Cinnamon adopted a small dog who she named Titan a few days before Mothers Day 2010. He was 1 1/2 years old and very malnourished.
The night she brought him home, she had quickly realized that he was very sick. She rushed him to the Veterinary Emergency and found out that he had pneumonia. Titan was desperately struggling to breathe as his lungs gurgled with every breath he took. The Veterinarian did not know if he would live, but In order to try to save his life, Titan would have to be hospitalized, and even then, the outcome did not look good.
The vet showed Cinnamon that the estimated bill was $3,000.00. It was then that she had to make a decision whether to euthanize him or try to get him back to health. She decided to take a gamble and try to save his life.
At that time, she didn't have that much money, and was fortunate to borrow the money from her mother. The Veterinarian said that he was very surprised that she would gamble that much money on such an undetermined outcome whether he would live or die, and that he has never witnessed many people that would not take that kind of financial risk.
After a few days of hospital treatment, the Veterinarian sent Titan home with some medications. The struggle and the challenge Cinnamon had to face, was far from being over.
The Battle for Life
Cinnamon, her mother Mary and sister Asia teamed up together to help Titan get better. Cinnamon's mother fed him, kept him hydrated, and patted his back to loosen the phlegm in his lungs. Her sister gave him his prescribed medications, and Cinnamon would take him to the bathroom and sit in the steam for 15 minutes a few times a day.
There would be times when Titan would be very weak and it seemed like the life was leaving him. Cinnamon looked into Titan's eyes and said, "If you get better, I will find you lots of friends and give you the best life ever. Just stay with me."
After four long months of the long battle fighting for his life, their efforts paid off. Titan began to grow stronger, and become more active. The day of Titan's check up, the Veterinarian said that he was completely healthy.
After the Veterinarian gave Titan a good bill of health, Cinnamon immediately fulfilled her promise to him and started Tiny Paws as a small dog play Meetup group at a local park on April 14, 2013. Titan was very happy playing and running around with a few small dog friends that he met up with every Saturday.
To Our Surprise
Then the unthinkable happened.......the small dog play group GREW!
Every year about 100 people would join the group. During those years the fur parents would exchange information about dog care and their experiences. This group became more than just a dog get-together, it became a valuable resource for everyone.
Five years later with over 550 members, it was at that moment Cinnamon wanted to make a huge impact, and take Tiny Paws to the next level.
What was once a small dog play group, is now Tiny Paws Fresno - Small Social Canines, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation helping the community with Canine Socialization, Education, and Resources. ....But...the story doesn't end here....
The Social Impact
Our small dog socials are guided by on-site Canine Communication Specialists to ensure playful and positive canine etiquette while socializing. Our goal is to help your dog get socialized with other people and with other dogs so they can be a confident and happy dog. There has been many small dogs that has joined our small dog socials and became mentally and physically better than they were before. Dogs gain new friends, build their confidence, learn better social skills, and become physically fit.
We also educate dog owners about the signs of both positive and negative canine body language.
Our goal is to achieve a Resource Center to expand our Socialization, Education and Resource services to help the community on a larger scale.
On Oct 2014, Titan studied and received his Certification as an Emotional Support Dog.
On May 2019, Cinnamon received her Certification in Canine Communications.
In the year 2020, Titan has attended over 393 small dog social meetings and has made tons of friends.
Titan Timothy Grooms & Cinnamon L. Grooms Founders of Tiny Paws Fresno - Small Social Canines.