The Heart Murmur Repair Bichons Reunion
Small Paws® Rescue has been blessed over
the years, to be able to save the lives of several Bichons who were all born in
commercial kennels in Mo. with severe PDA heart murmurs. All could have died but
after surgery they are now normal Bichons with normal life spans!
are.Thanks to all of you. I now give you the Heart Murmur Repair
1. Meet BUNGEE, our FIRST heart murmur repair!! Bungee is now
owned and loved by Small Paws® volunteers, Sandy and Jim Sowell at
LitlSybil@aol.com. (I got to hold him last summer at the Southern Ca Bichon
Bungee before .....................Bungee is all well
was the first Small Paws Rescue fluff to go to Texas A & M for surgery. He's
now almost two years old and the world would have been a sorrier place without
this dear little fellow. He is everybody's friend. He never has a bad day, nor
does he have a mean bone in his body. He wakes up happy and goes to bed happy.
He should wear a big sign that says, for a good time, call Bungee. He still goes
up and down like he's attached to a bungee cord and his humom and hudad will
never forget all the people who donated their money, their love, and their
prayers so that he could live."
2. Meet "Toby"! (Formerly
"Rolex") Toby is now owned and loved by Rebecca at RLMades@mediaone.net.
Rolex/Toby before...Toby all well today!
"Sir Toby is
not a terribly cooperative photo subject anyway. He'll ALLOW it if he's lying
down. If he's up and perky, he wants to investigate the camera. Silly little
flufferbutt. For the record, he's quite a TALL Bichon and is a slender 17#s. I
waiting for his adult coat to fill in completely. Right now, he's kind
of half straight & half kinky. But he's always 100%
3. Meet "Georgie", formerly
"Chanel"! Georgie is now owned and loved by Small Paws® Rescue volunteers,
Sharon and Erik Krask at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have since gotten to see Georgie
again and she is just just beautiful!
Here she is right after rescue.... and at home, all
Small Paws® Rescue: The Designer Bichons
"She does not like her picture taken (unlike Mr. Widget!)...so we will see.
Georgie is now two years old and will always look like a puppy. She had not one
but two heart surgeries....Auntie Robin took her to Texas A & M in late
summer of 2000 for her first PDA coil placement. In December, our local
cardiologist detected a "leak". Eric immediately flew Georgie (and her stuffed
bunny) back to College Station in the middle of a Texas ice storm for her second
coil placement at A & M. (This usually only happens in 1 out of 200 cases).
She is now 100% leak free!
In March of 2001, the little tyke had bilateral
medial luxating patella surgery. This was much harder on her than the less
invasive heart procedures. Her was not a happy camper for six weeks. Now she
runs and jumps like a normal puppy! Our little Georgie was truly last in line
for healthy body parts but first in line for the soul of an angel. Oh, and by
the way, have I mentioned that she is sooooo smart? The five of us, Eric,
Sharon, Zoe, Sachi and Binky adore her."
4. Meet Came! Cameo is now
owned and loved by Small Paws® Rescue volunteers, Steve and Andra Heitzman at
Small Paws® Rescue:Baby Cameo Needs Heart
"Cameo arrived at Small Paw's "door" in October, 2001 with a
grade 5 heart murmur. Doctors at Texas A&M University Vet School tried to
correct the hole with a coil technique procedure, but her little veins were just
too small, so on October 22 the doctors "cracked open" her chest and repaired
the hole! We had just come home from vacation when I "read" about Cameo--I
contacted Robin right away--I KNEW this baby needed to stay in Texas! Three days
later Cameo came home to live with us in Houston. Her "big sister", Maggie was
soooo excited to meet her, but not as excited as Cameo!! The two bonded
instantly and are never very far from each other. Cameo is now 6 months old and
bounces everywhere. She is 10 pounds of tongue, fur and wagging tail!"
5. Meet Pearl! Pearl was
an adult puppy mill rescue with a severe PDA heart murmur AND heartworms to
boot! She is now owned and loved by Small Paws® Rescue volunteer. Karen Franklin
Small Paws® Rescue:
Pearl's coil repair was done at Louisiana State
"Miss Pearl came to me a while back with a grade 6 heart murmur,
heart worms, a hernia, and very bad teeth..The first thing I did after my vet
examined her was to take her to LSU to see if they could correct her heart
Fortunately it was a PDA which is fixable and almost unheard of
in an adult dog...Pearl was three years old and this type of heart problem
usually is fatal if not corrected while the dog is a pup..this is part of the
reason we call Miss Pearl a Miracle..God's little miracle..
told me up front she may not survive the surgery..In her case it was cracking
the chest and doing open heart surgery..but I knew she would die without it so
we had to try..Small Paws® raised the money for her surgery in twenty four
Well..I took Pearl in for her surgery and left in tears..I had
only know her for a few days, but she stole my heart...the doctors told me that
would call me that evening and let me know how it went..I was three hours away
so I had to go home to take care of all my other dogs..
Well the doctor
called that evening and said everything went remarkably well..she came through
the surgery with flying colors and could possibly come home in several
To my surprise the doctor called the next day and said she was
walking around, eating and drinking and could go home the next morning..I was on
cloud nine hearing this news..I went the next day to pick her up and she could
breath and walk around without loosing her breath and becoming exhausted
immediately..when I got her home I couldn't keep her still..you would never know
she had open heart surgery two days before.
Well several weeks later she
began her heart worm treatment..I was terrified that this would be fatal
also..she had severe heart worms and that is one of the reasons it was a miracle
she came through the surgery...and I shouldn't have been surprised that she came
through the treatment without any complications at all...and was clear in four
Now we had to wait two more weeks to spay her and repair her
hernia which she breezed through like nothing was ever done to her..and two
weeks after that we did a dental and after we got all the tartar off her teeth
her teeth were beautiful..all of them..
Pearl is still a little skiddish
and very small..only 9 lbs...and she is one of the biggest joys of my life..when
I come home from being away from the house she jumps up and down and appears to
clap her hands she is so excited to see me..she is truly a miracle...and I hope
to have her in my life for a very long time.."
6. Meet "Hammie"! Hammie is
now owned and loved by Dr. Cynthia Ragsdale at email@example.com.
and Smidgie at 8 mos.
Small Paws® Rescue: Hammie's
Born 8/28/2001 in a Missouri Puppy Mill,
rescued by Small Paws®, taken to Texas A&M on 11/13/2001. Diagnosis Pulmonic
Stenosis (PS) Severe Grade 5/6 Heart Murmur. (This one was different than the
normal PDA heart murmurs.) Hammie would not have lived without
"Hammie traveled to Texas A&M with Itsy Bitsy Smidgen (born
8/9/01), who was going to her adoptive home (ME), another Missouri Puppy Mill
Rescue who was so tiny the Mill intended to use her to "breed small puppies."
Hammie and Smidgie bonded in transport with "Aunt Robin" and Hammie cried every
time he was separated from Smidgie. Upon diagnosis, Hammie was underweight for
surgery. When Hammie was held, you could feel the "butterfly" in his heart.
Because of the bonding between the two, concern from the stress of separation,
the need for Hammie to reach four pounds in weight for surgery, the need for
monitoring for the rest of his life, and nearness to Texas A&M by Smidgie's
adoptive Mom, Hammie was fostered and then adopted along with Smidgie. Hammie
successfully underwent two balloon valvioplasty procedures to relieve the
obstruction caused by his severe Pulmonic Stenosis on 11/29/01 by the top
Cardiologist in the country, Dr. Matthew Miller, who devised this cardiology
Hammie takes Atenolol twice daily to regulate his heartbeat and
requires heartbeat monitoring daily. He will always have a Heart Murmur but now
has a normal life expectancy due to his surgery. Because of his rescue by Small
Paws®, and the support of this AWESOME GROUP who provided his surgery, he is now
a happy, almost healthy pup. But there is something else that needs to be known
in his survival and current happiness, and that is his bond with Smidgie and the
relationship between "All God's Creatures, both Great and Small."
is a bond between Hammie and Smidgie that has helped his healing in being a
happy puppy who will always be fragile with a heart murmur, as well as her
healing from initial neglect. Small Paws® and I provided their chances for life,
but the ultimate healing occurred between the love shared by the two puppies in
an atmosphere where they could love each other and be happy after their terrible
beginnings! I believe a rescued abused, neglected baby or adult baby has special
needs that can be fostered and healed.
In Rescue, lives are touched of
both the Human Angel and the Rescued Animal Baby by the Human Angel or another
Animal Angel, already in the family, or adopted at the same time......bonding
and love heal bodies, spirits, souls and hearts........ there is a bond between
all of God's Creatures, Both Great and Small.
Please let me take this
moment to thank you for your support to Small Paws®! Know that you are blessed
and by being a member of Small Paws®, you are making a difference in a very
special way! I am so proud to be a member of Small Paws®! And most of all, I am
so happy to have two "Special Needs" BABIES in my life who are giving me so many
SMILES!!!! I love every moment with Smidgie and Hammie from chewed sheet rock to
licks and kisses!!!!!"
7. Meet Marcie! Marcie is now
owned and loved by Ginger, BabyandMarcy@cs.com, and her
other precious Bichon, Baby.
before surgery. Ginger, Baby, and Marcie today.
(Marcie is on the
Small Paws® Rescue:Marcie's Heart
Marcie became world famous when Animal Planet
covered her heart Murmur surgery!
Small Paws® Rescue: Animal
Bio: (Dictated by Miss Marcy HERSELF) "The
first four months of my life were kind of scary and confusing. There were lots
of other dogs who didn't look like they were having any fun at all. It was just
so hot and dirty and not much food and no one seemed to care about us at all.
Then some nice people came and took me away and said I was going to have a "real
life". They took me to a nice place where it was cool and the food was really
good and they gave me lots of cuddles, but I really didn't feel good at all. I
was coughing a lot and had a hard time breathing and just felt really terrible.
Then they took me to another scary place that was really clean and smelled
funny. I didn't think I liked it very much there and was afraid they were going
to leave me there. But the people there were very nice to me and let me have a
nice long nap. After I woke up from my nap, it was so strange, because all of a
sudden I felt like a real puppy. I wanted to get up and run around and chase my
tail and chew on stuff and jump up and give kisses. Then the first nice people
came and took me back again and I lived for awhile at Dr. McKinney's office. The
weather turned real cold and there was this "snow" stuff and then this really
nice lady came and took me on a airplane to a place called California. This nice
lady turned out to be my forever Mommy and she already had a big sister for me
to play with there. Since December 15, 2000, until now, I have become a "real
puppy" and of course, the mini-boss (right below Baby in rank) of our house. My
most favorite thing in the whole entire world is to seek and destroy my Mommy's
undies. She tries to hide them from me but I always manage to get them anyway.
She has to get up pretty early in the morning to fool me! My sister Baby just
wuvs me a lot, only sometimes when I pester her too much she "play growls" at
me. Doesn't scare me any though, cause I know she won't really hurt me. She
keeps telling me she's too old to blitz around with me, but I won't leave her
alone until she give up and plays with me. I'm also quite a little "Houdini" and
the baby gate or playpen hasn't been invented that I can't get out of. Mom says
I've cost her a small fortune to replace flexi-leashes that I've chewed through.
Well, all I can say is she shouldn't just leave me standing there with one end
of the darn thing stuck in a drawer to keep me from doing what comes
naturally....ya know what I mean? Let's see, I also like the taste of shoe
leather (particularly the Cole-Hahn kind) and tissue-shredding is lots of fun
too. Books are good if there is nothing better, but most of the time there is
better stuff around. I'm a world class blitzer and once I've reached my top
speed, don't even think about catching me :-) Under the bed is a great place to
hide when Mom is trying to get me to do something I'm not particularly
interested in at the moment. It's just high enough for me to crawl under, but
not enough that she can get under it too :-) I just love fresh fruits and
veggies. One of my favorites is fresh tomato, and I particularly like that
because Baby doesn't and I can get all the treats for myself when Mom is slicing
tomatoes. We both like fresh broccoli and little bites of fresh baby carrots.
Actually, there isn't much I won't eat, and that includes deer poop.
I weighed just under 5 lbs when Mommy took me to California a
little over a year ago. I'm now up to a big 11 pounds, but still quite petite.
Especially, next to Baby who is just a big fatso at about 14 lbs. Whenever we
fly, Mommie always carries me and lets the other person carry Baby. She says
Baby is too heavy for her to carry, but I know it's really because she loves me
the most. She totally denies this and says she love both of us and always is
real careful to give us both the same stuff and even dares to give it to Baby
first, cause she's the oldest. But I know :-)
Other than some really
troublesome hot spots last summer which we had a horrible time getting rid of,
I'm a totally happy, healthy, rambunctiuos, life-loving PUPPY! We moved to
Pittsburgh, PA. in October 2001 and I really love to play in this snow stuff
too! Mommie says we are going back to California next year, so I better enjoy it
while I can. That's all for now, but I just wanted everyone who saw me on Animal
Planet to know that I'm thriving and wonderful and other than still being a
little afraid of strangers (only until I can check them out a little) I'm just a
perfect little Bichon. I'm not afraid of any dogs though and love to play with
the biggest and best of them. My best friend here is a big old Golden Lab and he
just wuvs me sooooo much. I jump up and kiss his face and then roll over so he
can nibble under my armpit. I just hold my arm up so he can get to it real
easily. He has pretty bad arthritis, but I can still get him to chase me a
little bit. Good ole Honey Butch....what a friend!
Big Kisses to Everyone
8. Meet baby
Small Paws® Rescue:Baby Gershwin's Heart
Gershwin is getting ready to go home to his
new Mom, Jeannie Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org. Gershwin has no idea anything
was ever wrong..he zooms nonstop now!
9. Grady with his new mama Louise
at Beeechcmbr@aol.com! Come ready baby Grady's story...he was so cold..I did not
think he would make it to surgery.
Rescue: Baby Grady's Heart
10. Powder has eyes
that you can see though.
He also had a heart murmur
which was fixed at Texas A& M.
Here is baby Powder with his
new Mama at the airport, Debbie at email@example.com !
11. Baby Cassie with
her new Dad, Pat Border at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read Pat's account of their trip on the plane to their
home in Va.
Baby Satchmo's Heart
Satchmo was adopted by
Cathy Dirlam at CMDirlam@aol.com
Chevy went to Texas AM, but was sadly, Chevy
not a candidate for surgery at that time. He needs mitro valve replacement
surgery but as of now, this surgery is still in the experimental stages.
cost would have been $7000.00-$8000.00 for an experimental surgery with
absolutely no guarantees, as no dog has survived this surgery yet, at Texas
Chevy continues to do well today without surgery.
14. Sara Lee (as in nobody doesn't like!)
Sara Lee has been adopted!
10 Month old June June went
to Texas A&M and it was determined that she had an "innocent" heart murmur
that did not need surgery at all!
UPDATE December 10, 2003
Dec. 10, 2003
Luckily Junie did not need surgery for her heart murmur, but she did
go into cardiac arrest when she was spayed. She was resuscitated by the
wonderful Dr. Russell in Tulsa , She remained in a coma for 2 days. She was a
very sick little girl, but she is great now. She lives with her bichon buddy
Nash Rambler and her new bichon siblings Magee and Brittany Belle with human Mom
& Dad, Colleen & Leonard Butler at email@example.com. She loves to
chase Nash and Magee and plays until she is exhausted everyday. She weighs about
12 lbs now as compared to 7.5 when we picked her up with her life buddy, Nash.
She takes very good care of Nash. Every morning and night she washes his face
and licks his eyes. He is such a lovey bichon~~he just eats that up. I am so
glad Bonnie asked me to "foster" June when we went to Tulsa to pick up Nash. At
that time, Junie had a tremor and we did not know if her eyesight would be
normal. I am so pleased to report that Junie's tremor has decreased to hardly
anything at all and she has no problem with her eyesight. It has been a love
affair ever since that day in Tulsa when we brought them home. Nash and June
have been a wonderful addition to our family; even the queen-bee Bichon,
Brittney Belle, (our 10 yr ) will get into the act and join the frolicking that
the younger kids do. Thank you, Bonnie and Robin for leading me into this
wonderful adventure with you and the fluffs!!
2 year old Chipper has been
Subj: Up-date on Chipper for Hear Murmur Reunion
Date: 11/20/2003 3:23:51 PM Central Standard Time
My name is Chipper. I was born with a heart murmur
about three years ago. For two and a half years, I lived with the heart murmur
and was very weak. Life was pretty much food and sleep. One day my owner was
taken away and a stranger came and took me far away. I went from Naples, FL to
Texas A & M for heart surgery. In 13 days I lost my owner, had a foster
home, had a heart operation, and was flown to Raleigh, NC to my new home. I was
one terrified puppy!!
I have now spent 5 months in my new home, or should
I say, my new world. Everyday is a new adventure. I see, do, and experience
things that are so much fun! Because of my heart operation, I now have huge
amounts of energy to run, jump, and play. To me life is heaven every day. Now,
my new family wants to tell you how they feel.
In July, we lost our
Bichon, Bangor, to cancer. Bangor was not a dog but a true member of our family.
When we left the hospital and knew he would not make it, we sat in the car and
cried but thanked God for letting us share this special life.
next few days, Carolyn cried and realized how close she had been to Bangor. One
day on her computer, she looked up Bichons and found Small Paws. Out of sadness,
she scrolled through the photos of the many Bichons in Small Paws for rescue and
adoption. All of a sudden as if God hit her finger to stop, there was a photo of
a long legged Bichon that had survived a heart operation - Chipper.
looked at all the puppies and something continued to bring us back to the photo
of this scared little Bichon. It only took one day and we knew God or our Bangor
or both, had sent Chipped to us. (By the way, our Bangor was born with 3 paws
and the doctor made him a pad for the forth at birth.) Maybe he was saying,
Chipper is special. He had a heart problem, now it's fixed, and he has a strong
heart full of love.
Chipper has been in our home for 5 months and what
has happened is amazing. From a shy, frightened puppy, Chipper has become the
life of the house. Everything is new to him. From a leaf blowing in the breeze
to climbing stairs. When Chipper first arrived, you could hardly hold him, now
he rolls over on his back and begs to play.
I believe he has rubbed every
square inch of our home in Cary as well as our beach house. This is truly where
he considers home.
I mentioned we felt our Bangor may have sent Chipper.
You be the judge. We were told Chipper liked to sleep under the bed. Each night,
our other Bichon would get on my wife's side of the bed and go to sleep. During
the night, he would move to the foot and eventually to my side. Five months into
our lives together, Chipper goes to the same spot and lays the same way. He then
moves in the night to the foot (same side) and winds up on my side. Is it a
coincidence. You be the judge.
All I can say is, God had touched Small
Paws and because of that, Chipper is our new family member. Yes, we miss our
Bangor, but Chipper has our hearts.
Van and Carolyn Starling
Nikki had a
grade six PDA that was repaired at Texas A&M! Nikki has been
Number 18. Cherie.
Cherie was 12 weeks old when her Grade 5 PDA Heart Murmur was
repaired at Texas A&M University. She is 100% well now! Cherie was our 21st
Heart Murmur Repair.
She is a happy
healthy baby girl now, thanks to all of
surgery at home!
Baby Buffy, our 23rd Heart Murmur Repair! Meet Buffy and
her new Mom, Patty Shearer. Buffy is going to be a little heart
Month Old Kacey. She was recently sold at this Amish Puppy Mill
trying to sell her to another puppy mill to have more babies in this condition.
She would have died if Small Paws had not intervened.
week old Lily. Lily came from Dallas Texas and had a grade 5-6 PDA heart murmur.
Texas A&M did her surgery and put two coils into her chest. Now she has a
new Mama and a new life to live!
Blossom's exciting surgery!
We almost lost her! Had she not been with the
experts at Texas A&M I believe we would have lost her! Thank God for Texas
Number 27: America the Beautiful
Meet 4 Month Old "America"
named in honor of the 4th of July. She was born on 2/19/05 and she weighs 5
pounds. She was recently rescued from an
Six week old "Buttons" is a Bichon-Poodle mix darling puppy
from a commercial kennel. She has a grade 6 heart murmur and is becoming ill
from it. We need to help her or she will die.
Numbers 29, 30, and 31
We got word of a litter of
four, (there were five, one already died) who had heart murmurs, in a commercial
kennel in Mo.
We have named the quads! We have named them after...the
doctors who will save their lives.
Texas A&M has three cardiologist
now. They are....
Dr. Sonya G. Gordon, Dr. Matt W. Miller, and Dr. Ashley B.
The female puppy is named "Ashley"...the males are
named..."Matt", "Gordon", and "Miller". We hope the doctors will be honored with
our choice of names for the quads!
Numbers 32. 33. and 34
January 27, 2006
With everything else we have going
on, we just got word that THREE more heart murmur babies are on their way into
Small Paws from a commercial kennel in MO. We have enough to take care of ONE
9 week old Holly Sweet came to us from a commercial kennel in Mo. She
has a grade six heart murmur. We are rushing her down to Texas A&M TODAY.
Her brother died last week...before we knew about
Update Feb 28, 2006
Sadly, Beemer isn't a candidate for
surgery. He has this heart defect, which is not correctable.
We found a wonderful forever home for Baby Beemer in Dallas
Tx. Please pray for this special baby boy as we love him for as much time as he
Saturday, April 22,
Four month old Jolie has one of
the worst heart murmurs we have seen. We rushed her down
to Texas A&M this morning. Her vet called her heart murmur.."horrendous."
This is the first heart murmur we have ever seen that can be seen from the
outside. Her body "buzzes" and her heart shakes her whole
"Baby" is a three
year old female, who was an owner surrender.
An echocardiagram told us that Baby had a grade 5-6 PDA
heart murmur, and it's a wonder that she had lived this long. She was already
way past puppy hood, when these heart defects are usually diagnosed and
Baby's heart had been under tremendous pressure now
for three years, before we repaired her murmur at Texas A&M.
part of a bonded pair. Her sidekick, 6 year old Missy, was very happy to see
Baby's return, after her heart surgery, to our Small Paws foster home, with
Sharon and Stu Midgol, near Kansas City.
heart murmur baby is Carrie Small Paws! She is a little six month old
baby girl, with a grade six PDA heart murmur.
She was in Atlanta, Ga. where
an all breed rescue took her in a few days ago from a breeder that was closed
down by the authorities. The breeder was probably saving this little one to
breed once, and get one litter before she were to die, and no I am not kidding.
She came through her PDA surgery with flying
7 week old
Buttercup had a grade six heart murmur. She weighed only 2 pounds and is too
small to be coiled
at Texas A&M.
They did the crack the chest open surgery (ligation) on
her. This was a medical emergency and they got right on it, not waiting until
the usual surgery day of Wednesday.
Buttercup is healthy now, and has
been adopted by her foster Mom, Rosie Welch, who lost her Mom this past July.
Buttercup is helping to heal
Columbo is 14 weeks old and is in Ohio. We need to fly
him down to Houston, so we can drive him over to Texas A&M. His eyes tell me
this is most urgent.
was 14 weeks old when she came in from the puppy mills of Missouri. Her previous
"owner" was going to hit her over the head with a hammer, to euthanize her. When
he casually told someone he was going to do this, thank God that they told him
about Small Paws Rescue.
Numbers 44, 45, and 46
"BonBon", "Truffles", and
Folks, we need your
help. We brought 12 Bichons from the commercial kennels of Missouri yesterday,
into the loving arms of Small Paws.
Three of them are young puppies with
serious heart murmurs.
They will not survive without having these heart
These will be heart murmur repairs numbers 44, 45, and
46, if we can raise the funds to have their heart murmurs repaired down at Texas
We have named them
in honor of Valentine's Day.
"BonBon" is 11 weeks old and has a grade 5-6 heart
Her eyes do NOT look good.
Truffles and Candy are both 10 weeks old. They too, have
heart murmurs ranging from a grade 4 to a grade 6. These puppies are very sick
and will not survive for long without our
Jovi was not surgically repairable, but is doing well today in a loving
Bon Jovi was born in a Missouri puppy mill on November 10, 2006.
After being rescued, he was diagnosed by the cardiologists at Texas A&M
University with “severe pulmonic stenosis with a severely hypoplastic annulus.”
This means that Bon Jovi’s heart is so defective that there is no surgery (or
treatment of any other kind) that can repair it.
The cardiologists have
prescribed a beta blocker for Bon Jovi that they hope will help to stabilize his
condition; he will most likely require this medication for the rest of his life.
There is no way of knowing how long Bon Jovi will live, nor can we predict how
his life will end. He could die a very sudden death, or he could have a stroke
or fainting episodes, or he could live for many years.
however, Bon Jovi is living life to the fullest! He is a very happy, playful,
mischievous, and loving puppy. He tires somewhat easily because of his heart
condition, but after a quick nap he’s ready to burn some more energy. He sleeps
in bed with his foster parents and he stays in a large crate when left alone. He
loves giving kisses to people, and he washes his foster sister’s face. He does
not like being alone and he will cry and bark if he can’t be with you in the
March 06, 2007
Baby Mandy was born in a
commercial kennel in Mo. Dr. Russell says she has a grade 5-6 Heart murmur. We
need to get her on down to the experts at Texas A&M
Heart Murmur Repair Number 48
8 week old
"Elle" has a grade 6 heart murmur. We are hoping that she can be coiled
at Texas A&M.
This will be our 48th Heart Murmur
have done this life saving surgery many times before.
The Heart Murmur
June 2, 2007
Our 50th Heart Murmur Baby.
Savannah is 11 weeks old. She is half
Shih Tzu and half Bichon and was born in a commercial kennel. She has a grade 4
PDA heart murmur. Small Pawsers in Wisconsin are helping to get her from there,
all the way down to Texas A&M where the experts
June 16, 2007
Numbers 51, 52, and 53
Maxine and Laverne
The Andrew Sisters Heart Babies
three of these babies have heart murmurs. Two white Bichon pups and one black
and white beeshey-poo. All at once. Uno, dos TRES. Trio.
Laverne sadly died on June 7, after becoming
to ill to travel to Texas A&M. Godspeed little Laverne. You were
July 07, 2007
14 week old Johnny
has a grade 6 PDA heart murmur. He was successfully coiled at Texas
July 07, 2007
07-30-09 Updated picture of Izzy at her new
home with Mom
August 07, 2007
is a 4 year old Bichon/Cocker mix puppy mill rescue from MN.This
is little Izzy with Melinda Sosa's Rottie, Tori.
September 09, 2007
September 09, 2007
Baby Starbucks was diagnosed
with the worse case of Ventrical septal Disease that the dogtors at A&M have
seen in recent years. He wasn't a candidate for surgery. He has been adopted by
a new Mom who will love him for as long as he has left.
Gatsby will be our 60th
have done this life saving surgery many times before.
The Heart Murmur
"Kelly" will be our 61st Heart Murmur
Surgery. She came to us with a grade 6 out of 6 PDA heart murmur from Amish
Puppy MIll country.We hope to raise funds for her to have surgery with Dr.
Thaibinh Nguyenba, at Medvet in Columbus Ohio. He says she is not
medically stable enough to travel to Texas A&M.
Update on Kelly's
Kelly (on left) celebrating her 1st birthday thanks to the PDA procedure
which allows her to live a normal life :)
Kelly and her new Mama! (in
Binti was our 62 heart murmur repair.Dr.
repaired her little heart at
Medvet in Worthington Ohio, and she was adopted by a wonderful family in Maine.
They covered her entire vet bill. Animal Planet just filmed Small Paws and
Binti's story for a new series which will be airing this fall called "Dogs 101."
Binti is doing so very well and loves her two new little
Five Year Old Pansy has severe
pulmonic stenosis and needs a balloon put into her heart or she could drop dead
before our eyes.
July 23, 2008
From: Dr.Thaibinh Nguyenba
Just saw Pansy earlier today. No PDA, but I did find severe
pulmonic stenosis, an obstructive disease of the right side of the
Severe cases should be addressed, if
via balloon valvuloplasty
(dilation) to avoid complications of right-sided congestive heart
collapse, exercise intolerance, and even
sudden death due to arrhythmias.
The degree and permanence of relief
afforded by this procedure
the spectrum of valve abnormalities
encountered in this
disease. Aside from
having rather thick leaflets,
Pansy's overall pulmonic valve structure does
appear amenable to
Unlike PDAs, success here isn't cut and
The goal is to reduce the
pressure gradient across this stenosis by
approximately 50%. For Pansy,
this would hopefully bring her squarely into
the moderate severity
category, where her ultimate prognosis would be much
better off. This would
also be important for her because she has some
degenerative valve disease
creeping into both sides of the heart. If this
becomes significant on the
right side of the heart, the severe pulmonic
stenosis will only make the
resultant valve regurgitation even worse. So
it's better to correct this
sooner rather than later.
We can, of
course, perform this procedure for Pansy, and I'm sure we can
cost down to about the same for PDA cases (approx $2100 -
$2200). Please let
me know what you think. We're working to move
appointments around so that we
can tentatively schedule the procedure for
7/25. I know that you're probably
very well versed in this disease, but
I'll certainly try calling up sometime
tomorrow to chat more about this.
Overall, I typically think that for any
dog with an extremely loud murmur,
PDA and valvular pulmonic stenosis would
be the two best diagnoses (in that
order), since minimally-invasive
therapies are available for both. As an
aside, I would like to commend your
veterinarian who sent Pansy on over. This
is not a PDA but still is an
important congenital cardiac defect that we
can help with.
in touch soon. I just wanted to give you a heads up beforehand.
So, this little one made bunches of
bucks fora puppy miller before she came to us.
I was wrong.She didn't
have four puppies after she same into rescue with Small Paws.
FIVE BABIES! Those babies have all been adopted but for one little male, I
Pat Morgan, here in Tulsa, fostered the whole kit and caboodle
So she has done her time for sure. (Both Pansy AND Pat! Ha!)
Now Pansy is ours.
If we don't do this for her, she could well
drop dead on us from this disorder. Bam. Assuming room temperature. And there
isn't much of a market for adoptive Bichons that have done that.
seen them drop dead from heart murmurs before with little or no
It will run between $2100-2200.00 to save this little
Heart Murmur Number 64
4 1/2 year old
Mattie was recently rescued from an Amish Puppy Mill in Ohio. She is very loving
despite all that has happened to her. Delivering puppies and being this ill.
Yes, she probably passed this down to each puppy she had.
She has a
severe heart murmur called pulmonic stenosis.
This is what Dr. Nguyenba,
her cardiologist at Medvet Speciality Hospital in Worthington Ohio said about
Pulmonic Stenosis in one of our last heart murmur babies, Pansy. He says
this is the exact same diagnosis in Mattie. By the way, Pansy is doing
From: Dr.Thaibinh Nguyenba
Just saw Pansy earlier today. No PDA, but I did find
pulmonic stenosis, an obstructive disease of the right side
of the heart.
Severe cases should be addressed, if possible, via balloon
(dilation) to avoid complications of right-sided congestive
collapse, exercise intolerance, and even sudden death due to
The degree and permanence of relief afforded by this procedure
the spectrum of valve abnormalities encountered in this disease.
having rather thick leaflets, Pansy's overall pulmonic valve
appear amenable to balloon valvuloplasty.
success here isn't cut and dry. The goal is to reduce the
across this stenosis by approximately 50%. For Pansy,
this would hopefully
bring her squarely into the moderate severity
category, where her ultimate
prognosis would be much better off. This would
also be important for her
because she has some degenerative valve disease
creeping into both sides of
the heart. If this becomes significant on the
right side of the heart, the
severe pulmonic stenosis will only make the
resultant valve regurgitation
even worse. So it's better to correct this
sooner rather than
We can, of course, perform this procedure for Pansy, and I'm sure
whittle the cost down to about the same for PDA cases (approx $2100 -
$2200). Please let me know what you think. We're working to move
appointments around so that we can tentatively schedule the procedure for
7/25. I know that you're probably very well versed in this disease, but
I'll certainly try calling up sometime tomorrow to chat more about
Overall, I typically think that for any dog with an extremely loud
PDA and valvular pulmonic stenosis would be the two best diagnoses
order), since minimally-invasive therapies are available for both.
aside, I would like to commend your veterinarian who sent Pansy on
is not a PDA but still is an important congenital cardiac defect
can help with.
We'll be in touch soon. I just wanted to give
you a heads up beforehand.
be our 64th Heart Murmur
have done this life saving surgery many times before.
The Heart Murmur
Heart Murmur Repair Number 65
5 month old Isabella has a severe PDA heart murmur and
she is already "wet" meaning in congestive heart failure. This is a medical
emergency. We are hoping she can have the procedure THIS FRIDAY.
Thaibinh Nguyenba at Medvet in Worthington Ohio, wil be doing
Isabella will be our 65th
have done this life saving surgery many times before.
The Heart Murmur
PDA was corrected at Medvet
in Worthington, Ohio!
Thanks to all of you
for helping us to help her!
Baby Bumper is
only 3 months old and has a PDA heart murmur. we would like to be able to repair
it at Medvet in Ohio on Friday, July 30th. We need your help to do
We attempted to save six other heart babies that did not survive.
Millie, a five year old Puppy Mill rescue, (It was a miracle she had lived to
age five, and sadly, she had several litters of puppies in this condition.) died
on the operating table at Virginia Tech with the oldest PDA we know
Little tiny Stetson died on the operating table at Texas A&M. He was
so very tiny (around one pound) and so very sick.
Mikey died after surgery
on Long Island, in New York City due to complications from the PDA repair.
Bear-Bear had an inoperable birth defect which caused a lack of oxygen to
get to his heart and other organs. He was humanely euthanized at Texas A&M.
Stetson, Millie, Mikey, Laverne and Bear-Bear are now resting in the arms of
God..with perfect little hearts. Of this, I have no doubt.")
are the babies we lost.
Precious Baby Stetson weighed under one pound and was already
very sick when we got him to Texas A&M. He died on the operating
Millie is the one in the center, on her Mom's (Nan) lap.
Millie was known as
"Tabatha" at Small Paws® Rescue
She died at the Virginia Tech Vet
Small Paws® Rescue:
"Mikey" 4/30/02 - 9/12/02 He
died in New York City at the office of a private
BearBear had advanced inoperable
heart disease caused from a birth defect, He was humanely euthanized at Texas
A&M as he was already collapsing from a lack of oxygen to his major
never made it out of our Tulsa vet's office. She became too ill to travel and
sadly, died in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Megan weighed less than a pound and had
to fight internal parasites on top of her heart murmur. She came from a puppy
mill in Mo. We tried with everything we had to save her life. It was not meant