Romeo Small Paws June 21, 2005
For Us" (Love Theme From Romeo and Juliet)
Ok, I am going to issue a
tissue alert for this story. I can tell you that I have shed many tears over
this boy over the past five years.
Won't you go back in time with me to
about five years ago? It was the summer of 2000. It was a hot one. I had been
called over to a small town in Missouri to meet with a commercial kennel owner.
She had been checking us out on the Internet. You see, she had been
putting her retired breeding stock down when she was through with them, and then
she heard about something called "Small Paws Rescue".
I drove up and her
property was clean. Her house is clean. She is a very personable lady and the
truth be known, I like her and I believes she likes me. We just have to agree to
disagree about each of our chosen careers.
That hot summer day in August
of 2000, I loaded up...oh I would say maybe 10 Bichons that were ready to come
into retirement and into rescue with SPR.
Her husband had gone out to the
kennel building to get them and brought them up in the back of the pick up, up
to the house where we were waiting.
You know Bichons...their curiosity
bumps were about to get the best of them and I could just see one of them
jumping out of that pick-up bed...but they didn't, thank God.
One by one
we loaded them into crates, and into the back end of "Glory" (as in "glory to
God"...each time we do a commercial kennel rescue, you can bet your bottom
dollar that we are ALL giving ...glory to God!) my 1998 model, red Volvo. Dale
and I had just bought Glory, a 2 year old used volvo wagon. I think this may
have been one of her first kennel runs.
Glory must know the way to each and every commercial kennel
in MO...as sometimes she seems to drive herself to these remote and rural
We had just finished putting all of the
crates in the car that day, and I was about to leave when the owner had a
troubled look on her face. At first, I thought it was the 102 degree heat...but
then she told her husband to go inside and check the kennel tag numbers...to
make sure she wasn't sending a Bichon that she didn't mean to.
dropped. Oh dear God. How would I unload one of these precious Bichons and give
it back...no no no...that would be too horrible to even think.
returned with a list and I was soon to learn, standing there in the hot and
humid Missouri sun, that ROMEO...wasn't supposed to go with me. He had been
loaded by accident.
We had to remove several of the crates to get Romeo
back out. I fought back the tears as our eyes locked...Romeo's and
I asked them if I could just hold him for just a minute. They
looked at me like I was nuts, and told me he had been out in the kennel building
and he was dirty.
But, these really are pretty nice folks, and they let
me get him out of the crate a hold him for a bit.
I walked a few feet
away, while cradling little Romeo in my arms. He is so small, maybe just 11
pounds. I whispered into his little ear. I told him that I PROMISED him...I
WOULD BE BACK FOR HIM. ONE DAY HE TOO WOULD GET TO GO BYE BYE and live in
air-conditioning...and sleep on a real bed...and go for real car rides, and get
to have real treats.
I told him to just hang on...that I would not forget
him, and through my tears, I handed him back to the people.
been a hot day or a cold day since, that I haven't thought about Romeo.
have tried on no less than fifteen occasions to win his release into rescue. I
have offered as much as $500.00 on many of these occasions, and once, I just
flat asked her how much she wanted for Romeo.
She just didn't want to let
him go, but all along she would tell me, "One day, Romeo will be
I began repeating it each time I would go back to her place after
more Bichons coming into retirement. I would say, "Remember, XXX....One day
Romeo is going to be mine...."
By all accounts, Romeo would be fourteen
years old today.
Fast forward to last week. My dear friend and our Small
Paws Transportation Secretary, Lynda Dehart, just casually asked me how Romeo
was doing and If I had talked to them lately about releasing him to us.
picked up the phone and called them. No answer...no machine.
day, Lynda reminded me again to call and try again!
One ringey dingey.
Two ringey dingeys. After ten rings, I was just about to hang up when...this
time they answered the phone!
After some cordial small talk, I just said
it like this. "XXX, I want Romeo. I've been waiting five years for him. How much
do you want for him?" I was praying that Romeo wasn't too old or sick, for
anything more than a car ride back here to Tulsa...and to be released home to
She changed the subject and told me how she had two female Bichons
that were 98 models that she wanted to put into retirement. She said in the past
she has sold dogs like this for $350.00 and there is no doubt that she
Then is when it happened. People, there is no doubt in my mind that
the Lord was working overtime here. (as He does everyday watching over these
Bichons and the people who love them!)
This is what she said to me on the
phone last week, as I live and breathe.
"Robin, I'm just going to tell
you about it. I've felt God telling me that if you asked for Romeo one more
time...that I am just supposed to give him to you...and I will give you the two
98 females too."
GULP AND HARD SWALLOW.
I asked her..."Give them
to me...give Romeo to me...as in for free?"
Silence on my end of the line. You see, it's hard to talk when you
are both praising God and crying all at once. The fur on my arms stood up, and I
tried to speak, but nothing would come out.
"Hello??? Robin...are you
Gulp and another hard swallow.
She heard me crying and
then she said I had waited long enough for Romeo and it was time for him to
retire. Well at 14, I should certainly think so.
That's when the NEXT
miracle happened. She went to get his papers and came back to tell me..."Robin!
He isn't fourteen! He is only nine..he will be ten on September 19. He was born
in 1995. He's not near as old as I thought he was."
Oh God...PLEASE IN
THE NAME OF THE FATHER...please don't let her change her mind again!
she said, "It's ok...you can still have Romeo. He is supposed to go to Small
THANK YOU JESUS!
Today, I fulfilled my promise that I made
all those years ago...five hot summers and five cold winters ago.
first pulled up into the yard, I saw an x-pen sitting up in the yard. There were
three Bichons...two shaved females, ...and there he was...Romeo...wagging his
tail and raising up to see who was coming.
I headed over there to him and
he raised up for me to pick him up. I held him to my chest and I told him..."I
have never forgotten you. Today, you are coming on home...Baby..you are coming
on home today.
The following are pictures taken by Kathy, one of our vet
techs here in Tulsa. She ran home and got her camera...because my battery was
Romeo and I...after just pulling into our vet's
Romeo seemed to remember me. I know it seems impossible,
but he was sure one cuddly baby boy, Yes, I was a bit giddy, I guess!
Romeo's face. See how I couldn't forget it?
After numerous phone updates from Bonnie, that you all were
coming through for these commercial kennel rescues, I could enjoy each and every
moment of today. THANK YOU!
Romeo is a little guy...I am guessing maybe 11
I held him for a good 30 minutes...unable to believe that
we really had him in our arms. You know, she didn't have to give him to
us...this was a tremendous gift from her, today.
The rest of the crates from today's kennel rescue in
One of the 1998 females.
The other 1998 female.
One of the two 2001 females from another
One of the other 2001 females.
Coming out to meet the world.
Vet Tech, Bichon Mom, and Small Paws Hospice Foster Mom,
Crystal, holds one of today's rescues!
"It's just a WIDDLE scawwy...being in a new
"I'll come out..just give me a minute...is dere anyfing
scawwy out dere?"
Here they all are...thanks to all of you today. THANK YOU
THANK YOU THANK YOU!
Today, my dream for Romeo came true. He
is home with Small Paws and will be adopted into a loving home. If I didn't have
six dogs already, I would keep him for myself..you know I would!:)
"A Time For
Us" (Love Theme From Romeo and Juliet)
you all so much for being a part of this magnificent obsession. They say what
doesn't kill us, makes us stronger. We must be a whole organization of SUPER
STRONG HUMAN BEINGS I TELL YOU WHAT! HAHA!
I will keep you updated on our
fundraising to take care of these newest rescues...all with the new last name of
All My Love, Robin and Romeo Small Paws
July 20. 2007
Romeo after two years is his new
home with his new brothers! I am so thankful that the kennel owner let us take
him into retirement that day!
Romeo is in the middle. I would know that tiny boy
Have a wonderful life, little one! I love
for us, some day there'll be
When chains are torn by
courage born of a love that's free
A time when dreams so
long denied can flourish
As we unveil the love we now
A time for us, at last to
A life worthwhile for you and me
And with our love, through tears and thorns
will endure as we pass surely through every storm
for us, some day there'll be a new world
A world of
shining hope for you and me
For you and
And with our love, through tears and
We will endure as we pass surely through every
A time for us, some day there'll be a new
A world of shining hope for you and
A world of shining hope for you and me