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January 31, 2017

Gem Of The Day: "Seeing death as the end of life is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean."

~ David Searls ~

We are mourning the loss of another member
of our Board of Trustees and a beloved friend.

My heart is broken and I know many of your's will be too.

It was Dr. Donna Brown, PhD, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Donna was our Webmistress of our online auctions for the past several years.

Donna suffered for four years with a terrible disease, Aplastic Anemia.

She went home to be with God today, January 31, 2017, at 3:40 p.m. C.S.T.

The Hospice workers were there with her. It was a peaceful passing.

She had just turned 68 years old on January 28, 2017, three days earlier.

Donna was my friend and confidant. She was the one I would call almost daily in the past two years, to say, "How are you feeling?" and until recently, she would answer, "Fine. I'm Fine."

Sometimes I'd ask her that if I was ever losing it, would she tell me, and she always told me she would.

Now she's gone and I may never know the answer to that question.

I visited her in Baton Rouge on January 5. I knew her time was short and I wanted to see her one last time. One of our donors covered my flight with their miles and another covered my room.

She was expecting me. I arrived late on Jan 4, a Wednesday night. I called to tell her that I was there, in Baton Rouge and I would see her in the morning.

That's when she told me that her heart dog, Winston, had a stoke or neurological event that same day, and she was going to have to have him put to sleep the next day and she was too sick to go be with him.

Many of you KNOW Winston.

View his YouTube video here.

Winston was the Small Paws Rescue Spokes Pup!

And THAT was the very day that God, and our airfare and hotel donors had provided that I could be there for Donna and for Winston.

Donna had no husband, children or siblings.

You know, our God's timing is so awesome.

Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens"


I called Donna's vet the next morning, and asked if I could take Winston back to her house so that Donna could say goodbye. It was so good for both of them.

She held his little wobbly head up on her chest, and he knew he was in his Momma's arms.

Then, after a couple of hours, when he was getting uncomfortable, she asked me to take him.

I was there at the vet, holding his little body
when he went home to God.

I did this for my friend. For our friend and for her boy, Winston.

A friend who has done so very much for Small Paws over so many years. She was there on the old AOL Bichon Board back in 1998 at our inception.

Donna took all of the treatments offered, but was not a candidate for a bone marrow transplant, as she was an only child and the bone marrow transplants only work about half of the time and that is with a sibling.

Donna was dying and only our Board knew it.

That was her express wish.

She wanted no service or pictures of her used.

Bonnie and I will travel to Baton Rouge to get her two Bichons, Emma and Gabby.

This was a promise I made to her, that I would be the one to come for them. She asked that it be me and I promised her.

She knew where they were going to be fostered and she was so happy to know that.

We'll have them ready to fly after some routine vetting that will take a day or two.

Donna didn't have much left by the time she passed, due to this terrible illness.

But she has left a collection of many beautiful Bichon items, that she wanted to be auctioned in our next auction.

Her Aunt has asked us to please come and get them.

There are many boxes that will need to be packed and shipped back to our Board members, to be photographed and entered in our next Spring Auction, in Donna's name.

Bonnie Ferguson and I are going to go to her home, and pack these items up, and take them to UPS.

Our airfare is being provided by donors with their milage and hotel points.

This makes two Board Members and very dear and much loved personal friends to Small Paws and to me, who have passed in less than four months.

Lynda DeHart and Donna Brown.

Small Pawser Bekye Eckert is going to be fostering Donna's two Bichons, and Donna was so happy to know about that. It was one of the last things she said when she heard this news. She said, "Great!"

Donna hasn't been conscious for many days.

I know she expressed concerned about fulfilling her Board position.

What Donna would have loved, is that our Board has unanimously asked Bekye Eckert to join our Board of Trustees.

We've know Bekye from the beginning.

I want you to know her too. This is a Bio from Bekye.

Bekye Eckert
Hampstead, MD
living_floor_mops@yahoo.com

Inspired by Robin Pressnall's message of faith and rescue, Bekye joined Small Paws as a volunteer in 1999. Bekye has adopted three Bichons from Small Paws: Robin Faith (9/20/02 - 9/17/14), Willie and Beau, and has fostered many others over the years. With Robin as her mentor she founded a regional rescue in the Midwest, saving over 1,100 small breed dogs during her four years' leadership. Now living on the East Coast, Bekye works in circulation at the Westminster Branch of the Carroll County Public Library system and, with her husband John, cares for senior, special needs, and hospice dogs, and watches a lot of football.

Bekye & the Living Floor Mops

This is another story I wrote about Bekye. From February of 2003.

As Bonnie and I prepare to go to take care of Donna's precious Bichons, Gabby and Emma, and to ship the many Bichon items she has left to Small Paws, please pray for us.

Though we have known this was coming from the start, when it actually happened today, it has hit us all hard.

Please forgive us for not saying anything earlier, but we were following Donna's explicit wishes.

Grief is an odd thing. It's different for each person.

"If I should ever leave you whom I love
To go along the Silent Way, grieve not,
Nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk
Of me as if I were beside you, for
Who knows but that I shall be oftentimes?

~Isla Paschal Richardson (18861971), "To Those I Love," in The Rotarian, June 1943"

All My Love, Robin

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Louie Bertolino

If you've made a past donation by credit card, you may e-mail Louie Bertolino at louieb@smallpawsrescue.org to let him know the amount of your donation for the Bichons.

You may also call Louie on his cell phone at 1-337-3BICHON (1-337-324-2466) or (1-424-442-9484
Louie is on Eastern Standard Time! He is waiting for your call!

(Please leave a message and Louie will return your call if he is not available!)

You may also send a check or money order to:
Small Paws Rescue Inc.
3316 S. 72nd. W. Ave.
Tulsa, Ok. 74107

See Vet Bills Paid by Small Paws Rescue for the First 16 Days of January, 2017, coming to $14,671.63, an average of $916.98 per day.



Click on the Bichon puppy to see page 2 of the Small Paws Rescue Newsletter for adoption information.

Dear Small Pawsers,

Welcome to the Small Paws Rescue Online Newsletter, especially to those of you who may have seen us over the years on our guest appearances on Fox and Friends in New York City, or on Animal Planet on "Dogs 101.", or you may have read about us in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Happiness, 101 Stories about Finding Your Purpose, Passion and Joy . You also may have seen us on "Inside Edition" with Deborah Norville! (To see backstage photos of one of our trips to NYC and Fox & Friends, click here.)


Also, Small Paws Was Featured on "The Chicken Soup for the Soul Podcast" on March 25, 2016. It's was an interview of how Small Paws Rescue was born, almost 19 years ago.

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How to Become a Much Needed Small Paws Rescue Foster Parent!

See how we REALLY feel about our volunteers!

(Always remember. God loves you more than anyone else ever has,
and more than anyone else ever will!)

Prayer Requests and Reports

Please pray for our Small Paws Family.
We are hurting.

Donna is no longer hurting and the pain is gone!
Thank you Jesus!


Humphrey Sisco
Dec 26, 1993~ Aug 30, 2006

When I first saw this beautiful picture of Cheri Sisco's "Humphrey", I thought it was truly the epitome of what we do, and why we do it. I wanted to use this black and white picture of Humphrey, taken only days before his death due to congestive heart failure, to let those who may be new to Small Paws, know what we do and why we do it. Without Small Paws, Humphrey would have never known love. He would have died in a kill shelter, sick and alone. Because of Small Paws, and Cheri Sisco, he lived, he loved, and he smiled.

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