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Happy Spring - Please Meet Marta

Happy spring to everyone. Hopefully, our weather here in Redding will soon reflect this change of seasons. Apparently, Mother Nature has not yet been informed that winter is officially over!

We will be adding several new dogs in the next few days, and Marta is one of our new additions. In my 20+ years of rescuing Pei I had never heard of this before. Someone had tried to do entropion surgery at home. Those are staples in her eyes. Of course now they have been removed and she has had her surgery done by Dr. Larry. It's hard to imagine what she must have gone through. She remains a very calm and loving girl and will be a great addition to just about any family. Please look for her bio soon as well as a new picture.


Gypsy is doing well, but unfortunately will never regain the use of her front leg. Please don't tell her that there is anything wrong because we don't think she knows she is handicapped. She gets around just fine jumping on and off the furniture and playing with her stuffed "babies". She is waiting to have the pin removed from her back leg and then we will have the heartworm treatment done and she will be spayed after that.

Finally, we really need your help as never before. So far this year our vet bills have totaled over $9,000. When you factor in other expenses required to keep this rescue going, we are spending more than we are taking in. Unlike the government, this rescue must "live" within its means. We are lucky to have a little saved for a time like this, but it won't last too long. Please, if you are able to help with any amount, it would be much appreciated by all of us here in Redding. We want to continue to be able to help the less fortunate of this breed who find themselves with nowhere to go if we can't take them in. Please help us so we can help them.

Anna and Rich

Please meet Gypsy

Hello everyone. My name is Gypsy, and I have quite a tale to tell. I was dumped at a shelter in the Los Angeles area by people who were thought to be my owners. They turned me in as a stray, probably because they didn't want to pay the $25 it would take to turn me in as their own dog. Because they did turn me in as a stray, I could not be adopted by anyone (even a rescue) until I had stayed at the shelter with multiple injuries for the legal number of days so that my "owners" could find me-which was never going to happen. Before I was so unceremoniously dumped, I was probably hit by a car which would account for my injuries. My back leg was fractured in a very awkward place which will require a long healing period, but it's been "pinned" by Dr. Larry and casted. If you notice my right front leg, I can't really walk on it. They say I have suffered some nerve damage, but here's the really scary part. If my front leg does not get better on it's own, I may lose it. I try not to think about that and focus on my back leg healing. As if all this was not enough, it has been determined that I am heartworm positive. I cannot be treated until my injured leg heals. No one (two or four legged) deserves to go through what I have, but I know I am in good hands here in Redding, and that all my needs will be met. If you would like to donate to help with my vet care, it would be much appreciated. My bills will be huge, but I would be happy to plant a big kiss on your chin if you would help me out. You see, in spite of everything, I still think you humans are worth my affection. I carry no grudges...

Resuced just in time

This lovely old lady is Franny, who looks great at 12 years old. She had been scheduled to be euthanized merely because she was considered too old to be adopted. Franny's family never came to retrieve her, even though she had been micro chipped and they had been contacted. The California Sharpei Rescue was able to take her away a mere few hours before it was too late. She is a very sweet natured and active girl. She is always wagging her tail, she is very appreciative to be in a home. She has settled in very well at her foster home in San Francisco.

When Glenn and Caroline, took her the next day for her senior wellness check-up, it was determined she had contracted heart worm, which is always fatal if untreated. Anna and Homeward Bound are working with the veterinarian in Redding to devise a plan to save her from this slow demise. The treatment is costly, but she doesn’t deserve to die yet. Let us all keep our fingers crossed and Franny in our thoughts.

Meet Olivia, and Ernie - Our New Kids

Shar-Pei Fever - Medication Petition - Please sign online

Colchicine is one of the drugs used to control FSF (Familar Shar-Pei Fever) and help reduce deposits of amyloid protein. This drug is a major player in increasing the longevity of our dogs with FSF. A drug company took out a new patent on colchicine this year. The cost went from $0.44 a pill up to $5.00 a pill. Please help by signing the online petition

As some of you may know the prices of Colchicine (due to the patent on the single ingredient Colchicine based drug Colcrys) have sky rocketed making it unaffordable for many in the US. Dr Vidt has appealed to the Pharmaceutical Company as well as the FDA's Center For Veterinary Medicine who have thus far not offered any solution and the URL Pharma has denied Pei access to their Patient Assistance Program thus far. Dr Vidt's editorial on this is here:


Some of us have written to the email addresses he advises but so far no luck. I encourage all to write emails to these at the link above but also we are compiling signatures on a petition (link below) requesting affordable Colchicne/access for Pei to the patient assistance program. Please everyon sign, cross-post, email this petition to friends for signatures, share on FB or whatever it takes to help folks continue to be able to provide this necessary medication to FSF Pei to help prevent death from Amyloidosis. If we cannot get this done many US pei may go without access to this essential medication due to the HUGE price increase in this bad economy. Please help, it is for the dogs.


Thank you, JL Wortham-Morgan

Happy New Year to All

Thanks to all of you who sent donations and for all of your support during this holiday season and the past year. We truly appreciate and look forward to your cards with photos and notes letting us know our alumni are so will loved. It lets us know that what we do is really worthwhile to both the Pei and the families that adopt them.

To say that 2010 has been challenging for us would be putting it mildly-we lost nine of our "kids" this year. 2010 has dealt us two final (we hope) blows.

We lost Sonja last week. She had been with us for almost four years and was always overlooked, probably because she was not the "look" people seem to favor. Her skin wasn't perfect, but even having a specialist work with her, there was nothing we could do. To Sonja, this was her home, and she knew she was loved and would be cared for. We always do the best we can in terms of time spent with our "kids" and the care provided. We also always wish for them a "home" of their own with family of their own to love them. For Sonja that wasn't to be, we were her family, and we will miss her as one of our own.

Last night we lost our own girl, Luki. She was our blind girl who we have had since she was two weeks old and dumped in a night deposit at a Sacramento shelter six years ago. She and Deuce, who we lost three weeks ago to cancer, were best of friends for the last six years. Luki had developed blood clots in both back legs last night. She could no longer walk and was in excruciating pain. When we rushed her to our vet, they could not control her pain, and we couldn't watch her suffer. She has now gone to be with Deuce-her best buddy and seeing eye dog.

For all of you who have emailed us or sent in an application recently and have not received a response, we apologize. Not only is it the busy time of year with the holidays, but we are just trying to deal with our grief that comes with so many losses so close together. We will do our best to catch up, and you are welcome to send a follow up email. We appreciate your patience as we work through these difficult times.

Please keep all of our "kids" in your thoughts for 2011.

Anna and Rich

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