At this holiday season our "kids" could sure use your help. We know things are still tough for a lot of people, but if you are able to help with a donation in any amount, it would be much appreciated. It is getting more and more difficult to make ends meet for this rescue, but we are hoping we will be able to continue helping those Pei who need us so badly.

We hope you all had an enjoyable Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends. As with so many of our updates this year, we have more sad news. Yesterday we lost another of our four legged family members-Deuce. He was one of our personal dogs and will be missed by Rich and me and our other "kids", Cassie, Mitchell, and Luki. Luki, our blind girl, will feel the loss of Deuce the most as he was her "seeing eye" dog. We got Luki when she was two weeks old, and she has been blind since birth. Somebody had dumped her in the night deposit at the Sacramento County Shelter-probably when they realized she was blind. Deuce came to us from the Orange County Shelter, and they had been together for most of their lives. Luki is being treated for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and now she has lost her best friend. We will all be helping her make the adjustment to losing her best buddy and hopefully, getting this disease under control.

Deuce had suddenly quit eating, and we took him to see Dr. Larry on Tuesday morning. His bloodwork looked good, but clearly he was not "himself". We brought him home hoping it was just a passing "bug". He died here peacefully at about 4am Wednesday. A necropsy (autopsy) was done in hopes of perhaps helping another dog down the road in terms of what had gone wrong. It was determined that Deuce had cancer of the intestine and some fluid had leaked into his stomach. Dr. Larry said there was nothing we could have done, but that doesn't make the loss any easier. It certainly has been a year of terrible loss for us, and we can only hope next year will be brighter.

Happy Holidays from all of us here in Redding.