California Bichon SWAG!!

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Thank you to Amber and Patti for the awesome California Bichons t-shirt they made for me!  I love it!!


Good Job, LULU!!!

Lulu Zimmerman
Dear Adrienne,
Thank you for finding me a forever home.  I had a nice but long ride home.  It didn’t take me long at all to find my food and water dishes in the kitchen, my crate, and all my new toys.  I was a good girl and soon found the front door and places to go outside for potty and poop.
I sleep almost all night long.  I can now climb up and down the doggie steps dragging a toy with me to the couch.  Everyone laughs at me when I run in circles and chase my tail.
I know my name real good and sit at the door before going in and out the front.  The vet says I’m in real good health and weigh 4 lbs 3 ozs.  My love to you and your family,
Lulu Zimmerman

Happy Birthday, Bailey!!!

Bailey 3 years

Lynn & I just want to send you a quick note of thanks today on Bailey’s third birthday.  She has really matured from her puppy days!  She is always playful and such a joy; bringing us smiles everyday.  Here is a photo of her sitting on her/my favorite chair.  Let us know how her siblings are doing.

Take care,
Dave & Lynn

Bijou II!!


Thank you, Tom, for the 6 month update and picture of Bijou II!!

“Bijou II says Happy Friday.  She’s a great little girl, curious and lovable.  Loves all of her toys and brings many to me.  Hasn’t chewed on anything she’s not supposed to and is potty trained.  She weighed 8 lbs last month getting her last shot and heart worm pill.  She’s loved by all and travels well in the car.  She’s bigger than Sophie now and the two of them play together well.  She’s a star.”

Flashback:  Here’s Bijou II from a few months before- I love Tom’s creative poses!


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Are they BEAUTIFUL or WHAT!?!

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Happy 1 year Wedding Anniversary to Katie and Scott!  Your photos turned out amazing and I am so happy for Bella to be in your loving family!

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Here they are in May picking up Bella! Bella has already completed a series of puppy classes and is now doing agility training, and she loves it!  What a lucky little girl!

Award from Vetary!

I appreciate the designation as Best Bichon Frise Breeder for 2016 from Vetary. In their words:

“On behalf of, I want to congratulate you on the Best Bichon Frise Breeder Award.

Vetary has analyzed top bichon frise breeders and cross referenced positive social mention data with top analytics platforms. Your site was a clear winner with U.S. pet owners over the last 12 months. For context, Vetary awards breeders with best-in-class online buzz, content, visuals, and most importantly, a strong cause and devotion toward their breed of dogs.”

Thank you, Vetary!


San Francisco Serendipity!!

What a small world- last Sunday, two California Bichon littermates serendipitously found each other out at a Puppy Social in San Francisco after having only been apart for a few weeks!  It was so fun getting texts from both Brent and Marcus.  This video of CoCo and Binky chasing each other around made me laugh!!  I’m glad they are continuing in their rascally ways:) Thanks for sharing, Marcus!!


Home-Brew Heartguard!

Heartworm prevention is very important in some geographic regions.  Perhaps the most well known brand of heartworm prevention is Heartguard, which is available by prescription only and requires a negative heartworm test annually prior to dispensing.  For anyone interested, the two active ingredients for Heartguard are Ivermectin (for heartworm) and Pyrantel Pamoate (for other parasites.)  Both of these ingredients are actually available online without a prescription.  You can get them from Amazon:

Ivermectin- $30:  Click HERE 

Pyrantel Pamoate- $22:   Click HERE

Syringes for measuring- $8:   Click HERE

Directions for using 0.08% sheep drench- 1 ml/20 lbs. once a month

Ivermectin sheep drench solution contains a lower concentration than other ivermectin products, so it can be used without diluting it first. Ivemectin is given orally (never use pour-on solutions for heartworm prevention).

Dosage using Ivermectin 0.08% solution for heartworm prevention is 1 ml/20 lbs.  So your typical Bichon will get between 1/2 and 1 ml per month.

Ivermectin solution is given orally. It’s best to squirt it into the mouth, rather than adding to food, to be sure your dog gets it all.

I use a small syringe to draw it up and squirt it into their mouth.  They act like it tastes nasty!!  The sheep drench doesn’t appear to have an expiration date.  One container will last you FOREVER!

Directions for using Pyrantel Pamoate- 

The dosage for Pyrantel is 1 ml/10 lbs. of body weight.  So I give my Bichons about 1.5 mls using the 3 ml size syringe.  I squirt it into their mouth- they don’t mind the taste of this one!  Pyrantel usually has about a 1 1/2 year expiration date from the time of purchase.  Probably keeping it in the fridge would preserve it longer.  The 16 oz. bottle goes a LONG way!


Tip: You may want to mark with a sharpie on your syringe the dose for your dog so you don’t have to remember it.  Or you can write it on the bottles.  Basically it is 1 ml/20 lbs. for the Ivermectin and 1 ml/10 lbs. for the Pyrantel.

*Please note that this information is not meant as a substitute for veterinary care.  Collies may be sensitive to Ivermectin.