There are two types of bichons that people are
at times less than enthusiastic about adopting. Those two types
are ELDERLY bichons, and bichon PAIRS. We don't quite understand
peoples' reluctance, because we think either variety is just wonderful...but
nonetheless, pairs and/or elderly bichons can sometimes be in foster
care for quite some time before they are finally adopted. We'd like
the general public to be aware of how wonderful such adoptions can
be! Please read some of the testimonials of our families below.
These people all took a chance on an older pet (OR TWO!) and have
never regretted it!
TWO dogs? Absolutely NOT...I couldn't possibly handle that...no
Soon after I had decided that the bichon was for me, I located DVBR
and applied to be an adoptive mom. Susan Dare responded to my application
& told me that she had not ONE, but TWO little ones who fit
my criteria, but that they were a pair that could not be separated.
Was I interested? Needless to say, I agreed. Sally (formerly Sweetie)
and Lucky have been living with me for 2 years now.
These two little 'kids' absolutely make my life so much more complete
than it could possibly be without them. And how does having two
fluffs do that? They are SO funny together, especially when they
play tug-of-war with a toy or demonstrate their personalities. Sally,
who weighs about 5 lbs. less than Lucky, is definitely the BOSS.
When they have been separated for some time - going to the vet or
groomer for example - they literally hug each other when they are
reunited. Although I am retired, I am quite active and go out frequently.
I know they keep each other company during my absences.
Having two dogs requires very little extra effort than having one.
There is more expense, but so far my dogs have been pretty healthy.
This has NOT been a burden for me, and the rewards are more than
worth it! In fact, I don't think I'd ever want to have only one
bichon. I highly recommend two-fluff households!
Angela Miotto, Greenbelt, MD
I've had Tasha & Rocky since
the summer of 2002. They were up for adoption through DVBR as a
pair, but many folks didn't want to adopt two together. As you can
see, they really make themselves comfortable! Individually, they
are as different as night and day - but they were just meant to
be together. I am thankful everyday that they were not separated.
Not only was the adoption of a pair good for them but it was equally
good for me. I would recommend to anyone who believes that two are
more work than one, that they also give twice as much love. It is
a joy watching them play together, and relieves the guilt pangs
of leaving them alone at home when necessary. This is the first
time I have had two at one time, but hopefully it will not be the
Sandy Schulz, Hamilton Square, NJ
2.5 years ago, my daughter and I adopted a 10 year old Bichon from
DVBR named Brutus.We fell in love with him, and decided 4 months
later to adopt another bichon, Toby, who was about 9 years old.
They are both adorable, highly affectionate, and they love to play
with us. EVERYONE who meets them is surprised at their ages (now
12 and 11), because they are so friendly and have so much personality.
Toby has some vision problems, but he's even more frisky than Brutus.
Given the opportunity, he would play all day!
Although I admit to worrying about caring for two
dogs, it has not turned out to be that much more trouble. In several
ways, it has been an advantage to have two dogs. When my daughter
has a friend visit, there is no arguing over who gets to walk the
dog, because we have one for each. When we walk Brutus and Toby,
our "twins" inspire alot of friendly conversation in the
neighborhood. And when I leave them alone in the house or in someone
else's care when I leave town, I feel better knowing they can keep
each other company. Most of all, they fill our home with love!
husband and I adopted Peppy 2 years ago (or was it three)? Anyway
he was 9 at the time and our 3rd Bichon, all of whom were older
Peppy is as much fun as our 3 year old pointer and
can keep up with her in all their doggie games. He is a sweet gentleman
who thinks he is still a lean mean machine when it comes to the
mail, garbage, or Fed Ex trucks. The first to lead a "dog alert"
for all of the above, the first to welcome people at the door. He
loves kids especially boys, so he must have had boys in his other
Once in a while he will even give the cat a run through
the house but as he knows dogs are better than cats (the cats don't
know this of course) that is not a frequent thing.
He is as loving as any puppy, more devoted as he
needed a new home and is thankful for it. He is my constant companion,
unless he needs to be at the front door and keep watch. This is
only when my husband is at work and the front door is opened. Peppy
loves to lay by the screen door. He plays and has zoomers running
here and there when his happiness just overflows.
Getting an older Bichon is getting a true friend.
They are housebroken, have very few bad habits, are used to noise
and used to people (usually, unless they have been badly abused)
and devoted to their families. You couldn't ask for a better friend.
He is the Freckles' best friend (our other dog). All three cats
like him because he is calmer than Freckles, who still acts like
a huge puppy most days.
I am so thankful I found Delaware Valley Bichon Rescue
on petfinder, and saw Peppy. I just knew he was the one for us.
We live quite a long way from DVBR's area, but it was worth all
the extra work to make him one of our family.
best thing we ever did was to adopt 8 year old Mickey (formerly
Bear) and 10 year old Max on Bastille Day 2002. Mickey had been
mistreated and thrown out of a car on the highway. Max could not
stay in his home due to illness. When we heard about Mickey, I wanted
to adopt him and also adopt Max so that he could help Mickey to
get to know what a dog's life is supposed to be like. Well, everything
could not have worked out better. The two of them became instant
friends and act like brothers who have never been separated even
though they had never met before the adoption. Mickey is also deaf
but is no trouble at all and makes his needs known to us by his
actions. Mickey and Max are always together and follow me around
the house. I call them "my entourage" or "my shadow"
they are just great, lovable dogs. As for their age, Mickey is now
9 years old and Max is 11 years old.
Of course, Max thinks he's a puppy and runs around the yard chasing
stray rabbits and keeping guard over his territory while watching
after Mickey. Mickey thinks this is great and helps Max by following
him everywhere. Having two dogs is no trouble at all, in fact, it's
much better than having only one dog, because they keep each other
company. Contrary to what some people may think, it is not any more
work than having one dog! As I'm typing this the two of them are
laying side by side next to my desk. As for their age, they are
both lively and active and you would never know how old they are
by their actions. In fact, one day my neighbor asked me "How
big will your dogs get?" I had to laugh when I told her they
are as big as they are going to get since they are 9 and 11 years
old Bichons Frises. She thought they were puppies because of the
way they act.
Thank you again for letting us adopt these two wonderful dogs,
they have brought great joy into our lives and we are looking forward
to many more years with them.
Irene & "Bud" Fischer
have enjoyed 8 yr. old Molly ever since she came to live at my house.
It is like she was here forever. She is a real joy and all the children
from church and my music Students love to visit with her and lay
up on the bed and watch Cartoon Network. It is her favorite show.
(Prince William) was supposedly 8 or 9 , but when I went throught
the various vet papers that came with him I discovered that he was
about to celebrate his 10th birthday, which he did last month. He
has the metabolic disorder that causes him to make bladder stones
and requires a special diet as well as medication twice daily and
maintenance care with the vet every 3 months to make sure he is
not forming any more. Prevention is best, but early pickup so they
can be irrigated out is better than later surgery. Any way , we
wouldn't trade him for the world; he has his own funny quirky personality
and his favorite people. Sleeping with my shoe in the bed with my
husband when I work nights is one of them. Bringing his leash to
you in his mouth is another when he wants to go out. He is very
active and loves to run around iin circles in our downstairs rec
room because it is carpeted - more traction than the hardwood floors.
One quickly falls into a routine with a dog like this and the few
extra things to do just become part of this routine. His devotion
and company more than make up for it.
Christmas of 2000, my wife and I had just adopted a wonderful young
bichon from the Delaware Valley Bichon Rescue. Scooter was about
6 months old and we were crazy about him. We were interested in
helping the rescue so I volunteered to pick up two dogs who had
lived with an elderly woman who had suffered a stroke. They were
neutered males, one supposed to be 10 and one to be 11. I was to
transport one of the dogs to a fellow rescuer and foster one until
the rescue could find homes for them. This was my first experience
with real rescue and I will never forget it. I had no idea what
to expect, but Susan Dare had warned me that dogs were not always
pretty when they came into rescue.
I was astounded. The dogs were in the worst condition of any living
animals I had ever seen. Neither of them could walk. I couldn't
begin to guess the last time they had been fed or bathed. For a
second I wondered if the humane thing would have been to take these
dogs to my vet and have them put out of their misery. I had agreed
to transport them, so I set out for home. My wife and I were sure
that Jasper wasn't going to live out the month. He couldn't even
stand he was so feeble. I took Jasper to my veterinarian who checked
him out. Jasper had six teeth which were rotten and needed to be
pulled. The vet said that the reason that Jasper was not walking
was a combination of arthritis and the fact that he had had very
little exercise and his muscle tone was poor. The vet recommended
that we not give Jasper any shots because he was not in good enough
Within a week, Jasper was walking shakily in my backyard. He could
drag himself up the stairs (one step at a time sideways.) Whatever
room my wife and I were in, Jasper was in. He wanted to be with
us. He couldn't get or give enough love. You could literally see
him gain strength daily. I have never seen a braver or more inspirational
animal. Jasper lets nothing stop him from doing what he wants. He
now is able to jump up onto chairs to sit with us. He eats dry kibble
even though he has very few teeth. He loves vegetables (especially
carrots!) and he goes for walks of up to 45 minutes with no ill
Jasper has been an inspiration to my wife and me. It is hard to
feel sorry for daily aches and pains when you see the problems that
Jasper has had and how he rises above them. He has given us much
more than we have given him. He still lives with us and my vet sees
no reason why Jasper shouldn't live for several years.I know that
I have done the right thing with Jasper and would never hesitate
to take in another bichon senior citizen. Scooter, the puppy we
adopted has been a wonderful dog. BUT we love and value Jasper just
Bob & Ann, Warminster, PA
are retired folks, and just like us, this little old girl needed
peace and quiet, good food and soft cushions; she needed to be warm
and cozy in the winter, and enjoy cool breezes in the summer. Her
life now consists of warm laps, oatmeal and toast breakfasts, nighttime
snoozes on a soft pillow in a comfortable and cozy bed; car rides
in a shearling-lined car bed; nightly neighborhood walks alongside
her Bichon brother, Mr. Lincoln.
No one could have ever described to us how we would
feel adopting an elderly pet - the pure and absolute satisfaction
gained from knowing that we are the trusted caretakers for this
deserving and adorable little girl. The first eight years of her
life were indescribably horrible, but because Susan Dare entrusted
her to us, she will only know tenderness and love for the rest of
Sue and Vinnie Yesalonia
College Hill - Easton, Pa.
August 30, 2001, Nugget came into our lives. He was almost 8 1/2
then and a very calm and sweet doggie - perfect for our family.
My husband Robbie was an invalid at home fulltime, too ill to work
and definitely not able to chase after or entertain a younger Bichon.
Bichons love to "blitz" or play what we call "you
can't catch me". Even our 8 1/2 year old Nuggie would love
to blitz or play keep away now and then, but most of the time he
likes to just hang out at home or in our gated yard. We installed
a doggie door so Nuggie could get outside to pee or just chase butterflies
whenever he wanted to.
Nugget and I are best pals, now. My Robbie passed away last December,
on Christmas night. Nugget's by my side wherever I go in my house
or the neighborhood. Everyone knows Nugget. He loves children. Nugget
has also been my gateway to our neighborhood. My husband was chronically
ill, and then became so sick after we moved here in October 2000,
so we had not gotten to know many of our neighbors right away and
Nugget helped us with that, too.
Now, I call Nugget my "love sponge". He just soaks it
up - every minute we're together. He loves belly rubs, too. He keeps
me company now that Robbie is gone, and reminds me of how lucky
I am to have such a sweet, loving and calm companion - my little
Sue from Maple Shade, NJ
just adopted Rober (8 yrs) and Renny (11 yrs). They were life long
companions and kept each other company (as well as us now!). They
have lots of love to give and have a puppy like spirit about them
regardless of their age. These types of dogs tend to live into their
20's and they have lots of life yet to live. One of the nice things
about older dogs is that they are already trained and housebroken
and sleep thru the night!! Hope you adopt a Bichon senior TODAY!!
Roberta Ahmed, Delaware
brought home Andy, a 10-week old bichon puppy from a local home
breeder, when I retired in May last year. He was adorable, but he
was wearing me out with his energy. I remembered that my mother
had two poodles for 15 years who kept each other company, so in
August I started exploring adopting another bichon for Andy to play
with. I lucked out with Teddy, who was a 10-month old puppy I found
on Petfinder.com from the Delaware Valley Bichon Rescue site. They
bonded right away. It's been over a year since my two guys have
been with me, and things couldn't be better. The dogs play and sleep
together, and are very good when I walk them, which is a lot because
I do not have a fenced yard. I recommend adopting pairs of dogs.
There is no guess work about how they will get along since they
have already bonded with each other.
Sybil, Freehold, NJ