This charming little lady - originally Mango, and now Princess Mango - was rescued from the Moreno Valley shelter in July 2014.  Now she lives with a terrific family who loves her to pieces and it shows in these photos!

"Here's a picture of our Princess Mango after a day at the doggie spa.  We have had this little furry piece of love for a little over a month now and we couldn't be happier. She has filled our home with so much added joy. Our family is now complete!!! Thank you Bichons and Buddies for providing our family with the best dog we could have ever wished for.

Sincerely, Nancy and family"


Pixel was adopted in 2012 by a terrific mom who loves him dearly.  Here's what she recently shared:

"I was so blessed to adopt Pixel a little over 2 years ago.  He has been the light of my life since then.  Though I have faced several challenges since getting him, it is a delight to see him grow, trust more and come out of his shell.  He is a beautiful, loving dog who, once he trusts you, won't let you out of his sight and gives lots of cuddles, too.  He is a pillow dog - he loves to bury into pillows on the bed so you can't see him. If I can't find him, that is the first place I look.  He loves looking out the window at the marsh every day. He loves his walks each day, too.

He is an ace at scent work. I enrolled in that earlier this summer and he had graduated to working with real scents by the third class. His instructor said she rarely does that. He also is an ace at agility and is learning to ignore the other dogs that are in the class. Thank you for all the work you do on behalf of these wonderful little dogs. I am so blessed to have in my my life - he is such a joy to love and cuddle with.

Here are a couple of pictures so that you can see how he has blossomed.

Gail of Sechelt, British Columbia"


Finding a forever home for Hank (formerly Clancy) took a couple tries, but this little guy found the perfect family:

"It's been a few days over a year that Hank was picked up by animal control and taken to a high kill shelter. He was eventually rescued by Bichons and Buddies where he was brought back to safety. I am so grateful to your organization for saving him and making it possible for us to call him our own.

When we adopted him in November 2013, we had no idea how he would touch all of our lives. We were told by one of your volunteers that he had been adopted previously and given back by the family because he bit their son. I have to say, from day one, Hank has been nothing but the perfect dog for us. We initially took him home to see if he would get along with our other two bigger dogs. Your volunteer talked us through on how to make the introduction. When we went back home to Ventura, we did as she suggested and everything was fine. The next day, I took Hank to the pet store to get him a bed and a crate. I put him in the cart and as soon as I walked by all the toys, he went crazy! I ended up buying several of them (and a couple more so he could take it home to finish chewing up). This is when we discovered he LOVES his squeaky toys. At first, he would not share them, but we worked with him and now he will drop toys off at our feet so we can play with him. He has also learned how to take the toys from our hands in a GENTLE way. All it took was a little bit of teaching and consistency.

My husband, Michael (who swore he only liked bigger dogs), has grown to love Hank. Michael works from home and goes to the post office every day to pick up his mail. He and Hank have developed a routine, where every day they will do a quick walk around the block and go to the post office. Hank knows the routine very well, and he will sometimes jump in the car because he knows that comes next. And how he loves his car rides. Michael has mentioned that he loves Hank and that there is something very special about him.

We did a DNA test on Hank just for fun. We found out that he is a miniature poodle/bichon mix and an English toy spaniel. When I am home, there is no doubt that Hank belongs to me. He follows me everywhere! He knows my routine. If he is sound asleep and hears me leave the room, he will jump up and follow me. He also loves to be carried! I have a sling carrier that he loves to be carried in and he loves to be picked up and carried around. Hank is a very happy, loving and devoted dog. He smiles...he smiles a lot! I must say, I love this little guy, my whole family does. He makes friends everywhere we go and draws a lot of attention when we are out with him. 

I want to thank you again for all you do and for being a part of bringing Hank into our home. Keep up the good work!"



"As promised, here are some photos of me and Ru with Davey, who we've named Taffy after Salt Water Taffy, Ru's favorite candy from his home town in NorCal. We named him this because he is the sweetest dog! He's settling in very easily and is eager to please. He also plays fetch down our long hallway, which looks like something out of a cartoon!

We can't thank you and Bichons and Buddies enough for all the help finding this little guy! He's our first dog as a newly married couple, and we're so grateful to be adding him to our family!"

"Hi Jeanine, not sure if you remember me or not, but I adopted Shasta from you over 2 years ago now...WOW did time fly! I was just looking on your website and realized I haven't been in touch to give you an update lately on us.

Shasta has turned into the most wonderful dog anyone could ask for. I love him so much and couldn't imagine him not being a part of our family. It's funny because he has still not taken his eyes off of me since the day I picked him up at the Vancouver airport - he is definitely MY dog. He is amazing and doing so well. He is as energetic as he was the day I got him, loves being outside, going for walks and playing with every dog he meets. He is well mannered on and off leash and with one whistle from me, he stops dead and heads back to me. Not that he goes very far from me ever but those are rare times where he sees a squirrel and is on the chase!

Anyhoo, just wanted to drop a quick note and say hi and let you know he is doing amazing! Sorry not the best photos, but I think my daughter has all the good ones on her phone. 

Thank you very much!!
Kandi (in New Westminster BC)" 



This handsome little guy was an owner turn-in at just 9 months old.  Harry (formerly Harpo) was adopted by a wonderful mom and now lives in Boston! Here's their happy update:

"Harry and I are in love.  He goes everywhere with me and is a huge hit at the dog park across the street from my home. He has made more friends in 2+ months than I've made in years. He's doing well in his obedience classes but to say he's smart and persistent is an understatement. I'm in a fight for alpha position here. Problem is, he's so cute, it's hard to stay angry at him when he's really naughty. I can't thank you enough for bringing this bundle of love and joy into my life. Boston is a happier place with him here." 


It's been one year since we've had the privilege and pleasure of adopting Miles (formerly Theo).  He's been such a joy in our lives and is loved by everyone that meets this little 8.5lb bundle of sweetness. Thank you so much for all that you do...we tell everyone how wonderful our experience was with Bichons and Buddies.  

With gratitude, Jeff and Janice Moore                     



We received an update about Sammy (formerly Hamlet) from his mom Leah:

I just wanted to give you an update on Hamlet. We changed his name to Sammy, and he must love it because he learned his name in the matter of one hour once we got home! He is adjusting very smoothly to his new environment and loves everyone he lives with. Sammy is super attentive to commands and has been easy to train. He has such a personality. I want to share a few quirks that he has, which are just plain adorable.

First off, he is so excited to be around us every day that we have to sit next to him to allow him to eat, otherwise he leaves his food behind to follow us. Also, Sammy doesn't like to sit on the cold, wooden floor. He'll lay down, but not sit. When given the command to sit, he will go on top of his bed or the couch AND THEN sit. And another thing, whenever we leave him once in a while to do a few errands or even just go upstairs where he's not allowed, he moves our shoes and places them neatly onto his bed…IN PAIRS! He doesn't chew on them or anything, he just lays on top of them.

We love this little guy so much, and we are so lucky to have found him at your facility. We know that he was in good hands before we adopted him. Thank you for your hard work saving these precious dogs.                     

We were so happy to get an update from Kathy, Jasper's new mom, who shared news of his new siblings and new home - just look at that view!
Jasper is here at last and he just loves Coco (previously” Chocolate”) and Robbie (not in pic) who is already acting as the Big brother. Little Jasper likes to sit on top of Coco as she is warm and its still breezy here in the spring. We are on the deck taking in the sea air and Jasper is soooo happy with moss that grows everywhere- he is not shivering or being scared, his tail is up and he “runs with the pack”. They are all the same height! It’s so weird that they run in a row together through the garden, Robbie in front, then Coco then Jasper… Jasper is so funny- he keeps bopping his teensy chin in my face… Will send more pics after his check in with the vet on Wednesday next week. Jasper is going to get his teeth cleaned ultra sonic- with sound waves, no anesthesia- He is amazing and quite talkative already-If he hears a strange sound or a strange voice. He is fine sleeping with the others and eating too! What an appetite… But I’m going slowly and just feeding him a 1/3 cup at a time. Jeannine he is just wonderful and is already coming to his name being called. What a good snuggler he is! Will send more news soon and thank you so much for what you do!!!!! 
Here is an update about Macaroon - now Brodie - from his new mom:

Hi Jeanine!

Just wanted to let you know that Brodie (Macaroon) is doing fantastic!!!  He is  such a loving little dog!  It's a good thing he likes to be held and sit on laps as everyone wants him in his arms when we have family gatherings!  My mom says he is perfect!  I agree!

He is making friends with some dogs and he likes our next door neighbour's dog Nikki...she is a rescue from Mexico...and is the same height as Brodie...makes for a fun time between the fence!  (They can totally see each other through the fence, there is a section where it is chain link!) :)

A few photos for you from the weekend...Brodie was taking a siesta on my mom!!  If he is not sleeping on someone, he has a cozy spot infront of "his" gas fireplace!  ;)

Cheers!  Susan

We were so happy to find out that Blazer and Ping we re adopted together by their new mom, Pat!   They now live on Vancouver Island in British Columbia with their new family where they can play and hike on Galloping Goose trail and sit by the fire and relax together.  Pat reports that Blazer has discovered squeaky toys, which are now his favorite and Ping is spending her golden years like a queen with her new family and comfy animal print bed!
Sweet Ares found his forever home in British Columbia, Canada with his new mom, Janet.  He has a big yard to play in and a canine brother, Tavas, to romp around with.  Ares and his new mom are clearly very happy to have found each other and so are we!  

Piper (formerly Daphne) was found begging for food by a taco truck in an industrial area of Los Angeles. A Good Samaritan scooped her up and contacted Bichons and Buddies. Piper was adopted last month and will never have to worry about begging for food ever again. Here’s what her new mom shared: 

"Just wanted to give you an update on Piper and send you a few pics! She is doing really well and we l ove her to bits. She loves going for walks (has to meet every dog along the way, big & small) and car rides. She has no fear of anything or anybody so it wouldn’t surprise me if she wandered off and got lost before she came to us. That is the only way I can think of what happened to her because she is so sweet and I can’t believe anyone could abandon her. She loves everyone who walks through the door and definitely wants to be the center of attention. I worried that my older dog Lexi would be the jealous one but it is Piper who has to have all the love & rubs and can be a noisy little thing when she isn’t. And the two of them get along great, watching them play together is very funny as Piper is so small yet so tough! She’s usually the instigator in these wrestling matches but then gets bored and goes and plays with her toys. Her favorite is a stuffed cow, which is bigger than her (see photo)! Next week she is off for her first appointment with the groomer. It will be interesting to see how she does as she wasn’t very impressed when I tried to give her a bath! 

Thanks again Jeanine! Piper truly is a gem! I hope all is going well with you and your efforts of saving the lives and finding homes for all these awesome little dogs!"
Just wanted to give our friends at Bichons and Buddies an update on our little Maddigan (Ilsa). We adopted her on Feb 1st and she has adjusted GREAT into our family! She's gained 4 lbs and is looking good. She was so timid at first but now runs around the yard with her brother Finnigan looking for lizards and chasing birds. She's doing great on a leash and loves to go for walks and rides in the car. Thank you everyone at Bichon and Buddies for all the work you do! We LOVE our little Maddigan :)