August 1, 2005
See Randie's Emergency Room Vet Bill of over $1400.00. We need help!


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God Help the Outcasts...



See the video of this rescued severely injured Bichon, with an amazing will to live, with our New York Team Leader, Joanne Raus

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Our vet bill at the emergency clinic, just through Monday morning is now at $1450.00.


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On Saturday afternoon, July 30, 2005, I was attending the funeral of one of our team leaders, Andy Lindell, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Lynda DeHart called me and told me of a Bichon emergency in a shelter on Long Island New York. We learned of a nine year old male Bichon...who had been hit by a car five days earlier.


We named her...yes, he was a she, little "Randie."


Randie was lying there with a broken femur (leg) and pelvis...with no pain medication. Since this time we have also learned that she is diabetic...lying there with no insulin. The vets who are caring for her have told us that in just 12 more hours she would have been dead....a slow painful death.


A view of her broken pelvis and broken femur.

Well, when we first heard about this horrible case, Joanne Raus, our
New York Team Leader extraordinaire, was all over this one. She sprang into action like nobody's business. This little one needed Small Paws, and we were going to move heaven and earth to get to her. (Yes, he was a she, after all.)

Joanne called the shelter and they told her to come on down. She and her husband, Joahn. were over 3 1/3 hours away and started out racing to the scene on this emergency trek by car, while we attempted to find a volunteer who was closer to the shelter.

I was one hour away from turning off my cell phone and singing at Andy's Celebration of Life Service. The clock was ticking. My heart was racing.

I hurried to a Panera's Bread Company and used their high speed Internet service to get an SOS newsletter, written, and emailed back home to my husband Dale, so that he could send it out to all of you. (Firewalls prevent mass mailings to go out, unless you have special permission like we do for Small Paws, from our home. This is to protect you from unwanted spam being sent out from motel rooms and other "temporary" offices.)

While Joanne and her husband were driving, I called Small Pawser, Bill Adam, to see how close he was. He lives in New Jersey. He was out in the middle of the river! He was out on his boat, the Nauti-Dog. He offered to come in, dock her, and drive 100 miles to the shelter.

By now, Joanne and her husband were closer than Bill was. Everyone else on our mailing list in the area must have been at the beach!

When Joanne arrived at the shelter, all H-E-double toothpick broke loose. They refused to release this baby to Small Paws!

It seems that the shelter thought that we were another rescue group that had supposedly had their name on this severely injured Bichon for the past 24 hours!

We were furious. HOW COULD ANYONE LET A DOG LAY LIKE THIS FOR 24 HOURS MUCH LESS RESCUE PEOPLE??!

The shelter then told us that they called the other rescue group to see if they would agree to let Small Paws take take this baby instead. The other rescue group was a hospice rescue group.

The shelter told us that they called the hospice group, and that they that they were furious that Small Paws wanted this baby.

THAT'S WHEN WE KNEW THERE WAS A MASS MIS-COMMUNICATION SOMEWHERE. MAYDAY MAYDAY. ALERT! ALERT!

I was minutes away from going into Andy's memorial service. Joanne is Italian. I HAVE SINCE LEARNED NEVER TO MAKE AN ITALIAN MAD!!!

While all of this was going on by phone between the shelter and the supposed Hospice Rescue group, Joanne went inside, searching stall to stall, trying to find this poor frightened, injured Bichon. I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE SEEN SOMEONE TRY TO STOP HER! YOU CAN'T STOP A FREIGHT TRAIN!



JOANNE HAD NOW LOOKED INTO HER EYES AND JOANNE WASN'T LEAVING WITHOUT THIS BABY! WE HAD OUR SPR LAWYER ON THE PHONE AND WERE GETTING READY TO CALL THE NATIONAL MEDIA AND IF YOU DON'T THINK WE WOULD HAVE DONE IT YOU CAN JUST HIDE IN THE BUSHES AND WATCH!!!


I was talking in the phone with the director, trying to reason with him...begging him, didn't it make better sense for SPR to take this baby and get him fixed, than to send him on to die in Hospice???

No. The rules were the rules and they were going to follow them to the letter.

WELL.....Joanne took initiative and found the number for the hospice rescue group, which turned out to be Angel's Gate Hospice group, which is a WONDERFUL GROUP!

They didn't have a hold on this baby anymore than the man in the moon! The director of Angel's Gate told the shelter to IMMEDIATELY IF NOT SOONER release this baby to Small Paws AND..then...oh God this is great...they then offered to help us with Randie's physical rehab after surgery!

This is now a new resource for us. God introduced us to Angel's Gate Hospice!

Usually whenever ANY other rescue groups steps up to help we are delighted! But...Joanne and I could just tell in our spirits, something just wasn't right here.

Come to find out, the shelter was so overwhelmed and overcrowded, that they just got their stories crossed. There was no other rescue group coming for this baby. No one had a hold on her. Sometimes God just likes to get our attention when he is offering help to us!

Now, we are on the list for this shelter to call us when they have a Bichon, and yes, they have another one there now! We are working on getting hi out if he is not adopted!

We also have a brand new friend in Angels Gate Animal Hospice

This baby is now at the emergency vet's office. We see a surgeon first thing in the morning and will try to save that leg!

We need your help! We thank you in advance for helping us to help Randie!


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UPDATE Monday, August 1, 2005

The emergency vet bill was over $1400.00. We have only raised $250.00 of that. Little Randie's blood sugars were at 400 when we brought her into emergency. Now they are telling us she was only two hours from death when Joanne brought her in.

Her blood sugars are now down to 239. They can't even xray her, she is so unstable in regards to her blood sugars.

They are working to get these into check and hopefully will be able to xray her tomorrow.


UPDATE Monday, August 1, 2005

The emergency vet bill was over $1400.00. We have only raised $250.00 of that. Little Randie's blood sugars were at 400 when we brought her into emergency. Now they are telling us she was only two hours from death when Joanne brought her in.

Her blood sugars are now down to 239. They can't even xray her, she is so unstable in regards to her blood sugars. They have a shunt in her for the blood testing to keep from having to re-stick her. The vet, Dr. Melissa Shapiro, is in love with her.

They are working to get these blood sugars into check and hopefully will be able to xray her tomorrow.

UPDATE: August 3, 2005

Subj: Randi update
Date: 8/3/2005 2:26:57 PM Central Daylight Time
From: joanneraus@hotmail.com

Robin, I know you have been anxiously awaiting news on Randi and this is just not a simple case. There is too much going on with this little girl. The best news I have to offer is that the vets have been able to stabilize her diabetes.. her ketones are down and this is as good as it gets at the moment. X-rays reveal that she was hit by a car almost a month ago!!! Poor baby must have suffered so much.....She has a fractured pelvis and leg that are healing with each passing day. Because of her other problems with diabetes, and possible cushings(not confirmed yet), cosmetically speaking, the leg and hip play second in importance at this time. What is done down the road with the fractues is dictated by Randies' overall health at the current time. Once she is completely out of the woods, we can then discuss what comes next for her. As explained to me, once the bones are completely healed, she may be able to drop the leg and use it normally, thereby not requiring surgery..At least this is what we are hoping for to occur. Why reset the leg and place her into more stress and pain when she may be able to walk again without surgery?

At the moment, she is resting comfortably, not in any pain and is one happy little girl loving all of the attention by the great people at the Norwalk Vet Hospital...They are one fantastic group of individuals and have fallen in love with this dog!!

She can be released in a few days and will need at stay at home mom to care for her. This person will need to check her urine and be able to give her insulin up to 4 times a day!!! Is there anyone out there who can do this for this special baby???? I would really need to keep her in the Norwlk/Fairfield CT area under the care of the NVH if at all possible....

Joanne Raus

Small Paws Rescue Team Leader




God Help The Outcasts Lyrics


I don't know if you can hear me,
Or if you're even there
I don't know if you would listen
To a gypsy's prayer
Yes, I know I'm just an outcast,
I shouldn't speak to you
But, Still, I see your face and wonder
Were you once an outcast too?

God help the outcasts,
Hungry from birth
Show them the mercy
they don't find on earth
God help my people
we look to you still
God help the outcasts
or nobody will

I don't ask for wealth
I don't ask for fame
I don't ask for glory to shine on my name.

I ask for love
I can posses
I ask for God and his angels to bless me

I ask for nothing
I can get by
But I know so many
Less lucky than I
Please help my people
The poor and downtrod
I thought we all were
The Children of God

God help the outcasts
The Children of God