an Italian meal you will remember), wine (or other beverage if you prefer) dancing, a live and silent auction, and a night under the stars with friends and family. For more information, email . To purchase your tickets please click on: http://www.bichonfurkids.org/events
We had such a great time at our third annual Furkids and Fashion event at Chico's last week-end. Not only did we adopt six bichons to approved families, we also found some amazing clothing and accessories. We appreciate the support of Chicos Carlsbad. We think they like us too 'cause they invited us to do another event in October!
The 2015 Bichon FurKids calendar is in production. This year we had so many amazing photos - and many winners. Of course 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 you submitted capture the essence of the breed we love so dearly. Check out our web site after the Motown event so that you can order your calendars. You can buy them at Longshadow Ranch on the 19th, too!
If you are a shopper, and you shop at Amazon or Ralphs, this is the time to register for their Community programs. Once you register and shop at AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) , a percentage of all the wonderful items you buy will be donated to Bichon FurKids - and will help future FurKids receive the treatment and supplies they need.
Another organization with an amazing rewards program is Ralph's (www.ralphs.com). Every September Ralph's Grocery Stores enable us to register for their community give-back program. (You do have to sign up every September.) They track purchases and, each time you shop for groceries, a percentage (up to 4%) of your purchase will be donated to Bichon FurKids And your receipt will even acknowledge that Ralph's is donating to BFK. We think that's pretty neat - and amazing!
Last month we told you that we were looking for more volunteers to make the fleece blankets that our FurKids love so much and are a part of their adoption kits. You responded and we are grateful. Our plea was heard by students like Metta (with help from her mom, Bee) foster moms like Jennifer Wilcox and scout leaders like Lori Mitchell. Blankets were made and we were thrilled to share with our incoming FurKids. Then Mary Alice West gathered some of her closest friends, made margaritas and hosted an astounding blanket making night! Their contribution (62 blankets!) made a huge dent - yet we still need more, please.
We also need drivers to help with transporting fluffs across the counties. Please see our 'Want Ad' in the newsletter and let us know if you can help.
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.
Happy September and see you in Temecula!
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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