June 21, 2003
Alameda California
Bay Area Picnic by the Sea

Small Pawsers gather together with their fluffs!

The SPR banner and media kit!

Jane Greaney (in lilac) and Kathy Martins!

Enjoying the coolness and view of the sea.

Always a joy to get to see a Small Paws® Rescue Bichon again! Look at that baby smile!

Auctioneer Kathy Martins with the Megaphone.

Christine Broderick and I watch as the not-so-silent auction prepares to begin.Christine has her eye on a doggie swing.

And she got it too. Penny, enjoys her new swing!

"Bichon Blvd" donated by Cathy Cooper! Going once...going twice...sold!

Good to see old friends and make new ones!

This Bichon cake was so pretty no one wanted to cut it! We auctioned it off instead! It was made by a man named Al, his friend Bert, and their sons. (Alberton's)

Yours truly singing to a puppy mill rescue baby.

You've Got A Friend

by Carole King

When you're down and troubled
and you need a helping hand
and nothing, nothing is going right.

Close your eyes and think of me
and soon I will be there
to brighten up even your darkest nights.

You just call out OUR name,
and you know wherever we are
We'll come running, to save you from harm.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall,
all you have to do is call
and we'll be there, You've got a friend.

(This next verse was dedicated to dogs living their lives in puppy mills all across our country today)

If the sky above you
should turn dark and full of clouds
and that old north wind should begin to blow
Keep your head together and call our name out loud
and soon you'll hear us knocking at their door!
(Hang on! We're comin'!)

(All of us sang this next verse together)

You just call out our name and you know wherever we are
We'll come running to save you from harm.
Winter, spring, summer or fall
all you have to do is call
and we'll be there, you've got a friend!

Hey, ain't it good to know that you've got a friend?
People can be so cold.
They'll hurt you and desert you.
Well they'll take your soul if you let them.
But we won't let them!

You just call out our name and you know wherever we are
We'll come running to see you again.
Winter spring summer or fall,
All you've have to do is call.
And We'll be there, yes we will.
You've got a friend.

Reply-to: kathymartins@attbi.com
To: pup3@aol.com

First of all I want to say thank you to each and every one of you who attended the picnic. It was a bittersweet picnic full of success and alas a goodbye.

Jane Greaney the heart and soul and the whole reason this picnic started in the first place announced this will officially be her last picnic. She will probably moving out of the area sometime in the near future but our hearts are well with her and she will FOREVER be remembered for her passion and good nature. The flowers presented to her do not go a hundreth of the way in thanking her and her family for their contribution. Although Jane is stepping down from official picnic duties we will always extend a warm and loving hand to her and her family.

Our suprise event (in case you missed it) was none other than our fearless leader Robin Presnall signing live in front of God and everyone in the middle of a tree grove with no amplification except what the good lord blessed her with, her amazing voice! Thank you to Robin from the bottom of our hearts for being a great sport of it and bringing a tear to many a eye with her stirring rendition of "Youv'e got a Friend" and "American the Beautiful". It was a treat from a woman who sets a fine example of our organization.

The good news is we raised, drumroll please.........over $3000! That is more than we EVER deemed possible. Thanks to all of you who paricipated and those of you who donated, we more than paid for little June's heart! We more than doubled what we brought in last year and that was a banner year!!!

Any feedback you would like to give on the picnic is welcome, but do keep in mind we are all volunteers so be easy on us. THat said as our picnic gets bigger and bigger each year helpful suggestions are always welcome as our volunteers for various committees.

It was my profound pleasure to work with Jane on picnics in the past and it is my profound pleasure to be one of a number of people to continue the tradition into the future. I love the Bichon community and our extended Small Paws® Family.

And to end I would like again to thank some key people in getting through this years picnic. Patty Rose who got and donated the monies for our Bay View picnic site, Jackie Linnich who sold raffle tickets and did many of the pre-picnic duties, the Greaney FAMILY who without all the hands on deck we wouldn't have a picnic, to my family for constantly being pulled into help and for ebing really good sports (especially Maria and Milo recently featured in the San Leandro Times) and lastly to all of you whom without we would have no picnic.

And to June our heart murmur baby who with the help of those of us in the Bay Area will be able to live out her life as a happy healthy fluff!


Kathy Martins