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