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California Shar-Pei Rescue is a registered non-profit Chinese Shar-Pei dog and puppy rescue, serving California and surrounding states. Our mission is to rescue Shar-Pei from high-kill shelters, and give them the time and care they need to find a forever home.

Since 1988, we have placed hundreds of dogs from our privately-owned and operated 6-acre kennel facility in Northern California. At any give time, we have as many as 25 dogs available for adoption. We welcome you to meet our available dogs.

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Farewell to Hercules

Farewell to Hercules.

Sadly, we had to say good bye to Hercules yesterday. He was one of the most special, loving dogs that I have ever had the privilege and pleasure of sharing my life with. This is his story.

We were made aware of Hercules and his terrible living conditions in late 2011. Bonnie, a neighbor to Hercules owner let us know that Hercules was being slowly starved in the backyard. Besides no food, there was no water or shelter for him either. The other dog in the yard had already starved to death, and the owners did not even know. They had to be told that their dog was dead in the backyard. Hercules guardian angel, Bonnie, continued to feed Hercules over the fence and give him water even though she was told not to by the owner. Finally, two months later Bonnie convinced the neighbor to surrender Hercules to her.

We decided to take Herc into our rescue because he was already 10 years old, and he was not likely to make it out of the shelter alive if he had been taken there. Herc was a Shar Pei/Lab mix and his story tugged at our heartstrings along with the fact that Bonnie had given so much of herself in helping him. We wanted to help this poor boy who had been through so much. Bonnie also deserved to see Hercules have a happy ending.

As soon as Hercules arrived in Redding there was a bond that formed between the two of us. He and I became best friends and walked the perimeter of this fenced six acres as often as time and weather permitted. He listened to my problems and somehow seemed to understand when I was having a bad day, although Herc never seemed to have a bad day. He chased those rabbits that tormented him, but he was woefully ill equipped to catch them. He never needed a leash as he never strayed far from my side. No matter where he was, he always checked to make sure I was never too far away.

For two years we were content just walking and spending time together. As summer turned to fall in 2013 I noticed Herc seemed to be panting a little too much at the end of our walks even though the weather was cooling down. In November Hercules was diagnosed with heart disease. We were devastated. There is no cure. There are only meds to help control the inevitable progression of the disease. Our daily walks became shorter and shorter until he could only walk outside to relieve himself and walk right back in. He would eat less and less until he did not want to eat anything at all.

Yesterday, Rich and I decided that Herc's life was no longer a life, but simply an existence. We called Dr. Larry to come out and help Hercules leave this world peacefully and painlessly. Herc and I said good bye, and he kissed the tears from my face as if to say "I'm ok".

Although Herc was 10 years old when we took him in, and we only had two and a half years together, I would not change a thing. I would not give up one minute that we had together even though today the pain seems unbearable. Herc was my friend, my companion, and my teacher. I learned so much from him-about forgiveness, not holding grudges, and taking time to be grateful for the little things in life. He made me a better person. Herc was brave and strong to the end. He did not give up, but his heart did. He was a kind and gentle soul, and I am so grateful to have had him in my life.

RIP Hercules. You are forever in my heart.


Nationals, Wall of Rescues

Dear Shar-Pei Rescuers and friends,

It is that time of year again to ask for stories and pictures from your adopters about the Shar-Pei they have adopted from you. Nationals will be in Lawrence, KS in October this year. I will again for the fourth time be doing the Wall of Rescues. It is very important to rescue that the visitors to Nationals and participants see the much needed work that the rescues are doing to save abandoned and abused Shar-Pei. I don't need to tell you how overwhelmed we all are and have been for some time. You are living it. Hopefully the "Wall "will nudge those that are attending to get information on Shar-Pei, to adopt a dog from rescue. I am usually near the "Wall" to talk to people and to tell them about how great our rescue dogs are, when the visitors are looking at the wall.

I would appreciate it if you would please forward this e-mail to your adopters, or anyone else you know that has adopted a Shar-Pei, so they may participate if they would like to do so. I am also attaching a picture of two of the many panels I have made for the "Wall". I did balloons and sunflowers for 2010, in Kansas {"Wizard of Oz" connection for Kansas}. I did locomotive theme and other transportation for 2013 in Chattanooga, TN.

Guidelines for adopter's stories.

Tell about your purebred Shar-Pei you adopted from a Shar-Pei Rescue, an all breed rescue or an animal control. {In memory of Shar-Pei and/or those you have now.} Please include your name, you may do first name only if you wish, name of your dog/dogs that you adopted and the name of the rescue or animal control.

Please limit your words to 250 or less per dog. I know, we could all write a book about those wonderful family members!

I would appreciate 3x5 pictures to 5x7, the largest. To get them to fit the "frames" I make, those sizes are best, so I don't need to resize all the pictures. I also retype many of the stories to get them to fit also. As you will see on the panels below, I sometimes cut the dogs out and use them that way. Making the "Wall" is very time intensive, { at least for me, Lol } so please send as soon as possible. The cut-off date for receiving stories and pictures is July 15, 2014.

Jane Wake

GA Shar-Pei Rescue

4283 Parish Trace

Marietta, GA 30066

If mailing, please include your e-mail address or phone number in case I need to get in touch with you. I will use the following e-mail address to keep them out of my daily e-mails, so I don't miss any of them.


Attention All Rescued & Adopted Shar-Pei

The Chinese Shar-Pei Club of Northern California invites you to participate (free of charge) in our annual Chinese Shar-Pei Rescue Parade. This year there will be two parades, which will be held in conjunction with our Designated Specialties on Sat. and Sun., May 17 & 18, 2014. The shows are held at the Solano County Fairgrounds (900 Fairgrounds Dr., Vallejo, CA, in the Expo Hall.) For times and more information contact the club at cspcnc@yahoo.com.

Here is the link to the Premium List for the shows: http://www.infodog.com/prm/642/prm642.pdf#pagemode=bookmarks

Please Help Bryant!

Good Morning All-and it is a good morning!

Just wanted to let you all know that Bryant went to his new home in Malibu yesterday with a previous adopter.

We thank you all for your continued support.

Anna and Rich

Bryant was placed about 10 years ago as a Pei mix puppy-looks like a bit of Lab in him-with a family that now is moving and cannot take him along. He has no known health concerns and gets along with kids, cats, and dogs. He is a good boy who now weighs 90 pounds and is looking for a family to take him and love and care for him for the rest of his life. At this time he is located in Southern CA, but we will help with transportation to the right family. He is neutered and up to date on vaccinations. Bryant is a great companion who deserves a great home. If you are not in a position to bring Bryant into your home, please let your friends and family know that this wonderful boy is available for adoption.

Limited Time Offer: New Logo T-Shirt

We are thrilled to unveil our new logo. In celebration, for a limited time, we’re offering you the opportunity to "wear your support" of the rescue, by purchasing a custom logo t-shirt. Only $25 per shirt, and 100% of proceeds go directly to the care of our dogs. Shirts are available in both adult and children's sizes. Don't miss out!

Order today at: http://bit.ly/1fZseiP

Greetings from Snow Covered Redding!

Greetings from snow covered Redding!

It is that time of year to reflect back on the many things that we have to be thankful for and not be so concerned about the things we may not have. Rich and I have had the privilege and good fortune to have many four legged friends come into our lives during the last 15 years. Some come and only stay briefly, but others end up living out their lives with us. Some stay because of health concerns, some because of temperament issues that will not allow us to safely place them a home other than ours. The third reason for our permanent residents is simply because no one has ever expressed an interest in them. This is the group that breaks my heart. It's not their fault that they may not be the best looking or the youngest dogs we have, their lives are still valuable and have meaning.

Every dog who comes into our program deserves the best care that we can give them, including premium food, the best vet care, and all the love we can give them. Rich, especially, loves each dog here as though that dog were his own. I've seen him turn some dogs around that others might have seen as hopeless, but we can't fix everything We do take our jobs seriously, and for that reason we are caring for 10 Pei that will probably never leave this rescue. For us they are "family", and you don't give up on your family. We can take care of their needs in terms of love and interaction, but we need your help and support to provide them with a safe place to live out their days-help with buying good food and providing the best vet care when needed and keeping the kennel heated and cooled for their comfort.

Most of you know what it takes to have at least one Pei and the costs involved. Now multiply that by 20+ which will include our adoptable dogs and the number is huge. We would be extremely grateful if you will consider our "family" when it comes to year end donations. Not only will you get to feel good knowing that 100% of your donation will go towards our "kids" (this is an all volunteer organization), but you can also derive a tax benefit. Where else can you get more "bang for your buck"?

We wish you all a happy and healthy holiday season and leave you with this thought:

"It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them, and every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are" Anonymous

Anna and Rich

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