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.
It is with a bit of sadness that we are announcing that the Bichon Bash, scheduled for tomorrow, must be rescheduled. As most of you are aware, we have had a deluge of "unseasonal" rain here in Southern California which will impact the turf at the IACC. Although Saturday is predicted to be sunny, the field will likely not be dried out by 10 am making it a muddy mess for our beloved FurKids (and their humans, for that matter).
The IACC has graciously agreed to let us reschedule for Sunday, June 14th (same time, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm). If you are unable to attend on this new date and would like a refund of your ticket contribution, please send an e-mail to
If you cannot attend but would like to keep your contribution to BFK in place, please let us know also.
“Making a Difference in a Dog's Life”
Hello Bichon Lovers,
Welcome to our pre-Bash newsletter. We were so busy planning and working to create a very memorable event (May 16th) that we ‘almost’ didn’t get the April newsletter to you in April. Whew!
We know that every adoption is a special one – and we look forward to sharing happy adoption stories with you each month. This time we want to share the story of two FurKids and how they changed the lives of a family, including a special needs young adult. When you read their story you will understand the impact these two pups have made in the lives of the family. Perhaps knowing what Joey and Oliver have done for them may help others with special needs as well.
If you are a proud bichon mom or dad, grand parent, friend of or simply love dogs, please send in your registrations for the 2015 Bichon Bash. As in the past, it will be held at the Irvine Animal Care Center on May 16th, the Saturday after Mother’s Day. We are expecting this year’s event to be the best one ever – and look forward to sharing it with you and your FurKid(s)!
If you have items you would still like to donate to the Bash (as this is our annual fundraiser), please read the article on page 5 and contact . We are assembling baskets and silent auction items now and leading up to the Bash and would welcome your contribution.
Not daunted by a blustery and cool Saturday, a number of volunteers and furkids got together to create memories (and happy adoptions) at Paws with Friends in San Marcos. We walked, talked, huddled, held and cuddled with furkids and enjoyed one another’s company. Thanks to all the volunteers who made this event so much fun.
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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