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Bichon Frise Salute: Meet Robin and Jack Gray

Note from Website co-owner Tom Antion

I'm pretty much considered a hard core businessman. I work 16 hours a day on my very successful Internet business and I think profit all the time. I take care of my obligations and once in a while I donate a little to a good cause although I rarely give much of myself. I'm telling you this to prepare you for an enormous contrast that was put in my face when I met Robin and Jack Gray. I have never in my life met such selfless people as this lovely couple who live in rural Virginia. As I see it they have pretty much given up any type of normal lives for themselves to make many helpless little souls have a better existence while here on earth. Below is a brief version of their story:

 
Since 1994, 200 abused and abandoned dogs in Virginia  have regained their health and found loving homes thanks to Robin and Jack Gray. Their first rescue was a little dog found chained to a fence at a local vet's office during a storm one night. He was so sick he couldn't stand. The rescues  have continued and today they are caretakers of approximately 20 dogs a year plus 8-10 unadoptable  residents.
 
They specialize in Bichon Frises because they know and love the breed,
having worked with them for 25 years.
 
It's a monumental job caring for that number of dogs in their home. As
Robin says, "I work full time, I rescue full time, and then I sleep."
They rarely go anywhere together for more than a few hours, arranging
their schedule so that one of them is always home to oversee the dogs.
To accomplish all the work involved, each focuses on one area. Jack
does 90% of the daily physical care while Robin handles the rescues,
interviewing potential adopters, adopter's problems, paperwork and
PR.
 
It has been a challenge to financially care for the dogs' needs  (ongoing expenses for food, supplies, and vet care - with vet care requiring the most). In the beginning, all of Robin's part-time salary was used for the dogs' expenses. Now the rescue has 501(c)3 status which means they qualify as a tax-deductable organization which encourages more people to donate.

Their web site, http://www.Virginiabichonrescue.org helps get information out to connect dogs and adopters, and encourages donations of supplies and money. Persons in states other than Virginia interested in adopting or donating can access pertinent information at www.bichonrescue.org 
 
Across the country, devoted, caring people like Robin and Jack are
making a difference in the lives of hundreds of  emotionally vulnerable and physically injured little dogs. The deserve our admiration and support.

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