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 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.
“Making a Difference in a Dog's Life”
Hello Bichon Lovers,
Welcome to our Spring newsletter, just in time for the Ides of March and Saint Patrick’s Day.
We know that every adoption is a special one – and we have enjoyed sharing the stories of Snuggles and Sugar with you previously. This month we want to share the story of Floyd, from both the BFK perspective and that of his wonderful forever Mom (and Dad.) When you read his story - and their story- you will understand why Floyd is so special. And why the wording on his tag means so much to all of us!
In the spirit of being healthier this year (a New Year’s resolution for many of us) we invite you to grab your Fitbit, download WoofTrax (www.wooftrax.com) and walk for FurKids. More than 30 people have signed up and have walked more than 1400 miles so far. Each fraction of a mile that you walk is calibrated by the app – and tracked by the company. Then every two months (or so) BFK receives a donation from WoofTrax. There are plenty of days when my threesome take some pretty quick walks – and some days when we really outdo ourselves. I set my phone on WoofTrax and set off for our special time, knowing that we are enjoying our walks while also helping BFK. I hope you will do the same. Our walks are very special times with my pups – time away from my computer and other distractions.
Calling all proud Bichon parents and planners (who know how to have a good time!) please put May 16th on your calendars! That is the date for the 2015 Bichon Bash. As in the past, it will be held at the Irvine Animal Care Center on the Saturday after Mother’s Day. Save the date and watch for your email invitation. We are expecting this year’s event to be the best one ever – and would love to share it with you and your FurKid(s)!
If you have items you would like to donate to the Bash (as this is our annual fundraiser), please read the article on page 3 and contact . And for those of you who have been asking about the Swarovski top I have been wearing to the Bash for the last several years, I’m happy to announce that vendor will be coming to the Bash with all kinds of beautiful bichon attire. I can’t wait to see what new clothing etc. they will be offering for us to wear to proudly show our love of bichons.
As an all-volunteer organization, we are always indebted to all of you for helping us in so many ways. Hats Off to Mary Alice West and her Bichon Blanketeers! Thirty of them (from 7-70) got together and made an amazing 110 blankets. A FurKid salute to ALL of you!
If you shop online and use Amazon, and are not already a member of Amazon Smile, please read the article on Page 6. Please consider naming Bichon FurKids your charity of choice. While you shop for the things you want and need, a portion of your order will be tracked and BFK will receive a donation from Amazon. We thank you in advance!
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!
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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