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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,
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
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
losing it, would
she tell me, and
told me she would.
Now she's gone and
I may never know
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
View his YouTube
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.
"There is a
time for everything,
and a season for
every activity under
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
Then, after a couple of hours, when he was
getting uncomfortable, she asked me to take
I was there at the vet, holding his little
when he went home
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Grief is an odd thing. It's different for
"If I should
ever leave you whom
To go along the Silent
Way, grieve not,
Nor speak of me with
tears, but laugh
Of me as if I were
beside you, for
Who knows but that
I shall be oftentimes?
~Isla Paschal Richardson
Those I Love,"
in The Rotarian, June
All My Love, Robin
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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
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(Always remember. God loves you more than
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Prayer Requests and
Please pray for our
Small Paws Family.
We are hurting.
Donna is no longer hurting and the pain is
Thank you Jesus!
Dec 26, 1993~ Aug
When I first saw
this beautiful picture
Cheri Sisco's "Humphrey",
it was truly the
epitome of what we
why we do it. I wanted
to use this black
and white picture
of Humphrey, taken
days before his death
due to congestive
failure, to let those
who may be new to
Paws, know what we
do and why we do
Small Paws, Humphrey
would have never
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
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